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James Rigby

Manchester, United Kingdom

Progressive House, Trance

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James Rigby is a name that has swiftly sewn itself into the North West trance scene over the past couple of years. Founder and co-promoter of Manchester trance night Rong; he has made a firm impression both on and off the dance floor.

Sparking a passion for music from an early age and spending much of his teenage years clocking-up the bedroom hours mastering the decks; his diligent attitude coupled with perfectionist traits have seen his offerings flourish so far – with a lot more still to come!

After forging an instant love affair with the trance scene as a clubber, his musical direction was grasped, moulding an astounding appreciation for the diversity of the music and its contribution to the world of electronic dance. James’s enthusiasm for the genre soon translated beyond his love for the decks, igniting a self-initiated vision in the process…

Being a regular clubber and therefore a true pragmatist about the scene, he recognised the lack of opportunity for aspiring DJs, particularly with the decline in smaller trance nights. Not being one to sit back quietly, this sparked the vision to start up a night. This was dedicated purely to the love of the music, as well as providing precious opportunity for DJs like himself to play the music they love. After a few conscientious months of mastering the plan, the vision soon became a reality and Rong Manchester was born!

Since then James has become a regular name in and around the Manchester & northern club scene notching up some impressive gigs for renowned brands such as Goodgreef, Off the Rails & The Warehouse Project; as well as regularly appearing on the bill & even headlining at smaller underground nights.

A keen amorist of the technical art of DJing, never being afriad to evolve with the latest technology and push performance boundaries to enhance the quality of the DJ experience; James has showcased his ability as a highly technical and creative performer who is always raising his game.

His skill, versatility and presence behind the decks has seen him grace some of the North West’s most prestigious venues; including Sankeys Bassment, Spektrum, the infamous Store Street, 53 Degrees, Plug Sheffield, Area 51 and Venus the Club. In doing so he’s also had the opportunity to play alongside an impressive selection of the trance elite such as; Sander Van Doorn, Aly and Fila, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Rank 1, Simon Patterson, Menno de Jong, Judge Jules, Bryan Kearney, Claudia Cazacu, Jordan Suckley, John Askew, Mark Sherry & Activa; to name a few. A true example of how hard work and persistence can make a vision become a reality; James Rigby has a lot more to come…and we’ll be sure to know about it when it does!