Renowned Manchester music personality Clint Boon will DJ at city centre networking event Suits & Vinyl this month.
The DJ and radio presenter, formerly of ‘Madchester’ city rockers Inspiral Carpets, described the concept as “genius” and says he’s looking forward to spinning guests’ favourite vinyl records on the day.
The brainchild of Dave Jones, joint Managing Director of The Reward Group, Suits & Vinyl started in Leeds four years ago and expanded into Manchester earlier this summer in partnership with PR and digital marketing consultancy, Roland Dransfield.
More than 100 professionals donned suits and brought along their beloved tracks to the first Manchester event in June.
Clint, who presents shows on Radio X and BBC Radio Manchester, and runs a number of well-known club nights across the city, said: “Traditional networking has such an archaic vibe, whereas Suits & Vinyl is a great concept that I’m very excited to be part of.
“It’s worked so well over in Leeds so why wouldn’t it absolutely fly in Manchester?”
Oldham-born Clint, who also has an iTunes podcast show entitled ‘Storytime with Boon’ which takes listeners on a musical journey and features famous voices, added: “Lisa Morton of Roland Dransfield invited me to the first Suits & Vinyl in Manchester in June to check out the vibe as a guest - and it was fantastic.
“The next one in September, which is again being held at The Albert Square Chop House, will be even bigger and better. We’re full of original ideas in Manchester, but we’ll totally embrace this as it’s a social event which is relaxing and one where you can get to know people by talking about music first, then business. I think it will grow and grow as a concept and I’m looking forward to people coming along.”
Organisers of Suits & Vinyl Manchester said it’s not compulsory for people to wear a suit or bring along vinyl – but it helps if you do.
Russell Holt, Business Development Manager at Reward Finance Group, said: “We’ve brought this networking concept over to Manchester after years of success in Leeds.
“In essence, Suits & Vinyl has thrown the networking process wide open. A lot of people who network traditionally have either been told to go or think they should be there, rather than actually wanting to be there. This is a different slant which means people go in a different frame of mind.
“You also don't have to wear a suit for work to join in. You don't even have to turn up with any vinyl under your arm. But it helps. All that is required is to have a passion for music (pre X Factor!) and to enjoy a bit of banter.”
Lisa Morton, MD of Roland Dransfield, added: “We were really pleased to see so many people turn out in June – a wide range of professions and ages. Some guests had dug out their own vinyl and some had borrowed records from their parents! It’s great to have Clint on board now. He is so well known on the Manchester music scene that to have him associated with this event is absolutely fantastic and will hopefully set down a footprint for things to come.”
Suits & Vinyl will take place on Thursday, September 15, from 4pm to 7pm at The Albert Square Chop House opposite Manchester Town Hall and is free of charge.
Please register your attendance here: bit.ly/suitsandvinyl2