Saturday March 29 in London’s Autumn Street Studios sees seminal house party Wiggle celebrate its twentieth anniversary in the only way it knows how, with a party. Surviving for two decades in the competitive house scene is a landmark worthy of recognition, maintaining your integrity and relevance throughout the period is another level altogether and that is exactly what the aptly named party has done.
For twenty years the collective behind the party has poured heart and soul into making sure the party never compromised its musical belief, often leading the evolution as house music changed over time but never at the expense of the principles that remain the foundation of Wiggle today.
It only seems like yesterday that I was writing about Wiggle's 10th anniversary, and now here we are a decade later, celebrating 20 years of underground ''house rhythms''. That's a remarkable achievement for a club night and, something that makes Wiggle pretty exceptional. So how did that happen? How can a night dedicated to music and dancing last so long, keep it's original audience and attract new followers with every passing year? In a word. . . consistency. Wiggle never went minimal. They didn't suddenly start booking nu disco Djs. Or, randomly decide that dropping a bit of dub step might be the way forward. From day one Wiggle was all about proper, underground house music, played they way it should be. And as house music evolved, Wiggle evolved with it, often leading the way.
Which brings us around to Terry Francis, Eddie Richards and Nathan Coles. Three Djs that since day one, have always been the heart of the night – spiritually and musically. Sure, Wiggle have had some fabulous guests over the years, but perhaps more than anything, Wiggle is about it's residents and the relationship they have with their ever loyal crowd.
So, I wonder if I'll be sitting at my computer again in another 10 years, trying to find words to describe a party that for many (from South East London to South Eastern Europe and at loads of points in between) is the best club night on the planet.