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Going Full Circle...

Early doors look at Full Circle, the legendary Sunday institution held at a pub venue in Colnbrook, Berkshire. The article was published in DJ Magazine, early 90's.

Couple of mixes available at the bottom of the page plus two separate interviews with head honcho Phil Perry.

The Greyhound Colnbrook Pic courtesy Paul Driscoll

Excerpt from DMC World Interview with Phil Perry

‘Full Circle’ – a truly seminal, seminal all day club. What are your best memories from those days?

“Full Circle. There are so many memories to choose from. One of my faves is when Robert Owens played  the club. I was DJing playing a nice deep percussive number when Robert leaned of my shoulder and asked me for a microphone – I duly obliged. He then began to to sing the line from ‘Tears’ “Dripping and dropping, dropping, dropping and dripping” – then went into the full song. The dance floor just exploded. He  then followed it with ‘I’ll  Be Your Friend…. the hairs still stand up on the back of my neck today, amazing Other memories are of all the DJ’s that that played that at the time a lot of people had never heard of such as Danny Tenaglia who ripped the the place apart. The crowd were just amazed.”

Excerpt from the Music Factory Sleevenotes with Ralph Lawson

Rio Rhythm Band - Carnival De Casa.. The first memory I have of this record is playing it on the middle floor of The Music Factory when Terry Farley was the guest. Terry was also playing it and I got talking to him. He put in a good word for me down in London which helped get me get a gig at Full Circle.   Full Circle was at various venues, the best known was The Greyhound in Colnbrook near Slough.  It was run by DJ Phil Perry and his partner Fiona.  It was the first and best Sunday party for the Acid House generation.  It was the center of the whole London Balearic scene as most of them came from out that way.  On any Sunday you would find Weatherall, Farley, Darren Emerson, Fabi Paras, Charlie Chester and Rocky & Diesel down there. The Basics crew went down one time with loads of plastic sheep, due to Charlie Chester joking that we were all 'sheep shaggers from oop north'.  They loved Dave especially and we formed a close link with them as people and DJs.  It was an important introduction for Basics in London and the 'Balearic network' expanding.  

Full Circle was good enough and lucky enough to be there when the really top-end DJs would come and play for next to nothing - Terry Farley

DJ magazine talks to James Baillie

'The first time I went to Full Circle I couldn't believe it ! It was like a graveyard for DJs, people who went out, promoters, and everyone'd be there. It wasn't actually a club, it was a bar in the middle of nowhere called the Greyhound which ran from two in the afternoon 'till six in the evening. It was a pub with a bar and a pool table ! You could sit there and go "Wow! last night was brilliant," and compare notes.

Mixes & Articles

Danny Tenaglia - Live at Full Circle

Phil Perry - Live at Full Circle

Red Bull Music Academy - Full Circle

DMC World - An Englishman in Phil Perry

Muzik magazine 'Framed' article on Full Circle from 1996

Ah... Full Circle @ The Greyhound - that was proper Sunday business especially when followed by a Charlie Chester after party at Hammersmith Tube station... - Blubeat forum post.

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