Chester-le-Street UNE is BBC radio broadcaster, writer and musician Mark Radcliffe and electro boffin, remixer and DJ Paul Langley.
Radcliffe celebrated his fortieth year in radio last year and has worked on local radio in Manchester as well as BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, Radio 5 Live and 6Music. He has presented many programmes for television including ‘Music for Misfits: The Story of Indie’ on BBC 4 and is one of the mainstays of the BBC’s TV coverage of the Glastonbury Festival. He has released many albums with his bands The Shirehorses, The Family Mahone and Galleon Blast and is also the author of four best-selling books with his fifth, ‘Crossroads’, published in 2019. Mark is in remission from head and neck cancer and ‘loving life’.
Langley was a long time habitue of Manchester’s legendary Hacienda where he was a regular dj fixture in the company of his brother Bobby. Signed to Rob’s Records, the label launched by New Order manager the late Rob Gretton, Paul honed his recording, programming and mixing skills working closely with the Factory Records family.
UNE’s debut album ‘Lost’ was mixed and mastered by Jim Spencer who has worked with New Order, Johnny Marr, The Charlatans and Doves. The first single ‘Boketto’ has been featured on national radio with Jo Whiley and Mary Anne Hobbs particularly enthusiastic. Since appearing at Bluedot festival, UNE have cemented their reputation as a live act having played across the country and three times in London. Their second album ‘Deux’ has the central concept of partnerships of many different kinds and will be released in July. They also have a third concept album inspired by the abstract expressionist war memorials of the former Yugoslavia called ‘Spomenik’ set for an Autumn release.
Oh, and in homage to their style icons Gilbert and George, Mark and Paul have purchased dapper new matching suits.