The opening night of this year's NYC Downlow will feature a remembrance party for the late Chicago DJ
The opening night of NYC Downlow in Glastonbury Festival’s Block9 area will include a remembrance party for the late Frankie Knuckles, led by DJ David Morales.
Frankie Knuckles died earlier this year and will be remembered at the event on Thursday June 26. Close friend Morales will lead the party while vocalist Robert Owens will also be singing ‘Tears’, a song made famous by Knuckles, live.
Speaking to NME about his appearance at Glastonbury, Morales says he will “definitely be playing some of Frankie’s tunes” but that he will “also play a story in his honour”.
Discussing Knuckles and his influence, Morales continued: “I not only had the honor of meeting Frankie but I also had the opportunity to grow up with him and see the world together. Frankie was a huge influence in my life. Both personal and as a musician. His passing took a part of me.” The DJ adds: “Frankie was in a class all by himself. His music was soothing to the soul. He always had a smile for you.”
Artists from across the musical spectrum, including Disclosure, Yannis Philippakis of Foals, Wu-Tang Clan and Jagwar Ma, all paid tribute to Knuckles following his death.
DJ Die, Danny Krivit (Body & Soul, NYC), Horse Meat Disco and My Love Is Underground will also appear at NYC Downlow across the Glastonbury weekend.