- 19 Sep 02
Pills, thrills and drum fills
Hot Press' longest serving dance guru looks back at the defining events in Irish dance that have shaped a countrywide dance revolution
The Abbey Mall
The first, and for years most important, DJ hangout was the Abbey Mall on Middle Abbey Street in Dublin. Having worked at Disc It in Finglas, in 1983 Billy Murray (who has won a Smirnoff Award for Best Contribution To Irish Dance Music) decides to go it alone and give an outlet to the many hip-hop and disco 12” singles that were begging to be sold to vinyl junkies and DJs from across the country. When the initially hi-NRG and then house oriented Beat Records made an appearance soon after it made the Abbey Mall the ultimate hangout spot for DJ’s and promoters for more then a decade.