A local promoter is refusing to admit that clubbing happened in his hometown before he became involved in the scene.
Paul Norris, Sunderland’s self titled “King of Trance”, claims there was “absolutely no clubbing scene whatsoever” in the city before he started his club night, TranceAction, in 2012.
Wunderground managed to catch up with Mr Norris earlier, “I don’t want to sound big headed or anything, but I definitely singlehandedly saved the clubbing scene here in Sunderland. There was absolutely nothing before I came along and now the scene is really flourishing. I’m dead proud of myself for what I’ve done and I’d like to think the city is too.”
“TranceAction is moving from strength to strength, we’ve sold out over three shows since we started back in 2012, and because of me Sunderland is now seen as the clubbing capital of the north east,” continued Norris. “It’s early days yet, and I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but if Pete Tong can get an MBE I’m pretty sure there’ll be one for me somewhere down line.”
According to Peter Winston, a veteran of Sunderland’s clubbing, Norris “is a delusional fool” and has had little or no impact on the local clubbing scene.
“What’s he like?” joked Winston. “He thinks he saved clubbing here in Sunderland. In reality he’s done fuck all for the scene, we’ve had a great thing going on here for years, his poxy little clubnight is so irrelevant, it’s literally not even the biggest trance night in the town and the trance nights are the least popular. There’s plenty that have been running since long before he showed up and will still be here long after he’s gone.”