Huge ’90s band reunites for a special performance three decades after massive hit and drug scandal

A band that was huge in the ’90s has announced that it will reunite for a special performance three decades after releasing its last major hit.

808 State is an electronic music group formed in Manchester in 1987.

808 State will be performing in London this October


808 State will be performing in London this OctoberPhoto credit: Getty
The band started in Manchester


The band started in ManchesterPhoto credit: Redferns
They are known for their electronic music


They are known for their electronic musicPhoto credit: Rex

They contributed significantly to the development of the techno and EDM scenes in the UK.

Now the trio are back and ready to party with Londoners in October.

The band have announced that they will be playing the legendary Dingwalls in Camden Lock – where the punk scene began.

And there are already less than 100 tickets left.

Fans have been excited by previous announcements of DJ sets the band will be playing this summer.

Some shared on social media that they can’t wait for the event.

Another previously wrote: “I loved you all so much!! Fabulous show.”

The group was founded by Graham Massey, Martin Price and Gerald Simpson.

When Gerald left to work on his own side project, DJs Andrew Barker and Darren Partington stepped in.

However, the latter was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2015 for selling heroin and crack cocaine.

He was a recreational drug user and owed £300 to his dealer, who then threatened him and persuaded him to pay off the debt by self-dealing. reported the Manchester Evening News.

Massey and Barker continued to perform as 808 State, touring a 30th anniversary live set in late 2018.

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