DJ Mick Brown on Why We Can’t Get Enough of the 80s

Warming up a sell-out crowd for Michael Jackson at the old Wembley Stadium certainly ranks as a career highlight for DJ Mick Brown, but his latest venture is clearly bringing just as much joy…

Words: Paloma Lacey

From Friday 29 September 2017, Brown will be treating party goers at new retro club, The Love Shack, Lewisham, to ‘a huge night of 80s greaties’ on the last Friday of every month.

The move marks something of a homecoming for the New Cross-born lad, known as the ‘South London Soul Boy’, and looking younger than his almost 60 years: ‘This is me playing a home match for the first time in a long time,’ he says.

An Eponymous figure in the music world from the 80s, most famously djing at Capital FM with his professional partner in crime, Pat Sharp, he has met some of the biggest names in pop, including Madonna, Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees and Wham!

Brown has not only played and championed hundreds of mega hits over the years, but is responsible for recording six top hits with 80s pop producer supremo Stock, Aitken & Waterman, raising over £500,000 for charity in the process.

Brown believes the current popularity for 80s music is down to it being a diverse musical era, but above all it’s known for its fun music: ‘You hear Wake Me Up, Before You Go Go by Wham! Or I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney, and it’s time to run to the dancefloor,’ he says.

Thirty years after Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up – which Brown was responsible for discovering and showcasing – was first released, 80s music continues to delight and unite. And the crowds at Brown’s regular 80s gigs aren’t just those who lived through the decade.

‘There’s a wide range, from those in their late 40s, who were buying records back then, right down to students. They have one thing in common – they turn up in their Frankie Says Relax t-shirts looking to have a good time,’ says Brown.

Mick Brown will hit the decks from 11pm-1am on the last Friday of every month at The Love Shack, which celebrates 70s, 80s and 90s party classics, soul and Motown. His upcoming dates at The Love Shack are Friday 27 October (Halloween Weekend), 24 November and 22 December (Christmas Weekend).

The Love Shack is open every Friday and Saturday night 7pm until 4am. Entry is free before 10pm, £10 thereafter (photographic ID required for entry). See

Mick Brown is live on air at Delite Radio, Monday to Friday from 7am-10am, and on Radio Jackie’s drive time slot, from 4pm-7pm