Photography by Duncan Elliott

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners

Lead by Will Lenton

Rabble-rousers, Mr Wilson’s are a traditional New Orleans Second Line.  They expend their collective musical talent paying homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda, 90s club culture and its greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson.
These revolutionary genre bashers knock the First Line sideways, opting for upbeat dance tracks over traditional slow hymns. Proudly stepping out in uniformed style, they channel the spirit of the 24 hour party people and get audiences dancing wherever they play. An anarchic, street extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, they incite impromptu raves on street corners and rouse audiences into a joyful frenzy.

From the band’s inception, our fairy god-mother Sonya Moorhead, has bestowed her expertise and eye for anarchy, becoming a vital member of Mr Wilsons.  As creative producer, she’s broadened the band’s horizon identifying contexts and performance opportunities beyond that of a regular music act. She has successfully fundraised on our behalf and supports our development.  We also attribute the band name, copywriting and original visual concept to her.”

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