Union JACK Dance to celebrate British dance music

Union JACK Dance is starting a new radio show to celebrate the unique heritage and cultural influence of British dance music.

Union JACK Dance Grooves with Jon Jules will air 7-9pm every Sunday from 3 October with a repeat on Wednesdays.

Jules, former resident DJ at London’s Hippodrome, will venture through the music heritage, influences and inspiration behind the evolution of dance music and its culture in Britain, inviting dance music maestros to share their stories from behind-the-scenes of the industry.

Jules, who has worked with the likes of Brandon Block, Dean Thatcher, and Rocky & Diesel, said: “The dance music scene exploded in Britain in the 80s, 90s and 00s and this show is going to explore just what – and who – it was that helped shape the industry and why it was such a special time for British dance music.”

Listeners can expect to hear from a range of guests including the likes of Beverley Knight, Junior, Noel McKoy, Don-E, Light of the World, Omar, Janet Kay, Kenny Thomas, Simon Dunmore (Defected) and Jazzie B (Soul II Soul), who will be sharing insight into their own experiences and influences from across the dance music scene.

Dick Stone, Group Content Manager for the JACK Radio Group which owns Union JACK Dance, said: “Union JACK Dance has been building a loyal following of dance music fans, so we’re excited to bring them a show that sets out to really get under the skin of the music genre they love.

“Jon Jules has been a part of some of the most pivotal moments in British dance music history and it’s particularly apt to be able to deliver this show during Black History Month, recognising the integral role that music of black origin has played within the dance music industry.”