From Northern Soul sets in Welsh working mens clubs, through the earliest warehouse raves, and running his own nightclub, Chris Sullivan has been throwing legendary parties since the early 70s, having began DJing in clubs around South Wales aged just 14.
He did his first event, in partnership with Robert Elms of Rdio Londion fame.in December 1978 which, simply the first real warehouse party happened in the empty Mayhem Studios in Battersea. A huge success thay went onto to throw three more in 1979 and created the warehouse party format so beloved of ravers a decade later.
He started his first London onighter at the St Moritz in Wardor Street again in cahoots witrh Robert Elms and then teamed upwith Rusty Egan and Steve Strange of The Blitz Club to do one mighters at the Club Hell and subsequently moved his DJing through to his self-promoted clubs in London,such as Le Kilt and thus carrying through to DJing in his own world famous club, The Wag Club, where the likes of Sade, Prince, David Bowie and Lee Perry played live. During the early to mid 80's he was a DJ at every club and party worth talking about, moving onto working in Tokyo, New York, LA, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, in venues such as the Mint Bar, Danceteria, Plastic and Ibiza's Ku Klub.
In 1987 he opened Afters in Clink St (4am-12pm) where, using one deck and a cassette player, he was one of the first UK DJs to play pure Chicago House. In the 1990s he was DJ at a whole host of parties for Elton John, Jean Paul Gaultier, Madonna, Jude Law, Rhys Ifans, George Michael, Bianca Jagger, Comme Des Garcons, GQ and Italian Vogue, Esquire and Elle. More recently he has been DJ at The Venice Carnival opening party, Margarita Mission's wedding and birthday party, Footballer Ian Wright's Wedding, Francesca Von Habsburg's birthday party, Lord Castlereagh’s birthday party, Ridley Scott's son Jake Scott's Wedding, and Dan Macmillan's (Count Ovenden) do at the Groucho Club.
Chris Sullivan currently DJ's for selection of big clients including The Groucho Club, Chelsea Arts Club, Laylow The Victoria and Albert Museum, Novikov Mayfair and HIX. Apart from his residencies, he has also played at venues such as Bouji, Heavenly Social, Mau Mau, The Union Club, Soho House, HIX and L'Escargot. Along with these regular slots, he plays film premier parties and art openings in the city, such s the private view openings for the David Bowie, and Fashion to Catwalk exhibitions, and the closing party of the London Design Festival, all at the V&A Museum. Each year takes slots at various festivals, including Wayne Hemingway's Vintage Car Boot Sale, House of Fun for the band Madness, Houghton Festival, The Byline Festival, Portobello live and his very own, Portobello Soul Festival.
However, spoken like a true partier from his own lips; "DJing is not an ego trip- it's all about giving the people in front of you a good time".
To find out more about upcoming parties if you want to have your chance to dance to Chris' music, visit the EVENTS section on the WORK page of this website.