Ace Hotel New York Launches ‘1978’ Dance Party Series Celebrating DJ Culture

The Ace Hotel New York has teamed up with Second World Productions to present ‘1978’, a spring dance party series paying homage to the formative year that saw the convergence of rare grooves, disco, hip-hop, house music, and club culture. The series, curated by Selectress Iriela, takes its name from the ‘1978’ inscriptions found on many of the records in her collection from that pivotal year.

Iriela, who recently returned from a 15-date ‘Healing World Tour’ spanning six countries, has been captivating audiences since she began her musical journey as one of the first female DJs in 1996. Drawing inspiration from her Jamaican sound system culture roots and experiences at stations like IRIE FM Jamaica and WERS FM Boston, Iriela’s sets transcend genres, seamlessly blending house, techno, funk, and soul. She has performed alongside legends like Louie Vega and guested on Francios K’s legendary ‘Deep Space’ in New York City.

Joining Iriela at the ‘1978’ launch is Y.U.K.IKO, a Japanese-born, Chicago-based DJ known for her ability to rock the dance floor. In 2019, Y.U.K.IKO created her own event, ‘Inspiration Exchange’, to reconnect the spirituality of dance and foster opportunities for music to be experienced in a soulful interplay. Her deep, infectious musical style has earned her airtime on stations like The Face Radio Brooklyn and House Nation Music (Italy), and she regularly collaborates with artists like Dames Brown, Ash Lauryn, Wajeed, Horse Meat Disco, and Joe Clausell.

The ‘1978’ series promises to transport attendees back to the era when various musical genres converged on the dance floor, celebrating the genesis and evolution of DJ and dance culture. Upcoming parties are scheduled for May 18th and June 29th at the Ace Hotel New York.

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