In an unprecedented live television event, Channel 4 hands over creative control to six world-class DJs - Grandmaster Flash, Annie Mac, Horse Meat Disco, Soul II Soul, Erick Morillo and A-Track. And Idris Elba will count down the defining moments of the greatest cultural phenomenon of our generation in a two-hour film, Idris Elba's How Clubbing Changed the World.
In the past DJs have taken over warehouses, fields, car-parks and derelict office blocks. This summer, for the first time ever, DJs take control of a national broadcaster to bring the country together with a six-hour House Party.
With no advert breaks, no commentary and no interruptions, this all night takeover sees a line-up of top international DJs play live to the nation with six hour-long sets - offering audiences a totally new clubbing experience and pushing the boundaries of conventional programming. This is not a programme about clubbing; this is the club.
The television turns into the ultimate DJ booth - without the mediation of a presenter or studio audience - the party blasting through the TV, phone and laptop screens as House Party transforms living rooms, bedrooms and bars across the UK into dance floors.
The DJs - many of whom are stadium fillers and festival favourites in their own right - leave their meticulously prepared ‘main-stage' sets at home to go back to their DJ roots. The face of UK rap and Radio 1Xtra presenter Charlie Sloth is Master of Ceremonies, and the line-up includes: a founding father of New York rap, the legendary Grandmaster Flash, internationally renowned club and radio DJ and new talent champion Annie Mac; one of the original superstar DJs, platinum-selling artist Erick Morillo; acclaimed DJ collective Horse Meat Disco; and the incredible Jazzie B, Aitch B, Jazzy Q and MC Chickaboo from the Grammy-Award winning legendary London sound system Soul II Soul and Canadian-born, A-Trak who won the world's most prestigious DJ award (the DMC World Championship) at the age of 15 and was recruited by Kanye West to be his personal tour DJ.
In addition to the top DJ talent on offer, a selection of the nation's most exciting cutting edge VJs, computer animators and graphic artists provide constant video and graphics, playing visual sets every bit as live and unrehearsed as the DJs' musical selections.
The DJs include Weirdcore - who has previously made live tour visuals for Aphex Twin, MIA, Ford & Lopatin and The Horrors, Ninjatune's Hexstatic who will be performing separately on the night, BlinkinLAB (who has worked with Pet Shop Boys, Chase and Status, Janet Jackson), Asyzk and Jack Featherstone (who has worked with Horse Meat Disco and Simian Mobile Disco).
Alongside the DJs and VJs, the booth also includes a brand new third element of the clubbing experience: Social Media Controllers, who provide a live and super-reactive link between the audience and the booth. Just like at any other nightclub or house party, people on the dance floor in their homes around the UK will be able to shout out their requests, chat to each other, salute a genius selection (or boo a dud) through the many social media sites hooked up to the booth online and via channel4.com/houseparty.
House Party is part of the London 2012 Festival. It will not be repeated and it will not be available on 4oD. Like all the best club nights and parties if you want to be there you do have to turn up by tuning in. All you have to worry about is making sure you have enough friends and big speakers.
Along with House Party, 4Music's Dance Party Weekend is dedicating the long weekend (Fri 24 - Sun 26 August) to dance music, playing out brand new shows from David Guetta, LMFAO, and DJ Sara Cox.
Prod Co: ACME Films
Exec Prod: Jaimie D'Cruz
Prod/Dir: Paul Dugdale
Comm Ed: Tabitha Jackson