Northside were formed at the beginning of 1989 in Blackley and Moston areas of North Manchester by Man United fan Warren 'Dermo' Dermody (vocals) and Man City supporter Cliff Ogier (bass). They were joined by Michael 'Upo' Upton (guitar) and Paul 'Wal' Walsh (drums) soon after.
At the time Moston was a typical working class area, suffering following Thatcher's recession, but with the arrival of 'E' around 1986/87 and the emergence of the Acid House scene, the mood began to change. Reflecting in 1990, Dermo explains, "it used to be all football and violence but now it's chilled."
- extract from Northside biography by Iain Key