Clint Boon is a familiar face in Manchester – one of the founding fathers of the Madchester movement, the Inspiral Carpets star is now a DJ and his favourite gig of the year is out on the course of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run 10K and half marathon.

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The Boon Army Stage is one of the highlights of the city centre running event which celebrates all that is great about Manchester, and Clint packs his playlist with some of his essential Manchester tracks.

He said: “It’s the most amazing DJ gig that I do in the year.

“It’s a stand out moment because you get all these amazing people doing it for good causes. It’s also about playing lots of Manchester music.

“I do that because it’s a good way to celebrate the city’s musical heritage.”


Clint says of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run: “To quote a Stone Roses title, it’s A Beautiful Thing. It’s just a beautiful thing to do and it’s a privilege for me to be involved with it.

“It’s an essential part of the city, it’s hard to imagine it not being part of our calendar, isn’t it?

“So yeah, it’s a beautiful thing. Let’s keep doing it.”

More than 35,000 will be taking part across both distances, and every single runner will pass the Boon Army Stage. Here is a rundown of Clint Boon’s top five Manchester anthems.



Doves hail from nearby Wilmslow, in Cheshire, but the founding members of Jez Williams, Jimi Goodwin and Andy Williams met in Manchester’s famous Hacienda nightclub. The Hacienda is no more, but the finish line on Deansgate is a stone’s throw from the site of the original nightclub for anyone planning a musical pilgrimage.

Pounding was taken from Doves’ second album The Last Broadcast and was released in 2002, and has since been used as warm-up music for football clubs including Manchester City – whose Etihad Stadium forms an integral part of the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run half marathon course.



The Smiths were formed in Manchester in 1982 and became one of the most significant bands to come out of the city in their short five-year history. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is one of their most recognisable hits, taken from The Smiths’ third album The Queen Is Dead in 1985. However, it was not released as a single until 1992, five years after the band split



The biggest anthem of their short career, Joy Division was the starting point of a musical revolution born in Manchester. Signed to Tony Wilson’s Factory Records, Joy Division were on the brink of international stardom until Ian Curtis’ tragic suicide in 1980. New Order were formed in the wake of Curtis’ death and the remaining members went on to enjoy a stellar career spawning tens of chart hits. Peter Hook, former Joy Division and New Order bassist, has taken part in the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run several times.



While Sit Down or Come Home will be the most recognisable of this Manchester band’s back catalogue, Clint has picked this 1993 track, the lead single from hit album Laid, as his go-to James tune. And judging by the reaction it gets when played out at full blast on the Boon Army Stage, who can blame him?



While Doves’ Pounding is a warm-up song for Manchester City, Boon’s number one track is the definitive track for a band better known for their association with the red half of the city. Three quarters of the band are Manchester United fans – and proud of it.

Clint said of the 1989 hit: “That’s got to be the anthem for the whole city.

“It’s probably the most iconic tune that came out of the Madchester movement and to this day it’s an anthem for the city. It’s our national anthem if you know what I mean.

“It’s a good running tune as well, everything about it is right.

“It’s that self-belief as a city, it says a lot about the character of the place."

“So yeah, I’ll be playing that several times in May. I promise you.”

To see the Boon Army Stage for yourself, sign up to the 10k or half marathon at the Simplyhealth Great Manchester Run today at