The former Hacienda regular helped build the UK free party scene of the 90s
DiY Soundsystem's Pete 'Woosh' Birch has died of cancer, his lifelong friend and fellow DiY member Harry Harrison announced on Facebook late last night.
A native of Bolton, Birch was a young Factory Records obsessive who embraced acid house from its earliest days and was a regular at the Haçienda. He would soon find himself in Nottingham, where he became part of the DiY Soundsystem collective. One of the UK's most legendary free party crews, DiY – alongside East Midlands neighbours Smokescreen and others – would help to define the UK style of deep house in the 1990s. Beyond the free parties, Digs & Woosh in particular could regularly be heard at club nights such as Manchester's Robodisco and Bristol's Fruity Antics and Duvet Vous, and the collective also founded two seminal record labels, Strictly 4 Groovers and DiY Discs.
You can hear Digs & Woosh playing at 1992's infamous Castlemorton rave below. Rest in peace a true legend of the UK scene.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelt 'Woosh' as 'Whoosh'. This has been amended.