Saturday: Playing tunes at Heatwave’s birthday bash

It takes quite a lot to tempt me out of DJ retirement these days, but Heatwave have very kindly asked me to return to the decks for their 8th Birthday Party. I could hardly refuse although it’s a pity I’ll be without Droid at my side this time – our last encounter at the same …

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North London Unity March: Sat 13 August

I will be heading down to this, before checking out the FREE Shimmy Shimmy/Physically Fit rooftop reggae bash in Kings Cross. North London Unity Assembly Demonstration GIVE OUR KIDS A FUTURE ! Saturday 13th August Assemble Gillet Square, Dalston, N16 at 1pm. March to Tottenham Green, N15 Our communities need a united response to both …

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Having a bashment party

Carnival warm up time in London town! Check out these events in the next few weeks: First up some sweet FREE madness in Kings Cross organised by Whydelila and The Large. Great line up with foundation UK dancehall represented by Saxon and a more contemporary take on those sounds by the man like Wrongtom amongst …

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Pauline Black and “2-Tone London” at Housmans

This just in from Nik at Housmans – sounds good, but I’m not too sure about the claim that Pauline was “the only woman in a movement dominated by men”. What about The Bodysnatchers, an all-girl band on the Two Tone label? The group included Rhoda Dakar, whose harrowing solo-single “The Boiler” I’ve written about …

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Hacker Farm, live at The Vortex tomorrow

Hacker Farm gig – tomorrow! I probably can’t make it – but you should! Hacker Farm is Kek-W and Farmer Glitch. I previously bigged them up on here when they came to town to do the Exotic Pylon radio session. That was before I heard their CD, “Poundland” In my ADD twitter feed, I’ve described …

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Dr Black and Yello B

More promotional material for this Saturday’s events. Kinda. Dr Black: “I asked the Yello B for an image and he produced this. I said it was minimal and he said the music should do the talking not the picture. So yeah.” Hard to argue with that! Come down if you’re in the area, it will …

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Reggae in Hackney this Saturday

SATURDAY 11TH JUNE 2011 The Clapton Festival Presents… A Reggae Sound Connection featuring… The Mighty GLADDYWAX SOUND SYSTEM (formerly of the awesome and much missed Wax Unlimited record shop on Northwold Road) Alongside the Heavy Weight SOLUTION SOUND SYSTEM (Stoke Newington fixtures and one of my favourite sounds) With Special guest selectors TREVOR SAX (Saxon, …

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Heatwave’s MC mania

Heatwave always guarantee a great party but it looks like they’ve outdone themselves this time. The convergence between dubstep and reggae now seems everyday, humdrum even. I still find the grimey reggae lash up far more rewarding. That’s how I got into grime – seeing Flowdan and Killa P over raw riddims down at BASH. …

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Stoke Newington Literary Festival

It’s been pointed out to me by a certain Mr STN that Max Schaefer, author of “Children of the Sun” is doing a reading in my neck of the woods as part of Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Other topics include the life of Alexander Baron and Ska in Hackney. The festival takes place from 3-5 …

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Smiley Culture: march for justice tomorrow

ONE LOVE ONE AIM Southbank Club 124 -130 Wandsworth Road SW8 2DL proceeding to New Scotland Yard SMILEY CULTURE MARCH FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. Saturday 16th April 2011 – Assemble at 12 noon Its time to¬† bring an end to all deaths in custody. Please do now allow your emotions to compromise …

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