Support for DJ Derek on 8 February comes from the Blunt Beats crew, a diverse group of DJs with a passion to make heads nod and feet move, and visuals will be provided by VJ Tim Star. Tickets, priced £6, are on sale now from Jolly Brown and Bar 85 in Hitchin, David’s Music in Letchworth and online at www.wegottickets.com. Any tickets still available on the door (we know this will be a popular night!) will be £8.
Doors and are at 7:45pm with music until 1am, the gig is open to everyone aged 16+
70-year-old DJ Derek’s blend of 60s rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall and soul music has made him an icon for many in the industry, including a host of Jamaican producers and Massive Attack and he continues to blow away audiences with his unique selections.
He spent a couple of decades working as an accountant at Cadburys, but gave it all up to play reggae in Bristol! Most notably he MCs in Jamaican Patois while DJing, despite never having visited Jamaica - he said he picked up the accent from a Bristol-based Jamaican barber - and so the legend was born!
Festival appearances include Glastonbury and The Big Chill and he also featured in Dizzee Rascal's music video Dirtee Disco playing himself as a DJ in a disco hall for old aged pensioners.
Performance Director for Rhythms of the World, Steve Smither adds: “This is guaranteed to be a great night that we know audiences will love. Derek is a fantastic character with a great sense of humour and it’s our privilege to have him back.”
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Writer and sax player. Brought up in Hitchin and - apart from uni and some ensuing madness of life in London - I've always lived here.