Let’s make it an all-dayer
Oh man! This is going to be super-double good! 12 top-notch DJs, two amazing bands, good vibes on tap: and the cost to you? One crisp fiver. Among those 12 DJs will be Acid Jazz head-honcho Eddie Piller (pictured). A true legend of the soul scene the man has had his finger in all sorts of interesting pies working with the likes of James Taylor, The Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, Terry Callier, Gregory Isaacs and more. He also opened the ground-breaking club The Blue Note, kick-started the careers of Goldie and Talvin Singh and become a much respected broadcaster.
The rest of the DJ roster - spinning soul, funk, acid-jazz and disco - is made up of: Neil Massey (Back To Black), Chris Tarn (Crate Digging), Marc James (Whitby Soul Club), Nev Griffiths (Soul at the Telegraph), Paul Crosier (Southport Weekender), Jonathan (Voodoo), Tom Butchart (Sound It Out), Leighton Mills (Hoochie Coochie), Scott Wetherill (Double Entendre) and James Watson (Double Entendre). The two bands playing will be Newcastle’s King Bee (purveyors of quality funk and jazz and a firm favourite of Craig Charles) and Darlington’s Weekend Sun (with their funky groovy disco beats). Everything will be on vinyl and all money raised will go towards Muscles for Mitchell, a charity helping fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Get to it!
Soul all-dayer, Saturday 13 May, Voodoo Café, Skinnergate, Darlington, 4pm-late, £5. voodoocafe.co.uk