Kwame bounces into Belfast to launch inaugural Dub Discotech
Who says Belfast can't compete with the best of 'em? Not only is a new club night launching in the city, but top-drawers DJs from the Republic and Britain are jetting in for your entertainment, says Patric Baird
Fans of the excellent Homespun nights, which brought together some of Ireland's leading underground DJs at their regular club nights on the banks of the river Lagan, will be delighted to hear that the promoters are launching a brand new project tonight.
Dub Discotech gets under way at McCracken's Bar in Joy's Entry with a broad music policy, dedicated to fusing myriad styles, ranging from drum and bass, breaks and funk, to afrobeat, Latin and Balkan beat.
Driving the decks at tonight's inaugural outing will be DJ Kwame Daniels, the man behind Londonderry's phenomenal Bounce nights and he'll be supported by Dublin's MC Leroy Culture and Homespun regular, Chuck.
Taking place on the third Friday of each month, Dub Discotech will be showcasing some of the UK and Ireland's finest DJs and producers throughout the summer. Doors open at 9.30pm and admission is a fiver.
If you find it difficult to keep your arms below shoulder height whilst on the dancefloor, get yourself along to Portrush's Club Soi tomorrow night where the ultimate 'hands in the air' band, N-Trance, are set to make an appearance.
Ever since their club anthem Set You Free and follow-up ditty Staying Alive both peaked at No 2 in the charts back in 1995, N-Trance records have been firm favourites at club nights and wedding discos all over the world.
Ever since their hits started to dry up towards the end of the Nineties, lead singer Kelly Llorenna has notched up several solo hits, including This Time I Know It's For Real and Tell It To My Heart.
As an added bonus, N-Trance's Mike Lewis will be spinning a few tunes after the live performance and rumour has it that a well-known stalwart of the NI old skool scene is set to join him, deckside, for a night of full on, frenetic disco fun.
Another veteran of the local dance scene, Gleave Dobbin, will be turning in a house set at tomorrow night's outing of Yello, with Urbantorque Records' DJ Scope performing in the Deep Room.
He's best known for his impeccable mixes of trance, techno and electro, although it's a fairly safe bet that his massive dancefloor hit from 2007, Firedevil, will be getting a well-deserved airing at the Cathedral Quarter venue.
Larne lad Gleave has long been at the forefront of dance music in Northern Ireland, crowned NI DMC Mixing Champion at the age of 14 and he's held residencies at the long-departed Circus Circus in Banbridge, Charlie Heggarty's in Bangor and Spank.
Nationally, he's ranked highly as one of the leading nu-breed DJs and producers, while club magazine Mixmag named him a Future Hero for three years in a row — he's now a regular fixture behind the decks in clubs all over Ireland and the UK and last year he completed a tour of Australia.
When an artist has almost 100 releases, remixes and production credits to their name, it can be difficult to keep track of their prodigious output, especially if their name is constantly changing — step forward Paul Woolford, one of the most original house music producers around today.
Since releasing his first record aged 21, the Leeds-born DJ has recorded under his own name, as well as his alter egos Bobby Peru, Wooly and Hip Therapist, for a huge variety of labels, including the prestigious Junior Boy's Own, Subliminal and 20:20 Vision.
Despite apparently spending his entire life holed up in the studio, Paul manages to travel the world on a regular basis under his guise of club DJ, having appeared at events as far afield as Singapore, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Berlin and Ibiza.
He'll be touching down at Belfast's Stiff Kitten tomorrow night, where he'll be joining Islandhopper Records' Timmy Stewart and Mark Bell.
Doors open at 10pm and admission is £10.