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Rob’s Round-Up 4

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Rob’s Roundup

1. Tell us how the Annual Brighton Weekender is shaping up, its getting bigger every year how does that equate?

It’s looking good, I’m very excited about Marta Ren first UK show, the album is brilliant and I have heard the live shows are very exciting. The event continues to grow, we started in 2004 with 250 people and now have three venues in close proximity. Our main venue the Komedia and venue 2 have an authentic Modernist playlist and atmosphere. The recently added third venue is a cool cellar bar club just off the seafront and caters for those of the paisley persuasion. Freakbeat, Garage & Psych are on the menu and features Graham Day & Forefathers and Wolf People live this year. Our daytime events at the Volks are an incredible spectacle with scooters lined-up both sides of Maderia drive, we have a sun terrace, two bars and food served all day. The daytime activities include a market, live bands, DJ’s and a Scooter run and competition on the Sunday. Tickets sell fast and are always on sale to members of our own network first you can join up here for FREE

2. The Euro Ye Ye is looking fresh with all sorts of new features, can you run us through one fo the best Events in the Calendar?

We lost our home The Oasis in 2014 to McDonalds. Our new home the Casino is a fantastic venue right in the centre of town with a great live music and DJ set up together with air con and big dance floor. The weekend starts Thursday night at 10pm with a free live show from Marta Ren in the main square of the City to between 3-4K people, followed by our first allnighter in the Casino. The event attracts visitors from all over the world and has busy program including exhibitions, film festival, live bands and dj’s. There are also scooter runs organized each day to different locations either in the mountains or coastal villages close to Gijon with a restaurant booked for lunch.

3. How was Margate and what can we expect in the future with that event?

We made a good start in 2015 and this year was a significant improvement again with numbers up and a great atmosphere. The town is rapidly improving especially the old town where our events are. Old town has a Brighton/European feel about it with vintage and retro clothes shops, boutique restaurants, coffee shops and tea rooms. The venue is perfect for a Mod/60’s event with two rooms, low ceiling, good sound system and live music set up. Our outside space during the day has a more festival feel about it with a stage on the seafront, scooters all around the piazza and this year we were blessed with beautiful sunshine which transformed the event. 2017 we aim to deliver another strong program including an exhibition in the TURNER this year and hope for more beautiful weather.

4. What else is coming up in NUTsWorld? Anything you wish to say to Bands, DJs, People of the Scene and beyond?

Plenty of great live shows at the Blues Kitchen venues over the summer months with Marta Ren and Stone Foundation two of the highlights. Mousetrap takes a summer break and returns in September and before you know it Crossfire returns on 22 October.

The new NUTSCAST will be online around 20 July and will give you an idea of what to expect at Brighton this year with tracks from the artists and DJ performing.

A limited edition Brighton T-shirt will be available at the Volks Saturday and Sunday lunchtime this year.

Over the last twenty years we have championed many new bands and DJ’s that have gone on to have successful careers. If you think you would fit in well at our events by all means send us a demo or playlist or copy of your record to review/play in our radio show. If it works for us too we will be in touch, you can use the contact button on our website at newuntouchables.com.


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July 9, 2016 By : Category : Bands DJs Front Page Interviews Music Reviews Tags:, , , ,
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Rat Race Interview

I caught up with Laurence the owner of Margate’s premiere Mod clothing shop Rat Race for a chat about his passion for fashion.

1. When and how did your passion for fashion come about?

As a young man growing up in Thanet, I experimented with many different styles of clothing. As I got older, I got more into stylish clothes but also wanted to wear something other than what could be found in regular department stores. I was fully aware of Margates’ role in harbouring the youth subcultures and styles from the 1960’s to 80’s and I loved looking at old photos of my father and his friends wearing their crombies, boots & braces.

2. When did you turn your passion into your profession?

I accompanied a friend to a trade show in London and spotted some classic Harrington jackets with an embroidered badge ‘Keep the Faith Margate’ on the sleeve. I thought the people of Margate would love them, the jackets were well made and in the original 60’s style. I opened my first fashion store in Margate in 2010 with the classic Harrington jackets, sta-prest trousers and traditional button-down shirts amongst other styles. This is where my passion for Mod and classic styles developed. I did not see the Mod trend as a sub-culture revival; I knew the style had never really gone away.

3. When and where did Rat Race first open?

During the Spring/Summer of 2014 and after experimenting with opening other stores in the South East I decided my passion for Modernist menswear was much better suited to Margate. I joined our two high street shops together internally, re-named and re-branded the stores to open as Rat Race and solely as a classic British clothier. Towards the end of 2015 my partner Bonnie and I expanded further, occupying our third neighbouring shop, which became Rat Race Girl, a store which stocks Mod, Skinhead, Rockabilly and Vintage girl styles .

4. Rat Race is a very popular amongst the Modernist fraternity, please tell us more about the clothing range available in the shop?

We’re a 21st century take on the 20th century’s finest subcultures, Mixing up mod clothing, skinhead style, a touch on the fifties and then adding a contemporary twist. We are official stockists of Merc, Art Gallery, Knightsbridge Neckwear, Brutus Trimfit, Trojan Clothing, Dr.Martens, Delicious Junction, Ikon Originals and many more. Rat Race also stock many other iconic brands, plus Rat Race Girl holds collections from Freddies of Pinewood, Collectif, Lindy Bop and Dolly & Dotty.

5. Are all the items sold in the shop available online?

We opened our online shop only at the beginning of 2016, a lot of our core items are available on our website. We’re growing our website all the time and new collections are added regularly. We always like to hold a few pieces back just for the shop-floor and for our not so web connected customers, so you’ll always find something which isn’t available online – I believe you still can’t beat that moment of stopping into the street to gaze at something in the window.

6. Any famous clientele dropped by the shop?

We’ve had a few well-known customers shop at Rat Race including Neville Staple, Dave Barker & Buster Bloodvessel. Our most recent being Paloma Faith, Preston and surprisingly enough the chatty man himself Alan Carr.

7. Any plans for a Rat Race clothing range in the future?

We have lots of plans and ideas we’re working towards. Our next project will be working in partnership with the 60’s Suit Co. to develop an off-the-peg range of suits designed exclusively for Rat Race. We work closely with the 60s Suit Co. and we would both be involved in the design process to create and release a range of suits, tailor-made for the Margate mods & skins. We are also going to be doing four types of trousers, all in different fabrics, and something to appeal to the Mods, Skinheads and Suedeheads.

8. Do Rat Race cover men and women’s fashion?

We certainly do, we have three high street shops conjoined to make one large shop. Within Rat Race you’ll find ‘Rat Race Girl’ which is our latest addition. It’s great to have a space solely for the girls but also where men and women can shop together.

9. How important to the Rat Race philosophy is it to have local people who know their onions about Modernist fashion working in the shop?

It’s very important to have knowledgeable staff, our Rat Race team certainly know their onions and they also have the same passion and enthusiasm as myself for what we do. I also think it’s important that our staff share the same vision and drive for Rat Race and help create something unique that will stand the test of time.

10. Why do you think the sixties style is still revered, respected and revisited with each new generation?

People from every new generation want to look good and find a style that suits them. When you look good, you feel good, it gives you confidence and young people look at the sixties style and see that un-apologetic swagger. They want to emulate that feeling, they want to know that they look good enough to stand out from the crowd. There is nothing better than Modernist fashion for a clean-cut style and sharpness.

11. What are your favorite vintage and modern fashion brands?

That’s not too easy to answer, there are many brands that I’m into. I love the stories behind the brands and how they have become popular, for example: Brutus Trimfits’ story of Keith Freedman’s visit to Hong Kong’s in 66’ to discover a shop selling half sleeve button-downs shirts for off-duty American soldiers. The shirts were not available in the UK and so with a few adaptations he ordered them in 12 different colours and to this day they still fly off the rails! There are many stories like this and it’s all part of the history of the brands we sell and love.

12. Where do you see Rat Race heading in the future and any exciting projects coming up you want to tell us about?

We hope to continue as we are doing, finding new brands to offer our customers and building up our online shop. We have a meeting with Gabicci this month and hope to become a Gabicci stockist before the coming Margate Mod and Sixties Festival. You can also find us at Folkestone Skabour in September, this will be our sixth trade event for Skabour. It’s a great Ska weekend where we meet many customers and friends, both old and new. Check our website or pop in to see us if you get a chance.

13. With the Mod/Sixties festival coming up at Whitsun where can we find you in Margate and what are the opening hours?

You can find Rat Race and Rat Race Girl at the lower end of Margate High Street, just up from the piazza and harbour. We’re open 7 days a week until 5.30pm and 5pm on Sundays. but check the links below and our website!

Now in-store & online at www.ratracemargate.co.uk // Spring/Summer 2016 Collections from Merc, Art Gallery, Brutus & Trojan Clothing.

Classic British mens & women’s wear.
Open 7 days a weekly 10-5.30 (10-5 Sundays)

Main Site:  ratracemargate.co.uk

Social Networks:

facebook.com/ratracemargate
twitter.com/ratracemargate
instagram.com/ratracemargate
pintrest.com/ratracemargate


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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May 4, 2016 By : Category : Fashion Front Page Interviews News Style UK Tags:, , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Tony Jackson

This entry is part 16 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

First got seriously into music with the Mod Revival in 1979. The Jam and Secret Affair were my favourites. Also 2 Tone, particularly The Specials. After seeing Quadrophenia, I started buying 60’s records, good and bad ones!

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Rhythm & Soul Revue (I think that’s what it was called) at Churchill’s, Ramsgate. I was just collecting then, but was invited to spin some tunes. I remember Jo Wallace giving me positive feedback, which encouraged me to do more, whenever opportunities arose. So basically, it’s all her fault!

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Margate Mod & 60’s Festival last year. So nice to do a NUTS event with some legendary Mod DJ’s, bringing back happy memories!

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

There have been one or two. Faulty equipment, power cuts, sewer blockage, rain, fights, venue running out of beer after two hours… and a plague of flies!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Lee Miller, Rob, Ian Jackson, Pid, Chris Dale, Speed and all the others who, over the years, have given myself and many others some great times. They’ve cost me a fortune in records though! And I must mention Tony Class (RIP). A CCI rally night wasn’t complete without his party music. I didn’t totally get it at the time, but I
do now!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I just play the music that I have collected over the years. It can be Northern, Mod, Jazz, Ska, Reggae, whatever.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I bought an original copy of Luther Ingram – “If It’s All The Same To You Babe” back in the late 80’s for £35. Not a bad investment!

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

The Mod Revival was what got me started, so it would have to be that. It just led on to so many other things and influences. Favourites? The Small Faces and
Dusty Springfield!

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

No. I try to keep an open mind!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

My regular haunt is The Black Cat Club in Margate. Find it or me on Facebook!

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

The one that James Clark HASN’T got!

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Small Faces – Don’t Burst My Bubble
2. Herbie Goins & The Nightimers – Cruisin’
3. Sonny Boy Williamson – Help Me
4. Brother Jack McDuff – Duffin’ Around
5. Prince Buster – Freezing Up Orange Street
6. Reg Guest Syndicate – Underworld
7. Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band – I’ve Been Hurt By Love
8. Timebox – Beggin’
9. The Quik – Bert’s Apple Crumble
10. Walter Jackson – It’s An Uphill Climb To The Bottom

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Bob Seger System – Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man
2. Zu Zu Blues Band – Zu Zu Man
3. Reverend Cleophus Robinson – Shout Shout
4. We The People – Love Is A Beautiful Thing
5. Denny Belline & The Rich Kids – Money Isn’t Everything

Main Site:

www.facebook.com

Next Club Spots:

Soul Cellar on 30th April 2016
Sure Shot on 14th May 2016
Mod & 60’s Weekender on 27-30th May 2016 in sunny (hopefully!) Margate, see all the details HERE!


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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May 4, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Ska Shack Toast & Lee

This entry is part 17 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

For me It was Two Tone, I became a Rude Boy, this was around 1979. The look was more suede head I suppose, but I slowly got my hair cut shorter and shorter, until I was a Skinhead. At the time my top band was the Specials and it was through them that I looked back and started to collect the original sound of Ska and Reggae, but being a skinhead I also started listening to Oi
and Punk.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I had played out at a few scooter Do’s but my first proper DJ slot was in Tufnell Park at the club called sublime. At the time I was working for One stop Music and was asked to fill in. I played a mixture of Punk, Two Tone and Ska Punk as well as American Punk I also threw in a few Studio One, Lee Perry tunes. It was a monthly club and ran for around four years. Lily Allen used to attend as well as Mike from the Lock up, and the band King Blues before they were the King Blues.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I spun a few between the bands at a the London Astoria for Reel Big Fish, I played both days at the venue. To around 2500 kids, all singing along to the tunes I dropped.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

I apart from the usual annoying drunk people. For me I was playing out to mates and other DJ’s. I played one of my favorite tunes and mixed it perfect in the headphones with a tune with the same rhythm, It was a perfect mix, I felt good, then I looked up every one was there standing staring at me. I hadn’t put the slider up and the pub was dead quite. I got the piss ripped out of me.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

That’s a difficult one. Within our Skinhead scene we have loads of DJ’s who play some great tunes. But for me it has to be Phil Bush I don’t go to all his do’s, but he lays down some top tunes and his sound system is the dog’s bollocks. Before that it was Jim Cox.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I wanted to create a scene of our own in Margate, Medway had a good skinhead reggae do in the form of Klub Skank. So with Eli putting on Ska and Reggae gigs at the Westcoast I wanted to bring the old sound back and have a regular club night. I used the name Ska Shack, and it stuck, the first do was just a load of mates having a drink while I spun some cd’s. It sort of grew from there. Lee joined me and we used to double-deck, trying to out play each other like a mini sound clash. We never really took ourselves too serious to be honest, we played cd’s were more than likely drunk while playing, but the people liked it. As Lee got more and more vinyl, so we started to play vinyl, and we tend to be a lot more serious now.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

There was this Tune on a CDR I was given that had no title, a nice instrumental. I asked the guy who sent me the CD and he said it was from a blank so didn’t know. It sort of haunted me. I recognized it but couldn’t place it. A few year later going through my collection, playing a few lo and behold I had it all the time, that felt good.

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Don’t really know, Suppose its Skinhead Reggae I tend to think that real Skinhead Reggae was British produced, as it was aimed at the skinhead market, it has a certain base line which sounds a bit sticky. As for bands the Rudies, Pioneers and all their alias.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

I mainly collect reggae and Trojan is probably the label as they are still releasing stuff although most on CD, I was lucky enough to be asked to write sleeve notes for one of their latest releases “Monkey business” which is a skinhead reggae comp. I collect Ska, Reggae and Soul. I still follow the modern bands like the Aggrolites, and the Delerians etc.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

The Ska Shack mostly plays in Margate area. We do a relaxed Sunday lunch time do called Reggae Roast, Which we play Dub Roots, Ska, Reggae and Rocksteady. It’s just mates chilling and having a beer. Then we have Skagate in the summer which is a 3 day festival and then the Ska Shack Christmas Cracker which is now in its 6th year. In between that we do put on small do’s. When we started it was just us, now it seems everyone is a DJ and there is in Reggae do at least once a month in Margate now. The Ska Shack is also a weekly Radio Show on www.dwradio.co.uk, which we have been doing for over 4 years now.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Cheap ones that turn out to be expensive.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

Dandy- Shake Me wake Me
Rudies- Boss Sound
Delirians- Move around
Jackie Mendez- So nice Like Rice
Aggrolites- Mr Misery
John Holt- Reggae From Ghetto
Skatalites- Christine Keeler
Don Drummond- Confucius
Derrick Morgan- Stand By Me
Stranger Cole- When I get Me Freedom

Top five spins:

Audrey- Love Me Tonite
Nana- Slickers
Reids Allstars- Hell 5
Winton James Hot Rod All Stars- Gal Think You Nice
Mad Lads- I will always love you

Web Links:

Main Site: www.skashack.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Ska-Shack
Mixcloud: www.mixcloud.com/toasttrojanskin/

Next Club Spots:

www.skagate.com


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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May 4, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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Margate Tips & Treasures

“…the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe.” – JMW Turner… bit of a painter he was. One of Margates’ claims to fame for sure, over a hundred of his paintings were of Margate and the surrounding area, and especially of those skies, sunsets as beautiful as the Northern lights, they certainly take your breath away. The building of the Turner Contemporary art gallery and it’s opening in 2011 , saw the beginning of Margates rejuvenation, and is right opposite the venues for The Mod and 60’s weekend in the heart of the old town, yards away from where Turner lived and worked.

The Turner Contemporary was the catalyst to a number of new businesses for sure, mainly based around the old town but gradually spreading out, wonderful cafes, restaurants, art galleries, vintage clothes shops galore, quaint and quirky shops… we’ve got new indoor markets , record shops and my personal fave, micro-pubs and breweries a plenty, I can’t even keep up with them.

The main thing is, there’s a buzz about the town. Eight years ago I hated the place so much that I left, seemingly for good. I was glad to see the back of the crumbling, run down wreck of a seaside town. When it came to moving back, two and a half years ago, it was with fear and trepidation. Those worries were soon put aside, I’ve fallen in love with the place all over again, so much to do now. Great club nights and music of all styles, and I am lucky enough to be a small part of it, regularly Dj’ing at three different nights at The Black Cat Club, in the heart of the old town, which back in the sixties was called The Dugout. Owned today by Eli, as is The Westcoast which is soon to be renamed Olbys Soul Cafe and one of the venues for the weekend’s fun, Eli was one of the visionaries that could see what the town has to offer, and a lover of fine soul, Ska, reggae and Latin, a damned fine musician too.

So what of the Sixties and in particular the mod scene around here? Margate of course is famous or infamous for its Bank Holiday run ins between the mods and rockers. Newspaper headlines of the times include ‘Wild ones beat up Margate!’, ‘Charge of the mods at Margate!’ amongst others. There’s normally a good exhibition of these events in the town’s museum in the centre of the old town. Troubles rose again with the mod revival of the late seventies and early eighties, this time Margate seeing fights with mods and skinheads, not just at bank holidays, but at many other weekends. The seafront arcade area was seen as skinhead territory. The Continental Cafe in Cliftonville along with The London Tavern pub in town were the biker hangouts. You really took your life in your hands riding past these places on your scooter, oh I’ve got some stories about these times… another time maybe.

Back to the sixties. The Mods didn’t just visit the town, some were already here, forming bands and playing at different venues, one of which were a local R&B outfit, called The Lower Third. They’d been playing a while before being joined for a short time by a young Mr Davy Jones (David Bowie of course). They played together at The Lower Third’s residency at The Cliftonville Hall. The Beatles played for a week at The Winter Gardens. The Who played at Dreamland as did many more big names. Talking of Dreamland, it’s open again, and it’s now retro central. With guidance from Wayne Hemingway, a lot of money has been spent – a matter of opinion as to whether it’s all been in the right places, but check it out and its future plans which are exciting let alone interesting to those of a retro mind. It could be a big help to the rising of Margate’s fortunes if run correctly. Check out this video on YouTube, made before Dreamland reopened, which talks about Margate’s past and the vision for the future: Watch Here.

There have been a lot of articles recently in the mainstream press, headlines like ‘How Margate Became The New Hipster’s Paradise’, which have included lines like ‘Welcome to sunny Margate’. Once emblematic of the sad decline of the English seaside resort, the Kent town is now being talked of as a sandy ‘Shoreditch-on-Sea’ this is true…ish, and we have seen an influx, as I’ve said before, of some great little businesses, some of which are very strange to us locals, but at the end of the day, all welcome!

It’s a bit worrying about the increase in rents and property prices though, so get in quick. This can be said for hotel rooms too, a severe lack of these, so book early.

Other things to see… if you fancy something trippy, check out one of Margate’s enduring mysteries, the Shell Grotto, which was discovered in 1835 and is decorated with around 4.6m shells, spooky caves, 70 feet of passageways, before arriving at a chamber featuring a 2000sq ft mosaic. Why it’s there is a mystery, a cult headquarters, a pagan temple or just a folly. Tudor houses, the second oldest working Theatre in the country, loads of other amazing buildings, aforementioned galleries, all the shops in Margate and Cliftonville too, (where you’ll find Northdown road, with TASS for all things Lambretta and Vespa), second-hand shops galore.

Don’t forget the wonderful beaches and views, a lot of which you’ll see if you’re bringing your scooter, as on the Sunday there will be a rideout around the island (yes we still call Thanet an island) around the cliff tops and bays through Victorian Broadstairs and Royal Ramsgate Harbour. Those that took part last year loved it, a big thanks to the local scooter club South Coast Pirates for their help.

Yes, there are still some rough bits here and there , still a lot needs to be done , money still needs to be spent , but I feel it’s an exciting time to be here, and to come and visit.


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Richard Llewellyn

Previously known as Dickie, old frequenter of all things Nuts , Mod and Sixties scene , International jet setter retired. Vinyl/music lover , Red wine , Ale and good food enthusiast, Artist and Dj , These days living a slightly quieter existence on the Kent coast, where i'm enjoying life with my lovely wife Jo, but still spinning the vinyl at three regular club nights in Margate's old town at The Black Cat Club . Check out my website link for more info.

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April 20, 2016 By : Category : Front Page Reviews UK Tags:, , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Lee Petryszyn

This entry is part 18 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

Growing up there was always music & records about, me old dear loved Motown, the old mans a huge soulie (DJ’s himself still) but was my older brother who introduced me to everything that was good growing up through the 90’s with Blur, Oasis, The Verve then the inspirations to those bands like The Who, Small Faces etc… It was The Horrors fanzine that I first got my early glimpse into Psych with a track off a CD that used to come with it… Hooterville Trolleys – No Silver Bird, which blew my mind and opened up a new one seeking similar sounds!

Where was your first DJ slot?

Used to play a couple of mates indie nights but the first 60s bash was as resident for a night that used to be called Psychedelic Sunday’s at the Lexington with my pal Jamie Cook a few years back with mostly cheap nuggets singles.

What was your most memorable DJ spot?

My second time at Mousetrap, one of my favourite 60s haunts as a punter, always a game crowd in a nowadays rare club that has all the right ingredients for a top night. At the brilliant Margate Mod weekender – playing records with my old man for a good while in the day. The farewell night at Berlin Beat Explosion which was open deck at Wowsville bar playing back to back with Riccardo Para from Italy.

What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Fortunately in my thus far short-lived Dee Jin escapades I’ve not endured any too drastic, My first time at Mousetrap had a couple of hiccups with the mixer not working to start with which didn’t help calm the nerves!

Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Joseph Spurgeon was the first DJ that initially captured my psychedelic imagination! Rob Bailey, Carolina Pastore, Rhys Webb, Peter Feeley, Holly Calder, Stephen McConville – in fact anyone who collects and plays as it’s not a cheap game to be in!

What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Mostly anything from 66 to 71 that’s uptempo, fast and frantic with a good groove.

What was your best ever find/discovery?

Discovering Psychedelic Music and all the nights that play it like Hidden Door Club/Cave/Le Beat Bespoke/Mousetrap.

Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

My Brother, My old man for the thirst for Vinyl, Cave Club & Mousetrap nights and the DJs that play. Brian Jonestown Massacre being my favourite artists.

Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

If I could choose it would be British Demos & Pictures sleeves but any great tune will do,but predominately French Psych/British & Dutch/Belgium Freakbeat.

Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Hidden Door Club at Mascara Bar in Stoke Newington Friday 8th April. Margate Mod & 60’s Weekender on Sat May 28th 2016, see all the details HERE!

What is the record you would most like to own?

Adams Recital – There’s no place for lonely people.

Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

The Fox – Hey! Mr Carpenter (CBS)

Legay – No one (Fontana)
The Accent – Red Sky at Night (Decca)
July – Dandelion Seeds (Major Minor)
Ruperts People – Dream on my Mind (Columbia)
The Mickey Finn – Garden of my Mind (Direction)
The Koobas – Royston Rose (Columbia)
Dragonfly – Celestial Empire (Philips)
The Orange Alabaster Mushroom – Tree Pie (POP 24)
Pink Floyd – See Emily Play (Columbia)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

Peshka – Danse Du Ventre (JAG)
Glass Sun – Silence of the Morning (Sound Patterns)
Sheephouse – Ladder (Decca)
Joys of Life – Descent (Columbia)
The Fairytale – Guess I Was Dreaming (Decca)

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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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May 4, 2016 By : Category : Beat DJs Front Page Fuzz Garage Interviews Music Psych Tags:, , , ,
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Hey Mr DJ – Callum Simpson

This entry is part 19 of 19 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 3

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I got into the mod/scooter scene at 15 years old. I bought my first scooter, a Vespa 50cc Special and joined a scooter club called High Moderation. My older brother and cousins were into the mod scene which influenced me massively. I started to take more of an interest and hang around with some Mods who were a year above me at school. Once into the fashion it was only a matter of time before I discovered the music. I started listening to bands such as Paul Weller, The Jam, Small Faces and The Who. My brother had a big part to play in my musical taste progressing, as he was listening to bands like The Specials, Madness and was listening to lots of soul and Motown compilations. At 16 I was able to start going to clubs like Brighton Beach, local soul nights and the occasional scooter rally. I was hearing records like Mel Torme – Coming Home, Sandi Sheldon – Gonna make me love you and Sam Dees – Lonely for my baby. As you can imagine I was blown away by which made me to start delving a little deeper into the music and vinyl records. I bought my first record from Boogaloo Records in Leicester when I was 17 for £6 and it was Ray Charles – Go on home.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My First DJ set was in Birmingham at a night organised by Pid. By now I was hooked and lived for the weekends by travelling up and down the country regularly attending mod/soul nights. Through attending nights on a regular basis Pid asked me to DJ along with a couple of close mates Soggy and Gibbo. I was so nervous but managed to get people dancing so it went relatively well. Records I was playing at this point were tunes like JJ Jackson – O Ma Liddi, Artisitcs – Hope We Have and Joe Tex – You Better Believe it Baby, all great tunes!

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

My most memorable DJ set has to be in Barcelona at the Boiler Club. The city is amazing enough but the Boiler Club is how clubs should be, exciting, vibrant and a full on party from start to finish. I have so many great memories of this club!

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

If ever you get asked to DJ at a wedding Don’t Do It! I was asked off the back of running a club called ‘Shoutin the Blues’. One of the bar men liked the music and asked me to play at his wedding. At the time I was about 18 or 19 and thought that I could make a few quid. I made it clear that I only had Soul, Mod, R&B, Latin records and that he wouldn’t be getting the usual type wedding DJ. The groom was adamant that he wanted something a bit different and that his guests would enjoy the music. I agreed to do it and for a price of £150, which I thought wasn’t bad for a few hours work! How wrong could I have been!

To cut a long story short only 1 person danced throughout the whole night and that was towards the end of the night… funnily enough it was probably the rarest record I played all night ‘Billy Hawkes – Oh Baby’.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Mik Parry – Forward thinking, has a great ear and is very knowledgeable! Check out his Youtube channel ‘Pow Wow Mik’. The second is Mr Karl Heard, he is what I call a proper DJ! This man has the ability to create an atmosphere like no other. Hopefully I’ll get to see Karl DJ again soon, I hear he is back and still unearthing new tunes!

Gav Arno – he’s a dark horse! Gav has a passion for unearthing quality unknown records like no other, he finds tomorrow’s big records today!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The three DJ’s I have mentioned in question 5 have helped me shape my taste, especially Karl Heard, over the last few years. Another is by regularly attending club nights and hearing DJ’s spinning new (to me) interesting records. The thing I love about Mod nights is you get such a varied taste of music from Soul right through to Jazz. The internet is also a great way to hear new records and other DJ’s from around the world. Shows such as Jester Wild and YouTube channels are a great way to hear new stuff. Over the years I have collected all sorts but now I am much more selective about what records I buy.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

My best discoveries are records I have recently posted on YouTube, Lil Archie & the Majestics, Leave my Girl Alone & Victor Lane – There’s something about you. A few copies have turned up since but they are both extremely rare records!

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

I honestly don’t have a favourite artist, I love Marvin Gaye but not sure I could call him my favourite. I would relate this back again to question 5 and say that in my time as a resident at The Pow Wow Club, Mik and Gav were massive influences over me musically. The stuff these guys were playing was unreal! Imagine being 19/20 and hearing The Jokers, Jonathan Capree, The Fads, Young Jessie etc. Both well ahead of their time and two great DJ’s.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Not in the slightest, if it’s good and I like it I’ll buy it!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I am a resident at the Pow Wow Club in Sheffield and I’ve recently joined the NUTS DJ team.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Another tough one, it would have to be either Eddie Parker, I’m Gone on Awake or The Hopkins Bros, Shake Cherri on Magnetik. I first heard Eddie Parker in Sweden at the Soulastic All-nighter when Ginger Taylor was playing. When the first few notes came in the reaction and atmosphere was something that I will never forget. I first heard Andy Dyson play The Hopkins Bros at Lifeline a few years back and again the place went crazy. Only a handful of DJ’s had it at the time (Dyson, Butch, Ian Wright, Mick H etc. Again the place went mental and the dancefloor was rammed!

Unfortunately both are well out of my price range and probably always will be, I’m hoping I’ll get lucky and find a copy in a charity shop or record fair. The chances of this happening are doubtful but never say never where records are concerned.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourite’s and a current top 5 spins?

Top Ten Favourites:
1. Eddie Parker – I’m gone
2. Hopkins Bros – Shake Cherri
3. Jonathan Capree – I’m gonna build me a mountain
4. Mel Williams – Groove my mind
5. Ray Agee – I’m losing again
6. Billy Hawkes – Oh baby
7. Volumes – I ain’t gonna give you up
8. Otis Lee – Hard Row to Hoe
9. Gene Toones – What more do you want
10. Tobi Lark – Sweep it out in the shed

Top Five Spins:
1. Pat Lewis – No One to Love
2. Wayne Champion – Don’t Panic Baby
3. King Carl – Everybody’s feeling good
4. Jokers – Soul Sound
5. Sal Davis – Makini


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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May 4, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Interviews Music Scene UK Tags:, , , , , ,
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Margate Scooter Run Fun

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Scooter Scene

There are scooter ride outs planned over the Whitsun weekend for The Margate Event with details below.

Blackheath Tea Hut is synonymous with all night revelry, fizzy drinks full of sugar and greasy food. Perfect for a Mod hotspot then! This listed institution has been serving the likes of original Mod Tony Foley (pictured) and the SE London lot who regularly used the tea hut as a point of congregation through the years. As with many traditions, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it so why not meet here to start a bank holiday ride out to Margate! That’s right, the New Untouchables team have revived the Margate fun and Bar Italia Scooter Club is leading the charge down to the coast for a long weekend rave up.

We leave at 10am SHARP on Sat 23 May (after consuming plenty of food and fizzy drink) and make our way along the country roads, via Medway scooters in Strood (at around midday) to collect more friends from the area, then on to the coast for a late lunch! Expect the usual high calibre of daytime events on arrival that will continue throughout the weekend.

For more information on the outer make sure you check back here or via the Facebook group Bar Italia Scooter Club London.

Full tanks please!

We at Thanet Area Scooter Services or T.A.S.S. as we are known were delighted to be asked to help and get involved in the Margate mod weekend, especially with the scooter ride out and custom show, and one of us being an old Nuts regular too. Obviously having a shop in Margate, selling, restoring and servicing everything Lambretta and Vespa, and a chance to show off our island (for once it was an island); we are very much looking forward to it.

So for those wanting to take part, here’s the plan. Meet up at the Piazza opposite Margate harbour, which is just near The Westcoast and Black Cat Club shortly before midday on the Sunday, when we’ll set off, with Roger and me from TASS and other locals leading the way, with help from members of The South Coast Pirates Scooter Club. We’ll lead you up out of Margate past The Turner Centre, following the coast road along the cliff tops to Palm Bay, before a short detour inland around Northdown Park, rejoining the small twisty cliff top road, then along the lane that runs through the middle of the golf course, round the bays and beaches of North Foreland and past the wonderful Light house and into the flint walled small streets of Broadstairs, Charles Dickens former home, and much still looking as if it was still the Victorian era. Then it’s back onto the cliff top road round to Dumpton, where we have to make another detour, before arriving into historic Ramsgate, with its magnificent royal harbour and Marina, the ride down into the centre is superb, past the waterfalls and sweeping along to the front, where we’ll park up for a time.

Once refreshed we’ll head up out to the Westcliff and lead you down past the Viking ship at Pegwell bay, before we head inland, across the island and through the middle of the Battle of Britain airport of Manston. From there it’s just a short ride back to the outskirts of Margate, where we’ll come in from the other end of town and parade along the seafront, arriving where we started… We hope.

Then hang out, enjoy the afternoon entertainment with The Faithkeepers and Turning live, DJ’s, market and food and refreshments, whilst our judges will wander through the scooters and deliberate on the result of Best Lambretta, Best Vespa, Lambretta and Mod scooters sponsored by TASS and Bar Italia. The trophy ceremony will be taking place at 3pm in front of the main stage. Don’t forget your cameras!


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Nicky Bubbles

Nicky Bubbles was bitten by the bug as a young lad in Australia. With the sounds of Otis, Diana and Marvin in the background of his youth, it was a deep seeded passion for Tamla that helped propel him towards the Mod scene in his mid twenties. The love of scooters was also apparent from a relative obsessed with Vespas. This led to Nicky joining and subsequently taking over the reigns at Central London’s only dedicated geared scooter club as ‘El Presidente’- Bar Italia SC. Based in Soho, the spiritual home of the Mod/ern/ist, the club meet on sundays at the iconic all night coffee bar, drink some of London’s best ground blend, and plan/ride through Central London throughout the year, as well as collaborate with fellow clubs in the South East region. The club, now approaching it’s tenth year anniversary as an official club, has a heavy influence by the scene and represents the more sussed part of the scootering fraternity. All other clubs are welcome, as well as any solo riders, Mod or otherwise.

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April 28, 2015 By : Category : Articles Cars and Scooters Events Front Page Style Tags:, , ,
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Masters – The Small Fakers

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Masters2

Arguably the greatest Mod band ever The Small Faces have inspired generations of young Mods and musicians ever since the sixties including a young Paul Weller. Ahead of their performance at Margate Mod and Sixties Weekender, Whitsun bank holiday, I had a chat with Dan Taylor the drummer in the Small Fakers about his obsession with the four faces.

01. When did you fascination with The Small Faces start?

1967 I reckon, hearing their records played on the radio while still in my mum’s tum! In all seriousness, I can actually remember specific records being played on the radio when I was a very young kid. Even now, every time I hear it on the radio I’m transported back to the kitchen table in our old house, playing with my toy cars while mum’s ironing, or cooking dinner.

Getting into the mod scene via the ’79 revival is what encouraged me to delve deeper into them, and buying ‘Small Faces – Big Hits’ off the second hand record stall at our local market with my paper round money got me properly hooked.

02. Whose idea was it to form a tribute to The Small Faces?

Me and Matt (lead singer and guitarist) pretty much had it simultaneously. We were in a 60s covers band together and John Hellier very kindly invited us to play his Small Faces convention in 2006. Matt, although he was a massive Marriott fan, never tried to dress or style his hair like him in any way. But for this show he did, and – it seems absurd now – that was the first time that I realised how striking a physical resemblance he has to him. As did the audience. The reaction was incredible. I phoned Matt the following day and said to him;
“You know what, last night went so well I reckon we should have a go at a…” “Small Faces tribute band?”, he interrupted – “I agree, let’s get going!” And we did.

03. What was your memory of those early rehearsals and shows?

Nerve-wracking! All four of us in the band are huge Small Faces fans, and we really really wanted to produce something decent, that even the most ardent Small Faces fans would appreciate. You could probably tell how nervous we were at our very first show Rob, you was there! I actually think we were pretty ropey that night, but the audience reaction was positive again, and that gave us lots of encouragement. But I think it probably took us about a year of performing and honing our playing – and clobber, and barnets! – until we felt happy with what we were serving up.

04. The band sound very authentic to my ears but not being old enough to have seen The Small Faces live personally what do those who did see them say?

That’s really kind of you Rob, thank you mate. Honestly, it means an awful lot to us when people like yourself, who really know your stuff, or people who saw the band back in the day, say we’re doing a decent job. We do get a lot of people coming to our shows who were lucky enough to see the band. I suppose we only get to talk to those who make a point of chatting to us after the gig, to basically say ‘Good job, keep it up.’ And that happens a lot, which is just brilliant. If any original fans have walked out in disgust, they’ve not contacted us to tell us – so fingers crossed, that means none have!

05. What did Kenney and Mac (RIP) plus the members of Ronnie and Steve’s family think of the Small Fakers? Have any of them seen your live shows?

We’ve been privileged to have original members and their immediate family come to see the band, and all have been really positive and encouraging. Kenney’s seen us three times now, and kicked me off my drumstool once to play ‘All Or Nothing’ with us! He’s pure class, as a performer and a person. A real gent. Jimmy Winston has played with us too. Steve’s mum’s seen us, and shared a very touching moment with Matt after the show. There were tears. And Stan, Ronnie’s brother has seen us loads and invited us to play his 70th birthday party. He’s another real gent, a diamond. Yeah, I would say they all enjoy what we do. We feel accepted by them, which is lovely.

06. What is your favourite song and album to perform live?

Fave song – ‘Afterglow’. Kenney’s drumming on that is just amazing. It’s a real workout, marvellous. Fave album – at the moment, it’s ‘Ogden’s’, which we play in its entirety including Unwinese narraction provided by Stanley’s son John. In December we’ll be performing ‘Ogden’s’ and the first ‘Small Faces’ LP back to back at The 100 Club in London. I suspect the first LP will take over as my fave then – I can’t wait to get stuck into tunes like ‘You Need Loving’, ‘Come On Children’ and ‘Own Up Time’. Fab.

07. What has been your favourite Small Fakers live show to date?

Probably one of the Glasgow shows we’ve done – the audience in that city is just really amazing. Right up for it straight from the off. Doing ‘Ogden’s’ for you on New Year’s Eve in 2011 was special too. For the novelty factor, playing a gig in Trafalgar Square takes some beating – there really can’t be too many bands who’ve done that!

08. Do you ever get the urge to write or perform your own songs? Could you write a Small Faces original for the Fakers?

It’s funny you should ask that! All of us have been in bands playing original material, and continue to write stuff. Since we started doing Fakers more and more people have been urging us to put out and perform our own material, and this year we’re going to do it. At the moment, the plan is to unveil it at our 100 Club shows in December. But we won’t be setting out to write stuff that sounds like The Small Faces. It’ll sound however it sounds. But I suspect it will sound more like The Small Faces than Sique Sique Sputnik for example!

09. It seems to me The Small Faces with the superb new boxset, convention, magazine and plaque in honour of them are more popular than ever since their unfortunate demise. What is about the music and style of these four ‘east-end’ lads that is so enduring?

It’s the combination of lots of different ingredients I think. Marriott’s astonishing voice and the band’s superb musicianship and image count for a lot. But at the end of the day, it’s the quality of the songs that really counts. For me, they were way ahead of their time, and way more experimental than a lot of people give them credit for. Because of that, their songs still sound fresh and contemporary I think, compared to lots of other fantastic bands from the 60s, which may not necessarily sound dated as such, but you can definitely place them in a particular moment. The Small Faces’ songs always seem to reward you some way when you play them again, there’s always something new to hear. Remastering just enriches that experience further. Plus, let’s not forget that with each passing year there are more and more bands for the Small Faces to be compared to, and be placed stand head and shoulders above.

10. What treats do you have lined up for us on the Friday night of the Margate Mod and Sixties weekend?

Hopefully my tailor will have finished my new trousers by then – they’re pretty astonishing! Seriously though, without giving the game away, I can say that anyone who has ever seen us before is definitely going to get something different from us that night! That’s all I’m prepared to say at the moment Rob.

11. What plans lie ahead for the Small Fakers?

We’re really looking forward to performing the first album in its entirety for the first time, along with ‘Ogden’s’ at the 100 Club in December, plus more shows with PP Arnold hopefully. And working on our own material, which we’ll be putting out under a different name. Don’t know what that will be yet. So far everything we’ve come up with has been laughably piss poor, so if any of your readers have any suggestions, please email them to: bangonsounds@gmail.com – ta mate!


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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April 23, 2015 By : Category : Bands Beat Front Page Interviews Music News UK Tags:, ,
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Rob Bailey on Margate Mod and Sixties Festival

I recently met up with Rob bailey, AKA DJ Dr Robert to chat about his joint new venture ‘Great British Music Culture’ (go to: www.gbmusicculture.co.uk) and their first Event ‘The Margate Mod and Sixties Festival’ (full info here). Here is what he had to say!

01. What was growing up in the Kent area like and what are your first musical related memories?

Music was all around me from an early age especially at school with the ever so cool sixth formers and our home economics teacher Miss Potts (who was every young Mods dream) riding her Vespa to school. Quite a few of us signed up for her classes she was a bit like Fay Hallam of Makin Time but before her time this was 1982/83. The music followed on from the style at first.

02. Margate, Kent, the Medway area have all been a vibrant historical ‘musical delta’ over the years?

Being close proximity to London helps of course but growing up near Medway in the early eighties was exciting. Along with my short spell at Gillingham football club my other passion was music. We had that in abundance and attitude from local heroes the Prisoners and JTQ followed when the Prisoners split. We also had a great DJ’s like Graham Sage and Keith Rylatt who run Bogart’s Soul club, Jo Wallace at Churchill’s and the King Charles Mod nights. In 1985 the Cool Running Scooter Club started organizing its own nights in Maidstone where both Lee Miller and I started our DJ journeys. This was going on all over Kent we met the Canterbury lads Jake, Paul, Nick and Chris also the Llewellyn brothers and Matt, Tony and Simon from Thanet. All these areas had their own Mod related nights and scenes. Allan Crockford used to work in my local Our Price record shop during the day and be a Prisoner or member of JTQ by night!

03. Margate itself was quite a Modernist Weekender Mecca in the golden era and the New Untouchables used to stage events there, why did this stop?

Margate like Brighton is close proximity to London and hit the headlines back in 1964 and will always be synonymous with the Mod scene. It’s has a great beach and the first ever fun fair Dreamland which reopens its doors this summer.

In 2002 New Untouchables revived it for a couple of years with great success but the problem was the town was detioriating around us.

04. So tell us what changes have been afoot in that Margate for those not from the local area?

Fast forward a decade and the new Turner Arts centre has transformed the town. Our venue the Westcoast and Black Cat Club in the heart of the old town is surrounded by vintage shops, boutique hotels, family run cafes, restaurants, tea rooms and even an old sweet shop. The UK’s first ever fun fair, Dreamland will reopen its doors for the first time in over a decade this summer. Margate also offers one of the best Beaches in Britain and one of the few places you can watch the sun rise and set.

05. So you have a new event called Margate Mod and Sixties Festival what is the new venue like?

The venue is fantastic space opposite the harbour in the heart of the old town and is a similar size and space to the Komedia in Brighton with two rooms and offers a great live music space. The smaller venue Black Cat is already hosting some great club nights that are Mod and Sixties friendly with Profumo, Wahoo, Face Up and the Soul Cellar. It will also be serving the best Caribbean food in town during the day all weekend.

06. What live bands have you got lined up for this Event?

We start as we mean to go on with a stellar line-up of live bands. Kicking things off Friday is closest you will ever get to hearing the Small Faces live. The Small Fakers have built a superb reputation as a must see live band for all things Small Faces. Saturday daytime is out Battle of the bands (go to: www.gbmusicculture.co.uk to enter). I can’t wait for Sat night and a chance to see Graham, Allan and Wolf in action playing all those songs I love from the Prisoners, Solarflares and Prime Movers. Sunday daytime we have two explosive young bands, the first from Spain the Faith Keepers are best described soulful dynamite and already blew the roof of in Brighton two years ago.  They will be joined by young London band The Turning who play 21st century Mod pop and recently supported mates The Strypes on tour. Sunday night James Taylor takes centre stage with those groovy Hammond vibes before our Northern Soul allnighter gets underway.

07. What about DJ Talent to fill those dancefloors?

We have a great mix playing of DJ’s playing across the board Mod and sixties sounds including the New Untouchables regulars along with local guys from the clubs mentioned above and special guests from the London area.

08. Anything else going on for Scooterists? Is there a meet up for those riding down from the London area?

There are two ride outs over the weekend. Our first ride out is organized by Bar Italia Scooter Club on Sat 23 May and leaves Blackheath Tea Hut on the A2 at 10am stopping at Medway Scooters in Strood and continuing down the A2 arriving at the Piazza opposite the Westcoast on Margate seafront early afternoon. Our second ride out is by the THANET AREA SCOOTER SERVICES to Ramsgate via Broadstairs, meeting at 12 noon on Sunday 24th at the Piazza. We have arranged parking in the Piazza with road closures on those days for scooters. The scooter Competition is sponsored by THANET AREA SCOOTER SERVICES, BAR ITALIA and THE PIRATES S.C and will take place at 3pm in the Piazza on Sunday 24 May 2015.

09. So there is a great outdoor area at the venue, tell us about that and how you will use it?

Our daytime events are on the Piazza opposite the Westcoast in the heart of the old Town right opposite the beach. We will have a stage with live music both days including battle of the bands on Saturday afternoon, open decks DJ sessions, scooter comp, market and record fair, food and drinks available at special prices for wristband holders.

10. How can folks buy a ticket and find out more?

The full program and tickets are online at: www.gbmusicculture.co.uk

If you want to enter battle of the bands or a trade stall or a spot at the Open decks session please contact us here!


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