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My Top 5 Picks of the Year 2018/19: Part 3 DJ Playlists

By |2020-03-26T10:46:16+00:00March 24th, 2020|Articles, Modern Jive DJs|

I'm a bit late doing my Best of the Year lists, so I've decided to extend 2019 and add in the last four months of 2018. So what makes a great DJ Playlist? Being a DJ is no easy gig.  It can't be easy pleasing all the people all of the time, especially when we [...]

MJRoc Warmwell Weekender: DJ Billy Cullen (Nov 18)

By |2018-12-28T15:31:33+00:00December 28th, 2018|Modern Jive DJs, Weekenders|

I experience the magic of Warmwell for myself Back in November I experienced for myself the magic of Warmwell, and it didn't take me long to see that this Weekender, run by MJRoc's Colin Shaul and Gazza Forge, deserves it's reputation as one of the biggest and best weekenders in the Modern Jive dance calendar. [...]

Ceroc Southport Weekender – My Top Ten Tracks

By |2018-12-19T17:14:28+00:00March 13th, 2018|Modern Jive DJs, My Favourite Tracks, Weekenders|

A Dance Music Feast I often describe a Ceroc Southport Weekender as a Dance Fest, but they are more than just that.  They is always a feast of the very best dance music.  Over the weekend there were twenty two DJs spinning the tracks in three rooms.  Each one had planned their sets with great care, to ensure [...]

Ceroc Southport Weekender – Mark O’Reilly’s set

By |2018-12-19T17:14:28+00:00March 9th, 2018|Modern Jive DJs, Weekenders|

I give myself a night off In the same way that I advise First-timers to take care not get all danced out at Southport, I have to pace myself too.  There is so much going off that I could spend all weekend gathering information on DJ sets, classes and aspects of the social side.  But [...]

Ceroc Southport Weekender – Tim Sant’s Motown & Soul set

By |2018-12-19T17:14:28+00:00March 7th, 2018|Modern Jive DJs, Motown, Weekenders|

There is a lot of love for Motown out there It's amazing really just how much love there is for Motown out on the Ceroc dance floor, especially when you realise most of the people packing Ceroc freestyles across the country weren't even born, when the likes of The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Edwin Starr and [...]

Ceroc Southport Weekender – Caroline Houlton Set

By |2018-12-19T17:14:29+00:00March 2nd, 2018|Freestyle Reviews, Modern Jive DJs, Weekenders|

I was born to dance in The Thunderball Room When the programme for any Ceroc Southport Weekender is published on line, the first thing I look for is the DJ slots over the three night time sessions.  I was born to dance in the Thunderball Room at Southport, and I doubt I'll ever experience a dance [...]

Ceroc Heaven: Kelham Hall, Newark

By |2018-12-19T17:14:29+00:00February 7th, 2018|Freestyle Reviews, Modern Jive DJs|

I'm in The Thunderball Room at Southport with DJ Silly Boy! It's Friday night, and the atmosphere out on a packed dance floor in The Thunderball Room is electrifying.  The music is blasting out of the speakers, with the bass turned up to the max, and every note of ZZ Top's Sharp dressed man is resonating [...]

My Top Picks of The Year: Part 4 DJ Playlists

By |2018-12-19T17:14:30+00:00December 17th, 2017|Articles, Modern Jive DJs|

My 2016-17 Modern Jive Highlights It's a year since I started my modern jive blog, and in that time I've danced on average three times a week. I must have visited over fifty different Modern Jive venues and written reviews on most of them. That's a lot of dancing and a lot of writing. With [...]

Pirate Jive: The Shed, Beeston, Nottingham

By |2018-12-19T17:14:32+00:00November 10th, 2017|Freestyle Reviews, Modern Jive DJs|

DJ Gary Steps up to the big stage Over many years DJ Ian McLeod built an enviable reputation for his Pirate Jive freestyles at The Shed in Beeston, Nottingham.  People travelled a long way to experience the great atmosphere and enjoy the fabulous music that Ian provided.  The Shed was with out doubt established as one [...]

My Southport Scorch 2017 Top Ten Tracks

By |2018-12-19T17:14:35+00:00July 3rd, 2017|Modern Jive DJs, My Favourite Tracks, Weekenders|

A weekend full of great dance music It is now an established Southport tradition that I select a 'My Top Ten Tracks' list from my time on the dance floor and in classes. What surprised me that once again, there was little duplication, and a lot of fresh new music amongst the DJs playlists. This [...]