Radio legend Steve Wight passes away

Radio legend Steve Wight passes away

One of the finest DJs in the history of British radio, Steve Wright, has passed away aged 69.

The much loved radio personality, MBE recipient and occasional television presenter, introduced the morning zoo / comedy sketch format to British radio with a humorous collection of his fictional personalities.

His family confirmed his death "with deep sorrow and profound regret" in a statement issued on Tuesday.

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RIP Mallorca Lee

RIP Mallorca Lee

The world of electronic rave music has lost one of its favourite hardcore sons.

Ultra-Sonic founder, front man, producer and globetrotting DJ, Mallorca Lee has died just weeks after announcing his terminal diagnosis. He was 51.

His first heartfelt social media post revealing his illness, left thousands of fans around the world stunned and in complete shock. The post stated that he had months to live. Sadly that was not to be.

Mallorca's family broke the news of his passing on his official Facebook page on Monday.

“We love you infinity, goodbye and safe trip.”

Mall was always a very firm favourite in North / South Ireland and was renowned for his electrifying energy and stage presence. There was a strong connection and common ground between the Scottish rave scene and our very own. It is one of the few things that brings all communities together as one.

One post on his official Facebook page said “I apologise for not telling all of my family and friends individually, it just breaks my heart a thousand times and I don’t have the strength to go through it all over and over again"

“I love you all, the last ten years have been the best of them all, it really has been wonderful.

“Love, that’s all we ever really have, our one true currency, so tell the ones around you what they mean to you, every day.”

We pass on our heartfelt condolences to Mallorca's family.

May he rest in peace.

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AVA Belfast 2024 lineup revealed

AVA Belfast 2024 lineup revealed

AVA has become the missing jewel in Belfast's electronic music crown.

The annual festival, brainchild of Belfast native Sarah McBriar, is now into its 10th successful year and continues to go from strength to strength.

From its fledgling years of building the brand and selling 1500 tickets at the T13 Building, to now clocking up a standard of 10,000+ sales on each day of recent events, the production values and line ups at each show continue to grow with each years festival.

You can see the reinvestment in each new event as they continue to make each one stronger than the last. Every little attention to detail is considered in the planning.

Acts booked for each year are carefully selected and represent the absolute cream of current DJ and production rosters globally. With the electronic music world changing so quickly, these guys have the required eye for talent and their finger well and truly on the pulse of what is fresh.

2024 sees another very fresh turnout of acts with many regular names appearing alongside the most upfront worldwide artists.

The mighty Belfast titans BICEP return again, this time with their critically acclaimed Chroma AV DJ set to offer their home crowd something very special.

US house god Kerri Chandler makes a headline appearance, along with rising stars Nia Archives and Barry Can't Swim

As usual, the standard of local support DJs is of the highest standard.

We think that this year will be the strongest yet

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This man has 30,000 LPs in his collection, watch his story

This man has 30,000 LPs in his collection, watch his story

This week, popular vinyl enthusiast Jake Kapusta on his Vinyl Hunters YouTube channel, spoke to one of London's most legendary vinyl collectors, Barry Winton.

Jake, who's record shopping antics with side kick Poppa Dave have been gradually gaining more views and followers, spent the day following renowned vinyl boffin Winton as he made his usual circuit around some of London's finer record stores.

The day culminated in Jake being offered the rare opportunity to view this mammoth collection back at Barry's London home.

Winton, who has been collecting records from he was a child, had the great fortune down through his many years as a writer and collector of music, to frequent the company of music icons such as Lemmy, Atomic Rooster, Amy Winehouse and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. He has also written books on record label history and collectors encyclopedias.

Watch this interesting insight into the lifetime of dedicated record collector.

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RIP Annie Nightingale

Rest in peace Annie Nightingale

This visionary lady of music was the first female presenter to wear headphones behind the desk at BBC Radio 1, back in 1970.

Her ear for fresh new music was second to none and she helped to break the careers of thousands of artists & bands over her lifetime in music broadcasting.

Annie’s immediate family made a statement announcing that she passed away yesterday at her home in London after a short illness.

People like Annie only come around once in a lifetime. Her vision and foresight will never be replaced.

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Belfast venue wasn’t big enough for Drum & Bass act’s DJ set

Belfast venue wasn't big enough for Drum & Bass act's DJ set!

Tickets went on sale a few days ago for the appearance of worldwide superstars of the Drum & Bass scene Chase & Status, playing a DJ set at iconic Belfast venue, The Limelight.

No-one could have anticipated just how fast this gig would sell out! Minutes!

**VENUE UPGRADED** So, due to this incredible, unprecedented demand for tickets, and after selling out The Limelight in record time during pre-sale mode, to meet demand, the Chase & Status Belfast DJ show has been upgraded to the bigger capacity of The Telegraph Building!

All tickets remain valid and remaining tickets for the upgraded show go on sale this FRIDAY.  

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Support on the night comes from the incredible talent of local D&B heroes Crilli

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DOM DOLLA makes his Belfast debut

DOM DOLLA makes his Belfast debut

Melbourne based DJ / producer Dom Dolla makes his Belfast debut on Sat 24th Feb at The Telegraph Building.

Dom discovered dance music when his Mother handed him a copy of Basement Jaxx’s 2001 album "Rooty" while on holiday. This was a game changing moment!

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In 2015 Dom was encouraged to quit his day job to pursue his obsession with music and production.

Dom’s break out year saw the release of the massive global smash "Take It", which he quickly followed up with the huge releases "San Frandisco" "Moving Blind", "Pump The Brakes" and "Strangers" w/ Mansionair.

In 2022, Dom returned with the highly anticipated single "Miracle Maker" featuring Clementine Douglas.

Dolla’s catalog continues to generate over half-a-BILLION streams, with 2x Platinum & 2x Gold Certified Singles, receiving the ultimate Australian recognition of winning an ARIA award for ‘Best Dance Release’, and has been commissioned by the biggest names in music to deliver official remixes for Rufus Du Sol, Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, The Martinez Brothers & Louie Vega ft Marc E. Bassy, and Gorillaz ft. Tame Impala. The latter reached #1 on Beatport's Top 100 Charts for six consecutive weeks.

Belfast's clubbers are in for something very special.

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Check out Liam Gallagher’s new single with John Squire

Check out Liam Gallagher’s new single with John Squire

Some might say it’s a match made in indie rock heaven - we tend to agree.

Ex Stone Roses guitarist John Squire has joined forces with Liam Gallagher on this killer cut.

After working together remotely laying down the bare bones of the track, the two bonafide legends spent three weeks in Los Angeles working with producer Greg Kurstin, who also produces The Foo Fighters amongst others.

The results are exactly what you’d expect from these guys, with Squire’s trademark guitar sounds cutting through and Gallagher’s vocals soaring to his usual heights.

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