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Archive for April 9th, 2011

Scorching live ska, a DJing pensioner and even the possibility of some free rum. Not bad for a fiver!

THE LEGENDARY DJ DEREK
In a career spanning more than 40 years, DJ Derek has become a globe-trotting reggae phenomenon, influencing fellow Bristolians MASSIVE ATTACK and even starring in DIZZEE RASCAL’s recent video ‘Dirtee Disco’. Such has been his popularity on dancefloors the world over, he was able to quit his job as an accountant in the mid-seventies to earn his living in clubland ever since.

Though he should have retired years ago, his appearances at the likes of The Big Chill, Glastonbury and Bestival have added to his iconic status, and the reggae grandaddy’s services are in demand more than ever. A resident at Skylarkin’ Oxford for the past seven years, it’s no underestimation to say that this man has given us some of the best nights of our lives. Expect an inimitable mix-up of reggae, ska, soul, rock n roll, and vintage jump-jive hepcat sleaze.

THE NINE TON PEANUT SMUGGLERS
A regular fixture at Skylarkin’ nights ever since they formed at the beginning of 2005, The Nine Ton Peanut Smugglers are now one of the best purveyors of authetic live ska, rhythm & blues and and caribbean boogaloo in the UK. The seven piece released their debut LP ‘Drop Some Leg’ in 2010 on Alopecia Records to widespread acclaim and tonight mark the launch of a new double-A side 45, ‘What I Gotta Do/The Clinch’ on French label String Rabbit. Not to be missed!

COUNT SKYLARKIN
More bounce from The Count, fresh from an April that sees him sharing decks with Trojan Soundsystem, Aba-Shanti-I and David ‘Ram-Jam’ Rodigan. Featuring all, some or none of his acclaimed remix collaborations with Harvey K-Tel.

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Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 6th May at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford
9pm-3am | £5 all night

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ARRIVE EARLY! DJ DEREK NIGHTS ARE ALWAYS SELL-OUTS
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