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My Top Picks of the Year: Part 4 DJ Playlists 2017/18

By | November 10th, 2018|Articles, Music Reviews|

Another year of dancing and writing I've had another wonderful year touring the country gathering material for my reviews and articles about this wonderful dance scene.  Every week I'm at a Class Night, and every weekend a Freestyle or Tea Dance, or sometimes both.  I've attended weekend Workshops and thrown myself in to four massive Weekenders. [...]

My Top Picks of The Year: Part 3 Dance Tracks

By | November 3rd, 2018|Articles, Music Reviews|

Another year of dancing and writing I've had another wonderful year touring the country gathering material for my reviews and articles about this wonderful dance scene.  Every week I'm at a Class Night, and every weekend a Freestyle or Tea Dance, or sometimes both.  I've attended weekend Workshops and thrown myself in to four massive Weekenders. [...]

Ceroc Southport Weekender: Sunday Night featuring Nicola Di Folco & Caroline Houlton

By | October 19th, 2018|Music Reviews, Weekenders|

I'm in need of a main room fix I've been writing a lot lately about chill-out venues.  As I sit writing my reviews I've been listening to the delicious contemporary music that I've heard at these venues, to help me get the right vibe for my writing.  I have to say that it's been a joy listening [...]

The Spirit of Southport September 2018 in Ten Top Tracks

By | September 12th, 2018|Music Reviews, My Favourite Tracks, Weekenders|

The Spirit of Southport lies in the music If you had to describe Ceroc's Southport Weekender to someone who had no idea what even Ceroc was, where would you start.  You'd probably begin by telling them that it involved round the clock dancing - it starts at three on Friday afternoon and doesn't stop until six o'clock [...]

A Dancer’s Tribute to Aretha Franklin

By | August 17th, 2018|Articles, Music Reviews|

My way of paying a tribute to Aretha Franklin With the sad news that Aretha Franklin passed away yesterday, I thought I'd write my own tribute from a dancers point of view, by giving you some background to two of her dance classics - Respect and Think.  These two tracks are legends in their own right, [...]

Ceroc Southport Weekender – A Boudoir music taster

By | June 6th, 2018|Articles, Music Reviews, Weekenders|

Paul, don't forget The Boudoir I guarantee you that, when it comes to picking my Top Ten Southport highlights the Thunderball Room always dominate.  There are always references to the intense club like vibe on the floor, and I can't stop myself using the phrase 'The DJ set the floor on fire'. There are plugs for [...]

Serious Jockin’- no G

By | December 26th, 2017|Music Reviews|

This article was originally posted in October 2016.  I've recently updated it with new music. So where do Modern Jive DJs find their exclusive dance tracks? So how do Modern Jive DJs find the fresh music tracks that keep the dancers interested?  The pop charts will give them a constant supply of new tracks, and there are several [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 6

By | April 9th, 2017|Music Reviews|

The Age of Funk and James Brown In the 1970's I found myself at university in Brighton. Back in Nottingham Motown was morphing in to Northern Soul, but that was never going to take hold on the South Coast. In the night clubs, I frequented as a long haired student, something else was happening. That [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 5

By | March 15th, 2017|Music Reviews|

Apologies for the delay  in posting Part 5 Apologies to all those looking forward to another fix of '70s dance music. I'm afraid that my visit to the Southport Weekender two weeks ago took over a bit, but I hope to get back on track and post the remaining parts every ten days. However Southport [...]

’70s Dance Music: Part 4

By | February 8th, 2017|Music Reviews|

DJ Lou gets Part 4 rolling I was wondering where to start on this, the fourth, journey through the vaults of '70s dance music. I then remembered the 'Guess the year' quiz from the Ceroc South Birmingham intermediate class. You had to guess the year of the tracks played during the lesson. It turned out [...]