We’re delighted to announce that Craig Charles (6 Music), David Rodigan (1Xtra) and Don Letts (6 Music) will perform FREE DJ sets at Birmingham Weekender.
The star-name DJs will light up the Square Dance stage in Victoria Square, which is presented in association with Moseley Folk Festival. The gigs are free to all and will form a highlight of the packed Weekender programme.
Don Letts (6 Music) headlines the Square Dance stage on Friday 22 September from 7.30pm. His reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. Don Letts came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto Reggae.
1Xtra’s David Rodigan takes the helm on Saturday 23 September at 8pm. For over 35 years David Rodigan has developed an obsession with the music of Jamaica that generated an encyclopaedic knowledge of the island’s every artist, every song and every rhythm track. In February 2013 he joined the BBC to present a new weekly reggae show on Radio 1Xtra.
Sunday 24 September sees Square Dance brought to a close with the legendary actor, host and broadcaster Craig Charles, one of UK’s most beloved funk and soul DJs. From Robot Wars to Red Dwarf, Craig has now grounded himself as a funk and soul icon after 10 years of broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with their primetime Saturday night show.
If headline DJs aren’t enough, from the 22nd to the 24th of September, Square Dance will also host live performances from The Electric Swing Circus, Barbara Nice’s Alternative Office Party, Motown in Dub and many more.
Free dance classes will take place including Northern Soul, Charlestone and Jazz Steps with DanceXchange, Bollytone with Hina Chavda with more to be confirmed.
Over three days music and dance will take over in the heart of the city on a giant wooden dance floor in front of Birmingham Council House. Hour by hour audiences can experience disco to folk, bhangra to Northern Soul, or visit one of the food and drink stalls selling gourmet street food for all tastes, Purity Real Ales and imported lagers, wine, fizz and cocktails.
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