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Lee Radforth writes.....

We don't let the grass grow under our feet here at King Bee Towers and it's now all systems go for our August 9th Summer Special. Starting at 1pm we have a host of fantastic dj's spinning tunes in Shakespeares fantastic beer garden. We've got record sales, vintage stalls and the legendary King Bee Barbecue, staffed this time you'll be pleased to hear by professional chefs. And as always the night kicks off upstairs at the usual 8.30 'till late. Two guest DJ's like last year to grace the decks alongside our unbelievable regular tune spinners Arno, Dutton and Wright. So i guess we'd better get on announce the first guest DJ. I've been lucky enough to hear this fella working his magic on a couple of occasions and can assure you you're in for a treat. Without further ado I'll hand you over to the one and only Craig Simpson:

"I’ve been really fortunate to have been invited to DJ at many great club nights, band nights, all-nighters, weekenders, rallies and festivals over the years that I’d be hard pushed to recall them all. Standout events would be The Roots Room (Derby), Tea & Fig Roll Charity events (Nottingham), Ska’n’B (Cambridge), The Jelly Roll (Peterborough), Sounds & Pressure (Mr Bush), New Untouchables (Mr Bailey), any events that had a burlesque performer!, The Moon (Derby), The Melting Pot (Scarborough) and anyone else who I’ve missed (apologies!) but worked with on a rolling basis. I’ve met some truly great people through the shared musical interest, DJ’d in support of household names such as Imelda May and played alongside lots of my Rockabilly Idols. Those who know me will know that I collect a wide variety of genre’s, admittedly mainly 1950’s and 60’s sounds, but spanning pretty much every musical category within that golden age of music, and I’m not afraid to sway outside that and throw in a 40’s swing, or modern blues bopper if it gets the dance floor movin’.

I first got behind the decks 15 years ago (1999) and shortly afterwards co-promoted my first regular club night, Bert’s Apple Crumble, in my home town of Derby. Over those 15 years I’ve DJ’d at countless Mod clubs, RnB clubs , Funk nights (I did a weekly mid-week funk event for over a year — must have been mad!), soul all-nighters, 60’s Psych/Freakbeat, Ska/Reggae, and Rock N Roll events. I currently run ‘The Hoochie Coochie Club’, which is just about to enter into its fourth year in Nottingham and still gives me a fantastic buzz! Fellow resident HCC dj’s are Kev Connellan who I’ve Dj’d alongside many times via No More Doggin, Sureshot RnB, Shoutin’ The Blues, etc.,. and Tom Lawrie who had great success with his Garage/Rockabilly club The Rubber Rooms in Nottingham a few ago, but first hooked up with me on the funk and soul circuit around a decade ago!! The club mixes up Rhythm N Blues, Rockabilly and Sleazy Tittyshakers, which I hope to play a little of for the King Bee crowd …. See you in August!


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