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Return of the Reggaemen DJ Rodigan

Iconic British DJ, David Rodigan, is expected to give his last performance on Island — at least for a while — through two nights of blazing music at the weekend.

On Friday night, he will be headlining the Vibe 103 “Mega Old School Explosion” at Snorkel Park, alongside local entertainer Troy Anthony.

Then on Saturday, he will turn his attention to the younger crowd by playing a host of contemporary dubstep hits, with help from dance hall DJ Tony Matterhorn, at the “Ravin Mix Party”.

Event promoter Andrew Phillips said this is expected to be Mr Rodigan’s “last time in Bermuda for a long time” due to other touring and personal commitments.

He said the talented DJ had won recognition all over the world because of the quality of his performances.

“He gives people a history lesson with his old school sets and goes all the way back before reggae was even called ‘reggae’. In those days it was called ‘ska’.

“He brings people on this magical walk where he plays music throughout the years and it’s just incredible for anyone who appreciates music and has a love for reggae to experience.”

He said this would be a two night event that music fans do not want to miss out on.

The festivities start on Friday night, with an old school battle of hip hop and R & B tunes, played by some of the Island’s top DJs.

Popular sound team China and Bussy will be duking it out with DJs from radio stations Power 95 and Vibe 103.

Mr Phillips said: “What’s special about this battle is it’s a team effort and they are going to be eliminated round by round until there is a champion team.

“That’s very exciting because it’s old school music and you know it’s designed to make the people dance and scream.

“It’s also big because it means the teams are now studying as to how they are going to play the best music in a limited time frame,” he said.

The crowd will then get to vote for the winner, based on how their reaction to the music.

Also featured on the old school night will be a performance by Troy Anthony’s new group called Fire Beats Unlimited, before Mr Rodigan takes the stage.

At the “Ravin Mix Party” a selection of local DJs will warm up the crowd with new school music, followed by a short set by Hott 107.5’s DJ ‘Selecta Fray’.

Special guest DJs YGS, singer/rapper C’Daynger and then performer Josh ‘Fatz’ Simons will also show off their skills for partygoers.

The highlight of the night is expected to be sets performed by Mr Rodigan and another by Jamaican dance hall/ reggae DJ Tony Matterhorn.

Mr Phillips said: “I think the second night is largely created for the young people. There will be a wild light show and incredible music with all the latest hott stuff. Rodigan is a dub step specialist.”

He said the entire two night event was designed to take people’s energy levels to the max.

“Everything that is going to make everyone have a high energy time, from the DJs battles with the old school music to Tony Matterhorn and David Rodigan, is designed to make them scream.

“It’s designed for people to be out of breath and panting the whole time and to keep them moving.

“It’s going to be a cardio workout and they are going to be dancing all night and with the DJs working hard to get their vote on the first night, they are going to be making noise as well.”

The event is provided by entertainment teams Deshow Productions and Animals Entertainment.

Gates open for both the “Mega Old School Explosion” and “Ravin Mix Party” at Snorkel Park at 8pm, with the shows starting at 9pm.

Tickets, $30 in advance or $50 at the door, are available at 27 Century Boutique, the iClick store and Audio Visual locations in Hamilton and Somerset. They are also available online at www.ptix.bm.

British DJ David Rodigan will be performing in Bermuda for the last time “for a long while” this weekend at Snorkle Park, alongside other local and international DJS. (Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published July 10, 2013 at 9:29 am (Updated July 10, 2013 at 9:28 am)

Return of the Reggaemen DJ Rodigan

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