I definitely enjoyed this weekend. It was supposed to be my final of three weekends of sobriety and austerity, but seeing as I cracked last weekend, there wasn’t much point in behaving this weekend.

That said, I did stay in on Thursday to record a new mix, not exactly my best ever but my first time behind the decks since the last FHP so no surprise really. Need to up my game there. Friday I stayed in again though I did have a few beers, and watched the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics. I certainly was not one of the doubters that thought we would mess the whole thing up, I was always confident that we would pull off a spectacular ceremony, and I loved it. It was absolutely spectacular and anyone who missed it, missed an extraordinary piece of theatre. I did feel like my ears, and in fact my whole body, had been abused by the Arctic Monkeys who once again proved that I am truly allergic to anything vaguely rock based and it seemed rather angry for a ceremony, oh and how dreadful was that Paul guy near the end? Each to their own though I suppose.

More importantly than the Olympics though, Hull City won away at Rochdale in a friendly. Previously we beat North Ferriby in the Billy Bly trophy and Winterton Rangers. Looks like promotion this year.

Saturday night I went to Up The Junction, for a new night of tech-house and techno, organised by 3 very good friends, JP, Martin and Tim. I might be biased but I have to say this was the best night out I have had in Reading for ages (excluding FHP of course), it didn’t take me long to start dancing with some of the more garage-based tune from a DJ called William Baggs, he had quite a wide range of music from house to electro too. Then Tim Sharpe played a really good hour or so of music which was absolutely top-notch, really good underground house and tech-house, reminiscent of Loco Dice. Then JP and Martin came on as Dark Matter and hammered out some underground techno, mixed in with some of their own excellent productions.

I didn’t really stop dancing all night and it was a refreshing dance to do so in Reading, a good 3 hours dancing and I feel good for it. I do hope they organise something on a more regular basis as Reading does need more good club nights.

All in all a really good weekend, but it should be eclipsed by Eastern Electrics on Saturday coming!

I cannot wait.

Azari & III LIVE
Jamie Jones
Kerri Chandler
Julio Bashmore
Damian Lazarus
Andrew Weatherall
Joy Orbison
Maceo Plex
Nina Kraviz
Sebo K
Crazy P
Nick Curly
Miguell Campbell
Richy Ahmed
Koreless LIVE
Amirali LIVE
2020 Soundsystem LIVE
Greg Wilson
Ralph Lawson
Waifs & Strays
Maxxi Soundsystem
Futureboogie DJs
Luca C & Brigante
Dan Williams
Serge Santiago
Luca C & Ali Love (Infinity Inc)
Bill Patrick
Duff Disco
Danny Raper
Leon Vynehall
Black Diamond

What an amazing line-up 🙂

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