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Oi Oi! Brandon Joins The Party!

Oi Oi! Brandon Joins The Party!

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March 1st, 2018

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This year we welcome a UK DJ who’s amassed legendary status both on & off the dance floors. Yes, it’s the one & only Brandon Block…

London born Brandon, grew up a few miles down the road from Summer Soulstice in Wembley. He picked up his first DJ gig in 1985 at the John Lyon Pub in Harrow, Middlesex after the resident DJ there didn’t show one night. By 1988 he’d got his first club residency at ZigZag (Broadway Boulevard, Ealing) where he met Dean Thatcher (The Aloof/Flying Records) & started up a night called Haven Stables which ran until 1991.

During his time, he’s also held residencies at Up Yer Ronson (Leeds), FUBAR @ the Milk Bar (London) & Scream (Plymouth) & played numerous guest spots at the likes of Ministry of Sound, Turnmills, Miss Moneypennys, Republica & Progress. Brandon’s made several appearances on BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix & in the mid-1990’s, presented a show on Kiss FM alongside his old friend Alex P. He’s also released dance tracks under his Blockster alias, including the singles ‘Something Goin’ On’, ‘Grooveline’ & ‘You Should Be..’, all on the MoS label.

Brandon is equally well known for his TV appearances too.

At the 2000 BRIT Awards Brandon wandered up onto the stage thinking he’d won something, this resulted in a confrontation with the award presenters Ronnie Wood & Thora Birch & a never-forgooten TV moment. In 2005, he appeared on the chat show ‘Heads Up’ with Richard Herring to discuss his life, career, anti-semitism & Brandon’s own love of poker. A year later he was on Five‘s reality television show ‘Trust Me – I’m A Holiday Rep’ & in 2007 he also appeared on ‘The Weakest Link’. He featured as the ‘entertainment’ for one of the guests on Channel 4’s ‘Come Dine With Me’ & in January 2017 Brandon entered the Celebrity Big Brother house & lasted for ten days before walking out on the show.

However, despite his notoriety Brandon reminds us why the DJ booth is still the place where he feels happiest, “my favourite thing about DJing” he says, “is seeing crowds go mental. It’s fantastic, it makes your job worth doing & so good to see the happy faces… everyone’s there, waving their arms in the air. It’s a DJ’s dream.”

Expect all this & more in the Soulstice Club Tent on June 23rd.

 

 

 


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