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Home Service 150417 now on Mixcloud

Join Wildblood & Queenie as we get your airwaves bouncing with an hour of right proper bobby disco, house and electronica dazzlers for RadioReverb. With tracks from Gorillaz, Tee Mango, Kapote, Giman, Fred Ferrer, Babert, Ivan Jack, Paradise Garage, the disco queen that is Thelma Houston, some back in the day action from George Morel and Shawn Christopher and little Seagulls action from Norman as we do it #together for The Albion. Plus we have three very special guests joining us in the studio as we embrace National Bring Your Honourary Niece and Nephew To Work Day. What could possibly go wrong?

Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service
1st & 3rd Saturday of every month 19:00. RadioReverb 97.2FM DAB & www.radioreverb.com Repeated weekly for your listening pleasure on RadioReverb on Thursday at 1pm and Friday at 11pm. Listen again to all our Home Service wonders at www.mixcloud.com/wildbloodandqueenie

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The Wild Fruit Dance Tent at Brighton Pride

Wild Fruit Tent 1997 Photo by Kate Wildblood

Wild Fruit Tent 1997 Photo by Kate Wildblood

Ever since I can remember I’ve got goosebumps about the Wild Fruit Dance Tent at Brighton Pride. As a punter, as an admiring mate of the lucky DJ on the stage or later as a DJ in the tent myself, I’ve loved it. It has thrilled me. It has provided memories that will stay with me forever and it has always delivered. And this year I’m absolutely thrilled to be back playing in the Wild Fruit Dance Tent alongside my missus, the glorious Queen Josephine for Brighton Pride 2015. After the year she’s had it seems only right and proper that she should be up there, beside me, doing what she does best. (Being the shy and retiring one of the pair of us. Not.)

So we couldn’t be more excited or honoured or excited or thrilled to be part of an amazing line-up that includes Fatboy Slim (wow!), The Freemasons (gosh!), Seamus Haji (blimey!), Maze & Masters (ding dong!), Wayne G (hoorah!), Mikalis (hooray!), Prok & Fitch (cor!), Kid Massive and Elliotte Williams N’Dure (fabulous!), Chris Pullin (lovely!) and Sink The Pink (how bloody marvellous!) Did we mention we were excited? Anyway we are and can’t wait to celebrate Brighton Pride’s 25th anniversary. For us Brighton Pride is a community that has been there for us through out the years. Come rain or shine, come bad outfit decision or good. Fundraising. Campaigning. Entertaining. Connecting. Surrounded by loved ones. Jumping up and down with Pride.

So expect two very excited DJs, a set stuffed full of our favourite Pride anthems as we celebrate those amazing Pride gigs we’ve been honoured to play over the years and grins bigger than our bosoms. Honest. See you at the front. You won’t be able to miss us. We’ll be the excited ones jumping about. In two very firm sports bras. See you at the front.

Brighton Pride Pride Festival 2015: Carnival of Diversity. Preston Park. Saturday 1st August 12noon-10pm. Tickets available here £1 from each ticket goes directly to the Rainbow Fund. Brighton Pride 2015. Pride with purpose.

Queen Josephine gets smiley with Fatboy Slim : Big Beach Boutique 5

This summer Big Beat Boutique 5 comes to Brighton. Queen Josephine caught up with the lovely Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim to talk tunes, playing under the stars and his never ending love for all things smiley.

You’re bringing Big Beat Boutique 5 to Brighton for two nights on 1st and 2nd June this year. Given your long association with Brighton & Hove Albion how much does it mean to you that you’ll be playing at The Amex Stadium? 110%. The gigs on the beach were all about my relationship with Brighton as it’s my home town, but then add my favourite football team into the equation AND a brand new stadium that’s never been used for raves or pop gigs before and well….it’s off the scale! It’s a wonderful stadium that’s right up there with Wembley if not in size but definitely in terms of equipment and sheer beauty, and there’s going to be a sort of ‘inside-outside’ vibe. The Amex has been built to keep the sound in so that when the football crowd are singing you can hear everything really well. Acoustically BBB5 is going to have the concentrated quadraphonic intensity of a nightclub but you’ll look up and be able to see the stars!

You’ll be playing both nights, who else will be joining you? Friday night is house night featuring Carl Cox, Luciano, Maya Jane Coles and The 2 Bears. Saturday is all about bass and dubstep, an eclectic mix including Jaguar Skills, Nero, DJ Fresh, Doorly, Union and Annie Mac. You’re very loyal to Brighton, what’s so special about the city? When I moved here as a student it became my home and I’ve always loved Brighton’s progressive attitude. It’s always been very open-minded and tolerant of alternative lifestyles. And let’s face it – it’s a haven for hedonists! Anyway, over the years I’ve had a dogged refusal to move to London. When Skint started up I didn’t have to use a London record company, I became more fiercely proud of Brighton and in turn Brighton became more fiercely proud of me. Then Zoe chose to move down here to which really tipped the scales.

Is there any one tune that encompasses all that is Big Beat Boutique? I think I’ve played ‘Right Here, Right Now’ at all four so far. But for me the quintessential moment was playing ‘It Just Won’t Do’ by Tim Deluxe at the second one when the lyrics go “My whole life’s buggin out” and I looked up at the crowd and thought ‘actually this is crazy. This is brilliantly insane’.

Can we expect any new releases in the near future? I’m incredibly busy doing gigs in Europe and Australia over the coming months which seem to take up all my time. There’s ‘Mama Do The Hump’ that I produced with Rizzle Kicks and hope to do some more stuff with them – keeping it local! But I haven’t got a bee in my bonnet about a record I’d like to make at the moment and I’m enjoying DJing immensely. Also after 25 years in the business you don’t feel you have to release a record every 3 years or so, you can just choose to do the bits that are turning you on!

Finally, what with you being an ‘International Smiley Collector’, is there one bit of Smiley memorabilia that you’d love to own? Ahhh, well I was just interviewed by Radio 4 for their documentary Smiley’s People and the interviewer brought round an original pin button badge from the early 70s and said she’d try and get me one. That would be the jewel in my smiley crown!

Big Beat Boutique 5 is at The Amex 1st and 2nd June 2012
For tickets and information fatboyslim.net

Painting Brighton Red

Every year Brighton comes to together with some style to raise funds for The Rainbow Fund at the Sussex Community Foundation @ The Wild Fruit Red Party. Always one of my favourite nights out, the sea of sweet dancing red that greets you is worth the entry price alone. Add the many hostesses and drag queens demanding your admiration for their latest red creation and you have a night like no other in Brighton. (Dolly Rocket I can’t wait!) This year will be extra special as Mr Norman Cook aka Fatboy, the lovely Mark Doyle of Fierce Angel and the always sexy Paul Heron join a lineup of decent DJs doing the decent thing.

Queenie and I will be Djing for the Special Red Party warm up party alongside DJ’s Chris Barker & Mikalis in Oceana’s Deep Bar & Tahiti Beach Bar from 8.30pm. (Discount drinks 8.30pm – 10.00pm, welcome drink on entry to the main Red party event from 10.00pm.
Selected drinks only £1.50 before 10.30pm.)

Plus with Rebel Red ensuring an afterparty with filthy intentions at Brighton Honeyclub this will be the one weekend in December where you have to take the Monday off!

See you on the red dancefloor!


Advance tickets from Dr Brighton’s, Prowler, Nice & Naughty & Charles St & Dome Box Office 01273 709 709
On line tickets go to Aeon Events