Thirsty Ear with Don Letts, 5th April 2014

26 Mar

The Rebel Dread will be returning to Thirsty Ear, 4 years to the day he last graced The Harley decks!

Thirsty Ear
With Special Guest DJ
[BBC 6 Music - Culture Clash Radio]
+ Thirsty Ear DJs spinning reggae, dub, funk & soul
Saturday 5th April
The Harley
£3 in


Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world, by a substantial body of work, from the late 70′s through the 80′s, 90′s and well into the millennium. His work has been exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The N.F.T in London and was honoured at Brooklyn’s BAM festival. In March 2003 he won a Grammy for his documentary ‘Westway To The World’.

He came to notoriety in the late 70′s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst DJing at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and began to make his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’. Shot on Super-8mm, it is the only documentary on the U.K punk scene; featuring The Sex Pistols, The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for a diverse range of artists, including Bob Marley, Elvis Costello and Beenie Man.

From the days of Punk Rock to the present, he has always been drawn towards musical projects. He created the band Basement Five, released a single with members of John Lydon’s P.I.L, managed The Slits and collaborated with members of Trouble Funk.

In the mid 80′s he formed the group ‘Big Audio Dynamite’ with Mick Jones (ex-Clash). He went on to perform and co-write four albums with B.A.D, achieving several hits on both sides of the Atlantic including the top ten hit E=Mc2.
In the early 90′s Don left B.A.D to form Screaming Target, their debut performance at The Transmusical Festival in France received rave reviews. They released one critically acclaimed album ‘Hometown Hi-Fi’.

As the ‘Dub Cartel Sound System’ he has performed DJ sets for The Rough Trade 25th Anniversary, Jarvis Cocker’s Desperate Sound System, Trojan, Lee Perry’s Meltdown, Glastonbury 2003/4 and Stussy’s 25th anniversary.

His credits as a director include a variety of films and documentaries, including ‘Dancehall Queen’, ‘Westway To The World’ and ‘PUNK: Attitude’.

Don has also released several compilation albums: 1996′s ‘Time Warp Dub Clash’ (Island Records), 2002′s ‘Dread Meets The Punk Rockers Uptown’ (Heavenly Records), 2003′s ‘Don Letts presents: The Mighty Trojan Sound’ (Sanctuary Records) and in 2004 ‘Dread Meets B-Boy Downtown’ (Heavenly Records).

In March 2007, he released his autobiography in hardback: ‘Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers’.

Jive Juice Mardi Gras, 29th March 2014

26 Mar


So after a brief hiatus, Jive Juice is back baby! We just moved our shindig to the last Saturday of the month is all. And to celebrate Fat Tuesday a couple of weeks back, we’re bringing a little carnival vibe to your party. So let the good times roll…

DJs Crackerjack and Powlo are bringing you big New Orleans rompers and stompers, southern soul and shing-a-ling, exotic jazz, jump and jive… not forgetting those essential rocking rhythm and blues sides of course.

So dress up loud and bright, ensure the old dancing shoes are on those feet and let’s have us a ball on the bayou.

Thirsty Ear with DJ Woody, 1st March 2014

20 Feb

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• World Champion turntablist and audio visual DJ •

Lee Woodvine aka DJ Woody is one of the Worlds most respected scratch DJ’s, having amassed a collection of DJ titles (DMC, ITF, Vestax Champion). Known for his innovations, he helped Vestax design the Worlds first ever musical turntable and even had DJ Qbert ask him how to do his signature ‘Woodpecker’ scratch. Although Woody’s roots lay firmly with hip hop, musically his range spans alot wider than solely boom-bap rap. A typical DJ set can take in everything from party breaks and mash ups to hip hop, funk, disco or anything in between – “it’s just about using good music to creative a great vibe”.

Woody has worked with some of the industries most revered producers and artists, recording with the likes of Aquasky, Bomb The Bass, DJ Vadim, making up one quarter of the Ninja Tune supergroup One Self, and touring the US with Stones Throw hip-hip hero Madlib. He has written scratch music with a 25 piece big band orchestra, been tour DJ for Grammy winning hip hop star Mala Rodriguez, rocked festival crowds of up to 40 thousand and played in over 40 countries from The Nokia Theatre in Time Square to Bollywood film studio’s in the middle of Mumbai.

“One of the most creative forces in DJing the UK scene has ever produced” – The Scratch Perverts

“Woody is a DJ Demi-God against mere DJ mortals!” – DJ Yoda

Plus Thirsty Ear DJs playing funk, soul, hip-hop, beats, and more!

Saturday 1st March
The Harley
Free before 11pm
£3 after

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, 28th February 2014

19 Feb


The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club at Queens Social Club

Craig Charles (BBC 6Music)

Dan J & Mike O’Mara (Huddle)
Thirsty Ear DJs

10 While 3

Friday 28th February
Queens Social Club

Thirsty Ear with Sam Redmore, 1st February 2014

23 Jan


We first became aware of Sam Redmore, “Birmingham’s beardiest DJ”, back at last years Tramlines Fest. His DJ set contained everything we love – a perfect blend of party classics, his own remixes/edits, plus obscure gems, seamlessly mixed across all the genres we love – all packed into one stomping 4 hour session. There was no other option other than to demand he come and do his thing for us at TE. The mix cd he left with us did not disappoint, and a quick click to his soundcloud page revealed he has over 3 quarters of a million followers.

Sam has had his remixes & edits played on both the Huey Morgan & Craig Charles shows on BBC 6 Music, while the legendary Mala of Digital Mystikz recently dropped Sam’s remix of Bob Marley as his last tune at the Deep Medi Christmas Skank party. As a DJ you can catch him back home in Birmingham, playing alongside the likes of Daddy G of Massive Attack, Don Letts, Alice Russell, YoungBlood Brass Band, Paper Tiger, The SoulJazz Orchestra, The Nextmen, Kenny Dope, Hot 8 Brass Band,…

So pop on this mix containing the likes of The Pharcyde, QOTSA, Fleetwood Mac, The Bug, Floating Points, The Specials, The Meters, Modeselektor, and see what all the fuss is about!

Plus Thirsty Ear DJs playing funk, soul, reggae, hip-hop and more!

Saturday 1st February
The Harley
Free before midnight
£2/3 after


Tribe of Xanadu Presents NYE, 31st December 2013

3 Dec

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New Year’s Eve at Yellow Arch studios is back! Come and join us for an extravaganza of music, art and entertainment. Live bands, internationally acclaimed reggae artists and amazing DJs will be complimented by spectacular décor in this famous Sheffield recording studio.

Room 1 – Dub/reggae/dancehall/funk/afrobeat
YT (Sativa Records)
Dub Dadda (Zion Train)
Daddy Freddy
Peppery (aka Bongo Chilli) & City Culture
K.O.G. and the Zongo Brigade
The Unscene
Mr Meerkat (Dubcentral)

Room 2 – World/electro swing/funk
Thirsty Ear DJs
Papa Al (JuJu Club)
DJ T-Funk (The Speakeasy)

First 100 tickets £15 – Standard entry £20
@ Yellow Arch Studios
30-36 Burton Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8BX

Tickets strictly limited. This event is likely to sell out so buy soon to avoid disappointment / Tickets available online from Party for the People, Golden Harvest and The Bowery / 18+ event / Info/Whatsapp line: 07960099839

Tribe of Xanadu are now festival veterans and have spent the last 4 years running tents and areas at Y-Not Festival, Eden, Cock-Rock and many more. We will bring a truly experiential element to your NYE fun with fantastic music and a fully transformed venue.

YT is one of the hottest reggae artists to emerge from the UK. He now tours the globe constantly and is part of the UK reggae revolution with tracks like ‘Wicked Act’ and ‘England Story’ receiving extensive airplay around the world. Daddy Freddy is a true living legend. Born in Trenchtown he rose to prominence in Jamaica before settling in the UK during the late 80s. He has broke the Guinness World Record for speed rapping on five occasions and toured the world with recent performances as far afield as Mexico, Japan and China.

Peppery (fka Bongo Chilli) is a Sheffield favourite. Also a Jamaican expat he settled in the UK over a decade ago and has risen to become one of the top talents in the country. Peppery brings his good friend City Culture, a sweet and soulful reggae singer with decades of experience.

Selecting for these fantastic vocalists will be Zion Train frontman Dub Dadda. Dub Dadda is a gifted vocalist himself and has released several solo dub LPs. Rumour has it that he will be bringing a very special extra guest with him on the night.

K.O.G. is one of the more interesting and gifted musicians to come from Sheffield in many years. Fusing the sounds of his native Ghana with UK urban genres like grime and hip-hop, this will be one of the first performances from Kweku with his new full backing band, The Zongo Brigade, playing tracks from his brand new LP. Our second band in the main room are The Unscene, featuring a combination of well established Sheffield musicians and new, young talent. They are a hotly tipped new band playing a combination or funk, reggae and soul.

Room 2 will feature DJs from some legendary Sheffield promotions. The JuJu Club was first established over 25 years ago and was responsible for bringing a huge range of international artists to Sheffield including some massive acts like Desmond Dekker and Toots & The Maytals last year. Head honcho and local legend Papa Al will represent The JuJu Club. Thirsty Ear is a Sheffield-based DJ collective putting on eclectic nights that join the dots between funk, soul, reggae, afro/latin, hip-hop, beats, bangers and anything else that tickles their fancy. DJ T-Funk representing The Speakeasy and The Big Swing. A dancing master spinning a mixture of swing jazz and electro swing.

Jive Juice Rockin’ NYE Party, 31st December 2013

3 Dec

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Jive Juice New Year’s Knees Up!
The Cross Scythes, 145-147 Derbyshire Lane
Tuesday 31 December 2013, 8pm ’til late

DJs Crackerjack and Powlo (Thirsty Ear) play THE WILDEST RHYTHM & BLUES, JUMPIN’ JIVE, NORTHERN SOUL & MOTOWN, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, SKA, MAMBO, CALYPSO, EXOTIC JAZZ and more – all on strictly 100% vinyl!

See in 2014 with the romping, stomping, red hot rocking sounds of Jive Juice at the Cross Scythes on Derbyshire Lane.

Our New Year party last year at The Greystones was just one of the best nights we’ve ever put on! A non-stop dancefloor riot rammed to the rafters with smiling faces, all twistin’ and a-shakin’ to our raucous mix of rhythm & blues, soul, ska, mambo, calypso and much more – all on your original vinyl records. None of those new-fangled Minidiscs for us, thank you.

This year, our New Year’s Knees Up moves on up to the marvellous Cross Scythes pub on Derbyshire Lane – a gorgeous, cosy 1930s beauty of a boozer, also run by Thornbridge, with a superb selection of craft beer and real ale, international wines and festive spirits you’d expect to help you celebrate the special occasion.

So come get merry and do the mess around on our little dancefloor this New Year’s Eve – rockin’ good times guaranteed!


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