In the mix - Calvin Harris heads an autumn 2010 all-star DJing cast

Posted: 24th September 2010
Grandmaster Flash

Over the next few months there is a veritable pool of DJing talent coming your way, including one or two legends. So until our next 'Clubbing Spotlight' article (due soon), focussing on a town or city near you, we pick out the top draws from the box of gigging delights. Please note that the below are DJ sets, not the artists' usual 'live' concerts.

All prices + booking fees. For ticket availability, click on the images, below.

Calvin Harris - DJ Set

There is certainly a pattern appearing with the Scotsman's upcoming 'playing-out' destinations - the word 'Oceana' for one thing. He appears in Cardiff, Bristol, Swansea and Brighton versions of the club-chain, plus Maidstone's Liquid during the next fortnight (dates below), as well as in a supporting role north of the border in Glasgow on 17th December, alongside Deadmau5 and Zane Lowe. Tickets for Harris' headliners are around £10, while the Glasgow bash costs decidedly more (much bigger line-up though) at £27.50.

Little Louie Vega

One half of Masters At Work is certainly better than none and it's a pretty big night for the brand new Fire and Lightbox set-up at Vauxhall's Fire venue. Vega is synonymous with latin-house and disco-bass and has earned his chops whilst remixing with Kenny 'Dope' during their 90s heyday. You can bet your ass that if you own 90s house 12", 2 or 3 will bear the initials MAW somewhere on the label. Vega was also involved in the wonderful Nu Yorican Soul project. Tickets cost £17.50 - £45 (VIP passes) for the 6th November night.

Basement Jaxx - DJ Set

Marry up the words 'Brixton', 'Jaxx' and 'Basement' and you know what comes next - 'tickets will sell out'. The hot-as-scotch bonnet pairing is back on home-turf for the Plan B venue's 8th birthday bash on 30th October, following their sell-out appearance at the club back in January. Tickets are just £12 - special guests include Bugged Out regular Tayo at the helm. Don't 'um' and 'aah', get clicking and go and hear the Jaxx on wax.

Darren Emerson

The man behind a lot of early Underworld music (plus some of his own excellent solo material) has recently launched his new record-label Detone. The remit seems simple enough - to release Emerson's good-times electro-house sounds, which have so far included "Gracelands" and "Decisions", both released recently. Tickets for this Brighton label-launch (the London one took place in July) on 2nd October cost just £6.


Ask anyone to name a legendary jungle/drum 'n' bass label from the 90s and most should say Metalheadz without so much as a flinch. Its creator, Goldie, is still shamelessly passionate about music and will feature at the two upcoming nights in Cambridge (9th Oct) and London (16th Oct). Both nights feature a different though packed line-up, such as Dillinja and Commix plus more in Cambridge (£15), while the capital offers up Fabio, Logistics and (mind your ears) Noisia (£8). Yes that really does say £8.

Grandmaster Flash

Check below for further DJ slots approaching courtesy of Todd Terje, Hot Chip, Grandmaster Flash, MJ Cole, Beastie Boys' Mix Master Mike and Felix Da Housecat - and if you haven't witnessed the roots, lover's and dub-skanking phenomena of DJ Derek yet, you really must. 68 years old and still pumping out great chaotic sets of beautiful reggae music, his latest slot has been confirmed for Cardiff on 7th October (as well as at Exeter's Live Fest and London's Cable Halloween night on 30th Oct). Cardiff is a fiver.

Happy clubbing!

Paul Pledger