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Simon Price - CLUBS & DJing

Simon Price, DJ (shadow)When it comes to nightlife, I'm probably best-known for Stay Beautiful and Spellbound (see below), but I've been DJing, promoting clubs and running events for almost as long as I've been a writer.

My earliest efforts were at University College London Union (UCLU), where I was elected Social & Servives officer (i.e. Ents Officer), putting on shows by The Boo Radleys, Cranes, House Of Love, Bleach, The Beat, Bad Manners and Imagination, and comedians such as Rob Newman and Jack Dee, and running a full programme of club nights and events, seven days a week.

I also frequently co-promoted alternative/indie club and gig nights just down the road at the University of London Union (ULU), with the yet-to-be-famous Ricky Gervais, including gigs by Radiohead, Strangelove, Shampoo, My Life Story, Drugstore and Kenickie, and DJed and co-managed the Melody Maker-sponsored Fiddling While Romo Burns tour in 1996 (starring Plastic Fantastic, Orlando, Hollywood, Dexdexter).

In the Nineties I DJed and co-promoted Arcadia, home of the short-lived but loads-of-fun Romo scene, and was one of the regular DJs at legendary Britpop era music biz/word-of-mouth party night Uncle Bob's Wedding Reception (where Sophie Ellis Bextor got discovered, fact fans).

Over the years I've been invited to DJ for AC/DC, Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell Williams, Suede, Manic Street Preachers, The Darkness, The Charlatans, Laibach, ABC, London Fashion Week, The Bizarre Ball, Swn Festival, Bingley Music Live, Guilty Pleasures, The Camden Crawl, Velvet Coalmine, Festival No.6 and the Reading Festival, where I rocked the VIP tent for three years running. (Seriously, I killed it. At one point I had Franz Ferdinand literally dancing on the tables.) The biggest audience I've ever played to was probably 12,000 people, as onstage DJ for Suede at The 02, but I've also played at venues including Pacha (London), The Astoria (RIP), Baskerville Hall (yes, it actually exists), the Manchester Ritz and the Cardiff Coal Exchange, as far north as Glasgow and as far south as Barcelona.

If you'd like to add yourself to that list by hiring my services as a DJ, then by all means contact me by emailing simon_price01@hotmail.com and letting me know what it's all about. (I consider myself a versatile DJ: styles I'm comfortable with include general trashy glam/punk/rock'n'roll, 60s soul/Motown/girl group, 70s disco/funk, 
80s alternative/goth/synth, 90s indie, 21st century pop, or any combination of the above.)

I'm something of a vinyl fetishist and in an ideal world I'd still DJ with vinyl only, but for practicality and portability I tend to favour a well-stocked CD wallet these days. (I still haven't got my head round laptop DJing, and tend to grumble something about Blue Peter and "Here's one I made earlier" whenever I see iBook merchants just plugging in, pressing 'Play' and standing back.)

We won't dwell on the two separate disco nights and the one cutting-edge electro-indie night I tried to get off the ground, because bad news is box office poison. (Ssshhh, nothing to see here.) Instead, let's concentrate on the nights that DID take off...

I currently run two very successful club nights in Brighton, Stay Beautiful and Spellbound about which, here's all the info you need:


STAY BEAUTIFUL

Stay Beautiful Manson Hat flyer frontStay Beautiful flyer backStay Beautiful began life in January 2001 and quickly became the absolute beating heart of London's glam-punk-trash underground, playing "music to show off to" for a flamboyant, dressed-up, glitter-encrusted, eyeliner-coated, lipstick-smeared crowd who didn't have anywhere else to go. Over the first ten years, we hosted live acts including Adam Ant, Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers), Justin Hawkins (The Darkness), Towers Of London, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, King Adora, Scarling, Client, Pink Grease and The Pipettes, and guest DJs including Peaches, Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Dave Ball (Soft Cell/The Grid), Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne), David Ryder Prangley (Rachel Stamp), assorted members of The Darkness, Kenickie, Elastica and Eighties Matchbox, and all four members of Ladytron.

Stay Beautiful has now been successfully transplanted to Brighton, where it takes place at Sticky Mike's Frog Bar on Middle St on (usually) the first Saturday of the month, 11.00pm-3.30am, admission 5/4.

For an idea of what we play, click the flyer to your left for a list of bands, or have a listen to our Spotify playlist here. To join our Facebook Group (and ensure you receive invitations to our events), click here. To 'Like' our Facebook page, click here. Or you can follow us on Twitter, here.


SPELLBOUND

Spellbound Siouxsie flyer frontSpellbound flyer backFrom the moment it launched in 2009, Spellbound has been one of Brighton's busiest and best-loved club nights. Under the slogan "The 80s Night For People Who HATE 80s Nights", and conceived as an alternative antidote to the proliferation of cheesy ironic 80s nights out there, Spellbound plays the darker, edgier side of the decade: post-punk, goth, new romantic, alt-rock, new wave, gender benders, early indie, 2 Tone ska, mod, psychobilly, synthpop, blitz kids, oddballs, effeminate futurists and one-hit wonders, with a wonderfully mixed crowd of people who remember it all from first time around and young 'uns discovering it all as-new, authentic goth poison Snakebite on special offer, a smoke machine to add true 80s atmosphere, and period visuals on video and slide projection. Oh, and there's the Underpants Song, but you have to turn up to find out what that's about.

Spellbound takes place at Komedia, Gardner St on (usually) the third Saturday of the month, 9.00pm-3.00am, admission 5/4.


For an idea of what we play, click the flyer to your left for a list of bands, or have a listen to our Spotify playlist here. To join our Facebook Group (and ensure you receive invitations to our events), click here. To 'Like' our Facebook page, click here. Or you can follow us on Twitter, here.
















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