After almost three years of blogging and DJing, I’ve decided to call time on the Sensible Dancehall project. Over the years the website has promoted some of the best shows and promoters in Oxford and beyond, crossed the world to review other local scenes, and brought you countless videos, mixes and tunes.
From this platform, we set up the monthly Lord ‘av Mercy night at the Port Mahon before moving to The Library in 2011. This year the night transformed into Tun Up! bringing a stage for local reggae DJs in the city,alongside the larger tropical carnival night Pon de Floor at Oxford’s leading club The Cellar. As well as promoting these nights, I’ve been lucky enough to play shows with some of the leading names in the genre, including Major Lazer, The Heatwave, David Rodigan and Mungo’s Hi-Fi, as well as headlining the local House of Roots and Skylarkin Soundsystem nights, playing the infamous Sommerville-Jesus ’Last Ball’ and the O2 Academy’s Propaganda night. I was also asked to record a mix for Hipsters Don’t Dance and had my Latin American mix cosigned by NYC-scene-leaders LargeUp.
After our triumphant PDF finale last week, this Friday will be the last ever session in The Library on Cowley Road. It’s free entry from 8pm till midnight and we’ll be having a jerk BBQ in the garden; check the Facebook event. Fittingly my final show will be at Oxfordshire’s favourite summer event Truck Festival, where I’ll be bringing the biggest dancehall, soca and reggae party to Steventon on 19-20th July.
Whilst the Oxford website output will hault, this summer sees the incarnation of Sensible Dancehall: Sydney, where SD contributor phatmattbaker has set up a similar hub of local events alongside international features from his hometown in Australia. As for Oxford blogging and events: vibes done. Thank you for all your help and support; to everyone that’s booked me to play, come out to party or simply enjoyed reading the website. Big vibes! x