15 Years of Bedrock

Acclaimed DJ John Digweed will play the Ulster Hall on November 16 during Belfast Music Week

John Digweed is widely recognised as one of the all time greatest exponents of electronic music. His name easily ranks alongside the world's finest DJs. In addition, he's a broadcaster, producer, promoter and active A&R executive for his own Bedrock imprint.

He returns to Belfast on Saturday, November 16 to headline a very special Belfast Music Week gig at the Ulster Hall, alongside Northern Irish Bedrock artists The Japanese Popstars, Psycatron and Two Hand Salute, as well as a full supporting lineup of homegrown talent.

When Digweed began DJ-ing in nightclubs some 28 years ago, kids in the suburbs could only access house music on illegal rave tapes, or through recordings of US radio stations like New York's Kiss FM. A pal introduced Digweed to both and, immediately smitten, he set about getting equipment and chasing down import copies of the records he'd heard.

He split his time between working – firstly as a part-time gardener, later as a full-time bar manager – going to clubs in London, and DJing locally. Predictably, he found getting gigs hard, so he set up his own night, Bedrock, and invited his favourite DJs to play.

All these years later, Bedrock events take place worldwide, and it has spawned a firmly established record label of the same name. As Bedrock celebrates its 15th year in operation, Digweed's legendary extended sets continue to rock sold out clubs from North America to Japan, his style continually evolving to embrace new, exciting and progressive music.

Belfast Music Week is a celebration of the city's bands and venues, as well as the wider music industry and community. It features live music performances, workshops, seminars and networking events, and includes over 250 events in 70 venues across the city. It's a chance to see legends and breaking talent, and to appreciate the ongoing success stories and a musical city that continues to make us proud.

Belfast City Council's Belfast Music Week, which runs from November 11 – 17, is co-ordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre, and supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Visit Belfast, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland.

Tickets are 15 Years of Bedrock are available now via the Ulster Hall website.

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