Good times by the sea is a bit of an understatement as Sunday 21 July 2019 was an absolutely amazing time by the sea.
Music First Events put themselves on the map last year with their superb 2 day festival at the Oval in Hastings featuring amongst others the Sugar Hill Gang, Big Daddy Kane, The Brand New Heavies and more.
They have now cemented their reputation for quality events with a stunning summer show at the iconic De La Warr pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea.
First up was Norman Jay MBE who brought his good times double decker bus out of retirement for the first time in 6 years to park up on the De La Warr’s outdoor terrace. Repleat with his crystal clear bass heavy original sound system he steadily drew the crowd in with a fine selection of summery soul, hip hop, funk and dance warming them up nicely through till 7pm.
Sir David Rodigan then boarded the bus and gave the crowd a history lesson of reggae and dancehall accompanied by amazing snippets of his life as a DJ and broadcaster. The banter was hilarious with him quipping that “people say you can’t dance to reggae” before dropping General Levy’s ‘Incredible’ and a slew of other classic jungle tracks. He then told us that a DJ has a responsibility to play new music before dropping ‘Program’ by Chase and Status complete with 2 pull ups followed by “Toast” by Koffee. He finished the set off with more classics.
Matt Feast then closed out the terrace section of the event with a choice selection of original vinyl 45s.
The party then moved inside the auditorium which had more Good Times decor and another heavy sound system. The crowd then got to witness the legendary Cuban Brothers. Rodigan described them lovingly as “those lunatics from Glasgow” and he wasn’t wrong. They wowed the crowd with their funked up party hits, out of this world dancing skills and comedy gold banter. There was a reason this section of the event was for over 18s as the crew gradually disrobed until Miguel Mantovani was left gyrating through the crowd wearing just a swan posing pouch.
Norman Jay then returned to the stage with a drum and bass, funk and party anthems set to round the evening off leaving everyone with a huge grin on their faces having had an amazing time.
Music First are back at the De La Warr on Sunday 25th August 2019 with Roni Size, The Scratch Perverts and Dat Brass. There are only a few tickets left available directly from the venue for what is also going to be another top event. Like their page for details of future events. https://m.facebook.com/MusicFirstEvents/