East Preston Festival 2014 Amateur DJ Competition

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East Preston is a small village of around 5,500 people, situated on the Sussex coast roughly halfway between Littlehampton and Worthing.

For over 30 years the village has held an annual festival. Last year there were 98 different events held throughout the 10 days, raising a total of £24,500 for the local community, organisations and charities.

This year we would like to introduce a new event – an amateur DJ competition. We hope that this exciting new event will complement the existing programme and stimulate a greater inclusion of the slightly younger part of the community.

DJ Entry Form

The competition will be free to enter. We are expecting to run around 3 knock out sessions, with the grand final being held during the festival on 7th June 2014. We have the fantastic prize of a live club set in London for the over 18 winner and a live set on Optical radio in London for the under 18 winner.

The sessions will be held in either the village hall or the East Preston Football Clubhouse and will last for about 4 hours. A full speaker and lighting set will be provided courtesy of AWOLsound system hire and the DJ equipment is being provided courtesy of Sussex DJ Equipment Hire. We will charge a nominal admission charge for spectators to contribute to the festival fund, of just 50p for the knock out sessions, and £1 for the final.

We have an awesome line up of professional judges for the panel for each session, who will be kindly donating their time to support this event. Oh and I almost forgot the core of volunteers actually doing the rest of the organizing, printing etc.

What do we need from you? In order to run this as a free event for the local community we need a few more sponsors. Anything that you could give would be hugely appreciated. What do you get other than a nice warm feeling? A mention in the festival programme, possibly even a half page advert if you are really generous! There are over 4,000 copies printed and distributed every year.

Please turn over to see who is already kindly supporting this event:

DJ Gizelle ‘Rebel Yelle’

Celebrating 25 years of DJ-ing as a pioneering female DJ artist on the London underground scene, Gizelle ‘Rebel Yelle’ started playing music from the days of Acid House in the late 80’s in London. She has been part of the Stay Up Forever family since 1994 and made her mark as resident DJ for the legendary ´Immersion Sound System´ playing every weekend on the free party scene in London and producing music under the guise of ‘Rebel Yelle’ for the Stay Up Forever dance label. She has played worldwide over the years and enjoys playing a mixture of techno and all things acid. Gizelle also loves experimental electronica, breaks, jungle, deep house, dub reggae, funk & disco, ska, punk music and much more, which reflects in her musical vibe. You can catch her monthly Rebel Yelle show on Optical Radio with special DJ guests every month.

DJ Louise +1

Since the 90’s Louise has built up a solid reputation as a cutting edge DJ artist on both the London and UK underground dance scenes – not only as a great DJ playing a broad range of quality old skool sounds, but also as someone who believes in the music and who is very productive promoting underground parties showcasing the best of old skool dance. Louise now plays on OriginUK.net, one of the UK’s largest Underground internet radio stations, and also co-runs Distant Planet.Spinning everything from Acid House to Jungle and from Electro to Techno, she is extremely versatile and will rock any dance floor.

DJ Birinight

Biri is a classically trained, multi instrument musician from Portugal, who discovered electronic music in 1996 and has been hooked ever since. He moved to London not long after that, and has continued to make a place for himself on in the London music scene. As well as being the resident DJ, playing anything Techno, he also runs and promotes the hugely successfully monthly Smash Techno event at Club 414, and is also the founder of Extreme Vinyl and the co-founder of U.F.O. recordings.

DJ Core

Originally from Italy, DJ Core became involved in the emerging dance scene in London in the early 90’s. He was played a big part in the beginnings of the free party scene and the development of sound systems, setting up Checkpoint Sound, and helping with many, many others. Since then he has been a familiar face behind the decks on the party scene, mainly spinning a mix of acid techno to keep your feet moving.

Optical Radio www.opticalradio.net

Optical Radio is an internet radio station with a focus on entertainment and culture, showcasing new talent and encouraging interaction with artists and the audience, based in the Old Police Station, New Cross, London.

Sussex DJ Equipment Hire http://www.sussexdjequipmenthire.co.uk

AWOLsound system hire

Your local sound system, available for that complete private party hire.

Hedgers Newsagents

The local newsagents and festival box office.

Mr Gary Osbourne

Renowned songwriter, musician, and local resident.

And of course this event would not be possible without the support of the East Preston Festival committee, East Preston Football Club, and East Preston Parish Council.

24hr DJ People – Non-stop Live show on OpitcalRadio

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A team of four well respected underground music artists are putting on a radio show on community radio station Optical Radio. For the first time the radio will broadcast non-stop for 24hrs LIVE and we will be DJing continuously for the whole time to raise money for the Pilion Trust’s, specifically for the Crash Pad project.

The Crash Pad Youth Shelter is running 7 day per week for young people 17 to 23 yrs old who are in crisis, fleeing violence, leaving care and other institutions and are at risk if left on the streets. They stay at the shelter for 28 days and in that time the team works like crazy getting them into school, work or apprenticeships. Deal with all their other needs and house them before they leave.602932_183707105169072_305467727_n

This 24hr show will be held in the Old Deptford Police station which was given to the community for all sorts of community activities and events.

Although help is always sought after all year round, I hope you agree that experiencing homelessness at Christmas time is such a lonely and horrible feeling for them, but just a thought for us. Please give whatever you can, anything you do give will go to the Pilion Trust 100% and that is a promise!

In return we will give you the musical journey of your life with some really top and well respected DJs you may have heard of (watch this space).

If you run your own business and will be operating for business on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of December, please support us by tuning in to the LIVE show for all to hear at your place of work.

Please donate by clicking the buttons at the top and bottom of this page .


Optical Radio presents: Dj Guest Show 2013 vol. 2: DJ VNT



Top DJ VNT on Optical, a classically trained Vocalist. She played at local parties in Italy as a DJ and Singer. DJ VNT aka Valentina always creates excitement with her funky beats and amazing voice by bringing her own vocals over her sets she whips the crowd into a frenzy and adds that live feel.

We all love and enjoy!




Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 7:00pm

It’s Tiddles’ birthday and who better to share her show with, than the one like her very own, Chris Liberator! 😉

So as always on the Tiddles show, she will be playing some tunes, have a little chit chat with Chris then he will be playing an hour’s set….

He will NOT be playing Acid Techno!

So turn the telly off and the radio on for Tiddles’ birthday show and the one and only Chris Liberator! On Optical Radio from 7pm ’till 9pm.

Special Needs disco Show on Optical Radio


Special needs disco is old-skool crew givin it to you all the beats that you have head over the years.
From Ska to Disco, 80s and 90s Dance,Acid Tekno and DnB.
Astor,Kelly and Cregan in ya face and avinit.

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