World-performing DJ is Cut above

Cut La Roc
Cut La Roc

FOLLOWING the massive effort put in to Lancaster Music Festival over the past few months, you’d think the city’s promoters and venues would be having a well earned break.

But no! The show must go on, as you can see from the busy as ever Gig Guide on these pages.

This Saturday night at the Park Hotel in Lancaster, Mis-Shapes Indie Night hosts a Halloween special, with optional fancy dress.

The event has been running extremely successfully at the St Oswald Street pub over recent months, and features a packed playlist of indie tunes past and present. I could think of a few indie bands you might want to go as that would easily give off the vampire or zombie vibe, but best leave that to your imagination. Entry from 9pm is £3, with drinks offers all night.

If you’re heading into Lancaster to watch the fireworks next weekend, there are plenty of things music wise going on to light up your evening long after the last rocket has exploded.

Dropping a few big ones, so to speak, on the dancefloor at The Dalton Rooms on Saturday night will be none other than the scratch mix specialist Cut la Roc.

In 1999, he set the bar high with a new world record for DJing with nine decks, and has performed alongside Fatboy Slim, as well working on production for Snow Patrol’s frontman Gary Lightbody.

Melding a fine blend of breakbeat, hip-hop, big beat and acid house, Brighton’s Cut la Roc, AKA Lee Potter, is also a singer-songwriter, and performs across the globe. Cut la Roc will be joined by Chris Morton, DJ and frontman of York’s finest funk/hip-hop/electronic outfit Grinny Grandad.

“Think Mr Scruff drinking tea with The Chemical Brothers whilst babysitting DJ Yoda and you might start to come close to the sounds infused by Grinny Grandad”, says the band’s PR.

This comes across loud and clear in the DJ set as well as the live band, and I’ve seen many a dancefloor, field, and woodland, jump to the sound of Grinny Grandad, currently signed to Fingerlickin’ records. Rumour has it that the band’s vocalist Kymberly Kennedy will also be at the gig, and may even perform a live PA? Who knows...Check them out on Facebook for a flavour of what to expect.

Electro swing DJ Jamie Berry, and Lancaster residents Ric Vicar, Mr Somuch and Odylic Force complete a great line up of DJs for Lancaster Speakeasy’s latest jaunt at the Dalton Rooms.

Entry is £7 from 9pm, and the beat goes on until 3am.

Lancaster Speakeasy has also just announced its New Year’s Eve party celebrations at the Dalton Rooms, with a “vintage masquerade” to see in 2013.

Bands Dutty Moonshine, Sound Assembly and Madame Electrifie, will be joined by dancers Laydee Layton and Cherry La Bamba, and DJs Jinx, Roc Vicar, Mr Somuch, DJ Donald, DJ Matt and Jahvis.

More on this as the night approaches, but for now, VIP tickets are £15, which gets you in one hour earlier downstairs prior to bands, plus a free glass of champagne. Otherwise it’s £10. The event will run across the two floors at the Dalton Rooms.

Following a bit of a transformation inside and a new conservatory extension, the Golden Ball at Snatchems is to host its first gig of recent times.

Five piece vintage rock n roll band the Paul Hayes Collection perform at the pub on Saturday night.