It’s that time again! This Saturday VIP card holders not only get free entry for themselves, but also for two lucky friends. So be extra nice to them and they might just treat you to a night out at Dundee’s biggest and best club this Saturday.
Cut + Paste are fast becoming one of the UK’s mash-up supergroups, similar to the Cut Up Boys, DJs From Mars and Too Many DJs. Using four decks and two mixers, this pair of DJs/producers mash together a genre-splitting mix of house, electro, club classics, dubstep, classic 80’s & 90’s loops, huge urban acapellas and big indie guitar riffs. Cut + Paste’s amazing mash-ups have had over four million YouTube views as well as tens of thousands of downloads and at the end of 2012 they released the follow-up to their worldwide smash mixtape series, Neon Music Vol. 2.
Cut + Paste is the brainchild of UK mash-up DJ’s Kon-tempt and Johnny Frenetic. A real Scottish success story, this dynamic duo have already played all over the world with parties in Ibiza, Dubai, Paris, Zurich, the Cayman Islands, Scandinavia, the Canary Islands, London, Corfu and Warsaw. They have also performed at some of Europe’s biggest festivals and supported acts as diverse as Roger Sanchez, Hed Kandi and Snow Patrol.
Big fans of a mash-up, Cut + Paste are no strangers to Mono – expect a packed dancefloor and a huge hands-in-the-air atmosphere from start to finish. Get down early and be prepared for one crazy party as Scotland’s hottest new DJ export bring their energy-filled mash-up set back to The Union.
Saturday, Sept 13th, 10pm–3am
FREE admission with a Freshers’ Pass!
£6 Tickets available from 11pm on the night (provided the venue is not already at full capacity – Priority given to those with Freshers Passes).
Flashback revives the best party classics from the last three decades. A time when people thought: Kylie and Jason would get married, Oasis would Live Forever and that you were Goin’ Crazy for suggesting a duet between Dizzee Rascal and Robbie Williams. Even if you don’t remember being there, you’ll be amazed just how much music you do know.
The 1980s are a much maligned decade, and rightly so. Mobile phones had to be towed around on the back of a flatbed truck; the aspirations of the nation were epitomized by Del Boy Trotter; and the threat of nuclear war led to some of the worst movies in the history of cinema. But it’s the music which the 1980s are best remembered, for God knows it’s not the clothes. The 80s were the decade of pop, electronica, stadium rock, New Romantics, acid house and so much more.
Such was the new-found power of pop in the 1990s that the tabloids documented the battles between: Oasis and Blur; East 17 and Take That and at the very end, Take That and Take That. The 90s may have been the decade of manufactured pop heaven, but it was also the decade of Cool Britannia – a time when: Brit-pop re-crowned Britain as the music capital of the world; illegal party organizers made club culture corporate and pirate radio DJs took over Radio 1.
Love it or hate it, the music of the Noughties was inescapable, coming from adverts, video games and that newfangled gadget, the iPod. It was a decade in which the music business suffered near catastrophic collapse whilst music itself invaded every aspect of our lives. But it sometimes felt like there was no centre of pop gravity, as though everything had migrated to an ever-expanding margin, where every taste was catered for. Arguably, the biggest phenomena has not been individual artists or thrilling new genres, but illegal downloading, the invention of the iPod and iTunes and the free music zones of YouTube, MySpace and Spotify.
So here’s Flashback,a rose-tinted night of pop nostalgia. A ruthless root through three decades of perfect pop but without all the crap you had to listen to the first time round!
Saturday, Sept 6th, 10pm–3am
Location: Floor 5
FREE admission with a Freshers’ Pass!
£4 Tickets available from 11pm on the night (provided the venue is not already at full capacity – Priority given to those with Freshers Passes).
The gorgeous Neon Jungle girls performed on Radio1′s yesterday for Fearne Cotton. Listen now to the live lounge session right here with their newest track ‘Louder’ and an amazing cover of Jamie N Commons and X Ambassadors’ ‘Jungle’.
We still can’t believe we have both of these fantastic acts for Freshers’ 2014! Get your passes now at www.dusa.co.uk/freshers
When we start booking acts for Freshers’ Week there is one place we always look; the nation’s biggest and best radio station: BBC Radio 1. We have a history of working with their biggest and best DJ’s. Over the years, we’ve literally had them all from Zane Lowe to Greg James, Fearne Cotton to Daniel P. Carter. However Freshers’ Week at The Union wouldn’t be Freshers’ Week without one specific Radio 1 DJ…
From the age of 16 Scott Mills has owned the airwaves of the UK’s FM radio. Starting with the graveyard shift at his local radio station Power FM, Scott’s first steps on the path to fame came when he was asked to take over the station’s drive-time show. Scott’s subsequent journey to stardom took him to Bristol, Manchester and then London’s Heart FM. In 1998 Scott was approached by Radio 1 to host their Early Breakfast Show and in 2004 Scott took over the station’s weekday afternoon show where you can still find him on Radio 1 today.
Recently Fridge managed to catch up with Scott to ask him a few questions about working in radio, his career and recent autobiography.
How did you become a Radio 1 DJ?
“I did student radio when I was 15, because my mate was a student and let me help him out. Then I got my first proper job on radio when I was 16 at Power FM in Southampton and it literally just went from there. I worked for no money for ages and I was rubbish to begin with, but it’s all about being given a chance.”
Does working in student radio help?
“Radio 1 are looking towards student radio more than they ever have before. Greg James was from student radio and the people who do the nation’s sessions like Jen Long were all from student radio. Radio 1 don’t look to commercial radio for their next talent now, they look to student radio, so it’s a really good way in.”
What do you like so much about your job?
“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I’ve wanted to be on Radio 1 since I was four: it’s really been that long. As I mentioned I got my first radio job when I was 16 and I just worked and worked at it really. I can’t imagine doing anything else; it’s my dream job I’m doing now.”
What would you say is your proudest moment at Radio 1?
“I always really enjoy like when we do the Edinburgh Festival shows. We started doing that in 2009 and we did this thing called Scott Mills: The Musical, which is a complete mickey take. It was the most fun ever. Actual proper actors and singers singing songs about you is really weird. Also I still get really proud about the Radio 1 Big Weekend. A lot of radio stations do festivals or events now, but I still don’t think anyone can get the line-ups like Radio 1 can. The fact that we can bring Lady GaGa to Carlisle or even Muse to Dundee is pretty bonkers.”
So you have written an autobiography; what made you want to write the book and why now?
“It wasn’t even that organised. The publishers asked me if I wanted to do it and initially I said no, because I just thought it wasn’t going to be interesting. Then I thought actually there’s probably some stuff that’s fairly interesting to listeners of my show… there’s a bit of celeb stuff and I’ve been quite honest really. I’m not sure if I would do it again. I found it really stressful at times, like one of the hardest things I’ve done. I think it’s been quite therapeutic to write, but now I’ve done it I think it’s done and it’s out there and I’m quite pleased with it.”
You say in your autobiography that you still can’t believe how well your career has gone. Why do you still feel like that after more than a decade at Radio 1?
“I still don’t ever feel entirely at ease or comfortable with it and that’s a bad thing sometimes. I’m obviously aware of what I’ve done and I’m aware of how it’s gone but I think there’s always the less confident side of me that goes, ‘Oh yeah, but you’re not very good really’. I think a lot of people in any kind of job like this do have that kind of nagging self-doubt. I think it works in your favour sometimes, because I still want to make that show the best show it can be and I think it stops you from becoming complacent.”
Tuesday, Sept 9th, 10pm–2:30am
£8.50 Tickets available from 11pm on the night (provided the venue is not already at full capacity – Priority given to those with Freshers’ Passes).
Former DUSA President Andrew Smith was featured on the BBC yesterday discussing the recent events regarding the UK selling arms to Russia.
‘As David Cameron describes France’s proposed delivery of two helicopter carriers to Moscow as ‘unthinkable’, Andrew Dorman, Professor of International Security at Kings College, London, and Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade join presenter Mark Whittaker in the studio to discuss the controversy surrounding Britain’s own arms sales to Russia.
In New Orleans, Sarah Baird from the Center for the New American Dream explains how her fellow countrymen can lead more fulfilling lives simply by working fewer hours and spending less money; and at our Singapore bureau, Simon Littlewood, President of the Asia Now Consulting Group, talks weapons, gambling and the day his hat was blown off in Aberdeen. All that plus how best to survive a tornado.’ Listen to the full broadcast here.
A former Honorary Secretary of DUSA, Gary Cocker, has been chosen to represent Dundee as part of Irn Bru’s new advertising campaign to run alongside the Commonwealth Games. You’ll be able to find pictures of Gary around Dundee on billboards and bus shelters for the next few weeks. The “Born to Support” campaign was designed to find Scotland’s biggest supporters, and Gary certainly fits the bill. Adrian Troy from AG Barr, the makers of Irn Bru said, “Gary’s entry to star in our new ad campaign really proved he’s the ultimate Born Supporter. Despite being on holiday during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Gary still intends to don his kilt and support team Scotland from a far.”
We in DUSA know how much of a fan of Irn Bru Gary is, when he was on the Exec he was well known for visiting Air or The Liar and buying dozens of cans of the national drink of Scotland.
Bring your friends and live the dream by taking to the stage and sing to the Flashback classics. Whether teaming up to from your own rock band, or grabbing the mic and going at it solo, there are no bars barred at Flashback Karaoke – This Saturday in Liar Bar from 10pm – midnight!
Whats’s even better this Saturday Liar Bar has 3 kilograms of free retro sweets ready to be served, first come first serve. So get here early!
The polysexual dance arty-party extravaganza that is Sink The Pink celebrates Freshers’ Week with a big night out, taking over Floor 5 and filling it with drag, cabaret and glamour. That’s right people, one of London’s most outrageous party collectives are spreading their magic to Dundee.Prepare for a glittery tidal wave of ultra-camp Euro-pop and get ready – this lot love to party!
Glynn Fussell and Amy Redmond’s mutual love of camp, kitsch, festival-inspired, home-friendly party debauchery complete with drag, décor and decadence saw them form one of London’s most alternative and reputable party promoters: Sink The Pink. Six years later it’s still going strong, and what’s more, they’re bringing their particular brand of hedonism to The Union. Fridge got behind the party.
What’s Sink The Pink’s back-story, how did it all start?
Glynn: “We’ve been doing the night for six years. In the past we’d been going out and every night we attended was either too dark, or too expensive, or there were brawls, and there were these awful nights that were stereotyped as gay or straight. So we literally just sat there and wrote a list of things we did and didn’t like about parties. House parties were a really big inspiration, where there are no rules, no one on the door, everyone is welcome and there’s stuff happening that shouldn’t happen because it’s behind a wall. We wanted to harness that feeling.”
Amy: “We’d go out in Soho and Vauxhall and be like ‘really, are these the options?’ We were in a bar in Soho recently and we thought to ourselves ‘this is why we started Sink The Pink, guys.’ People posing slouched against the wall on their phone. It was totally cliché. We wanted to create our own experience that had that feeling when you’re on the third day of a festival and it’s all very celebratory. We wanted that fancy dress, crazy feeling in a club.”
What kind of venues were you using to start with?
Glynn: “We’ve made a conscious decision not to use a gay club. The spaces have always been off the beaten track so it feels hidden. We also wanted somewhere that, if you are a gay guy you can bring your sister or your friend from work.”
Amy: “We’ve always done weird spaces, like a railway arch in Bethnal Green, an art gallery … now we’re in a working men’s club in Bethnal Green. The downstairs is like the old boys’ club and they are always still drinking when we’re in there, so there’s a nice community feel to it. There’s depth to it, rather than just putting on a party.”
Are you inspired by things like the NYC Downlow at Glastonbury?
Amy: “They’re like our drag mothers. But now there are a number of young drag queens in our scene that think of us as the mothers, so it just recycles itself. It’s a really nice scene where everyone looks out for each other.”
Do you want people to attend Sink The Pink for the spectacle just as much as the music?
Glynn: “We always think ours is more like an event than a club night. We’ve got a number of shows and we’re always thinking what we can do at the next one. By the end of the night everyone is in some shit outfit.”
Amy: “In London there are enough themed novelty nights, but we’re not about hen party-esque ‘let’s all be happy cowboys and Indians’ style nonsense. But there will be colour and the odd bollock hanging out.”
Glynn: “Usually mine!”
Wednesday, Sept 10th, 10pm–2:30am
Location: Floor 5
Tickets (if available) £7.50 or FREE admission with a Freshers’ Pass! Get your Freshers Pass now!
We’re very excited to be working with such talented DJs in our search for the hottest up-and-coming new acts. This Saturday we kick off our first IntroDUSA session with INKO.
Here’s a little sneak preview of what you can expect to hear this Saturday…
Come along this weekend and check out Dundee’s freshest DJ talent. Saturday from 11pm – opposite the the Airlie Plaza