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Shindig Weekender 2018 ‘The funkiest festival in the West’!

I’ve been waiting for the glitter filled rainbow dust to settle after what can only be described as the best festival to hit the West Country in recent years.

Deep within the rolling hills of Bruton, Wiltshire, lies a hidden gem of epic proportions.

The sold out Shindig Weekender entered it’s 6th year to rapturous aplomb.
I’m a relative newcomer to Shindig, this year was only my second, however as a Bathionan the festival had been on my radar for several years before I finally made the switch, and it turned out to be the gift that kept on giving.
There is something intrinsically unique about Shindig, something I can’t quite put my finger on. Perhaps it is the stunning undulating countryside, twice now I have watched spectacular lightening storms move their way across the valley; causing festival goers to wonder in awe, scream with delight and take shelter when the downpour hits. But not even the mighty weather can dampen our spirits. At the opposite end of the scale on the Friday, we were welcomed by the most beautiful sunshine, it seems that little Sundance we all secretly did enticed the sun out from those grey skies.
I took up my position behind the decks, ready to perform the opening set and warm up for Mr Scruff at the Dig Inn, the tingle of excitement merged with butterflies, the promise of an entire weekend dedicated to having the time of our lives filled the air, like blossoms on the breeze.
It was an honour to be asked to open the festival, I will never forget watching people arriving in their glittery & sequinned splendour, slowly making their way down the hill and into the tent, a gradual trickle turned into a pouring mass of iridescent dancing and smiling happy faces.
I recall one moment whilst watching the growing throng of people,  the Dig Inn felt like it burst at the seams. Mr Scruff on my right,  we exchanged smiles and appreciative nods. This is really happening! The atmosphere was palpable,  all buzzing on the same wavelength. The crowd joined together in music for the joyous occasion. Every molecule of built up excitement, anticipation and expectation exploded into the most incredible moment of my DJ-ing career thus far. I can not thank you all enough for the positive vibrations and feedback.
What makes Shindig so special? Without a doubt the people, from the organisers Will Lardner & Jess Chambers, (bless up), the festival crew, security and most of all, ‘you’, the most friendly, welcoming, accepting, beautiful, radiant, colourful, revellers who exude nothing but positive and happy vibrations. The riot of colour inspired by this year’s rainbow theme, was the most glorious sight to behold. One of the things I love more than anything about Shindig, is the freedom of self expression and bursts of creativity.
This year’s theme of rainbow, was completely embraced by everyone, with childhood favourite ‘Rainbow’, bringing many people out in Zippy, Bungle and George related attire. Those who were old enough immersed themselves at revisiting their childhood.
Shindig is a place where you can bring your children, in fact it’s the children who make the festival what it is. Kids are free to play, run and explore in a safe environment.There is plenty for them to do, the kids field was teaming with laughter and colour. The children are the barometer, the balance in keeping the hedonism at it’s optimum level without spilling over into chaos.
An important part of the dynamic, laidback atmosphere is due to the line up, which is directed towards a more mature ‘old skool’ party crowd, yet is attracts a wide diversity of people of all ages and backgrounds. There really is something for everyone, from comedy, social conscious talks, circus entertainment and quiet reflective chill out zones like the new Story land nook.
This year’s sell out event paid homage to some of the music scenes best loved heroes with artists such as: Soul 2 Soul, Mr Scuff, Norman Jay MBE, The Jungle Brothers, Stereo MCs and Danny Rampling taken centre stage. With a distinctly 90s and early 00s vibe invoking euphoric recall reflect to those who experienced it first hand, to newly acquired fans. Underground dance floor heavy weights, featured DJ acts from the likes of: Stardust Collective, Cut Chemist, Deekline Ed Solo, Mickey Finn & Aphrodite and  Dub Pistols amongst many others. Not forgetting the bristling assortment of upcoming artists from around the West Country; Bristol based movers & shakers; The Backroom aka DJ’s Simon Lloyd & Luke Stereo who held court in the Stardust tent for 5hrs in the glorious sunshine. Rising stars Eva Lazarus & Gardner, Bad Sister. Bristol Hip Hop, Funk & Soul vinyl sensation Boca45.
Personal highlights of the weekend have to be Mr Scruff of course, Norman Jay, Friday night in the Stardust tent was out of this world with the likes of Terry Farley and Danny Rampling bringing the vibe alive to a packed out crowd.
Kudos to Graham S who kicked off the Saturday session at the Dig Inn with two hour, funk, soul all played on 7inch vinyl! Reliving the old skool UK Hip Hop, in the shape of Blak Twang, Rodney P, Skitz. DJ Producer Chris Munkey throwing down heavy D&B beats in the Nautylicious. 2 Bad Mice, Top Buzz in the Tutti Frutti beach bar resonated with the sound sirens, jungle hi hats and bass lines.
After several days of partying hard, a much needed Sunday afternoon revival by Bristol’s Boca 45, The Allergies, Parker and DJP was heaven sent.
Watching the eagerly anticipated Soul 2 Soul band perform impeccably less than a meter away from me, was unbelievable, like listening to the soundtrack of my childhood.
There is so much more to say about this small but mighty festival, I could continue writing about the strange and wonderful sights and sounds, the belly laughs moments or the shenanigans back at base camp.
For me Shindig represents all I hold dear about growing up and living in the West Country, it has reconnected me with friends I haven’t seen in years, reignited and solidified friendships, giving me enormous sense of well being and belonging. In my humble opinion Shindig is one of the best boutique festivals I have ever had the pleasure of attending, long may it continue to be the ‘funkiest festival in the West’.
Sending out massive thanks and appreciation to Will, Jess and all the Shindig Crew, to each and every person who made this year one to remember.
Sending out massive thanks and appreciation to Will, Jess, Slim, Jeff and all the Shindig Crew, to each and every person who made this year one to remember. Big up to all the Bath, Bristol, Swindon Shindig family.

Lay-Far, On Taking Communication To A Whole New Level, With His New Album – “How I Communicate”.

The wait is over, the long anticipated 2nd album, “How I Communicate”, from Lay-Far, released on Local Talk records, dropped into ears with a devastating splash. You know the say…

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Lay-Far, On Taking Communication To A Whole New Level, With His New Album – “How I Communicate”.



The wait is over, the long anticipated 2nd album, “How I Communicate”, from Lay-Far, released on Local Talk records, dropped into your ears with a devastating splash. You know the saying “made to make your mouth water”?! In this instance it’s a perfect example of the truth, with Lay-Far’s productions there is always music to nourish the soul.

“How I Communicate”, is a stunning arrangement exploring the many ways an artist can communicate with it’s listener.The album plays like a story, with Lay-Far as the story teller, he weaves intricate tales with each track. Interspersed between the ethereal lightness of House and the Disco explorers tales. It lays the foundations that reflect the current changes within dance music by exploring deep soulful rhythms. To complete the story, Lay-Far has enlisted the help of several well known characters from the likes of; Ashley Beedle & Darren Morris, Sean McCabe, Mark De Clive Lowe, Magic Number and Ricky Reid to name just a few. Each character takes a bow after lending their unique qualities to the tale. The entire album is held by the carefully selected narrations that adjoin the tracks.

If you are looking for a stand out track, there are plenty to chose from; whether it be the devastating beauty of ‘Like The First Time’, featuring the raw talent of Ross Hillard, Magic Number, or deep sea dive into ‘Slope’, with its uplifting groove and aquatic melodies.’Mystical Rhythms’, resurrects the love of the Broken Beat, both Lay-Far and Sean McCabe drop the realness on this one.

‘How I communicate’, is one of those albums that comes around every once in a while, that restores faith in the music scene. Do you recall your favourite story as a child? Take that same joy and excitement, place it into adult ears, press play and there you have it. Well that’s my humble opinion.

Written by Angel Mel – tune into Angel Mel Spread Love show on 1st February from 8pm until 10pm to listen to many tracks featured on the album –

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Listen here:

You can buy and enjoy the album from the following digital stores: The vinyl version coming out in March.

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Edinburgh’s Finest Craig Smith In The Mix On Angel Mel’s Spread Love Show

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Join Angel Mel this Tuesday 16th February for another exclusive guest mix. The Spread Love show is proud to announce special guest mix by Edinburgh’s finest DJ / Producer Craig Smith, (6th Borough Project, Fifty Fathoms Deep), to celebrate the launch of AMMPromotions. To find out more on Craig Smith & bookings go to
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Craig’s, DJ career has been on the go for fully 20 years, from his own famous night, ‘Audio Deluxe’ to numerous gigs at every major club across the globe. His 10 year residency at The Honeycomb in Edinburgh saw him play, host and gain the respect of all the players on the dance music scene. Guests at his club nights have included: Masters At Work – Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez and Lil’ Louie Vega, Terry Hunter, Phil Asher, John “Jellybean” Benitez, Bugz In The Attic, Domu, Mr V, Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson, DJ Deep, Osunlade, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Teddy Douglas, Dave Camacho, Ashley Beadle, Kenny Carpenter, Kerri Chandler, Frankie Feliciano, DJ Spinna – all of whom have rated Craig’s parties as one of the best to play in Europe. Always listening to, and collecting music as a kid, Craig started searching out club nights that would quench his musical thirst, and in the early 80’s it was parties like the capital’s Manifesto that really inspired and turned him on to a fresh and exciting scene that none of his school friends were even aware of. A stalwart on the scene from a young age this eventually lead him to make his DJ’ing debut in 1987 at Edinburgh’s legendary club night The Hooch. His initial influences were boogie, jazz funk, soul and the emerging sounds of rap and house and for him it was a natural progression into the modern production techniques and sounds of dance music. He is known for his non-compromising attitude for the music he loves and has always refused to be categorised preferring to be known for playing “quality dance music”. This has lead to an impeccable international reputation with gigs and radio appearances worldwide, and in his own hometown he is notorious as Irvine Welsh’s favourite DJ with a mention in his books. So far all of Craig’s recording work has been met with great critical acclaim. He has had records out on various labels such as EMI, Virgin, Hush Hush, In Demand, Maxi, Five20East and Soul Heaven under his own name and various guises, such as Harden Soul Project, The Wayfarers, The Soul Renegades and The Shaw Height Assembly and more recently 6th Borough Project. He has remixed tracks for the likes of Cevin Fisher, Roland Clark, Afro Medusa, Beverly Knight, Soul Providers, Moloko, and the Hong Kong Micros amongst others. Currently working on new music with production partner Graeme Clark (The Revenge) on their popular 6th Borough Project and Craig Smith & The Revenge guises, recent releases/remixes on Five20east, Soul Heaven and Jimpsters new label Delusions Of Granduer (as Craig Smith & The Revenge) and Jisco, Less Productions, Instruments of Rapture, Soul Heaven (as 6th Borough Project) have been gaining mad props/ radio/club play from such heavy hitters as Kenny Dope, Giles Peterson, Simbad, Karizma, Jimpster, Terry Hunter, Danny Krivit, Chris Duckenfield, Joe Clausell, Quinten Harris, Phil Asher, Todd Terje, Mad Matts and a host of others! Keep your eyes peeled as there are more tracks on the way with forthcoming releases on Soul Heaven, Instruments of Rapture, Freerange, Future Classics and Delusions Of Grandeur Craig has also been busy in the studio with Ricky Reid as they breath new life into the Soul Renegades production moniker. This exciting project has being gaining serious attention from the get go and with their debut release out now on the much respected Phil Ashers Restless Soul Music gaining heavy praise and with further releases due on UK label Fresh Minute, US deep house don Anthony Nicholson ‘s Circular Motion imprint and a Stephanie Cooke remix for Soulful Beats ready to follow the future looks rosy.






Rainer Trueby Runs With The Herd!

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Angel Mel Presents Opolopo On Soultrain Radio’s Spread Love Show

Source: Angel Mel Presents Opolopo On Soultrain Radio’s Spread Love Show

Source: Angel Mel Presents Opolopo On Soultrain Radio’s Spread Love Show

Kev Beadle Presents The Best Of Inner City Records Launch Album Launch For BBE Records


To celebrate the release of Kev Beadle’s latest compilation for BBE Records you are invited to join him with DJ Harv and Nick Hosier playing some quality jazz goodness on one of the best sound systems in London. Admission is FREE, so get there early……..

Created by music industry legend, MMO Music Group CEO and true godfather of karaoke (but that’s another story) Irv Kratka, alongside producer Eric Kriss, Inner City Records was founded in 1976. During its decade or so in existence, the label put together a formidable catalogue of jazz music and was voted Record Label Of The Year in 1979 by the International Jazz Critics Poll. As well as ‘classic jazz’, the label also gave a platform to more avant-garde material and dabbled in the emerging ‘jazz fusion’ sounds of the day.
Inner City boasted a particularly fervent fan-base in London, where many of its releases found a home within the sweaty underground dance clubs of Soho and Convent Garden back in the early 80s. Fittingly enough, London DJ and tastemaker Kev Beadle is the man chosen to put together this very special compilation of the imprint’s finest moments.

Soundclips and tracklisting:

For more booking information on this artist contact Angel Mel

Angel Mel Presents Opolopo On Soultrain Radio’s Spread Love Show

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Angel Mel Presents Opolopo On Soultrain Radio’s Spread Love Show


On Tuesday 4th February 2016, the Spread Love radio show welcomed the brightest star on the horizon, Opolopo to do an exclusive guest mix.

Opolopo is a name that needs little introduction after scoring a tidal wave of successful with his live DJ performance; productions and remixes for countless artists such as: Nina Simone, Gregory Porter, Lisa Standfield, Michael Jackson et al.

Over the forthcoming weeks the show will be celebrating the launch of AMMP – (Angel Mel Music Promotions), by featuring a selection of guests mixes from the artists.

For more information on the artist bookings & AMMP go to

Also on featured on the show is music from the likes of Al Hudson, Brian Johnson & Gil Scott Heron, Masters of Work Ft India, Ashley Beedle, John Morales and many more.

Angel Mel’s Spread Love show is held fortnightly on Tuesday 8pm until 10pm and Sunday 2pm until 4pm for Soultrain Radio,

Follow the link to hear the show in full

Angel Mel Presents Opolopo Deep In The Mix On The Spread Love Show by Angelmel79 on Mixcloud

AMMP – Spread Love Promote Music


AMMP was borne out of a genuine desire to ‘spread love and promote music’.
We pride ourselves on being more than your average music agency; our aim is to nurture the talents of our artists, to provide support to the promoters and develop long lasting relationships on both sides.

Our current roster represents the finest in established and rising talent on a national and international scale. We are proud to represent the following artists: Kev Beadle, Rainer Trueby, Lay-Far, Opolopo, Gabriele Poso, Craig Smith, Jo Wallace and Mixjah.

Our first passion is music, we understand the importance of marketing your music. We are always looking for and finding opportunities to nurture and develop your talent. We strive to provide a holistic yet professional and friendly approach to working with our clients.

Stay tuned in for updates on interviews, music releases, events.

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Love & blessings Angel Mel x