After an extended post Christmas and New Year break, due to my recent total knee replacement surgery, I’m very much looking forward to my first gigs of 2019. I don’t usually take so much time off at the start of the year but having my right knee replaced ruled me out of doing much apart from resting, recuperating and lots of physiotherapy. For those of you who have been following my updates on my social media feeds, you’ll know that I’ve been making excellent progress and after six weeks of hard work in the gym my consultant has told me that he’s “never seen a better recovery” (and he’s carried out over 2,000 knee replacement operations!). I’m ahead of where I should be and can’t wait to get back on the decks (although in the short term I’ll be using a crutch).

First up I’m in Dublin on Friday 22nd February where I’ll be playing at Yamamori Tengu. I’m very excited about this gig because not only is it over two years since I played in this wonderful city (Haçienda Classical at the 3Arena followed by a DJ set at the Button Factory back in December 2016), but this will be the first ever Long Live House club night. Long Live House is the name of my new series of compilation albums and Volume 1: 1980s is available now (click Store on my website Home Page to get your copy on vinyl or CD). This night is in association with Dublin’s very own and totally wonderful Phever and I’ll be joined on the decks by Dean Sherry and Steff Fagan. I’m told that Yamamori Tengu is a very intimate venue with a kicking sound system, which sounds absolutely perfect for the first ever Long Live House club night where I’ll be digging deep into my archives and playing some overlooked and forgotten house tunes from the late 1980s right up to the present day. I always have amazing nights in Dublin and I’m sure this will be no exception.

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The next day Saturday 23rd February I’ll be at the wonderful King George’s Hall in Blackburn alongside Bez, Rowetta and K-klass for Bez and Rowetta’s ongoing “On The Sixth Day” tour. I’ll be opening the night with a set of late 80s acid house before Rowetta performs a live PA, K-klass play live and then Bez and Rowetta close the night with a DJ set. I’ve played at the King George’s Hall many times over the years and it always turns into a full-on rave. I’m pretty sure that’s what will happen here.

Full details of these gigs can be found from the links above and to find out where I’m playing in the coming weeks and months, either as a DJ or with the Haçienda Classical show (including the Isle Of Wight Festival, The Royal Albert Hall London, Castlefield Arena Manchester and more, please visit the Gigs link on my website Home Page. I look forward to seeing you all on a dance floor soon.