HAPPENING over the Bank Holiday weekend TomCat is the new arts and culture festival on Thomas Street and Catherine Street. The festival promises a broad range of events including vibrant representation of performance, music, dance, DJs, installation artwork, photography, craftwork and workshops, film fiestas and conceptual works. In other words a street party to excite all the senses. And if you are going to throw a street party, then who better to play records than DJ Norman Jay, founder of the Good Times Sound System one of the annual highlights of London’s Notting Hill Carnival. London born Norman Jay built the Good Times Sound System in 1980 to play his funk, soul and disco records at the carnival. In 1985 he co-founded Kiss radio station in 1985. His Original Rare Groove Show prompted the Rare Groove and Acid Jazz scenes in the late eighties establishing new genres on record store shelves.
He established the Talkin Loud record label with close friend and fellow dj Gilles Peterson in the 90’s signing Omar and Young Disciples.
After more than three decades in music, Norman Jay MBE is a clubland institution playing festivals worldwide, he is the DJ of choice for top fashion designers (Dolce & Gabanna, Vivienne Westwood), movie premieres and celebrities such as Mick Jagger and Prince. DJ Norman Jay plays at Mickey Martins on Sunday June 2.
As part of the TomCat Street Festival Seoda Shows and Bourke’s have brought together some of Limrock’s best Indie DJ’s to Save Saturday. The free event is called Seriously?! #1 and features the musical musings of Tom Fitz( Termight Klub), John Kelly, Eric Fitz, Olivia Chau, Ray Fennelly(from XLR), Liam O’Connor and Cranky Pants.
Drums, Beats, Trotters!
If you are on the prowl at TomCat this weekend’s there are plenty musical treats to get your claws into. The Still House Bar will host its Mini Fleadh Ceol on Friday May 31 featuring traditional honey roasted pigs trotters and packet and tripe. Windings play Bourkes on Friday. House and party beats will rock Jerry Flannery’s Bar when The Audio Angels hit town on Friday featuring live DJ’s, saxophonist, fire performers and dancers. DJ Aoife NiCanna plays Mickey Martins on Saturday June 1. DJ Gav and Colm O’Siochru (Percussion) play The Vault on Sunday.