Those of you who were there will know that we had some significant sound level problems on both Friday and Saturday night.
Just to be clear, we had installed an excellent soundsystem (18,000+ watts RMS) and were therefore confident that we would be able to put on a good show for the TT faithful. However we hadn't been told that the noise police would be turning up and placing a sound limiter on our rig.
The effect of this was that the big-top had a strict 90db limit in effect from midnight until four on the Friday and Saturday nights.
Bizarrely, the large crowd that had assembled actually reduced the available volume of the music because the noise level meter was so sensitive that it picked up the sound of cheering, chanting, whistling and clapping coming from the crowd and dipped the volume. You couldn't make it up!
Dub Phyzix, John Morales and Dj Format were consummate professionals in what was a very difficult situation.
Regardless of the sound problems we still had a brilliant time. The TT faithful pulled us through and there were jubilant scenes throughout the weekend. The festival is an annual opportunity to reconstitute the diaspora of likeminded souls that comprise our crew & friends both old and new.
Photo courtesy of Tom Joy & Duke Studios
So...deep breath...and onto the music.
In the first batch of mixes, three downloads recorded live at the festival are available for your listening pleasure. First up, peerless TT resident Peach regales with a selection of his dad's records - joking! He has his own music and it's almost impossible to describe in its majesty. Download or stream it HERE - go on, you'll enjoy it.
Hot on his heels, Red Jay warmed up for Dub Phyzix with a superb mix of techno, D & B and deep bass-driven tastiness. As one of our more versatile residents, he's making a habit of leaving the crowd perfectly primed for the guest DJ. You can download or stream his live mix HERE.
Next up - TT resident James Deane dug out some actual records old and new and put together a funky little offering of disco, funk and boogie tunes for his early Saturday evening time-slot. You can download or stream his mix HERE
Ticker Le Punk has become a bit of a regular at the Beat Herder over the past few years and it's easy to hear why. His knack for unearthing obscure and blindingly good records continues with his 2014 live mix, which he describes as Tramp-rock Vs Kaput Rock and is available to stream or download HERE.
Representing Chapter Four out of Hebden Bridge, Dillinger P graced the TT turntables with a fine selection of Roots Reggae which was perfect for the Sunday afternoon. A top geezer with some top tunes - what more can you ask for? His mix is available to stream or download HERE.
Karl Roscoe dug deep into his archive to pay homage to one of the truly great Detroit-based record labels - Underground Resistance. Showcasing the breadth of styles put out under this imprint - Karl's skillfully crafted set took in a few classics alongside some of their more obscure output. It can be downloaded or streamed HERE
Andy Pyett has graced the TT turntables regularly over the past few years. His peerless tune selection and solid mixing have won him a loyal following among the TT faithful. His acid house orientated selection can be streamed from his Sound Cloud page HERE.
Trailer Trash resident Lindsey has been with us since day-one. Her excellent taste in music and sheer eclecticism make her performances both memorable and unmissable. A unique blend of disco, electro, punk and anything else that takes her fancy, Lindsey's set can be downloaded or streamed HERE.
Thanks to Tom Joy & Duke Studios for kindly donating photos (above)- check out more of their truly awesome pictures from the Beat Herder HERE
Memories eh? Here is a video and picture montage from the festival - DOUBLE CLICK on the video link at the top to make it full size. Thanks to Steve Cobby for allowing us to use his music during the picture slide-show section.
That's it for now - but there will be more to follow. Pictures from the festival can be found on the bottom left of the main page.
Beyond the fairground, under the big wheel, past the merry-go-round and after dodging the dodgems, you’ll find the Trailer Trash Big Top where musical treasure awaits.
Hosted since 2006 by Beat Herdershire’s renegades of randomness, Trailer Trash is a broad-church where punk and house converse amiably with reggae, hip-hop rubs-along with techno whilst funk and rockabilly sip cocktails together in the corner of a unique lounge-space where anything great goes…
Well - what a party that was. A massive thank you to everyone, friends old and new, who came to celebrate with us. Not forgetting the staff at the Islington Mills, TT crew acts and everyone else who mucked-in to help make it such a special night. We were utterly blown away by the response. The photos have been added (on the left near the bottom) and there are a couple of mixes that were recorded on the night available for download below.
Martin Deane played the 10-12 slot in the main room. As always, it's a straight-up house selection from the best warm-up man in the business. Martin's mix is available HERE
Following Martin, James played the 12-1 slot in preperation for our headliner Sean P. His mix features some nice house and techno before rounding off with some disco-not-disco inspired dancefloor bombs. It's available HERE
There may be more mixes to follow - once we have gained the necessary permissions. We hope that those of you who arrived early enough to be given a 10th Birthday CD are enjoying the music.
We are 10! To celebreate, we're throwing a birthday party at the Islington Mills in Salford on the 30th November 2013.The line-up is still to be confirmed. If you would like updates as we get them then you can join the facebook event group HERE
We'll also be adding updates to this site as we get them.
Hope some of you can make it down. It's a fantastic venue for an all-nighter. Love TT crew x
A big TT hug to all those who made the Beat Herder so special this year. As always there are too many to mention individually. Suffice to say that you know who you are and that your hard work is hugely appreciated. All those that came and partied with us should also be thanked - it would be a pointless exercise without your support - so give yourselves a pat on the back from us X
The photos have been added to the gallery (below - left) and here are the first batch of music downloads.
Kicking things off we have a marathon set from TT resident Red J who warmed up beautifully for the peerless Shackleton. Red put on a masterclass in building the vibe over two and a half hours before handing over a perfectly primed dancefloor. It can be downloaded or streamed from HERE. Watch your bass-bins!
Next up - Trailer Trash resident James Deane followed the Idjut boys on Friday night. His set was a melting-pot of styles (or a smorgasboard if you prefer), taking in house, techno and a sprinkling of disco towards the end. Expertly crafted, his set can be downloaded or streamed HERE
More download goodness - Andy P's set from the Friday night is available HERE. As usual it's a fine selection of disco inspired tech-house expertly put together for the Trailer Trash big-top. Enjoy.
Finally for now - the much requested and anticipated Saturday night / Sunday morning set from Ross Allen which was one of the most varied (and excellent) musical selections we've had the pleasure of hosting. The term 'eclectic' is often misused, but it is genuinely appropriate here. Almost three hours long, it can be downloaded or streamed HERE
More mixes to follow soon - In the meantime, here is a round-up of TT and related videos. Love TT Crew X