DJ Derek fills tent at We, The People 2011

Bristol-based DJ galvanises local support

DJ Derek fills tent at We, The People 2011

Photographer:Andy Squire

Jamie Skey - 05 June 2011

The 68 year old reggae DJ, who MCs in a cod-Jamaican accent, was at first hampered by technical difficulties, and then announced: "Afternoon sets are difficult when I am sober. I'm just catching up with the rest of you. I was playing in Shrewsbury at 2am this morning." 

Derek's set was more upbeat and party orientated than usual, blending reggae, dancehall, soul and even a bit of funk. The crowd, at first bemused at the novelty of Derek's age and insistence to speak in a rasta accent, finally came round to loving this bizarre spectacle. And the tent genuinely steamed up as he span a reggae remix of Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing'. 

The Streets headline the final night of We The People 2011 which has been marred with wet weather and a low turn out.


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