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This Thursday, we fly out to join in the fun at Soundwave Croatia 2016, which takes place at The Garden, Tisno, from August 4-8. We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve played at the festival (we think it’s either our sixth or seventh appearance), but every year it’s the undoubted highlight of our summer. Great music, great people, great weather, great location… what more do you need?

Over the last few years, our own Sell By Dave has made a point of putting together a warm-up mix or two (0ne year, he did three) to help get people in the mood for what’s in store. Predictably, he’s done one again this year. We best let him explain what it’s all about:

“I wanted to do something that reflected the quintessential Soundwave experience – watching the sun go down accompanied by some suitable music, followed by an evening spent on the beach stage, the on to Barbarella’s for a session dancing all night until the sun comes up. So, I tried to capture that over two hours, going from sun-kissed slo-mo fare to classic U.S and U.K house, via samba, hip-hop, reggae, disco, and electrofunk. Hopefully you’ll find it entertaining.”

So now you know. For the record, you can find us spinning music at Soundwave at the following locations:

THURSDAY 4th AUGUST: Disco Boat on The Argonaught (w/ Harvey Sutherland & Origins) – 19.30-23.00 (SOLD OUT)
SATURDAY 6th AUGUST: Magnolia Stage (outside the restaurant) – 12.00-14.00 
SUNDAY 7th AUGUST: Pier Stage (AKA The Olive Grove)- 21.00-23.30

You’ll find the tracklist for the mix below the embedded Soundcloud player. The mix is also available on Mixcloud for all the streaming freaks.

Bedmo Disco presents: Soundwave Croatia 2016: From Dusk ‘Til Dawn [mixed by Sell By Dave]

  1. Alaula – Statues [Mudd’s Piano Dub]
  2. Bukky Leo – Why Can’t We Live Together? [Sao Benitez BV Dub]
  3. Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – Viramundo [Danny Krivit Edit]
  4. Turbojazz – Que Pasa
  5. Joutro Mundo – Combo Funk
  6. Eric B & Rakim – Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em [Mark The 45 King Remix]
  7. Black Sheep – Strobelight Honey [No We Didn’t Mix]
  8. Richard Ace – Jonestown Masacre
  9. Tappa Zukie & The Warriors – Love Dream
  10. Fresh Band – Come Back Lover [Dub Mix]
  11. The Emotions – Love Vibe [Domu Edit]
  12. Chaka Khan – Clouds [Moplen’s Classic Mix]
  13. Soulful Dynamics – Jungle People [Lee Douglas Edit]
  14. Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne – You’re So Good To Me [Vocal Remix]
  15. Serious Intention – Serious [Dub]
  16. Kerrier District – Let’s Dance & Freak
  17. Inkswel – Linoleum
  18. Taana Gardner – What Can I Do For You? [Luv Dub]
  19. DJ Duke – Blow Your Whistle [Original Mix]
  20. Marc Anthony – Ride On The Rhythm [Bedmo Disco Re-Dub]
  21. Coco, Steel & Lovebomb – Summer Rain [Never Like This Dub]
  22. 4 For Money – It’s A Moment In Time [Rising High Dub]
  23. Outlander – Vamp [Prins Thomas Diskomiks]
  24. Crooked Man – Happiness [Bedmo Disco Adriatic Anthem Edit]



Summer has finally arrived in Bristol (about time etc.), and ahead of a new period of Bedmo Disco DJ gigs, we’re returning to the (virtual) wireless.

This Tuesday (19th July, 2016) we’ll be making our debut on Soultrain Radio, with the first in a series of monthly shows. The team behind the station have been keen to get us involved for a while, to supplement existing shows from fellow West Country disco/boogie crews Feel The Real and Boogie Cafe (the latter helmed by our old pal and occasional label artist Jimmy The Twin).

Tomorrow’s show will feature Awon and Sell By Dave (sadly, Five-Stylez is otherwise engaged playing hip-hop for another radio station), will be broadcast live from the Soultrain studios here in Bristol, and will feature us dropping some killer wax from across the discoid universe.

We’ll also be looking ahead to Soundwave Croatia, which kicks off on 4 August at The Garden, Tisno, and features us lot playing records, as well as loads of other top notch bands, selectors etc.

So do tune in, as we’ll be playing lots of rather good music, and no doubt Sell By will be his usual idiotic self on the mic (“disco’s own Alan Partridge”, as a regular listener to Bedmo Disco Radio once famously described him). That’s got to be worth two hours of your time, right?

Tune in to Bedmo Disco Radio from 10pm-12midnight BST on Tuesday 19th July 2016 on Soultrain Radio.

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It’s been another memorable year for the Bedmo Disco family, punctuated by memorable parties, cracking events, hugely enjoyable guest spots and a particularly brilliant boat party at Soundwave Croatia. We also waved goodbye to our regular home of nearly six years, Big Chill Bristol, with a series of parties with guests including Winston Hazel and the brilliant Inkswel.

Naturally, there’s one last Bedmo Disco party of the year: New Year’s Eve. This year, we’ll be celebrating by taking over the decks at one of Bristol’s best boozers, The Christmas Steps. It’s an intimate space, meaning that it should be a cracking party – a bit like an ace house party, but with a better selection of drinks and us lot on the turntables. What’s more, the venue – run by the team from CRACK magazine – has decided not to charge on the door. That means you can get in free… though the limited capacity means that you’ll need to get down early (we start at nine) to guarantee entry.

To get you in the mood, we’ve uploaded a new BedmoCast episode to our Soundcloud account. It’s a live recording of Sell By Dave in the mix at Blue Mountain, here in Bristol, a few weeks back. Enjoy!



54party_flyerThis Friday, we’re making a guest appearance at what looks to be a killer event at the Cube Microplex. The 54 Director’s Cut Party features a screening of the brand new director’s cut of infamous Steve Rubell/Studio 54 flick 54, polyester-enhanced pansexual performances from a number of local performance artists, a ’70s style buffet and a party until the wee small hours, with People Like Us and ourselves providing the soundtrack. The organisers are keen to “bring some 70s style disco decadence to The Cube”, and we’re happy to oblige. We’ve been to parties there before in the intimate bar space, and it can get pretty rowdy. We’re sure Friday will be no different!

Since a new volume in the BedmoCast mix series is long overdue, Sell By Dave decided to jump on the decks and record a “warm up mix” of disco treats to get everyone in the mood for Friday night. You can check it out below.

More details about the event are available here

Tickets are on sale now, priced £8. You can buy them in advance here (recommeded)



A year ago today, on Easter Sunday 2014, we kicked off the “Bedmo Disco Presents” series – a programme of events featuring hand-picked guest DJs from the UK, Europe, the US, Australia and, of course, Bristol. Our first guest was Lumberjacks in Hell boss Marcel Vogel, who got the party going in his inimitable way. That day set out the formula for what would come over the next 12 months: extra sound, extended sets from our headline guests, and the now familiar pre-gig meal in the local lebanese restaurant.

Since then, we’ve had some top DJs swing by to play, including Inkswel, Auntie Flo, Alexander Nut, Justin Van Der Volgen, and Bonar Bradberry. Tonight, we toast that first year – and look ahead – in the company of a man who has flown under the radar a little for most in Bristol: Sheffield legend Winston Hazel.

WInston is most famous, of course, for being part of Forgemasters, whose seminal “Track With No Name” – a bleep classic built around loops from Manu Dibango’s “Abele Dance” – was the first record to be released on Warp way back in 1989. By the time that record came out, Winston was already one of the North of England’s most celebrated DJs, having built his reputation via various weekly and monthly residencies in the Steel City, most notably at the now legendary Jive Turkey parties (alongside his old pal Parrot, who retired from DJing many years ago). In recent years, Winston has been entertaining Sheffielders via the Kabal parties he runs alongside a collective that includes old pals Raif Collis, Pipes and, if he’s in town, Todda T (it was the Kabal crew who gave Tom Bell the ‘Toddla’ tag, due his tender years when he started playing for them).

If you’re still unsure as to Winston’s credentials, or want to know more, there’s an extensive interview (with accompanying mix) on the Test Pressing site. The words were penned by our own Sell By Dave.

As usual, we’ll be starting at 10pm, there will be extra sound, and it’s free to get in before 11pm, £3 after. Spread the word – Winston will do a terrific job, and this is a rare chance to see a true master at work in Bristol.



Those who follow us on social media will know that we’re quite excited about the next party we’re playing at, Parallel Dimensions Presents Skyline at Lakota, this coming Friday (27th February). Laila, the woman behind the fast-rising Parallel Dimensions parties, asked us a while back if we wanted to host a room, and we jumped at the chance. We’ve had some great times in Lakota over the years – it’s a legendary Bristol venue, after all – and that third room, the smallest of the lot, is a brilliant little “rave cave”. It’s perfect for an intimate gathering and you can really get the party going.

There was another reason we said yes to her request, though: the main room line-up. It features two legendary figures from the days when Manchester’s Hacienda was arguably the centre of the clubbing universe: 808 State and Graeme Park. Neither should need bigging up; the former were one of the pioneering production/live outfits in the British dance music revolution of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and were responsible for some stone cold classics during the rave era (“In Yer Face”, “Pacific”, “Cubik” etc). As for the latter, as resident at the “Hac” (alongside Mike Pickering), Park was responsible for putting the venue on the map, providing the soundtrack to the first E generation’s clubbing coming of age. They’ll be joined in the main room by our old pal Deli G, who’s as legendary in our city as 808 State and Graeme are in Manchester.

As for our room, we’ll be joined by another local legend – Tristan B, who has been DJing in clubs and on the radio in Bristol since the mid 1980s – and a long time friend of the family, Legendary Tone. He’ll be playing back-to-back with Sell By Dave (as they often do at best before:) to round of the evening. In association with Parallel Dimensions, we’ll also be making a big effort on the décor, making our room look suitably disco (think The Loft parties in NYC).

We can’t recommend the party highly enough. We hear ticket sales are pretty brisk – if you want to come along (and we’d love you to join in the fun) you can grab tickets from Bristol Ticket shop or Resident Advisor.

As part of the build-up to the party, we offered to do a mix to get everyone in the mood. Sell By Dave laid it down in one-take (as usual) on the spur of the moment. You can stream/download it below. It features a riotous mix of disco, electrofunk, house, proto-house and early US garage dubs, plus the odd rave classic, unreleased Bedmo Disco family cuts/edits/tracks, and some obligatory 808 State towards the end. Hopefully it should get you all in the mood for the party… it’s going to be ace!



  1. Moton Records Inc – Zoo [Sell By Dave FAC51 Version]
  2. Marcos Cabral – Latin Box
  3. David Bowie – Underground [Dub]
  4. Bedmo Disco – Down Shep
  5. Dutch Rhythm Combo – Bonnaire [Al Usher Remix]
  6. Awon – Saxy Time
  7. Watson – Get It On
  8. Check The Guns – Disco Magic [JT Edit]
  9. Young Pulse – Work 2 Do
  10. Jean Carn – Free Love [Paul Simspon & DJ Romain Remix]
  11. T-Coy – Night Train
  12. Carl & Carol Jacobs – Robot Jam [Nick The Record & Dan Idjut Rerub]
  13. Carolyn Harding – Memories [Bedmo Disco Dub]
  14. LK – Body & Soul
  15. Nick Holder – Summer Daze
  16. Grace Jones – Feel Up [Danny Tenaglia Remix – Bedmo Disco Edit]
  17. 808 State – Cubik [Tomix]
  18. Bent – Always [Ashley Beedle Dub]
  19. Teddy Pendergrass – The More I Get It, The More I Want [Dim’s Super Disco Blend]


inkswel By now, you should be used to us blathering on about how excited we are about the latest guest DJ to swing by Bedmo Disco Presents at Big Chill Bristol. Even so, we’re more excited than normal about the visit of INKSWEL tomorrow night (Saturday 7th February).

We’ve been fans of the Australian producer since hearing his 2011 Glass Tear Groove EP on Boogie Bash. Since then, he’s gone on to deliver killer material in his distinctive smooth, soulful, drum machine-heavy style for Unthank, Faces, Dopeness Galore, Wolf Music, People Like Jam, Burek and Hot Shot Sounds, the label he co-founded with another Bedmo Disco fave, Freekwency. He recently signed a deal with BBE, and the much-loved label will be releasing some retrospectives of classic material ahead of a brand new album later in the year. All of those will be worth listening to.

His style is distinctive: hugely influenced by classic boogie, ‘80s electro and electrofunk, of course, but also modern soul, hip-hop and deep house. He recently recorded a guest mix for our BedmoCast series – unveiled on our show earlier in the week – and it was one of the best we’ve been given to date. We’ve stuck it below so you can listen – seriously, it’s excellent.

Being Melbourne-based, Inkswel rarely gets across to Europe. It’s a bit of a coup to get him, so we’re naturally delighted that he’ll be making his Bristol debut on Saturday night. In fact, he’s only doing two UK dates (the other being in London for our pals from Soft Rocks), so it really is a rare chance to see a young master at work.

In addition, we’re delighted to be welcoming DJ Ryu and the Rockit Science crew to the Big Chill. They’ll be hosting the study, and have secured a pretty hot guest in Bristol-based deep house producer James Fox (Futureboogie Recordings, Well Rounded Housing Project, Quintessentials, Needwant etc). Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be adding extra sound to make Inkswel’s set sound extra-heavy. All of this is free if you get down before midnight, and £3 after. It’s a party not to be missed, that’s for sure.

More info about the party is available on Facebook and Resident Advisor



How does dancing the night away in a luscious stately home on the outskirts of Bristol sound to you? Pretty good, eh? Well, you’ve got a chance to do just that this Friday night (February 14th) at the first Maison Paradiso event at Kings Weston House. Oh, and we’ve got ten tickets to give away!

It promises to be a magical evening. Maison Paradiso is a new event from Bristol promoter Keda Breezze, who specialises in putting on imaginative, one-off events that mix music, theatre and cinema in stunning locations.

Friday’s event is in two parts; the first is a cocktail reception and three-course meal from pop-up restaurant specialists Mi Casa. That will be followed by a big old party, with Bedmo Disco DJs (Awon, Five-Stylez and Sell By Dave) providing the soundtrack until the early hours. There’s a cocktail bar (staffed by Bristol’s best cocktail barmen and waitresses, no less) and a silent cinema room, if the sweaty disco and boogie party action gets a bit much. Guests are asked to “dress to impress”, giving you a chance to put on your glad rags.

Seriously, we’re really excited about this. It’s not often you get to dance like mad and sip cocktails in a stately home. And Kings Weston is some stately home; Grade 1 listed, it was recently restored to its 18th century glory (it was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, who also designed Blenheim Palace). It’s located near the Clifton Downs and is just eight minutes by taxi from the city centre.

Sadly, tickets for the dinner and dance are now sold out, but a few tickets are still available for the party, priced at £10. You can get them here.

Now for the exciting bit: we’ve got 10 TICKETS for the party to give away. To be in with a chance of grabbing a ticket (or more), just email us with your name and contact telephone number, stating how many tickets you’re after (perhaps a pair, so you can bring a mate or your partner). We’ll draw the winners at random on Thursday morning (Feb 13th), meaning you’ve got until midnight on Wednesday to get your entries in. Good luck, and hopefully we’ll be seeing you on the dancefloor. Remember: make an effort, it’s going to be a special night!



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Bedmo Disco Radio returns to the virtual airwaves tonight, Tuesday 4th February, on We’ll be broadcasting live across the web from 8pm GMT.

As usual, we’ve got another action-packed show lined up. As well as the usual blend of good time grooves, dusty obscurities and all-time classics, there’s an interview and guest mix with our good friend Uncle Vibes, whose shows on K2K Radio and SoulradioUK are fast becoming essential listening at Bedmo Disco HQ. As usual, Sell By Dave will be showcasing a bumper selection of new and forthcoming releases from across the musical spectrum, while we’ll also be looking in more detail at the Soundwave 2014 line-up. As if that lot wasn’t enough to tickle your fancy, we’ll also be exclusively revealing the next single release on Bedmo Disco Records – our first since the tail end of 2012. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

So, tune in from 8pm, and if you’re locked get in touch for shout outs, requests and on-air banter. You can tweet us, leave a message on our Facebook page, or email us.


It was close to 3pm on a sweltering Friday afternoon, last July, when Awon and Bedmo Disco slipped into the DJ booth on the waterside ‘Beach Bar’ stage at The Garden Tisno, scene of the always-excellent Soundwave Croatia festival.

As Awon dropped the first tune, his brilliantly sunny remake of Maze’s “Joy & Pain” (see Soundcloud link above), the scene in front of us summed up what’s so great about the Tisno experience. Hundreds of people were having fun in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, bobbing around in the festival site’s own private bay and beach area. Clustered round the edges of the water were groups of people sunbathing, supping on vividly coloured coctails and nodding their heads in time with the music. Some people in the water started dancing; others raised themselves from an afternoon nap on the terracing-come-dancefloor in front of the stage, and began to throw a few lazy shapes.

As a DJ, there are few more glorious sights out of a DJ booth than that at the Beach Bar Stage at the Garden, Tisno. Whether you’re DJing in the afternoon, evening or into the wee small hours, the view and atmosphere are always inspiring.

There are numerous festivals held at the Garden, including Electric Elephant, Dimensions and of course the Garden Festival itself. Yet the one closest to our heart is undoubtedly Soundwave, a lovingly crafted and now long-running event that’s almost perfectly pitched for those open-minded, beat-centric heads who want a mix of the obscure and the well known. It’s generally well programmed, with heady downtempo delights and hazy, laidback sounds during the day, and more bass-centric and upbeat flavours during the night. You can swim and lounge around on site during the day, and get your rave on during the night. Both are equally pleasurable.

In the two installments we’ve played at – 2010 and 2012 – we’ve enjoyed the best of both worlds. In 2010, at the festival’s previous site at the Garden Petrecane – a smaller space with less room to stretch your legs, but an equally enchanting vibe – we played the Beach Bar stage on the Sunday night. It was one of the most thrilling gigs we’ve had. Accompanied by our sometime mic man Coherent, we played a proper mixed-up party selection to a crowd that was as up-for-it as you’d expect. By the end, they were hanging off the lighting rigs. Those who’ve danced under the stars at the Beach Bar stage in Petrecane or Tisno will tell you this isn’t that unusual; when people go for it, smiley carnage ensues.

Back in 2010, we also had the pleasure of playing at the afterparty, at Barbarella’s Discotheque, a curous, circular club with authentic 1980s Italo-disco fittings. Many of these fittings were taken, piece-by-piece, to Barbarella’s new venue outside Tisno at the tail end of 2011. The new space is wonderful – an open-air club that allows for dancing all night and watching the sun come up. For those of a certain age, or with a misty-eyed belief in the Balearic ideal, it should be a must-visit.

The team behind Soundwave – the promoters of the Soundcrash and New Bohemia events – are smart enough to know that reaching out to like-minded people around the UK is the way forward. So, each year you will see the same faces; some from Manchester, a crew from Brighton, a big contingent from Leeds, the usual Londoners and, of course, a smattering from Bristol. There’s something genuinely great about bumping into familiar faces from your local scene, dancing together to one of the headliners (last year’s ‘moment’ was De La Soul, though probably for different reasons than you’d maybe expect) or downing a few shots of odd Croatian shots served by a man handing out stick-on moustaches. Last year we spent a happy evening drinking with Inkie – the man behind Bristol’s brilliant See No Evil street art/music event – while dancing to Cheeba and the Detectives of Perspectives crew. We didn’t make it onto a boat party – something we must put right this year – but by all accounts they’re a riot.

Outside of the festival location itself, there are many other delights to sample in Tisno, and in the wider region at large. Last year we rented a boat and spent a happy day slowly going round Tisno Island, stopping occasionally to drop anchor in a quiet cove and jump in for a cooling swim. We also stopped on route at various bars, quenching our thirst in the company of locals and holidaymakers. At one, we sat next to a man wearing with a cockatoo on his shoulder. Really.

Croatia is still relatively unspoiled by tourism standards. Food, drink and accommodation is inexpensive, and the locals are generally very friendly. We made friends with Dom, the local “rent a boat” guy and gave him a ticket to the festival. We spent a great night with him at Soundwave (and Barbarella’s), and ever since have kept in touch on Facebook. We’re looking forward to hooking up with him again this summer.

The video below will give an idea of what Soundwave was like last year. This year, we’re sure it will be even better. Certainly, we’re thrilled to have been asked to go back and play another Bedmo Disco set. We’re hoping to bring an even bigger crew out this time, so more of our friends can experience the wonders of Croatian hospitality, warm seas and musical goodness. This year’s festival takes place between July 18 and 22, and we’d heartily recommend buying a ticket and planning a holiday.

Soundwave are also putting on a number of launch parties in the UK. We’ve been booked to play the Bristol leg of the tour, alongside headliners Young’un & Mr Thing, Cheeba, Detectives of Perspectives and Ewan Hoozami. It’s set to take place on April 20, with a boat party around Bristol harbour followed by a session at Start The Bus. It should be a lot of fun. Poster below.

If you’re interested in heading to Soundwave, check out their website at

We’ve also included, as you’ll see above, a bit of a Soundwave-related musical treat – Awon’s superb version of “Joy and Pain”, as used to open our Soundwave set in 2012. Enjoy!