In the absence of night clubs, dancing and good times generally due to COVID-19 restrictions over the last 18 months, two Radio Blue Mountains DJs have organised a special radio broadcast that is designed to "bring the club to the people", featuring mixes from some illustrious names on the international DJ circuit.
Andrew Dinsdale-Scanlon (AKA 'Dins') and his broadcasting partner Kevin Atkins (AKA 'Kevlar'), who together host the Radio Blue Mountains show The Parke Street Social, have pulled off some major coups for their Long Weekender Lockdown Special, which will take place from 4.30pm to 1am on Sunday, October 3.
Dinsdale-Scanlon and Atkins have secured mixes from illustrious DJs such as Australia's JR Dynamite; Pete Ellison, DJ Orpheus and DJ Templehead from the UK; DJ Prosper from France and Horatio from Romania. However, the 'headliner', as it were, is undoubtedly Carl Cox, the veteran British techno producer and DJ. Dinsdale-Scanlon describes Cox as "one of the most respected DJs in the world, in my opinion."
Dinsdale-Scanlon initially reached out to Cox on something of a whim, expecting nothing to come of it, and was then shocked when a Cox representative got back to him soon after with a special mix Cox put together for The Parke Street Social.
"I thought, 'you don't ask you don't get'," said Dinsdale-Scanlon. "Every DJ wholeheartedly supported the idea, and was more than happy to supply a mix, including Carl.
"We are honoured to have such quality DJs playing for us. Each DJ has their own style, so throughout the eight or so hours, listeners will get to hear top-shelf tracks from genres such as funk, soul, disco, breaks, house and techno - mixed by first-rate DJs at the top of their game.
"I think we're going to have a cracker of a time. And we sincerely hope it will provide people with an afternoon and evening where they can forget about this COVID situation and dance the lockdown blues away."
The Parke Street Social has been broadcasting on Radio Blue Mountains for nearly two years, the two DJs devoting their show predominantly to funk, soul, disco and house music. Dinsdale-Scanlon's DJing experience goes back 25 years, while Atkins is relatively new to the art of mixing but has been an aficionado of club culture and raves since the early 1990s.
Anticipating the large amount of listeners who will tune in online to the Long Weekender Lockdown Special, Dinsdale-Scanlon is recommending people log on to the broadcast via TuneIn (www.tunein.com) rather than the station's own server.
"This is the least we can do to provide a community service and share good vibes to anyone who's missing their favourite club, to have a boogie and let themselves go a little," he added.
The Parke Street Social team also has plans to organise in-person events when lockdown restrictions are lifted.
"When the warmer months arrive, and assuming social restrictions lift, we are currently in conversations to put on more free community events at The Carrington's Old City Bank beer garden in Katoomba, playing nothing but good-vibes music," said Dinsdale-Scanlon.
The Parke Street Social Long Weekender Lockdown Special starts at 4:30pm on Radio Blue Mountains (89.1FM).