Ernest has become a home for plenty of diverse and exciting club nights in recent years, including high profile successes like No Wow and Moon Rocks. Joining their ranks on Saturday 1st April is Riddim!, a new reggae night that brings together several fixtures of the Newcastle rockabilly and country circuit to shine some lights on another facet of their enviable record collections.
As Stagger Lee, one of the selectors at Riddim!, notes, “I wanted to put something on which isn’t specialist or elitist or alienating. As with northern soul or funk, so it is with reggae: I think there are a lot of people out there who may not consider themselves reggae fans but still enjoy dancing to some rocksteady or roots or dancehall. I love getting locked into a deep sound system night in front of a wall of speaker boxes, and I was a specialist reggae DJ for years in London, but for Riddim! I want to fill the dancefloor with people dancing to Alton Ellis or Gregory Isaacs or Althea & Donna.”
But take note: “this won’t be some lightweight session – there’ll be plenty for the aficionados to enjoy too. It’ll be an all-vinyl night, obviously, and I’ll be joined by Rob Heron (Tea Pad) and Billy Lyre (Ska’d For Life) – and it’s free in, importantly.” With plans to make Riddim! a semi-regular event, be sure to check out Newcastle’s newest reggae night at its launch.