Ashley Beedle, Keith Kelly (External Sounds)

Posted by external sounds on April 19, 2010

Drogheda music collective External Sounds are hosting the sunday night club event at this years festival. Continuing on from last years brilliant Norman Jay gig, we have once again seceded in securing the services of another top class artist in the form of Dj Ashley Beedle.

Ashley Beedle is one of most respected dj's on the circuit. From starting out playing on the soundsystems at the Nottinghill Carnival through to becoming one of the U.K.'s most celebrated house producers in the late '90s, and currently producing some of the most dancefloor stomping disco edits, this artist is a true great who's production & Dj'ing always sounds fresh and entertaining even if it has one foot in the past.

Just like any other genre, dance and electronic music have their indisputable heroes and Ashley Beedle is, without any doubt, one of them. There aren’t many producer / DJs around who can claim to have had as much influence on the UK’s dance music scene as Ashley Beedle, with any DJ who likes good music will almost certainly have a record in their collection that he has been involved in. Ashley's Black Science Orchestra productions in the 90's where seen as some of the most progressive soul based music at the time and are respected by many people across the music industry. Although it was his work as part of house outfit 'X-Press 2' that he received the most notable mainstream success. Their 2002 release 'Lazy', which was a collaboration with Talking Heads supremo David Byrne, reached number 2 in the Uk to 40 charts.

Ashley’s remixes have ranged from pop and rock bands, little house labels; hip hop mixes, house mixes; as a solo remixer. There really are too many to mention, though Elton John’s number one hit ‘Are You Ready for Love?’ and Bob Marley’s ‘Get Up Stand Up’ spring to mind as well as The Streets ‘Weak Become Heroes’ and Bent’s ‘Always’. His ability to always stay ahead of the pack continues with his recent releases, a futuristic reggae inspired Warbox project (which has included chart smashing remixes for the likes of Lilly Allen, a rock techno inspired project with the Filthy Dukes’ Mark Ralph, called Ralph und Beedle, a blue eyed soul project called Mavis which was released on !K7 in Feb 2010 (featuring Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, Cerys Matthews, Ed Harcourt plus many more) and his new moniker, Space Programme, as well as an album with the reggae great Horace Andy, ‘Inspiration Information’, on Strut Records which is a fresh album of roots, fusions and rasta messages.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are 12 euros and are available from the arts festival box office at the highlanes gallery. For bookings phone 041 9807114. more info @ www.droghedaartsfestival.ie