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No Wax comes to Derby

By Gavin Bevis
Jukeboxes, rap battles and the cult of DJ head on in a new night at Susumi. No Wax has arrived in Derby...

From Kenny Rogers to Aphex Twin, No Wax is an evening which gives a rare insight into the most cherished and unpredictable bits of peoples' music collections.

The concept behind the night is a simple one. Punters bring along their MP3 players and iPods and get to pick the music.

Each person gets three tracks to win over the crowd - with their choice of tracks alternating with a rival's own choice.

At the end of each mini-set, the crowd pick their favourite MP3-J - a bit like a friendly version of the rap battles featured in the film, 8 Mile!

Event organiser, David McNicholas, said: "If a set goes down really well then they can stay on a bit longer. People can also be taken off early if they've picked a really rotten selection but that doesn't really happen much in this country - I think we're a bit more respectful over here!

No Wax began in London’s DreamBagsJaguarShoes bar since July 2003. Since then regular nights have sprung up in five cities within the U.K - with Derby the first Midlands city to join in -  and people have signed up to do them in Canada, Japan, Australia and America.

At the start of the night, participants grab a numbered ticket - a bit like in a deli - and wait for their turn. When an automated projector above the DJ booth flashes your number, it’s time to plug’n’play!

David McNicholas said: "I'm going to give it a go myself although I'm ashamed to say I don't actually own an MP3 player! I'm going to take along a mini-disc player and hook that up.

"I'm not sure what I'm actually going to play though - I've been searching through my collection for something contemporary!"

If the night is a success, it could become a regular fixture - and with its emphasis on eclecticism, No Wax could lead to some unusual sounds booming out onto Friar Gate.

Past choices include Prince's Alphabet Street, Pixies' Where Is My Mind and the theme tunes to Taxi and The Littlest Hobo!

The whole shebang starts up at 8pm on Thursday, 19th August and entry is free. We'll be there with our cameras and notebags (but not our MP3 players - we're not that brave yet!).

Meanwhile, we want you to tell us which three songs you'd use to get the crowd rockin'. Use the form below to let us know.

last updated: 15/03/06
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1) Joy Division - Love will Tear us Apart. 2) 808 State - Pacific State 3) Flaming Lips - Do You Realise?
Andy Tattersall

1. Young, Gifted and Black 2. A Message to you Rudy 3. Double Barrel
DJ Clown

Bit of old skool dance anyone??? Everybody's free - Rozalla, Good life (Midnight mix) - Debbie Malone, Respectable - Mel & Kim. That's all folks!

Step one: If I can't have you Step two: He's the greatest dancer Step three: I'm doin fine now
Bobby W

Let's get things started with Jacko classic Billie Jean, blended neatly into Madge's Ray of Light and I'll finish it off with Deelite's Groove is in the Heart. All poppy stuff but hey, always gets them jumpin...right?
Jack Rabbit

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