David Rodigan: 40th Anniversary Tour – Sheffield


David 'Ram Jam' Rodigan (2 Hour Set)





To celebrate David Rodigan MBE’s remarkable 40 years in the business as both a broadcaster and DJ, David sets out on his anniversary DJ tour in early 2018. Performing his acclaimed DJ sets, running through his 40 years in reggae and related genres, David will be joined by a select number of special guests across various dates throughout the UK and Europe.
It’s about celebrating a remarkable British music icon, alongside the sounds of a small Caribbean island with massive universal reach. It’s about giving back, shining a light on and bringing together people from all walks of life and communities. This is the power of reggae. A unique genre with timeless, ageless and classless appeal, a bit like Rodigan himself. One of life's 'one-off's'. Give me some signal.

On David Rodigan:

“David is a pioneer in reggae music. As a selector and radio personality, his vast knowledge of Jamaican music and its culture has helped to educate and fascinate music lovers around the world; he’s an amazing son of the music, and an icon. We couldn’t have made it this far without him” - SHAGGY

“Rodigan is the best at what he does. Not just playing the music, but loving it with a world of musical knowledge. We love you David. Ride on…” FREDDIE MCGREGOR

“In My lifetime, David Rodigan has been one of the most respected broadcasters and DJ’s in any music genre. He always will be. His passion and energy for the music is unparalleled” - TREVOR NELSON

“David Rodigan is a force of nature. His spirit and passion are a rare and wonderful thing. He has dedicated his life to parring the touch for Reggae music and is hugely respected all over the world for his knowledge and talent as a broadcaster and DJ. Long may he reign on our stages and airwaves” - ANNIE MAC


Try having a conversation about the rave scene, breakbeat culture or Jungle/D&B and not mention the name Randall. Impossible. The DJs DJ, most if not all in the industry will claim Randall as one of their major inspirations. The truth is, Randall IS Drum & Bass. Nearly 25 years in the game and his selection is as impeccable as ever, still mixing as faultlessly on two turntables as he ever did, in an age where technology (Sync Buttons) evolved to a standard that lets us all mix just like him. Here is a brief history of the godfather of breakbeat…

Having been introduced to DJ’ing at the early age of 17 by a college friend, Randall’s head was turned by Acid House for the first time at 1987’s Notting Hill Carnival. From there on he was hooked, spending his money on vinyl and listening to the likes of Rhythm Doctor, Rob Atkinson, Lindon C and Mr C, all members of the legendary ‘Hypnosis’ crew. Randall found that mixing came naturally to him, learning the basics in only a week, he then pushed himself to hone his unique unmistakable style, refining these skills by making weekly mix-tapes. One of those tapes did the rounds, resulting in a chance to play at the ‘Delirium’ crew’s warehouse parties in Stratford, London. He quickly became noticed, leading to a spot on the legendary East London pirate radio station, Centreforce in ’89.

Not content with just playing across the London airwaves and illegal raves, and with his reputation steadily growing the big break came with a gig at ‘Living Dream’, a huge 10,000 capacity event in London where, thanks to another DJ not showing up, Randall got to play an extended three-hour set which had everyone talking! Things spiraled from there, picking up a Saturday night residency at ‘Orange’ at the Rocket Club in London, playing alongside the likes of DJ Hype, Grooverider, Fabio and Rap. He also secured another major regular slot for AWOL/World Dance at the Paradise Club with Mickey Finn, Kenny Ken, Darren Jay and MC GQ. The rest they say is history.

Over the years, his reputation has helped him forge close links with a number of major record labels and artists, especially Reinforced and Goldie’s Metalheadz, ensuring that he was one of the first DJ’s to gain access to their highly-prized dubplates for testing the crowds. His move into production, whilst only occasional, have certainly been memorable, providing the classic ‘The R’ for the Reinforced Enforcers series, also linking up with Andy C for ‘Sound Control’ on Ram Records. He is also no stranger to the business side of running a record label, holding the reins at Mac II Recordings and Stepback Sessions, the latter in particular exhibiting the respect he has garnered within the scene compiling brand new remixes of legendary tracks from the likes of 4 Hero, Omni Trio & Doc Scott too name a few.

It’s as a DJ that he is best known. Aside from his live performances Randall has been commissioned by Mixmag, Drum & Bass Arena, Dreamscape, Ministry of Sound/AWOL and many others for studio mixes. With his fluid style and a career that has taken him all over the globe from the UK throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand & Asia. Randall’s ability to move with the times and reflect what is going on around him has ensured that his talents continue to be heavily in demand today. A term all too loosely bandied about, after 25 years at the top, Randall is the true definition of a legendary DJ, loved by the public & the industry alike!


Iration Steppas was originally set up by Mark Iration as a sound system in Leeds, where he played the latest sounds at blues dances, clubs and parties. With a posse of like-minded individuals Iration toured the country absorbing various sounds. With Papa Sam, the sound initially performed under the name Ital Rockers Hi Fi. Notable influences were Jah Shaka and Jah Tubby. Iration acknowledged that he was amazed by Jah Tubby’s collection of original dub plates when he secured his first acetates. A sound system clash in Leeds against Jah Shaka resulted in praise from the legendary soundman, encouraging Iration to continue in the business.

In 1993, Iration linked up with Dennis Rootical (under the guise of Kitachi), performing the leftfield dope beat sound. Live appearances by the duo were greeted with enthusiasm, playing festivals and clubs around the UK. They are also acknowledged as being the first to utilize DAT recordings of their own tunes at the High Rise studio in Leeds and to mix them live. With Jack Rouble joining the group, their reputation grew and Iration Steppas released the classic ‘Scud Missile’ in 1993. The single was met with enthusiasm and demand led to the discomix being re-pressed three times before eventually being deleted. The initial hit was followed by the equally popular 12-inch discomix, ‘Mystical Warrior’. Acclaimed by the media as Jah Shaka’s ‘enlightened offspring’, they followed the hit with two 10-inch releases, ‘Reminiscence Dub’ and ‘Killimanjaro’ both of which were featured on their debut album. As Kitachi they released three dope beat singles, ‘Spirit’, ‘Scratch Remix’ and ‘Heavyweight’. The new wave of dub followers can also discover many specials recorded for a variety of 90s-style dub compilations, including Macro Dub Infection, Dubhead Volumes One and Two, Club Meets Dub and Dope On Plastic.


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Sheffield Students’ Union
Western Bank
S10 2TG

Open to all (18+)
Non Students welcome
Last entry 12:30am


- ID scanning is a condition of entry for ALL club nights at Sheffield SU. If you are unable to provide ID or a U-Card you will not be allowed entry, regardless of your age.
- If you’re drinking, be responsible and know your limits.
- Make sure you get home safe and with friends.
- If you’re worried about a friend, or if you see anybody who may need help, please let a member of staff know straight away.
- Keep an eye on your drinks and don’t leave them unattended.
- The Students’ Union has a zero tolerance policy toward drug use at its licensed venues. Searches will be in operation, as well as sniffer dogs for some events. Students found in possession of illegal substances will be banned for a minimum of 6 weeks and can face a lifetime ban. In extreme cases, students can be arrested and expelled from University. Non-students found in possession of illegal substances will be banned for life and in some circumstances can be arrested.
- Taking drugs bought from unknown sources can lead to life-threatening illnesses. Be aware of the current risks: www.talktofrank.com
- Free water & earplugs are available from behind the bar.
- Strobe lighting will be in use at the event.

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Foundry, Sheffield Students' Union, S10 2TG
23 March , Friday 23:00

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