Hotel DJ to hit the decks at Glastonbury

An Irish DJ has been invited to rock Glastonbury.

Anthony Collins, 48, who runs the White Lady Hotel in Kinsale, Co Cork, with his business partner Roman Minihane, will play an afternoon set at the legendary music festival’s Beat Hotel venue, in the same slot played by Fat Boy Slim last year.

“I thought it was a joke when I got the invitation. But sure, we’ll give it a lash,” Anthony said last night. “I’ll only be a small fish in a big pond but it’s really nice to be asked.”

The invitation came about after one of Glastonbury’s main promoters attended Kinsale’s Gourmet Festival last year.

The promoter also attended the food festival’s highlight, the famous Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which includes an afternoon disco in the White Lady Hotel’s nightclub.

So impressed was he with Anthony’s DJing skills, his set list, and with the party atmosphere he created, that he phoned him some weeks later to invite him to replicate it at this year’s Glastonbury.

“I told him he was 25 years too late with the invitation,” Anthony said. “But he told me that Mick Jagger is still going in his 70s. So I decided to give it a go. I’m delighted to have been asked. It’s one of those things that was on the bucket list.

“I’m a little bit nervous of course, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

Anthony will fly out next Thursday with Tom O’Brien from Soundtrax in Cork, with his headphones, a pair of microphones, and a suitcase full of his best music.

He expects to play to about 1,000 people in the Beat Hotel’s marquee on the Friday afternoon and at least one other gig at another afternoon venue, to get festival revellers in the mood for the evening headliners, which this year include Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Blondie, Massive Attack, Kodaline, Dolly Parton, Ed Sheeran, and Lana Del Ray.

“I’ve been DJing for about 25 years, more of a party DJ really, a crowd pleaser who tries to create the right party atmosphere,” Anthony said.

“I could play anything from Pink Floyd to Abba, Dolly Parton to Elvis.

“But unlike most DJs today, I do a lot of microphone work and really get involved with the audience. I try to read the audience after the first three or four tracks and then play from there on.

“I’m working on a set list but I’ll read the crowd first. But I do plan to slip in a bit of Irish — some ‘Riverdance’ maybe.”

Anthony has always been a huge music fan and named his daughters, Dionne, seven, after legendary US singer-songwriter Dionne Warwick, and Presley, 11, after Elvis.

The Glastonbury Festival, which began in 1970, kicks off at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, next Wednesday and runs right across the weekend.

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