Limerick to get its groove on

LIMERICK’S Budweiser Global Beats Festival will involve 30 free music events, workshops and headline shows across the city this May Bank holiday weekend.

One of the highlights will be an exclusive Saturday show in one of Limerick’s oldest bars, Mickey Martin’s, featuring Norman Jay.

Norman Jay is one of the most influential and celebrated DJs of the last decade. He and his brother Joey built the now-legendary Good Times sound system that was to change the face of the Notting Hill Carnival with its groundbreaking blend of funk, soul and disco.

In November 2002 he received an MBE for services to music.

On the workshop side, a unique tutorial by one of the original rock star producers, Arthur Baker, will take place at Workspace on Saturday afternoon.

Arthur helped to pioneer electronic dance music with such classic tracks as Afrika Bambatta’s Planet Rock, New Order’s Blue Monday and his own Breakers’ Revenge.

He subsequently worked with Bob Dylan, Al Green, Quincy Jones, Mick Jagger, and Bruce Springsteen; he produced the anti-apartheid anthem Sun City.

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