Christmas

Plague raves, ignoring the Derrick May allegations, club closures and Rebekah not leading her own campaign: good riddance to the cesspit that was 2021!

2021 was a year which started out with so much promise. After months and months of lockdown during 2020 - and more of the same as the new year dawned - there was much talk of a great reset within the dance music scene. There was an acceptance that things could not continue as they were. Things had to change. The money in dance music had to be spread more…

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Boris Johnson become the Fairy Godmother as he leaves English nightclubs open for New Year’s Eve – but how did Anastasia and Drizella come to such a different verdict?

Are we seeing a real life version of Cinderella being played out in Britain at the moment? If my suspicion is correct, the British public is playing the title role whilst wicked stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella are being played by Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon and Wales's Mark Drakeford. Oh, and Northern Ireland's Paul Givan, but no one ever seems to remember him. Anyway, Cinderella has been told by Anastasia and Drizella…

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Do they never learn? Fresh from sending emails on Sunday night demanding replies by Monday lunchtime, the NTIA start #LetUsDance campaign to save England’s New Year celebrations – on Christmas Eve!

Cast your mind back to the summer months. You might remember a campaign targeted at Prime Minister Boris Johnson to #LetUsDance. It was a campaign launched by the Night Time Industries Association and utilised elsewhere - in particular by Save Our Scene UK. Since July 19th - the date nightclubs across England were permitted to reopen, with Scotland and Wales opening them the following month - the campaign has been…

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Amateur’s House returns on Boxing Day, then! A quick message from your favourite blog on this day of goodwill…

Right, the big day is finally here. The bearded plus size man with the red coat has probably been by now and hopefully given you some very nice presents. And chances are you'll soon either be cooking a Christmas dinner for yourself and loved ones, or maybe you're one of the lucky ones who has someone else in the kitchen. Either way, this blog wishes you all a merry and…

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Not a bad way to end the year! As Louie Vega heads home for the Christmas holidays, Traxsource leave him “honoured and grateful” by awarding him their Artist of the Year 2021 prize…

I know this blog gives him a bit of stick occasionally, but there's few people in house music whose staying power impresses me more than Louie Vega. People often forget he's been around since the late 1980s - but the reason he's still around is because he keeps making new music. And whilst he's just as happy to trade on past glories as most DJs and producers from that era,…

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It’s a Christmas miracle! The judge definitely did NOT budge – and was part of The Chase team which won an incredible £200,000 for charity…

You might remember that yesterday, I told you about Judge Jules and his then forthcoming appearance on popular ITV game show The Chase. That went out tonight at 5.30pm and before you ask, yes, I watched it. The fact it's my favourite game show helps. The beauty of these celebrity specials is you can never quite tell which way it's going to go. Whilst I strongly suspect one or two…

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Staying home and complaining about rubbish TV it is, then! Danny Tenaglia cancels his Christmas Day gig at New York’s Hard & Soul – and more will depressingly join in the coming days too…

A number of people contacted me three weeks ago today after this blog published an article about Danny Tenaglia staging a night out at Hard & Soul on Christmas Day. Some of you appeared to misunderstand what I was saying - that the concept of going out on Christmas night was my idea of hell. I had no problem with anyone else going there. If they like the idea of…

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A mince pie for Santa and a carrot for his reindeer! As Mr Claus starts his journey to bring presents to the world’s children, take a guess which gangster is having an early night too…

So it's Christmas Eve. If your tree isn't standing tall by now, it almost certainly isn't going up this year. By now, you've probably got all the stuff you need for a table-groaning dinner tomorrow, and this blog hopes you've got all the presents you're going to need for your nearest and dearest. And with it being the big day tomorrow, Santa Claus will be starting to make his way…

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Will he win big money or will a chaser make the judge budge? The question as Judge Jules reveals he’s appearing on a special festive edition of ITV’s The Chase on Christmas Eve…

At the risk of looking terribly old, I remember looking at the Christmas TV guide in early December as a child. Like a lot of people, I was also curious to see what was going to be on the box on Christmas Day - not least because it was one of few nights of the year I was allowed to stay up late. But as the years went on, I…

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A (mostly) normal service, a few extra columns and Christmas themed fun: here’s what YOU can expect from Amateur’s House over this festive season…

There's just a few days now until the big boned bearded man in red comes down the chimney and drops off his presents. Yes, it'll be officially time to find out whether you're on Santa's nice list or naughty list after the year we've just had. But Christmas means lots of other things too. It means eating turkey and basting it with enough butter to drown a small country to…

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