Charity Shop DJ News Archive


Gone but not Forgotten!

Charity Shop DH presents House Party at the Derbyshire Eco Centre

You are invited to a House Party with a twist for the whole family to enjoy!

Join us for a proper knees-up, hosted by Charity Shop DJ and Friends.

20 September 2012

Come ready to pedal - the music will be powered by YOUR pedal power! Jump on a bike and generate electricity to play the music. Step out to the sounds of some very special DJs. Dress up, pose, eat, drink and relax in our lounge.

There will be a bar and food.

‘A cracking night out’ Wayne Hemingway MBE

Supported by Derbyshire County Council. House Party is part of the Wirksworth Festival.

Tickets £2.50/£3 from Wirksworth Festival Box Office. Buy tickets here.

Download flyer here.

With thanks to Derby Museums.


Charity Shop DJ Presents the Pedal Powered Party

Pedal Powered Party. 9th September 2012. Derby Market Place

Did you Join Derby's Olympic Closing Party?

On 9 September 2012, Charity Shop DJ hosted a flamboyant mix of live performance from bands, DJs, dance and theatre groups. The party featured QE2 (Queen tribute), Trinity Band, a specially commissioned live theatre piece – and other quirky surprises spread over three stages in Derby Market Place.

5000 people came and partied in the sun. Nearly 1000 of you jumped on a bike and pedalled to generate electricity to power the performances. Without you there would have been no party - thank you!

The party ended in a good old singalong as we handed over to the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games which was broadcast live on the Big Screen. It was a chance to celebrate the triumphs and successes of an Olympic summer.

Read the full story here!


Pedal Powered Party launched at Derby Silk Mill 3 June 2012

On Your Bike Launched at Derby Silk Mill: 3 June 2012

Over the weekend of 2 & 3 June, working with Dave Clasby (Sustrans), Electric Pedals, and Antoinette Burchill, a team of 20 volunteers built a four-bike generator system in Derby’s Silk Mill. This generator system will become the On Your Bike cultural legacy – and will be available for schools and community groups to power their events and activities.

On 3 June, we held an experimental Pedal Powered Party at the Silk Mill to test out the capacity of the bike generator kit. We disconnected ourselves from the national grid, plugged into the bikes - and party guests pedalled hard to power a line-up of fine DJs, who gave their time voluntarily. Big thanks to:

Shookz, Mark Cunliffe, Dr Matt, Jonezy, Sinfonia ViVA, Holy Smokes! , sinfonia ViVA, Perry Jackson, and Soesmix Selecta

See some images here

The Pedal Powered Party on 9 September is going to be bigger - and we're all gong to have to pedal harder!


To get involved click here



Charity Shop DJ at Alchemy 2012

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Charity Shop DJ is back at the Royal Festival Hall. This time it's the Alchemy Festival

From Madhubala to Madhuri : Charity Shop DJ and Bollywood Bitesized are your esteemed hosts as the Royal Festival Hall foyer is transformed into the world's first vintage condensed Bollywood film and vinyl indoor daytime movie theatre nightclub.

Step into a place where past meets present. Gaze upon images from Bollywood past, and listen to songs and soundtracks old and new. Choose from our archive of original vintage Indian records and curate your own playlist; explore our collection of Indian film posters and painted advertising hoardings; try your hand at DJing and create your own party in the foyers.

DJs Sonnyji from BBC Asian Network, Shubha Giri from Subsonic Routes, Sanj (Redcap Family) and Owain Wilson ( Charity Shop DJ ) will also be on hand with their own musical interventions. Joining the party will be very special guest, Mohammed Ishaq, an artist who grew up painting film advertising hoardings in Mumbai in the 1960s. It will be a very special opportunity to meet the master of an artform, now largely replaced by digital technology.

Come, fall in love with the sights and sounds of Bollywood. Please feel free to bring along your own hidden vinyl and add it to the playlist. Running in the Royal Festival Hall foyer throughout the weekends of the Alchemy Festival. 14 and 15 April and 21 and 22 April 2012. 11am - 5pm. FREE. Find out more about Charity Shop DJ at the Alchemy Festival here.

Click here to see images. And here!

Charity Shop DJ and Women and Theatre present Death Island Discs

Welcome to Death Island Discs!

Women & Theatre in association with Charity Shop DJ presents a lively & uplifting night of dancing to the soundtracks of our lives... Wednesday 25 April 2012 at the Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham 7-11pm

Everyone has the desire to tell their story, to let the world know they matter”- Charity Shop DJ

Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs is into its 60th year. The format is simple: a guest is invited to choose the 8 songs they would take to a desert island. For one night only, Women & Theatre in association with Charity Shop DJ, are inviting you and your mates to the first ever ‘Death Island Discs’ night.

You can pick, play, dance or just chat about the records you would want played at your wake. Rummage through the DJ’s discs and put on the songs that mean the most to you – songs you have laughed, loved and cried to – songs you’d want to take with you.

Come & have a dance to the soundtrack of each other’s lives.

This event is part of Women & Theatre’s development phase for a new project called 'Exit Strategy' about death and dying. Supported by Arts Council England, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust and The Bryant Trust.

Download Flyer here

See some images here



Down the Back of the Sofa at the Vintage Festival 2011

Down the Back of the Sofa

Join us on a journey to a special place created exclusively for the Vintage Festival by Charity Shop DJ and Derby Museum.

A place for re-discovering the things which make us what we are. For finding the stuff which is often lost, sometimes forgotten – but always welcomed back.

Down the Back of the Sofa is a special place in our memories. It was created in the big bar on the 4th floor (Blue Side) of the Royal Festival Hall, using museum artefacts, charity shop treasures and a little bit of mischief.

Featuring a specially built set from our inglorious domestic pasts courtesy of Derby Museum; a line-up of surprise guest DJs; Shakespearean Insult Swingball with 1623 Theatre Company; Charity Shop DJ’s Unlucky Dip with visual artist Ola Wilson; Maison Foo’s Memory Gathering Librarians; comics under the bed, and the legendary Choose Your Cheese club nights.

This is “Westworld with a happy ending” Mike Flowers, The Mike Flowers Pops.

Record players and radios; gramophones and ghetto blasters; nests of tables, chests of drawers, Smash Hits and broken Action Men. As you explore under the bed, on top of the wardrobe, in the far corner of a drawer, you might just find a little bit of your own past, hidden in the recesses of your memory.

Down the Back of the Sofa: “Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve lost til you find it”

Click here to find more about Charity Shop DJ at Vintage 2011

Charity Shop DJ at Vintage 2010. Find out what happened here

Click here for our exclusive interview with Wayne Hemingway, the man behind Vintage

Down the Back of the Sofa shortlisted for award...We finished in the top three! Find out more here

Charity Shop DJ at the Wright of Derby Festival

Lounge @ the Silk Mill

From the shop floor to the dance floor, we're partying in the world's first factory.

As part of Derby Feste 2011 and the Wright of Derby Festival, you are invited to a Surprise Party at the Silk Mill. From the South Bank to the Silk Mill, following a successful stint at London’s Vintage Festival, we invite you to Lounge @ the Silk Mill. Step back in time as the world’s first factory is transformed into a 1970s lounge, complete with sofa, stereo, standard lamps - and some surprises.

Browse through our collection of charity shop records and look for the tunes you loved and lost. Party with our resident DJs – or sink into the sofa and have a go on the stereo.

Also featuring Choose your Cheese and the Unlucky Dip.

Whether you want to relax on the sofa or rock it on the dance floor, the Silk Mill is just a step away from the Feste Parade finale on Cathedral Green.

Saturday 24 September 2011 9pm - late.

FREE. Everyone welcome. Download flyer here

Charity Shop DJ at the Wright of Derby Festival

The Lunar Lounge

Invent, imagine and experience the Enlightenment through specially commissioned storytelling sessions for the Wright of Derby Festival at Derby's Silk Mill

Monday 12 September 2011 8.30 - 10pm. Silk Mill, Derby

Do you remember house parties in the 70s? Cheese & pineapple hedgehogs and vol-au-vents, washed down with Blue Nun? As part of the Wright of Derby festival, you’re invited to experience the mood of the 1970s turning into the 1790s, in a night of storytelling for adults which invites you to jump back in time twice!

In the setting of the 1970s Lunar Lounge, curated by Charity Shop DJ and Derby Museum and Gallery, storyteller Maria Whatton will be telling stories inspired by the 18th Century Lunar Society, the fellowship group who met to share their obsessions with Science, Art and Commerce.

Lunar meetings helped invent new philosophies and technologies which changed the face of our culture for good. Stories from Irish mythology which Maria heard in her own front room will mix with stories of the Lunar men and their friendships, in an informal evening of story sharing and conversation.

The event is suitable for adults and children aged 12+, with limited space on the vintage 3 piece suite. Come early to get the comfy chairs! (Doors open 8pm for an 8.30pm start).

The event is FREE. Wine/juice and snacks are included. Derby’s Silk Mill is off Full Street in the city centre, at DE1 EAF

The Lunar Lounge – a storytelling commission for the Wright of Derby festival with Maria Whatton. Produced by Adverse Camber.

Artefact or Bric-a-brac from Pixelat3d on Vimeo.

Charity Shop DJ looks at how and why we value things. Find out more at The Vintage Festival, South Bank, London 29-31 July 2011. Join us for a journey Down the Back of the Sofa.

Lyric Lounge Northampton. Saturday 17 September 2011

The Nook Cafe, Bradshaw Street, Northampton

7pm -9pm

Charity Shop DJ takeover party. Celebrating music and the power of people with a specially commissioned performance. Featuring the Charity Shop DJ crew and fast rising star and champion of poetry for a new generation, Deborah ‚??Debris‚?? Stevenson.

Free Entry. Open to All.

Download Lyric Lounge Northampton Flyer: Front of Flyer Back of Flyer

Charity Shop DJ at the Lyric Lounge

Lyric Lounge 2011

Charity Shop DJ at Lyric Lounge Derby. Sunday 13 June 2011 12pm til late

The Lyric Lounge at Deda, Derby

Come along to The Lounge for a jam-packed day of world class poetry, music performances, and workshops. Join Charity Shop DJ for High Tea at The Lyrical Teatime and get your music played by the Charity Shop DJ team. The day also features Polarbear's new show Return ( 4pm - 5pm), slam winning poet Sureshot and the gorgeous voice of Mellow Baku (The Lyrical Teatime 5.30 -6.30pm).

The Lyric Lounge will also showcase ˜Between the Laughter and the Tears" featuring commissioned artists, Joe Coghlan and Jo "Spice" Blackwood and participants from Baby Studios and the Hadhari Centre.

The show is directed by Jean "Binta" Breeze and inspired by objects supplied by Derby Museum & Art Gallery. Last up is the Lyrical Jam with open mic.


Lyric Lounge Northampton. Saturday 17 September 2011

Fishmarket, Bradshaw Street, Northampton NN1 2HL

7pm -9pm

Charity Shop DJ takeover party at Fishmarket. Celebrating music and the power of people with a specially commissioned performance.

Featuring the Charity Shop DJ crew and fast rising star and champion of poetry for a new generation, Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson.

Free Entry. Open to All.


Charity Shop DJ at the Lyric Lounge

Lyric Lounge 2011

Charity Shop DJ Returns to the Lyric Lounge

A site specific festival of performance, poetry and spoken word, with Patron Jean 'Binta' Breeze. Presenting new spoken word performances and lyrical explorations.

As part of the Lyric Lounge, we are proud to be working with Debris Stevenson, lyrical star and founder of the Mouthy Poets.

After 3 days of workshops hosted by the Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton, the result is........ the self-proclaimed " Dancing-Disco Jabberwockies "

Join these young people from Northampton as they bring their parents in to DJ alongside them, including mixes of their own spoken word and DJ sets where DJ meets mum meets DJ meets dad.

Balloons, curry, lyrics, marshmellows, painting, writing, and sounds

The Nook Cafe, Bradshaw Street, Northampton 17 September 2011 7pm

Free Entry. Open to All


Find out What Happened when Gladrags and Glitter took over Derby’s Market Place!

Find out what happened when the Lord Mayor of Derby became a DJ, met some hoola hoopers, was surprised by a troupe of disco dancers, was joined on-stage by Simon Groom of Blue Peter, was bombarded by glitter and cheered on by a supporting cast of thousands. Not to mention the other unlikely DJs. And the handbags.

It all happened at Charity Shop DJ's Big Derby Disco at Derby Feste 2010. Find out more here

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Charity Shop DJ at the Wirksworth Festival

Were you There?

Choose your Cheese at Wirksworth Festival 2010

A night of bric-a-brac and charity shop surprises.

Thanks to everyone who had a go on the decks, and a special mention to Alastair for his stars on 78. Thanks to all those who did the Unlucky Dip and created some amazing works of art from junk. And thanks to all those who dressed up and danced.

11 September 2010. Hope and Anchor, Wirksworth. Find out what happened here. And here.



Generations Together at Northampton Volunteering Centre

In early 2010 Charity Shop DJ was asked to create a bespoke project for Northampton Volunteering Centre: one that would help to create new communication between people from different ages and parts of the city, and that would help to increase the numbers of volunteers involved in projects in the city.

Over the course of 2 weeks in June 2010, artists Owain Wilson, Nicci Wilson and Andy Jupp worked in 3 different locations across the city, using music, lyrics, and visual arts to explore how experiences of life can be similar across generations and groups and individuals. Find out more here

The charity shop DJ lounge presents

The Derby Record Holders

An exhibition celebrating who we are and the music that makes us

June 13th - July 12th 2009

Derby Museum Community Gallery

Charity Shop DJ Surprise Party

Come to our Surprise Party!

Kicking off at 6pm. Finishing late. An evening of eclectica and surprises.


Adam and Perry (DJ set) - The Algerian Astronaut (DJ set) - DJ Dr Matt - Jonathan Wallis (Derby Museum DJ set) - Jim Hall (spoken word) - Bemrose School versus the Golden Age Club (DJ set) - Mistah Toe - Divisional Commander Andy Hough, Derby Police (DJ set) - Heloise Davies (harp set) - No Parking Collective (all new short film commission) - DJ Spike - Lester Simpson and Mick Peat BBC Folkwaves (DJ set) - The Fox Family (DJ set) - And Charity Shop DJ feat special guests The Kaleidoscope Choir and the Belly Dance Flames

4 June 2009     6pm - late     

Download pdf file (front) here

Download pdf flyer (back) here

Celebrating the Derby Record Holders

Charity Shop DJ presents Derby Record Holders

Derby Record HoldersTour launched at Derby Quad

Charity Shop DJ has been touring Derby - celebrating the people of Derby and the music that makes us.

Since kicking off his tour at Derby Quad in September 2008, Charity Shop DJ has been in Derby and its surrounds, to find out about some of the music that has shaped our lives.
A big thank you to all our friends who have hosted the parties where
we‚??ve been able to find out something about each other in the comfort of sweet music
Charity Shop DJ at One8 Festival

Talking about Old Records at One8, Nottingham 27 September 2008

One 8 saw the launch of the Cultural Olympiad in Nottingham where the newest members of the Easy Action Sound System joined Charity Shop DJ and Dr Matt of Nottingham Trent University for an intergenerational mash-up.

During September 2008, Charity Shop DJ and Dr Matt have been working with kids from the Bemrose school in Derby, and with older people from community groups in the city, to find out how music can be a tool of communication between the generations.

On 27th September 2008, these newest members of the Easy Action Sound System made the journey to Nottingham to play together for the first time at One8.

They played records, re-enacted album covers, and generally mixed it up. Find out what happened >

Click here to see Talking About Old Records on BBC East Midlands Today

Charity Shop DJ at the opening of Derby Quad

Charity Shop DJ at Opening of Derby Quad

Celebrating a brand new arts venue for Derby

The Cultural Olympiad in Derby 27 September 2008

So much to celebrate. The opening of QUAD, a new arts venue 'to rival any in Europe' (The Guardian), the launch of the cultural Olympiad, and the launch of the new Charity Shop DJ Derby Record Holders project. All in one.

Charity shops across the city brought their vinyl into QUAD as we celebrated a slice of Derby’s past in the newest building in town.

The night of mash-ups and get downs featured Charity Shop DJ, Subism, and Addictive TV.


Charity Shop DJ Inspired by Bollywood

Charity Shop DJ at Shire Hall, Stafford

Inspired by Bollywood Shire Hall Gallery, Market Square, Stafford 19 July - 7 September 2008

As part of the gallery's Inspired by Bollywood exhibition, which kicks off on July 19 2008, Charity Shop DJ will be meeting up with members of the Asian community in and around Stafford to find out what Indian film and film music means to them.

The exhibition, encompassing all things 'inspired by Bollywood', will also feature iconic images from the National Media Museum, Bradford and an exhibition of giant hand-painted Bollywood film hoardings.

A big shout out to Art Vinyl. Thank you!

Click for BBC TV Coverage

Charity Shop DJ teams up with All our Hearts Content

Charity Shop DJ Teams up with All our Hearts Content

Charity Shop DJ is teaming up with the marvellous folk at All Our Hearts Content to celebrate our love for charity shops and second hand treasures.

A fantastic time was had at the Age Concern shop in Pudsey where unsuspecting shoppers were treated to a feast of forgotten vinyl and free cake.

It was all part of I Love West Leeds 2008.




Charity Shop DJ at Lift Festival 2008

Celebrate the last day of Lift Festival 2008 with Charity Shop DJ.

Catch Charity Shop DJ at Plenty in the Park for an afternoon of recycled family entertainment. And again at the Trashcatchers Ball evening extravaganza which brings the 10-day festival to a spectacular close with a celebration of recycling.

Lift Festival 2008, Stratford Park, London June 21 2008

Charity Shop DJ at Turner Gallery, Margate

Charity Shop DJ Goes Down to Margate!

Charity Shop DJ at Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary Project Space 53-57 High Street Margate

Charity Shop DJ will be reclaiming the musical heritage found in Margate's charity shops on 17-18 May 2008.

Revive your vinyl!

Charity Shop DJ at Turner Contemporary

Sir Peter Blake with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sir Peter Blake with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Send us your album cover re-enactments!

This is Derbyshire-based artist Arwyn Quick doing Help! by the Beatles.

Can you match that? Send your images to


Click here to see Talking About Old Records on BBC East Midlands Today

Charity Shop DJ Goes Down Under

The International Sessions at WOMADelaide 2009

6 - 8 March 2009

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