There was a time, many years ago, when it was very profitable indeed to be Mr Daniel Rampling. He had a Saturday night show on BBC Radio 1 and a packed DJ schedule – not bad going for a bloke who has all the mixing abilities of a broken Kenwood. One friend who knew him at the time said “he had far more money than he knew what to do with”.
How times change. Rampling’s DJ schedule for 2022 is currently looking pretty bare. You see, vaccine passports to gain access to nightclubs are in place across all four corners of the UK – which means they’re effectively off limits to the presumably unvaccinated Runny Dumpling. So he’s been restricted to venues like upstairs above a pub.
But this one might prove a humiliation too far. On May 1st, he’s due to appear at One Love – a one-day festival in Sunderland to celebrate “equality, diversity and inclusion”. It’s an event promoted as being for the whole family, with a minimum age of 1 being specified on Skiddle to attend – but I suspect babies will also be welcome to attend too.
Perhaps he can be grateful for the fact he didn’t appear on the same bill as children’s entertainer Mr Tumble – unlike his fellow Radio 1 DJ of old Judge Jules. Although I can’t help but wonder where the discount is for the bus pass holders who typically make up Rampling’s fan base these days…