Will we soon see dealers selling Technics turntables out of plastic bags in dark alleys for crazy amounts of money ? Probably not – but the worldwide situation is now causing a shortage of DJ equipment…

Supply and demand is a concept which is probably as old as time itself. It’s quite simple – low supply and high demand equals high prices. Chances are that even the cavemen understood this principle thousands of years ago and it still applies just as much today, if even more so. Humans really haven’t advanced that much, you know…

Now the world appears to be starting to emerge from the pandemic, supply problems are hitting all over the place. I noticed this a while ago when I observed the substitutions list from my online supermarket shop was getting bigger each week – that seems to have eased now, but appeared elsewhere. A former drug dealer spoke to me recently and told me “It’s all s***e on the market these days – getting hold of proper drugs is a f***ing nightmare” – something which this blog has covered previously.

Over the past week or so, major towns and cities across Britain have been suffering from panic buying of petrol and diesel due to a shortage of HGV drivers to do deliveries in some areas. And now, via DJ Tech Tools, I discover what the latest thing to be hit by the shortage is – DJ equipment.

An earth shattering revelation? Admittedly not. But if you soon a website claiming to have DJ equipment sourced through not entirely legal methods flogging headphone jacks for £600 – when you could buy the exact same item from Amazon for £2.99 – don’t say your favourite blog didn’t warn you…


Thanks to DJ Tech Tools for making me aware of this one…

Sacha will be very pleased indeed! Manchester mayor Andy Burnham jokes about holding rave for Michael Gove when Tories come to town next week – and gives his night time economy adviser’s venue a plug too…

No, I didn’t think I’d end up writing about something that happened at the Labour Party conference on this blog either – but such is the world we live in. Yesterday, Greater London mayor and long-time Labour politician Andy Burnham was speaking at a fringe event where he started doing something highly peculiar.

He started complimenting a Tory government minister. Yes, seriously. Looking over possibly one of the most indifferent and incompetent governments to ever take office in Britain, he had nothing but praise for Michael Gove, saying “The thing about him is at least he does things. You may disagree with me, but he acts as a minister. He creates an agenda, and he then implements it.”.

Which came as something of a surprise to a room full of Labour activists. And then he said even more curious. Referencing Gove’s recent appearance at an Aberdeen nightclub, he mentioned the Tories were going to be in Manchester next week for their own party conference – before joking they would hold their own “Warehouse Project Haçienda style” event for his benefit.

Normally, the self-publicist that is Sacha Lord would be all over this – but he seems to have disappeared from social media over the past few days. I can’t possibly imagine why…

Ever wondered what festivals would be like if feminism had never happened? Me neither – but the Isle of Wight Festival are trying to find out with a lineup consisting of almost no women…

Well, this is a telling story, isn’t it? Last year, festivals and clubland went into an enforced hiatus – and since there were no nights out to talk about, discussion eventually turned to the state of the scene. It didn’t take long for people to realise how much of dance music is dominated by rich white men.

Cue immediate pledges to start doing something about it. Hence all the talk last year about having more black men at events. More black women, heck, more women full stop. What nobody in the industry appears to have anticipated – which makes you realise many of the people in charge are essentially morons – is that the rich white men might have something to say about it.

Once they – or more specifically, their networks – made clear that wasn’t going to happen, citing contracts signed pre-pandemic, things basically went back to the way they’d been for many years. And the festivals have been happy to go along with it, knowing the current awkward truth is these rich white men they book are paying their bills – especially when most of the festivals themselves are destitute.

And this is how we ended up with the Isle of Wight Festival for next year having a lineup consisting almost entirely of men…

Who’d have thought that dismantling an old boy network of rich white men would involve more than spouting a few slogans and niceties on social media, eh? As it stands, going woke – even though it’s clearly the right thing to do – will mean going broke. And if they go broke, they’ll never be able to go woke – because they’ll no longer exist.

The rich white men know this, hence why they’re flexing their muscles now. Which puts the festivals of appearing more akin to the “Women Know Your Limits” sketch that Harry Enfield did in the 90s..

I told you this would happen, didn’t I? Scotland’s government is being taken to court over vaccine passports by the Night Time Industries Association…

I don’t really like people who say “I told you so”, but I’m honestly struggling to think of another way to start this post on this Monday morning.

You see, a few weeks ago, the Spanish courts had to make a series of rulings on the vaccine passport scheme one area of the country wanted to introduce. The court ruled against vaccine passports and suggested they give a certain degree of false assurance to the user.

The proposal in Andalusia was broadly similar to the scheme starting in Wales from October 11th. In order to get in a Welsh nightclub from that date, you’d need to either be double jabbed or have proof of a negative test within the last 24 hours. This is quite a difference to the Scottish scheme – where only proof of double vaccination will be sufficient.

So I’m not the least bit surprised to discover that last week, the Night Time Industries Association in Scotland decided they were going to take legal action against the government north of the border – and seeing that they come into force in Scotland this coming Thursday, they don’t have a minute to spare.

How will Scotland’s courts see this? It remains to be seen and I’ll no doubt write about it when I find out. Just don’t act all surprised about this – you were forewarned by your favourite dance music blog…

Message to Belfast: furlough ends next week! Nightclubs in Northern Ireland are STILL closed after Stormont advises no changes to restrictions – and no word on how they’re meant to pay the wages…

I’ve lived in Northern Ireland now for over a decade. Lovely place, but with seriously strange politicians arguing over decades old rows. One thing they all have in common, however, is a horrendous sense of entitlement to taxpayers money. Unionists republicans and every hue in between all share this trait.

And since Northern Ireland doesn’t raise enough in tax to cover its bills, the £10billion subsidy each year falls to Great Britain. They seem to think the pot is endless – and I can’t see any other reason to explain why nightclubs remain closed. But there’s a big problem on the immediate horizon.

The UK wide furlough scheme is due to end next Thursday. And there is absolutely no chance whatsoever this is going to be extended. The government in London has made increasingly clear it wants to move past this – not least because of the astronomical bills it has left behind.

So how are nightclubs in Northern Ireland meant to pay the wages of their staff from next month? Opening the doors to paying customers seems the most sensible option – but it’s not one they’re legally allowed to do. The Department of Health for the province has recommended nothing changes for now, citing major NHS pressures as the reason. And Stormont’s ministers haven’t gone against this advice in the past.

Savings for these nightclubs will be much reduced, if not entirely depleted by now. Stormont has yet to explain exactly how they’re meant to pay the bills without furlough or being allowed to actually open…

See which way the wind is blowing yet? Whilst England sticks vaccine passports on the backburner, Wales announces it’s following Scotland and introducing them from October 11th…

Well, this wasn’t a terribly surprising development, was it? Wales has announced that vaccine passports are about to become a thing in the country – just weeks after Scotland confirmed they were doing it and days after England confirmed they weren’t doing it – yet.

There is, however, one notable difference in the way it will work in Wales. The vaccine passes, as they’re being called, will allow entry to anyone who can prove they’re double jabbed or who has a negative lateral flow test no older than 48 hours. This is a big difference to the Scottish and proposed English scheme, where only full vaccination would be considered acceptable.

It appears First Minister Mark Drakeford believes it would raise a “series of ethical, legal and technical questions”. Either way, it seems a sensible compromise – even though it still doesn’t deal with the anomaly that people who’ve had both jabs can not only catch the virus, but spread it too.

I’m still convinced a legal challenge to vaccine passports is likely in a British court soon. Let’s not forget an area of Spain tried to introduce their version of the Welsh vaccine pass and it failed in court. I have yet to see anything which could persuade me this cannot happen in Wales, or anywhere else in Britain…


Incidentally, there’s a discussion about vaccine passports for nightclubs going on in Northern Ireland at the moment – at a time when nightclubs from Belfast to Derry and many places in between remain closed. As one Twitter user put it, it’s like “debating if seatbelts should be mandatory when no-one’s got a car”…

James Craig is running to be the Republican governor of Michigan in 2022 – but with polls being incredibly tight, will a certain Carl Craig get stuck in and help his cousin swoop the top job?

Carl Craig’s social media feeds are a strange place. His Twitter page is locked, saying it’s for “members only”, though occasional rambling tweets do leak out. But his prime outlet is Instagram, where he frequently posts silly memes on his stories.

These stories clearly give us an insight into his sense of humour. But what they rarely do is provide a clue as to his views and opinions on the world. We know he thinks taking your Covid-19 vaccine is important – something which led to him and anti-vaxxer Derrick May having a row lately – but not much else.

One subject Carl Craig is especially reluctant to talk about is policing. Which may be explained by the fact James Craig has a long career in the police force and is now hoping to become the next governor of Michigan. Who is James Craig, you may ask? Only Carl Craig’s cousin, of course.

James Craig’s campaign to become the governor of Michigan isn’t going to be easy, by the looks of it. His background in policing – dating all the way back to 1977 – looks set to be used as an asset by supporters and as a baton to beat him over the head with by critics and movements such as Detroit Will Breathe. Here’s how the Detroit News covered an earlier appearance this week…

Polls indicate the race between Craig and incumbent Gretchen Whitmer is very tight – with typically only one or two points in it. So perhaps an appearance by a celebrity who can appeal to voters the Republican candidate in the city might struggle to reach on his own – that could be the boost the James Craig campaign needs to get him over the line, right?

I wonder if Carl Craig would be willing to help out his relative…

Now who’d have thought Boris Johnson would lie, eh? England’s Plan B if Covid is rampant this winter, according to the government, includes the vaccine passports they said on Sunday were dead in the water…

Well, this story just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it? After weeks of going cool on its own proposal for vaccine passports to enter England’s nightclubs, the Health Secretary announced on his media round on Sunday that they were dead. Then it turned out they might not be dead.

Yesterday, a government document officially confirmed that vaccine passports definitely weren’t dead. They were just kept being in the cupboard for the time being. The document talks about how the British government will deal with Covid-19 over this coming winter. This, of course, only applies in England – quite how the other nations of the UK will approach this subject is not yet known.

The situation this year is obviously different due to the fact vaccines now exist, but the gist of the document is basically this. If hospitals are coping, things in England will stay much the same as they are now – that’s Plan A. If hospitals run into trouble, mandatory face masks could be introduced, social distancing brought back and vaccine passports introduced – or Plan B, as they’re calling it.

This time around, however, they will not apply solely to nightclubs. They will be mandatory for any indoor venue holding 500 or more, or outdoor venue holding 4000. And these places will have just seven days to get ready if Plan B is enacted.

It’s worth reading the entire section in all its glory, and here it is…

Nightclubs have to essentially make a gamble under these rules. Enforce them voluntarily now, potentially unnecessarily if Plan B is never enacted. Or don’t enforce them voluntarily and be forced to rush them in very quickly if the plan goes ahead. If I was a betting man, I’d say the former is more sensible than the latter – but whether the nightclub trade will agree is another question.

What isn’t included in the plan? A full national lockdown is the answer to that. The furlough scheme ends in just over two weeks time, and a new lockdown would essentially mean having to extend or renew it.

The report contains no details, however, about what would happen to venues which refused to enforce such a policy. As ever, I get the distinct feeling this has been rushed out at the last minute to pacify people…