Gilles Peterson at the Peddler Warehouse: Preview
Peddler Night Market has lined up one of the standout events from this year's Tramlines Fringe. They invite revered DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson to their warehouse venue on Saturday the 20th, alongside a carefully selected support lineup featuring beloved crews Banana Hill, Nice Like Rice, as well as rising selectors Apricot Ballroom.
A renowned crate-digger, label boss, DJ and radio host, the French-born Peterson has been at the forefront of UK club and radio culture for over 30 years. From his legendary sessions at Camden’s Dingwalls in the ‘80s, to his prolific Radio career and international club schedule, Peterson’s unrelenting passion for discovering and promoting great music shows no sign of waning. Long a champion of eclecticism but with a particular love for jazz and Brazilian, you can expect a flowing, feel-good set when he touches down in Sheffield later this month.
Peddler have taken care in enlisting support too. Particularly exciting is the inclusion of Banana Hill, who make a welcome return to Sheffield after spending the last few years throwing regular intimate parties at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen. The team rose out of Sheffield’s student nightlife scene over 6 years ago, soon making a name for themselves for their genre-spanning music policy and distinctive guest bookings, which frequently featured live acts and bands in addition to DJs. Pushing sounds such as afrobeat (s), kuduro, cumbia and jazz in addition to house and techno, the residents will no doubt provide fitting support for Peterson’s eclectic, global tastes.
In a similar vein Nice Like Rice are stalwarts of the city’s scene. Grounded in disco but fans of all things soulful, the team has been responsible for some great parties over the years. From their regular Miami Rice residents’ nights to the multi-room, immersive events at Theatre Deli and the like, the crew consistently deliver.
Completing the bill are the DJs from Apricot Ballroom, a comparatively new club night and audiophile soundsystem – powering also Apricot Ballroom's night party Mizik Nou –, that draw influence from the late, great David Mancuso and his famed New York Loft parties. The team have been putting on nights for over a year, recently finding a new regular home at the re-opened Bal Fashions.
Peddler's Tramlines Fringe will end on a high note as Sunday 21 July brings disco revival genius' Horse Meat Disco to Sheffield, to throw down the funkiest of disco beats for you dance floor pleasure.
Words: Arthur Dickinson