Creative Darlington and a business have supported Darlington for Culture’s fantastic small arts grants scheme, which offers grants of up to £500 to successful programmes delivered hereabouts. The scheme has supported a broad variety of activity to date and is currently open to new proposals.

Not so long back DJ Alan Rees – The Workhouse Sessions applied to support the costs of creating 5 new podcasts featuring guest DJs. The Workhouse Sessions are a group of local DJ’s who create a podcast to promote local DJ’s and music producers, and also DJ at local events including some of those at Darlington Market, Hash Bar and Walworth Castle.

It’s great to see their ambition shine through at a time which must be particularly challenging for many DJs. I can’t profess any particular expertise in this area (flashback to playing LPs at 78 RPM), but there appears to me to be a lot of art, skill, application, knowledge, experience (and magic) in a DJs practice.

I’m delighted Creative Darlington and Darlington for Culture are backing The Workshouse Sessions in creating 5 new podcasts and understand the DJs lined up are expected to be:

Carl Douthwaite – Mobile DJ, Darlington

Chris Ryan / Paul Stoker – Avalon, Darlington

Mike Stead – DJ / Phase One DJ Store, Darlington

Andy Lee – Remedy Festival DJ / Promoter and Producer, Newton Aycliffe

Smoove – DJ and member of NE band Smoove and Turrell

The podcasts will start on Friday 2nd October and will follow on every 2 weeks. They will be posted on Soundcloud and iTunes podcast, they will also be promoted on The Workhouse Sessions Facebook and Instagram pages.