DJs Hit the Dance-Floor As SEDA Turns 40
Last night, mobile DJs got together for a Gala Dinner to celebrate what is a milestone birthday for one of their long-time friends… SEDA – the South Eastern Discotheque Association – turned 40 this year, and invited all those involved with the association to join the party at the Britannia Theatre in Chatham, Kent.
The event, hosted by Gary Evans-Osgood, was held in a decked out theatre hall, with a mirror ball centrepiece on each table to remind guests of SEDA’s unique position as the UK’s oldest DJ association. After current chairman Brian Mole had welcomed the hundred or so SEDA members, partners and industry guests in attendance, they tucked into a luscious three course meal.
Host Gary Evans-Osgood carried proceedings with style and composure throughout; introducing the most important guest of the night, Theo Loyla, one of original DJs who founded SEDA four decades ago. Theo gave a passionate speech about the virtues and resilience of the organisation and its members, before entering into the jovial spirit of the occasion by serving as goalkeeper for an impromptu penalty shootout.
Later in the evening, guests enjoyed live music from Groove Machine, whose nine members – including a three piece brass section and male/female vocalists – performed an energetic set of funk, soul and classic party numbers. Before long, the dancing shoes were out and guests had filled the floor; coming together for a synchronised SEDA hustle!
While Groove Machine left it all on stage after a tireless performance, the music didn’t stop there. Between the band’s sets SEDA chairman Brian Mole kept the party in full flow, taking to the decks for a short – but impressive – set of dance classics including Livin’ Joy’s ‘Dreamer’ and ‘Insomnia’ by Faithless. Finally, to finish the evening, piano house sensation Davos took to the stage; his live mash-ups giving guests something truly memorable to take away and bringing the night to a raucous end.
Having spent a night in good company celebrating forty years of SEDA, and with a few sets of tired feet longing for a rest, guests headed home from the Britannia Theatre well-fed, well-hydrated – if not a little danced-out!