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DJ bids to make Welsh capital a ‘stronghold’ for progressive house

Welsh DJ and producer Aubrey Fry will take over Cardiff’s District nightclub in the Spring for a progressive house day party starring double headliners Guy J and Jody Wisternoff. 

CONNECTEDwith launches on March 2nd 2024 with the first of a series of parties bringing some of the world’s biggest names in progressive house to the Welsh capital.

Wisternoff soundtracked the 90s rave scene as one half of electronic duo Way out West and releases music to this day on house label Anjunadeep.

Tel Aviv’s Guy J has headlined gigs across the planet, opened shows for John Digweed and releases his own music on Bedrock. He also champions scene veterans such as Funk D’Void and Kevin Yost on his own label, Lost & Found. 

Says Fry: “We want to build a stronghold within Cardiff’s music scene to bring back that amazing underground vibe that we all love so much. 

“I’m very aware that a lot of people who like this sound are an older demographic, so I’ve decided to tap into that with a series of day parties, creating a really exciting opportunity for people to get back into the music. 

“Looking beyond March, I’m committed to bringing all the amazing international talent that has supported my own music over the years.” 

For Fry, the event is a full circle return to Cardiff almost thirty years in the making.

He credits the city with igniting a lifelong passion for electronica after hearing house pioneer Sasha playing at the iconic Hippo Club. 

Fry was later gifted a John Digweed CD from Catapult – Cardiff’s now defunct independent vinyl store. “It changed my life,” he says. “That was it – that’s what I wanted to do. Very soon after that I bought my first set of decks and never looked back.”

He DJd ferociously through the late 90s to the mid-2000s before work and family commitments forced a hiatus from the music scene. 

Fry revived his passion during the pandemic lockdowns, crafting house tracks in his home studio which were snapped up by John Digweed for release on Bedrock.

CONNECTEDwith will run over District’s three floors from 3pm to 10.30pm. 

DJs ACiDTRAX, Brian Gravel, Jody Barr, Mia Aurora and Super Progressive complete the line up, alongside Fry himself and Cardiff stalwart Jimpy. 

Tickets priced at £20 are online at Skiddle.com, where you can also join a rep program and earn £2 for every ticket sold.