Summer of ’18! (Part 2)

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We seemed to be spending quite a bit of time between Cardiff and Swansea this summer, primarily with birthday parties. The last couple of weeks have been cooler, thankfully, so has made the moving and setting up of sound and lighting equipment much easier. There’s been a change in crew which line of some of the crew – some new guys coming in and still keeping in touch with long term friends, who will always be family.

DJ in Cardiff


DJ Diamond Dust in Roath, Cardiff

DJ Diamond Dust in Roath, Cardiff

On the disco front in Cardiff, we had a Wedding Disco at   Roath Sports and Social Club, Cardiff, a girl’s Birthday Party at the Powerhouse Hall, Cardiff, and Teenage Disco at the Collen Arms, Porth, near Cardiff.

 

DJ in Swansea

DJ Corey Perrett at Gowerton Conservative Club

DJ Corey Perrett at Gowerton Conservative Club

In the city of Swansea, we travelled to Mumbles at did an 80th Birthday Party, for a regular customer at the West Cross Inn, Mumbles, Swansea. We always have a wonderful time with them and they always welcoming.  In Gowerton, we did a birthday disco and the Conservative Club, in Gowerton, playing loads of requests from the 190’s and quite a few Rock tracks. DJ Diamond Dust made a return visit to the Samlet Club, Swansea for a friend and former neighbour to his birthday. I

DJ in Tenby

A return to our regular Summer venue, i.e., New Minerton Holiday Park, Tenby, where we entertained the children with magic, balloon modelling, parachute games and the ever popular Mascot the Robot Dog .  We  rounded up the night with disco.

Llian Davies at Aberavon Beach Hotel

Llian Davies at Aberavon Beach Hotel

 Not far, from Tenby, we worked at Whitland Memorial Hall for a 7th birthday Party. As well as the usual routines with magic and the Robot Dog, we ran more lights and actually had a chance to use the smoke machine. – Quite a few venues don’t allow this as more and more places have smoke detectors.

It’s been a great summer with lots of people to meet and lots of places to see. The adventure continues!

Summer of ’18!

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Introducing a new DJ to Diamond Dust is Llian Davies, continuing the family tradition of DJ’s from her brothers, Dewi and Stephan. Actually, she helped on a disco in Swansea with us a while ago. She did such a great job as a DJ, at a friend birthday party, in Swansea that we decided to ask her to join the team.

DJ Llian Davies at Cardiff Metropolitan University

DJ Llian Davies at Cardiff Metropolitan University

Wedding DJ

We have had a few weddings this month including on at the Paul Lewis Centre, St Athan, near Cardiff, and welcomed return to Sylen Lakes, Five Roads, near Llanelli.

DJ's Ethan, Tom and Martin at Sylen Lakes, Llanelli

DJ’s Ethan, Tom and Martin at Sylen Lakes, Llanelli

 Party DJ

There has been a series of Cardiff discos at Cardiff Metropolitan University for Foreign Students, playing loads of requests of music from Italy, Palestine and China. We discovered loads of international tunes.

 We had a 40th birthday party Queens RFC Club, Pembroke Dock. There was quite a great deal of requests for Country Music and Line dancing and 70’s & 80’s rock music.

DJ Llian Davies at Pembroke Dock Harlequins Rugby Football Club

DJ Llian Davies at Pembroke Dock Harlequins Rugby Football Club

This season of Year 6 Leavers Prom included parties at Glyn Clydach Coach House and Mumbles Cricket Club. The first party was mainly chart music and cheesy disco hits, while the second one was charts and rock and 60’s as this was needed for the parents and grandparents.

 

Children’s Entertainment

We are continuing with our regular summer visits to New Minerton Holiday Park with Children’s Entertainment Children’s show.  Our booking at Hafod community centre included Mascot the Robot Dog, the Magic Show, Balloon Modelling and our ever popular play parachute.

Children's Entertainer Martin Thompson with Mascot the Robot Dog in Ne Minerton Holiday Park in Tenby

Children’s Entertainer Martin Thompson with Mascot the Robot Dog in Ne Minerton Holiday Park in Tenby

 

We had our annual Outdoor Road Show at Abergwili Carnival. This year we, primarily, provided public address for background music, commentary, and announcements, including judging of carnival, rose and fairy queens, lost children, raffles, competitions, and introducing the band.

DJ's Ethan Gray and Kelly Jack Roberts at Abergwili, Carmarthen

DJ’s Ethan Gray and Kelly Jack Roberts at Abergwili, Carmarthen

 

Diamond Dust on Outside Broadcast at Abergwili, Carmarthen

Diamond Dust on Outside Broadcast at Abergwili, Carmarthen

 

DJ Ethan Gray on Outside Broadcast at Abergwili, Carmarthen

DJ Ethan Gray on Outside Broadcast at Abergwili, Carmarthen

 

DJ’s in Swansea, Cardiff, Tenby and Haverfordwest

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A picture is worth a thousand words….. Here’s  are a couple of thousand words.

We have gigged at the biggest, most prestigious venue in Swansea, i.e., Brangwyn Hall, Swansea – a prom disco.

DJ Diamond Dust at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

DJ Diamond Dust at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

 

DJ Diamond Dust at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

DJ Diamond Dust at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

 

DJ Diamond Dust at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

DJ Diamond Dust at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

 

DJ Diamond Dust at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

DJ Diamond Dust at Brangwyn Hall, Swansea

We have done mostly wedding discos around South Wales including West Usk Lighthouse, Newport, Gwent at The Giltar Hotel, Tenby and nearer to home at The Smith’s Arms in Neath Abbey.  We had been DJ’s in the Swansea area which were, in Langland Golf Club, and at Morriston RFC.

DJ  Diamond Dust at The West Usk Lighthouse, Newport, Gwent

DJ Diamond Dust at The West Usk Lighthouse, Newport, Gwent

DJ Diamond Dust has travelled to Haverfordwest to do a 40th Birthday Party at The Railway Inn.

We are still doing children’s discos – an under 6’s Football presentation night complete with games and Mascot the Robot Dog.

Quite a bit of travelling and variety of bookings!

DJ in Aberystwyth and Cardiff

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We definitely have seen many parts of Wales this month! Ethan and I have been up as far as Aberystwyth to do an 18th Birthday Party at The White Swan Inn, Llannon, near Aberystwyth.

DJ Diamond Dust near Aberystwyth

DJ Diamond Dust near Aberystwyth

We went as far east as Cardiff to the Vale of Glamorgan to do a 40th Birthday Party at The Llanerch Vineyard, Vale of Glamorgan.

DJ Diamond Dust in Llanerch Vineyard, Vale of Glamorgan

DJ Diamond Dust in Llanerch Vineyard, Vale of Glamorgan

We have gone as far west at Tenby to do our regular Summer Season appearance at New Minerton, Tenby and done a children birthday party for two 6 year olds at Llandovery RFC.

DJ Martin with Mascot the robot dog at Llandovery RFC Children's Party

DJ Martin with Mascot the robot dog at Llandovery RFC Children’s Party

We have even been a few miles away from home to provide sound, radio microphones and lights at a Boxing Event at Cwrt Herbert Leisure Centre, Neath. Don’t forget to see the YouTube video!

Boxing Event at Cwrt Herbert Leisure Centre, Neath with DJs Ethan Gray and Martin Thompson

Boxing Event at Cwrt Herbert Leisure Centre, Neath with DJ’s Ethan Gray and Martin Thompson

We are making preparations for the summer and have quite of few interesting ones ahead! 

Children’s Parties in South Wales and Weddings

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It’s been a month  primarily of children’s birthday parties. We’ve been around Bridgend with a twin’s 5th birthday party in Ogmore Vale Life Centre and a 3rd birthday party at Glyn Neath Golf Club – look at our review at our Children’s Party Facebook page!

DJ Kel in Cardiff

DJ Kel in Cardiff

There have been a few Easter discos in our regular venue, Longford Memorial Hall and one at The Mount Pleasant Inn, Abertillery.

DJ Ethan with some helpers at Longford Memorial Hall, Skewen

DJ Ethan with some helpers at Longford Memorial Hall, Skewen

The has been a mixture of Wedding Parties such as The Bryn Owain, Cowbridge, Glyn Neath RFC and the beautiful Sylen Lakes, near Llanelli.

DJ Ethan, in Llanelli, with our camera getting photos for blogs

DJ Ethan, in Llanelli, with our camera getting photos for blogs

 

DJ Mart, getting a big hi 5 , from a very happy audience in Llanelli

DJ Mart, getting a big hi 5 , from a very happy audience in Llanelli

 

DJ Diamond Dust at Sylen Lakes, Llanelli

DJ Diamond Dust at Sylen Lakes, Llanelli

Our Party DJ events have included a 30th at Loughor RFC and a joint 80th and fund raising event at The Earl Haig Memorial Hall, Cardiff. 

DJ Diamond Dust In Glyn Neath

DJ Diamond Dust In Glyn Neath

There has even been a 50th Celebration party Doherty’s Wine Bar Glyn Neath.

DJ Diamond Dust at The Haig Memorial Hall, Cardiff

DJ Diamond Dust at The Haig Memorial Hall, Cardiff

We’ve done our annual PAT testing on our sound and lighting equipment.

DJ Diamond Dust PAT testing 2018

DJ Diamond Dust PAT testing 2018

 Looking forward to the summer gigs. Thank you to all our customers for a lovely Spring Season!

All the points of the compass!

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We’ve gigged at all points of the compass despite a few cancellations and postponed bookings due to the snow. Spring is on its way and with a bit of luck we might have seen the last of the snow. Perhaps we can wish for more sun, now that the clocks have moved forward and the days are getting longer!

Wedding DJ Ethan Gray at Llanidloes

Wedding DJ Ethan Gray at Llanidloes

It has been a month of weddings and teenage discos. The discos have included a wedding party at the Glyngynwydd Cottages and Wedding Barn, Llanidloes, and a wedding disco at Broadway House, Laugharne. On the way to these venues we got to see some sightseeing and saw Laugharne Castle, Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse and passed Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, over the bridge crossing the River Wye and past the Royal Welsh Showgrounds.

Teenage Party DJ Diamond Dust in Cardiff

Teenage Party DJ Diamond Dust in Cardiff

The teenage parties have been one at teenage disco at Cardiff Harlequins RFC, and a 19th birthday party in the Dragon Hotel in Swansea city centre.

DJ Diamond Dust in Swansea Birthday Party

DJ Diamond Dust in Swansea Birthday Party

There has been a few birthday parties including 60th Birthday Party at Samlet Social Club, Swansea, and 40th birthday party at Embassy Social Club, Swansea.

Children's Entertainer Martin Thompson at St Athan

Children’s Entertainer Martin Thompson at St Athan

Our birthday party DJ’s have even been working at a Children’s 6th Birthday Party at the Gathering Place, St Athan.

As the weather improves we hope to travel more and enjoy meeting more people, venues and events!

From East to West we gigged.

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This month we have been DJs at a  Teenage Disco at Cardiff Harlequins  RFC (East), an Annual Ball at Halfway Inn ,  Nantgaredig, Carmarthen,  Children’s Birthday Party at Milford Haven RFC (West) and our regular Children’s Discos Longford Memorial Hall, Skewen, Neath.

DJ Ethan is DJ in Cardiff

DJ Ethan is DJ in Cardiff

Here is the  YouTube Video of the latest Cardiff Disco from our Channel DJ Diamond Dust. Hope you like it!

I was going to update the blog next weekend; but realised that next month, we would have started March!  A few weeks later, it will be British Summer Time and another school holiday begins. Where has all the time gone?  It’s been quieter this month, which was to be expected, what with the run down after Christmas, and this being the first school holiday after that. The days are definitely getting longer; but not necessarily warmer. The extra daylight has given us the time to revamp and update the lighting systems of the show and get some repairs done.

This has been the first time in a while that we have had a run of dry weather. All going well it will be time to get the KATT out and do some test runs as before we realise it will be time for some Science Roadshows with the robots.

Carmarthen School Robot Lesson

Carmarthen School Robot Lesson

 Friday 26th January 2018 – I had a really wonderful time at Model Church in Wales Primary School, Carmarthen. The Year 6 pupils were enthusiastic about the story of my “8 Foot Robot Cat – KA-Tash-Trophe”. They asked some brilliant questions. They were enthusiastic and enjoyed the PowerPoint presentation. They appreciated examining the robot claw. Lessons like this helps in the promotion of STEM and Science in schools.  A special thanks to the teaching staff for their support.

Diamond Dust is now on the Resources Bank for teachers and schools: http://www.see-science.co.uk/teacher/resources.html

Review of 2017 and January 2018

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Review of 2017

DJ Diamond Dust, mobile discos serving Swansea, Cardiff and the South Wales region, has had a successful and eventful 2017.

DJ Kelly Jack Roberts:

DJ Kelly Jack Roberts at Bryncoch RFC

DJ Kelly Jack Roberts at Bryncoch RFC

2017 has been a tremendous year for me. This will be my second year with DJ Diamond Dust and it’s been amazing yet again. The amount of fun I have had and the new skills I have learned have been phenomenal! As well as meeting some amazing new people. 

If there were 3 gigs that I had to pick be my favourite from 2017, they would have to be Bryncoch RFC (Birthday party and Christmas party), Ynystawe Cricket Club (Children’s Christmas Party), and Tonna RFC (Birthday party)

I cannot wait for 2018 and what it brings for me and the team, I would also like to thank Martin for giving me the opportunity to do this.

DJ Martin Thompson:

DJ Martin Thompson at South Caravan Park, Whitland

DJ Martin Thompson at South Caravan Park, Whitland

 We have been DJs in Cardiff in The Discovery Pub in Cardiff, a children’s entertainer in Cardiff at Llandaff North Community Centre, providing entertainment in Tenby at New Minerton Holiday Park, a Wedding DJ at Beggar’s Reach, Milford Haven, at Castlemead Hotel in Tenby, and an annual dinner at Chepstow Racecourse, and finishing off with a few Christmas parties at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. It has been quite a mixed bag of gigs.

8 Foot Robot Cat (KATT) with Mascot at The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

8 Foot Robot Cat (KATT) with Mascot at The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Our 8 Foot Robot cat or KA- Tash – Trophe has visited a few interesting venues   including a day at Waterfront Museum, Swansea – Festival of Science week.

I have a really amazing, kind and hard working crew. I can say that without them a great deal of what has happened this year would not have been possible. Thank you guys.. and thank you to our new and regular customers!

DJ Ethan Gray:

DJ Ethan at 18th Birthday Party at Bryncoch RFC

DJ Ethan at 18th Birthday Party at Bryncoch RFC

It’s that time of the year again! If I had to summarise this year with a word – it would have to be fantastic! This year has eye opener and helped be massively with my confidence, and becoming a better person. Also, throughout the year, I’ve learnt many new key skills that will help me in my later life. This year has also increased my skills because, I’ve been doing a lot more gigs and this has made me a better DJ and worker. Not many people can say they are a DJ throughout their teenage and adult years! It’s a dream job.

We’ve had some outstanding gigs this year with some phenomenal venues and guests. If I had to pick 3 gigs that I have attended it would have to be Chepstow Race course, Liberty stadium and Longford Memorial Hall. 

Finally, I would like to thank Martin for allowing me to enjoy this job as much as I do, and letting me be a part of this wonderful group of people! Let’s hope 2018 is just as good as 2017 I can’t wait to see what skills and incredible places we will visit bring on 2018!

DJ Tom Hyatt:

DJ Diamond Dust at Swansea Stadium Christmas Party

DJ Diamond Dust at Swansea Stadium Christmas Party

 Well 2017 certainly didn’t disappoint with there being plenty of diverse gigs.

After leaving my full time duties in August last year, I was sad to no longer meet different people and play different music nearly every weekend but that did not mean that I was no longer part of the Diamond Dust Crew.

Throughout 2017 I continued to work alongside Martin at Wedding functions, birthday parties and (my favourite) works do’s, and the best part of it all was the fact I never got bored during any of the gigs last year.

If I was to pick my favourite gig of 2017, without doubt it would be the Joe’s Ice Cream work’s do at the Liberty Stadium on Black Friday and when I say Joe’s Ice Cream nearly every branch in Wales including the factory workers turned up. The reason this was my favourite gig was down to the fact that the crowd was so energetic from beginning to end and it was the only gig last year were all the Diamond Dust Crew were together to provide the best service possible.

I look forward to continue working with Diamond Dust during 2018 and look forward to seeing you in a nearby gig.

Tom Hyatt

January Discos in Swansea and Neath.

We have had am few bookings in January including a children’s birthday party in Maesycwmmer Community Centre, two  surprise birthday parties in Pontyates RFC and  at Aberavon Green Stars RFC and finally a 60th birthday in New Dock Stars RFC in Llanelli.

Christmas Parties and other celebrations

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DJ Diamond Dust at Swansea Stadium Christmas Party

DJ Diamond Dust at Swansea Stadium Christmas Party

It’s been a very busy month for us. The Diamond Dust DJ Team has travelled quite a wide area of South Wales this season. There have been large and small parties, from works do to Children’s Christmas Parties including two nights at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea and Mumbles Pier.

The Children’s Christmas parties have included a splendid gig at the Dunraven Arms, Cwmgwrach, Neath, a highly decorated function room at Croeserw Social Club, Cymmer, Port Talbot, a Syrian Refugee Christmas party at the Salvation Hall, Risca, and finally aa Christmas Eve children’s party at Cwmavon RFC, near Port Talbot.

DJ Kel at Christmas Children's Party

DJ Kel at Christmas Children’s Party

We also had a variety of birthday parties including two surprise ones; a 40th birthday at Celtic Lodge, Neath and 60th birthday at Coed Y Mwstwr Golf Club, Bridgend. The children’s birthday parties were a 4th at Arch Hall, Pontardawe and an 8th at Bryncoch RFC.

We even had a wedding party at Maes Manor in Blackwood.

We at DJ Diamond Dust would to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Martin, Tom Ethan and Kelly.

Swansea DJ Diamond Crew of 2016

Swansea DJ Diamond Crew of 2016

Cardiff Teenage Discos and Birthday Parties

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It’s been a mixed bag of gigs this month.

We have had two teenage discos, one in Cardiff Harlequins Rugby Club, and the other in the New Lodge Independent Club in Gorseinon, Near Swansea.  Both discos included UV lighting and a laser simulator.

DJ Ethan Gray in Cardiff Harlequins Teenage UV Disco

DJ Ethan Gray in Cardiff Harlequins Teenage UV Disco

We have had a range of birthday  parties ranging from a shared 40th and 70th birthday party disco at Cwmllynfell Millennium Centre, 40th Birthday at Loughor Boating Club Mumbles Cricket club, and a combined 60th birthday and joint retirement party at Mumbles Cricket Club, near Swansea.
DJ's Ethan and Martin at Mumbles Cricket Club near Swansea

DJ’s Ethan and Martin at Mumbles Cricket Club near Swansea

We had our first Christmas Party at Marriott’s Swansea, Christmas Party which also had an achievement awards for children in care.

DJ Kelly Jack Roberts running the music at Tonna RFC, Neath

DJ Kelly Jack Roberts running the music at Tonna RFC, Neath

On the children’s entertainment side of our events, we attended a Village Christmas party at Longford memorial Hall, which included Mascot the Robot and parachute games. Father Christmas visited and gave out presents to the children. 

We had a very successful 4th birthday party at Tonna RFC. The magic show was really enjoyed by the audience.

There is a recommendation by one of our customers on our Facebook Children’s Entertainer Page. A big thank you!

DJ Kelly Jack Roberts with Mascot the Robot Dog in Neath

DJ Kelly Jack Roberts with Mascot the Robot Dog in Neath

DJ Diamond Dust provided music and lights at an Engagement Party at Skewen RFC. Thank you again for your complements!

“Myself and James just wanted to email you to say thank you so much for last night! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves last night and loved the music you played! Everyone said how much fun they had with the music! Least to say I enjoyed your music tooo! Thank you again and we will defo be using you again!”  Lauren 

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We are looking forward to a very busy month ahead! Thank you for your kind compliments, recommendations and support!