Autumn Gigs

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What a fantastic month for all the crew!

DJ Diamond Dust at Aberavon Beach Hotel, Port Talbot

DJ Diamond Dust at Aberavon Beach Hotel, Port Talbot

Ethan, Corey, Llian and I were working as Wedding DJs at the Aberavon Beach Hotel, Port Talbot and the Celtic Club, Maesteg.

We have been Birthday Party DJs at a variety of venues:

  • a 40th fancy dress disco at White Tips Stadium
  • Treforest RFC, Pontypridd
  • Two 18thbirthdays, one at the District Club, Pontypridd, and the other at Tonna RFC, Neath.

Ethan and I have been DJs in Cardiff at Harlequins RFC, Cardiff, doing return visit by request for a local Form 6 teenage disco.

DJ Diamond Dust Martin and Ethan

DJ Diamond Dust Martin and Ethan

We have had a fair share of children’s birthday parties at Landore Social Club, Swansea, the Llanwrda Village Hall, Llandovery, and a birthday party at Cwmllynfell Hall, Ammanford.

DJ Corey Perrett at The Gowerton Con Club

DJ Corey Perrett at The Gowerton Con Club

There was, of course, our Annual Tetrathlon Ball, from Chepstow Racecourse to this year’s venue, at Hereford Racecourse.

DJ Diamond Dust doing urgent repairs in Swansea

DJ Diamond Dust doing urgent repairs in Swansea

We are always mindful about safety. One night we had a drink spillage.  Corey and I had to do some maintenance in the early hours of the morning.  We had to make sure to ensure that everything was working safely for the following day’s gig.

The adventure continues!

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 not been as hot, thankfully, so has made the moving and setting up of sound and lighting equipment much more comfortable. There’s been a change in 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
  • a girl’s birthday party at the Powerhouse Hall
  • a teenage disco at the Collen Arms, Porth

 

DJ Corey Perrett at The Gowerton Con Club

DJ Corey Perrett at The Gowerton Con Club

DJ in Swansea

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. Corey and I  did a birthday disco and the Conservative Club, in Gowerton, playing loads of requests from the 90s 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. 

DJ in Tenby

A return to our regular Summer venue New Minerton Holiday Park, Tenby. 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

We worked in Whitland Memorial Hall for a 7th birthday Party, which is not far from our usual venue in Tenby. The usual routines with magic and the Robot Dog were a great success. We ran more lights and 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.

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 one wedding disco at the Paul Lewis Centre, St Athan, and welcomed return to Sylen Lakes in  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 70s & 80s 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 new music and cheesy disco hits. The second one had more variety because we could play charts, rock music and songs from the 60s.

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.

We had our annual Outdoor Road Show at Abergwili Carnival. This year we, primarily, provided the  PA or sound system. We did for background music and commentary. I made announcements, including judging of carnival, rose and fairy queens. We called out for lost children, raffles, competitions. I even introduced 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

DJs in Swansea, Cardiff, Tenby and Haverfordwest

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A picture is worth a thousand words. Here 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

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 a variety of bookings!

DJ in Aberystwyth and Cardiff

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We 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. Ethan and I did a 6-year-old birthday party 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 DJs Ethan Gray and Martin Thompson


We are making preparations for the summer and have entirely 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. 

DJ Kelly in Cardiff

DJ Kelly in Cardiff

Look at our review at our Children’s Party Facebook page! 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 Diamond Dust at Sylen Lakes, Llanelli

DJ Diamond Dust at Sylen Lakes, Llanelli


We were working as DJs in a 30th birthday party at Loughor RFC. We did and a joint 80th and fundraising event at The Earl Haig Memorial Hall, Cardiff. 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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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 go sightseeing. We saw Laugharne Castle, Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse,  the Royal Welsh Showground and the River Wye. We’ve gigged at all points of the compass despite a few cancellations and postponed bookings due to the snow.

Teenage Party DJ Diamond Dust in Cardiff

Teenage Party DJ Diamond Dust in Cardiff

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

DJ Diamond Dust in Swansea with DJ Ethan Gray and DJ Tom Hyatt

DJ Diamond Dust in Swansea with DJ Ethan Gray and DJ Tom Hyatt

There have 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 DJs have even been working at a 6-year-old birthday party at the Gathering Place, St Athan.

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! 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
  • an Annual Ball at Halfway Inn,  Nantgaredig, Carmarthen
  • a children’s birthday party at Milford Haven RFC
  • Our regular children’s disco at Longford Memorial Hall, Skewen, Neath.

Here is the YouTube Video of the latest Cardiff Disco from our Channel DJ Diamond Dust. I 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,  what with the run down after Christmas, and this being the first school holiday after that. The days are 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.

The first time in a while that we have had a run of dry weather. All goes well; it will be time to get the robots out — time to do some test runs. Before we realise,  it will be time for some Science Roadshows.

Friday 26th January 2018 – I had a 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. They asked some brilliant questions. 


They were enthusiastic and enjoyed the PowerPoint presentation. They appreciated examining the robot claw.

Lessons like this help 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.

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 amazing. It will be my second year with DJ Diamond Dust, and it’s been amazing yet again. It’s been phenomenal the amount of fun I have had, the new skills I have learned, and meeting some fantastic new people.

The three gigs that I had to pick to be my favourite from 2017 are:

  • Bryncoch RFC (Birthday party and Christmas party)
  • Ynystawe Cricket Club (Children’s Christmas Party)
  • Tonna RFC (Birthday party)

I cannot wait for 2018 brings for the team and me. I would also like to thank Martin for allowing me to do this.


DJ Martin Thompson:

It has been quite a mixed bag of gigs. We were DJs in The Discovery Pub in Cardiff and Castlemead Hotel in Tenby. Tom and I have done a wedding disco at Beggar’s Reach, Milford Haven. We’ve done children’s parties in Llandaff North Community Centre, Cardiff and New Minerton Holiday Park, Tenby. We’ve worked at annual dinner in Chepstow Racecourse and a few Christmas parties at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.

8-Foot-Robot-Cat with Mascot at The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

8-Foot-Robot-Cat with Mascot at The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Our 8-Foot-Robot-Cat has visited a few exciting venues including a day at Waterfront Museum, Swansea – Festival of Science week.

I have an amazing, kind and hardworking team. I can say that without my crew, a great deal of what has happened this year would not have been possible. Thank you guys, and thanks to you to our new and regular customers!

 

DJ Ethan Gray:

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 an eye opener and helped me massively with my confidence and becoming a better person. Also, throughout the year, I’ve learnt many new vital 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 unique venues and guests. If I had to pick three parties that I have attended, it would have to be Chepstow Racecourse, 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 great group of people! Let’s hope 2018 is just as good as in 2017 I can’t wait to see what skills and incredible places we will visit bring in 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 several gigs.

After leaving my full-time duties in August last year, I was sad to meet different people no longer 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) work party, and the best part of it all was the fact I never got bored during any of the gigs last year.

If I were to pick my favourite gig of 2017, without doubt, it would be Joe’s Ice Cream works do. It was at the Liberty Stadium on Black Friday. 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.  It was the only gig last year when all the Diamond Dust Crew were together to provide the best service possible.

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

Here are the children’s Christmas parties:

  • 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
  • A lively Christmas Eve children’s party at Cwmavon RFC, near Port Talbot


We also had a variety of birthday parties, including two surprise ones. We were DJs at 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 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