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Presented by Belfast Waterfront and the Ulster Hall, trans takes place every July in venues throughout Belfast and over the last five years has consolidated its position as one of Belfast’s premier summer festivals. Trans 2010 present a series of ‘must see’ exhibitions in galleries and venues throughout the city. Photographic artist, John Baucher`s Through the Viewfinder at the Waterfront is a mosaic of individual photographs celebrating the diversity of Belfast’s visitors and residents. Also at the Waterfront, Belfast, The Steady Generation documents a lifestyle that has endured both time and conflict. The Ulster Hall Group Space hosts Ciara Dunne’s Dark Pictures: Recent Drawings while Danse Macabre by Heather Gabel and Martha Colburn explores the collaborations between art and music at the Catalyst Arts centre and at several city centre music venues.

“I borrowed my mates 1210′s”

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To be a DJ is is what some consider a dream, but to actually push forward into the mainstream and achieve the respect and admiration of the industry takes unparalleled effort and determination. Hayley Parsons is one such DJ who has spent years pushing herself into contention and gaining respect among the community – and it was through her determination and desire that has led to her success. “I first used decks when I was house sharing in Kingston in London 2007, I borrowed my mates 1210′s but the only vinyl he had on him at the time was hard house so I practised with that, I then borrowed my mate Pauls Pioneer CD decks, the ones with the jog wheel and plus and minus buttons for a few months – they were tricky. Beginning on 2008 I brought my own pioneer CDJ’s, locked my self away for a few months and in March 2008 played out for the first time.”

Locking yourself away for months might sound a tad extreme, but in times when everyone and his mate is a DJ to set yourself apart really does require a sure display of unrivalled passion. Nobody gets to play at the legendary Gallery clubnight by being halfarsed, perfection is the only way forward. So how did Hayley get to this point? “I had always been a massive fan of house/trance”, she says. “I grew up on trance really from 1998 onwards, was a bit of a raver, went to Ibiza for the first time in 2006 and I LOVED IT, came home and decided I wanted to get behind the decks. I first used decks when I was house sharing in Kingston in London 2007, I borrowed my mates 1210′s but the only vinyl he had on him at the time was hard house so I practised with that, I then borrowed my mate Pauls Pioneer CD decks, the ones with the jog wheel and plus and minus buttons for a few months they were tricky. Beginning on 2008 I brought my own pioneer CDJ’s, locked my self away for a few months and in march 2008 played out for the first time.”

A lot of DJs and producers that are breaking new ground today had a strong musical interest before they moved into dance, Mat Zo is setting the Trance world alight with his classicallyinspired masterpieces. Where you come from, and how you grew up, can have a massive influence on how you develop your style as a DJ. For Hayley, it was more the radio side of DJ’ing that first grabbed her attention. “I’m orignially from Southampton but have lived in London and now sunny Cleethorpes. When I was moving I found some old tapes that I had made with my friends with house and trance anthems on from when I was about 13 years old with me pretending to be a radio presenter, so funny I had phone in’s and requests, prize give aways, the full works!” And it’s not just where you live and how you grew up that can create that spark of interest, those pesky creatures we affectionately know as parents can influence our music tastes and styles. “My parents love Motown so when I was really young I mainly listened to soul, but when I turned 12/13 I got more into dance music, loved trance, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha and Digweed, Tony de vit, Alex Gold, Chicane, Agnelli and Nelson I was also a massive fan of Moby (Play album being the best) and Massive Attack.”

And, just like a lot of DJs, Hayley has since cast her eye of production, and has two tracks coming out on Audiodamage in the near future. “The first track is Called ‘Phase my Beat’, it is a remake of the Blaze track ‘To my Beat’. It’s more on the tougher side of house with a few techy elements. Judge Jules has played it a few times on Radio One which is really exciting, thank you Jules! Fluke is a remix that I have done for Fran Cosgrave, Ethan Project and Christian Davies. Given is a slightly more electro progressive feel, similar to a Wolfgang Gartner production with all the added little effects and heavy baseline. Judge jules is already supporting this track as well which is ace. I think this track is due for release next month.” “I used Cubase SX3 for Phase my Beat and Cubase 5 for Fluke, really loving the sound Cubase 5 allowes you to achieve, the mixing seems a lot better on it. I have also just got a load of new plugins which look like they are going to bite me so need some of youtubes friendly advice.” Read the rest of the interview at 06/18/hayley-parsonsexclusive-interview/

Our round-up of the places to be seen over the next 7 days


DJ Shadow + Drums of Death Ulster Hall

Sunday 4th July, 7.30pm £20

DJ Shadow plays his first Belfast show in over 10 years… DJ Shadow is widely credited as a key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip hop style associated with the London based Mo’ Wax label. Shadow’s first full- length album, Endtroducing…., was released in late 1996 to immense critical acclaim in Britain and America. Later that year, Shadow produced tracks for the debut album by U.N.K.L.E., a long-time Mo’ Wax production team that attracted superstar guests including Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Richard Ashcroft (Verve), Mike D (Beastie Boys) and others. His later releases – The Private Press, Diminishing Returns and The Outsider – have confirmed his position as one of the world’s best loved DJs and producers


Willowstone Solitude Park, off Rathfriland Street, Banbridge, Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh Saturday 3rd July, 12pm onwards ,£26 (day ticket) / £32 (day ticket & camping)

Willowstone presents the only Irish date this summer for local hard rocking blues band The Answer, back home from a world tour with AC/DC and sell out Ulster Hall show. Also making music are Cashier No.9, John Shelly & The Creatures, Bocs Social (Dublin), Dark Room Notes (Dublin), Katie & the Carnival, Ruby Colley, Scorpion Jack, Colenso Parade and The Red Admirals. As well as great music, this year’s festival includes interactive art and games including a Maze, Crazy Golf, theatre from Ponydance, live painting and much more.

Our round-up of the places to be seen this weekend

SASHA (three hour set) PSYCATRON, RONAN S


Ulster Hall, Saturday 3rd July, 9pm-2.30am £23 Grammy nominated DJ / Producer / Remixer Sasha makes his long awaited Belfast debut in the idyllic surroundings of the city’s newly refurbished Ulster Hall as part of a special SHINE event. He is recognised as one of the world’s most innovative icons of the electronic genre. Sasha has propelled listeners into the future of electronic music by constructing forward- thinking concept albums. Refusing to limit himself to DJ work, Sasha has continually explored his various interests as an adept remixer, songwriter, and producer, chalking up numerous top 20 productions.


Hayley Parsons (Rescehduled date) Chris Cargo Spectrum Club Mono Belfast 10pm-3am

Due to the volcanic ash cloud Hayley was unable to perform in April at the club so The team at Mono have managed to rearrange the date for Saturday 3rd July. Hayley plays all different styles of house, driving vocal, tribal and is one of the freshest new djs on the circuit. A fact that's gained her noteable residencies with the like's of Miss Moneypenny's,Falwless in London and Area 51 in Manchester. This has earned her credibility and respect in the scene so far and led to numerous guest spots at the likes of Ministry of Sound London, Gatecrasher, Pukka up, Audiodamage, Nikki Beach Miamia, Es Paradis and Charlies Angels Ibiza and more recently dates in Switzerland, France, Germany and China and is looking forward to returning to Pacha in Moscow.


Definitely MightBe (Oasis Tribute)

The Belfast Empire Saturday 3 July Doors 8.30pm Admission £11.00

They swagger. They pout. They spout hyperbole with the cocky assurance that befits their status as the number one tribute to Oasis. After an absolutely rocking sell out last gig in The Belfast Empire, Definitely MightBe are back by popular demand. The band don't share the back stage bust ups or sibling rivalry as the real thing, but they do have a lot in common when it comes to reproducing the rousing anthems, stage presence and atmosphere that the originals created. With over two hours of material to draw from - including all the hits from all six albums.

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sasha, dj shadow, hayley parsons, trans belfast, willowstone fest and an oasis tribute act