Dance Nation: Essex May 30, 2016 15:15

Today on the Hotflush daily blog, I'm travelling the length and breadth and the width of the British Isles in search of untapped areas and locations for raves. If you only read WRDM, Ran$om Note, Sun Clubz and the Hotflush Recordings website, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's all about London, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool and Northolt. With my Dance Nation series for Hotflush, I'm about to prove otherwise.

Today, I'm stood on the arse-end of Essex with a massive gale in my face and the overbearing smell of sheep shit blasting up my nostrils. Yes, I'm on Mersea Island, ladies and gentlemen, and if I even find one teenager in this tiny stretch of back-water selling cut-to-fuck whizz I'll eat Jay Kay's hat.

I'm afraid to say that there are no nightclubs on Mersea Island, there are no bars with a late licence that play house music, I've not seen ANY remnants of ANY free gabba parties in ANY of the fields I've tramped through, and I'd be a liar if I told you I'd seen more than six people on the Island who look under the age of forty-five.

There is no scene here at all, so I'm fucking off back to London NOW so that I'm back in time for The Jazz Cafe presents: Portico, Jono Mccleery and Sarah Williams White at The Jazz Cafe. I'm only going because the people who now run The Jazz Cafe are the same people who run XOYO, who hosted Scuba's 12 Weeks of Techno.