Ben Cree, head of the National Association of DJs, last week withdrew his earlier offer to resign from the NADJ leadership. The majority of the regional officers have now resigned themselves, and are planning to set up a new British DJ Federation.
Behind the breakaway move are regional officers Theo Loyla (South East), Dougall DJ (South Scotland), Keith Main (North Scotland) and John Harding (West Country). They have organised a meeting on Monday, September 6, at 10am at the Ski Club, 118 Eaton Square, London SW1, to discuss the new Federation and dates for the ill-fated disco trade exhibition.
All manufacturers, retailers, Disco ’76 exhibitors, ex-NADJ officers, record companies and any other bodies are invited to the meeting.
The new Federation will automatically give a one year’s free membership to all current NADJ members, plus a magazine, and will be run by the original NADJ regional officers. The new Federation will also include manufacturers and retailers.
The Disco ’76 show, originally planned for the same date as this new meeting, is still booked at the Bloomsbury Centre Hotel as a temporary measure by Roger Squire, who has advised all exhibitors to contact each other and form a consortium. Squire – because of his retailing position in the trade – feels that he isn’t the right person to either mount or sponsor the show himself.
But he will be putting on at least six private shows in the provinces (including Glasgow) during the next few months, and will participate in any other trade shows sponsored by “responsible” organisers.
Acting now as temporary chairman of the “Disco exhibition action group” is Dave Durie of Optikinetics (Luton 0582-411413), who has contacted all Disco ’76 exhibitors about the September 6 meeting. But it does seem unlikely that any sponsors will miraculously appear by September, and thus the exhibition will almost certainly be postponed until maybe as late as January. Continue reading “August 14, 1976: Edwin Starr, Ronnie Dyson, Rocky Sharpe & The Razors, Steam Machine, Rumours”