Burnley DJs beam live pirate radio set across the globe

Local DJ's take part in the Internet broadcast to celebrate International Record Shop Day at Astonishing Sounds in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons
Local DJ's take part in the Internet broadcast to celebrate International Record Shop Day at Astonishing Sounds in Burnley.'Photo Ben Parsons

BURNLEY DJs had music fans in a spin with a live pirate radio set beamed around the globe.

Listeners tuned in from Berlin to Brazil as the five DJs took over the internet airwaves to celebrate more than 20 years of Astonishing Sounds.

The live Conflict Radio gig was to honour the Hall Street shop’s contribution to independent music as part of International Record Shop Day.

Mark Cameron, a DJ and graffiti artist from Burnley, said it was great to celebrate Astonishing Sounds which has helped forge the careers of some top turntable talents.

“It was a real chance to celebrate the shop and what it has done over the years.

“The broadcast went out across the world. We had a lot of people listening from places like Brazil and the USA.”

The gig started with a live Hip Hop MC from Burnley before the DJs took over and spun some of their top tunes from the past two decades.

Mr Cameron explained that Astonishing Sounds had been the beating heart of music in Burnley since he started on the decks in the late 80s.

“It has always been a thriving shop since it opened. The owner Neil Kinder has always had his eye on what’s going on in the local area and brought in records that people are after. He has adapted to the times.

“It is not just a record shop it is a social centre. There are ideas shared there and a lot of things come together in that shop, besides getting amazing music that you cannot get anywhere else.

“There are a lot of DJs who started their careers buying records there that have gone on to bigger and better things.”

Internationally-renowned drum and bass DJ Marcus Intalex started out buying vinyls from the shop as did three times World Champion turntablist DJ Woody who has worked with Hip Hop heavyweights including Eminem.

He added: “I hope the shop is still there in another 20 years.”