Margate duo bringing drum’n’bass nights to Thanet

Josh and Lewis of Dirty Sound Lab

Two friends from Margate are heading up a drum and bass events business aimed at giving local DJs and MCs a platform to show their talents and Thanet residents a great night out.

Josh Brewer and Lewis Gadd have been running Dirty Sound Lab since last year and have two top events coming up.

The pair  will be hosting Sound Therapy on October 25 at Olbys Soul Café in Margate and Shabba D at Ramsgate Music Hall on November 8.

Sound Therapy, in partnership with Beat Therapy, features two rooms with light displays, smoke machines, bar, merchandise and a whole host of talent including Mr Rude, DubStyles, P2K, Gaddemon and Ratso . The event is hosted by Havok, Smokie, JL and Kemzie.

Tickets are £6 online, £5 Paper and £10 on the door from or call Lewis on 07860635208 or Greg on 07595225014.

The event runs from 8pm to 4am.

Ramsgate Music Hall

Shabba D is an 18+ event featuring the legendary MC who started his career in the early 1990s with reggae music, local ragga inspired sound, UK and Jamaican sound systems.

Shabba quickly rose to fame in East London through Weekend Rush. He started his music stint answering the station phones and running errands, then eventually had a chance to MC on the station itself.

By the mid 90s he moved on to Kick FM 92.3, receiving his first bookings as an MC and resident at Telepathy and in 1996 Shabba went on to work with the biggest drum n bass and jungle station of the time, Kool FM in London. He mc’ed all over the UK and performed across Europe with a growing scene and following.

In 2003 Shabba, MC Skibadee and Paul Ibiza collaborated to form the biggest ever MC rave of all time, MC Convention, and his record label Highly Blessed. Then, in 2011, Shabba, MC Skibbadee, Harry Shotta, MC Stormin, DJ Phantasy and Mackey G created the drum n bass super group SASASAS, taking the underground streets sounds of Jump Up drum n bass to the masses.  Shabba is currently working on a new mix CD, EP and a new brand Masterz of Ceremonies.

The Ramsgate Hall line up, running from 9pm to 3am, will also include local DJ and MC support.

Tickets are first release – £10 plus booking fee and second release- £15 pus fee from

Paper tickets  from Lewis Gadd on 07860635208.

Local support

Kent MC JL with Lewis and Josh

Lewis said: “We are trying to drum up a lot more local support and want to be able to do more events. It is about support local DJs and MCs and creating a great night out. It’s good to have some great music nights in Thanet and something different. We are looking to create a place where people can enjoy themselves at events in the local area.

“We support new and upcoming DJs and MCs and have a number of DJS and MCs that have started their music careers with us.”

Find out more about Dirty Sound Lab on their facebook page here


    • Jeff, sir, you have two young men doing something positive through music for local businesses and local talent, yet you decide to roll out a tired old trope? And for whose benefit? I’m too old for a drum & bass night but I for one hope they make a success of it.

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