Words Weekend 2019
Conversations with Norman Jay MBE
Words Weekend is very proud to present legendary DJ Norman Jay MBE as you’ve never quite seen him before: away from his iconic decks and in conversation exploring his enthralling life story, as captured in his much-anticipated new memoir Mister Good Times.
Interviewed live on stage by a very special guest interviewer (to be announced) expect tales of his adventures interspersed with carefully selected tracks that defined his experiences. From growing up as a black kid in a (largely white) working class world; of vivid, often violent, experiences on the football terraces; of Northern Soul nights, warehouse parties and illegal raves; of sound systems, the good and bad times of the Notting Hill carnival, the heady days of pirate radio, Rare Groove and the burgeoning British dance music scene; of how Jay became a central, formative figure within this colourful and vibrant milieu as it evolved from a tight-knit underground community to the global, hugely successful industry it is today.
With discussions on race, class, ambition and glamorous success, all set against the backdrop of a great social change, join us as we celebrate Norman Jay MBE, a man who has lived his life on his own terms and helped define a new British culture.
Venue: Sage Two – please note the change in venue.
As everyone deserves equal access to entertainment, every event in Words Weekend will be accessible. In addition to the gold standard access provision at Sage Gateshead, all events will be BSL interpreted and there will be a roaming interpreter facilitating conversations throughout the venue.
Words Weekend will post a Social Story on their website for anyone who might find new situations difficult and would like to know what to expect from the festival. Sage Gateshead also offer short familiarisation visits.
We request that everyone is tolerant to the needs of other audience members, some of whom might need to take a break from a space during an event, for example. Lighting will be raised slightly higher than usual, sound levels will be limited at most events and more comfortable seating options will be offered in some spaces. Please remember that not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.