Balkan Beats are a 7 piece collective who play the traditional music of the Balkan and Mediterranean regions. Balkan Beats are equally adept at taking an intimate audience on a musical journey through Europe as they are taking audiences on a frantic journey around the dancefloor!
The band includes Clarinet, Violin, Vocals, Accordion, Double Bass, Guitar and Drums (or percussion) but they can function with a smaller ensemble too.
Ulrike is a foot juggling expert. Her performances are creative, unique and mesmerising.
With years of circus and performance experience, she is an expert balancer, defying the laws of gravity!
She uses props including Hoops and Cylinders spinning in vivacious speed using leg-work that will take your breath away. A selection of costumes ensure that her style will suit any event, from Ibiza style parties to contemporary corporate events.
Hailing from Peckham, the burgeoning creative hub of South London, 24-year-old DJ Lauren, also known as re:ni, is an exciting new talent. After launching the female-led electronic music collective SIREN at the start of the year, she has transitioned quickly from a vinyl-obsessed bedroom DJ into a frequent gigger and host of a monthly slot on prestigious station NTS Radio. Specialising in the experimental side of dance music, Lauren’s tastes range from brooding techno and dreamlike ambience to warm, Detroit-inspired house grooves, perfect for gallery openings and drink receptions.
From the Himalayan range to the historical museums and galleries of London, world-wide tour schedules to sober raves, regal weddings to illustrious openings of The Royal Academy of Arts previews – year on year, Ben exudes an incredible understanding of what it is to create magical and frenetic atmospheres with music, which cover all events from weddings to product launches.
His eclectic music collection has seen him as the first DJ ever to play at Buckingham Palace and is now an official supplier to the Royal Palaces. From Bond to Bollywood, Disco, Rock and Soul, Ben has the tools to engineer the perfect soundtrack for any given occasion.
With a refined musical knowledge, prowess and an uncanny ability to merge occasion, placement and people, Ben is extremely passionate about his work and loves every and all events, considering each gig as important as any other. He has performed at all the major venues in London from The V&A, Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Palaces and continues to broaden his experience year on year.
Ollie has been DJing for the whole of his adult life and his tastes lie both in dance music (house, techno and garage from every era) and the genres that influenced and inspired dance including disco, soul, funk, R&B, 80’s pop and Hip Hop.
He can draw on this to create a chilled lounge atmosphere, underground groove or just deliver classic after classic – and even combine the three if necessary.
His ethos of delivering an unwavering commitment to quality music with a firm focus on what the crowd and event really needs has led him to take centre-stage at both music-oriented and social events, jumping between playing alongside dance music luminaries such as Jackmaster, Oneman, Dusky, Boddika, Waze & Odyssey, T. Williams and Digital Mystikz, performing at festivals across the country and abroad including the Southern Comfort Juke Joint Silent Disco, Secret Garden Party, Hideout Festival Croatia, Annie Mac’s Lost and Found Festival in Malta and providing the music for formal balls, private parties and corporate events across London including the Royal Academy of Engineering Party at Prince Philip House, The Royal Academy of Arts, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, the V&A Museum and for Facebook.
Ollie is happy to land anywhere on the scale from selecting tasteful tracks to creating enjoyable and relaxing background music to delivering peak time excitement on the dancefloor.
Lindy Layton’s career started as a founding member (along with Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim) of Beats International, who went on to have a number 1 hit with ‘Dub Be Good To Me’.
Her DJ career started alongside her live performances and her repertoire is vast. Working in the music industry for the entirety of her working life, she has hosted radio shows and worked as a resident DJ, meaning that she has built up a vast and eclectic record collection over the years.
Happy to delve deep into her collection to create a unique and niche sound for your event or to stick to the classics, Lindy is incredibly versatile and truly passionate about what she does.
With credits including the Royal Academy of Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the V&A Museum, the Inner Temple and numerous private parties around London, she is a great all-round, popular DJ.
Dom Makin is a professional DJ firmly established on the club, bar and private party circuit. Bookings see him perform in London and across the UK plus internationally in the US, Ibiza, France, Morocco and Italy.
Dom has built a reputation for his versatility as a DJ who is able to play a wide selection of musical genres. This combined with a polite and professional manner has made him sought after for corporate events.
Dom has DJed for SportFest, London Fashion Week, Royal Berkshire Polo Club, Ferrari and Veuve Cliquot, The Runner World Magazine Awards, BMI Publishing and Mint Event Management.
He has played many of the capital’s most prestigious clubs such as MOS, Pacha, Turnmills, Cafe Du Paris, The Cross, Lightbox, SE1, Boujis, The Coronet, Soho House, Shoreditch House, The White House, Aquarium, 1 Leicester Square – The Penthouse, Village Underground, McQueens and Punk to name a few. Dom has held numerous residencies and has promoted nights across the capital for over ten years.
His sets are programmed to take you from drinks reception right through to sun rise and each set is unique, fresh and individual.
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