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Last Of The Summer Wine // Gilles Peterson

September 3, 2012

With summer confirmed as the wettest ever in England I give thanks to the times I got out to warmer Lands with my tunes…it’s been one hell of a summer that’s taken me from Graz and Sunsplash in Antalya to Bruges Belgrade and Sligo (actually a lot of rain there!) We also had our first ever Traction festival at the brand new Granary Sq near St Pancras Eurostar terminal, and it was a great success – the rain during BBF’s set actually brought a big cheer!

…but nothing could quite touch Séte and the Worldwide fest this year …it’s still giving me that glow when I think of it…does it get any better than spinning in the Théâtre de la Mer..I don’t think so!

This year was almost perfect, certainly from a crowd point of view…which inspired all the DJs for sure… next year should be the first week in July again…watch for exact dates and book quickly!…and watch out for our WW winter break in early March…function one on the glacier vibes…oh yes!

So I took some time off in August to get the full Olympic experience – best decision I made – no gigs or radio, just enjoying life in London… I got to the athletics, volleyball, gymnastics and boxing… every occasion thrilling to the max and made all the better by a mass exodus from the city – the haters who watched with envy from afar…the cynics lost big time!

Meanwhile the football’s kicked off again – you probably know by now that I’m more than a passing Arsenal fan and am just trying to remain calm, philosophical and realistic about the on going story at the Emirates. It’s tough not splashing the hard cash the way some teams do but it’s the only way to run a successful business without the help of the folly makers at City and Chelsea…tough pill to handle but then again if we do win something on our terms it will taste so much sweeter…anyway I have to say that my trust is more than ever behind Mr. Wenger as his legacy is still being built… one thing’s for sure, there ain’t much loyalty left in football and I did miss a pulse when I heard RVP discussing the little boy inside him wanting to go to ManU… even their fans had difficulty spinning that one….anyway, enough on football apart from to say that I think the title’s going to Chelsea this year…and that we’ll come second but win the champions League!

I’m back on the radio at BBC 6Music…it was always a bit hectic going straight from Radio 1 to 6 without a break but that’s what everyone wanted…so I took a summer holiday instead, and now the ‘bedding in’ bit is done, I look forward to some exciting shows over the coming months…In fact on Oct 6th I’m doing a live show from Maida Vale which should be good – still waiting to confirm an act but will let you know as soon as…was hoping to get Naneh Cherry and the Thing to do a new version of Accordion with Doom but maybe another time…meanwhile I’m still looking for more Bloodlines features so please send your ideas through – all about the mad random family connections like Paul Jason Fredericks and Linda Lewis…I’ve also got a new feature [‘Significant Records’] which is going to focus on a classic record from the collection each week…

Anyway, it’s great to be back… loads to catch up on with some heavy records needing airplay like new Flying Lotus, GLK, Karriem Riggins, LV, Matthew Halsall, Frank Ocean, Jesse Ware, Roller Trio etc..and that’s just the albums…

Tomorrow I’m off to Ibiza, I can only do it once a year… don’t know why but even though I was part of the original pre rave DJs (Holloway, Walker, Rampling, Oakenfold) who used to go over in the eighties I never felt like there was too much room for a DJ like me over there… anyway, playing for Carl Cox at Space is always a highlight to my year and should be fun this year as Laurent Garnier’s on as well…

As for the rest of the week, I’m gonna get on the Africa Express to Cardiff on Thursday 6th – should be a laugh… and straight after my show on Saturday, I’m up to Nottingham for the World Event Young Artist show, where I’ve picked 4 new artists to perform on stage. Then I will be playing at Bestival on Sunday night, just before Stevie Wonder….! Then i’m off to Japan for my Autumn tour, plus shows in Shanghai and Kazakhstan pre the big game against Chelsea on the 29th at 12.30.. still need to work out how I can get from the stadium to 6 Music in time to make my first link…

GP.