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Legend DJs Promise a great night

Three legendary North East DJs will be joining forces this weekend for one of the craziest dance nights on the Newcastle club scene.

 Richard Tulip, Anton Fielding, Mark Armstrong and Mark Deakin
Richard Tulip, Anton Fielding, Mark Armstrong and Mark Deakin

Richard Tulip, Mark Armstrong and Anton Fielding will take to the decks for one night only to explore the deepest darkest corners of House, Tech House and Techno at The Den in Neville Street today.

The trio are mixing their talents for the special Promise presents Spectrum reunion event, organised by Richard and former club night promoter turned spice fan, Mark Deakin, of Hot Stuff Chilli Company fame.

Promise was an iconic dance night that ran for around a decade. Founded by Mark Deakin it started life as a house night in Sheffield until in 2000 with the help of Foundation owner David Phelps, Promise took over the Friday-night spot at the venue in Newcastle’s Melbourne Street.

The event attracted some of the biggest names in the field including the German Grammy award-winning DJ Paul Van Dyk, former Radio 1 presenter Judge Jules and Progressive House pioneer Sasha.

The resident DJ and one of the faces who made Promise such a success was Richard, who in recent years has moved from scratching, sampling and mixing to running the family poultry farm in County Durham.

The 36 year old who made several guest appearances on BBC Radio 1 and Galaxy as well as gracing just about every well-known dance club in the UK, said: “This is a unique chance to see Mark, Anton and myself back in action for one night under the same roof playing one set.

“Mark now works as a chef in Whitley Bay and I’m the sales and marketing director in the family egg business. Anton is the quality control manager at Hunter, the welly manufacturer, and while he still Dj’s and produces he rarely appears in Newcastle.

“The original Promise finished in 2006 when Foundation closed, which was regarded by many as the best club night and venue in the UK. It was an awesome night to play and clubbers can once again expect the same underground vibe and music.”

Mark Armstrong made his name with the Newcastle electronic music group Lexicon Avenue, and was renowned for his pounding house sets at Shindig as well as venues across the UK and beyond. Anton, meanwhile, of Solaris Heights and Echomen fame, has released more than 30 singles and regularly plays at underground clubs from Buenos Aires to Tokyo and New York.

This Saturday’s Promise presents Spectrum will not be a re-run of the original, however. Mark Deakin said: “Promise stood the test of time and provided countless great nights out in Newcastle, but times move on. Promise was mainly known as a trance night, but it in fact started out life as a house night in Sheffield. The atmosphere at The Den will be unlike anything experienced in Newcastle for a while.” Despite their careers moving in different directions, Richard says the DJing friends have never lost their passion for music.

“Spectrum is about looking forward not back and sharing the music we love with like-minded people”.

Richard, Mark and Anton will be warming The Den nightclub crowd from 10pm with a finely tuned selection of house and Techno going on until 4am.

Tickets cost £5 in advance from www.skiddle.com or £7 on the night.

Jane Hall

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