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Music: Techno Fergie in town; Clubbing.

Byline: Andrew Pain reports

SELF-PROCLAIMED "excentric" DJ FERGIE (pictured right) is heading to Teesside tonight ahead of an exciting weekend at Middlesbrough's Arena.

Fergie seems to have been around for a while now, yet at 28, we forget that he was just a lad when he began the amazing journey that is still riding high and he has never had a stronger and more vibrant aural identity.

The producer of stunningly good techno that has seen the likes of Slam, Laurent Garnier and Phil Kieran and Dubfire smash floors all over with his tunes and the man whose Excentric project is making a real impact in clubland on three different levels; pushing new talent, putting on events and releasing exciting music.

His exclusive Excentric nights have been ripping up dance floors across the UK at venues that include Ice Factory bi monthly (Perth) The Custard Factory (B/Ham) and The THELKA (Bristol), not to mention 13 weeks in Ibiza, and have been featuring guests such as Slam, Phil Kieran, Gregor Tresher, Anderson Noise, Tom Pooks, Silicone Soul, Funk D Void and Pyscatron as well as some exciting, fresh new talent from his own Excentric Artist Agency, Bigger than Jesus, Henry Von, Jus Phil, Dan Doran, JordanX and Ken the Men.

It all started in Larne in Northern Ireland where Robert Ferguson, as his passport dubs him, grew up. His first day of secondary school would see him donning a walkman instead of putting up with his teacher's voice, and for the next three years he would spend more time outside the headmaster's office than in the classroom. At the age of 14 he finally left school and embarked on the passion that had engulfed him; embracing music headlong and becoming a DJ.

It was to become a mercurial move that would lead to international DJ status with Tony De Vit taking Fergie under his wing and starting him on a journey that eventually led to his own slot on Radio 1 where he championed the sounds of underground on mainstream radio, before minimal became the du jour genre for DJs.

Today he is free to play how he wants and is not held back by tags from the past and continues to be a global representative for electronic music.

Support tonight comes from STE SLATER and ROB GREEN.

Entry is pounds 7.

As well as having the indie supergroup MONGREL performing tomorrow night, music lovers heading to the Arena can also see the genial KATE LAWLER on the decks. Entry is pounds 8.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 6, 2009
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