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The Rhumba Club is one of Europe's most famous and well-respected clubbing brands.

It's renowned for an incredible crowd, a forward-thinking music policy, loonbag resident Zammo and, in recent years, endless "last-ever" parties. The lovable scamps.

After a series of successful events this summer, they're back with their second Festival Of House, a mammoth three-day bender.

It all happens over the weekend of October 10, 11 and 12 at Fat Sam's in Dundee and stars include Marshall Jefferson, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Graeme Park, Joey Beltram, A Guy Called Gerald, Dave Seaman, Slam, Jon Pleased Wimmin, James Zabiela, Jeremy Olander, Horse Meat Disco, Foals and Friendly Fires. It's an unmissable weekend.

We caught up with legendary resident, co-promoter and court jester Zammo to find out more.

It's been a busy year for the Rhumba - what made you change your minds and return with so many events? It all started at the end. When we did One More Tune in 2012, intended to be the last-ever Rhumba, it was the first time in years that me, Wayne and Keith (co-promoters Dunbar and Howison) had worked together on an event. I think the Rhumba had missed that element, I certainly had, and it brought something special back to the party.

Festival of House followed in 2013, which was fantastic, one of the best nights we have ever put on. It also rekindled many Rhumbateers' love for house music and partying and - coupled with a new, fresh generation of acid housers - we found we had a new wind in our sails. After that the other parties just seemed to fall into place.

Putting on Sasha with Slam this year was a night that needed to happen. And having our hero and musical inspiration Andrew Weatherall on board the Frigate Unicorn in Dundee was a night that legends are made of. Has the response been good? All the parties this year have sold out and I think they have helped to pull Tayside closer together, into one big, warm electronic-house music family. Promoters and DJs work together and help each other out, rather than competing against each other, which often happened in the past.

Do you see Festival of House as an annual event? If I said it was going to be the last one ever, you wouldn't believe me anyway! What did you set out to achieve with this year's bookings? Getting the music right has always been really important to us. I think we showed that last year with the diversity of the line-up and, musically, it was a real success on the night.

This year, we followed the same strategy but extended it over the weekend. Musically, we wanted diversity and choice and a selection of brilliant DJs that you might not generally get to see under the same roof these days.

This year's line-up has Rhumba virgins (James Zabiela, Jeremy Olander, Horse Meat Disco), house music legends (Marshall Jefferson, Farley Jackmaster Funk & Graeme Park), true electronic innovators (Joey Beltram & A Guy Called Gerald), Rhumba heroes (Dave Seaman, Slam, Steve Bicknell & Jon Pleased Wimmin) and exclusive DJ sets from some of the most inspirational bands this country has produced (Foals & Friendly Fires). Who is the highlight for you? That's a tough one as I want to see them all. However, I will definitely be falling on to the dance floor for both James Zabiela and Joey Beltram, who I predict will really smash it this year. What does the future hold? I don't suppose we can ever do another last-ever party now, our credibility on that front is slightly diminished.

But our love for house music and partying remains as strong as ever, we all have our own teeth and two thirds of us still have our own hair, so there is a fairly good possibility you will see us back again soon.

Any plans to take the brand international? A little Rhumba jaunt to Ibiza might be fun... Yes, let's sort that one out... | Tickets are on sale now from


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 28, 2014
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