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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

DJ Smurfy Pops - Lindisfarne Festival, Northumberland, England - 02/09/2023 [Cheesy Pop Disco]

It's Sunday, and I'm knackered. Didn't do much this weekend, but I'm drained completely. I am not in the mood for anything hard, rough and rugged, I need something that will put a smile on my face, and that's when I realised that I saved a set by DJ Smurf. It wasn't your standard Smurf mix, but it was slightly different. A cheesy mix. A set recorded at Lindisfarne Festival, in Northumberland, 02,09,2023. And yes, it contains a lot of cheese, maybe too much for you liking, but it will put a smile on your face, and maybe even get you to sing along to?

I certainly have listened to this multiple times, as this set contains the records me and the missus both can listen to. She doesn't like the harder styles I appreciate, she's someone who likes a bit of cheese (hence why she married me!). And I have to agree with her. Sometimes you need a bit of cheese, a bit of guilty pleasure, to lighten the mood.

The set is packed with cheese. Leave that to mr Smurf to sort it out. Whatever this event was, I'm guessing it was a nice and appreciated welcome. He played at 6pm, and for an hour he made sure the cheese was pouring down the speakers. The visitors to the event were overloaded with cheese, but let's make one thing clear: cheese is cool! Sometimes it's just fun to have a bit of a giggle, and a throwback to the golden years of pop music.

The tracklist will make you giggle. Trust me, it will!

  1. Paul Hardcastle - The Wizard

  2. Dee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart

  3. PJ & Duncan - Let's Get Ready To Rumble

  4. Five - Everybody Get Up

  5. House Of Pain - Jump Around (DJ Maars Reggae Re-Fix)

  6. Run-DMC - Walk This Way

  7. Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby

  8. Mastermix - The Boybands Are Back In Town

  9. Backstreet Boys - Everybody

  10. East 17 - House Of Love

  11. Take That feat Lulu - Relight My Fire

  12. Boyzone - When The Going Gets Tough

  13. Westlife - Uptown Girl

  14. Five - Keep On Movin

  15. Rick Astley vs Chambawamba vs Avicii - Never Gonna Wake Up (Get Knocked Down)

  16. Chesney Hawkes - The One And Only

  17. The Village People - YMCA (Extended Mix)

  18. Black Lace - Black Lace Megamix (12'' Mix)

  19. The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

  20. Kylie Minogue - The Locomotion

  21. Steps - 5,6,7,8

  22. Rednex - Cotton Eye Joe

  23. Vengaboys - We Like To Party

This is cheese. Guilty pleasure anthems we all know, and love. Well, love might be a bit of a statement: you might even hate a few songs. But you have to acknowledge that these songs have become timeless classics, and will work at any party. From a wedding to a birthday party to a big event/festival. You will have everyone singing along to the songs. How can you sit still and not jump up and sing? Clap your hands? Stomp your feet?

DJ Smurf's set has got everything in it. And it will bring you a level of cheesy euphoria you weren't ready for. Some of the tracks are extremely bad, and some are just too damn good. But that's what makes this set interesting: there's something in it for everyone!

It's quirky, but it keeps you going. This would never be a dull set. You know all the songs, and you've sang them a million times, and you will continue doing so, for at least another 50+ years. Were they great songs? Nope. But are they catchy as fuck? Hell yes.

I would have to say that Black Lace's megamix is the one that gets me going the most, and it's one of those songs that will stay in your head for days, and it will drive your spouse absolutely mad. Hell, it drove my colleagues mad, and they wished I'd not heard this set by Smurf at all, as I kept singing it to them for hours on TEAMS calls.

It's not a smooth mix, but still highly enjoyable. So credit for making a set with these songs, and kind of making them work with each other.

I know it is a bit silly, but seeing as I'm Dutch, I cannot hide my love for a bit of cheese. And Smurf has given us the cheese. You ready for the cheese?

Ps. I know I kept saying DJ Smurf, but it's Smurfy Pops! Sorry.

DJ: Smurfy Pops

Genre/Style: Pop, Disco, 70s, Rock, Hip Hop, 90s, 80s

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Lindisfarne Festival, Northumberland, 02/09/2023

Length Liveset: 01:00:03

Tracks: 23 (twenty-three)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 148,3 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: 44,1 kHz

Release Year: 2023

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