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DJ Martin Valentine from Burntisland is set to play the Scottish Soulful Weekender festival.
DJ Martin Valentine from Burntisland is set to play the Scottish Soulful Weekender festival.

A BURNTISLAND DJ will be mixing it up with some of the top names in the business at a Scottish music festival next month.

Martin Valentine is one of over 70 DJs and live acts set to perform at this year’s Scottish Soulful Weekender (SSW2) in Dumfries.

It’s the second such event, after legendary DJ Yogi Haughton launched the weekender last year, but it’s Martin’s first time appearing on the bill.

The three day event at The Cairndale Hotel from November 2-5 sees festival-goers enjoy the sounds of soul, jazz, soulful house, nu disko, edits and classic funk and soul with headliners including DJ Tony Humphries, DJ Spen, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson.

With the acts playing and performing in four arenas, Martin has a few sets lined up over the course of the weekend.

The 39-year-old told the Press: “It’s the biggest gig I have been involved in, although I was DJ-ing at an event with Carl Cox last month which was great, but this is a larger audience.

“It features some of the biggest names on the scene. I’m really proud to be invited to be part of something so big.


“To play on the same bill as some of these acts is incredible. I’m very excited, but nervous at the same time and really looking forward to it.”

Martin has been DJ-ing for over 20 years and runs his own regular club night, Black Science, at Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire.

His interest in becoming a DJ started in 1991 at a club in Lumphinnans called Kronk.

The sounds being played that night were “a whole new experience” for Martin and his passion for the music has grown from there.


With his sets usually featuring house and disco music in their purest forms, Martin will play in the Blue Room - an arena for emerging edits, slo-mo house and nu disko scenes - as well as two slots in the Gold Mine.

He added: “I’m playing on the Saturday night in the Blue Room and I’m also playing in the Gold Mine at different times during the weekend.

“I’m sorting out my music, getting a mix of old and new, but I won’t be rehearsing a whole set before I go.

“I love having a bit of spontenaety in the set rather than it sounding pretty scripted.

“I’ll see how it’s going down on the floor on the night and just go with the flow.”