With Ibiza being moved back onto Northern Ireland’s amber list for travel, one group of Belfast DJs have decided to bring the Ocean Beach experience here.
After a difficult 16 months for the music and nightclub industry in Northern Ireland, popular local DJs TEZ, Gareth Ainsworth and Steve Simpson used their wealth of experience to launch Yeoodj and welcome back music in an elevated way.
Speaking to Belfast Live, DJ TEZ explained how the idea to bring the full Ibiza experience to NI came as a result of a shift in the industry due to the pandemic.
He said: “We’ve all been DJing in Belfast for 10 to 15 years each in the nightclub and bar industry so the experience was always there.
“As I have been a resident in Ibiza for years, we went about and comprised a plan of how we could bring it to the people who will be missing it this summer and figure out how we could replicate that experience here in Northern Ireland.
“Individually we had been live streaming, doing radio shows, creating Spotify playlists and mixtapes that went down well but we were really missing the clubs and needed something to get our teeth into.”
When Gareth suggested that the three performers come together on a project it was “a no brainer” which made them question why they had not done it sooner.
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“We knew that travelling was off the cards for a while and we wanted to bring people a Balearic themed event,” he said.
“We had years of experience of working in nightclubs all across the world whilst holding residencies in Ibiza and Marbella – we wanted to bring these Ibiza style events to Belfast.
“People just want to have fun and if it means bringing it to them, then that’s what we are about,” TEZ said.
Alongside the DJ sets, Yeoodj performs with a live saxophone, percussion and trumpet, with some clients going the extra mile including fire breathers and Ibiza style dancers to shake up the “next level and unique” atmosphere here at home.
He continued: “Lovely Laura would be one of the main saxophonists in Ibiza and we were delighted to do a couple of events with her.
“Working within the current guidelines, we have performed a series of inspirational private events and weddings – most recently creating the party for the wedding of blogger Tiffany Brien and Rugby ace Matty Rae.”
TEZ expressed his excitement at planning their first show in licensed premises in late September while reflecting on the difficult year he and other musicians have faced.
“For 16 months we haven’t been able to work and it’s been a struggle obviously this is what we love to do and this is my only type of job and we are looking forward to brighter days,” he added.
“What I would really like to see is a continued follow-up from ministers because currently it’s not been nearly talked about half as much.
“Our sectors been locked off a lot longer than others and the future is very much unknown for us and we just hope that they permit us to get back as soon as possible.”
After highlighting the resilience of the industry by turning a negative experience into something positive for all, the Yeoodj team are looking forward to August 16 when restrictions such as dancing are set to be eased across the country.
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“We are humbled by the support and bookings we have received. We are passionate about the music, the atmosphere, the fun and delivering the best possible party for our clients.
“Plans are underway for several Yeoodj events to feature at some of Belfast’s biggest outdoor venues and coolest licensed premises.”
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