Sa­fari ad­ven­ture starts

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IT’S been al­most a decade since DJ Sin – aka Rick Jensen – played his first gig at Swingin’ Sa­fari, but he re­mem­bers the mis­chievous en­counter clearer than ever. ‘‘I re­mem­ber my first night there – I walked around all the fur­ni­ture, an­tiques and what-not and just said to (op­er­a­tor) Neil Beat­tie: ‘Mate, how do you feel about me set­ting up in the lounge?’ As in sit­ting in an arm­chair whilst DJing,’’ he says. ‘‘Luck­ily it was well re­ceived and pretty soon I be­came the res­i­dent in the hottest, quirki­est house party venue in town – three to five nights a week, as I re­call.’’ Fast for­ward 10 years and the Broadbeach venue is pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate its an­niver­sary as Beat­tie brings back all the old bands and DJs who have been a part of the Swingin’ jour­ney. To­mor­row night, DJ Sin (pic­tured) re­turns to Swingin’ Sa­fari’s decks for the first time in eight years. ‘‘I am mega ex­cited to be in­vited back to where it all started and plan on mix­ing in some of the clas­sic house tracks that were part of that first year,’’ he says. ‘‘My mem­o­ries of Sa­fari are early hours with chilled-out funk and soul pro­gress­ing to the some­times fran­tic dance hour – yes some­times cul­mi­nat­ing in a fren­zied, gyrat­ing sarong-clad DJ. Gosh – they were some fun times, all 18 months of them.’’

DJ Sin plays Swingin’ Sa­fari to­mor­row night.

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