DJ Kirsty is queen of cool – even with read­ing glasses on

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Joe Sten­son

SHE is best known for sober anal­y­sis of cur­rent af­fairs, grilling politi­cians, aca­demics and bankers on the im­por­tant is­sues of the day.

But on Satur­day evening, BBC News­night pre­sen­ter Kirsty Wark swapped hard-nosed in­ter­views for hard rock tunes at an af­ter-hours club night.

Club­bers paid £6 to hear the 61-year-old be­hind the DJ decks in the base­ment club of Glas­gow city cen­tre’s Ad­mi­ral bar. Wine glass in hand, Miss Wark played hits to a crowd of 200 fans.

From 11pm un­til 3am the pre­sen­ter played ev­ery­thing from Billy Joel to Scis­sor Sis­ters. Drop­ping her some­times frosty pre­sent­ing per­sona she posed for selfies with be­mused fans at the event, run by Glas­gow or­gan­iser Pretty Ugly.

Through­out the night she could be seen pump­ing her fists and en­cour­ag­ing the crowds to dance along with her.

Emerg­ing from the DJ booth, she even danced to a ren­di­tion of Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire, which lists head­line events from 1949 and 1989.

The vet­eran pre­sen­ter also proved her cre­den­tials with younger mem­bers of the au­di­ence, play­ing Kaiser Chiefs and The Black Keys.

When The Sex Pis­tols’ God Save the Queen was played she could be seen en­thu­si­as­ti­cally mouthing along to the punk lyrics. Miss Wark con­cluded News­night with the song ear­lier this month in re­sponse to Tory MP An­drew Rosin­dell’s de­mand that the BBC end the day’s pro­grammes with the na­tional an­them.

On Hal­loween 2013 she also played out the pro­gramme with her ren­di­tion of Michael Jack­son’s Thriller, giv­ing a stony­faced per­for­mance of the fa­mous mu­sic video, with a full zom­bie dance troupe.

Pretty Ugly or­gan­iser Lynne John­ston said they had no pre­vi­ous con­nec­tion to Miss Wark be­fore the night.

She added: ‘We just asked her. We had seen her D Jing at the BAF­TAs af­ter­show so knew she had fine taste in mu­sic.’

Head­line act: Kirsty poses be­hind the club’s DJ decks

Geek chic: Wark ad­justs her specs

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