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Charity gig for legendary Auckland DJ with cancer

Sufferahs Choice at Galatos: All proceeds go to help DJ Big Matt in his battle with cancer.

7 Mar 2007

On March 23, a mega lineup of DJs are joining forces to raise funds for cancer-stricken DJ Big Matt.

Entitled 'Sufferahs Choice', the gig will feature DJs Stinky Jim, Maiden Hong Kong, Selecto, Peter Mac (Dub Asylum), Dubhead, Slave, Manuel Bundy, Submariner, Cian, Junior, Bobby Brazuka, Slowdeck, The Chaplin, Ruffian & Mikey Sampson plus reggae soundsystems Jugglin Crew and Jafa Mafia.

All proceeds from this special event will go to 'Big Matt' Watson and his family as he undergoes treatment for gastric cancer.

With over 200 years combined musical experience, this huge line up makes Sufferahs Choice essential for reggae lovers and contemporary music fans alike.

He's supported some big names, now it's time to support him. Last year Matt was the warm-up DJ for international ska legends Neville Staples' The Specials and The Skatalites.

He has also supported the Mad Professor, the legendary duo of Linton Kwesi Johnson & Dennis Bovell and Tom Bailey's alter ego The International Observer.

So how does Matt feel playing before someone like The Specials? "As a rule, if I'm really nervous and bitchy before a gig, it turns out great!"

Big Matt is a fanatical music collector famous for DJ sets covering everything from reggae and soul through to house and drum n bass. Reputedly Manuel Bundy's favourite local DJ, Matt began DJing in 1984 and has since performed hundreds of live sets and radio shows on 95bFM and Base FM.

SUFFERAHS CHOICE: Friday March 23 at Galatos, Auckland. Whether you know Matt or not, Sufferahs Choice is not to be missed. Presale tickets are just $10 from Real Groovy, Conch and Beat Merchants or $15 on the door.