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DJ JUDGE Jules began playing in 1987, launching a career that has easily notched up hundreds of thousands of miles, millions of spins of the decks and countless gigs in far-flung destinations, as well as the odd dirty warehouse thrown in for good measure.

Now he is returning to the Isle of Man, following a memorable show at the Villa Marina, staged shortly before the venue’s multimillion-pound redevelopment around a decade ago

Next month, The Courthouse in Douglas will host an evening with the legendary DJ.

With a list of awards that would make the American Olympic team blush, Jules, whose real name is Julius O’Riordan, is a British dance music DJ and producer.

And the 44-year-old Londoner has certainly earned his place amongst the DJ aristocracy.

Awards aside, there is no doubt that he remains one of the most popular figures in dance music, both at home and abroad.

His DJ sets are considered to be the epitome of what DJing is about – passion, amazing tunes and a pair of hands capable of the most nimble of mixing.

Rarely out of DJ Mag’s top 10 in the annual Top 100 DJs poll, Jules has won such accolades as – Best DJ at the Muzik Awards, No.1 DJ in the Mixmag reader’s poll, Best International DJ by Dancestar, and Best Radio DJ at the Smirnoff Dancestars.

Jules’ deck skills are consistently in demand in Western and Eastern Europe – including the Czech Republic, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Spain and Germany – the US and much of the southern hemisphere, including Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and India. He has also played on the African continent, including at the Pyramids in Egypt, as well as the United Arab Emirates.

Jules was educated at a state school in Highgate and then an independent school for boys in Hampstead, followed by the London School of Economics, where he studied law.

During his time at university, he started hosting small parties where he was the DJ.

Unsurprisingly due to his field of study, the stage name of Judge Jules was born.

He first started DJing professionally in 1987 when he was quickly hired by the then-pirate radio station Kiss FM. He has been on Radio 1 since 1997.

Through his show The Sound Of Saturday Night, he has been responsible for launching many popular trance tunes and acts in the UK, and is a pioneer for commercial contemporary dance music.

Many people still send their unreleased tracks to him. According to his own website, he receives between 250-300 promos every week.

He also has an internationally-syndicated radio show called The Global Warm Up which can be heard across the US, Russia, Europe and the Middle East.

He has a regular night in Ibiza at the club Eden called Judgement Sundays, which runs for the entire summer season. Due to this work, he and his wife and children have a home in the island as well as in Highgate.

His Manx appearance, which is for those over 18 years old, will be supported by local DJ Ricky Rooney. Tickets bought in advance from The Courthouse cost £18. Tickets bought on the door are £20.

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