Les Spaine, Godfather of UK Funk DJs, plus Ben Osborne, Your Mum & More

Friday 12 November 2021

Woodbridge Festival Art & Music presents a night of music and visuals with funk and soul icon Les Spaine and Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne and Your Mum.


The night will see Les resurrect his legendary Timepiece funk club for the first time since the 1970s. Timepiece was an all-night super club in Liverpool hosting 2000 people. The club became a magnet for touring American soul and funk acts, and led to Les heading-up Motown Records in the UK and working with such greats as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Jacksons, Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Maze, Aswad and many more.

The night will also feature DJ sets from Ben Osborne, with Your Mum.

The event is taking place near to the former US Airforce bases where Les played to US troops in the 1970s – when he was one of the few nationally recognised Funk DJs in the UK.

Les Spaine says: “I’m looking forward to getting back on the decks and doing an audio and visually enhanced DJ set which will be the first of a set of shows I will be doing around the UK in the next 12 months, proceeds of which will go towards the prostate cancer charity. Hope to see some of you funkanauts there!!”

Ben Osborne, DJ and programmer of Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music, and Director of Noise of Art, says: “Pioneering disco DJ Greg Wilson calls Les Spaine ‘a giant on whose shoulders all subsequent DJs are standing – whether they know it or not.’ And Greg would know. Les helped change music in this country and worked with the royalty of American soul and funk. This is a rare chance to see him play and revive Timepiece for the first time.”