The UK is anxiously awaiting the return of the Doc’n Roll festival, which will take place starting Oct. 26 and tour across nine cities. The tour has become even more exciting because it was announced that a documentary entitled Don’t Ever Stop: Tony De Vit, honoring the legendary DJ on the 25th anniversary of his death, will premier there.
The documentary follows De Vit’s life who came onto the scene at 17 years old. He landed his first residency at the Nightingale, Birmingham in his early 20s while simultaneously working at Beacon Radio.
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The DJ really made a name for himself in the late ’80s after playing the London gay club, Heaven multiple Saturdays a month. He unfortunately passed away too soon in 1998 after contracting AIDS.
The Restless Films’ documentary released a one minute trailer that combines archival club footage and modern interviews, and between then and now, one thing remains the same: the complete awe and admiration for De Vit. “He’s the most electrified DJ ever aborn on this planet,” one interviewee comments. “You knew Tony from the first record,” another shared with a similar sentiment.
The documentary is sure to be a rollercoaster of emotions, for not only will it comment on De Vit’s adoration, but it will also cover themes including gay identity, loss, and the AIDS epidemic. Doc’n Roll is the perfect place to show this masterpiece, as the women-owned company has the morals of showcasing marginalized voices in the music industry.
It is the 10th year of the festival, and it’s feeling extra special now as it honors this DJ pioneer.
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