Town bar is the place for jungle drum’n’bass

DJ Andi Lane of Berkhamsted
DJ Andi Lane of Berkhamsted

A unique monthly music night designed to promote peace, love and unity between people from all walks of life has launched at a Hemel Hempstead club venue.

The new ‘jungle drum’n’bass’ night at Cheri’s Bar on Marlowes is run by Andi Lane who says the free event is open to absolutely anyone above the age of 18 – providing they love to dance.

The DJ from Berkhamsted said: “Jungle music is a crossover from reggae music that was huge in the 1960s when a lot of Jamaicans came over to the UK.

“Love, peace, unity, everyone working together – that’s what it’s all about. It promotes unity among all races, no matter what your age or sexuality is.”

“Anyone can come along if you love dancing, it’s the perfect environment.”

Andi, who has been in the music scene for 20 years, said there has already been a lot of interest in the nights, but he is ‘amazed’ at how few venues in the Dacorum area allow people to come together to dance and make new friends.

The events run on the last Friday of every month from 9pm to 2am, and there are no entry fees.

The next event takes place tomorrow evening and will feature sets from a total of three DJs, of which Andi will be one. The 41-year-old describes DJing as a passion of his, and says he will also be working on getting new guests on the bill for the nights most months.

Visit facebook.com/cherisbar for more about the venue, which is televising live sporting events including the World Cup and Wimbledon this summer.

The bar also has a kitchen serving meals and snacks, and runs a number of themed events including rock, reggae, Motown, Northern Soul and open mic nights.

The bar was opened in autumn last year by Cheri Kenyon at the site of the former Indy Jax club in the town centre.