Founded in 2010 by Eddie Piller and Sarah Bolshi, the Modcast began life as an hour long monthly podcast with a wide variety of guests all talking about their passion and interest in all things mod.
The podcast soon attracted 25,000 iTunes subscribers and within the first eighteen months and a further 5,000 on Soundcloud, so the founders reached the obvious conclusion that they should begin hosting parties!
The first has become by far the most popular and regular; a Sunday cruise up and down the Thames that soon became known as simply 'the Modboat'. Indeed, the boat parties became so successful that they are held three times a year and the most recent one sold out in all of 84 minutes! But the Modcast didn't rest on its burnished laurels, instead, they branched out - Alldayers at the Singer, a superb converted former sewing-machine factory in the east end of London, an annual beach beano on the Brighton seafront every August bank holiday, regular 'away-day' events at other seaside resorts and regular New Year's Eve rave ups. The music policy has always been to push the boundaries of what can be played and accepted on a scene that for many years has appeared as a northern soul ghetto. You can hear house and hip hop alongside the staple mod fare and this open mindedness has increased both the appeal and the demographic away from the parka-wearing mainstream.
After a two year hiatus as the team concentrated on their events, the original Modcast podcast is now back and broadcast twice a month on the fledging radio station Totally Wired. With dozens of interesting and in some cases, surprising guests (like Penny Rimbaud from Crass and Live Nation senior executive Chris O'Donnell) already booked in, the future looks rosy.
Now, as the Modcast fast approaches its 10th Birthday, the team have announced their most ambitious event yet! A multi-venue weekender in St Leonards, Hastings in October 2019. Not only featuring some of the best and most respected DJs in the country, there is also Q and A's with the likes of Small Faces and Who drummer, Kenney Jones, book-signings with a number of different authors, pub quizzes, and live radio broadcasts.
About the weekender: The event is held at two different venues, five minutes walk apart and entry will be by wristband.
The Piper - was originally the first Jazz venue in Hastings back in the 1920's and has just undergone a full ground up restoration. The two floor pub/club is situated just off the seafront, opposite the pier in the iconic Warrior Square. The pub will be our home for the weekend and will feature music on both floors as well as host many of our regular Modcast events like book signings, Q & A's and a sunday roastie!
The Azure - a beautiful 1920's ballroom style venue actually built on the beach with extensive panoramic windows just 30 feet from the waves! The venue was extensively rebuilt and features a sprung wooden dance floor and a number of bars and its own restaurant. We are bringing in our own sound system, originally from The Blue Note Club in Hoxton and once considered the best in the country. The Azure will host two all-dayers on Saturday and Sunday and will actually kick off with a Q & A, broadcast on the Modcast's new home at Totally Wired Radio featuring the legendary Kenney Jones in conversation with Small Faces author Terry Rawlings and Modcast anchorman Eddie Piller, talking about Kenney's time in three of the biggest bands of all time, the publication of his autobiography and the release of the Small Faces new EP on the Acid Jazz Rare Mod series!
Some of the many guests who have appeared on the Modcast
ACTORS - Martin Freeman, Matt Berry, Mark Wingett, Gary Shail, Trevor Laird, Johnny Owen.
SPORTSMEN - Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ronnie O'Sullivan.
AUTHORS/JOURNALISTS - Richard Barnes, Terry Rawlings, Simon Wells, Tony Fletcher, Dave Henderson, Paul Smiler Anderson, Ian Penman, Chris Sullivan, Paul Moody, John Reed.
MUSICIANS - Rick Buckler, Geno Washington, Mick Talbot, Gary Sparks, Ian Page, Richard Searle, The Pretty Things, Jess Roden, Miles Kane, Nick Hodgeson, Andy Lewis, Luke Morgan, Steve Diggle, The Rifles, The Prisoners.
FILM MAKERS - Bob Smeaton, Phil Davis, David Holmes.
BROADCASTERS - Gary Crowley, Pete Mitchell, Mark Lamarr.
FASHION - Mark Powell, William Hunt, Eddie Prendeghast, John Flynn.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS - Jeff Barrett, Nicky Weller, Maxine Conroy.