➤ Rusty and Steve raise a storm on the Croisette

Canvas-Club on the beach opposite Carlton Cannes hotel

Canvas-Club on the beach opposite Carlton Cannes hotel

❚ IN CANNES FOR THE FILM FESTIVAL TONIGHT? So are former 80s Blitz Kids, club deejay Rusty Egan and Spandau Ballet’s sax-percussionist Steve Norman, and you can catch their storming double act at the pop-up Canvas-Club on the beach opposite Carlton Cannes hotel, on the Croisette May 17–19… Then the pair move off to Ibiza where they perform fortnightly at the Nassau Beach Club on Playa D’en Bossa from May to Sept.

STEVE NORMAN RINGS IN TO REPORT:

Our first night was pretty relaxed. Cannes during the film festival feels fantastic. There are full-on business meetings day and night in the Canvas-Club where we’re jamming. The last time I was here was 2009 when Spandau announced we were going to make a film (and that is due out next year). But there was a completely different vibe at the Midem music festival where people do deals all day then let themselves go at night. For the film business it’s all deals. They’re not a club crowd, so we adapt accordingly.

Rusty is brilliant at gauging the audience’s mood, making a seamless transition from dinner table to dancefloor. He warmed up the dinner session lifting the pace gradually, then I rocked up about 10pm vibing on top of his music to kick things off into a Latin fury. We play a soulful mix of house music, quite funky but definitely not retro. Next we’re off to Ibiza – my second home, where I left a little piece of me – and we’re appearing fortnightly on Mondays at Nassau Beach Club from May 27 through till September. These places are springing up all over. It used to be a beach bar and has mushroomed into a nightclub on the sand. People will be chilling by day, then going for it by night.

Rusty Egan, Steve Norman, DJ, Cannes, Ibiza

Rusty and Steve: discs, drums, percussion and sax!

➢ The Canvas-Club in Cannes requires membership – Restaurant service during the day, bar service with star deejays in the evenings.

➢ While he’s away catch Rusty’s Electricity Club radio show broadcast every Friday from midnight till 2am on Mi-Soul.com

➢ Catch up with Rusty’s Electricity Club shows on demand

➢ Catch up with Steve Norman at Facebook

Rusty adds: “I have been very busy writing and recording new music under the title Welcome to the Dancefloor and will be ready to release some stuff very soon. Visit Soundcloud to sample some.”

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