DJ Tony de Vit will be presented with a blue plaque in Birmingham

The late hard house DJ Tony de Vit will be presented with a blue plaque in Birmingham.

The pioneering Kidderminster-born DJ and producer, who died in 1998 aged 40, is the first DJ to receive this distinction, commissioned by Birmingham Civic Association to recognize people who have “achieved a lot ” and “done by them. [la ciudad] what is today.”

De Vit will receive a posthumous tribute during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Digbeth Custard Factory on September 24. His blue plaque will be displayed at the Custard Factory recording studios, where he produced and mastered over 100 tracks between 1994 and 1998.

Jez Collins, from the Birmingham Music Archive, said in a statement that she was “delighted that a historic institution such as the Birmingham Civic Society recognizes what Tony de Vit has done: not just for Birmingham’s music and dance culture, but also for the influence he had on a generation of DJs, clubbers, promoters and audiences.”

“Not many people realize that Tony started his career in Birmingham as a DJ at the pioneering Nightingale Club, where he would take his music from a predominantly gay crowd into the mainstream,” said Collins.

“It was at the Custard Factory that he launched Simon Parkes’ V2 recording studio, so it’s fitting that the blue plaque is on this site.”

The ceremony will be followed by a live event, “Are You All Ready?”, at The Mill in Digbeth, featuring a UK exclusive appearance by Fergie; tickets can be purchased here.

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