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Locals at a tranquil British pub that had hay bales and flags out for the Platinum Jubilee got more than they expected when a DJ from Miami showed up unannounced.
Bosses at The Wheatsheaf, which is a traditional boozer in a posh part of the Lincolnshire town of Louth, had arranged for their usual local DJ to provide the entertainment over the bank holiday.
But when Eric Quintin Edmond – stage name SPCBYEQ (“Spaceboy EQ") – popped in for a pint and saw the music system set up, he asked if could have a go.
And the place promptly went bonkers as he banged out the tunes.
And his unplanned set in the garden of the 17th-century pub on Friday evening proved so popular that he was invited back the next night to do it all again.
“I’d been booked to do a set at The Priory nearby and on the way home we thought we’d see what was going on at The Wheatsheaf,” said EQ, who has done more than 800 shows and toured America and the Bahamas.
“When I saw John the DJ and his equipment in the garden, I just asked him if he was OK if I gave it a go, and he was. It’s the sort of thing we do all the time back home.”
The Wheatsheaf – which dates from about 1625 – is one of the oldest buildings in Louth, sitting in the shadow of St James’ Church, which is famous for having one of the country’s tallest spires.
The pub doesn’t have a big telly, a jukebox or even a fruit machine – and it’s usually rammed with real-ale drinkers.
But EQ’s set went down a storm, according to landlady Emma-Jayne French.
“John and his sons had been playing music in the garden earlier, but there was just some quiet background music on when Eric walked in,” said Emma, who runs the pub with husband Barney and mum Joy.
“Once Eric started, it got the whole place buzzing. It was like an Ibiza summer at The Wheatsheaf.
“Locals who’d already been out but had gone home heard what was going on and came back out.”
And John has already offered to lend EQ his equipment should he want to make a return visit.
The impromptu rave included tunes by the likes of Earth Wind & Fire, James Hype (who recently did a show with EQ), Yung Bae and BROCKHAMPTON.
EQ – who ended the set wearing a Prince Harry mask – had known little about the Jubilee before he’d arrived in the UK from Florida.
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But he said people back home “romanticised about England” and that it was “important to celebrate a country’s culture”.
He added that rural Lincolnshire reminded him of Connecticut, in the north-east US, which is where he originally hails from.
“I’m staying with my friends the Chamberlains in Louth, and I love it round here,” he said.
- The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
- Prince Harry
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