A local student is to headline the opening day of one of England’s biggest music festivals tomorrow just a year after getting his hands on the decks.
George Cummins, from Burwell, is to headline the first day of this year’s V Festival at Hylands Park, near Chelmsford.
The former Newmarket Town youth player, who will also be playing a 30 minute slot at the festival on Sunday when the likes of Rudimental, Tinie Tempah and Chase and Status will be performing, will take to the stage alongside up and coming Essex based singer James Ford.
“I was so excited to find out that I will actually be head- lining the Friday night of the Festival and will also be playing on the Sunday before the likes of The Killers, Rudimental, Tinie Tempah and Chase & Status to name a few,” said George.
“I hope to bring something fresh to the crowd.”
George first developed his love as a DJ when he was on holiday last summer in Ibiza. After attending the big clubs on the Spanish island, he could not wait to get home and start on his own mixes.
Within a few weeks of returning, he uploaded several mixes onto YouTube and gained 1,000 downloads within the first month.
As a result of the instant popularity of his music, the University of Hertfordshire student has played at several local club nights, including at Lola Lo in Cambridge and at the De Niro’s nightclub in Newmarket.
“After an inspiring trip to Ibiza I decided to teach myself how to produce and mix music, as it is something that I have always wanted to get involved with,” said George, who also works for Newmarket Racecourses.
“I uploaded a few mashup mixes online, and the next thing I knew, I had accumulated over 100,000 plays across my various platforms.
In March George received he biggest breakthrough after being invited to play at Ministry of Sound in London and now continues to play there on a regular basis.
“Playing at Ministry of Sound is an incredible experience,” said George.
“Throughout this year I have been invited back to perform regularly and I have been lucky enough to join the line up with some of the world’s top DJ’s, such as Dash Berlin, Andrew Rayel and Borgore.
“This has lead to lots of interest from radio stations across the globe. I have played guest DJ sets on 85 radio stations this year in every continent.
After releasing his debut remix in May George has consequently been approached to work with a number of top singers in the near future.
“I released my debut remix in May with upcoming Candian star ‘Lina Fouro’ and have since been approached by a number of top singers to work with on other remixes and original tracks, although I am unable to announce the identities of these artists for now,” said George.
This summer has seen George return to Ibiza, where he received the chance to meet up with his main inspirations along with being giving opportunities to perform at venues across the world in 2015.
“My return to Ibiza this summer was slightly different. I was able to hang out with other DJ’s to network,” said George.
“For example, I met up with one of my main inspirations, DJ, Hardwell, which was awesome. From that trip I now have opportunities to perform in Greece, Thailand, America and Ibiza next summer.”
To follow and listen to Cummins’ work, go to http://www.facebook.com/cumminzofficial.