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After their sensational season opening last weekend that was the talk of the town, Spilt Milk return with a Monday afternoon Jubilee Weekend Special. Headlining is the marvellous Dinky, famed for her djing skills and her strong productions on labels as prolific as Cocoon, Crosstown Rebels, Ostgut Ton and Visionquest.

Also on board are locals Canary Fontaine vs Zippy who always entertain with their blend of deep, tech and minimal house. Resident DJ and Spilt Milk promoter Tred Benedict will, as always, be on hand to make sure as much milk is spilt as possible…

With the promise of a special surprise guest (who can’t be mentioned due to other commitments that weekend) the anticipation is brewing to melting point.

Oh, and the weather forecast….SUNNY!

Tred Benedict managed to squeeze in a quick 5 minute chat with us into his busy schedule ahead of this weekends party…


Many thanks for your time today. Spilt Milk is really going from strength to strength. There were lots of people disappointed to see it leave the Papermill Terrace last summer, the scene of so many adventures, but your opening party last week at the new space
in Hackney Wick was spectacular! We love the name and artwork. How did the party start?

I originally started the party 3 years ago with a friend of mine Charles who I worked with for 2 years, but he has since moved to Australia. I still remember picking the name of the party; we discussed and deliberated all the way up to the night before we had to go live with the event, we had it down to 3 options 1) Uno Mas, 2) Wash, Rinse, Repeat 3) Spilt Milk. It’s kind of funny now to look back at those names and think what was I smoking to even think that they were even in the running Safe to say we came to our senses and Spilt Milk was born and I’ve never looked back!

Were you concerned when you found out that Papermill was no more?

The first time I came across The Papermill I had to have a double take as I must have walked past it 1000 times, but from the moment I stood on that terrace I knew that the space was very special. I was extremely lucky to hit it off with the manager Malcolm who was willing to take a chance on me and let me cause havoc there on Saturday afternoons People took a real shine to The Papermill and everyone has their own special memories of it, so yes, it was a big concern at first not being able to continue there after 2 fantastic seasons. I think my biggest concern was if Spilt Milk would even continue due to the lack of outdoor spaces available in London, but I’m a firm believer of “everything happens for a reason” and after months of searching, myself and Weston (who I now run the event with) found this new space.

Have you found a new permanent home now, or are you planning on moving it around?

It was our opening party last week and it was a big test to find out what people would think to our new venue after being so fond of our previous home. Now located outside of Shoreditch, in Hackney Wick, I can reveal that everyone absolutely loved the new venue as the setup is perfect for what we want to do there, also the new inclusion of 4 Funktion One stacks (which were never allowed to have previously at The Papermill) has gone down very well. I’m very pleased to announce that this location is now going to be our permanent home which we have fittingly decided to call “The Dairy”. However, the most important thing for me is that the venue is totally exclusive to Spilt Milk which makes any event that little bit special if you have that luxury and now we can keep on adding and building to it over the coming summer.

You’ve booked the legendary Dinky for the next event which is pretty exciting. Is there one artist in particular you would LOVE to book but can’t get your hands on at the moment?

Dinky has been a Spilt Milk target for a while now so we are very pleased to have her involved as she is an amazing all round artist. In terms of an artist I would like to see at Spilt Milk I don’t think that I could pin it down to just one but unfortunately this season London has become an extremely hard place to confirm the big headliner bookings due to all the exclusivities now attached to every festival in town, but I think this will only raise the bar with more intelligent bookings-our lineups are looking strong for this season so I’m happy, but I would have to say that Solomun seems to be a hard man to pin down this year but hey, you never know If you book them Wayne……………….. they will come !

You’ve been dj’ing and putting on parties for a while now. The last year has been particularly successful as your recent gigs at Fabric and Cocoon have proved. Have you got any
exciting gigs lined up over the summer months?

Outside of Spilt Milk there are a few things on the horizon but there is one I’m very excited about being involved with, it’s an amazing intimate festival called “Meadows in the Mountains” which takes place in Bulgaria and has some of the most surreal back drops I’ve seen. Some of the images from this place will stay with me forever, for example, last year on the Sunday morning Djing at the top of a valley while the sun rises over a mountain but at the same time being above the clouds, that was pretty breath taking and sticks out in my mind. I highly recommend you check it out as it grows each year.

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Have you got a favourite Spilt Milk memory?

I believe everyone has theirs but I think mine would be from the first season where we had Layo & Bushwacka! play a 4 hour set, which was a huge booking for us and really put us on the map. They finished up with “Love Story” and the vibe at that moment was so electric and captured exactly what Spilt Milk is about with everyone being together and so friendly and all on the level, having such a good time and since then we have gone on to achieve this at every party. Capturing and recreating that vibe is such a hard thing with any event but after seeing last weeks opening party you could see that very special atmosphere has followed us to The Dairy and long will it continue…

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Tred, imagine this scenario…someone offers you £50,000 to be resident DJ at the local kindergarten, do you take them up on the offer and what tunes do you download to play for the kids?

Ok so firstly I’m legally in a school with children and 50 grand cash ? I just wanted to clear that up before we continued as that could come across a bit weird. Ok well I’m picturing lots of free Milk which is a good start. I’m thinking these kids deserve better than a coupe of downloaded tracks so it’s got to be the back catalogue of BlackLace on vinyl I have so many good memories as a child rocking out to all those tunes so I would probably ease them in with abit of “Push Pineapple Shake The Tree” followed up with the ‘Okee Cokey” and then a big finish on “Superman”, the bassline in that tune is still so strong and then party bags and cake for all as nobody leaves this rave empty handed !

Haha, what a very thoughtful response Tred. Thanks very much for your time, see you on Monday afternoon!

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Words by Nick Maleedy