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Noah 'Elmo' Priddle, Neil 'Beavz' Beaver and Tim 'AV Circus' Martin are the three heads of this beast of bass and beats. Hailing from the Isle Of Wight, Playground Syndicate bring a DJ/AV show full of boundary pushing music, technical turntable trickery and visual humour but with a total commitment to keeping the dancefloor lively.
Noah and Neil spent many years perfecting their skills in a sweaty garage whilst putting on a much-loved night 'Tickle Me Elmo' in the wild of the western Isle of Wight. A happy musical coincidence lead to meeting film-maker and visual artist Tim. Two became three and a local following built amongst those on the look out for a good night out without having to listen to commercial rubbish.
Summer 2011 found the trio performing under the 'Tickle Me Elmo' moniker as one of the 5 finalists at Bestival's annual DJ contest. Their genre-bending set blew the competition apart and they found themselves opening up Bestival's legendary Bollywood tent.
After they caused total mayhem in Bollywood, Rob da Bank could book them in quick enough for Bestival 2012 and also went one better by putting them up as Bestival's contribution to Exit Festival's line-up in a unique festival twinning operation.
All seemed rosy until a email from Sesame Street put a stop to anymore Elmo tickling. Various name changes were bandied around before Playground Syndicate emerged.
What to expect from a Playground Syndicate set? Moments of moshpit-making heaviness, group-hug inducing sweetness, a lot dancing and a bit of sweatiness. All senses covered, no musical style ruled-out.