FORMER world middleweight boxing champion Nigel Benn, alias The Dark Destroyer, will next week be popping out of the shadows to make a rare public appearance in Majorca.
Benn moved to the island and set up a new home in Majorca with his family two years ago, one of the best moves of his life - but while extremely happy, he admits that, lately he had felt something missing. We've been here two years and we've found that there's not really anywhere for us, me and my wife or people our age, to go and have a good night out. Now that the summer's over and everywhere's closing up, it's going to be even quieter, Nigel Benn said yesterday.
However a chance meeting between Benn and another new resident on the island, former London club promoter Robin Sherwood, could provide the solution.
Towards the end of Benn's boxing career, he took to the turntables and became an internationally successful DJ playing the top clubs and parties from London to Ibiza, Miami to San Francisco and Los Angeles, Scotland to Cyprus. Next Friday he will be headlining a very special night he and Robin are organising for the mature crowd. A new night club, London Nights, is being launched by Nigel and Robin at The Gallery Club in the Ses Forquetes complex, Son Caliu. The once-a-month event will not only give people a chance to hear some great music, but also dress to impress. It's going to be somewhere where you can take your wife or girlfriend, dress up, get smart and have a really good time in a smart, relaxed place with good, nice people, said Nigel.
He, however, is more excited about getting behind the turntable again. I've got two top guest DJ's coming, one is Rob Foxx from London and the other is Dub tactics from here on the island. I'm going to be playing all the great sounds from the mid to late 90*s. Tracks everyone's going to remember from the real heyday of the Ministry of Sound, none of the hard techno stuff they're playing today, not even the brothers like me can dance to that, he jokes. We're going to be playing some great sounds which will remind everyone of how great the 90*s were in London. We want to create a club where it's not all thumping music, he said. The 90*s for me was the best era for clubbing. I was having a great time working as a DJ, loads of money and travelling the world, but I found that the crowds were getting younger and younger and less appreciative of the soulful, funky music I was playing, so I jacked it in. But, I've been missing my music over the past few years and haven't found the right place or the right time to get back into it, said Benn. We've had a great response. We hope everyone who comes really has a great London night put, said Sherwood. Nigel is a great DJ.