Founded in 2010 by Eddie Piller and Sarah Bolshi, the Modcast began life as an hour long monthly podcast with a wide variety of guests all talking about their passion and interest in all things mod. The podcast soon attracted 25,000 ITunes subscribers and within the first eighteen months and a further 5,000 on Soundcloud. so the founders reached the obvious conclusion that they should begin hosting parties!
The first has become by far the most popular and regular; a Sunday cruise up and down the Thames that soon became known as simply ‘the Modboat’. Indeed, the boat parties became so successful that they are held three times a year and the most recent one sold out in all of 84 minutes! But the Modcast didn’t rest on its burnished laurels, instead, they branched out – Alldayers at the Singer, a superb converted former sewing-machine factory in the east end of London, an annual beach beano on the Brighton seafront every august bank holiday, regular ‘away-day’ events at other seaside resorts and regualr New Year’s Eve rave ups. The music policy has always been to push the boundaries of what can be played and accepted on a scene that for many years has appeared as a northern soul ghetto. You can hear house and hip hop alongside the staple mod fare and this open mindedness has increased both the appeal and the demographic away from the parka-wearing mainstream.
After a two year hiatus as the team concentrated on their events, the original Modcast podcast is now back and broadcast twice a month on the fledging radio station Totally Wired.
Now, as the Modcast fast approaches its 10th Birthday, the team have announced their most ambitious event yet! A multi-venue weekender in St Leonards, Hastings in October 2019. Not only featuring some of the best and most respected DJs in the country, there is also Q and A’s with the likes of Small Faces and Who drummer, Kenney Jones, book-signings with a number of different authors, pub quizzes, and live radio broadcasts.