Two Bristol DJs have been reunited with their record collection – 10 years after losing the rare vinyl on the way home from performing in a city pub.
Under the name of The Kelly Twins, Sean Kelly and his brother Dan had been playing a mammoth eight-hour set of garage, disco and house at The Bell near Stokes Croft in 2011.
After their show, they took a taxi home and only realised their loss once they got back to their house.
Due to the length of their set, they had taken three bags of records to the pub that day but it was only they got home around 1am that they realised one was missing, containing around 80 records.
Sean, 36, said: “We had cherry-picked our record collection for the choice cuts and that was the bag we lost so we were particularly gutted as it contained a lot of rare white labels which are hard to find.
“When we realised we’d lost it, we started to phone around cab companies, retraced our steps back to The Bell and called friends. We eventually had to accept they had gone for good.
“It still feels pretty fresh actually – it’s always really sad if you lose records as they cost money but also because they all have memories attached to them.”
But, incredibly, the bag of records has now turned up after a decade of being lost.
How did they find the records?
An old friend of the twins contacted them this week to say he had found a bag of records in a garage he had been clearing.
Sean added: “I got a call from my friend Vicaas, who I know from the Bristol scene, and he was at his cousin’s house in St Werburgh’s sorting out the garage. He came across this bag of records and had a look through them.
“Vicaas saw a Mary J Blige record in the bag and thought there were only a certain number of DJs who would play that sort of thing including us.
“Then he found a letter with my name on it and also a little drawing that my nephew did for me when he was one – he’s 11 now!”
Now reunited with the record collection, Sean said he never expected to get them back and had even re-bought some of the missing vinyl over the past ten years.
“I can only assume that this was the taxi driver who took us home and he had obviously just put them in his garage for safe keeping.
“The weirdest thing is that I’ve probably walked past that garage loads of times over the past ten years not realising my records were in there!”
Sean has already been playing the rediscovered records again and they may get an airing at forthcoming DJ nights.
“We don’t play as often as we did as we’re older, have less hair and we have day jobs, but I’m sure these ‘lost’ records will be back on the turntables one day!”
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