Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh takes to DJ decks to play hit rave tune from film

Irvine Welsh DJ
-Credit: (Image: X/@williamsonkev)

Scottish author and DJ Irvine Welsh delighted fans at Leith Festival this weekend as he got behind the decks and played a very familiar rave tune that many of us will recognise from the 1996 film Trainspotting.

Irvine, who wrote the novel Trainspotting before it was developed into a film directed by Danny Boyle, is also the author of cult classics such as Filth and Porno. But he also used to be a 'real raver' back in the day, and is said to have been involved in dance music for most of his life.

A clip from Leith Festival shared on social media shows the Edinburgh-born author performing his packed DJ set which even featured a remix of Born Slippy by Underworld - much to the delight of Trainspotting fans.

The video was shared on X formerly known as Twitter by author Kevin Williamson, and a lively party atmosphere can be seen around the DJ tent as the sun beats down on the crowd dancing to the music.

"Leith being Leith. Dont ever change," he captioned the video, along with some dancing emojis.

Leith Festival kicked off on June 8 and will last until June 16 - and yesterday marked the opening Gala Day of the festival taking place at Leith Links.

The organiser's website has hailed it as a 'melting pot of community activity" that showcases talent from across Leith, celebrating cultural links from beyond as well.

Irvine Welsh was born in Leith and is said to have lived there for the first few years of his life before moving to the housing estate Muirhouse and then eventually London several years later. He then returned to Edinburgh in the late 1980s.

Irvine Welsh DJ
The Leith-born author looked buzzing to be behind the decks -Credit:X/@williamsonkev

Fans have been reacting to the video posted on social media, with many praising Irvine for putting on a great show. One person said: "I’d forgotten that Welsh was a big raver back in the day."

Another said: "Love this. Friendly mood, fat beats, some rare sunshine, Leith people are wicked, wish I was there."

And a third remarked: "One of life’s precious certainties…ravers (old & young) will always rave, to Born Slippy!!"

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