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RAF LAKENHEATH — Award-winning disk jockey Tim Westwood from the United Kingdom’s top rated hip-hop radio show featured on BBC’s Radio One will perform live at RAF Lakenheath as part of a free Independence Day Summer Jam on Saturday.

Westwood is the headliner for the event, which has a lineup that also includes rapper Daytona 5 Bill and rhythm-and-blues singer Ivy. The jam is slated for noon to 6 p.m. in front of RAF Lakenheath’s 48th Avenue community center.

DJ Westwood claims on his Web site that he spins his beats to more than 350,000 people in clubs each year. He has yet to perform on a military base, he said, but looks forward to the opportunity.

“We get tremendous support from the U.S. bases,” DJ Westwood said in a telephone interview. “Americans really know how to get down and party. I enjoy playing in front of them.”

Winner of two Sony Radio Awards for Best Music Broadcaster and star of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride U.K.” television show, DJ Westwood said he plans on playing hip-hop during the event, including a lot of “dirty sounds,” better known as crunk.

“I’ll do my best and represent,” he said.

Daytona 5 Bill, also known as Senior Airman Garland Wyatt of the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron on RAF Mildenhall, is pumped up for his performance, where he’ll be able to showcase his original work.

The 24-year-old Chicago native hopes that this event will open doors to allow other major recording artists to do their thing on the air base.

“It’ll be real nice to see more events geared toward the airmen population. We have to go off base to see these types of performances. They can be real beneficial as far as morale is concerned,” said Wyatt, an avionics technician on a RC-135 aircraft.

The upcoming event is a way to appreciate the base community, event coordinator Josh Hodge said.

Hodge, a base exchange employee by day and hip-hop DJ at War at night, has opened for DJ Westwood on a few occasions and asked him to participate in the event.

“He understands what the Fourth of July thing is all about. He wanted to show people that he supports Americans,” Hodge said.

Hodge predicted the show would be a “memorable performance” while also ensuring it will be appropriate for all ages.

For more information: Check out disk jockey Tim Westwood’s Web site at www.timwestwood.com.

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