Goldie has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

The 50-year-old D&B pioneer was given the honour for his services to music and young people.

“Very very proud to announce that I have been awarded an MBE – Member of the Order of the British Empire. There are some amazing people on the list, happy to be in such great company. Thanks for all the kind words. It’s been a long journey and the beginning of a new one,” he said.

“Thank you to my unsung heroes / heroines Kemi Storm, Grooverider, Fabio, Doc Scott, Reinforced, Frost, Headz family and most of all my family.”

Damon Albarn was also recognised in the annual awards list, adding an OBE to his name, and actor and DJ Idris Elba got an OBE for services to drama.

Goldie will close the FACT stage at Bloc in March, playing alongside dBridge, Om Unit and more on March 13, while Steffi, Midland and Daniel Avery will grace the FACT stage earlier in the weekend at Butlins Minehead.

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