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Dance music dominates Bristol’s musical landscape with the city’s electronic music producers and DJs considered some of Bristol’s finest exports. Outsiders and bloggers frequently fail to understand Bristol’s dance music, using resorting to sweeping statements about dubstep, disco or house music or cringe-inducing references to the ‘Bristol Sound’. The truth is that Bristol’s musical integrity is a direct result of sheer variety and the passion of individuals working in the music scene today.
Like Manchester’s Warehouse Project, Motion is the first nightclub many visitors to Bristol will be introduced to. While Headfirst is generally focused around the city’s smaller nights and event, the value Motion adds to Bristol’s musical culture in undeniable. The ability to book DJ’s like Ricardo Villalobos and Laurent Garnier or live acts like Moderat, inspires the next generation of promoters that will bring their own talent to venues like Blue Mountain and Lakota.
Deep Discs and Nebula return to Bristol for this 2018/19 Launch Party
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Stokes Croft’s Idle Hands record shop has earned international recognition from both international and Bristol DJs and is frequently listed alongside Rush Hour Records and Public Possession as one of Europe’s best sources of electronic music. The rise of house music (and with it disco) has seen the club focus begin to shift from headline producers to experienced djs and record collectors. Where true DJ bookings were once the domain of small niche nightclubs like Cosies and Take 5 Cafe, recently promoters like Odo and Boogie Nights have brought international dance music purveyors to larger venues like Bristol’s Old Crown Courts and The Island’s prison cells. Clubbers rush to buy Dropout Disco tickets before the full line-up is announced while Dirty Talk and Alfresco Disco’s innovative approach to the typical ‘nightclub venue’ sells out on the promoter’s reputation alone.
Celebrating 5 years of Cacophonous Sarcophagus, Schwet invites Glasgow’s Apostille, C.E.O of Night School and certified synth-pop sensation to Stag and Hounds Public House (in the upstairs Courtroom).
Citing “Depeche Mode, Suicide and Fad Gadget” as key influences, the live show has become infamous for their infectious energy and unrelenting FUN.
Schwet DJs will go b2b with Dance Party's Amos & EC Ryder (Copper Sounds) 'til 4am, dropping likely the most out-there selections you’ll hear in this fair city.
ROOM 237 W/ SILENT SERVANT
Alongside the likes of Regis and Function, Silent Servant (Official) has been a driving force behind two of the 21st century’s most forward thinking and influential techno-orientated labels, Sandwell District and Jealous Gods. Amongst his label output, his DJ sets and his own productions, clear influences of EBM, post-punk and big room craft a unique style of darkly melodic, dystopian techno.
Room 237 Bristol will be bringing him to The Island for a night of dystopian techno, robotic EBM and darkly
SATURDAY: ROMAN LINDAU / GUY ANDREWS / TERR
Three of Bristol's brightest promoters and one of it's best radio stations (Mi Casa Su Casa, High Tech Soul, 10 Twenty Radio) have come together to curate an exciting line up of no-nonsense, club-ready energy for a two-room date at the Old Crown Court.
It's hard to pick favourites between Roman Lindau’s relentless driving four-to-the-floor, TERR's anthemic synth-driven groovers and Guy Andrews industrial ambient techno.
As electro continues its unstoppable resurgence, Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit has solidified its reputation as the UK’s most prolific and consistent purveyor of chattering 808’s.
CPSmith has since 2012 curated an enviable portfolio of spacey futurism and dancefloor weapons, and taking over everybody’s favourite basement alongside Daddy Long Legs – a man who combines sleazed-out b-boy flavours with retrospective, atmospheric synth-pop to become the golden boy for CPU.
Support comes from Eminent’s very own rising star Zobol to round off a line-up of contemporary hard hitters of an unmatchable sound.
Alternate w/ DJ Marky, Ivy Lab, Ulterior Motive, T>I + Special Guest TBA
Electronic music In Bristol
Experimental dance music and boundary-pushing techno will always be found in Bristol’s smaller club venues. The Island’s cells space for example, continues to provide opportunities for new promoters that have vision beyond simply booking a DJ and running a publicity campaign. With no permanent sound system or DJ equipment, the old prison cells is blank canvas club - at it’s very best when an innovative event organiser puts in the time to transform the whole dancefloor space.
FRIDAY: TRUK X LOOSE LIPS
TRUK and Loose Lips return to The Island to host two Bristol debuts for a night of unapologetic, high-energy, percussive bedlam. J. Tijn has spent the past five years establishing himself as one of UK techno’s heavyweights and most in-demand exports. His productions bridge the gap between Perc and Truss’ industrial techno and Livity Sound’s jagged, post-dubstep inspired sound.
FLmm meanwhile has been busy playing mechanised future-shock techno across the continent, sharing bills with hard-hitters such as Ansome and Manni Dee.
TICKET WARNING: PALMS TRAX
It’s easy to forget that this world-touring, Essential Mixing, line-up topping sensation has released just four 12” singles to date. Yet in only a handful of tracks - shared between Dekmantel and Lobster Theremin - Palms Trax has achieved more than most do in a lifetime.
He has much to do with the recent popularity of melodic, lo-fi dance music - yet his sets stay consistently ahead of the curve on account of the sheer depth of his tastes. He plays the Love International Festival Warm Up party at The Coroner's Court alongside Dave Harvey, Christophe and DIRTYTALK residents.
DUBCULT W/ KAIJU AND KARMA
–––– Combining dubbed-out Rhythm and Sound atmospherics with tight steppers rhythms, Londoner Karma is a firm favourite from Dubstep’s new-school. With tight ties to Innamind Recordings, System and Goth Trad’s Back To Chill collective, his sets come packed full of rarities and exclusives - all cut to dubplate and acetate in the true spirit of the originators. Catch him at DUBCULT alongside DEEP MEDi favourites Kaiju, Militant Youth System and Zamwise.
Followers of Amsterdam’s fertile electronic music scene will recognise Tako as a leading member of the Red Light Radio crew, and the incessant crate digger behind the seminal Music From Memory record label. Like his contemporaries Orpheu The Wizard and Jamie Tiller, Tako's collection of rare disco, vintage electro, EBM and synth must be heard to be believed. Catch him at The Loco Klub alongside Wigflex resident Blades courtesy of Continuous Movement
One of the main strengths to Bristol's club scene is it's relentless dynamism, every year enthusiastic new promoters bring new experiences to the table. Unlike raves of the previous decades, new events shirk the crusty, rebellious connotations of free party culture in favour of organised, party-centric events in interesting locations.