Taking place in the now legendary Rainbow Venues, Get Together made light work of two of the complex’s most close-quarters spaces – the Blackbox and outdoor Garden – bringing grimy bass hooks, stripped back dub and just a splash of melodic summer swagger.
This year’s Field Day stood to be one of the most dominating outings yet; with throngs of wavy shirts and edgy leotards, uncharacteristically sunny weather, a diverse music canon from hip-hop to disco, dubstep to psychedelic rock, and a colossally large indoor arena called The Barn – a verified wet dream for any techno enthusiast.
As clubbing tour-de-force SubDub celebrates its 19th year, we reflect with legendary Dubstep producer, DJ and founder of Deep Medi Records, Mala, about the event’s grassroots origins, present nightlife and uncertain future. This seminal Leeds based night offers veteran students, freshers and musically educated locals a chance to experience the city’s rich Caribbean heritage alongside all the big names in reggae, dub, drum & bass, dancehall, dubstep and jungle – played through one of the UK’s best-known soundsystems.
Digbeth Dining Club is at the forefront of independent catering and has become something of a hit, not just in Birmingham, but the UK over. From humble beginnings in a small warehouse space the brand now holds a multitude of awards and caters for an assortment of clientele both in and out of the city limits; supporting day & night parties, national food shows and festivals up and down the country.
I spoke to Jack Brabant – who co-runs the event alongside James Swinburne – to find out exactly what’s inspired the vision and how it relates to Birmingham and the wider alternative food market:
The term “DJ” is thrown around an awful lot these days, a symptom of a burgeoning fascination with rave culture in both the mainstream and underground circuits, peddled by the influx in social media’s popularity and accessibility.
Birmingham is one such city that has capitalised on this notion without the sacrifice of a local identity. Most of the city’s most popular nights are now run by local brands built on a dedicated sense of community and set ideology conducive to the preservation & growth of the scene.
Rather than competing with its London cousin, it offers an alternative to those wishing to escape the capital’s growing saturation. But with so much choice available to the punters, both DJ and promoter are now looking to create new and unique experiences; whether it be large scale set pieces, grandiose dress up themes or nods to the nostalgia of the past, the game is changing.
A House, Bass and Dub inspired guest mix with nods to the junglist massive, the dubstep low-enders and the breakbeat movers. Featuring some exclusive Birmingham fire alongside a well of releases from pioneering labels Circular Jaw, Durkle Disco and Punks.
Originally aired Friday 30th June on REPREZENT Radio 107.3FM, 23:00 – 01:00. Part of an interview/guest mix feature on the “4×4” show:
Electronic dance music has taken the nation by storm over the last decade or so, slowly filtering from the underground and into the mainstream. I use this broad (and often misinterpreted) term to illustrate just how diverse this creed of modern music really is; Deep House, Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Bassline and sadly EDM just to name a few, all fall under this umbrella.
The latest electronic craze to hit swathes of ravers square in the face is Tech House. While it may have been around for a quite some time, it’s growing popularity becomes apparent when even grandma can distinguish a Tech banger from the pool of swirling genres.
Promo mix for Bass Collective, Birmingham. Filled with breaks, dubs and plenty of low range wobbles – featuring tracks from forward-thinking bass labels like Bristol’s Durkle Disco and Birmingham’s Circular Jaw alongside a well of other heavy productions from producers across the bass spectrum.
For more information on Bass Collective, and sister event DNB Collective, click here.