BASS! How low can you go? The UK is the undeniable home of bass music. Although broad, it isn’t simply a catch-all term. Quite the opposite, there’s something fairly distinctive about the coverage, despite the fact it emcompasses a number of genres including house, garage, dubstep, D&B and more. Less a genre, more a style of play with emphasis on big beats and wobbly baselines often with an MC deployed on mic duties, playing alongside a DJ. Down the years, UK bass has had strongholds in Bristol, Wigan and Sheffield. Although pockets of scenes still exist, its London which has emerged as the capital destination for bass styles. Here we examine the upcoming parties that need to be your bass radar.
Night Bass London
LA-based promoter Night Bass has been championing chunky sounds over the last decade. On Friday 4th October, it crosses the Atlantic and lands at London’s Steelyard bringing a cross-pollination of UK and Stateside artists with it. Representing the UK are Cause & Effect, Shift K3y, Jack Beats and former Streets’ frontman, Mike Skinner. Meanwhile from over the pond, label boss AC Slater is joined by MNNR.
Monstercat presents Uncaged London
In mid-October, Canadian bass peddlers Monstercat return to London for their latest showcase. On Friday 18th, they takeover Electric Brixton south of the river for a night of low-end sounds. Headliners Seven Lions and Slander will be joined on stage at the former theatre, by very special guest Gammer for a high-octane party. Other acts in attendance include Going Quantum, Mazare and Protostar.
Blueprint presents 25 Years of Dread Recordings
The following night, Electric Brixton keeps the momentum going with this quarter-century anniversary celebration. 25 years is no mean feat, and some truly pioneering jungle heads are set to pay homage in a night of B2B frenzy. Bladerunner, Brockie, Jumpin Jack Frost, Grooverider, Kenny Ken and Nicky Blackmarket are all in the action alongside some surprise secret guests. MCs include SP:MC, IC3, Ragga Twins, Skibadee & Shabba.
COGO Events & Chris Lorenzo present Me & You
Hard hitting Brummie all-star, Chris Lorenzo is back in London after taking E1 by storm back at the start of Spring. Again in association with COGO, this time the partnership is set to rattle the high-ceilings of Village Underground in Shoreditch on Friday 11th October. Not only will Lorenzo conduct an extended six hour set, but the event is set to be an official album launch. Expect riddims aplenty.
Let It Roll Opens the Portal
Sticking with Brixton, we turn our attention to the hallowed turf of the O2 Academy on Friday 25th October. Czech festival Let It Roll has been a reference point for D&B on mainland Europe for a while now - and it finally makes the hop to UK shores over Halloween weekend. A Sub Focus DJ set is the main draw, but aside from some big mystery guests TBA, there will also be sets from Calyx & TeeBee, Randall and hot newcomer Harriet Jaxxon. Join over 4,000 party animals at the historic music hall.
On Friday 22nd November, it’s back to Village Underground - this time with Spearhead. Familiar faces from the label will be leading the charge, with BCee, Commix and Dexcell all locked in. Expect things to be taken up a notch when this crew come to town.
Fans of garage get the finger-lickin’ pick of the lot - since there’s so many dates! UKG Brunch has multiple dates at various locations all the way through to mid-September 2020. You can 2-step and dine at London, Birmingham or Brighton and you can either do on onboard a boat or in a penthouse suite at the top of a skyscraper. The next edition on Saturday 5th October sees a live PA of BabyCakes.
Tickets for all of the above shows are on sale now.