1st January 2018. Not only important as ushering in the 19th year of the new millennium, but also an important landmark in London’s clubbing history, as it heralded the first event by bass purveyors Undivide. The collective oversaw proceedings at Printworks London - the final event under the watch of LWE.
The sell-out saw the likes of Dutch trio Noisia, DJ Zinc B2B Special Request, North Base, Caspa and Nicky Blackmarket all descend on Canada Water’s former printing press for a day-to-night party that cemented bass music’s current wide appeal in the capital. Fast-forward nine months, and Undivide are back, set to return with a new series of events.
In the immediate pipeline are four blockbuster events spread between the middle of October and beginning of December. First up is the 20/20 Autumn Edition taking place at Elephant & Castle’s underground mecca, Corisca Studios. The line-up features Joker, Ivy Lab, Tim Parker and more.
Just six days later, the gang return to London - this time depositing on the banks of the Thames at Greenwich North. One Halloween party for the books is S.P.Y. presents Dubplate Style at Studio 338. As well as S.P.Y. you can find heavyweights High Contrast, Uncle Dugs and IC3 on the bill.
Moving into November, on Friday 2nd the crew takeover E1 in association with Jungle Jam and Hospitality for Danny Byrd’s Atomic Funk album launch party. The colossal line-up features Congo Natty, Dillinja, Skibadee, Mollie Collins, Brookes Brothers and Ragga Twins amongst others. Finally, Undivide return to E1 on 8th December for Critical Sound. DJ Hazard headlines on a roster that also includes Chimpo and is hosted by SP:MC. Quite a run-in of events - keeping busy from now until the end of the year.
We sat down with organiser, Viv to discuss their game plans and what’s in store in the future.
Hi Viv, how are you? First of all can you tell us about the brand and how it come about?
I’m great! I’m excited for our string of shows to happen now. We’re just crossing the Ts and dotting the Is! Of course, Undivide was born at the New Year’s Day party at Printworks this year, with the ambition of bringing the cream of the crop in underground bass-driven music to the capital.
We were joined then by a wide variety of artists from Noisia to Madam X and Commodo to Etherwood, which reveals how we’re try to cover all ‘bases’.
What makes Undivide parties special for party-goers? Do you carry a certain theme around your events?
What makes us different is that we try to present a wide spectrum of talent across our shows. One week we might be rinsing out the jungle, and the next we’ll be diving deep into the depths of dubstep.
Our aim is for people who enjoy the weightier end of the dance music spectrum to know that whatever event or type of music we’re offering, it will always be well curated, have a great atmosphere and be showcased in the capital’s most respected underground venues, sound systems and pop-up spaces.
You've got lots of exciting winter shows lined-up, do you have plans to tour outside of London and the UK?
We’ve got big ambitions and a large amount of support behind us from industry heavyweights, so the potential is there! Over the summer we ventured over to Hospitality On The Beach where we were joined by Benny L, Sam Binga, Chimpo and hosted Flava D’s first ever drum and bass set.
But right now we are locked into breaking the underground in London and perfecting our shows in the capital… watch this space!
Tickets for all of the above events are on sale now.