As the year winds down, there are going to be some kickin’ Drum & Bass concerts come our way here in the UK. It’s been a wonderful year of sound, perhaps my favourite of all, so I wanted to make sure all are aware of the concerts yet to come in case you have not gotten to catch any of the previous ones.
Keith Ray of AWOL is going to be jamming on October 25th at Building Six in London and the Jungle Mania- the True Pioneers of Jungle will be there right along with them. These two heavyweights in techno electric are sure to knock our socks off.
Did you get to experience Sven Väthand Cocoon perform at Building Six with earlier this month? It was quite a wicked treat that reminded me of some classic D&B concerts of the past. Don’t miss the 15-23rd November Cocoon concert in Brussels, whatever you do. It promises to be as nasty as it gets.
On Halloween night at the O2 Academy in Brixton, the legendary Andy C will be live with his broken beats both jungle and heavy and his second to none FX and lighting. You know you can’t miss that and neither can I!
Early on in D&B, the pioneer groups shook up the houses and rocked the outdoors like Grooverider and LTJ Bukem in the Cream Courtyard in Liverpool which was one of the best ever events in my book. Festivals and events were springing up in the UK in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was an exciting time that gave way to the electro beats we know today.
Being at one of the early festivals was to a Rock and Roller like being at Woodstock. The music was fresh and new, heavy and hard, and there was excitement in the air and the feeling of being a bit naughty and rebellious as well.
Aphrodite at Pirate Station in 2009, was the largest D&B festival ever. It was Pirate Station that got many of us going on the electronic techno-beat. Held in Russia, Pirate Station, of course, happens every year and has been since 2003 when “Goldie”, “Technical Itch” and “Aphrodite” took the stage. It seems odd that the biggest event was in Russia when the UK is so wild about R&B but that’s the way it went down.
Creamfields, the Edinburgh Festival, Lovebox and many other great D&B events celebrate the sounds that we hardcore fans find irresistible. There’s nothing like experiencing it with thousands that feel the same and are committed to that techno electric beat just as we are.
If you are looking for a great way to bring in the New Year, keep your eyes peeled. There are some big events that will be announced soon and I am watching and waiting for the release of the information that is sure to come shortly as the line-up begins. I can’t think of any better way to bring in the New Year of 2015 than spending it listening to some great D&B, no matter where I end up doing it at or who I end up doing it with.