Arc – an outdoor electronic music and digital art festival in the heart of Bristol.
Already a hot spot for experimental electronic music and digital art, Bristol will play host to a brand new one-day festival combining both this April.
Set across two blackout marquees and three geodesic domes in a suburban park, Arc Festival will feature some of the world’s leading audiovisual luminaries alongside a solid mix of Bass, House and Techno artists. Pitched as a “fully immersive experience”, the event is a unique collaboration between the RFID production team, award-winning digital experience agency Luma and the Hypercolour and Applepips record labels.
Arc aims to create a visual playground in Bristol’s Eastville Park, enlisting the support of some of the biggest names in digital art and projection mapping including audiovisual composer Tarrik Barri who collaborates with Atoms for Peace – the experimental supergroup formed in 2009 by Thom York and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Integrating sound and visuals is what Arc is all about with bespoke shows being created for all of the headliners including Clark, Skudge, Martyn, Roman Flugel, The Black Dog, James Holden, Livity Sound, Pinch and Will Saul.
With a lineup curated by Hypercolour’s Jamie Russell, the futuristic artwork on display will be carefully paired with the next wave of young and experienced experimental electronic musicians, playing AV sets, live and original material wherever possible.
“Arc is about bringing on board the amazing digital artists we always aspired to work with, and continuing to do something totally unique visually, alongside the very finest music the experimental electronic music scene has to offer,” said Ben Thomson, RFID director.
“We’ve been touring UK events with the RFID project since 2008 and the queues outside the dome are always insane. We love sharing the joy of total immersion in a 3D environment with festival goers and we wanted to take that to another level in a much bigger space.”
The RFID, or Recursive Function Immersive Dome, is an innovative audio/visual entertainment environment featuring 360º dome projection and surround sound. Already well established on the festival circuit, the team behind the RFID are expert in integrating sound with 3D environments and with Arc, they’re aiming to take the art form to a new level.
The sight of three geodesic domes and two blackout marquees huddled together in Bristol’s Eastville Park is sure to attract plenty of attention in April but the futuristic layout also offers one important practical benefit – weather proofing the festival! With the entire Arc programme taking place undercover festival goers won’t need to worry about April showers.
“Arc will be a great addition to the one day festival scene in Bristol,” said Ben Thomson. “What we’ve put together is totally unique and at the cutting edge of audio/visual integration. We’ve been really influenced by the one day festivals we’ve visited around Europe, where thousands of people come out to rave during the day! We think Bristol is the perfect home for an event like Arc.”
Tickets for Arc Festival are £30-£35 and are on sale from Resident Advisor, Crack Magazine, Idle Hands and The Bristol Ticket Shop. Arc Festival takes place on Saturday, April 27 in Eastville Park, Bristol. The event runs from 11am to 11pm. Over 18s only.
For more info visit http://www.arcfestival.co.uk
CLARK (LIVE AV) / THE BLACK DOG (LIVE) / JAMES HOLDEN
MARTYN / SKUDGE (LIVE) / LIVITY SOUND (LIVE)
WILL SAUL PRESENTS CLOSE (LIVE) / ROMAN FLUGEL
NATHAN FAKE / PINCH / DJ DIE / TARIK BARRI (LIVE AV)
ALSO [APPLEBLIM & AL TOURETTES] / MARCO BERNARDI (LIVE)
TOM DEMAC (LIVE) / DISCREET UNIT / BASS CLEF (LIVE)
ARKIST & KOMON / CHEEBA (LIVE AV) / YOUANDEWAN
BEHLING & SIMPSON / INDIGO / ELIPHINO / CHRIS FARRELL
TYPESUN / OCTOBER / JOE FARR (LIVE) / LRUSSE & BLEECKER
CHRISTOPHE / BARESKIN / WIRE PEOPLE (LIVE) / FACE + HEEL
DUKE SLAMMER (LIVE) / BEBOP & ROCKSTEADY (LIVE)
CEDRIC MAISON / JAKE WILLIAMS & NICK ROBERTS (LIVE AV)
LUMEN (LIVE AV) / FLIES + FLIES (LIVE) / BOBAFATT
APOLOGUE SHOWCASE / UBERDOG / DIRTY THOUGHTS
Featuring immersive environments, projection mapped surroundings, visuals and digital art by…
PAUL PRUDENCE / DESAXIS MUNDI / BOUKI / VILHELM / KYMA / SUPERCHUNK / LIMBIC CINEMA
VJ CURATION BY: LUMA / SKULPT
It’s the first of the May bank holidays and we’ve got yet another amazing lineup! There’s no stopping the UK Bass Kitchen Crew, coming atchya with our beats and breaks spatula. Or something. Moving on:
We have no less than two headliners playing in the tunnel and the inimitable 5 Dollar Shake holding things down in the cage on May 3rd. it’s safe to say this is going to be a bit of a massive one. Tickets are a bank-holiday-tastic £5 in advance from Bristol Ticket Shop and more on the door. You’re probably going to want to get down early for this one. Doors open at 11pm sharp.
Alongside the Bass Kitchen residents, in attendance we have:
Roaming artist, DJ, producer & founder of Slamboree – On a constant move in 2013 playing shows whilst recording & collaborating on the road.
Bristol based, Mike Freear writes & performs a mix of Glitch, Electroswing, Dubstep, Ghettofunk, Breaks, DnB, Balkan, Rock & Rave. He has recently been nominated for a Breakspoll award for ‘BEST BREAKTHROUGH DJ’ and has released on Ape, Dub FX’s ‘Convoy Unlimited’, Definition:Breaks and Smudge Music. Plus a load of free stuff you can grab @ http://soundcloud.com/
Jinx in Dub
DJ/producer Joss Jinx, is widely regarded as the one of the UK’s top rankin Dubwise breaks producers. A versatile producer with a string of releases and remixes over the years. Starting within the Nuskool Breaks camp back in 99′ his sound over the years has moulded in to a unique blend of Dubwise bass music with many styles and tempos of Electronic Roots, Dub & Dancehall style Rhythms which have been smashing up clubs and major festivals in the UK and abroad.
Five Dollar Shake
Five Dollar Shake is an established, but forever fresh club night from Bristol bringing funky sounds combined with big basslines! A fun and vibrant festival-like atmosphere not to be missed! Championing Bristol bass music and representing the Ghetto Funk and Glitch Hop movement, Five Dollar Shake brings Nu Skool Breaks and a mash-up of fresh tunes and visuals from top artists! Expect fruity surprises you are likely to find at no other club night
The Five Dollar Shake residents:
X-Ray Ted https://soundcloud.com/
Big Pharmaa https://soundcloud.com/
Dr Dunbar https://soundcloud.com/
Duke Stone https://soundcloud.com/
Spring is almost upon us and with it the promise of those long sought after evenings in the beer garden or the waft of the barbeque on the evening breeze. We’re proper feeling it here at Bass Kitchen UK headquarters and to kick that Spring feeling into gear we’ve got something quite special for you in April.
Touching down in Bristol is none other than the man like Utah Jazz and he’s bringing the his newly launched Groove Therapy album with him. If Liquid V, Good Looking and Hospital Records is your bag then this is something you are not going to want to miss. But don’t our word for it, check out these reviews:
Mixmag Drum & Bass June 2012 – ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Utah Jazz / Groove Therapy / Vintage Recordings
One of the shining lights of the noughties’ liquid-funk boom, Luke Wilson’s much-envied library of rare soul samples continues to earn him legions of international fans and a unique perch in the d’n'b galaxy. True to his defiantly old-skool production ethic, album number three is awash with the dusky sax trills, lilting piano rolls and shuffling breaks that have become his smile-inducing signature – a trove of unvarnished rollers entirely devoid of mechanoid modern gloss or studio gimmicks. You’ll also find sassy reggae-flecked funk (‘The Warning’ feat. David Boomah) and loping 150bpm breakbeat grooves (‘Infinity’), but it’s the tear-jerking brilliance of mournful piano gems like ‘Loops for Days’ that do it for us. Get those jazz-hands ready, people – summer has officially arrived. 9/10
“Truly unique. Utah Jazz’s burgeoning success is nothing short of remarkable. It’s been two long years since the debut LP of the finest liquid funkster in the galaxy – and what a way to return…” (iDJ)
“Could Utah Jazz be the most underrated D&B producer out there? This unbelievable album certainly suggests so…”(DJ Mag)
“Experimental? Utah Jazz? Believe it – true to form, the world renowned party-rocking DJ is quite happy bucking all preconceptions as well as ignoring musical trends, and the results are his best work yet…” (iDJ)
“ALBUM OF THE WEEK. More emotion than a Bollywood film… Vintage has been painstakingly crafted, oozing finesse and attention to detail…” (The Metro)
“If the Drum & Bass scene’s upper reaches have a reputation for maintaining their rigid hierarchy with all the ruthless efficiency of a Stalinist accounting firm, then Utah Jazz is most certainly the kid who cracked the code…” (iDJ)
“X-amount of cast-iron jungle legends can’t be wrong – and they ain’t. When Utah Jazz waves his wand, D&B invariably swoons…” (iDJ Magazine)
“With his sublime debut album ‘It’s a Jazz Thing’ out now on Liquid V, it’s time to flip the script, and remind the pretenders who’s really boss…” (DJ Mag)
“A remarkable composer… this is Drum & Bass royalty in the making…” (Knowledge)
“After 10 years of producing, ‘It’s A Jazz Thing’ is well worth the wait, showcasing Wilson’s knack of excavating big riffs and hooks from 70′s soul and funk, and melding them together in an uplifting dance floor soup. 4 out of 5…” (Mixmag)
“A dive into the inviting blue skies of summer, ‘It’s a Jazz Thing’ takes the liquid funk template and submerges it in black-golden layers of ’70s symphonic soul, equal parts Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, High Contrast and Calibre…” (DJ Mag)
“The most eagerly-anticipated debut album in years… Utah Jazz has got a rhythm, soul & vision all his own and the entire Drum & Bass world will soon be stepping to his beat…” (K-Mag)
“An original and unique listening experience. If you don’t know about Utah Jazz yet, what exactly is your excuse?!…” (ATM)
We’re a little bit excited to say the least. Alongside your usual BK residents we also have a selection of top notch DJs who will be bringing their own spectacular style and sound to Bristols longest running bass orientated night:
Snowflake_F, Esque, Mossis Chesnut and Butcher are all in attendance and we’re looking forward to seeing what they’ll bring to the table.
See you down the front!
ERMAGHERD!!! After the road block February night we are pleased to be bringing fellow Brightonian and all round turntablist badman JFB to Bass Kitchen in March.
This man’s skills are legendary having picked up 2 UK DMC titles over the years as well as working on some truly impressive projects with Beardyman. A DJ who is just at home dropping bombs as he is beatjuggling so get ready to expect the unexpected!
If that’s not enough we are letting loose the Funk From the Trunk crew on room 2. Quite possibly the hardest working crew in Bristol, if you have been out in Bristol over the last 5 years and not heard one of FFTT boys play you have been doing something very wrong!
So join us from 11PM on Friday 1st March at TB2 on Small Street in Bristol for the next exciting instalment of Bass Kitchen!
£5 Adv/ MOTD
Tickets available from
Bristol Ticket Shop: 0117 929 9008
TB2, 22 Small Street Bristol, Avon BS1 1DW
VOTE BASS KITCHEN BEST SMALL EVENT AT THIS YEARS BREAKSPOLL!
That’s it, Christmas and New Years are done and dusted. Routines are well and truly established and it’s time to get back to business. February marks the return of the man like Ed Solo to Bass Kitchen. We’ve had Ed down a few times now which can only be a testament as to how much the man rocks the shit out the place every time he plays. No doubt we’ll see him grace our dance floor again in the near future.
So join us from 11PM on Friday 1st February at TB2 on Small Street in Bristol for what promises to be a goddamn motherfunkin’ right proper rave up.
£5 Adv/ MOTD
Tickets available from
Bristol Ticket Shop: 0117 929 9008
TB2, 22 Small Street Bristol, Avon BS1 1DW