April Event Guide
Words by Matthew Scott
Soundclash presents. Original Sin, Doc Scott, Stenchman @ Digital, 3rd April
After a short hiatus following their (sound)clash of the titans between all of Newcastle’s DnB nights on New Year, Soundclash return on Bank Holiday weekend for their biggest event to date…by far. Keeping with a formula that seen them pack out Digital 2 more than once last year, they welcome heavy hitter Original Sin and godfather of DnB Doc Scott to the decks. The 31 bossman is playing a special ninety minute set, which is ample opportunity for me to persuade him to sign my copy of Shadow Boxing with a sharpie. But that’s not all. In The Other Rooms, or Think Tank, or whatever it’s called this week, That Dubstep Night make their long awaited return with Stenchman, who will be playing two hours worth of wobbled, jellied 140 beats for you. Support is provided by the usual band of loons. Tickets are £8 from Skiddle.
Exit presents. Youngsta, Proxima, Demon b2b N-Dread @ WHQ, 10th April
Having booked the legend that is Kromestar for their February party, the lads behind Exit are raising the bar even higher for their first shebang of the Spring Term. They’ve lined up none other than Youngsta – widely regarded as the best DJ bar none in the dubstep scene – to come and play an extended set. If you don’t know, the Tempa bossman has perhaps the most envied box of 140 dubplates in the entire world, with the possible exception of Rodigan, so neither his mixing nor his selection is to be missed. Joining him is up and coming stalwart Proxima, who started off making DnB but who has just released his first 140 album on Tempa. And if that wasn’t enough, Macabre Unit crew members Demon and N-Dread will also be providing their own brand of twisted sub. If you like dubstep, then you’ll be there. Simple as.
Audio Asylum x Dimensions Festival launch w/ Floating Points, Romare @ WHQ, 23rd April
Another month, another Audio Asylum party. These guys have raised the bar so high in recent years that only champion pole vaulters can get anywhere near them. This time, they’re teaming up with the Dimensions Festival lot for a very special pair of Newcastle debuts indeed. On one floor of the hallowed WHQ, you will get to witness the ephemeral and immensely talented Floating Points. His latest tracks – the oddly named ‘Nuits Sonores’ and the even more oddly named ‘King Bromeliad’ – are additions to one of the most consistent back catalogues in the land. And did we mention he’s playing ‘all night’: a five hour set? Good heavens. On the other floor of the hallowed WHQ, Liverpool based group Abandon Silence will be taking over and playing host to Romare, who will be performing his debut album on Ninja Tune live. I really don’t think any more needs said.
Dilate 1st Birthday w/ Hazard, Guv, Traumatik, MC Biggie @ WHQ, 25th April
It’s hard to believe it’s twelve months since the Dilate lads put on their first bash. For that bash, they welcomed jump-up champion DJ Hazard. And, to celebrate their first birthday, they’ve welcomed him back. That’s right, the sound of those Voids will once again tremble to the sound of such obscenities as Time Tripping and Air Guitar, and no doubt fifty other tunes that Hazard has made since but will never release. As is customary at Dilate, Hazard’s set will be hosted by man like MC Biggie. But to make it extra special, they’ve also gone and invited Dubz Audio duo Guv and Traumatik along for a set too. As always though, don’t forget to catch our man Lukey B: one of the finest selectors in the North East and a really nice chap to boot too. We’ll see you down there.
Twelve Hours Twelve DJS @ No28, 26th April
Come on, surely we’re allowed to have our own event in here? We don’t do them often, so we’ll forgive ourselves the self-indulgence on this one. On the 26th of April we’re doing another Twelve Hour Twelve DJ live stream from one of our favourite bars: No28. The concept is essentially unchanged: it’s One Hour One DJ, except twelve in a row back to back. On the line-up are 8Eyes, Acetate, Aems MC (but playing a DJ set: odd we know), Andy Allwood, Depth & Tyler Allinson, Dionysus (that’s us!), Gav Robson, Jal, Minus, Paul Junior, Six Sunsets, and Strong 4 Life. It’s running 3pm-3am, and the whole thing is going to be streamed live on this very website, so if you can’t make it down you can still tune in. As a final thought, if you see three exhausted figures leaning drunkenly against the bar at 2.45am, book us a taxi home and don’t let us have any more Wray and Nephew. Please. For the sake of our souls. Hope to see you down there!