March Event Guide
Words by Matthew Scott
Pirate Material presents: Addison Groove @ World Headquarters, 5th March 2015
Oh my gosh. Not content with selling out EZ practically ice ages before the event, the naughty boys behind Pirate Material are back with what – for my money – is their best booking to date. Let me try to explain why. It’s going to be Sexual. It’s Got Me weak at the knees. It’s got me peeping through the Keyhole to try and see all of the Bad Things that are expected to happen on this Night To Remember. There are going to be ninety Minutes Of Funk from this man, which is going to Make Um Bounce like Space Apples (167) Blast(ing) from Dat Ass like an Oversize Clip. Or, to put it much more simply, you’re a Dumbshit if you miss Addison Groove. Footwork and juke pioneer, veteran of 50 Weapons and figurative Blastoise (respect if you get that reference…) will be heading to Newcastle for what I think is his first ever visit. No more needs said. See you there.
Cranked presents: Serial Killaz @ Spensleys Emporium, Middlesbrough, 6th March 2015
Our second tip for March takes us south of our normal stomping ground, and even south of the Wear, down into the unknown lands of the Boro. On the 6th of March, a new collective of promoters, DJs and MCs are attempting to revitalise Middlesbrough’s somewhat stagnant drum and bass scene with the masters of reggae twisted jungle: the Serial Killaz. I’ve seen them plenty of times in Newcastle before and they always provide what could be termed the ‘party jungle’: raucous, tearing amens; ratty, pulsating basslines; and a solid mixture of classic of contemporary to keep everyone on their toes. There’s plenty of support too: veterans of the North East scene such as Ste Davies, Skanky Ho, Pusha, and Slanty will be ensuring that the boundaries are pushed to all things reggae, dub, dubstep, and jungle. Tickets are £8 early bird (and, to be honest, I’ve no idea if there’s any left), with £9 standard and £10 on the door. You can grab one from Skiddle or from one of the ticket sellers.
Bounce presents: Marcus Intalex, Spectrasoul, N3gus, Strategy : World Headquarters, 6th March 2015
If Middlesbrough isn’t your bag though, with the Metro not extending down there and what not: fear not, we have drum and bass in Newcastle on the same night for you. The boys behind the Bounce are back after a 2014 which seen them bring up Dubphizix, Hybrid Minds, and Danny Byrd, and they aren’t half back with a big bouncy bang. On the night we will get to witness the godfather and chief overseer of all things deep and soulful in drum and bass: Marcus Intalex, and I will consequently also get the chance to try and blag some of the rarer bits of the Soul:R back catalogue off him. Joining Intalex are Spectrasoul, who will be celebrating the imminent release of their second LP on Shogun, and N3gus. On hosting duties is Manc badman Strategy. If you know all of these artists, you don’t need me to mention how sick this will be, but if you don’t, then let me tell you it’ll be sicker than Mr Burns is in that episode of The Simpsons where he catches every disease in existence. Tickets start at only £8, which – if you’ll pardon my French, is a fucking bargain.
Audio Asylum presents: Scuba and Marquis Hawkes @ World Headquarters, 12th March 2015
I feel like Audio Asylum are in our tips every month. But, lets be honest, they deserve to be. After a ridiculous show with Blawan and Boddika, they have dived straight back in with another event which, whilst not as sizable as the last one, is still pretty tectonic in it’s plate movements. Headlining is the undisputed heavyweight champion of chilled, groovy house and techno Scuba: who holds the accolade of making probably my favourite chilled house tune ever: the ephemeral ‘Tulips’. Also on the bill is Marquis Hawkes: something of an emerging name, he’s set to be on your radar even more across the coming months and years. Hailing from Berlin and with an impressive back catalogue of releases on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams amongst others, he’ll be bringing his own inimitable interpretation of the German techno sound for us on the night. Also in support is Tough Luck head honcho Chris Cue, and downstairs will be grooving all night long to disco courtesy of Steven Dunn. Tickets are available from 8 squids, and be warned: Audio Asylum always sells out. So if you want in, get in quick.
Soma presents: Paul Woolford and Jack! Who? @ Independent, Sunderland, 28th March
Rounding off a month of treats sees us once again south of the Tyne but this time north of the Tees at Independent in Sunderland. Sunderland’s house and techno scene has undergone something of a resurgence in the past few months, due in no small part to the efforts of Soma. With bi-weekly events, they’ve introduced the Mackem crowds to Ian Blevins for a sexy little dance on Valentine’s Day, and earlier in March they’re also welcoming Peace to the premises for a DJ set. This one is our pick though: with Intimacy, Cocoon and Hotflush veteran Paul Woolford, who – aside from his usual productions – has been doing funny things to amens and basslines for a couple of years now under his Special Request alias. Joining his is the oddly named yet astutely talented Jack! Who?, as well as Haze Sunderland’s Rob Rain. There are £6 early birds available, but probably not for long. Get amongst it.