Dying to be dancing this weekend?
Ready to reset your bank balance to zero ahead of your next paycheque? Itching for an end-of-the-month fling? Or perhaps you’re in need of some disco stretches to limber you up for the coming academic year. We’ve hand-picked the best parties and more happening across Bristol for you this weekend.
Fatima Yamaha Live
It’s all happening at The Small Horse Social Club this Friday eve. Kicking things off at 19:00 is the enigmatic Fatima Yamaha (aka Dutch producer Bas Bron) who’ll be performing live as part of his hotly anticipated Imaginary Lines tour.
Fatima Yamaha Live | 19:00 – 22:00 | Small Horse Social Club | £7
Love Below Presents: Late Nite Tuff Guy
Stick around afterwards though, as The Love Below Present: Late Nite Tuff Guy until 4:00am as anyone who’s ever heard one of his killer remixes and re-edits of dancefloor classics will tell you this is not to be missed.
Love Below Presents: Late Nite Tuff Guy | 23:00 – 04:00 | Small Horse Social Club | £4
Submerge Festival Launch
For the few lucky ones that managed to secure tickets to the Submerge Festival Launch, head over to historic and beautiful Bristol South Swimming Pool to find out more about this exciting new cutting edge audio/visual electronic music festival.
20:00 – 21:30 | Bristol South Swimming Pool | resale tickets may be available via event
Once again it’s time for the young and the fancy-free of Bristol to schlep over to Eastville Park and annoy all the less rave inclined residents of Easton; yes it’s time for Tokyo World! Wiley, Moodymann, Daniel Avery and even DJ Luck & MC Neat are all set to play and there are still tickets available.
12:00 – 23:30 | Eastville Park | Tier 3 tickets available at £44 at time of writing
Disco Fudge are hosting a little unofficial Tokyo World afterparty over at Basement 45 and have invited the delectable Cowboy Rhythmbox aka Richard X and Nathan Gregory Wilkins (please note it will be NGW flying solo tonight but trust us he’s more than enough!) from Erol Alkan’s acclaimed Phantasy label. Expect “outsider house, bargain bin cut-outs, hard drive debris, rudimentary jack trax, obscure TV themes, Euro disco, EBM, Detroit techno, the Smith & Wesson Model 3 and horses.”
22:00 – 04:00 | Basement 45 | Earlybird tickets from £5
Eat Sleep Drag Repeat
And for those who feel they did not manage to perfect their death drop on the dance floor this weekend, well, why not leave that to the professionals and go see the absolute queen of death drops herself Miss Laganja Estranja over at the Queenshilling for Eat Sleep Drag Repeat. Although this drag queen might not have made it onto RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 she still knows how to work the crowd and is a fitting end to your weekend.
18:30 – 23:30 | The Queenshilling | £10 + booking fee
Motion Launches Yard Open Air Club
Yard Open Air Announced
Since starting out as a skate park, Motion has been endlessly tweaked and transformed, its ever-shifting warehouse complex now home to huge raves, intimate sweatboxes and cutting edge live music. For the club’s latest adventure, YARD is taking things outside. A new event, and a collaboration between some of the city’s most established dance music institutions, Yard will bring Motion’s outdoor spaces to life, welcoming a new era of open air clubbing in Bristol.
Summoning that specific type of joy that comes from dancing outdoors, YARD will be split across three newly developed open air spaces – taking place in the Container Yard, Crane Yard and Lock Yard.
For the first event on August 26th, Yard welcomes true genius in the form of Detroit pioneer Jeff Mills. As a visionary who works tirelessly to keep techno firmly future-facing, Mills has been blowing minds for decades, consistently hurtling us into the future while ripping through +130bpm workouts. This headline set at Yard is a chance to lose yourself to the pummeling, otherworldly body music of The Wizard under the stars.
Alongside this rare appearance, they’ve lined up dance music’s eccentrics-in-chief Seth Troxler and Bristol’s own Eats Everything alongside euphoric, bleeding edge selections from Joy Orbison, Daniel Avery, Midland and Axel Boman.
Of the two live sets, expect expertly crafted, pounding belters from Ostgut Ton mainstay Tobias, while Octo Octa’s live performance will weave through the bright flourishes of her trademark infectious grooves. Skilled at creating intimate atmospheres, Daisy Moon, Golesworthy and Gramrcy will bring a taste of their killer Housework parties, while Motion resident Em Williams will be setting the tone right.
Capturing the spirit of outdoor partying, art installations curated by Mr. Price will embellish the excursion with the kind of hazy glamour that his Studio 89 events embody. Energetic shape-throwing is actively encouraged, too, as energy levels can be replenished throughout by our new food traders, who will be serving up locally sourced food.
Yard has also announced that sustainability will be a strong focal point throughout, with leading green thinkers Kambe helping them to get eco-friendly with reusable cups – keeping your shakedown in the sunshine guilt free.
General sale tickets will go live at 9am Thursday 4th May via yard-open-air.club
There’s A Grease Themed Burlesque Show Coming To Bristol
Bristol’s best burlesque night is returning
If your for fun and alternative things to do, then you should check out the unique Burlesque Wonderland for a flamboyant and exciting burlesque night awaits you…
On Saturday 13th May, the follow up to the 2 previously successful shows will see Grease arrive at The Fleece, with an electrifying night full of leather jackets, beauty school drop-outs and the best burlesque dancers in the UK… Tell me about it, stud.
Whether you’re a pink lady or T-Bird, kick start your summer nights with a school dance with a twist!
They’ll have a red carpet ready and waiting, as well as circus performers, vintage DJs, delicious cocktails and much more.
As they’re hopelessly devoted to Grease they will also be rocking around the clock with a night of dancing at an afterparty in a venue around the corner.
Where: The Fleece
When: Saturday 13th May 2017, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
10 Exciting Local Acts To Watch At LSTD
The Bristol music scene is undergoing a renaissance at the moment with some really exciting acts coming up through the ranks. Bristol’s biggest music festival – Love Saves The Day (May 26th and 27th) – is a showcase for many of these acts so we asked Team Love for their top 10 local acts of 2017.
1. Elder Island (Saturday)
These guys are tipped to go onto huge things! They manage to beautifully blend elements of R&B, dance and pop music across a myriad of instruments. Check out their recent Seeds In Sands EP and we’re sure you will agree.
2. Hodge (Saturday)
He has been a staple in the Bristol techno scene for a good while now, but lately he’s really turned things up a notch. His release with Randomer on Dnous Ytivil (Livity Sound backwards) last year was up there as one of our favourites!
3. Deli G (Saturday)
We are thrilled to have Deli G come and join us after having such an illustrious hand in all parts of the music scene, especially in Bristol. He has been involved in everything from building sound systems to regular pirate radio shows. We’re sure he’ll provide a selection of soulful house and garage which only 40+ years in music could provide.
4. Eva Lazarus (Sunday)
Eva has provided vocals for a lot of artists over the years – Jus Now, Stanton Warriors, Etherwood, Dub FX, Danny Byrd and Serocee to name just a few. We’re really excited to see her creating her own solo material now as well as continuing her huge pairings (she pops up on the recent Kreed and Gardna EP). It’s safe to say that she is definitely main stage material for the Sunday!
5. Jus Now (Sunday)
Technically only one half of Jus Now is from Bristol, with LAZABeam hailing from Trinidad and Tobago. However both of them come from a place steeped in bass music and ‘ridden’ culture, meaning that this pairing makes perfect sense and is right at home in Eastville Park. Expect a lot of energy – they are basically made for festivals and carnivals!
6. My Nu Leng (Sunday)
These guys have played nearly every year of the festival and you only have to see the crowd at their sets to see why. One of the most popular Bristol-based acts that never fail to whip up a frenzy, they are such nice young guys who are going to go very far with their music.
7. DJ Die (Saturday)
One of our good friends and someone who has been on the Bristol music scene for over 20 years (he released with Roni Size in 1994). He is currently running a label called Gutterfunk, which has moved away from his signature D&B sound to a wider range of genres, but still aimed heavily at the dance floor. Expect nothing but a party from him on the Dance Off stage.
8. Clipz (Sunday)
Clipz has played for us the past couple of festivals under his Redlight moniker, however this is the first time in around 10 years that he has played under his legendary D&B alias from yesteryear. The fact that he is doing it on our brand new immersive stage, ‘The Lost Gardens’, just means that we are even more excited for a good ol’ knees up!
9. Gardna (Sunday)
Part of Bristol’s new wave of Dubwise artists, Gardna MC is currently making a name for himself with his tight lyrics over future dancehall, dubstep and grime. He will be performing at the festival with Kreed after their recent joint EP, which also features Eva Lazarus and Parly B, who are also playing on the Sunday.
10. Woz (Sunday)
It was hard to pick another recommendation from the Who Cares stage because it’s basically full of the best in Bristol bass music, however Woz is definitely a highlight to look out for. He has really interesting and intricate productions, and his DJ sets are always high-energy affairs.
Visit lovesavestheday.org for tickets and info.
Tickets: Saturday £39.50, Sunday £45, Weekend £75 (all prices are exclusive of booking fees)
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