As with the Zane Lowe / Redlight / DJ Zinc / Monki night, this event is part of Solent SU’s Freshers’ Fortnight curated by DBP. Specifically, this is the Freshers’ Ball. So with that in mind I urge you to read my introduction to the article I just mentioned. Technically you don’t have to be a Southampton Solent University student to buy tickets, but be advised that the majority of the clients will, obviously, be Solent students.
The venue for this event is Oceana, but it’s quite a bit more special than that may sound! DBP have collaborated with the venue and Solent SU to provide something akin to a festival. There will be four music arenas, those familiar with Oceana Southampton will recognise a couple:
- The Main Stage: Sub Focus, Mistajam, Jameela Jamil, Gavin Foord, BITR8, and K1R3Y
- The Dance Tent: Breach, B.Traits, Shadow Child, Gorgon City, and the High Tide residents
- The Live Stage: Loveable Rouges, Four Fingers, MOK
- The Disco Room: Capital FM silent disco
The exciting bit here (apart from the huge headliners) is the dance tent. It will add a whole new dimension to Oceana and has an excellent lineup. The other three arenas will use Oceana’s Icehouse, Bar Quarter, and Disco Room. Also, live music, in whatever form is always a great thing.
In addition to all that music business, there will also be a fairground, food stalls, and a goddamn firework display!
Back to music though: What follows is a brief overview of some of the artists and DJs on the lineup. The artists I’ve covered are ones that are most related to this website’s usual content.
The headliner here is definitely Sub Focus (DJ). Sub Focus is an alias of Nick Douwma, a fast-rising drum’n’bass producer/DJ affiliated with the Ram Records collective who became one of the style’s leading practitioners within only two years of his recording debut. Originally from London, England, Douwma is a self-taught producer who began producing music on his PC at age 13 and attained his know-how from software manuals. One of his demos eventually made its way into the hands of Andy C., the co-founder of Ram Records, and the rest is history. You can now find his music in clubs (and music charts) across the world.
Next up is MistaJam, a British DJ and radio presenter that grew up listening to the records of his parents and then began DJing at local events at the age of 14. At present, his show on BBC Radio 1, taglined the “Saturday Night Soundclash”, is broadcast on Saturday nights between 11pm – 1am and is simulcast on BBC Radio 1Xtra. The show is part of Radio 1 & Radio 1Xtra’s Urban Music strand on Saturday nights. Musically, the show claims to represent Dubstep, UK Funky, Grime, Hip Hop, R&B, Drum & Bass, House, Reggae Dancehall and “everything in between”. I imagine you can expect much the same stance on things at this night.
The man behind this summer’s hit “Jack” is up next: Breach … though not doubt he’s trying to get rid of that introduction. After all, he has been producing music both under his birth name Ben Westbeech and his Breach alias for quite some time. “Jack” definitely captured the world’s attention though and his bumped him into the public domain. You can read a bit more about Breach and listen to some of his work via an event preview that I wrote earlier in the year. Once you’ve done that, take a listen to this remix of that tune.
Moving on through the names, next up is Shadow Child. UK based Shadow Child made his debut via the mighty Dirtybird early in 2012, mostly thanks to the EP’s lead track “String Thing” dominating Eats Everything’ and Claude Vonstroke’s DJ sets, the World over. This new alias for one of house music’s already known names has turned down an exciting path with underground bass-led grooves …
Last but by no means least is Gorgon City. Check out this video of them performing “Real” (and let Yasmin melt your heart in the mean time …)