Junk have stopped running their Bang Bang brand (at least for now) and are launching a new Friday night event series called FRE$H. After a quick glance at the branding and headliners you can see straight away that we’re looking at a distinctly urban (as in the music) and 1Xtra (as in the radio station) feel.

Here’s what FRE$H/Junk have to say:

Welcome to the South Coast’s fre$hest and most exciting urban night in history; pushing the boundaries of the scene further than ever as we bring you a night with the freshest soundtrack, freshest clientele and freshest clubbing experience. Upstairs we explore the Urban music spectrum from hip hop & r&b to bass music & bashment, whilst in the Box we take you on a journey through the length and breadth of dance music, with everything in between. For all those with champagne corks at the ready after years of unworthy nights in which to pop, look no further, as the night that the South Coast has always deserved has finally arrived.

They also quote these genres to give you an idea of what to expect: Urban, bashment, r&b, hip-hop, bass music, UK funky, house, electro, dance. So quite a varied pot actually.

FRE$H kicks off on Friday 20th September (though they have already thrown an exclusive little launch party) with Rampage. Rampage are a crew of four from London who, both between them and individually, have extensive careers in music and broadcasting. They are perhaps most well known for hosting largest static sound system at the Notting Hill Carnival, with over 10 thousand people at any one time. Rampage have a daytime show on BBC Radio 1Xtra hosted by Mike Anthony and Treble T.

The week after, 27th September, will see the appearance of Tim Westwood who, as of the 21st September, has joined the Choice FM roster. You can catch him on Saturdays, 9-11pm. Throughout his phenomenal career in music, Tim has introduced millions of people to hip hop and urban music, supported countless British artists in the genre and, to date, has sold more than two million albums with the biggest selling urban compilation in history.

Following on from Westood on the 4th October is producer, label owner, radio presenter, remixer, TV host, and DJ Scottie B. 

Friday 11th October will see the return of DJ Luck & MC Neat to Southampton. I suspect garage will be the theme of this night. Can’t beat it really. 1999 called … holla with the rinsin sound:

The remainder of the October headliners are yet to be announced. Stay tuned, they’re coming soon, with November to follow.

The main room residents on rotation each week are: Kojo, Status100, Shocka B, Ryan B, Mr Beatz, Mista Mikey, DJ Andz,  and DJ Philly. The Box bar will be soundtracked by: Ross Taylor, Simon Hebdige, Bearded Brothers, and Phil Clarkson.


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Adam is a physics graduate from the University of Southampton with an interest in electronic music. He co-founded Sotonight and was involved with SEMSU and other music-related projects while at university.