WHO SMASHED IT? Hi-Grade!
FAVOURITE DJ? It has to be Hi-Grade.
FAVOURITE MC? Sense
FUNNIEST THING ABOUT TONIGHT? Iceman’s mash-up
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF? Music is fun.
LENGTH OF TIME TO GET READY BEFORE GOING OUT?
Only five minutes
@ SCUBAR, MANCHESTER
Words & Photography: Keith Yong bending basslines were the order of the day. Even the complete with technical wizardry and Kaoss Pad trickery. NAME? Tech Itch
venue with its brick walls and claustrophobic, low ceiling Finally, Tech Itch stepped up and presented his style of AGE? 35
The Scubar basement was filling up nicely and the floor suited the mood of the night. drum & bass darkness with which he has become so well WHO SMASHED IT? Probably me really!
was already wet and sticky with a coating of lager early on known for. The thrashing industrial snares and detuned FAVOURITE DJ? Dylan
the night – always a sure sign of a heavy night to come. Following Iceman’s opening slot, Hi-Grade, who won the vocals of MC Jakes on ‘Retribution’ was one of the best FAVOURITE MC? Jakes
For those clued up on what Therapy Sessions is all about, Witness The Sickness DJ competition held earlier in the tunes and moments of the night. FUNNIEST THING ABOUT TONIGHT? Getting lost in
its first outing in Manchester did not disappoint. From the year, played a tight set that got people dancing. Soon Manchester city centre.
time Iceman got the beats rolling, until the very end when enough, there was a crowd bouncing around right in front The event was completely sold out. By the end, people TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF? Fuck jump-up!
Tech Itch unleashed a barrage of furious rhythms, the of the DJ booth, and they didn’t stop until the night was were being turned away at the door. By all accounts, LENGTH OF TIME TO GET READY BEFORE GOING OUT?
music was unrelentingly dark and dense. over. Witness The Sickness head honcho, Kinda, kept Manchester’s inaugural Therapy Sessions was a massive Anything from a minute to an hour. Sometimes I wake up in
things rolling along nicely, playing a back to back set with success and many a junglist will already be looking a hotel and I’m ready in 10 minutes.
Hosted by promoter / record label / internet radio station, The Jackal. Then, Bane of Manchester institution, Eastern forward to the next in the series – a Halloween special
Witness The Sickness, the Manchester edition of Therapy Bloc Records, took over the controls in front of a packed featuring the formidable Counterstrike and Robyn Chaos,
Sessions featured some familiar local DJs and MCs and a house, looking a bit like ‘Plug’ of the Bash St. Kids with no less. The night was summed up best by Tech Itch on
special guest, the aforementioned drum & bass Sith Lord his joke teeth. However, his set certainly had to be taken his way out of the club. While smiling broadly, he said,
himself, Technical Itch. Heavy metal drums and mind- seriously with his drum & bass connoisseur’s selection “Fuck jump-up”.
SWERVE HOSPITALITY PULSAR BREAK-FAST
@ THE END, WEST CENTRAL ST, LONDON @ HERBAL, KINGSLAND RD, LONDON @ QUEENS ARMS, KINGS LYNN @ THE OCEAN ROOMS, MORLEY ST, BRIGHTON
Deep D&B. Fabio, Transit Mafia, Mathematics. Soulful D&B. Nu:Tone, Bailey, Fracture & Neptune, DJ D&B. Klusta, Hippo, Blazius, Critical, Hurbaliss, D&B. Grooverider, TC, Keaton, G Dub, Pascal, Taxman,
10.30pm-3am. £6/£5 NUS Dymond, SP: MC, Zac Zibes. 9pm-3am. £5 B4 10/£8 Vigilante, PHD, Sensi, 7.30pm-1am. £2 entry. Info: Jaydan. 10pm-5am. £10. Info: break-fast.info
after. Info: hospitalrecords.com email@example.com
THURSDAY 16 NOVEMBER SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER
PLATFORM 12 EVOLUTIONARY
KEEP THE FAITH @ THE KEY CLUB, LASER RD, KINGS CROSS, LONDON @ RHYTHM FACTORY, WHITECHAPEL RD, LONDON SUDDEN DEF
@ MEDICINE (UPSTAIRS), 89 GREAT EASTERN ST, LONDON Breakbeat. Luke Dzierzek, Nick Thayer, Clive Breakbeat/D&B. Vicious Circle, Mortlock, Hold Tight, @ CLOCKWORK, PENTONVILLE RD, LONDON
Eclectic soul. 8pm-3am (admission closes at 1). £5 Morley, Janette Slack Ladykilla. 10pm-5.30am. Info: Pink Fruity, Fluent, Savannah & Hoffman. 10pm-6am. D&B. Sub Focus, Red One, Xample, Inter, Basher B2B
members & in adv./£7 door. firstname.lastname@example.org
/07917 755 264 £3. info:@guerillatactics.co.uk Ray Rampage, Turmoil & Leks, Joker D, Illmatika & DMC.
9pm-4am. £6 B4 12/£8 after. Info: suddendef.com
HOTBEATZ BREAKTHRU PRESENTS ADRENALINE RUSH
@ LOCK 17, EAST YARD, CAMDEN, LONDON METALHEADZ @ CONFESSIONS, HORSEFAIR, BANBURY LIQUID KANDI
Brazilian D&B. S.P.Y., Tisso + guests. 7pm-2pm. FREE! @ THE CUSTARD FACTORY, BIRMINGHAM D&B. Grooverider, Entity, Samas, Venom, Childz MC, @ STUDIO, HOOPERS LANE, SWINDON
D&B. Goldie, Klute, Seba, Skitty, Dan B, Reaction. Gamma. 10pm-3am. £7 D&B. Heist, Jeryl, Xcessive, Insight, Danny Intrikut &
10pm-4am. £8 members & NUS/£10 others. www. Haze. 10pm-4am. £5 B4 11/£6 after.
544 445 FORMAT
@ BAR RUMBA, SHAFTESBURY AVE, LONDON @ YUMLA’S, LOWER BASEMENT, 79 WYNDHAM ST, RAVE UTOPIA
London’s longest running D&B weekly. Mathematics, RENEGADE HARDWARE HONG KONG @ CLUB JACKS, CRUCIFIX LANE, LONDON
Patife, Drumagik, Cleveland Wattkiss. 8pm-3am. £4 B4 @ THE END, WEST CENTRAL ST, LONDON D&B. Kay C, Cookie, and JP Lui. 10pm-4am. FREE! D&B/old skool. J Majik, Brain Killers & MC Fearless,
10/£7 after/£6 NUS/£4 members. Info: movement.co.uk
Militant D&B. Calyx, Teebee, Spirit, Ink, Gremlinz, Loxy, Info: magneticsoul.co.uk
Food Junky, Ash-A-Tak, Twista B2B Snypa, Trix, Boy
Vicious Circle, Nocturnal, EBK, Unknown Error, Noisia, Delirium, Skanna, Logic, Five Alive, 3 Flow & Bassline.
FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER Phace, Equinox, Chris Inperspective, Doc Scott, Storm. FABRIC LIVE 9pm-7am. £10 B4 12/more after.
9.30pm-6am. £14/£12 adv. @ CHARTERHOUSE ST, FARRINGDON, LONDON
CLUB 0A2 D&B/breaks/hip hop. Pendulum, DJ Fresh, DJ Die, LOUD
@ CLUB ARAS NA NGAEL. DOMINIC ST, GALWAY, IRELAND BEATZ & BOBS Peshay, Macpherson, Calibre, ST Files, Seba, DRS & @ ANNEXE, UNIT 9 BRIGHTON TERRACE, BRIXTON, LONDON
D&B. Will Softly + guest TBC. 10pm-late. Eur 3. @ LEMON GROVE EXETER UNIVERSITY, EXETER Tweed. 9.30pm-5am. £12/£10. Info: fabriclondon.com
Drum & Bass. D-Bridge, Clipz, Break, El B, DJ Ink,
Breakbeat. Hybrid, Danny McMillan Ben & Lex, James Gremlinz, Bomb Squad (hip hop set), Scientist,
Gill, Lee Waller. £6 +BF. Genesis, Elijah. 10pm-6am. £8 B4 12/£10 after.
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