After the huge success of Trafic MC's album launch and the beautiful vibes that was ever-present throughout the night; we are pleased to announce that we will be running our first jungle night, down at the Crofters Rights on the 18th March.
We have asked the one and only Uncle Dugs to come down and
smash out a history of drum and bass set; as well as some of the finest DJ's on the bristol scene including the absolutely amazing DJ Dazee and a specialist jungle set from Octo Pi. Of course we could never forget our talented residents Josimar, Cantle and Goodman to complete an epic night of jungley madness!
The madness could never be complete without our genius collective of MCs; Twitchee, Trafic, Bluejay and Y-Dott; holding down mic duties and keeping you all hyped through to the early hours.
We love giving people the chance to join the party so get yourselves down before 10:00PM for free entry!
Only £5.00 after 10:00PM.
18+ Only, No ID, No Entry as always.
Raindance, Essex, 30th March 1991, Thousands of happy smiley faces all as one with the music, for Simon Duggins life was never to be the same again. After this first rave experience – Two turntables & a mixer were immediately purchased! So begins the Uncle Dugs story…
Dugs first break playing Jungle to an audience came in January 1995, on a local pirate radio station called Conflict FM. This led to his first paid club booking at the legendary Oscars in Clacton. £10 expenses were collected as his first DJ wage; the climb to the top had well and truly started.
Fast-forward to 1997 and he found himself working at the famous UKG label Ice Cream Records. During the year he worked with them he witnessed their growth from a small unknown specialist label to one that saw major chart success with hit after hit. This was a real eye opener, Friendships were forged here that would become valuable further down the line.
After a spell of playing UKG guest shows on various pirates, Dugs hooked up with Geeneus who ran a small but successful pirate radio station based in East London known as Rinse FM, and began a weekly Saturday afternoon show. He held down this slot through out 98/99 with then DJ partner Graham G. Further cementing his relationship with Geeneus, Dugs helped run Rinse events in East London and Essex and by the summer of 99 his role had developed into station manager. With over 100 artists to schedule on a weekly basis, plus promotion, website updates, audio streaming and co-ordinating with underground record labels, Dugs was well and truly kept on his toes.
His first stint at Rinse (1998-2005) should be considered as one of the most important periods in UK music. Many young DJs and MCs came through the pirate’s ranks, changing the face of the UK’s music and culture. This is something Dugs is extremely proud to have been a part of. Even though his main musical love has always been Jungle/D&B, he looks back on these times with great fondness, a massive sense of achievement and immense pride, knowing that he was partly responsible for unearthing and helping to nurture some of the UKs biggest music stars.
Being a person that either gives all or nothing to anything he is involved in, Dugs decided it was time to seek pastures new, and so parted ways with Rinse in December 2005. Shortly after he began a weekly show (Mondays 12-3) on the world famous KOOL London, Thus fulfilling a fifteen year dream. Over the next five years ‘Connoisseur Mondays’ became one of the most popular shows on the station. Showcasing his talents on KOOL led to bookings at all the major Jungle/D&B raves in the UK. The international bookings soon followed with Germany, Ibiza, Amsterdam & Spain being the first few countries to catch on.
In December 2008 Dugs started a Jungle night known as Revival with his business partner Gary. At that time no one else was catering for the original Jungle sound that he loved so much. After a handful of unforgettable parties in London & even a party at Paradiso in Amsterdam, The Revival name has a place in the history books of Jungle. Arguably, off the back of these nights, Jungle made a strong comeback and many legendary promotions re-appeared, helping to push the music back into the limelight. Look out for the return of Revival soon!
After five happy and successful years on Kool, An opportunity arose which was too good to turn down. Geeneus and business partner Sarah Lockhart had secured a full London FM license over at Rinse, a amazing achievement. They were looking for someone to present a Rave History show and Dugs was there man. They knew his dedication, knowledge, love and commitment for radio and rave music alike was second to none. After careful consideration Dugs took the show on from March 2011. His last show on Kool will go down in pirate radio history, it was possibly the only time that a whole studio of 15-20 grown men were reduced to tears, as were many listeners. This shows the impact he had on the station in his time there. For Dugs, Kool was his number one inspiration in pirate radio and knowing he had become part of the Kool hall of fame was unbelievable and overwhelming.
Rinse FM – RCFF – A new era…
Friday 22nd March 2011 was the date of his first ever legal radio show. ‘Just 4 U London’ pumped through the speakers and this kicked off what was to become one of the most important and well loved radio shows of all time. By the third or fourth week the show was christened ‘Run Come Follow Friday’ or #RCFF, and soon established itself as a firm favourite with listeners from across the widest spectrum of life. The format of the show was simple but effective – Two hours of classics from a chosen era, followed by a one hour interview with rave scene legend. Having never interviewed live on air before, Dugs had to learn quick. His first guest was his good friend Slipmatt, Interviews with Brockie, Det, Ron, Navigator & Nicky Blackmarket soon followed, the rest they say is history. His relaxed technique quickly won over listeners and guest alike, In what seemed like the blink of an eye, the scene’s forefathers were queuing up to discuss their career’s & reveal their life stories. No other presenter had taken the time to sit down and talk in such detail before, and so, #RCFF became essential listening each and every Friday.
With help from his loyal listeners, #RCFF regularly trends on Twitter, the sheer volume of shout’s, dedication’s and banter almost unheard of in radio today. Recent shows with Goldie, Guy Called Gerald, Zinc, Rebel ‘Congo Natty’ MC, Mampi Swift, MC GQ, Jumping Jack Frost, Ragga Twins, Micky Finn have established Uncle Dugs as the ‘go to guy’ for artist’s eager for world to know there unknown stories. Some of his proudest moments at #RCFF are the ‘Pirate Radio Special’ Celebrating 18 years of Rinse in 2012 – Pulling together a ‘who’s who’ of Pirate Radio, Its hard to imagine that anybody else could have gathered together these key players and unearthed such fantastic stories from them, once again testament to the respect he has earned from within the UK music scene. The second was the show he did in honour of the late great Stevie Hyper D. Trending on Twitter constantly throughout his three hour show (at one point both his name and the shows #StevieHyperDDay name trended jointly) – The iphone 5 launched the same day, and the show trended above it whilst on air, proving his ability to hold his audience’s attention. A nomination for a ‘DJ Mag Best Of British’ award came shortly after, up against the likes of Pete Tong, EZ, Julio Bashmore and X-Press 2, Once again proving his popularity as a radio presenter in the UK today.
During this time Rinse put his show forward for a Sony Radio Award, showing the confidence the station have in him and the importance of his show. As #RCFF has gone from strength to strength, his DJ career has gone through the roof. You are now certain to find his name on all the major events. From full on Jungle/D&B raves such as Innovation, Random Concept, Pure Science, Roast, Jungle Fever, Moondance & Raindance to mixed genre events such as Fwd, Warehouse Project, Dub Police, Urban Nerds or Vagabondz .
His unique style is all about vibes and energy, perfect for rave or club. He can be credited as being the first DJ to use the mic himself in raves, almost like a Jungle version of David Rodigan. His love for this music is undeniable and Interacting with the crowd comes as second nature, Educating the ravers & spinning stories – An Uncle Dugs set is a highlight of any event he plays. Regular bookings outside the UK now mean that in places such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand the name Uncle Dugs carries the same weight it does here.
In 2013 he won the ‘Best Jungle DJ’ crown at the OldSkool Awards at Koko in Camden. This really confirmed his place at the very top of the DJ tree. He was in fact the only DJ to be named in both DJ categories at these awards, A massive achievement and something he rightly feels very proud of.
2014 has been a manic year for Dugs, It should come as no surprise to his legion of fans that a book is the next step, one detailing his time in radio and rave land. Also plenty of studio work with Congo Natty, Billy Daniel Bunter, Aston Freestylers, King Yoof and plenty more – Live vocalists will also feature heavily, promising some Jungle bangers to remember. Expect 2014 to be a year consisting of production, festivals, tours (showcasing his rave story to the nation and beyond) and new ventures into the world of Jungle music so, watch this space ….. So really all that’s left to say is that we hope you enjoyed the brief rundown of Uncle Dugs career so far, long may he continue to do what he does best – Play music from the heart with a smile on his face.
Dazee has been flying the flag for Jungle and DNB since 1992 and is co- founder of the now legendary ‘Ruffneck Ting’ alongside Markee Substance (Kosheen). As well as making a name for herself with her dj skills, she has had many successful releases; labels include Ruffneck Ting, Breakbeat Culture, Siren Records and Universal. She's performed at the most celebrated raves and jungle parties (and featured in the tape packs!) including Universe, Dreamscape, Helter Skelter, World Dance and more recently, Raveology , Slamming Vinyl and Fantazia. Her pioneering dnb sound has taken her around the globe and she has Featured on Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, VH1 and ITV.
2013 saw the relaunch of Ruffneck Ting with an event at Lakota and the release of the classics album, RNT20 to celebrate 20 yrs since it began. 2014 will see the release of brand new tracks, remixes of the classics by leading lights in DnB and more events...
2013 also saw the release of a mix cd featuring many of the tracks now being released on Ruffneck Ting. This was commissioned by Recreo clothing for Brisfest and also features the vocal skills of Mc Carasel. In the words of Carasel “Still fresh” months on! To listen/ download: Carasel – Recreo-present-dazee-carasel
Dazee currently co-hosts The Dutty Bass show on Bristol's much loved Ujima FM, along side her fellow "Dutties" As a member of Dutty Girl, Dazee is diversifying her sound to include a variety of bass heavy dance genres. Dutty Girl's unique blend of mixing through genres and featuring their own productions and original vocal tracks can be heard on their “Call of Dutty Cd” as well as in their performances.
(For more info on Dutty Girl check out facebook.com/duttygirl Dutty Girl)
Although she enjoys a more eclectic musical direction as part of Dutty Girl, Dazee will always remain true to her roots and champion jungle and drum and bass in her solo dj sets. Currently resident at Bristol's celebrated monthly dnb night "Bristol Sounds DnB" she has exciting events in Bristol and beyond to look forward to, including . Fantazia, the Drum and Bass Awards and Love Will Save The Day
Octo Pi is a Drum & Bass DJ/Producer from Swansea who has spent time building an ever growing reputation for himself throughout the scene in Bristol.
Known for his filthy basslines and crispy drums; Octo Pi always delivers a wide range of sets taking you on a journey that is sure to get your heart racing and your feet stamping.
Working with a number of artists from within the Liquifyah camp, Octo Pi is quickly becoming one of the most sought after artists in the south west.
Having previously worked with Dr. Meaker and adding his filthy vibe to 'Fighter'; Octo Pi has had a number of releases across a range of labels such as V Recordings, Signal Jam Records, Dirty Latvian Recordings, New State Music, Complex Records, Global Domination Digital and Download Culture.
Octo Pi has really stepped into the limelight in the past 18 months getting tracks such as 'Matter' signed to Viper Recordings and most recently his ear busting EP 'Fast Approach' signed to AFT Records.
We love getting him on as many nights as we can and he has kindly agreed to drop an exclusive jungle set for us; so this is definitely not one to miss!
Check out the sounds of the men holding down mic duties below:
DHACK MEDIA will be videoing the whole event!
NO ID NO ENTRY!