The Nottingham based bass music night Detonate is taking up arms once again in September to welcome back a town full of partygoers who have been away from the city during the summer months. To help celebrate the return of the prosperous club night, off the back of their first outdoor festival this summer, that has in the past welcomed the likes of Alix Perez, Disclosure, Goldie, Mumdance, Rudimental, DJ EZ and many more, Detonate will be embarking on a UK tour, stopping off Sheffield, Nottingham and Leeds for parties that feature an array of guests both making debuts and comebacks to play at the night.
Detonate Autumn Launch Party
Friday 26th September
Stealth & Rescue Rooms Nottingham
The first of the four that are taking place throughout September and October will be Detonate’s Autumn Launch Party on Friday the 26th of September that is kicking things off at their spiritual home in Nottingham, Stealth and The Rescue Rooms. The full line-up for the inaugural event of the year is yet to be announced, however the first host who will be taking over one of the many rooms at the club will be David Rodigan’s Ram Jam, so you can be sure to expect plenty of dancehall, reggae and dub classics from a selection of guests from the imprints roster. Added to this you can be sure that each room from Stealth’s main dancefloor to Rescue Rooms’ intimate Red Room will feature a high quality array of the bass heavy styling that the brand is reckoned with.
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Detonate Sheffield Presents Ram Jam
Saturday 27th September
Line Up TBA
The next Detonate instalment will be taking the brand further north to the steel city of Sheffield, where Ram Jam will once again be hosting the evening at one of the cities best nightspots, Plug on the 27th of September. Again, Ram Jam, which is headed up by David Rodigan MBE is renowned for its bass lead reggae and dancehall that can now be heard on Rodigan’s radio shows on both Kiss 100 and BBC Radio 1Xtra, shows that have won prestigious awards such as the Sony Radio Academy Gold Award for ‘Best Specialist Radio Programme’. Most recently, Rodigan announced that he would be collaborating with Chase & Status and legendary D&B figure Shy FX to create a new sound system called Rebel Sound.
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Detonate Presents Wilkinson - Lazers Not Included
Friday 17th October
The Brickworks Nottingham
+ More TBA
The third stop on Detonate’s UK tour schedule is back in Nottingham on Friday the 17th of October, where the number 1 selling drum & bass artist Wilkinson will be playing a special headline set as part of his ‘Lazers Not Included’ UK tour. Wilkinson is most renowned for his chart topping singles ‘Afterglow’ and ‘Half Light’, both of which appear on his debut album that gives its name to the tour he is about to begin. The album is due to be released on October the 28th on Ram Records and has already climbed to number 2 in the UK dance album chart. Wilkinson will be appearing on the night with a number of special guests who are yet to be announced, and the action will be taking place at The Brickworks, an intimate warehouse space opened last year, already attracting an array of music fans through its specially curated one off events.
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Saturday 18th October
Canal Mills Leeds
+ Very Special Guests TBA
The final stop on Detonates reopening tour will be the day after the Wilkinson show, further north in Leeds at Canal Mills and welcomes one of the most prominent figures in drum & bass, Zed Bias. As the producer of the chart topping single ‘Neighbourhood’, Zed Bias is a stalwart in the world of UKG, breakbeat and dub, who has produced under a vast number of aliases including Phuturistix, Maddslinky and Daluq. It is this year that Dave Jones is commencing his final ‘retirement tour’, so this will be one of the last chances you will get to see one of the pioneers of breakbeat garage spinning records around the world. Zed Bias will be joined by a number of special guests spread over Canal Mills 3 rooms who are yet to be announced.
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Words by Josh Plews
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