Friday May 27th
The Amphitheatre 6pm - 11pm
Admission £10 in advance, £12 on the gate (subject to availability)
6.30pm The Emperials
7.30pm New Generation Takeover
8.00pm Goldie Lookin Chain
9.00pm DJ Switch
10.00pm Ms Dynamite
Hosted by C Strike Z (Central Spillz)
Fresh from her appearance as a mentor on BBC 2’s recent gem ‘Goldie’s Band: By Royal Appointment’ and with recent return to the charts with her smash hit ‘Lights On’ with Katy B, Ms Dynamite is rapidly scaling the dizzy heights of a few years ago when she burst onto the scene in 2002 and became an overnight sensation with her first smash hit ‘It Takes More’. Recent collaborations with Magnetic Man, Redlight and DJ Zinc have only heightened her already massive street cred which escalated following her previous Mercury Prize, 2 Brit awards and Mobo awards, and a 60 hour community service imposed upon her following a brawl in a London nightclub a few years back seems to have done her no harm either. Her new record, which cements her return to the urban scene, is reportedly featuring London producer Labrinth, and her legendary performances on the mic are becoming huge. “I don’t know what happens to me. I’ll go to a gig and meet the promoter and be my usual quiet self but as soon as I get the mic in my hand something overcomes me and I go wild,’ says Ms Dynamite “Then, when I come off stage, the promoter is like ‘What the hell just happened?’ I can’t explain it myself.”That’s all right, we understand, you don’t have to explain yourself, just rip it up on the mic, that’ll do nicely.
Goldie Lookin Chain
GLC are mad as a box of frogs on acid and still making waves several years after their groundbreaking early releases that gained them notoriety and respect across the nation. For some they make a right racket, but for their legion of fans they can do no wrong, and even an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother from one of their rappers couldn’t dent their street cred. Famous for suggesting that your mother might not be everything you might expect downstairs, GLC have shocked and awed on a regular basis for most of the last decade and continue to entertain the masses with their unique combination of rhymes, raps and general shouting down the mike whilst generally going completely bonkers on stage – all nine of them. GLC are the sort of rock n roll outfit that you probably wouldn’t want your daughter to share a tour bus with, and we can expect an hour of highly charged music, insults and complete chaos from this loveable bunch of absolute nutters. Be prepared to be highly entertained and possibly a little shocked, but only maybe), cos this lot are just a little bit more than Dagenham East (one stop past Barking, if you know your East London Underground), they are verging on Upminster (the end of the line).
So what do you know about DJ Switch? Well for a start, make sure you get the right one - there's a lot of 'em about. DJ Switches I mean, not just DJs who don't happen to be called Switch. But how can you any one of them apart? Well here's a handy guide:* This one is an Englishman otherwise known as Anthony John Culverwell, who began DJing at the tender age of 11. Seriously, when you see this guy in action, that fact becomes much scarier.* He's won 3 back-to-back titles in the UK "battle for supremacy", the head-to-head knockout category (2006-2008), gaining his first one aged 17. He also has 3 consecutive team titles with his crew Bionic Stylus, technically making him the most successful competition DJ to come out of the UK. Yeah, okay. should also mention he's now won 3-in-a-row battle for WORLD supremacy titles (2008-2010), for the first time in that category. * He's supported everyone. Even your mum. But if we had to chuck some big old obvious names at you - Professor Green, Mistajam, Tempa T - maybe some certified festival favourites - Beardyman, The Correspondents, The Scratch Perverts, Krafty Kuts & A Skillz - or those 'underground dance biggies' - 16 Bit, Sub Focus, Foreign Beggars, Jack Beats, Nero - even those names from back in the day - Jazzy Jeff, Sugarhill Gang, Q-Bert, Public Enemy
New Generation Takeover Headline Slot
NGT, Bristol's leading youth events team, programme 30 minutes of the best young talent the city has to offer. The winner will be selected from a tense knockout final during VegfestUK fringe week (May 22nd at The Croft, 1pm – 6pm), where they will go up against 10 other equally passionate artists. Expect a captivating performance from the future of the UK's music scene, who knows, they might be headlining in years to come.
The EmperialsThe Emperials are a long running major force on the UK’s Ska scene with a live reputation for fun, entertaining, professional and very lively shows. With an 8 piece line up; the rock solid drums, pounding bass, skanking guitar and Hammond keyboard provide the basis of the band, with the tightest and most energetic brass section in the land adding the blasting horn lines, all topped off by versatile lead & backing vocals.With versatile sets consisting of vintage ska; with either popular ska sets from the days of 2tone, Trojan and Studio One, original ska, our favourite rarities, or a mixture of all. Sets vary depending on the event, and in 10 years they have never failed to fill a venue, get the dance floor packed and the crowds singing, dancing and shouting for more.…As well as headlining shows, the Emperials have worked with great artists and many of their heroes, including; The Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Neville Staples (the Specials), The Beat, Bad Manners, The Selecter, Pauline Black, Rhoda Dakar, Jenny Belle, Secret Affair and Rik Butler (the Jam). Bands that have supported them at their own shows include Roddy Radiation from the Specials, The Hit Ups, First Degree Burns, The Big and many more. The Emperials have also been featured in many national and local press articles, as well as BBC radio interviews and airplay.“How are we supposed to follow that?” Ranking Roger (The Beat)“Absolutely amazing guys, best gig I’ve been to for years” V-Dub festival reveller.“You sounded tight, weighty and totally awesome, and everyone had a great time”
“Fantastic, that’s how I wanted it to sound when I wrote it” Roddy Radiation (The Specials)
Vibratronic formed in 2007 and since then they've been gigging around Bristol and developing into an exciting, tight, 3 piece live act. Singer Leiza has brought lyrically intelligent vocals to a mix of Rik's live drums and Dan's live bass and samples to create a sound that mixes elements of breakbeat, drum'n'bass, jazz, funk, dub and electronica. Their track, The Warning, can be found on Inner City Grit Records Volume 1 - a showcase of emerging local talent - and Slowburn will be released on Volume 3