Since rave exploded into the public consciousness in the late 80s, UK dance music has been in a state of constant evolution – hardcore morphing into jungle, UK garage morphing into dubstep, sounds splintering and genres proliferating. This year’s Red Bull Music Festival celebrates the many permutations of UK bass across all three rooms of London’s most famous club, fabric.
Room One assembles a cast of UK artists and labels that have made a global impact on electronic music. R&S stalwart Blawan airs his slamming industrial techno, while a series of pairings link likeminded artists pushing UK dance music forwards: Hessle Audio visionary Pangaea links up with techno shapeshifter Pariah for a 150BPM set, Saoirse digs into her wide-ranging bag alongside dubstep experimentalist Appleblim, and Timedance mainstay Bruce is joined by rising star Danielle.
The tempo increases in Room Two, as we invite a range of artists to explore jungle, drum & bass and other closely linked derivatives. One of the stars of the Houndstooth camp, Special Request plays back-to-back with revered junglist Source Direct. Adam F plays a special ‘Colours’ set inspired by his breakthrough. Sherelle and Addison Groove explore the links between jungle, D&B and Chicago footwork in a joint session. Fresh talents Jossy Mitsu and Fauzia also join forces, while Impey kicks off the proceedings with a set exploring the links between grime and club music.
Room Three marks the shift from UK garage into dubstep, with a special focus on the pioneering artists who spearheaded the movement. Oneman goes head-to-head with L U C Y joined by Sgt Pokes on mic duties, while El-B, Horsepower Productions and Dan DNR all face off. A.G. lands with Yizzy, Lioness and Manga Saint Hilare, with the bill completed by two 140BPM specialists on the ascent, Sicaria Sound.