Boxed: Skream At The Arch - 20th April Preview

Boxed invite underground dance powerhouse Skream for the next iteration of their exclusive 360° laser rave on the 20th of April.


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In recent years The Arch have cemented themselves as the commercial House hot-spot of Brighton. Their most recent project “Boxed” takes things up a notch, transforming the club into one of the most unique things you can find in the country. And that’s genuinely no exaggeration, unless you find yourself on the set of a Sci-Fi-come-rave film you would not expect to see several lasers coming down from the ceiling in the middle of the club, encircling the DJ. Well this is exactly what Boxed offer, they have taken the Boiler Room philosophy and injected it with a futuristic kick. The result is extraordinary.


Now in its 8th version the Boxed parties have consistently proved to be smash hits. And it’s no wonder really – with that level of production and a constant focus on the cream of the crop of current House DJs there’s not much you can do wrong. So far, for instance, they have had some huge names descend on the 360° laser ring – Fatboy Slim, Dennis Ferrer and Idris Elba just to name a few. After a sell-out with highly acclaimed Tech-House duo Solardo at the start of 2019 they are back, this time inviting one of the biggest names in dance music as a whole – Skream.


The Croydon native has had one of the most remarkable journeys in underground dance music one can have. You might know Skream from the early days of Dubstep, where he and a select few others trail blazed their way first through London, then the UK and finally the rest of the world. His debut self-titled album set the blueprint for the rapidly emerging, quintessentially UK genre. Tracks like “Midnight Request Line” and “Dutch Flowerz” have, in little over a decade, become absolutely seminal examples of Dubstep. Following this, together with peers Benga and Artwork, Skream formed Magnetic Man, a Dubstep super-group of sorts that went on to conquer not only the UK charts, but the rest of the world.


And then, peculiarly, everything stopped. As Dubstep slowly got bastardised by the American market its essence got stripped away, leaving only the insistence on “fat drops” behind – its meditative, spiritual qualities all but evaporating. No wonder Skream and co. took a step back from a saturated and overly commercialised market. With the emergence of such artists as Skrillex the Dubstep scene was increasingly dominated by major labels looking to make as much money off the craze as possible. The soul had gone, and so had many of the originators.


What happened next is an incredibly inspiring and totally unexpected jump in scenes and genre. Skream has always been a lover of all sorts of music, it was never just Dubstep, however when he rebranded himself as a House, Techno and Disco DJ many people were shocked. For good reason too, these genres are worlds away from what he started out on – not only in sonics but general philosophy as well.


It’s testimony to Skream’s talent and determination that, if anything, he is even more popular now than he was in the heyday of Dubstep. His Skreamizm parties have taken the roof off of a multitude of venues over the last few years, and his stock as a specialist DJ has risen exponentially. Add regular appearances on Radio 1, Rinse FM, at festivals worldwide and highly prestigious platforms such as Defected and it really is no wonder that, once again, he has hit the big-time.


For all the naysayers shouting from the rooftops “he jumped ship” or “he sold-out” one night at a Skream show will illustrate why he has done what he’s done, and why he’s made such a success out of it. The passion in music is unrivalled, you can see that he really does love what he does – it means a lot to see in a world where DJs often look as grumpy and nonchalant as possible. Not Skream though. In fact this aspect of his personality has often got him in trouble, one particular instance was at the SXSW Boiler Room performance back in 2013. We won’t ruin the surprise; just have a look for yourselves.



 Regardless of what you think of him, there’s no arguing against the fact that he is a real people’s DJ. It can often be hard to find a selector who is fully willing to be a part of the crowd’s journey, Skream is one of those guys who could whip a dance floor into frenzy and be playing nursery rhymes – his energy is unparalleled. It makes the next instalment of Boxed all the more special, usually the DJ is at the front of the room, often on a stage. Not here though, at The Arch he will be bang in the middle, with only a 360° laser cage separating the performer and crowd.


It’s not often that an intimate rave also offers grand production value, but this is what Boxed are all about. You could be close enough to the DJ to touch them, but look up and see several red lasers raining down from the ceiling – pretty cool right? Naturally tickets for this event will almost certainly sell-out, especially with a DJ of the calibre of Skream blasting out the very best in House, Techno and Disco. Entry can be secured from £17, you will want to act quick though, tickets at this price won’t last long.

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