Two titans of the Drum & Bass scene join forces for a ludicrous daytime BBQ session as Birmingham’s infamous Lab 11.
Drum&Bass Arena and the DNB Collective are no strangers to a stacked line-up; both brands have accumulated legions of fans over the years as a result of some of the finest raves the UK has seen. The former especially is an absolute bedrock in the Drum & Bass world, and has been for over 20 years. Established in 1996 Drum&Bass Arena has grew to become the genre’s number one website and forum, mammoth in comparison to any other such platform. They have won several awards for this, as well as putting out the best selling Drum & Bass compilation series of all time. Serious stuff then.
DNB Collective, meanwhile, have carved themselves out to be the leading promoters of the genre in Birmingham by quite some distance. The city rarely sees line-ups bigger from anybody else, and they are one of the reasons behind the very healthy state of Drum & Bass in the midlands. For the two brands to come together is a very special thing, and the result is monumentally impressive. Their Summer BBQ at Lab 11 could well be the biggest event of the summer, especially if you are a Drum & Bass and Jungle lover. It really is an outrageous line-up set across three unique arenas, doesn’t get much better than this.
We really are not joking when we say the line-up is outrageous, and this is just proven by the headliners – Pendulum. They are one of the biggest acts to come out of electronic music in the past few decades, not only Drum & Bass. A true crossover group, it would not be surprising if a huge proportion of current fans of the genre were turned by the success of their debut album “Hold Your Colour”. It blew the doors wide open for a massive surge in popularity both for them and the genre, with tracks such as “Tarantula” and “Slam”, to name a select few, becoming instant seminal classics. The chance to see them doesn’t come about too often, so for this reason alone the Summer BBQ is not something to miss.
Elsewhere on the main arena line-up are Drum & Bass super group Kings of the Rollers, comprised of Bladerunner, Serum and Voltage. The trio recently released their debut album on Hospital Records to critical acclaim, and subsequently their popularity is bound to increase even further. Characterised by deep, guttural and rolling basslines over the signature Drum & Bass percussion, the group have quickly made a name for themselves in recent years. Many fans of the genre will jump at the chance to see them, but in the presence of so many other huge names it becomes a no-brainer.
Whoever programmed the line-up is due a very hearty round of applause indeed, not just because of the number of hugely successful artists here, but also the added excitement of some certified legends of the game making appearances. If all of these it is the b2b partnership of DJ Randall and DJ Die that will turn the most heads. Both connoisseurs and pioneers in Jungle and early Drum & Bass, the duo are bound to provide a history lesson in the two genres on the 22nd of June. Really something that should not be missed.
Another b2b partnership that will certainly cause some serious excitement is the one between A.M.C and Turno. Both have seen massive success in the last decade or so, counting releases on critically acclaimed labels such as Low Down Deep. Turno has multiple albums under his belt, whilst A.M.C has asserted himself as one of the best DJs in the whole scene alongside legends like Andy C. The latter is genuinely ridiculous on the decks, regularly mixing between 4 channels and exhibiting other incredibly technical tricks. Just look to his UKF On-Air set from 2017 – absolutely mental stuff there. This b2b is sure to be a lot of fun.
And the line-up is nowhere near finished there. The Arch stage run by Drum & Bass arena also has Hedex & Skywalker on the bill, as well as the man behind one of the best-received bootlegs in recent years Unglued. Everybody’s favourite MC Inja is also on hosting duties, proving that this stage alone is well worth the money. Funnily enough though there are a whole two other stages to explore if you dare. DNB Collective take care of The Terrace, with Upgrade b2b Simula on headline duties, as well as jump up Drum & Bass stalwart Tsuki. This stage also contains a b2b between two of the most exciting young talents in the game Particle and Nuvaman. It’s not all certified legends you know, the new-school is being brought through too.
The Drum&Bass Arena and DNB Collective Summer BBQ’s final stage is The Warehouse, and sees DNB City take the reins. Prodigal, Griffin, Amott, Owlska and Serene are on the bill, as well as a host of other hugely talented local DJs. This really is set to be the Drum & Bass event of the summer, and with a line-up this stacked it’s difficult to see any budding fan of the genre missing out. Tickets are currently £22 but hurry, this is bound to sell-out far in advance.
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