Urban Nerds hit London in 2007, taking over Brick Lane’s 93 Feet East to provide a new home to underground genres spanning grime, dubstep, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, reggae, electro and beyond. They pride themselves on providing DJs who know their way around a needle and who love their sound and have hosted a wealth of talent, pushing some of the biggest line-ups in the capital with the likes of Goldie, MJ Cole, Shy FX, Zinc, Rusko, Jack Beats, JME and Skinnyman, to name a few. Three years down the line and the Nerds can count themselves part of the lucky few to have hosted room 3 at Fabric and room 2 at Matter.
They've also collaborated with the likes of Mixmag, Time Out and the DMC World DJ Championships and in 2010 return to Europe’s biggest ski and snowboard festival, Snowbombing, as an official club partner. Back in London and Urban Nerds are amongst the first on the bass scene to take the sounds of the underground out of the club, pushing boundaries with a string of sell-out warehouse events that regularly see 1500 clubbers dub-step their way through the night in unique, mind-blowing locations. Meanwhile, resident DJs Rattus Rattus and Klose One continue to evolve as two of the hottest DJs on the scene, clocking up bookings across the UK and recently featured with an exclusive guest mix on BBC 1Xtra for Redlight’s In New DJs We Trust show. Known for a great atmosphere and a happy, all-in party crowd, there’s really no one else who’s as nerdy about urban music as this lot!Urban Nerds
Founder Paul ‘Trouble’ Arnold has been championing fresh UK club music at his events for over a decade. Chew The Fat! originated from early South London drum ‘n’ bass parties, but quickly found a weekly residency at the Bug Bar in Brixton, becoming the first to push emerging Breaks DJs such as Adam Freeland, Plump DJs, Tayo, Freq Nasty & Krafty Kuts. Paul soon found a new home for Fat! at prestigious London clubbing venue, ‘The End’.
Over 10 years of showcasing burgeoning DJ talent has now firmly placed them at the epicentre of new musical territory. Layo & Bushwacka, Tom Middleton, Fake Blood, Zombie Disco Squad, Riton and Hannah Holland are just some of the DJs who’ve torn up the Fat! dancefloor over the years…the list of quality line-ups is endless. This long-running commitment to new sounds has led to Chew The Fat! arenas at several UK & European festivals, monthly events across the globe & two consecutive summer residencies at We Love…Space in Ibiza. With a new year bringing a new venue at Cable, London Bridge, a third season at We Love…Space and Foamo as the new resident, it’s no wonder that Time Out included Chew the Fat! in their Top Five Parties to watch for 2009. 2010 looks set to be just as huge!Chew The Fat!
Dirty Canvas was born from humble beginnings at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2005 and has since gone on to become one of London's seminal underground club nights. The night was born out of a desire to showcase the exciting sounds emerging out from the UK underground, namely grime, which was largely overlooked by clubs in the capital. The night soon found a home at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the ideal place to showcase one of the most exciting movements in British music for years.
During these legendary sessions they played host to artists such as Wiley, Tinchy Stryder, Skepta and JME. At the same time another exciting new music was rumbling though the pirate airwaves of London - dubstep. Alongside the MC-led grime music, Dirty Canvas brought DJs such as Kode 9 and Plastician to perform within minutes of the Queen’s residence. The ICA sessions were critically acclaimed, garnering praise from as varied sources as The Guardian, Nylon and the BBC. A series of residencies at the Rhythm Factory and nights at Fabric, Cargo and The Scala featured artists such as DJ EZ, Roll Deep, Joker, MJ Cole, Rusko and Toddla T, focused on providing the best in the UK underground, whether that be funky, dubstep or the revival of UK Garage, which was spearheaded by Dirty Canvas resident Oneman. They’ve also pushed their sound further afield; bringing the new sound of UK Funky and its pioneer Marcus Nasty to Europe’s club capital, Berlin, held off Sonar parties in Barcelona and events across the UK in Nottingham, Bristol, Brighton and Cardiff.Dirty Canvas
Deadly Rhythm are a DJ and promoting crew from South London who specialise in bringing the most exciting, forward thinking producers and DJs together every month. The music policy mixes dubstep, garage, house, 2-step and techno effortlessly.
It all began in New Cross where they ran a series of sell-out shows at the Amersham Arms, bringing grime kingpins like Skepta and Wiley and bass heavyweights like Kode 9, Benga and Rusko together in an intimate setting. Once they outgrew the Amersham Arms they took the party to the bigger stage of Brixton’s Plan B where they currently reside on a monthly basis and have featured the likes Goldie, Martyn, Skream, Benji B, Kode 9, Joker, Dam Funk and 2562 in recent months. If it says Deadly Rhythm on the tin expect massive line-ups, low frequency vibes and one hell of a party!Deadly Rhythm
Hyp!Hyp!Hyp! grew out of a pure passion for pushing the London bass sound forward. Taking Garage and Dubstep as its foundation, and branching out into the worlds of UK Funky, House, Techno and beyond, H!H!H! has moved crowds across the capital, slowly moving southwards to its current home at Brixton's revitalised Plan B.
With strong support from the likes of Fact and Time Out, the H!H!H! crew has seen its profile rise in recent months, as their open-minded music policy and dedication to mixing up the strongest new talent sees them hook up with the likes of Hemlock Recordings, Bad Robots and Dirty Bird, to provide the party faithful with a next level destination for cutting edge dancefloor music.
With guests as diverse as MJ Cole, Rusko, Hatcha, Claud Von Stroke, Roska, Jamie Vex'd, Untold, N-Type, Brakcles, Remarc and more, Hyp!Hyp!Hyp! aims to join the dots between a plethora of electronic genres, resulting in one of London's best outlets for new and exciting sounds.Hyp!Hyp!Hyp!
Vagabondz is a club night conceived to hock in the face of the middle-of-the-road clubbing experience. Their miscellany of events currently spans the UK from London to Brighton, Leeds and beyond and for the last two years they’ve built their brand upon consciously delivering a full-fat live experience.
After cutting their festival teeth at the world’s first and largest dubstep festival, Outlook (Pectrane, Croatia) in 2009 in tandem with New Bohemia and Exodus, many more big things loom on the horizon, so just watch this space! The Vagabondz crew strives to effectively rinse the largest sounds from hip-hop to dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass and dub, yet these are a mere handful of the flavours you’ll find showcased at a Vagabondz club night.
Speak to the team and they’ll tell you that “ultimately, us skint and sluggish types need a fucking good reason to leave the house, and we are proud to be pushing the most innovative, bleeding edge talent that the UK has to offer!” And they mean it…a few people who’ve appeared so far include Plastician, Task Force, Mala, N- Type, Foreign Beggars, Rusko, Logan D, Brookes Brothers and Chef, “providing something a tad more involving than hearing some guy spinning the same records that are spilling out of your own doorway” and they hope you’ll leave their nights still flailing your limbs to the echoes of a burly catalogue of fresh noise!Vagabondz