A year in review: BGR2016

2016 has been a really big year for me, so much has happened. I can proudly say it has been the best year of my life. Every year just gets better and better, I have found where I love life most: in the rave.

This post will take you through my year of 2016:

  • 2016 Video
  • Timeline & Highlights
  • Monday Evening Rave Sessions

2016 video

To celebrate 2016, I have put together little video with shots taken throughout the year:

The track used in the video is Tommy Vercetti – Bring It Back (coming out soon on FXtion Records).


Timeline & Highlights

Below is a timeline of the year, with a list of all events I have attended, favourite event of the month and highlights throughout the year:

January

Favourite event of the month: Dream Don’t Sleep

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Events attended:

  • Krankbrother NYD @ Millbank Tower, London
  • Dream Don’t Sleep NYD @ Tobacco Dock, London
  • Do Not Sleep NYD @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
  • Scuba presents 12 weeks of techno (week 1) @ XOYO, London
  • Morning Gloryville @ Mode, London
  • Apex @ Motion, Bristol
  • Elrow @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham

Year Highlight: The Documentary

Aspect Media and Foxleaf Media worked together to make a short documentary about my raving. Watch here:

February

Favourite event of the month: Awakenings

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Events attended:

  • Funkin House @ Projekt, Bristol
  • Awakenings @ Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
  • Futureboogie @ Oval Space, London
  • LIK (Love Is Key) @ Shoreditch, London,
  • Amnesia presents Portal @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham,
  • VOID @ The Monastery, Birmingham
  • An Evening With Daniel Avery @ The Marble Factory, Bristol

Year highlight: VICE wrote an article

I was amazed to find VICE contacting me asking if they could put a post up about the documentary: https://thump.vice.com/en_uk/article/we-spoke-to-the-sober-raver-who-goes-for-ten-hours-without-a-pint-or-a-pinger

March

Favourite event of the month: Chapter XII

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Events attended:

  • Just Jack @ The Marble Factory, Bristol
  • Hospitality @ Motion, Bristol
  • Bonobo presents Outlier @ Tobacco Dock, London
  • Cream @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
  • Portal @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
  • VOID @ The Monastery, Birmingham
  • Connected launch party @ Bunker, Bristol
  • Peach 2016 @ Koko, London
  • Chapter XII @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
  • Chapter XII By Night @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
  • Banjax rooftop rave @ Blue Mountain Club, Bristol
  • Starworks Warehouse Launch Rave @ Starworks Warehouse, Wolverhampton

April

Favourite event of the month: The Acid Experiment

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Events attended:

  • Eastern Electrics Rickshaw Rave w/ Skream @ London
  • Apex presents Loco Dice @ The Marble Factory, Bristol
  • SIDEXSIDE @ Tobacco Dock, London
  • The Acid Experiment @ Lab 11, Birmingham
  • Knee Deep In London @ GSS, London
  • Toolroom Live @ O2 Academy, Bristol
  • Banjax Breakfast Club @ Basement 45, Bristol
  • Ants @ Motion, Bristol
  • The Blast presents Outlook festival launch party @ The Marble Factory, Bristol

Year highlight: Dancing with Eastern Electrics crew for the Skream rickshaw rave

I took a day off work to go and dance around London while Skream was DJing on a rickshaw around London:

May

Favourite event of the month: Banjax presents BGR all day rave

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Events attended:

  • Banjax presents BGR all day rave @ Blue Mountain, Bristol
  • G-RAVE (Banjax presents BGR) after party @ Timbuk2, Bristol
  • Cutting Edge @ Fire, London
  • Rave On Avon @ Stokes Croft, Bristol
  • Secret City X Void @ Basement 38, Birmingham
  • Shapes boat party @ River Avon, Bristol
  • Parallel Dimensions @ Blue Mountain, Bristol
  • The Acid Experiment @ Lab 11, Birmingham
  • WE ARE FSTVL @ Upminster

Year highlight: hosted rave with Banjax

Bristol promoter Banjax gave me the amazing opportunity to host a rave with them. This is how it went:

June

Favourite event of the month: Junction 2 (also favourite event of the year)

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Events attended:

  • Morning Gloryville @ Oval Space, London
  • Junction 2 @ Boston Manor Park, London
  • Eastern Electrics Bus Rave w/ Easts Everything @ London
  • Found Festival @ Brixton, London
  • Summer Solstice Garden Rave @ Motion, Bristol
  • Parallel Dimensions 2nd Birthday @ Lakota, Bristol
  • InDepth DnB @ Somerset
  • Funkshun @ Lab 11, Birmingham
  • Rainbow Roof Garden Rave @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham

Year highlight: Dancing with Eastern Electrics crew for the Eats Everything bus rave

Year highlight: Junction 2

Junction 2 was my favourite rave of the year. You would have really needed to be there to understand. Here is how it went:

July

Favourite event of the month: Space 27th Anniversary (Also my birthday!)

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Events attended:

  • 10 Years Of Hospitality @ Motion, Bristol
  • Who?¿Cares @ Lakota, Bristol
  • FAC 51 / The Hacienda @ Albert Hall, Manchester
  • Re:cord @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
  • GLAS @ Starworks Warehouse, Wolverhampton
  • FXtion Records presents BGR Sessions @ The Moon Club (Lakota), Bristol
  • The Acid Experiment @ Lab 11, Birmingham
  • Apex @ Motion, Bristol
  • Connected Inner City Festival @ various venues, Bristol
  • Hidden Courtyard Rave @ Hidden, Manchester
  • Sequences @ Motion, Bristol
  • 24hr Garage Girls @ Blue Mountain, Bristol
  • Flashback @ The Doghouse, Bristol
  • Space Ibiza 27th Anniversary @ Space, Ibiza
  • Made Festival @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
  • 2Gether As One @ Lakota, Bristol

Year highlight: Hosted rave with FXtion Records

I had teamed up with FXtion Records to put on a rave at Lakota in Bristol:

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August

Favourite event of the month: Eastern Electrics

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Events attended:

  • Eastern Electrics @ Hatfield House, Hatfield
  • Junction 13 @ A farm, Stafford
  • Cutting Edge @ Ministry of Sound, London
  • Field Trip Festival @ A field, just outside Bath
  • South West Four Festival @ London
  • Banjax @ Blue Mountain, Bristol

Year highlight: dancing with security video

11am, South West Four Festival, I am at the front of the rave just as it opened dancing away, two security come over and ask if they can get a video of them dancing with me. I said “sure, as long as you get it on my phone too”. After watching it back, I chucked it up on Facebook straight away, thinking “This will be sure to make people laugh”, not thinking it was about to go anywhere near viral.

I must say that day and the following week was absolutely crazy for me on social media. This video has had support from The Lab Bible, Mixmag and many more. Here is the video:

September

Favourite event of the month: The Social

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Events attended:

  • Elrow @ Building Six, London
  • MoS 25th Birthday @ Ministry of Sound, London
  • The Social @ Kent Country Showground, Maidstone
  • Abode @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
  • MVMNT @ Amusement 13, Birmingham
  • Boundary @Brighton
  • Moondance @ London
  • Mint @ Leeds
  • Warehouse Project opening @ Store Street, Manchester
  • Abode @ Ministry of Sound, London
  • In:Motion opening @ Motion, Bristol

Year highlight: Working with Ministry of Sound on a video

Ministry of Sound asked me to be in a video for them:

October

Favourite event of the month: Drumcode

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Events attended:

  • AMP @ Tobacco Dock, London
  • Inkh @ Crofters Rights, Bristol
  • CUFF @ Ministry of Sound, London
  • Morning Gloryville @ Oval Space, London
  • Banjax @ The Hub, Plymouth
  • Get Down @ Planet, Plymouth
  • The Acid Experiment @ Lab 11, Birmingham
  • Fabriclondon: 90 (Scuba launch party) @ The Steelyard, London
  • Drumcode @ Tobacco Dock, London
  • Cutting Edge @ 93 Feet East, London
  • Portal @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
  • Abode @ Tobacco Dock, London

Year highlight: Working with Tim Baresko on a video to promote his track “Dance Like This”

Year highlight: Dancing with Tim Griffith for his #fabricfootwork campaign

I had the honour of dancing alongside Tim Griffith who danced outside Fabric for 24 hours to raise money to the #savefabric fund. I put a live stream of it on my page to help raise awareness for his campaign:

November

Favourite event of the month: Liquicity

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Events attended:

  • Defected 500 @ Ministry of Sound, London
  • Liquicity @ Electric Brixton, London
  • Drumcode @ Motion, Bristol
  • Festival of the dead @ Motion, Bristol
  • Hot Creations @ Motion, Bristol
  • Four/Four @ Planet, Plymouth

Year highlight: Dancing on the underground

It was a pretty random and spontaneous idea at the time, myself and my friend Jed decided we would leave a rave a bit early so we could dance around on the night tube instead:

December

Favourite event of the month: Portal

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Events attended:

  • Elrow @ Motion, Bristol
  • Used + Abused @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
  • Regression Sessions @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
  • Crack Magazine @ Motion, Bristol
  • Cutting Edge @ Lightbox, London
  • Audio Rehab @ Ministry of Sound, London
  • Secret City @ The Factory, Birmingham
  • Portal @ Rainbow Venues, Birmingham

Year highlight: Working with Ministry of Sound on their Christmas video:

Year highlight: Working with Prok & Fitch to promote their track “Sheeple”

Prok & Fitch sent me a Shaun The Sheep uniform so I could go out and make a video with it:


Monday Evening Rave Sessions

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Back in March, I started a weekly live stream called Monday Evening Rave Sessions. Every Monday I would dance around whilst a DJ plays a set. It all started when my friend, Alex Parkin uploaded a set from the weekend, having nothing to do, I decided I would live stream me dancing around to his set. A few weeks down the line and I started getting DJs come and provide a mix instead of me having to flick though tunes on SoundCloud or Youtube. From there it has got even bigger where we have taken it to different locations & venues:

  • Basement 45, Bristol
  • The Doghouse, Bristol (Monday Evening Rave Sessions In The Doghouse)
  • A private warehouse, Bristol (Monday Evening Rave Sessions In The Warehouse)
  • A field, Cheddar
  • Quiddles Cafe, Chesil Beach, Portland (Monday Evening Rave Sessions On The Beach)
  • Starworks Warehouse, Wolverhampton (Monday Evening Rave Sessions In The Warehouse)

The following DJs have played on Monday Evening Rave Sessions:

  • Above Board
  • Arran Wells
  • Ben Remember (Toolroom)
  • Darren C
  • Flock
  • Frazer Mitchell
  • Geminus
  • InDepth DnB
  • Inner B b2b Subnote (Introvert Records)
  • Jay Young
  • Lee Pearce (FXtion Records)
  • Little Martyn
  • Lloyd Kelsall
  • Matt Bradshaw
  • Mr Whompy DJs
  • R.E.D Sounds
  • Rob Oliver
  • Roland Wiki
  • Sam Wiltshire
  • Scotty E
  • Simon Lloyd
  • SIW3L
  • The Acid Experiment DJs
  • Tiernan-Locke

I have to give a special mention to Geminus, who soon became resident DJs for Monday Evening Rave Sessions In The Warehouse and On The Beach. They have been played a huge part in helping with the planning and setting up the sound systems etc.

Simon Lloyd also helped organise the Monday Evening Rave Sessions In The Doghouse series.

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