While last weekend was a quiet one for me, Glastonbury Festival had its usual fill of legendary performances – especially on the electronic music front at Arcadia – and Portsmouth’s scene was busy enough to keep those still here satisfied.
Summer is now in full swing! Tonight we have a launch of a brand new drum and bass brand in Portsmouth entitled Format DnB at The Old Barn, Milton. The line-up sees a fresh take on a locally focused drum and bass night with DJs Ethan Owen, PointFour, Eskay b2b Goblin, Zork b2b Elsta and MC Ren Dola, Intec b2b Baker and special guests Rizzle and Detect from Wrec Records. It’s a fierce combination of local drum and bass talent.
It runs from 8pm until 1.30am with free entry until 10.30pm (£3 after). More details at facebook.com
Tomorrow, tech house/techno collective Jagged Tek will return to Shack Bar and Kitchen, Albert Road as part of their free residency. For those unfamiliar with Jagged Tek, it’s run by DJs Toby and Justin Kemp alongside Luke Fuller and their sets often consist of punchy, driving techno and house beats that are sure to push the vibes all night long. Doors open from 9pm until 1am with free entry all evening.
For more information visit facebook.com
Saturday evening will also see The Old Barn’s techno brand Snug presenting headliner X-Press 2 for their all-day party. If you’re unaware of X-Press 2, they are house music producer/DJ duo Rocky and Diesel (most notable for their 2002 number one hit single Lazy). Their diverse productions and skills behind the decks will definitely make an excellent set. The party runs from 3pm until 1.30am with three rooms of music to choose from. Resident support DJs include Chris Vaux, Klink, JustSayYes, Andrew Robertson, Stu Bryan and more to be announced. Advance tickets cost £9 or £12 on the door. Go to oldbarnmilton.co.uk