Live Review: Barbershop 001 with Delano Smith, Mark E and Tom Rio

Photos by Artbeats


In which direction do you take a club night when each party becomes a sure-fire sell out, travels to Europe’s best dance festivals and even wins the award for DJ Mag’s club night of the year? While some promoters may get lazy and rest on their laurels, not Just Jack. The Bristol party powerhouse, famed for their creativity and innovation, have started another venture in the form of The Barbershop.

It’s a collaboration with Stokes Croft’s barbers-cum-disco Shambarber, and hosted its inaugural party on 8 June. Much more intimate than their Motion event later on in the evening, the earlier session invited a handful of nearest and dearest to party alongside the mirrors and basins at the barbers, with some of the acts from Motion providing the soundtrack

We were lucky enough to be a part of the selective audience, but for all of those that weren’t, fear not. The beauty of the Barbershop is that each one is broadcasted live online and later made available for audio download. Think Boiler Room, but with the occasional bottle of shampoo and Robin Sure’s world-famous moustache creeping into shot every so often (see video below).


In true Just Jack fashion, the music on offer was impeccable. Resident Tom Rio and Merc label honcho Mark E delivered delectable deep house sets. The highlight, and no disrespect to his predecessors, was Delano Smith. His distinctive take on Detroit house had the crowds beaming, dancing and practically begging to extend past the nine-o’clock curfew.

The Barbershop served as the perfect first course for the house-heavy evening, with each set whetting the appetite for the aural feast ahead. Though the Just Jack boys are keeping tight-lipped we’re told that with the return of In:Motion, some very special acts will take to The Barbershop. Looks like it won’t be too long until we’re back to the barbers for more than just a short back and sides.

Barbershop 002 is happening tomorrow 1630-2100, with Shaun Reeves, Bristol’s Outboxx and The Organ Grinder . For more information about where to watch online, check the Facebook event


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