In the build up to the Trap/Idle Hands/Donuts takeover of Bristol In:Motion, I couldn’t quite believe the reports. Tickets sales were struggling so much that those who had bought tickets were trying to shift them outside Motion for any price. “How much?” “Three quid…” Three quid?! To see Pearson Sound, Boddika, Floating Points and Ron Morelli? Surely not. Entering the newly decorated skate park did nothing to lift the peculiar vibe, but then with Zebra Katz that was expected. The enigmatic MC was dishing out his brand of camp cabaret and tenacious trap rap to a sparse crowd in the main room, which he compensated for by climbing down and dancing with his audience.
Over in the the Cave Alexander Nut was curating the funkiest dancefloor of the evening. He was hosted by Bristol fashion and funk gurus Donuts, who brought their own flavour to the floor with Tom D as the opener (also catch him at our party with Andrés next month).
We missed the announcement online that Floating Points was not playing, so when we heard the news inside we drowned our sorrows in the techno haven of the Tunnel, hosted by Idle Hands and taken hostage by the Long Island Electrical Systems. Notorious for the having the best system in the club’s four rooms, the tight confines were the perfect setting for some of the label’s most capable ambassadors. Svengalisghost and Marcos Cabral played alongside Idle Hands boss Chris Farrell, before making way for L.I.E.S label head Ron Morelli, who kept us pumping til close, interspersing his set with some numbers off his hotly-anticipated debut album released this month.
An exciting collaboration between Trap Magazine, Idle Hands and Donuts provided us with a quality lineup. If only everyone had got the memo.
Photo credits: Khris Cowley