It might seem like a madness nowadays, but believe it or not until a few years ago boring single genre events were the accepted norm (with the possible exception of massive festivals and parts of the free party scene). Music fans in general were very tribal and it was almost unheard of for a promoter to offer the opportunity to dance to a whole range of different genres on one night all under one roof… Sound boring? Yeah we thought so too.
At some undisclosed point in time, three guys met up somewhere in Bristol, and after a few too many drinks they got a bit shouty and embarrassing and eventually decided they were all bored of this narrow minded approach and that it was time for a change… The Blast was born.
A few hazy years down the line (not to mention a lot of late nights and amazing events in the meantime), The Blast started to feel it was time to up the stakes a bit… it was time to break free from the safe little cocoon of our much loved 200-300 capacity venues and hatch out into a full blown megarave.. We stepped up to the plate, and the monster that is STB was born:
Rolling forward a couple more years and The Blast and STB events are now very much one and the same. Most importantly we still staunchly refuse to be limited by genre, venue or convention, we simply strive to keep making each event the most fun we can…
Here is what a few of our favourite artists over the years have had to say:
“Shit The Bed nights are definitely without a doubt the best club/warehouse parties in the southwest of the uk." Redlight
"There is never any doubt that The Blast is gonna be a weighty show to play .. I’ve had some of my best gigs in the uk here." Toddla T
"Bristol is one of the best cities in the world to play music in, and The Blast & Shit The Bed are definitely the best nights to be at. 2 of my favourite gigs in the world!!" Plastician
"Hands down the best night in Bristol, always a pleasure to play there." Dark Sky
A.Quake is a duo comprising two of the Blast’s founding members.
The pair met at a house party in Bristol over 10 years ago and have been djing together ever since. Citing a broad range of influences including everything from late 90s Ram Trilogy and Congo Natty era DnB, Metal, Wu Tang, The Bug, Redlight and dBridge (not to mention The Beach Boys and R Kelly on a good day). A.Quake have thus far offended dancefloors all over the UK from Glastonbury to Elephant and Castle. Typified by a love of Bass and all things ridiculous but always with their roots firmly in bass and jungle influenced sounds.
One half of A.Quake and a resident of both The Blast and Jittabug. TS2W pushes the envelope of 160-180bpm jungle, dnb, and juke inspired sounds.
JayDrop aka Jay Jennings is a 23 year old DJ / Producer based in Bristol UK. From his early Dubstep productions 4 years ago to his more recent 170 tunes Jay has continually gained support from renowned artists across the spectrum. He’s released on both UK and European labels, graced the main stage at Fabric and played at some of the UK’s biggest club nights.
Early support for Jaydrop came from the Dubstep / Grime pioneer Plastician on his Rinse FM show. This followed by the Tempa released Dubstep Allstars compilation which featured 2 JayDrop tracks entitled Blind Run and That’s How It Is.
2014 saw an EP release on Swiss label Demand Records as Jay began to speed up his production tempo to 170. Further releases that year came on Alchemic Breaks as well as Skutta Records alongside Mystic State. These gained him support from the likes of Skeptical, Loxy, Icicle, Eastcolours, Hydro and Ruffhouse, but it’s the support of Doc Scott that will see Jay release on his legendary 31 Records imprint in 2015.
Resident motor mouth Koast has been smashing up dances for over a decade now, taking in garage, dubstep, hip hop and a little bit of everything else in between… A versatile MC who is equally comfortable on stage or in the studio (alongside his Central Spillz crew), he has performed everywhere from Glastonbury to Croatia, Belgium to Bristol, and London to Manchester, gracing the stage at nights such as STB, Run, Basslaced & Detonate along the way.
Koast has also notched up releases on labels including HENCH, Ninja Tune & Black Butter, and is currently working on his own label Durkle Disco. Koast has bars for days, but also possesses that rare gift so many MC’s seem to lack… knowing when to shut up!”
FMS has been around the Bristol music scene for almost ten years. A versatile quick mixing DJ who has built a reputation as one of Bristols maddest Bashment selectors, throwing Dancehall, Reggae and Soca into the mix and connecting the dots to UK Bass music such as Funky, Grime and Garage.
As well as STB he holds down a residency at Hot Wuk in Bristol, runs his own Rave/Soundsystem/Blog ‘Reload Sound’ and can be found playing all over the place. When he’s not DJing FMS also writes about Bashment, Funky and Grime for Trap Magazine and recently produced a Dubstep/Grime collaboration with H.E.N.C.H’s Minus called ‘BCN’, which gained support from the likes of Skream, Mista Jam, N-Type, Mensah and many more.