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Inferno DnB present Roni Size @ The Tropicana, Weston-Super-Mare 11th September 2021
Headlined by the legendary godfather of Drum & Bass Roni Size alongside the mighty Carasel with support from some of the South-West’s leading up coming DJ’s, producers and MC’s, it really was a showcase of what the area has to offer in the underground DnB scene.
Kicking off the night we had a mammoth 90-minute set from Skanky General alongside MC Boxy representing XYZ Events and getting the crowd skanking out from the start. Inferno residents SK2 & Maestro stepped up next alongside Ryder MC before X-AMNT’s very own Kickback took over with Ryder and Bluejay keeping the crowd bubbling. Bluejay then stayed on to host One7six Recordings’ head honcho Blade’s set before our headline team Roni Size & Carasel finished the night with a blistering 90-minute set which ended up almost being a 2-hour marathon. All in all it was a great comeback event and the start of big tings to come at The Tropicana.
Inferno present.. Thunderdome at Sat In A Field Festival, Cheddar - 28th-30th August 2015
After making such an impression at the 2014 SIAF Festival we were offered to run our own dedicated DnB stage at the 2015 fest so we teamed up with DnB=MC2 to bring the Thunderdome to Sat In A Field. With a stellar line-up covering the whole spectrum of DnB with a smattering of Hip-Hop we embarked on a 3 day (pretty much non-stop) party headlined by Ram Records’ Loko and AFT’S N3gus with support from the likes of Despicable Youth (now Ill Truth), Range & Kable, Vinyl Junkie, Rachael EC, Modify Perspective, Move Mode, Kickback and a whole heap of others as well as some awesome live Hip-Hop from Carasel featuring Blacksmith & Platinum, Big Smokin’ Joe, Kray-z Legz and The Real Danny P. MC’s over the weekend included Trafic, Carasel, Bluejay, AT, Vandal, N20 & more.
We were due to return at the next SIAF Festival in 2018 and would’ve been hosting the main dance stage called The Foundry but unfortunately the festival was forced to cancel due to escalating costs. It’s a huge shame that the 2018 festival didn’t happen, we had a diverse range of acts booked including the incredible Dr Meaker full live show, turntable wizard & breakbeat legend A-Skillz, Old Skool royalty Altern-8, Hardcore legend Supreme and an absolutely ridiculous mix of South-West legends and up n’ comers.
Inferno takeover the Dubshed at Sat In A Field Festival, Cheddar - 22nd-24th August 2014
Inferno promoters SK2 & Maestro were booked to play at the previous years Sat In A Field Festival and were so blown away by the vibe that we just had to get involved for this years event. So in 2014, after a 4 year break from hosting events, we did a Saturday and Sunday night takeover of the Dubshed stage bringing DnB and Breaks to what was previously predominantly a House, Techno and Old Skool dominated area of the festival. 2014 saw the first outing for the new Dubshed stage playing a range of Dub and Reggae throughout the daytime hours before transforming into a full blown DnB rave by the evening.
We had the pleasure of being joined by the legendary Dazee headlining the Saturday night alongside Move Mode and SK2 & Maestro, all hosted by Carasel, N20, Vandal & Bluejay. Sunday night’s takeover saw the Lockdown Recordings boss man Cybin headlining with support from Vinyl Junkie and Hirize, hosted by Jah Lion and Mike Wiley.
This was our first foray into hosting a festival stage and we couldn’t have asked for a better festival to be involved in. Sat In A Field Festival is sorely missed.
Inferno at The Perfect 5th, Taunton - 9th April 2010
Our final event at The Perfect 5th before it’s imminent closure saw us bringing all the residents together for one last showdown. Since being a part of The Perfect 5th’s journey since taking over from Cafe Mamba, we had some great events at the venue and saw some top class headliners pass through but for our last one we thought we’d keep it strictly in the family so we pulled together a line-up of some of our favourite residents from the last series of events, in the shape of Element Soundsystem boss 4-Sight, Rubix Records’ latest signing Re:Criminate (later to go on to form Move Mode), Inferno residents SK2 & Maestro, fellow Nubreaks Radio host and Naked Garden resident Perspective and long-time Inferno resident Hirize.
Inferno at The Perfect 5th, Taunton - 5th February 2010
We were hugely privileged to be included on the album tour for Rubix Records’ very own Kubiks and his Blurred Vision album release. Literally one of the nicest guys in the Drum & Bass scene, Kubiks came down and absolutely tore the place up with support from Rubix’s latest signing Re:Criminate, head of Lockdown Recordings Cybin, Rubadubdub resident 4-Sight and Inferno boys SK2 and Maestro.
Inferno Sessions back at The Railway, Burnham-On-Sea - 12th December 2009
We returned to The Railway in Burnham-On-Sea for a Xmas special Inferno Sessions in 2009 with a mixed night of Breaks, Electro and Old Skool. Headed up by Hirize and joined on the night by SK2, Maestro and GBH legend Zike.
Inferno at The Perfect 5th, Taunton - 11th November 2009
Another first for the Inferno camp and for Taunton as a whole was the appearance of Viper Recordings very own Metrik as part of Vipers Acts Of Madmen album tour. Metrik had long been on the list of artists we wanted to bring to our events so we were uber hyped to have him come down and headline on this one. With support from Re:Criminate, Monk (R.I.P.), Maestro, SK2 and Tommy Gun alongside MC’s Tommy D and Kiron B.
Inferno at The Perfect 5th, Taunton - 7th August 2009
Back in 2009 and before they hit the big time commercially, Sigma were absolutely dominating the underground DnB scene, churning out quality tune after quality tune and playing some of the biggest venues in the country so we were hugely excited to have them come down and demolish The Perfect 5th with a blistering set alongside Sweetpea on the mic. In support we had Lockdown Recordings Cybin alongside Skuph, Taunton veteran Wizz, a triple back2back from SK2, Maestro & Phakt (later to become Hidden Image) and Bassline Records very own Sammy D, all hosted by Sweetpea and Moonie (later to become Big Smokin’ Joe).
Inferno at The Perfect 5th, Taunton - 15th May 2009
After a lengthy hunt for a new home for regualar Inferno events, we descended on the newly opened Perfect 5th (formerly Cafe Mamba) in Taunton. The Perfect 5th was a great intimate underground (literally underground) club which as Cafe Mamba played host to a huge amount of top events so we were overjoyed that they would let us bring our DnB nights to the venue.
Being our Taunton debut we decided to kick things off in a big way by bringing down one of the biggest DnB producers of the time Danny Byrd. Making his Taunton debut as well, Danny came down and alongside Sweetpea on the mic absolutely shelled down an epic headline set. Support on the night came from Re:Criminate, Monk, Phakt, SK2 & Maestro and Hirize, all hosted by Sweetpea, Moonie and Tommy D.
Check out the gallery tab for photos of the night and there’s also a cheeky little video clip of Danny Byrd’s set in the Video section of the site.
First Contact at The Trinity Centre, Bristol - 26th July 2008
Our first proper collaboration event saw us team up with Detonation Boulevard and Oblivion to bring a night of DnB and Breaks to the iconic Trinity Centre in the heart of Bristol. With a stellar line-up comprising of some absolute dons of the scene including the legendary Jumping Jack Frost, Randall and Kenny Ken alongside the original detonator Robbie Dee, Bristol legend “The Coalminer” Kut D (R.I.P.), rising Breaks producers The Equalizers and a triple back2back from Inferno residents SK2, Maestro & Hirize. An equally legendary line-up of MC’s including Joe Peng, Jumping Jack Horner, Robbie Dee, Moonie and Outbreak kept the crowd moving all night.
Unfortuantely on the night we ended up having to turn away over 200 people as we didn’t realise the venue had a no admission after midnight policy.. you live and learn.
Breakout West Weekender at Pontins, Southport - 7th-8th March 2008
After rescheduling the date for the mighty Breakout West weekender we were offered to move the whole event to the much bigger, much better Southport site which enable us to increase the line-up and add an extra venue. As before the event was to be funded by Pontins themselves and all tickets were to be booked through the official Pontins booking system, again all the hard work was done by us, all the artist bookings, curation and logistics etc. but with just a few weeks to go Pontins pulled the plug and cancelled the whole event citing licensing difficulties. This was the last time we would have any dealings with Pontins.. onward and upward!
Breakout West Weekender at Pontins, Brean Sands - 14th-15th December 2007
In early 2007 we were approached by Pontins to run a Breaks and Drum & Bass weekender at their site in Brean, Somerset. They would fund the whole thing and we would run it. This was an absolute no-brainer from our point of view so we set about booking an absolute hooner of a line-up and curating an epic weekend of shenanigans.
With the likes of Deekline & Wizard, Slyde (Live), Ctrl Z & Screwface, Soul Of Man, The Rogue Element, Drumattic Twins (formerly Shades Of Rhythm) among a whole plethora of top artists from the world of Breaks heading up the main arena, legends of DnB including Micky Finn, Shimon, Total Science, Nicky Blackmarket, Simon Bassline Smith and Matrix & Futurebound all part of an Urban Takeover showcase in the DnB Arena also hosted by MC Det, Eksman, Darrison, Shabba, Youngman etc. and a third arena showcasing the best of the South-Wests underground talent, this event was set to go off big!
That is until Pontins informed us they had to reschedule the whole thing to another date due to building work being undertaken on the site.
Inferno Sessions at The Railway, Burnham-On-Sea - 1st December 2007
The build up to our big weekender at Pontins was insane but we still managed to pull off another of our inferno Sessions nights just a couple of weeks before the big event was due to drop. The official Breakout West warm-up party was a back2back frenzy with the likes of Lewis D vs Monk, Zike vs Tommy Gun, Maestro vs SK2, Trademark vs Cameron K, Toby D vs Perspective Music and Funky Gee on warm-up duties. This would be our last Inferno Sessions night for 2 years.
Inferno Sessions at The Railway, Burnham-On-Sea - 2nd November 2007
We returned to the Railway for another Sessions night in November but this time on an Old Skool vs Nu Skool Breaks tip. Headlined by the awesome Dave Grier from E-Lab Rat (formerly from Old Skool legends Orca) and including SK2 (on an impromptu and unannounced back2back set with Hirize and special guest MC Robbie Dee), Maestro, Jaba and Zike.
Inferno Sessions at The Railway, Burnham-On-Sea - 21st September 2007
Once again back at The Railway fror another Inferno Sessions night, this time making what would become their last ever appearance as Skamfunk (SK2, Maestro & Funky Gee) also joined by Narley & Wizz, Trademark and Zike.
Inferno Sessions at The Railway, Burnham-On-Sea - 18th August 2007
After the success of our first Inferno Sessions night back in July, we returned to the Railway for another intimate installment. This time headed up by Hirize throwing down a classic “Sketch” House set alongside Maestro, SK2, Alex Selley and Toby D.
Inferno Sessions at The Railway, Burnham-On-Sea - 20th July 2007
The first of a brand new series of smaller, more intimate bar nights running alongside our main events, Inferno Sessions. Keeping it strictly Old Skool and Breaks we brought together a load of DJ friends for a night without all the big production, just a set of decks, a hefty soundsystem & some moody lighting. Inferno residents SK2, Maestro and Funky Gee teamed up for a triple back2back set as Skamfunk alongside Mark Neenan, Jaba and Zike.
Inferno at Flaming Jae's, Brean - 20th October 2006
Our third and final installment of Inferno at Flaming Jae’s and we were gonna go out with a bang, swapping rooms for this one with DnB and Breaks in the main room and House, Hard House and Trance in the 2nd room. Seeing a packed venue rocking to the sound of Nicky Blackmarket in sleepy old Brean was quite a surreal experience. Supported by SK2, Maestro, Jaba and Funky Gee in the main room, Reverb, DV8, Hirize, The Element and Shy Tot in room 2, the whole place was jumping from start to finish. Sadly Flaming Jae’s was taken over by new management shortly after and they decided that underground dance music was not the sort of thing they wanted at their venue (the noise complaints from neighbours probably didn’t help matters).
Inferno at Flaming Jae's - 18th August 2006
After the success of our first ever Inferno event back in July, we returned for another installment, this time taking things up a level and adding a second room. With the main room playing host to Techno, Trance and Hard House courtesy of Maestro, Reverb, DV8 and Rob Da Phunk and in room 2 SK2, Zike, Jaba and Funky Gee providing the Breaks and DnB.
Inferno at Flaming Jae's, Brean - 14th July 2006
Our first ever Inferno event! We transformed a steakhouse style restaurant into a full blown rave venue, cleared the place of tables and chairs, installed a hoofing soundsystem, lights, decor etc. and invited down a few of our DJ mates to come and throw down some beats. Not really knowing what to expect from a brand new event to hit the scene, at a completely unknown venue, in a sleepy holiday town in Somerset we launched to much acclaim from local club goers citing us as a breath of fresh air in an stagnant area of non-clubland.
This was only ever going to be a one-off party by a bunch of mates for a bunch of mates and anyone else who could be bothered to show up but became the start of a constantly evolving journey that is still going today.