Event: Bass Culture Clash @ The Roundhouse – Camden

In Reggae & Dancehall by Katie Allen

Event: Bass Culture Clash @ The Roundhouse – Camden

This May Bank Holiday, the booming transatlantic bass union of Brazil and UK are showcasing an incredible line-up. UK representers are dancehall don Stylo G, and fast emerging hip-hop starlet Little Simz. 

Repping Brazil are Bahian reggae star Soraia Drummond and dub pioneers Ministereo Público and party masters JUS NOW. The Culture Clash returns to the Roundhouse in Camden Town and The Great Escape – Brighton, emulating the heightened musicality of Brazil, yet on Blighty soil! – “breaking borders, mashing genres and connecting artists with new audiences and, crucially, with each other.” 

Illuminating the extraordinary significance of reggae even upon fresh bassline genresThe 2012 edition of Bass Culture Clash saw UK reggae acts play at SXSW for the very first time! Thankfully the next year, its 2013 edition Salvador vs London explored Brazilian bass culture connections with shows in Bahia and UK. Future editions will continue to expand the main project, especially for Rio Olympics 2016! Bass Culture Clash 2014 is presented by British Underground in association with Blue Lotus Group, Roundhouse, The Great Escape and the Bahia State Secretariat for Culture.

Sat 3rd May 2014 ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON // 19:30-23:30 // £5 entry

Lil Simz (UK) // Ministereo Público (BRAZIL) // JUS NOW (UK + TRINIDAD) // Soraia Drummond (BRAZIL) 

The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH, £5

Thursday 8th May 2014 THE GREAT ESCAPE, BRIGHTON – 12:00-16:00

Stylo G (UK) // Ministereo Público (BRAZIL) // JUS NOW (UK + TRINIDAD) // Soraia Drummond (BRAZIL)

Audio Brighton, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1TL – free entry with festival wristband


Bass Is the Place Industry Panel – Saturday 3rd May 16.30-18.00

The panel will discuss the ever expanding infrastructure that has developed around bass music – festivals, touring, labels and media platforms. Furthermore, the distinct challenges and international horizons being brought to the forefront. It will identify the triggers of causing this electrifying underground scene to go beyond international; whilst giving expert advice about the music industry.

Panel: Jack Robinson (Outlook Festival) Ben Ryan (Blue Lotus), Tej Adeleye (journalist).

Chair: Crispin Parry, British Underground.