As a newcomer to the UK and Bristol, I was excited to experience the city’s underground scene that I had only read about.
Despite all the fresher's events I felt that this was going to be my initiation to the Bristol underground scene. That’s why it took me only 5 min to convince my friends to get out and go to a jungle night.
A LOT OF THE THINGS WERE SIMILAR TO THE BULGARIAN UNDERGROUND SCENE – THE STICKY FLOOR, THE AIR, THE GENTLE STEPPING ON YOUR SHOES AND THE ELBOW PUSHES. HOWEVER, THERE WERE SOME MAJOR DIFFERENCES – DRUGS
"It took me about 15 min to hear 'Mate, do you have some xanax?' "
Let's say I looked suspicious. In the next half an hour I saw at least 4 people taking ketamine directly off their hand. After I asked my friend, I understood that Ket is a lot cheaper than cocaine and that you could buy it with a prescription. Judging by their facial-expressions and chaotic movements at least 60% of the people present were on serious drugs.
I probably shouldn’t be too surprised, however it makes me sad to be with people who can only swallow the music i love with pills.
Everything falls into its place when you see some of the few “true” junglist dancing with smiles of joy, looking like they just came home and found their childhoods favourite dish served. This is the result of a high quality music selection.
Please enjoy one jungle's classics. For those who don't know, Roni Size is from Bristol. In September 2009, he and Reprazent played a gig with an orchestra and choir for the re-opening of Bristol’s Colston Hall, collaborating with the BBC’s Nature's Great Events composer, William Goodchild.
I heard really skilled and ambitious local DJs, whom I hope to have the opportunity to meet in person. The jungle classics which made me feel home or the second floor's heavy vinyl tunes, which only true Bass Heads can appreciate, compleated the night.
I felt this night had been my real Fresher’s Fair as it made me whistle my favorite MC’s line “drum-to-the-bass & bass-to-the-drums”.