With the Easter weekend fast approaching, we here at Tricky Towers are filled with a sense of pant-wetting excitement at the clubbing treats soon to be served up in Bristol. So without further ado, here's our guide to the nights worth checking…
Thursday 5th April
EMPATHY 6th BIRTHDAY @ BLUE MOUNTAIN, STOKES CROFT
For this celebration of six years of Empathy hedonism, James Holden and Hybrid will be joining Stuart, Jim and the rest of the prog/tech house residents. Should be big.
Friday 6th April
PAYBACK HI-FI @ THE BANK, JOHN ST
Starting at 8pm, this reggae/dub session will be the perfect start to your weekend. Paul from Payback and Trciky Disco/best before: pal Andy Clarkson are the men with the deck skills. Worth checking - especially as it's in Brizzle's fastest-rising boozer-come-party venue.
MUTANT POP 1st BIRTHDAY @ ARC BAR, BROAD ST
Another birthday celebration, this time from those pesky techno kids Mutant Pop. Joining ressies Rich Carnage, Puffin Jack, Gareth Watkins and Mike Bull will be Emptyset, who'll be getting hs laptop out and doing a live set. Mutant Pop is usually a good crack, so head down and toast their first birthday. A move to Native is afoot soon.
SOLID STEEL @ TIMBUK2, SMALL ST
The Detectives of Perspective crew present something special - a rare chance to see DJ Food & DK recreate their brilliant '… Now Listen Again' mix album live. Also gracing the ones and twos will be the legendary Steinski. Pretty hip-hop, admittedly, but worth a gander for sure.
FRUITY ANTICS @ THEKLA SOCIAL, MUD DOCK
Easter weekend antics from the Fruity crew. Not sure who the big house guest is this month, but Christophe Stayhigh can always be relied upon to provide some ace discoid action upstairs.
BUMP AFTERHOURS @ THE TUBE, UNITY ST
Ed, Lindsay, Chris and co present another messy session from 3.30am. The Tube is tiny, so this should be good - if a bit scary unless you're, erm, "refreshed" ;)
Saturday 7th April
BARBARELLA @ SECRET LOCATION, BRISTOL
Our old mate Mr Cristian teams up with pal Robbie Jay for the first of a series of goodtime bashes at secret locations around the city. Yours truly - Sell By Dave, in case you'd forgotten! - will be on hand to start and finish proceedings with some discoid belters, with Cris and Rob housing it up in between. Contact us for invites and guest list - it's free and the capacity is 100, so act fast!
Sunday 8th April
DETECTIVES OF PERSPECTIVE @ THE APPLE CIDER BAR, WELSH BACK
If the sun shines on Easter Sunday, this will be special. The Detectives will be slapping down some tuneage from midday on the open air deck of the Apple cider bar's river barge, while they'll be a barbie smoking away on the quayside. Even if you're hungover or feeling the effects of a big night out, this is worth hitting - especially as the cider served up will be lush!
NORMALISE @ HUSH HUSH, CHELTENHAM ROAD
Not had confirmation of this, but pretty sure the Normalise boys will be doing their usual fortnightly Sunday session at the cosy HushHush. If so, hit it hard for pagan disco, crackle haus and bathtime techno - it's not like you have work in the morning!