Tickets for the First Bass night are on sale now, priced £9
Plymouth residents get a double-helping of old skool flava this weekend thanks to promoters First Bass, who are bringing The Freestylers and DJ Sy to Voodoo Lounge on Friday night (8 May).
For any readers too young to remember, The Freestylers were among the leading lights of the big beat era, alongside the likes of Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, Lo-Fidelity Allstars and Propellerheads. Formed in 1996 by Matt Cantor (ex-Strike, of U Sure Do fame) and Aston Harvey (ex-Blapps! Posse), Freestylers grew into a full 11-piece live band and had a string of hits in the late 90s and early 00s, managing - unlike some of their contemporaries - to shake off the 'big beat' tag with its associations of drunken student discos and establish themselves as credible and well-respected breakbeat artists.
Joining them at Voodoo Lounge on Friday will be DJ Sy, a veteran of the UK hardcore scene who began his DJ career in Nottingham in 1989. Sy was a mainstay of early 90s enormo-raves such as Amnesia, and while he later moved over into the world of happy hardcore, on Friday he's down to deliver a classic rave set. White gloves and whistles at the ready please, people!
Support will come from locals Phat Chex, Lo-Grade and Sorted, and tickets are available now, priced £9/£12. To get yours, hit up the First Bass website.
And if you can't get along this weekend, don't panic: First Bass have plenty more treats in store, including The Bug (AKA iDJ's former reggae correspondent Kevin Martin) on 15 April, and Marcus Intalex on 4 June.