We headed down to Bristol for Tokyo Dub’s second festival, this time held in Eastville Park Arriving at Temple Meads station at the earlybird time of 10:30am on Saturday, we were glad we weren’t the only ones feeling excited. The station was milling with other festival goers, having traveled the length and breadth of Britain to enjoy the day.
As always with Tokyo Dub, the diverse line up was filled with some of the most respected names in the game, with the likes of Dub Pistols, LTJ Bukem, My Nu Leng and Aba Shanti-I all performing on respective stages. And as seems to be the way with Tokyo Dub, everything wasn’t quite ready when we got there, which meant we had to help set up the cloakroom as well as our own space. The cloakroom wasn’t ready by the time gates opened, but only two punters seemed bothered by not having somewhere to put their coats on arrival. We’d already sold 10 ear plugs by then, and like everyone else arriving, we were in good spirits.
From our vantage point next to the cloakroom, the only stage we could really hear was the Wonka Vision stage, and the steady baselines kept us in going whilst we went about our business. We could see the main stage in the distance as well- and every time we looked over a new tune dropped and the crowd’s energy seemed to increase. We were getting pretty itchy feet.. but fortunately for us… we sold out at 7pm! This gave us the opportunity to check out some of the stages.
We started over at the Reggae Roast and Kontakt stage in time to see Mungo’s Hi Fi for some dub, before heading over to Mutiny to see LTJ Bukem. However, as a group, we agreed that despite the fact LTJ Bukem is one of our favourite DJs and producers, tonight wasn’t the night for drum and bass. We headed back down to Reggae Roast and Kontakt for Aba Shanti I for more dub- I’d strongly recommend checking him out if you ever find yourself at an event with his name on it. Afterwards, we headed over to the main stage to check out Gentleman’s Dub Club before the Dub Pistols. For those of you who don’t know, Dub Pistols are a band known for blending hip hop, dub and big beats. They justified their reputation as a great live act, with an energetic, cool and really enjoyable set. We ducked off 10 mins before the end as one of our volunteers, Dave, wanted to go check out My Nu Leng. Dave had been banging on about some tune by some dude named Haywire all day called Dichtomy, really hoping that My Nu Leng would play it, and luckily enough he did. And it was big. So here it is:
Unfortunately there was no after party this year, so we headed back down to Bristol for a night out around Stokes Croft. On the way, we met a young Bristolian who said he knew of an after party somewhere. He didn’t. We went out in Stokes Croft anyway, enjoyed some classic RnB and Hip Hop, before heading home. Much love and many thanks to Tokyo Dub and all involved for having us down, we can’t wait for next year!
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