The student halls party that made national news welcomes its ‘second coming’ this September. Originating on the 7th floor of Marketgate Halls in May last year, Raveageddon blasted through the night until 8am, with its own Instagram filter showing up on social media feeds across Bristol.
Raveageddon blasted through the night until 8am, with its own Instagram filter showing up on social media feeds
As well as creating some pretty great memories for its attendees, it also helped pave the way for local promoter Eoin Fenton, who in the short time since, has set up his own club nights, taken over the brand management of Patrick Nazemi’s Brooklyn Zoo, and grown a decent for his DJ collective Buckfast Boys Club. Going into his final at UWE studying Business and Events
‘It didn’t start off meaning to be huge party,’ Eoin explains. ‘We made a private event group on Facebook, then someone managed to invite about 400 people, so we realised it was probably going to be a bit of a big party…
we probably had about 600 people turn up over the course of the night
‘It was over two flats – mine and my next door neighbours’ – and we probably had about 600 people turn up over the course of the night.
‘I’d been working in clubs since I was about 17 back home in Leamington Spa, but this was my first actual proper event, if you can call it an event.
‘There was about 10 of us organising it across the two flats, but I did most of the lineup and artwork and things – and the Snapchat filter was my pièce de résistance.’
the Snapchat filter was my pièce de résistance
Of course, you can’t throw a 600-strong party in student halls without landing yourself in some trouble, especially when the media gets hold of the story.
‘One of our friends writes for the student paper and she wrote a piece on it. Then we got calls from the BBC, Daily Mail, The Independent – the big national papers – wanting to run the story. That’s when we decided it’s probably not a good idea to run with this, so we said no to any interviews or talking to anyone.
They managed to get away with just a £70 fine each and a slap on the wrist, so you could almost definitely argue it was worth it for Eoin. Bristol head Patrick Nazemi – resident DJ for Ibiza Rocks and Beats by Dre and the brain behind ginormous student brands Propaganda and Ramshackle – picked up the local news story and decided to offer Eoin a job managing the brand of his more recent brainchild, Brooklyn Zoo.
‘I came to Bristol with an idea to run a brand or club night event. I started DJing for the big brands like Cubana, Wide Eyes, Psyched… I got really friendly with the promoters, which is how I met Steffan who I now run Raveaggedon with.’
Eoin and Steffan initially set up their own night under the name Back of the Bus –fun, student-friendly nights that brought back good times and memories of eras gone, with headliners like So Solid Crew, T2, Oxide & Nutrino and Three of a Kind. Although they felt that they could only go so far with their lineups under the Back of the Bus brand…
So in April this year, they decided that enough dust had settled for them to pick back up the Raveagddon name, inviting drum and bass kingpins Mampi Swift and Kings of the Rollers to help the re-launch the brand at Blue Mountain.
This time, they’re taking over Lakota with headliners DJ Guv and MC Trigga, and Turno B2B Nu Elementz with MC Skibadee
Now September has rolled around and freshers are arriving in their droves, there seemed like no better time for Raveageddon: The Second Coming. This time, they’re taking over Lakota with headliners DJ Guv and MC Trigga, and Turno B2B Nu Elementz with MC Skibadee.
There will also be a host of other talent on show from across the bass music sphere, including Bristol DJ crews Take Off, Dazed and, of course, Buckfast Boys across various party zones: Area 51, Bassline Dungeon, Jungle Ball Pit.
Photography by Sarah Koury for Entirety Labs