‘We cannot believe we are celebrating 17 years of Bang this weekend!’ says local DJ and Bang resident Emma Gorton-Ellicott.
This Saturday will mark 17 years of Bristol clubnight Bang, bringing its eclectic mix of bangers from the 50s right through to today, spinning tunes from the likes of Joy Division through to Martha Reeves, or in Emma’s words: ‘A vinyl mash-up from punk to northern soul, alternative indie to surf and alternative 80s and ska’.
Getting to blow out 17 candles is a huge testament to Bristol’s enduring appreciation of the vinyl-only cult clubnight, born upstairs at The Hatchett in 2003. On still drawing crowds after all this time, Emma says ‘I think the reason Bang has lasted so long is down to our Bangers – the people that come to the events. They leave their inhibitions at the door and come to Bang to dance and party hard!’
They leave their inhibitions at the door and come to Bang to dance and party hard
While Bang’s appeal remains rooted in the nostalgic sounds of decades gone by, Bang has avoids getting stuck in a time warp, mixing in the odd new release too – though they ‘refuse to go digital’ says Emma.
‘Someone once said if there was a nuclear war, the only things left would be the cockroaches and Bang’.
With 17 years’ experience dishing out rich genre-transcendent bangers, with no egos or attitude, it’s no wonder Bang has a dedicated crowd. Starting out as low-key event where they could play their vinyl record collections, the Bang crew have grown their parties into a cult favourite.
29 February – Bang 17th birthday, To the Moon
if there was a nuclear war, the only things left would be the cockroaches and Bang