Opening with a vengence, Motion’s new ‘open air club’ officially ingratiated itself to Bristol clubbers at the end of August. Yard combines all three of the world-favourite rave centre’s outdoor spaces – Container Yard, Crane Yard and Lock Yard – to release the spaces’ full potential for a proper garden-style blowout, and inviting some of the biggest names in underground dance music to help break it in properly.
Igniting the senseless joy that dancing al fresco carries, the day-to-night opening party gifted a great sense of togetherness along with an unbeatable festival vibe
Igniting the senseless joy that dancing al fresco carries, the day-to-night opening party gifted a great sense of togetherness along with an unbeatable festival vibe as the sun poured down on the sold-out event.
Axel Boman kept the summer vibes flowing with some easy and energetic techno sounds,
Starting the dance in the shining sun, Axel Boman kept the summer vibes flowing with some easy and energetic techno sounds, before we slipped across to the Crane Yard to catch some of Daniel Avery’s signature deep beats.
Stumbling into the jam-packed Lock Yard, Nitelife grabbed a slice of stone-baked pizza from one of the many food vendors dotted around the site and adding to the festival vibes, before swallowing a significant dose of the ever-impressive Midland.
Next up was Bristol’s own techno eccentric Eats Everything, who took to the familiar decks ready to bring the party through to evening with a two hour closing set.
As the sun began to sink in the sky, Nitelife found ourselves locked in a fierce techno-induced dance off with several glitter-soaked ravers during the much anticipated Jeff Mills set. The Detroit underground pioneer and major headline scoop blew minds throughout his two hour set.
Working hard to keep his techno beats contemporary and fresh, his tunes had the crowd pulsating with 130bpm energy and otherworldly beats. Mills strung his fluid techno set together with an infamous ease, accompanied by a stimulating wash of strobe lights and sensual dry ice.
Mills strung his fluid techno set together with an infamous ease, accompanied by a stimulating wash of strobe lights
Stirring up some serious attitude with his famously fast techno hands and bouncing around the newly installed rig at Yard, Mills awakened a spirited craze within the party-goers, resulting in a few sore feet, spilt beer and a token crowd surfer.
With a student-friendly feel and laid-back ambience, the techno-heavy event brought some truly fantastic live sets from Jeff Mills, Eats Everything, Daniel Avery and Joy Orbison – who were major highlights for us, along with a smattering of smaller sets across the three stages to keep the dance moving for 10 hours straight.
a smattering of smaller sets across the three stages to keep the dance moving for 10 hours straight
Bristol drum and bass heads RUN will be taking over the new outdoor complex this weekend for a party to a slightly different tune, with some of the biggest names in drum and bass, including Clipz, Hype, Congo Natty and SASASAS – read our interview with the drum and bass supergroup here.
Words by Molly Chinner
Photos by Ania Shrimpton for Entirety Labs