Celebrating the 4th birthday of Britain’s best touring Jungle rave, Rumble in The Jungle went off with a bang on Friday night at Lakota and Coroner’s Court. Glittering rave-goers and hardcore Jungle heads queued excitedly down the streets of Stokes Croft for access to the hottest party of 2018. After an amazing presale, the last remaining tickets on the door were hot property amongst the not-so-lucky, as the Pro-Audio sound systems rattled the doors from the inside out.
Taking over the streets of Stokes Croft and surrounding The Bearpit, the partygoers flooded towards Lakota to get a lick of the action at one of Bristol’s best rave venues. Blessed by the sounds of some of the greatest currently making noise on the Jungle scene, Rumble in the Jungle hosted the likes of Fat Stash, Gorilla Tactics, Ignition, Vandal and Bristol’s own residency Pull Up Collective, amongst a hoard of other bass talents. Opening up all of the Lakota rooms alongside Coroner’s Court, the swell of a quickstep bpm shook the walls of the old Bristol building, putting the partygoers through their paces on the dance floor.
Sweaty, reeling and possibly a little bruised, we tied our trainers on tighter and shuffled off into the bar for a quick refuel
Slipping inside to a friendly nod from the Lakota crew, we arrived at the dance floor and were immediately swept up in a whirlpool of fierce skanking to the sounds of Dubtime. Atmospherically silhouetted against the Jungle-themed décor and dripping walls at Lakota, the beats created a rampant energy amongst the dancers resulting in some serious quick-stepping and gun fingers being thrown in the air. Not missing their opportunity to throw some bars, the pair on stage interacted smoothly with the crowd, whipping up a big build followed by a fat drop accompanied by killer vocals. Sweaty, reeling and possibly a little bruised, we tied our trainers on tighter and shuffled off into the bar for a quick refuel before Fat Stash took to the stage in Coroners Court.
Running room 3 until 1am, Fat Stash turned Rumble into a roadblock with their mixes and big beats. Bristol native and omnipresent on the Jungle scene in the UK, the four lads never cease to bring a party into full potential with their unrivalled energy and roots-inspired sound. Running their set as a show, the boys got the people moving with some fast beats and heavy bass. Shortly after Fat Stash came the baddest rudeboy around; Rukus who was then followed by the simply savage Mr Benn; both effortlessly maintaining the sweaty energy and big smiles amongst the partygoers.
After a quick sit down refresh, we were ready to blitz Coroner’s Court again to the intrinsic sound of Bristol-based Jungle monsters; Pull Up Collective. We were then startled to be ushered behind the decks and soon found ourselves bopping about with seasoned vinyl pioneer Nick Wright and his mega talented MCs. Bashfully waving off the microphone in a bid to save one’s dignity, we marvelled at the lyricism woven by the talented collective. Sprinkling the crowd with teasers of mega tunes in with hardcore jungle mixes, the boys span until 3am in Coroner’s room 4.
A very late night and not for the faint-hearted, but totally worth the pain, no matter how sore your feet are the next day. Be sure to get in early to the next Rumble at Lakota, tickets are hot property amongst the Bristol underground scene. Till next time!