The Arch pushes bass music forward

While Brighton’s The Arch club may seem relatively new to the seafront, the venue itself has been there since clubbing really started in the city. Since 1984 this legendary space under Kings Road has made clubbing history as The Zap, Digital, and briefly, Coliseum.

There’s a reinvigorated musical direction now flowing from the venue, an attitude which seeks to cover most forms of modern dance music within one space. As part of this, The Arch has started a monthly series of drum & bass events focussing on the artists and labels most prevalent within the genre. These events are part of a wider series of Friday night shows, which will focus on all elements of the bass music sphere, including grime and trap. Always a firm favourite at the venue, history has seen epic d&b events from Hospital Records, Shogun, Essential and Legends of the Dark Black rocking its crowds.

“The more recent musical directives have been the result of an ongoing case study with the intention of bringing the best in dance music to the widest audience,” said the venue’s owner and musical director, Sammy Verghese. “Our aim is to bring what the people want whilst retaining a musical integrity which we feel reflects the image of the venue and its history as a linchpin in Brighton’s underground dance movement.’

Last month saw the start of the series with Serotone and Motive putting on a line-up of headline acts including Jubei, Ulterior Motive, and Serum. “Putting d&b shows on at The Arch is important to us as there needs to be the musical variety and cultural diversity that a city like Brighton demands within the venue,” said bookings and promotions manager, Benjamin Marsh. “We feel that as the leading dance space in Brighton it is the best place to pull all the elements of the dance scene together. It also has the best sound system in town for these kinds of music, especially the bass heavy stuff!”

This month sees Marsh and his team welcome Brighton based audio sample company Loopmasters. They bring Ray Keith’s Dread Recordings label for a Bank Holiday weekend event, with a line-up of d&b legends including Fabio and Grooverider, Randall, Bladerunner, as well as Mr Keith himself. In May there is more in store, as Goldie’s topflight label Metalheadz takes over the venue. There’s some exciting things planned for the summer as well. We won’t ruin any of the surprises, but it will be going off at The Arch this year!

The Arch is at 187-193 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 1NB

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