Bristol is a city full of great clubs as well as being a thriving scene for house, bass and techno music. Home to many quirky venues such as The Croft, Timbuk2, Motion and Mr Wolf’s, it’s never really hard to find a decent place to go for a heavy night out.
So when I heard about the launch night for Apex set for 1st December I was curious to find out how it would go down with the usual crowd. Prices for tickets started at £3 for an Early Bird and £5 after that (M.O.T.D), which was a pretty reasonable price in my opinion. Any more and it would’ve seemed overpriced, especially with Bristol’s current popular club night 51 27 at Thekla hosting some of the biggest names out there every week for free. The line-up was definitely impressive, with top producers Phaeleh and Synkro hosting the main room, with many other well-known DJs including Bristol based My Nu Leng, Jaydrop and Gage included.
The event was held at Blue Mountain, a 600-capacity venue in the heart of Stokes Croft. The venue features a main room with a bar on the ground floor, as well as a second room and bar up a rather steep and narrow set of stairs. My initial reaction was that this would be too small a venue. I was right in some aspects – after totally selling out all advance tickets and with the last 50 on the door being snapped up within minutes it was completely packed and very sweaty in there, however the general buzz and excitement coming from a crowd so large added a great atmosphere to the night.
And this was no ordinary crowd. Packing themselves in as tightly as possible, it was clear anyone trying to get any closer than a good 5 feet from the stage would have a damn hard time trying to push their way to the front. As soon as Synkro took to the stage after a notable set from Gage, the crowd broke into a wave of cheering and applause. Known for his melodic and emotive music, he instantly stole the crowd’s attention, playing some of his best tunes including Closed Doors, Look At Yourself, and his impressive remix of Daughter’s Love.
After a 60-minute set he retired from the stage to cries of excitement coming from the crowd as Phaeleh began. Phaeleh is one of Bristol’s finest, who’s become a success by producing songs I can only really describe as a much smoother style of dubstep – completely slowed down to a point where you almost want to find yourself horizontal over vertical – featuring instrumentals and synths. However, when blaring out of the speakers the crowd were enchanted, nodding their heads and moving their bodies along to tracks including In The Twilight, Lament, and the hugely popular Afterglow.
After Phaeleh came My Nu Leng, who was followed by Lone Ranger b2b with Avra, completing a brilliant night and successfully eclipsing Apex’s first event. A special mention should also go out to all DJ’s upstairs in the second room: Brittune, Temporal, Jaydrop, Synthesis, Daffy and Scruffy – as every time I walked into that room the songs were blaring and the crowd were going mental.
After an impressive first event Apex have already secured their next event in the new year at Blue Mountain on 2nd February, featuring Dark Sky, Eliphino, Troy Gunner and Artifact to name a few. Early birds have already sold out so be quick to get yourself a ticket if you don’t want to miss the next one; it’s guaranteed to be another incredible night.
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All photos used in this article were taken from the event photo album featured on Apex’s Facebook page, therefore all credit goes to these photographers and not the author of this article.