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Club Focus: Brunel Rooms

Since returning to clubland consciousness earlier this year, Brunel Rooms have been positively on fire. We look ahead to what the Swindon club has in store for us over the next few weeks...

Jimmy Coultas

Date published: 28th Oct 2013

Photograph: Wiley

Since re-opening in August this year, Swindon’s Brunel Rooms has hosted some of the biggest names and thrown some of the most enormous parties in the south of England. The huge 1800 capacity venue has firmly reestablished itself as the clubbing destination of the South West, with the biggest DJs working at the moment headlining the venue every weekend making the most of its Funktion One sound systems and sophisticated visual setup. We take a look ahead to some of the forthcoming highlights at the mighty Swindon club.

Wiley

The 2nd of November sees one of the Grime’s most prominent figure’s head up a Halloween special. Rapper, MC, record producer, songwriter, twitter abuser, and grime godfather Wiley will be the main attraction as Brunel Rooms kits out in devilish decor and spooky set design. As one of the country's leading lights in grime, Wiley will be on point to deliver his outspoken off-kilter lyrical genius that has made him such a popular and influential artist in the UK. 

DT #45 w/My Nu Leng

DT return with their 45th installment on the 8th November with a killer line up of bass music's most ingenious producers in tow. My Nu Leng appear at the fore, bringing their hard to define, bass heavy bliss to the Swindon crowd. Customarily traversing so many genres with their sets, expect everything from the ethereal beauty of Burial to pounding four four records from the likes of Trevino, as well as an extensive collection of My Nu Leng’s critically lauded own material.

Their sets veer far away from run of the mill formula and into an exciting joy ride through bouncing dancefloor wares. These two are simply awesome behind the decks, well worth checking out. Swindon born, now Bristol based Artifact will be in support, with his tough no nonsense driving techno meets low slung bad ass house with dub flavoured basslines that has made him one of the scenes finest exports. Those that like their bass music with brains are in for an absolute treat.

Bedlam presents Rudimental

The 29th November sees one of the country’s highest flying cross genre bands arrive at Brunel for an eagerly awaited DJ set. Last year was Rudimental’s year, with single ‘Feel The Love’ hitting all the right notes, sending their drum n bass, liquid funk, pop sound into mainstream consciousness, instantly resulting in a number one hit, and charting in the top five everywhere from Australia to The Netherlands.

Earlier this year 'Waiting All Night' repeated the same trick, hitting number one once again, followed by a number one slot for their album Home. The MOBO awards loved them to, with Home winning the Best Album accolade. The four piece are more gifted than most at knowing how to get a crowd whipped up and dancing, their live DJ set brings their carnival attitude to the live setting is an unmissable opportunity to sees one of the hottest bands in the UK presently playing the music they are most passionate about. A very fitting return of Bedlam after a six year hiatus from Swindon.

DT#46 w/ B.Traits

The beginning of December welcomes DT back for number 46 in their long running night of bass music excellence, and welcome one of the biggest stars in this country, Radio One taste maker and Digital Soundgirl B.Traits. As one of the new DJs we trust, B.Traits deft skills as a DJ have seen her span genres at will, resulting in eclectic mixes that border on the legendary. Just check out her mix for Mistajam's Radio One show to see what we mean.

On the production side of things she has honed a sound distinctly her own, with everything from breakbeat to jungle, dubstep to dancehall, and hip hop to house being considered, creating output that has found favour with some of the biggest DJs in the world, most notably Shy FX, who snapped her up for his label Digital Soundboy, catapulting her into bass music consciousness. Yet another wise booking from the ever impressive DT crew.