Dubcentral Residents / City Kulture / Peppery – NYE Ball at Yellow Arch Studios
Sheffield’s legendary music production facility, Yellow Arch Studios is opening its doors this NYE to host a huge underground music event using the entirety if the building for the first time. A massive collection of Sheffield music promoters, artists and record labels have joined forces to fill all 6 rooms of the venue with a wide variety of sounds. This ranges from cutting edge DnB and dubstep to swing and live bands, from minimal techno to chilled house and even some funk, soul and Motown thrown in for good measure!
The Mad Hatters Ball have hosted large scale NYE events in Sheffield for the last four years. This year they play host to one of the main rooms at Yellow Arch combining 4 promotions covering DnB, reggae/dub, jungle and everything in between. Headlining this room is the mighty BRYAN GEE. A definite legend in his own lifetime, BRYAN GEE has been at the helm of DnB for nearly twenty years. His V RECORDINGS record label has pioneered some of the biggest names in the business and helped to create new sounds and styles within the genre. The vocal headliner in this room is KENNY KNOTS, another long-established artist who has been one of the leading lights in UK reggae/dancehall scene since the early 90s. His recent collaborations with MUNGOS HIFI and THE DUBATEERS have gained him world recognition for his stunning performances. Also appearing in this room are Sheffield-based 1`international act, The JUNGLIST ALLIANCE, the FEEDBACK DJs, selectors from DUBCENTRAL and LIQUID STEEL. With <20hz sound system providing the trouser-flapping PA expect some serious sub frequency vibrations!
The second room is hosted by DARK CRYSTAL and SEQUOIA SOUNDSYSTEM. Headlining this room is YOUNGSTA, a founder of dubstep who has performed all round the world and is resident on RINSE FM and at FWD>>. YOUNGSTA’s deep bass heavy dubstep has been a feature of many MAD HATTERS Sheffield NYE events in the past and he made his first visit to the city in 2006 at DARK CRYSTAL. Two local labels R8 RECORDS and OFF ME NUT go head to head, pitting their best artists against one another. The musical mayhem that is SQUIRE OF GOTHOS is matched by ROGUE STATE and many others so expect a high energy furore of bass line infused sounds, powered by one of Sheffield’s premier sound systems! Also in this room is roots and dubstep from SEQUOIA SELECTORS and COLD UP NORF members, ARIE, RUBICONMAN and DUBZEE.
TRIBE OF XANADU are an outdoor events collective from Sheffield who have been hosting tents and providing crews at many of the UK’s festivals, including EDEN in Scotland, award winning WHY NOT? in Matlock and the legendary GLASTONBURY. If anyone knows what a good party consists of it’s these guys! Live bands BULESKIMO and THE BIDDY FIDDLERS are joined by WAYNE SEALEY who toured for many years as part of NIGHTMARES ON WAX.
For those who prefer a slightly more refined affair THE BIG SWING which currently takes place every Wednesday at REVOLTION DE CUBA, are also hosting a room. Expect plenty of Electro Swing and lots of other fun uplifting party music with the THIRSTY EAR DJs, SMILEY MAXX and DJ T-FUNK.
Sheffield has a rich heritage in techno music which is well represented at this event. The SHEFFIELD TECHNO INSTITUTE room will feature ED HORSELY, TERRY DRAGATIS, ANAGRAM and CELLER DWELLER playing minimal tech in true underground styles. For those who need to take a breather, the BITZ’N’PIECES crew from local bar, THE HARLEY, will host the chill out room, playing everything in the world of eclectic and chilled beats.
The event has two outdoor areas, two bars, six rooms of music and wondering entertainers to give the full-on festival/rave experience.
Mad Hatters Room
Bryan Gee (V Records)
Kenny Knots (Dubateers)
Peppery & City Kulture
Fatta Universal Hi-Fi
Liquid steel crew
Powered by 20hz Soundsystem
Sequoia / Dark Crystal Room
DJ Youngsta (Rinse / FWD)
R8 Records vs. Offme Nut
Cold Up Norf
Squire of Gothos
Tribe of Xanadu Room
The Big Swing Room
Thirsty Ear DJs
Sheffield Techno Institute Room
Anagramm & Guests
Bitz ‘n’ peaces Chill out Room
Lickity split (down the woods)
Xzodiac (Key Music Solutions)
Twice the capacity / Two Bars / Two courtyards / Wandering performers / Amazing festival decor
Saturday 31st December 2011
Tickets £12 Earlybird tickets / £15 Advance tickets / £18 on the door
Doors 10.00 pm – 06.00 am
Yellow arch Studios, 30-36 Burton Rd, Sheffield