Saturday the 29th of July saw the arrival of a new clubnight in York. Bassment is a night unlike any other happening here right now and is a welcome addition to York’s small but imperfectly formed alternative music calendar.
The music spans a wide slice of genres featuring some fine purveyors of Black music; from Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye to De la Soul and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. The night will walk you through Hip-Hop and Funk, by way of Soul, to Reggae-Dancehall and Reggae, taking in a load of other mash-ups and mixes. On top of that, it’s just a few quid to get in (£3 advance and £4 on the door).
It’s being run by part of the team that brought you the Full Moon Reggae charity nights last year, so you’re guaranteed some sweet tunage and experienced DJs who know how to pack out the floor. I spoke to Ali (one half of the DJ duo behind Bassment) to get his take on how their opening night went;
“The night attracted a really friendly crowd. There was a big mix of ages and a real party atmosphere. All-in-all, a definite success”
So if you’re tired of hearing the same old tunes on a Saturday night or just want to broaden your musical horizons then Bassment could be what you’ve been looking for. For your next chance to get skankin’, get yourself down to the Basement at City Screen on Saturday the 17th of September and ‘get down’ to Bassment.
All this talk of a new clubnight in York has left me wondering what else is out there. Here are a few more I think worthy of your attention (and attendance);
Started in 1996 at The Arts centre, Freakin represents quality House music, fiercely proud of its open-minded attitude and a well established draw for lovers of House and Techno in the north. A mix of top House and Techno DJs from around the world share the decks with Freakin’s regulars Rich Clark, Jax, Leo Clayton and Patrick Funk. The atmosphere at Freakin is one of its major assets; a lot of the crowd have been there since the beginning, all of which makes for a really inclusive feel.
York’s longest running Indie Rock ‘n’ Roll Club, running since February 2005, is now back in the fully refurbished & bigger Fibbers. Always guaranteed to throw up a boxful of classics to keep you glued to the dance floor (not literally). Fridays, 10:30 ’til 4:30 £3 admission before midnight with flyer (£5 afterwards)
Rock night at the duchess. Fridays, 11 til 3. For people whose tastes dictate a little more oomph, a new rock night in York! With DJs Yog, Lauren and Sye bringing you an all manner of headbanging, thunderous tunes for you to thrash the night away to. Drinks promos and £3 entry before midnight (£5 after).
Playing classic 60′s & 70′s Northern Soul, Ultra Modern, Soulful Jazz, Soulful Latin & 60′s R&B and up-and-comers. With resident DJ’s; Barry Forth, Jay Cee and Ricky Nelson. Downstairs at Kennedy’s Wine Bar,1a Little Stonegate. Fridays 8pm – 2am free entry.