Ronnie Herel finds out about three classic club nights that built the foundations of today's music culture, covering Soul II Soul, Wild Bunch and Metalheadz.
Over two episodes, Ronnie Herel looks at the last three decades of UK club culture and selects six club nights that had a genuine impact on the world.
Part one covers three nights: Soul II Soul at the Africa Centre; The Wild Bunch at The Dug Out; and Goldie's 1990s drum 'n' bass club Metalheadz.
We start out in London in the 1980s with Jazzie B's Soul II Soul night at the Africa Centre. Jazzie and Rose 'Fairplay' Windross take us there, whilst author Lloyd Bradley explains how this was the first club to take soundsystem culture into the West End, creating a genuinely multi-racial club at a time when many clubbers faced racist door policies.
We head to Bristol and find out about how punks and dreads hung out together at The Wild Bunch's club nights. We see how the club helped turn this group of DJs into a world-famous band, Massive Attack, and we hear from Goldie, who went to the club, that this place laid the foundations for today's clubs.
The final half hour takes us right onto the middle of the dancefloor at Metalheadz. We hear how jungle and drum 'n' bass developed and we see how Goldie's club took an underground scene and blew it up worldwide. We hear from Goldie, Doc Scott, MC Cleveland Watkiss, as well as other DJs and clubbers, who bring the vibes and explain why Metalheadz changed everything - and influenced the next generation.
Finally, we find out what where we'll be next time, hearing about three clubs that created new genres: grime-incubator Sidewinder, bassline house HQ Niche and the home of dubstep, FWD.
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