This photo was taken a year ago next week, during the final set of Big Love at Baskerville Hall. It was Matt The Hat and I behind the decks and it went from being less than 10 people in the room to a full house, easily one of our favourite sets of the season. It certainly helps that this particular extended mansion party is run by our mates Stu and Badger and we know a fair amount of the crowd that attends, but to be honest it’s such a lovely atmosphere there I think anyone who played the final set would have had a similar reaction and left feeling just as pleased with themselves.
As time goes on I definitely find myself gravitating towards the smaller, more intimate gatherings (at around 1000 people ‘festival’ doesn’t quite seem like the right description), and if you’re the same then I can’t recommend Big Love enough. It’s bang right at the start of the season (next weekend – the first May Bank Holiday) and so nearly everybody is itching for a huge party, the crowd are super friendly (mostly Cardiff and Bristol), it’s in a big mansion house that has seen such parties as Fantazia, Big Chill and Green Gathering, not to mention Recydrate The West, the forerunner to Boomtown. On top of that, the music (largely programmed by another good friend of mine, Matt Aitken) is top notch for the size. Here’s my choice picks from the line up…
By far my most favourite rapper growing up, yet it took me til this year to see him live (though I played the BDP Live album to death)! He’s still got masses of energy and so many hits dating back 30 years that his show is no filler. An absolute Hip-hop legend.
Horse Meat Disco
I reckon these guys are the perfect vibe for Big Love and I can imagine much glitter and sparkles coming out for their set. An uplifting blend of Disco and beyond that generally mixes up the big tunes with some real hidden gems. They also do many of their own edits so it’s guaranteed to be different to anyone else. In fact treat yourself to their 3 hour Boiler Room mix above to give you a taste.
2 Bad Mice
Starting way back in 1992, these guys were a massive influence on Drum N Bass and Breakbeat in general, and they’re still going strong. They’re playing as part of a Fantazia takeover that also includes Slipmatt (one of the all-time greatest DJs – playing a 3 hour set) and whole host of other names from my youth. Once arguably the biggest and best rave promoters of all time, Fantazia actually hosted their own nights at Baskerville back in 1991. There will be so much history in that take over that everybody should go and get a lesson in where much of the music that we all love today started.
Although I haven’t give their music nearly enough of the time it deserves, I do remember seeing them at Glastonbury one year and they were bloody brilliant. Psychedelic goodness for the soul.
Johnny Cage & the Voodoogroove
Probably the quintessential Cardiff rock n roll band. I’ve seen them so many times but I still love every minute of their shows. As most of the crowd at Big Love seem to be from Cardiff, it’s always going to be a great atmosphere at their set too.
Another great band to come out of Cardiff. We’ve had them at Boomtown a number of times and although I feel they’re yet to realise their full potential they’ve got a solid show and some great songs.
Check the video below for more of a taste, and there’s still some tickets left which you can buy here.