No other UK city has quite the same relationship with drum n bass as Bristol. From Mercury Prize-winning DNB legend Roni Size to the cult rave venue Black Swan in Easton, the dance music genre has left a historic mark on the city. You’ll find it blasting from boomboxes in our parks, on passing bikes and in cars, and that’s before you even get to the hospitality scene! Bristol’s coffee shops feel almost exclusively run by DNB DJs still up from the night before. Jungle is massive!
But some in the city think the marmite genre has grown too big. A collective of local campaigners want to “stop the endless vibration” in Bristol. #DNBFree wants drum n bass to be banned from all coffee shops in Bristol. (Plus, restaurants and public spaces before 5pm.) They have stipulated this means anything above 160 BPM, which means happy hardcore is out too. There’s no word on whether dubstep is safe, however.
“Inner city life is tough enough without headache-inducing beats blaring in my ear each morning,” said Ralf Brown, Marketing Officer of #DNBFree, who recently moved from London. “There is a silent majority of people in Bristol who simply want to purchase a Matcha latte in peace. Have they not heard of Fleet Foxes?”
This could spell the end to ear-splitting days out at the park with the kids; spilled coffee over your favourite cardigan thanks to the table-shaking subwoofers at your favourite cafe; and would also include a ban on Drum and Bass on the Bike DJ, who returns this Sunday (April 2) at the Lloyds Amphitheatre by Bristol harbour.
It appears the Bristol City Council has been listening to too much DNB, too – tabled a motion to discuss a potential ban at next week’s meeting. If drum n bass is to be banned in Bristol, however, it will take a long time to become law. Enforcing it will probably be even harder! But for now, we’ll have to enjoy the Champion Sound out-and-about as much as we can. Yay.
Disclaimer: This is an April Fool’s joke created by the team at Secret Bristol and is in no way accurate, or affiliated with Bristol City Council.