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Poll Clubs 2017: MOTION

Motion DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 2017
Motion DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 2017

Looking out over Bristol’s river Avon on a site that dates back over 100 years to the city’s rich industrial past, Motion delivers industrial strength events across every genre and has done so for over 10 years.

Previously doubling-up as a skatepark during the day, Motion now exclusively operates as a club, but has maintained all the street charm and roughness it’s always had (just with even better production that doesn’t have been moved for skaters every morning). Its maze-like layout not only guarantees that essential dizzying feel as you acclimatise to the club, but also creates a flexibility for each night depending on size, line-up or day of the week.

Line-up-wise, in the last year Motion have welcomed everyone from Andy C to Tale Of Us, Laurent Garnier to Bad Company, via renowned Bristol parties such as Just Jack, The Blast, Bitch Please and Shall Not Fade. Tech-wise it’s equally as on-point thanks to the Funktion One system, fine-tuned by the owner and his brother who both come from an audio background. Expect even more on the production-front this year, too as Motion have increased their in-house production team, so it’s now complete with a lighting designer, ensuring their events remain industrial strength for a long time to come.


Poll Clubs 2016: MOTION

Motion has become a real party force in Bristol over recent years, and it is easy to see why. Being a former indoor skatepark lends the whole place a rough, raw and real feel that is perfectly conducive to late night raves.

Various different ramps and levels throughout the four rooms make it a fun place in which to get lost as well as offering different atmospheres for different sounds and terraces from which you can look out over the Avon. The last year has seen Motion undergo a massive transformation with a new mezzanine in the main room, and a central-stage position with bespoke DJ booth which sits at crowd level.

As well as the festival styled In:Motion series, legendary Brizzle night Just Jack plays out here on a regular basis and has the likes of Ricardo Villalobos and Kyle Hall headlining.

There are also regular visit from Annie Mac, dub & bass crew Hospitality and colourful Cirque du Soul showcases with stars such as Ms Dynamite. Craig Charles and Roy Ayres also playedin 2015, plus there was a hardcore showcase, various free raves and a Ska & Mod Festival as well as nights with Bicep and Paul van Dyk. 

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