Set across various unused Bristol venues with an already impressive line up of high calibre DJs, Simple Things looks set to be one of the biggest parties of this Autumn.
Following two successful years since the event launched in 2011, this year has all the elements for an unforgettable weekend, with over ten stages, more than 60 acts and 16 hours of music from internationally renowned artists.
Introducing Arc; an avant-garde, fresh faced festival with a vision to unify and unite those with an infallible thirst for cutting-edge electronica.
The nouse behind it? An outcry for a UK based festival marrying ‘top draw’ experimental audiovisual luminaries. The ambitious RFID dome acknowledged the call and as veterans in this domain, naturally snapped up the opportunity to partner up with Hypercolour & Applepips; to make the magic happen.
“The tent was rammed halfway through my set - they wouldn’t let anybody in, so I must have done something right,” beams funk aficionado Boca 45, a few days after his set at Glastonbury. It’s unsurprising that he had such a full crowd: mixing across genre boundaries, his set was a hardcore cross-section of funk, soul, and hip-hop breaks; beats that are the foundation for so many dance music genres, as well as being essential sounds in their own right.
As such, you can expect to hear anything from ’60s psych to Latin, dub to ska, rock to pop, as well as funk and soul sounds in his energetic mixes. “I’m always listening to the beat,” he says.
“I’m certainly not trying to tick a box in terms of trying to be too careful [about] how I sound,” Hendy says. “I just want to be as honest as possible on all fronts - to present what I hear in my head, and use pretty much the same process that I always have.” Relying heavily on samplers, drum machines, and synths, while adding live instrumentation to the pot, collaboration has always been key to Hendy’s work. Each time he works with another artist, he approaches it differently. Sometimes he knows what horn riff or vocal idea he’s looking for.
Hendy is mindful of the fact that a good sense of humour is always “best to have.” That certainly plays out on the album. On one track, Serge performs the ‘Toilet Duck’ rap, and there‘s another track that shouts out West Country scarecrow hero, Worzel Gummidge. After a brief mention of the “politically appalling” state of the world right now, referencing Trump and Brexit, Hendy admits that politics are always on his mind, but he prefers not to be too preachy in the music he makes.
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.