Bournemouth’s electronic music scene.

In 2009, the sudden boom of electronic music in the UK, burst its way onto the Bournemouth nightlife scene. The electronic music genre consists of many subcategories, but the main ones that have been making a huge statement in the Bournemouth nightlife scene, are Drum and Bass, and Dubstep.


These two completely different types of the electronic genre have proved to be not just a hit in Bournemouth at the moment, but have stormed the entire UK, and are making a huge influence elsewhere in the world also. The hugely student dominated population in Bournemouth allowed this style of music to make it into the mainstream clubs easily, and the students make up the biggest proportion of the clubbers that attend these, drum and bass/dubstep nights.

As Bournemouth is already teeming with clubs, it was just a case of choosing the right location for these events to be held at. The loud, deep wobbly bass of Dubstep, is clearly not everyones favourite choice, and the ‘excessive need for volume’ when listening to this music, means that the clubs used to hold these nights had to have good sound proofing, and of course…room to rave. The main venues used in Bournemouth to hold these nights are mainly : Dusk til Dawn, the Old Firestation, Orange Rooms and Ibar, and up until its recent closing, Empire.  The Old Firestation is the Student Union run club in Bournemouth, and up until 2009 was seen by many dance/electronic music fans as a place to avoid, because of the poor music selection.

However, with the sudden arrival of drum and bass /dubstep nights at the firestation, it has been drawing huge crowds that would not normally go there. These event nights include; Dubnium, Beat Redemption, Enter, and Drumfunk, which all bring their own flavour of the electronic music genre to Bournemouth. The popularity of these events has allowed the organisers to bring in some of the genres biggest labels, such as Shy FX, Nero, Netsky, Plastician, Jack Beats etc all of whom are huge names within the industry, making Bournemouth one of the best nights out.

By Robert Boyton

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