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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


Life Stories with Christopher Sebastian Laver

Christopher Sebastian Laver, also known as; Lave/Laver, is a man regularly spotted around the Bournemouth coastline.

Laver is currently studying Communication and Media at Bournemouth University, and is currently in his second year.

Q: So Laver, hows this year coming on at University?

A: Saaafe Bruvvva!! Yeah its not going bad actually, I’ve managed to pass the majority of units this year, and at the moment I seem to picking up some quite good grades, so I’m very content with University at the moment.

Q: That’s good to hear. So was/is Bournemouth the place for you?

A: Definitely. I love Bournemouth. I was born and raised in Reading, which isn’t the nicest, with places like cemetery junction you never know what’s going to happen. I do love Reading though, there are some absolutely epic parts about it, including the Purple Turtle, my favourite bar in Reading.

Q: So what music are you into these days Laver? I’ve recently heard that you’ve started listening to a lot more R and B?

A: I’ve always been a punk man myself, and love bands such as Rancid and NOFX. Recently I’ve been listening to the likes of Usher and Ne-yo though, because I just love the smooth sounding rhythm that they produce, its much more classic than the sounds of Rancid, whose heavy drum bashing and bass playing has recently started to hurt my ears.

Q: That’s a shame. I didn’t think I would ever hear you say that. Westlife tickets are about to go on sale in 4 days, are you thinking of buying one?

A: YES! Im already on the reserve list, can’t wait to go and see them live. They are my favourite band, they’re all so good looking!

Laver has his own blog, which can be found here.

By Robert Boyton