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February 18th, 2014

We hope you have all managed to stay warm and dry over the winter and you are thinking happy thoughts about all the good bits of the year yet to come! wW have had to make a few changes this year and regretfully we will not be holding an outdoor event in 2014. There will be another outdoor Arc festival, bigger and better than what has come before, you will just have to wait a little bit longer for it you cheeky so and so’s… J This year we are super excited to be concentrating our efforts on bringing some truly world-class heroes of the electronic music and digital art scene to Bristol’s fantastic re-vamped Colston Hall. Our first event will be in the summer, watch out for some BIG news real soon! To those of you who attended and worked and volunteered at Arc 2013 and Arc warehouse we thank you for your love and support and we hope you will come with us on the next leg of our amazing journey into pulsating light and sound. Big love Team Arc X

September 11th, 2013

Arc are very pleased to announce a partnership with Bristol In:Motion, hosting an indoor event at Motion nightclub on the 30th November. Welcoming another Warp artist to our headline slot, we can’t wait to see LFO’s audiovisual spectacle take over the main room at Motion. Expect all the high-tech visual wizardry that made Arc such a unique event, and all the amazing forward-thinking music that kept you dancing into the night, this time until 5am! Exit records provide the support in Room 2, with DBridge, Radioactive Man and Indigo representing the label. Click here to visit the event page. See you all there!

May 2nd, 2013

What a fantastic party and a brilliant day! Every stage was rocking til the end. A huge thanks to the international and local music talent who lead the way and most of all thank you, such an ‘up for it’ and friendly crowd. Congratulations to the technical and creative teams who designed the stages and visual content, thanks to all to the volunteers, the friendly security teams, our partners, the production team, traders, and all the people and organisations who supported us online and by simply showing up! Keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter, we have lots of wonderful pictures and footage of you all enjoying yourselves and all of the amazing performances that will release over the next few months, We’lll start getting them out to you shortly. We’ll also be running a photo contest for all you photographers and keeping you up to date with what we’ll be doing next! We hope we gave you a great start to the festival season, and to the future of Arc in Bristol, we will be back.

April 25th, 2013

What have been your Top 5 releases of 2013 so far? Martyn – Newspeak EP – Dolly Dubs Appleblim – Florescent – Applepips Moda Black 2 (compilation) mixed by Jaymo and Andy George Huxley – Bellywedge EP – Hype records The Knife – Shaking the Habitual (Album) Have you played in Bristol before?  Any interesting memories? Bleecker:  Being a Bristol resident I have had the pleasure of playing most of the venues here at least once. Having grown up in the South West countryside, Bristol was the first place I ever went raving at the age of 16. There wasnt much in the way of musical excitement going on back home. Lakota was the first club I ever went to and GBH (God Bless Hardcore) was the name of the night. My first paid gig here was with fellow producer Appleblim and was at Level on Park Row in 2005. Pinch had booked us for our first ever “proper” DJ set as Wedge and Appleblim, Appleblims girlfriend made us T-shirts with our names on the back! I still have the T-shirt. Funnily enough Ed was booked for the same event but we didn’t actually meet for about another 6 years. Arc festival will be mine and Ed’s first gig together as Lrusse and Bleecker and we are both excited about it. Lrusse:  I live in Bristol, so yes I’ve played here plenty.  Loads of great memories – from playing that same dubstep night in  2005 with Pinch, Appleblim and Wedge – years before we were actually introduced – (and being very excited to see Roni Size in the audience) to playing the Magistrate’s Courts last year.  And the one time there was such a big queue outside the venue I was supposed to be playing at, that I phoned my agent to check that I was at the right place!   How do you feel about participating in events with a focus on visual content such as Arc? Bleecker:  Its quite thrilling. I’ve played in the RFID dome before at Shambala and Brisfest and it’s always a fun experience to be surrounded by visuals that interact with the music you play. Sometimes you have to remind yourself to stop staring at the ceiling and mix in the next record, it can get quite hypnotic! Lrusse:  Really looking forward to it!  It’s great to see an event pushing a slightly more artistic angle than just the straight-up party stuff.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that…   Have you noticed  events have started moving in this direction? Lrusse:  Not really – perhaps I’m not looking hard enough but I think Arc could be blazing a trail here! Bleecker:  Not so much. I think that Arc’s approach is quite unique and is the only festival that I know of where the visuals are as much of a selling point as the artists themselves.   Do you think festivals like Arc are important to keep audiences informed about more left-field performances? Lrusse:  Yeah, I think bringing interesting artists together like this gives people more of a chance to check out acts they might normally have to wait ages to see, or travel for.  So in that respect it probably gives a good snapshot of how things stand… Bleecker:  Yes very much so. The Arc lineup is definitely something special. Experimentation seems to be Arc’s motto and the lineup definitely reflects this. I am interested in seeing near enough every act on Arc’s roster as opposed to some other local festivals which offer more commercial artists where I may only be interested in seeing one or two of the performances.   How different is a Festival style gig in comparison to a Club gig? Bleecker:  Well a club gig usually occurs in the early hours, so you may expect to turn up and play at 2 or 3 in the morning. Festivals you could be playing at any time of day and the crowd is often a lot more varied. A set on an outdoor stage when the sun is shining is a great feeling. Lrusse:  Generally it’s a lot less ‘headsy’.  You’re probably going to be playing at 4 in the afternoon, outdoors in the sunshine – that doesn’t lend itself so well to the deep dark late night stuff.  There’s usually a good party atmosphere though, so you feel a bit more free to drop the odd fun tune that wouldn’t necessarily work in a 3am club set.   Bristol has gained a reputation for creating an eclectic melting pot of sounds and genres over the years.  Where are you from and how much did where you grew up affect your music? Lrusse:  I grew up in Shropshire which isn’t exactly a cultural hub, but there was a wicked free party scene in the 90′s which meant lots of techno and trance.  If anything, being isolated like that meant that music culture was something that seemed to happen to other people, people that lived in cities, and I just listened in from afar with Radio 1 and the local record shop.  I suppose the result of that was that I never really aligned myself with just one scene – which has carried on throughout my music career. Bleecker:  I grew up in the countryside near Cheddar. When I was young I was into Grunge and Metal, and played guitar in a garage band. As I got a bit older me and most of my friends got into Jungle, Drum and Bass, hardcore etc, and that’s when I began heading up to Bristol on the bus to go to clubs like Lakota, Blue Mountain, and Creation. I met Laurie Appleblim at Uni in Bath where he introduced me to the early beginnings of Grime/Dubstep in 2003. I then moved to Bristol in 2006 when the dubstep scene was blowing up. 7 years on and I’m still here which I think says something about the magnetism of Bristol. The scene has changed but [...]

April 23rd, 2013

What have been your Top releases of 2013 so far? 3 Albums on heavy rotation. I still love the LP format.. Tetra – C2C The North Borders – Bonobo Hardcourage – FaltyDL   Have you played in Bristol before? Any interesting memories? Yeah well, I live in bristol and have done for 15 years. I love the city, the vibe of the people and most of all the creative community here. Missed all the previous festivals at Eastville park though so im excited about playing there!   How do you feel about participating in events with increased visual content such as Arc? As an AV artist i find im often limited by venues, video set ups on stages and daylight. Im all for events that support and promote digital arts and visual led content. I wish every event and club was as forward thinking.   Have you noticed events have started moving in this direction? Its certainly getting more common but there’s a long way to go before its the norm. Festivals occasionally have domes or mapped visuals on stages, i’ve noticed this is happening more and more so give it time and yeah, i think it will become more widespread.   Do you think festivals like Arc are important to keep audiences informed about more left-field performances? There are whole spheres of music that go unnoticed by the masses that have more appeal to me. Public events like Arc go a long way to introducing this stuff to the public and help it get closer to the mainstream   How different is a Festival style gig in comparison to a Club gig? There is certainly a different vibe playing festivals as its not ever about one headliner. People have come to experience the whole day or weekend and are open to seeing and hearing new things.   Bristol has gained a reputation for creating an eclectic melting pot of sounds and genres over the years. Where are you from and how much did where you grew up affect your music? I think the people around me influenced my music taste as a kid more than the town I lived in. Devon was a quiet place to grow up so I guess that meant i was in headphones a lot. Listening to headphone music. Funki Porcini, The Orb, etc were all on heavy rotation.   Which act is your ‘must not miss’ of the Event? For me, im excited to see Lumen’s show. He’s progressed so much in recent years with his Limbic Cinema projects and has a good grasp on a ton of future technology which when combined with incredible selection of leftfield beats and soundscapes it is sure to be mind blowing.   What can we expect from your performance at Arc 2013? New edits, more technology, more cameras, bigger sound, more mind melting and a turntable on a guitar strap!   What have you got in the pipeline for the rest of 2013? Im building a new stage set design with tons of new technology which I hope to tour in the later part of the year. 2 new AV projects for DVD and lots of shows for the Solid Steel 25th Anniversary.

April 19th, 2013

You might, just maybe, be able to get a sneak preview of the set times by downloading our iPhone App. Click here to download Sorry Android users, we’ll cater for you too next time, we promise

April 16th, 2013

What have been your Top 5 releases of 2013 so far? Joey Anderson – Earth Calls EP on Deconstruct Ike Release – Ode to my Own on Machine Dreams Fred P – Project 05 on OstGut Ton Levon Vincent – Stereo Systems on Novel Sound John Osborn – Lord of the Last Days on Jack Off   Have you played in Bristol before? Any interesting memories? Yes and nearly 20 years of them are all good.   How do you feel about participating in events with increased visual content such as Arc? It’s cool – seems to happen more and more.   Have you noticed events have started moving in this direction? Yes for sure.   Do you think festivals like Arc are important to keep audiences informed about more left-field performances? Yes its’ very important. We need more events like this.   How different is a Festival style gig in comparison to a Club gig? Completely different experience – people lose their heads more at festivals so my sets tend to be more Jacked up.   Bristol has gained a reputation for creating an eclectic melting pot of sounds and genres over the years. Where are you from and how much did where you grew up affect your music? I’m from the Netherlands but have been in Bristol since 1996. Bristol has shaped my sound massively over the years but so has the European thing. Mainly what happens in Holland and Berlin as that is what I was exposed to prior moving to the UK.   Which act is your ‘must not miss’ of the Event? All of them! However, everyone must check out Skudge, but I’m biased…   What can we expect from your performance at Arc 2013 No idea – I’m playing 16:00 till 17:00 so pending on the crowd it could be super heady and deep or it will be mostly body music stuff. Either way it will be raw.   What have you got in the pipeline for the rest of 2013? My 2nd EP on Skudge is all ready. TANSTAAFL Planets and TANS 004 are on the way plus my forthcoming 12” will be on the Brooklyn, NYC based Voodoo Down Records. Backed with a Joey Anderson remix and a VDR remix. There will be some remixes, other solo bits and collaborations plus there’s something else big but am not at liberty to talk about it yet.

April 15th, 2013

What have been your Top 5 releases of 2013 so far? James Blake –  Retrograde David Bowie – The Next Day Mount Kimbie –  Made to stray Fort Rormeau –  SW9 Lapalux – Without you           Have you played in Bristol before? Any interesting memories? Actually our first gig was in Jan 2012, at The Croft. We have played several times since at Simple Things and for the CRACK magazine birthday party which was really fun!   How do you feel about participating in events with increased visual content such as Arc? I think it’s great because the experience becomes multi-visceral and you can really lose yourself in it.   Have you noticed events have started moving in this direction? I think because live performance is so important, naturally stage shows and visuals have too become important and festivals are taking this to the next level and merging the two we’re also playing L.E.V festival in Spain which is doing the same thing and looks amazing.   Do you think festivals like Arc are important to keep audiences informed about more left-field performances? Yes, it’s a good way for people to discover new left field acts for definitely.   How different is a Festival style gig in comparison to a Club gig? You definitely have a more varied audience where as at a club gig people are there specifically to see you so people who wouldn’t normally come see you can discover you alongside some of there favourite acts.   Bristol has gained a reputation for creating an eclectic melting pot of sounds and genres over the years. Where are you from and how much did where you grew up affect your music? We’re local so Bristol has been a pretty big influence on us too. Although we tend to play a lot more in London we love playing Bristol.   Which act is your ‘must not miss’ of the Event? I really want to check out Will Saul’s CLOSE project.   Us too! What can we expect from your performance at Arc 2013? A mixture of live instruments and vocals with electronics. We have quite a warm sound which, given the setting, people can lose themselves in.   What have you got in the pipeline for the rest of 2013? We’ll be playing throughout Europe in the coming months at some great festivals and clubs and, we’ve got a new EP and video out before summer.

April 14th, 2013

And finally, the Arc Stage! Our enormous, fully bespoke projection wall curated byLuma provides the visual accompaniment to a high-spec Quadraphonic sound setup courtesey of L-ACOUSTICS, a cutting edge lighting and laser display, and some of the best underground A/V acts around! Featuring Clark, Martyn, The Black Dog, Will Saul Artist and Al Tourettes with CLOSE, DJ Cheeba, Apple Pips Recordings boss Appleblim, Wire People, Tarik Barri, Paul Prudence, Lrusse & Bleecker and Flies + Flies. A plethora of both Bristol and A/V debuts, an exclusive set up, exclusive performances, a unique experience!

April 14th, 2013

Sponsored by Minirigs, curated by Skulpt &LaserPower with an environment we just can’t wait to see come to life! Featuring Skulpt’s projection mapping and lighting, closely integrated with high spec lasers from Laserpower, with a full surround sound funktion 1 rig by Production audio. What better way to accompany all the amazing artists on our second stage! Come back tonight at 6pm and we’ll be releasing our main stage lineup! Playing on this stage are, Skudge, James Holden, Nathan Fake (official page), DJ Die, Pinch, October, Indigo, Bass Clef, Behling & Simpson and more!