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Just Jack Halloween – Motion Skate Park, Bristol

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Just Jack returned once again this year to Motion for the Halloween event which they’ve made their own for the past few years. This year saw both warehouse rooms of the venue open for a heavyweight lineup featuring Zip, Joy Orbison b2b Ben UFO, Leon Vynehall, Soul Clap and Mr. G alongside Just Jack’s roster of reliable residents.

As usual, Just Jack were not contented with simply taking over a venue. They renamed every room, put up big a1 posters featuring their house evangelism around the venue and installed their artwork behind the stages, some of which featured visual mapping. The result was a feeling that you were not at Motion, but at Just Jack’s vision of a Halloween Motion. This combined with the various Halloween costumes on show to create a real carnival-esque atmosphere.

The club was busy, full of people determined to have a great night despite the ominous weather. Most of them were in the Main Room, the “Vamp Room,” where Leon Vynehall was followed by Ben UFO and Joy Orbison’s 4 hour set. The latter was full of heavy, floor filling techno, once again demonstrating that there is nothing they cannot do, and do well. They successfully kept the room packed to the rafters all night long.

Those who weren’t in the Vamp Room had the pick of the Tunnel and the Cave, which were soundtracked mostly by Just Jack’s residents, with the Tunnel also featuring local favourites Pardon My French and a closing set from Soul Clap. The place to be for most of the night, however, had to be the Second Warehouse, redesigned as the “Scarehouse.”

Dan Wild and Tom Rio’s dominance of proceedings was broken up by a 2 and a half hour set from Zip, followed by an hour of Mr. G live. Both of them really performed, showcasing their sound in front of a receptive Bristol crowd. Zip found that balance between hard hitting beats and lush grooves early on and maintained it for the duration of his set, whereas Mr. G went straight in with his unrelenting 909s and ceaseless hi-hats. Both of their sets were kept interesting by nuanced, subtle changes in the beat and bassline, by new samples creeping in, perfectly matched to what was already playing.

With a roster of exciting events already announced, Just Jack have seen in the new season with aplomb. Now if only we could have found time to catch up with them whilst they were in London’s Corsica Studios for Halloween Mk. II featuring Nick Hoppner, Trus’Me & Amir Alexander.

Photos: Ben Price and Theo Cottle

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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