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Preview: Bank Holiday Weekend at Junk

It’s that beautiful time of year again when we have a bank holiday weekend to look forward to, and you know what that means – JUNK have procured a sublime lineup, designed with diversity and talent in mind. No matter your taste, you’re catered for here. The April Bank Holiday marathon begins with two events that will be filled with vibes in their own right, and also get you warmed up for the weekend.

On Thursday, RUM’s ‘Bad & Boujee’ basement takeover with Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Dubl has got you covered on the urban-front, whilst Friday night sees JUNK’s team of handpicked residents on the wax, getting you grooving to the soul, R&B and funk-tinged sound of the 80s & 90s – and that’s just the start…

Circoloco and Fabric alumni, Laura Jones, makes her way to Southampton on Saturday, fresh off the back of an extensive touring schedule that’s seen her play at events across the globe, including the aforementioned Circoloco night at Ibiza’s famed DC10. The firm JUNK favourite, after absolutely smashing it last summer for our 11th birthday, brings with her a wealth of experience, and has been repping the house & techno scene for over a decade, learning the trade and developing into a DJ and producer that many envy. Whether it be through running Sensoramic, the vinyl-based label she built from the ground up, or through her eclectic sets and masterful track selection, Laura Jones is one of the pioneers of that quintessential JUNK sound we all know and love. She’s a firm favourite on the south coast, and you can’t miss seeing her in the booth.

After the madness of Saturday, we’re excited to bring you one of the true legends of the UK scene – DJ Zinc! The best thing, of course, is that there’s no work on Monday – and who better to take you on that journey than the jungle, DNB and garage don. With releases on Hype’s Playaz imprint, and the more UKG-centric Bingo & Rinse; Zinc’s discography is impeccable. Recently collaborating with Chris Lorenzo on the wobbly ‘Purple Toe’, he’s shown that’s he’s competent in a multitude of genres, and can appeal to all audiences. His all-encompassing sets explore both ends of the electronic music spectrum; you’ll see him unleash classic tunes like ‘138 Trek’ and ‘Creeper’, intertwined with crowd-pleasers such as ‘Wile Out’ and his timeless ‘Ready Or Not’ remix.

We know that you Southampton heads take as much bass as we can throw at you, so we’ve got the Kenja Records boys, Ronnie Spiteri & Rhymos, going B2B all night long in the basement to provide your tech-house fix.

There’s only one place to be this bank holiday weekend… and you can get tickets for it all here.

Words by: Cal Sorensen