The Lock Tavern Takeover

BBC Radio 1 linchpin and fellow Welshman, Huw Stephens has teamed up with our current headquaters, Cardiff Arts Institute, to bring a fantastic selection of Bass friendly DJs and producers over the Severn Bridge to The Lock Tavern in Camden. Alongside two of Northern England’s rising stars, is a heavy representation of our native city’s talent. The event runs from 3pm to 11pm on Sunday 19th June and it's completely free, so come and say hello if you're in the area.

Fantastic Mr Fox (Live)
With James Blake and Pariah hailing him as the next big thing, The XX taking him away on tour with them and all the hype backed up by some stunning releases on seminal labels Black Acre and Hemlock, it’s suprising we’ve heard little from Manchester producer Fantastic Mr Fox recently, but seems like he’s been hard at work in the den working on his live sets, which he shall be heading up proceedings with for you here.

Hyetal - Phoenix (Fantastic Mr Fox Remix) by Black Acre Records

Jamie Grind
Leeds rising don of skittering electronic riddims has made a big impression on the scene with his first 2 fantastic EPs on respected labels: Infrasonics (Spatial, XXXY, Hot City) and Fortified Audio (Submerse, XXXY, KingThing) and his forthcoming releases on Wicked Bass and Chicago Juke label Ghettophiles prove he is definitely one to keep watching.

Hackman - More Than Ever (Jamie Grind Remix) FREE 320 by Jamie Grind

After cutting his teeth on the Cardiff clubland as part of Skinny White Boys and C.R.S.T. – Ratcatcher (formerly Rodski) is now riding solo and has returned to his first love, House Music! His residencies at Cardiff Arts Institute and Dalston’s popular underground Rhythm Talk parties have shown him to be one of the most astute DJs on the scene and remixes for the likes of Crystal Fighters, Lokiboi have shown him as a more than worthy producer on the rise.

Rain (Unmastered) by Ratcatcher

Didz + Chico
Despite their early Grime background, Didz (aka Diddy aka Ill Diddy) + Chico have always hinted at deeper more uplifting side in their DJ Sets and productions. Stalwarts of Cardiff’s music scene, Chico was better known as an MC and Diddy remained largely in the shadows until their anthemic garage track ‘Something New’ on Doc Daneeka’s ‘Ten Thousand Yen’ label, which was rinsed by the likes of Marcus Nasty, Seb Chew, Julio Bashmore, TRG, and Mosca.


Holding it down for the Welsh massive for years as a DJ, MC and Promoter, Kaptin heads up the Chrome Kids family alongside Stagga and Monky, recording mixes for the likes of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio Wales and Knowledge Magazine and playing firing sets at Glastonbury, Bestival and Swn amongst others. He is also part of the Big Swing Soundsystem (alongside DJ Moneyshot + Matt The Hat) and is in charge of bookings at Cardiff Arts Institute.

Mr Healan
Definitely showcasing a more Hip-hop approach to future music, Mr Healan has been making a strong name for himself on the Welsh scene supporting acts such as Daedelus, Bullion and James Blake, whilst his productions have received play on BBC Radio 1, Radio Wales and 1Xtra and being picked up by the likes of Distance, Starkey and Darkhouse Family.

Ifan Dafydd
After handing some of his own productions to BBC Wales’ presenter Adam Walton, the keyboard player to Wales’ fantastic festival band Derwyddon Dr Gonzo bounced round some of the Beeb big dogs until his unofficial (and unfinished) Amy Winehouse remix ‘No Good’ aired on Gilles Peterson’s show and he caused an instant blog / forum blast. With an obvious ear for great music, we look forwards to hearing what Sunday afternoon delights arise from this exclusive DJ set.

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