The London sound of underground UK bass culture was heard in Hackney’s Haggerston Park at Born & Bred, the first of five one-day music festivals in the Found series. Four stages of garage, grime, drum & bass, dubstep and jungle included Wiley, Goldie, Zinc, Digital Mystikz, Joker, Loefah, Youngsta, DJ Luck & MC Neat and Oxide & Neutrino on Saturday, June 6th. Mike Barnard and Kyle Webster checked out the festival’s debut.
Born & Bred was a worthy platform to showcase underground London sounds.
Mike’s side: “Sunshine and bass brought out the best in the London originators at Born & Bred, though it was a shame Wiley didn’t have the same enthusiasm as his allies. Up until the godfather of grime’s truncated 10-minute closing set, the vibe at Born & Bred’s first festival had been carnival-esque in celebration of genres that developed in the UK capital. On the main stage Trojan Sound and Channel One had brought their dub flavours heard in Notting Hill to East London for the early afternoon session on the outdoor main stage, a warm welcome as we entered the site.
The Wavey Garms stage offered a step back in time with sets from Artful Dodger, DJ Luck & MC Neat and Oxide & Nutrino who proved they had lost none of their appeal as revelers packed in to see them. Artful Dodger kicked off with Robin S “Show Me Love” before rocking through floorfillers such as Benga’s “Night”, Skepta’s “That’s Not Me”, Solo 45’s “Feed Em to the Lions”, Hardrive’s “Deep Inside” and even Julio Bashmore’s “Au Seve”. “Rewind” and “Moving Too Fast” were inevitably rolled out to huge cheers before DJ Luck & MC Neat got control of the tent, launching straight into “A Little Bit of Luck” and offering a similar mix of 90’s garage and modern bassline flavours.
Back at the main stage, The Heatwave were working up a bashment sweat eliciting twerks from eager dancers thanks to cuts of “Next Episode”, “Gold Digga” and “Pass Out”. We took a wander round the site to put our heads into the Swamp81 tent for Mickey Pearce, and found the Just Jam tent getting lively with ScratchDVA bringing the grime. Dubstep from Digital Mystikz on the main stage ensured what was once the leading sound of underground London wasn’t forgotten as Sgt Pokes whipped up the crowd’s energy levels then we caught the end of Bryan G going back-to-back with Jumping Jack Frost playing a classic V Recordings set.
By now it was late afternoon and every tent was at capacity. The Newham Generals had the Just Jam tent rocking while security had to block the entrances to Wavey Garms such was the demand to see Oxide & Nutrino busting out more classic including Daniel Beddingfield’s “Gotta Get Thru This” and Outhere Brothers’ “Boom Boom Boom”. We ended Born & Bred soaking up the drum and bass from Metalheadz boss Goldie and then Zinc’s jungle set which had to be extended owing to Wiley’s reluctance to get on stage. He eventually appeared at 8.50pm, ten minutes before the end of the festival, cutting short his performance from 45 minutes. There was no chance of getting a proper performance from Wiley even with “Wearing My Rolex” getting an airing, but the crowd could tell it was Wiley rather than the organisers they should be annoyed with. In fact, Born & Bred was a worthy platform to showcase underground London sounds and it will hopefully return next summer.”
A line-up pulled from a “who’s who” in 90’s commercial garage proved to be a great way to start the day.
Kyle’s side: “After setting ourselves up for the day with a hearty breakfast, we headed down to Haggerston Park to take a trip back to the 90’s for Born and Bred’s retro bass driven festival. Despite a line-up drawn distinctly from the old school, it was great to see a crowd with a surprisingly wide age range. Alongside those of us who are old enough to remember acts such as Oxide & Neutrino from first time around were a distinctly younger group who likely don’t have the same fond memories of Kappa trousers and hypercolour t-shirts (or is that just me?).
After a brief scout around we eschewed the great weather and set up camp in the Wavey Garms tent. A line-up pulled from a “who’s who” in 90’s commercial garage proved to be a great way to start the day. All the big names (including DJ Luck & MC Neat, Oxide and Neutrino and Artful Dodger) didn’t disappoint with their eclectic sets across multiple bass driven genres. All heavily peppered their mixes with retro crowd pleasers – songs such as “Pow!”, “Ripgrove” and “Pulse X” making several appearances during the day. Although some of the sound systems were struggling to keep up (sounding a bit muddy at times) the carnival atmosphere and energetic crowd more than made up for it.
When DJ Luck got heavy-handed on the rewinds, we decided to take a tour of some of the other stages. The Heatwave’s chilled out vibe from the main stage helped us recharge our batteries for a bit in the sun before we jumped back in the tents where acts such as Spyro, Newham Generals and Jumping Jack Frost were stepping the party up a gear. We seemed to make the same decision as most of the rest of the crowd to finish off the day by the main stage listening to heavyweights Goldie, Zinc and finally Wiley. Goldie and Zinc showed why they’ve built such long lasting careers, bringing the polished performances you’d expect from such influential acts, though a brief appearance from Wiley was a disappointment. Overall, a great day out and another high-quality performance from the Found team. Here’s hoping it will be a regular addition to the one-day festival scene where too many others tend to disappoint.”