Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the longest-standing scene bastion Drum&BassArena returns to Brixton Electric for its eighth annual awards.
A genuinely unique event, hosted by the dynamic partnership of Charlie T and Jenna G, the Drum&BassArena Awards are recognised and respected by scene contributors, pundits and fans alike for its high production values and organisation and how it treads the perfect line between suit and shindig; Its VIP-seated ceremony style allows members of the drum & bass industry to sit back, unwind and catch up with one another away from the standard mad-dashes backstage at DJ shows while the after parties have gone down in scene legend where some of the most influential figures in drum & bass celebrate the real winner of the night: drum & bass.
This year’s winners will also get their hand on brand new Drum&BassArena Awards gold: Best New Label acknowledges the exciting activities happening on a grassroots level where tomorrow’s big headliners are all honing their skills. Best Newcomer will consolidate Best Newcomer Producer, Best Newcomer DJ and Best Newcomer MC into one major accolade. The final new award is the Critic’s Choice, voted for by a panel of the genre’s most knowledgeable and passionate writers, bloggers, journalists and editors.
None of us will forget 2016 in a hurry. While it’s arguably been one of saddest and most divisive years we’ve experienced in decades, musically we’ve had a vintage. Especially in drum & bass. As a genre that has always thrived during times of adversity and frustration, drum & bass has had one of its most exciting, diverse and daring years this century. If there’s a better time to celebrate this than the Drum & Bass awards, we’ve yet to find it.