By Joe Franklin
Nottingham has become a staple city tour stop off between London and Leeds for all things underground over the past few years. The uprise of Stealth as one of the main venues for massive DJ acts in the UK has brought with it an emergence of loads of competing dark, loud, concrete underground venues around the city.
The overshadowing this causes to the local, marginally smaller city of Leicester can have a negative affect on the publicity of club nights there, and a lack of interest for many touring artists trying to cram in as many nights as possible over as wide an area as they can is as little amount of time as they can.
Despite this, there’s been a bit of a storm brewing over the last few years in a less expected city in the Midlands though, with a bunch of underground clubs cementing their dedication to dnb, dub, grime and everything else we love, in Leicester itself. The two universities here supply an ample student population of around 32,000 students. So after noticing this niche for a night to open up, two friends got together in a makeshift bedroom/office and decided to bring underground music to Leicester for good. Beastwang was born.
I got together with Nico the Beardo (the main man operating) before the Beastwang night on the 14th of August to discuss the ups and downs over the past two years in getting to where they are now. Considering that the initiative is only nearing its second birthday, having 43k followers on Twitter is pretty impressive. This is turn means that over the last year, they’ve been able to book a huge array of artists including DJs Kahn, Phaeleh, Sam Binga & Redders, Dub Phizix, Icicle, Sukh Knight and High Focus, and a matching amount of MCs like the Newham Generals, Big Narstie, Strategy, P-Money, D Double E and Footsie. A massive collective for an emerging scene no doubt.
This night saw the return of P-Money as the special guest of Meridian Dan, in the club Republic. Whilst not being one of my favourite clubs, Republic had the capacity needed for the turnout to catch these two MCs doing their thing on stage. After being hustled into the building by a massive entourage, Meridian Dan was initially a bit of a let down, firing a few tracks no-one had really heard of, but
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