Festival Focus – Glade 2008

Posted in news at October 8th, 2015 / No Comments »


Its coming up to that time of year when we start thinking about drinking in sunshine, holidays and dancing in muddy fields. Its generally agreed that we’re likely to get 2 weeks of sunshine in any given year. This year, just like most years (except for any year before 1990 where you could rely on 1970s type sunshine all the time) is going to be no different.

Lets face it, we have been let down so many times before, but we don’t really give a shit because we live in the United Kingdom and unless we fancy venturing abroad to war torn places like Croatia, we are stuck with the good old UK. There is nothing quite like partying in a field for days, making friends with strangers, baking in the blistering heat, drinking cider, eating dodgy falafels and trying your best to keep all 16 of your friends together until it becomes untenable and you wind up going solo. Whatever you are into, there is a festival out there that caters for your music or cultural tastes.

These days festivals come into a few disctinct categories. There are the all encompassing Glastonbury type festivals which covers most bases in terms of genres, but also offers so much more in terms of art and culture. There is cabaret, stand up comedy, film and artistry of every kind. Bestival is in a similar ballpark, as is the Secret Garden Party. There are the niche dance music events, of which Bloc Weekend is an excellent example. Bloc focuses on techno, electro, hip hop and breakbeat. Its one for the true heads and is held every year in March. Then there are the multi genre dance music events, of which there is only one clear choice and that is Glade Festival.

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The Glade Festival started out as a stage at the Glastonbury festival before becoming a festy in its own right back in 2004.  I first discovered it, tucked away in its own little corner at Glasto during the mushroom summer of love, coincidentally the same year that Bonobo sounded amazing and people got really excited about rainbows. The organisers clearly knew their stuff and the dreamy stage managed to grab our attention for most of the time that we were there.

My first experience of the Glade festival in its own right was in 2006, the heat was intense, the lineup was immense and there was a huge crew of us making best friends with the ~15,000 people who were trying to do exactly the same thing.

One of the great things about Glade is the fact that you can easily bump into friends and nothing is ever too far away. There are so many different acts from a variety of genres and this makes it more exciting because it gives you the chance to check stuff out that you wouldn’t normally get to in a clubbing environment.

Glade manages to capture the spirit and feeling  of Glastonbury, but with a much more intimate  vibe.  More recently the organisers have further enhanced the atmosphere and reach of Glade by involving promotions such as Mulletover, Overkill, Bloc, Nuskoolbreaks.co.uk, Cool & Deadly to name a few.

The brightest stars of modern day dubstep, techno, house, psytrance, breaks and IDM are out in full force this year, bolstered by legends such as Underworld, Squarepusher, Dave Clarke, Plump DJs and Juan Atkins.

The venue has changed this year, relocating to the Matterley Bowl in Winchester, this means that Glade will be louder, later, longer and hopefully much better as a result!

There is always somewhere to sit down and have a cup of tea if its all becoming a bit much, they tend to have the same people running cafe’s every year. In 2008 we made a beeline for Weirdigans Cafe and spent many happy hours there. There is also some pretty good food on offer if you look past the usual burger vans and venture slightly off the beaten track.

If you want to get a good camping spot, its best to get there early. The gates open at midday on Thursday 16th July and the festival runs right through to the 19th July.

Their spanking new website is over at http:///www.gladefestival.com and its full of videos, music and useful info. Do let us know if you are going, because we are assembling a massive crew and all camping together.

Tickets are £125 + booking fee and you can buy them from here.

And if you are looking into tents, you wont be able to do much better than this



Goodbye from Magik Bullet

Posted in news at February 17th, 2009 / No Comments »

After just shy of 5 years in the game, it is with great sadness that we announce our last Magik Bullet party for the time being.

We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone that has attended, all of the truly amazing friends that we have made in the process of doing it and to all of the venues that have supported us. Especially Dan at the White Rabbit. Thanks also to those closest to me that have put up with the incessant talking about it all the time.

We worked so hard to build something up in Plymouth when everyone said it couldn’t be done and at times we were the daddies! We never sold out and always tried to push things forward, sticking our necks on the line with artists that no-one else would dare to book because of the risks.

In our time we are proud to have given Plymouth debuts to the following artists: (in no order)

Ctrl Z
Far Too Loud
Future Funk Squad
High Eight
Sick Rick
That Girl DJ
Hoffman & Model 101
Tom Real
2Bit Thugs
High Eight
Matt Brown (Sancho Panza)
Santiago and Bushido
Jnr Hacksaw
Will White (Propellerheads)
We didnt give Ben and Lex their Plymouth debut’s but cheers beys Wink
Thanks again

Damo and Team.


ps. we are still going to keep the website live for music and cool stuff.


We are adding more space for music

Posted in news at February 13th, 2009 / No Comments »

We are definitely not ones to look backwards at Magik Bullet towers and when it comes to the web, we like to think that we are on top of things. One of the main reasons that people visit our site is to download mixes and this is the part that we are improving drastically. We have just bought an extra 50 gigabytes of web space and in plain english, this means that we will be able to provide lots more mix-sets to download.

We will also get to work on uploading as many of the older sets as we can find in order to provide as complete a record as possible of our past 4 1/2 years in the game. Thanks for your support and heres to exciting times ahead.

Set Times

10:00-11:00 – Pimpin’ Disco Dave (Disco and hip-hop)
11:00-12:00 – Poface-Killa (Wonky House)
12:00-01:30 – Damo (Techno and House)
01:30-3:00 – 2Bit Thugs (Pimpin’ Gangster House)
03:00-04:00 – Paradigm (Breaks and Magik Bullet Classics)

Disco Dave is going to warm everyone up with some hip-hop, disco, classics, some house and the kind of the music that you can sip your £1.50 pints to whilst waiting for the club to fill up.

Poface-Killa will be bringing the early evening wonky house to get us all in the mood. He played quite possibly the best set of the night last time round, so we are expecting big things! Did you know DJ Mag said that “Poface-Killa” is probably the best DJ name in the world?

Damo is going to be playing a mixture of house, techno and minimal. He has been to some wicked parties since moving to London and is keen to show you what he has been getting into recently.

The 2Bit Thugs are going to be playing their trademark gangster house, fused with hip-hop. They are playing in Bristol the night before and hopefully they will be feeling fresh and well up for their Plymouth debut. Kissy Sellout is a huge fan of these guys, watch them rise and rise to fame!

Rounding off the night, Paradigm is going to scare all of the late night stragglers away with some disgusting hardcore breakbeat and as a special treat for those of you that stay to the bitter end – the now infamous “1 more tune” (which turns into 3) right at the end.

Oh and here is a quote from an Exeter based 2Bit Thugs fan……

I saw 2bit thugs @ the velvet lounge in Exeter last year, they frickin rocked the place with their dirty sounds. Enjoy it everyone who goes”

And a quote from someone else….

“2bit thugs! nice one.. downloaded a mix of theirs a while ago.. like a hip hop dj being ran over by an electro lorry”

All in all it sounds like a fantastic night, don’t miss this one!

Raised on a diet of hip hop, breaks and turntablism, the Thugs bring a fresh attitude to house music. Their trademark ‘Gangster House’ sound combines wobbling basslines, rudeboy rap vocals and pounding percussive beats.

Since meeting in 2001, the Thugs have rocked parties all over the UK and are gaining a reputation for their no holds barred DJ sets. Their production output has pricked the ears of DJs, labels and promoters worldwide and  have received huge support from the likes of Atomic Hooligan, Rico Tubbs, Foamo, Tomb Crew, Matt Cox & Stupid Fresh to name but a few.

With a release schedule bigger than the Obama campaign, there is no doubt 2 Bit Thugs will remain in many a DJ’s record box for years to come.  The ‘Gangster House’ sound will be featuring on remixes for the likes of The Bulgarian, Calvertron, Zombie Disco Squad, Jackinori & Kelevra all to released soon.

With 2008 seeing the Thugs stepping up a fair few rungs on the ladder, keep an eye out on the club listings near you for your own Thug experience.

We are so excited and honoured to have the 2Bit Thugs at Magik Bullet. Its going to be a wonky disco of epic proportions. Not only are they amazing producers who have been drawing attention from industry big hitters like Kissy Sell Out, but they are also fantastic DJs to boot. Watch them rise to fame over the coming months,and remember where you saw them in Plymouth first.

Trust us when we bring down the freshest acts that you might not necessarily have heard of at first, but have grown to love as the years have rolled by! If you have a a moment, check lots of 2Bit Thug’s productions out over on Soundcloud and their Myspace is here

Everyone is getting excited about this event! Remember, fancy dress is optional.


February Greetings

Posted in news at February 3rd, 2009 / No Comments »

Have a new mix from Tom Real!


We are going to update the site tomorrow with all the latest news etc :)


Magik Bullet Needs YOU!

Posted in news at January 23rd, 2009 / No Comments »

Its Friday and its been tough for everyone this month, but man and woman cannot survive on work/studying alone. It is a scientific fact that we need to party and this is why attendance at Magik Bullet this Saturday is especially important.

In the spirit of the credit crunch, lets have some stats:

-Only 4 people have ever been thrown out of our events for disorderly conduct.
-1 DJ has had his bag stolen (we got it back again!)
-Only 2 women have played at our events.
-We have had 31 different headline DJs.
-We have handed out over 120,000 flyers.
-We have put our events on in 4 different venues.

Ain’t that amazing?

We have only 10 £3 guestlists spots left and those that have asked to be on the list are confirmed. Be quick!

Set times
1000-1100 DJ Fingerbanger (Early evening foreplay)
1100-1200 Damo (Magik Bullet classics)
1200-0100 Poface-Killa (House and techno)
0100-0230 Pathogen (89-93 Old Skool)
0230-0400 Paradigm (Disgusting Breaks)

Cya down the front!

Greetings on this historic day where we see the saviour of the world, Barack Obama inaugurated as president of the USA.

Well, we have a fantastic Magik Bullet for you this Saturday. Plymouth legend
Pathogen is going to be digging into his original vinyl collection to
play us a special old skool set. He will be joined by the fantastic
Magik Bullet residents. Lets also extend a warm welcome to Poface-Killa
who finally joins us as resident after months of fluffing.

Set times
1000-1100 DJ Fingerbanger (Early evening foreplay)
1100-1200 Damo (Magik Bullet classics)
1200-0100 Poface-Killa (House and techno)
0100-0200 Pathogen (89-93 Old Skool)
0200-0300 Paradigm (Disgusting Breaks)
0300-0400 Special Guest (TBC)

Credit Crunch
Its only about a week until payday and any students should have spunked
most of their loan already. Also, did you know that the White Rabbit
has extremely cheap drink deals? Its £1.50 a pint between 10pm and 12am
for Carling!

Anyone that has a birthday this month gets in free. (we need proof!)

If you want to get in on the £3 guestlist send your names to magikbullet@hotmail.com
There really is no excuse not to be there….


We ran a competition on our text list yesterday. The prize was VIP guestlist for our 14th February Valentines day Pimps and Ho’s bash with the 2bit Thugs…..

The question was: What flavour was Katie Perrie’s chapstick?

The answer of course is CHERRY! Thanks to all of the smart-asses who told us that its actually the flavour of the girl she is kissing…Well you are actually losers! Thanks to everyone who entered, we had a record number of entries and the 5 lucky winners are:

James Guthrie, Sarah Ingleby, James Hitchcock, Sinead Sadler and Grace Langley. If you would like to be a part of future text list competitions, then sign yourself up to the list….

Make sure you are coming by clicking through to the Facebook link……….