Spinning off the excellent dance music magazine Jockey Slut in 1994, Bugged Out made its name bringing Detroit techno, Chicago house and home-grown artists, such as The Chemical Brothers and Slam, to Manchester’s Sankeys (previously Sankeys Soap) throughout the late ’90s.
Since uprooting to London to a residency at London’s The End during the noughties, it found a new home recently at ultra-hip East London hang-out XOYO and has bubbled away healthily ever since, continuing to freshen up its line-ups with splashes of UK bass, fidget, dubstep and new school garage over the last 12 months.
“Despite Jockey Slut folding in 2004, I think it still has a magazine ethos,” explains Johnno Burgess, one of the night’s originators and founders of the publication. “Whatever’s exciting us at the moment, pretty much regardless of genre, we look to book and champion. I guess the main thread over the years has been techno in some form, though.”
But like all flag-bearing club nights, Bugged Out has striven towards critical mass, snowballing as it moves forward in the pursuit of bigger and better things. It’s set to culminate at the beginning of next year (Friday 20th-Sunday 22nd January) with the first ever Bugged Out Weekender at Butlins Bognor Regis Resort.
Featuring everybody from big-room behemoths such as Diplo or Chase & Status to electro kings such as Erol Alkan or Simian Mobile Disco, it’s by no means short of colossal household names. The first wave of announced artists also features some of the most wanted names on the underground circuit — the likes of Joy Orbison, Julio Bashmore, L-Vis 1990, Bok Bok, Ben UFO and Deadboy — while disco has found a place with the likes of Severino and Dan Beaumont.
“There are no big events to look forward to between now and our event at the end of January, so we are the only credible dance music held in a holiday camp during this period,” says Johnno. “We hope to reflect Bugged Out’s history and influences and also look forward to the future with scores of rising new acts too. And, of course, have a bloody good, long weekend!”
We are giving away one pair of tickets for the Bugged Out Weekender event, which will include free accommodation and entry to all venues. Just send the answer to this cranium-busting question to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on 31st December…
What was the name of the night run by Erol Alkan at The End during the noughties?
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