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A new 3,500-capacity club has opened in Bristol, Area 404

The dystopian party playground takes its name from Boomtown Fair's new techno area

A new 3,500-capacity club has opened in Bristol, Area 404, run by the crew behind the legendary Boomtown Fair, a former Best of British nominee festival

The venue launched last weekend, kicking off with a huge Halloween party featuring Croydon rapper Nadia Rose, Special Request, dub heroes Trojan Soundsystem, techno-ist Edetto and d&b head Mutant Dance. 

The cavernous, five-room address comes with a heavy dystopian theme and is located in an old factory near Temple Meads railway station. Boomtown Fair began life 11 years ago in Coleford, just north of Bristol, and continues to hold an annual workers' Christmas party in the city. As with its parent event, Area 404 aims to deliver music to a backdrop of immersive theatre and high-production visual installations. The name is taken from a techno area at the festival, which was added in 2019.

Take a look at behind the scenes footage below, along with clips from the launch event. Doors to the complex open again this Friday, 8th November.