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Poll Clubs 2020: Motion & Marble Factory

Location: Bristol, UK
Capacity: 3,500

Almost 15 years have passed since Motion first started to morph from a skatepark into a world class rave den, and a lot has happened. Especially in the last year; the club has just said farewell to its decade-long-running In:Motion events and announced a new party chapter. Motion 2020 marks the start of a new decade with a fresh look and design but still the same famously diverse and far-reaching roll call. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak shutting down clubland, this season alone was set to feature guests from Mall Grab to Mefjus, Raekwon to Randall.

Another big change for Motion has been the surrounding area. Once a sprawling industrial area, now a thriving zone for real estate, the club is currently negotiating with neighbouring developers to safeguard its future. It’s looking hopeful, too; Motion’s team have secured a deed of easement that allows them to maintain the noise levels they already produce. More work is to be done but, in true Bristol spirit, it seems like one of the most progressive negotiations that’s happened between a club and developers in the UK so far.

Meanwhile back on the club’s multiple dancefloors — including the new outdoor container yard — Motion continues to represent a full-flavoured cross-section of music. Last year guests ranged from Sasha to Shy FX, Todd Terry to Four Tet, and nights were run by big brands such as Boiler Room, Hospitality, RUN, Cirque Du Soul and The Blast. The club’s popular daytime bashes Yard: Open Air are now in their fourth year and mark the start of Motion’s summer season. 



Location: Bristol, UK

Capacity: 3,500

Bristol is a city that has been hit hard by club closures and venue licensing issues, but Motion continues to go from strength to strength. A Victorian-era warehouse complex and former-skate park that has gradually been transformed into an expansive club environment, the recently revamped Marble Factory now adds a third high-spec but more-intimate space to the overall offering. So more opportunities for promoters to take advantage of, hence Motion’s perennial popularity and packed event schedule.

The list of guests to have graced the booth and stage in the last year is enviable. Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Andy C, Bicep, Black Coffee and Charlotte de Witte barely scratch the surface, and that’s just sticking with A-C. Add to those the likes of Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins, Robert Hood, Todd Terje and Sasha, and you start to get an idea of the scope and pulling power of this particular address.

Flagship event series In:Motion dominates the calendar when it’s in full flow, but the space is also regularly used by crews like Hospitality, RUN, Defected, Bitch, Please! and Just Jack, with the latter’s special events the stuff of local legend. A strong contingency of residents adds yet more reasons to take the place very seriously indeed — with the likes of Em Williams rightly garnering attention for deft selections. All of which is before we come to the three outdoor areas, playing host to events such as YARD: Open Air Club during the warmer summer months.


Poll Clubs 2018: MOTION

Location: Bristol, UK

Capacity: 3,500 (full site)


Twelve years deep and Motion continues to claim the title of Bristol’s club crown jewel. Responsible for the most diverse line-ups and epic indoor/outdoor raves in the city, the venue is renowned for its maze-like quality, its intensity and the fact it always changes shape and layout every time you visit. In the last year, the ex-skatepark has done this on an even larger scale with the opening of a brand new warehouse, the Marble Factory. Adding to Motion’s three indoor/three outdoor spaces, the Marble Factory comes complete with an impressive staggered 360 mezzanine and its grand opening was heralded by none other than the mighty Chemical Brothers.

The Chems were not alone. An impressive spread of legends have torn the industrial riverside venue down in the last year at parties held by the likes of promoters The Blast, Just Jack, Hospitality, Elrow, RAM, Defected, RUN and more: Ben Klock to Metronomy, Chase & Status to Dixon, Theo Parrish to Noisia, Dixon to Gilles Peterson and countless more in between… Including Bristol’s own rich spread of talent such as residents Jaydrop, Tom Rio, K Stylz, KGW, Jake Hodgkinson, Koast, D*Minds and Jakes. Rooted by the city’s strong musical heritage but driven by innovation and development and offering something new, Motion continues to live up to its name and reputation.