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Bristol welcomed the return of Suit Yourself Modernist Culture’s Modernist and Sixties weekend in March with what looked like a stella line up including Live music from Big Boss Man and Hey Bulldog, an array of the biggest Mod DJ’s, book signings from Eddie Piller and Steve Rowland from Modzines and Claire Mahoney from Welsh Mod-Our Story. As well as two daytime events and the scooter cruise which wound its way through Bristol’s historic streets.

Friday night saw the whole thing kick off at Basement 45, a multi roomed venue in the heart of the city with DJ’s playing/ in 2 rooms and Bristol’s very own Hey Bulldog playing live covering Mod classics from across the decades, the venue soon filled with some of the scene’s coolest clubbers and was at capacity by 10pm, considering there was no set dress code for Friday it was great to see people had chosen the sharp tailored vintage option. After the band had whipped the crowd into a grooving frenzy it was handed back over to the DJ’s to round the night off at 2am with killer dance floor classics.

A few hours’ sleep and a freshen up and it was down/ to the daytime venues. The Louisiana, this Bristol live music institution played host to bongo jazz funksters Big Boss Man who rocked upstairs whilst The Spinout revue DJ’s and guests kept the capacity crowd tapping their feet downstairs. In the second venue, The Ostrich, DJ’s kept things buzzing until the late afternoon book signings took place. Both venues were bursting at the seams and the scooters parked outside the Louisiana kept the cameras snapping all afternoon. The Bristol Mod scooter club organised the ride in and Duncan James from Mad Mods and a Camera was on hand capturing the whole/ weekend through the eye of his own lens. Raffle tickets were sold with some amazing prizes that had been donated to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK which raised over £265.00!

In the evening it was back to Basement 45 for Saturday’s BIG night out! We weren’t disappointed with the line up, the DJ’s had been hand picked from the major talent across the UK for the weekend. Rob Bailey, Lee Miller, Ian Jackson, Jon Drake, Dean Read, Rob Cox, Lee and Dave Grimshaw, Ian Hurford, Siobhan Nolan-Farmer, Russell Deal, Malcolm Beedle/ Julian Rochfort, Paul Turner and Tony Schokman joined resident DJ’s Alan Saunders and Cris Davies to play to the up for it crowd, There was plenty of musical choice as all three rooms were open until the small hours playing the biggest Mod tunes in the scene.

The weekend’s end came far too quickly and travellers left Bristol, tired but definitely buzzing…..until next year…

We wanted to provide the scene with a new weekender to kick off the season and have just announced next year’s third weekender dates Friday 20th, Saturday 21st March 2020.



Tickets and information will be available soon for BRISTOL 2020.

Words – Cris Davies

Pictures – Duncan James

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