London club-night FWD>> will celebrate its 12th birthday at an East London warehouse party this month.
An incubation centre of sorts for dubstep, FWD>> was one of the first nights to regularly book now-household names like Skream and Benga (well, in some households), and represents perhaps the most important club night that London has played host to in the last decade. As has been the case with previous birthday bashes, this event sees DJs hone in on a particular year, playing records that defined its sound (for instance, a garage-influenced DJ like Oneman might pick from 2001, while Marcus Nasty could dig out his dubs from the early days of UK Funky). Twelve DJs, twelve years – names are yet to be announced, but you already know the quality will be high. It takes place on Saturday August 18, with tickets available here.
In addition to this, earlier in the evening Rinse FM – the radio station associated with FWD>> – will taking over the Tate Modern Tanks as part of the Tanks: Art in Action series. The showcase will see Rinse artists “mix underground music culture with light and performance presentations to explore iconic countercultural music genres.”