Boiler Room x Ballantine's

Here’s what went down at the buzzy Boiler Room festival in Peckham.

Through their True Music partnership Ballantines and Boiler Room have been committed for several years now to reflect accurately the constant morphing of the underground music scene and push its emerging artists to the centerstage. Following up with this tradition they launched this year the first edition of the Boiler Room ‘no headliners’ Festival .​ This brought together a carefully curated selection of new artists across four musical genres, ensuring that the walls of Peckham would shake over the span of four days.

On the third night regular Boiler Room collaborator Ballantines took over the festival and brought to the crowd an immersion into the UK born and bred genre of Bass music. If there’s one thing that the underground community can commonly agree on it’s probably the fact that Bass is quite impossible to label. Originally a mixture of dubstep, house and grime the genre quickly became an experimental playground for artists bringing in more and more external influences. Electro, trap,skank, afro-house....there’s a familiar rhythm for each and everyone when listening to Bass which might explain why the genre was able to grow and spread so easily within the international club scene.

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These blurred lines around the frontiers of Bass as well as Ballantine’s dedication to promote ‘borderless music’ surely showed through at the Boiler Room Festival. From day one, a quick stroll through the different sets was guaranteed to offer nothing but different energies and atmospheres. From the the rumbling percussions of Ahadadream and SNØW to the grime-infused set of Oblig without forgetting the impromptu dancehall session of Jamie Rodigan and the easy skanking of legendary Aba Shanti-I we were in for a true 360 experience. Halfway through the night it was hard not to take a minute to relish in what had become an inevitable fate: Bass veterans and curious newbies feverishly coming together in the damp atmosphere of a South London basement, allowing themselves to instinctively move along to the music.

It was yet another successful night for the True Music partnership, making us eager for what’s to come in the wake of their new phase, ​Take A Stand For True Music, aimed at ‘collaborating on a grassroots level to ensure local music scenes thrive across the globe’.

Image courtesy of Boiler Room