New Years Eve 2016 at Motion, Bristol

There was no better way to finish off 2016 than raving at one of inSYNC’s favourite night clubs; Bristol’s famous warehouse venue Motion and it’s connected neighbour the Marble Factory. With one of the best New Year’s Eve dance music line-ups in the country, the whole venue opened up to hundreds with a wide range of tiptop drum & bass, jungle, garage and grime artists. The drum & bass was based in the Marble Factory where label Critical Sound was running a takeover. Motion’s main room had the garage vibe with the likes of Kurupt FM, Toddla T and DJ Zinc all playing killer sets. The amount of big names on offer at Motion is always incredible and New Year’s 2016 was absolutely no exception.

Motion’s main room had an incredible vibe from start to finish, inevitably helped by the nature of the night. A massive variety of garage, bass and jungle music was performed by a mix of top dance artists. Kurupt FM never fails to entertain a crowd with their mixing skills and on-stage presence. Their unique combination of acting and performing as a legitimate music group has proved incredibly popular – with their TV show ‘People Just Do Nothing’ gaining fans too – made them solid headliners for the night. Then we rewound back in time during DJ Zinc and Toddla T’s sets with a load of old school classics, heavy bass lines and jungle rhythms. The main stage was also graced with artists Barely Legal, CKTRL and Blazey Bodynod who kept the main room dancing until 6am.


The Critical Sound takeover was a mind blowing experience. The king of drum & bass Hazard was on hand at midnight to give a super high energy set, as always playing a variety of dnb bangers as well as a whole host of personal classics – ‘Happy’ and Bricks Don’t Roll always get a crowd going. Hazard was then proceeded by Emperor and Kasra, both of which are signed to Critical Sound. Both know how to hold a crowd’s attention with their unique dark sounding dnb and heavy drum beats. The Critical Sound takeover also played host to Sam Binga & Redders and Foreign Concept, who also managed to keep the night’s bar raised high throughout their sets.

Motion, once again, certainly made the night feel like a special occasion. Much effort was put into the night, and the fairground rides were a nice touch. The event was extremely well organised, and considering the amount of people that attended, the opening of both venues meant everyone still had space to dance. On a night that can sometimes become blurry, New Years Eve 2016 was definitely one to remember.



- Loads of big name DJs

- Effort with production e.g. fairground rides

- A wide variety of dance music including dnb, jungle and garage


- Some big artists clashed

inSYNC Rating – 8.5/10



Tobi Stidolph

Press Manager & inSYNC Writer


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