Two of Nottingham’s most successful underground club nights celebrate their birthdays this month: Spectrum pops its cork to half a decade of breaking beats while Detonate notches up a lucky seventh year as the city’s premiere DnB night. Both nights continue to assert themselves as leading exponents of their scenes.

DnB titan Roni Size provides Detonate’s main room artillery while De La Soul’s DJ Maceo and turntable supreme-team the Scratch Perverts promise to make a spectacle of themselves in the Rescue Rooms. Also watch out for a special hiphop set from Roni. Other guests include 1xtra’s Mista Jamm, Ram’s Sub Focus, Break and TK- author of Detonate Recording’s debut release ‘Hell’s Angel’.

In the meantime, Spectrum will be toasting its fifth year by throwing no less than six parties. Proceedings kick off with the Stantons, Meat Katie, DJ Yoda and the bizarrely named Crazy Penis at Stealth on 3 February and continue with Finger Lickin’s Soul of Man at Dogma on Thursday 9th where entry is free and vodka is cheap. Saturday 19th finds Spectrum in Birmingham’s Custard Factory as DnB monsters Pendulum lay down a surprise breaks set alongside DJ Hyper, Hexadecimal and – of course – Spectrum boss Pete Jordan. To top things off, the legendary Coldcut will also be staging one of their incredible live shows at the Rescue Rooms on Sunday 18 Feb featuring the vocal talents of Robert Owens. Unmissable.

Jon Rust

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