Drum&BassArena Awards 2016: One week left to vote!

Drum&BassArena Awards 2016: One week left to vote!


It’s no secret that it’s our 20th anniversary this year, and that we’re returning to Brixton Electric for our eighth annual Awards ceremony.

A week now remains for voters to pledge support for their favourites in the second and final part of the voting stage. Each nominee list reflects just how vast and global the genre has become over the years, with a variety of international artists represented and a full scope of the scene’s many sub-genres.

A genuinely unique event, hosted by the dynamic partnership of Charlie T and Jenna G, the Drum&BassArena Awards are recognised and respected by scene contributors, pundits and fans alike for its high production values and organisation, and how it treads the perfect line between suit and shindig; The VIP-seated ceremony style allows members of the industry to sit back, unwind and catch up with one another away from the standard mad-dashes backstage at DJ shows, while the afterparties have gone down in scene legend as some of the most influential figures in drum & bass celebrate the real winner of the night: Drum & bass.


This year winners will also get their hands on brand new Drum&BassArena Awards gold: Best New Label acknowledges the exciting activities happening on a grassroots level, where tomorrow’s big headliners are all honing their skills. Best Newcomer will consolidate Best Newcomer Producer, Best Newcomer DJ and Best Newcomer MC into one major accolade.

The final new award is the Critic’s Choice Award, which is voted for by a panel of the genre’s most knowledgeable and passionate writers, bloggers, journalists and editors. The Awards have 15 categories in total, 13 of which are voted for strictly by the public and are still open to voting until midnight GMT November 16.

Each category has already received tens of thousands of votes from all corners of the bass-loving globe in the first round throughout October, and with a 330% participation increase on previous years, this year’s Drum&BassAwards campaign is already the biggest and most successful so far.


Complete with the brand’s iconic yellow carpet, the event welcomes industry figures and jungle fans alike as Electric Brixton becomes home to the whole community for one extra night. Many of the nominated acts, labels, promoters and brands will all be present at the ceremony itself. As will an exciting top-secret line-up of performers who’ve been locked and loaded to soundtrack the event.

Be sure to join us at the ceremony, not just to celebrate the many winners of the night, not just to celebrate the genre itself, but to celebrate the final throes of one of the weirdest years we’ve lived through in decades.

None of us will forget 2016 in a hurry. While it’s arguably been one of saddest and most divisive years we’ve experienced in decades, musically we’ve had a vintage. Especially in drum & bass.

As a genre that has always thrived during times of adversity and frustration, drum & bass has had one of its most exciting, diverse and daring years this century. If there’s a better time to celebrate this than the Drum&BassArena Awards, we’ve yet to find it…

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Drum&BassArena Editor: Dave Jenkins has documented beats for over 15 years working with the likes of UKF, Mixmag, DJ Mag, iDJ, Bandcamp, Resident Advisor, Radio 1 Xtra and many more.