Infamous event organisers and DJs, Luke Sutton and Timothy David Oxley Smith are not French but they do like cheese, specifically Comté and Port Salut. They also like deep house and disco, specifically of Bristolian descent.
Friends first and dirty party animals after, Tim and Luke began throwing off-kilter get-togethers for dedicated lovers of funk, techno and electro as soon as they grew tall enough to reach a top shelf. Today the lads divide their time generously, playing gigs all over the country, releasing exclusive mixes, podcasts, contributing to local culture rag Crack and making guest appearances at various festivals. Nice work if you can get it. i-D got the low down on what to get up to when you’re in their neck of the woods.
Luke and Tim: Some nights in Bristol rely on cheap gimmicks such as giving out free cheese and bread, others rely on great music but they’re not mutually exclusive, with many events, parties and everything in between to cater for your needs.
Our favourite underground spot is The Bank Of Stokes Croft, where you can indulge in some fine wine and dance without losing your shit in a massive club. However, if you want to lose your shit in a massive club, those are available. If you don’t even want go to a club, you can always dance at the sporadic Alfresco Disco, coming to a forest, disused court room or public park near you!
For the more discerning dancefloor fan, check out our favourites, The Kelly Twins, their surname is Kelly and they are actually twins, with a telepathic understanding of what’s good in every genre that matters.
After a long weekend of house music, head down to No.51 Stokes Croft for yet more house music and delightful pizza with LUCID, aka Chris Yeoward and Jonty Green, who beckon you.
If you want to feel sick with excitement before you even get to a party, head to Just Jack, with humungous lineups from all over the globe recently including Visionquest, Maya Jane Coles and Dyed Soundorom, backed up as ever by their trusted resident DJs, Tom Rio and Dan Wild.
Producer tips for 2012 coming out of Bristol, first comes Freddie Prest who’s about to drop some great house tracks optimising the current Bristol house sound. Also, a regular stream of consistently good underground dance records are Idle Hands, and Futureboogie, who are currently celebrating their 10th year in the business.
Pardon My Friends happens on the 3rd Saturday of every month at The Bank, Stokes Croft.
Cheeses of the month: Comté and Port Salut
Bread of every month: Marks Bread on North Street, Southville.