YARD: Open Air Club returned to Motion, one of the UK’s best clubs, for its second successive year with a huge day of dancing in the sunshine, courtesy of some of the finest house and techno selectors.
An August bank holiday weekend day party in Bristol, blessed by the sunshine on an otherwise typically rainy bank holiday weekend, party goers gathered in their masses to come and enjoy potentially the last day party of the summer, in the city’s biggest nightclub; Motion.
A space constructed of a bundle of old warehouses with a front courtyard and rear riverside area, Motion has been the city’s biggest nightclub for years now, hosting some of the biggest names in the world of house and techno, and after a refurbishment in recent years, the space and the soundsystem has been upgraded to earn Motion the recent title of one of the best clubs in the world (DJ Mag 2016).
The set up for the outdoor day party; 2 outdoor stages both playing various styles of house and techno. The main stage at the front of the venue named “The Container Yard” and the second stage, “The Lock Yard” around the back with a view along the river, ravers waving at barge boats of stag and hen party’s sailing on by, spirits high and dance moves a plenty. The rain came down, the crowds ran for shelter hoping it would pass and pass it sure did. The sun beamed down once again and fans got down to the techy beats and housey bass dancing all the way through from day to night.
A well stocked bar along with a couple of food outlets even catering for vegans (they’ve come a long way from just burgers!) and an eco friendly ethos with green thinkers Kambe providing reusable cups, telling us that they’re ‘keeping our shakedown in the sunshine guilt free’.
Each DJ transitioning with a auditory feeling of fluidity from the previous, and a pleasure to see some Bristol based DJ talent on stage in The Lock Yard in the form of Natural Sugars and James Dyer, who prepared the crowd for a 3 hour set from the legendary Andrew Weatherall where he transitioned us from light to night.
On the main stage was the one half of DJ duo Ame, followed by techno giant Rodhad. Who both played for a packed audience desperate to stomp it out and make the most out of what is left of the Great British summer.
Well done Yard Open Air and Motion, a great day party with consistently good techno and house music amidst a green ethos and great outdoor festival feel.