Battlejam – Beardyman + JFB

Written by Maximus Aurelius

February 1, 2010 4:32 pm

Beardyman & JFB

Battlejam is an established monthly night at Audio, run by Brighton legends Beardyman, JFB & Ed Solo. Also featuring hand picked underground talent, Battlejam is one of the most unique and brilliant club nights in the calendar. We decided to pop along at their most recent night to see what all the fuss is about.

The atmosphere is sweaty, but electric. There’s no room for pretty boys and scene kiddies here, this is Audio, one of Brightons favourite clubs. It’s not as comfortable as perhaps Life, or Coalition, but then Audio is a club devoted to the music it showcases. There’s no fancy decor here or sofas to cotch in, this is underground and it’s a place to get deep down and grimey. Battlejam has been around for a while now, and this isn’t the first time we’ve been. But after Friday, 29th January 2010s shenanigans, we felt it deserved a write-up.

Unusual for a night featuring such well known talent as Beardyman & JFB, it is them who are first up. Most nights save their headline acts until at least midnight, but not here. Perhaps this says something about what Battlejam is all about. Beardyman and JFB may well be established artists in their own right now, but they clearly haven’t forgotten their roots, and Battlejam is not just for them, it’s a showcase for true homegrown talent. Fridays night also features Stig of the Dump, Dr Syntax & Klumzy Tung.

The three lesser known MCs though are not daunted by the night, the smaller feel and more intense, personal atmosphere of Audio (with fans just inches from the DJs) makes them feel more at home. We were particularly impressed with Klumzy Tung. At this point I should probably point out, I was slightly too intoxicated to really know what he was talking about, but what I do know is, it sounded fucking good.

I also got a little bit excited when JFB did his thing with Rage Against the Machines Killing in the name – I’d seen it on Youtube but seeing JFB mash it up live was extra special. It was just a shame I was in the coat queue at the time and couldn’t mash out to it.

What makes Battlejam so great is that it is everything we love in a night. It’s not pretentious, it’s not about making money (it’s usually only £5-7) and it’s not the place to go for people more concerned with the position of their fringe and the tightness of their jeans then the actual music. Battlejam is aided by a superb venue that places DJs and fans right next to each other – nobody is elevated here, unlike the DJ booth in a club such as Honey which is a couple of meters off the ground. Everyones in the rabble together, and when you’re griming out at 4am everybody else is too.

Just one final note, if anybody who works at Audio is reading this, please can you put the cloakroom at the FRONT of the club, to stop people pushing their way through a happy crowd. It’s a no brainer, really. Thank you.


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