Last weekend we were fortunate to perform at Soundwave Croatia, Soundcrash and New Bohemia’s annual festival on the shores of the Adriatic Sea in picturesque Petrcane. The whole weekend was superb, but playing on the Sunday night – both in the Beach Bar and, later, in Barbarella’s Discotheque for the afterparty – was an unforgettable experience.
As with other festivals we’ve played, we went mob-handed and did a Bedmo Disco Soundsystem show. That meant Coherent on the mic, alongside surprise guest B’Tol – a Bristol MC we’ve known (but never worked with) for a few years. We took to the decks in the Beach Bar – a bamboo-lined shack attached to a lifehouse, overlooking the Adriatic and a jam-packed dancing platform – after the Cinematic Orchestra had finished their sunset set on the main stage (the sound was being piped through to the Beach Bar). The reaction we got, from the very start, was amazing.
Whatever direction we took the show in, we were greeted by whooping, hollering, cheers and hands raised skywards. Some loons even climbed onto the lighting rig and started dancing high above the crowd! Coherent and B’Tol were in their element, exchanging verses, hosting magnificently and getting the crowd in the mood. For myself (Sell By Dave) and Five-Stylez, it was a real buzz. The sight of a rammed Beach Bar stage all signing along to the Turtles ‘Happy Together’ at the end will live long in the memory.
After a couple of hours to regroup, we opened up the afterparty at Barbarella’s Discotheque with an hour of goodtime grooves, including a load of our own edits, some forgotten classics, the odd bootleg and, of course, some disco and soul bangers. Once again, the reaction was fantastic. Thanks to all who came, danced and showed their appreciation.
Thanks, too, to the Soundwave Croatia organisers – Noah, Rob and the rest – for inviting us down to play. It was an honour – we look forward to returning to rock the party once again. Certainly, we lost count of the amount of props we got from random punters – always a good sign. The crew who headed out with us – all 30 of them – have all talked enthusiastically about returning next year. It’s a date!
As a thank you to those who came and danced like nutters to our Beach Bar set, I’ve put together a little mix featuring some of the cuts we played, alongside some others we didn’t get a chance to drop. Think of it as a keepsake of a great moment in time, when everything came together and the party rocked hard! Click on the link below to download (59 minutes, 60-oddMB).
Bedmo Disco – Soundwave Intro
A Skillz – Twang Banger
DJ Zeph – Dinero En [DJ Raw B Remix]
Mc Serch – Back To The Grill [Remix – Bedmo Disco Edit]
The CBs – Misdemeanour [A Skillz Remix]
The Jungle Brothers – Get Down [Bedmo Disco’s Bronx Dogs Refix]
Feature Cast – Rock Ya Body
Freestylers – Ruffneck (feat Navigator)
Arthur Baker – Breakers Revenge [Bedmo Disco Edit]
Fort Knox Five – What Make Ya Dance [Kraak & Smaak’s Dutch Oven Instrumental]
Rebel MC – The Wickedest Sound [Swemix]
Fast Eddie – Yo You Get Funky [Tim Healey & Deekline Remix]
Floorplay – Loose Tips
Unknown – Chekere Son [Seiji Rerub]
M Swift presents 24 Carat – Panama [M Swift Remix]
The Turtles – Happy Together [Wade Nichols Edit]