Sidewinder

Sidewinder was the UK’s premier garage and grime night during the early 00s. Time to celebrate.

If grime was born and raised in east London, Northampton was where it spent its adolescence years. Run by record store owner Mark Lambert, Sidewinder had been packing out venues in the town since the late 90s when, in 2001, a spate of shootings and resulting tabloid panic made London clubs no-go-areas for rising rappers. This left newcomers like Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Lethal Bizzle to venture to venues outside the capital to hone their live skills, most notably to Sidewinder, which fast upgraded from 300-person clubs to the 3000-capacity Sanctuary in neighbouring Milton Keynes. Scratchy DIY bootlegs of previous events sold on the door and budding emcees battling with security to storm the stage and showcase their talents, were all part and parcel of this seminal night's rough and ready charm. At Red Bull Revolutions In Sound, you’ll be able to experience this charm first hand with Fonti & Bushkin (of Heartless Crew fame) and the legendary DJ Slimzee, amongst many other artists of the grime and garage variety.