We spoke to John Digweed ahead of the Easter Sunday party.
The UK outfit, initially started as a record label by John Digweed and Nick Muir in 1993, has a relationship with the central London club going back to the late '90s, where it would host monthly Thursday parties. In 2008, the two parted ways, as Digweed et al. started hosting larger events at matter, Brixton Academy and XOYO among others. The reunion show, dubbed Bedrock Resurrection, will take place on Sunday, April 5th, from 10 PM through 7 AM. The lineup is still TBA.
Ahead of the announcement, we spoke to Digweed over email to discuss the upcoming party.
Why have you decided to return to Heaven?
Out of all the clubs in the world that I have played at I have the longest history with Heaven. I was a regular on the dance floor at Delirium most Thursdays catching the likes of Frankie Knuckles first ever UK gig while dreaming of playing the main room one day. In 1991 my hard work paid off and I was resident at Rage, one of the most successful underground nights in the UK at the time. For me Heaven is amongst the most iconic venues of all time. It's a proper acid house event space and is one of the last great clubs from that era.
We know it holds a very special place for Bedrock and the memories we have from so many great nights there. Bedrock at Heaven was the start of the weekend for many people and it’s been a very long time coming for our return. Weekend dates at Heaven are very rare as the venue has in-house nights every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. When the opportunity arose to bring Bedrock back to Heaven at Easter, this time on Easter Sunday rather than our traditional Thursday date, we grabbed it with both hands. Furthermore, there is a whole generation of clubbers who have never been to Heaven and this was a major reason for our return. We are expecting loads of new faces who never had the chance to experience the magic of Bedrock at Heaven.
What moments stand out from previous Bedrock parties at the venue?
The beauty of the night was that it was the crowd that made it so special. They trusted us with the line ups and supported every DJ the same. The price was always £5 for members whether it was Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia, Basement Jaxx, Chris Fortier or Danny Howells playing. One stand out night for me was Rabbit in The Moons only ever UK gig. The atmosphere was electric and the reaction was one of the best I have ever seen there. Those that remember those nights will know what to expect, those that don't better hold tight.