Review: Foreverland at The Old Fire Station


With its eclectic mix of bass, grime, garage and house music, Foreverland returned to The Old Fire Station last week to deliver yet more of the crème of upcoming musical talent.

The recognised event has come a long way since humble beginnings, breaking a host of conceptual barriers in becoming established as one of the key emissaries of the South Coast’s clubbing scene.

Renowned for its unique yet undoubtedly nostalgic ‘adult playground’ vibe, the event featured a host of inflatable attractions, including a gladiator joust, as well as a slew of diverse, upcoming and pioneering artists. Just a few to mention were acclaimed house and bass Bristol duo GotSome, respected DJ and accomplished producer/remixer Matt Jam Lamont, and Foreverland’s new resident TAIM.

With the seemingly popular genres of bass and grime beginning to dominate the house scene, it was to no surprise that the venue was full to capacity by midnight, seeing hundreds engorged in the heavy thumps and wobs from bass bandit and long-time DJ Matt Jam Lamont. Bournemouth music student Tom Bellman commented on the event’s bass-heavy line up, saying “Foreverland is the only [event] in Bournemouth that has understood the need for a wider mix of genres like grime, bass and garage… the same house nights are getting boring.”

After an undoubtedly lively and simultaneously bass infused set from Matt Jam Lamont, Birmingham producer, DJ and remixer Bassboy took to the embellished Foreverland stage. With the company of C4, Bassboy has produced some of the biggest tracks in bassline history and has worked with a whole host of vocal talent including the likes of Skepta. The night saw Bassboy and C4 exhibit just a few of the 4 x 4 garage tracks created with edits and samples of R&B gems, including the infamous and brilliantly crafted ‘Milkshake’ remix.

Image of the entrance to Foreverland

Foreverlanders then went on to see a raw 90 minute headline set from electronic enthusiasts and powerful producers, GotSome. Known for the B.Traits and Annie Mac championed tune ‘Bassline’, the currently prominent duo played an eclectic selection of heavyweight floor fillers that proved popular with the crowd, tearing up the dance floor and bringing nothing but pure vibes.

Along with this host of talent came a whole new geometric style staging, as well as silly string, bubbles, hula hoops and masks to bring a wicked atmosphere and a child-like adventure to the club.

“It’s not very often you find a selection of artists like those who play at Foreverland as well as impressive visuals and entertainment, they’ve really nailed it,” added Tom.

After a year on the scene, and widely expanding to various locations around the country, Foreverland returns to its father venue, The Old Fire Station, on March 12th to celebrate its first birthday. As well as upcoming events in Brighton and Southampton, be sure not to miss Foreverland’s first LIVE event on February 13th, where explosive Mobo award winners ‘Section Boyz’ come to Bournemouth – it’s set to be a banger.