John Digweed returns to Bristol after 22 year hiatus for Empathy’s 15th Birthday

Empathy presents JOHN DIGWEED
Bank Holiday Sunday 1st May 2016
02 Academy
22:00 – 05:00

£10 Early bird / £12.50 1st Release / £15 2nd Release. MOTD
Tickets available from Bristol Ticket Shop, or here and here.

Academy 1:
JOHN DIGWEED (Bedrock/Transitions)
NICK WARREN (Way Out West/Hope Recordings)
COPY PASTE SOUL (Intec/Exploited/Gruuv)

Academy 2:
Hybrid (Distinctive)
Stuart Wilkinson (Empathy)
Andy Newland & Warren Mooney (Twisted Audio)
Andy Price (Habit)
Matt Owen (Delete)
Whomp DJs

Jay Massive (Fear Of Flying)
Sell By Dave (Bedmo Disco)
Tristan Bolitho (Deep/Bcfm)
Dave Kirik (Empathy)
Roland Gregory

The second Bank Holiday Sunday of 2016 will see Empathy take over the legendary 02 Academy. It’s one hell of a special occasion, Empathy’s 15th Birthday Party. We’re very pleased to bring one of the worlds finest DJ’s and Producers back to Bristol for the first time in almost 25 years. The sound of Bedrock – JOHN DIGWEED! His last appearance in Bristol was in 1994 at Lakota for a Northern Exposure Tour with Sasha. There’s no doubt that this is a historic event, and in more ways than one. From Top 40 smashes ‘Heaven Scent’ and ‘For What You Dream Of’ to world renowned mix CDs for Renaissance, Global Underground and Northern Exposure, it’s little surprise he was voted No.1 DJ in the World by DJmag readers in 2001.

John’s Bedrock brand has become globally renowned and his tour diary consists of the biggest clubs and festivals across the globe. He will be fresh from his Re-Structured Tour and appearing at Coachella in California as well as this, his latest compilation ‘Live In Montreal’ will be flying off the shelves in record stores all over the world. John Digweed’s Transitions radio show is one of the world’s most successful dance music shows, broadcast across 45 countries to a staggering weekly audience of over 14 million. Read our interview with John here.

We’re excited to welcome back one of the true legends of progressive house, local boy Nick Warren, who was the resident DJ at Lakota when John Digweed last played. Nick Warren plays all over the world to huge crowds, most recetly to 5,000 people in Buenos Aires on his South American Tour. His Way Out West album with production partner Jody Wisternoff is imminent. Nick has played Empathy many times in the past and always delivers the goods. This will be a rare show for Nick in his hometown, and it’s set to be one special event.

In support we have our very own Jim Rivers AKA Copy Paste Soul, his track ‘Empathy’ was a Bedrock release in 2008 and also featured on John Digweed’s ‘Bedrock 10 Past Present Future’ compilation. More recently he’s rising to the top with his CPS productions on Intec, Gruvv and Exploited.