Big up the selector! Andy C has won this crown every year since we established the Drum&BassArena Awards. Has he nailed it this year? He’s up against some blistering competition. Only time will tell!
From the darkest bass conjurers to masters of the funkiest fusions, this roll call of producers covers every shade and style of drum & bass possible. There’s no better representation of how much creative ground our genre covers.
Lyrical demons and hosts who can truly boast the most. The art of MCing remains a fine-tuned science. Complementing the DJ and guiding the crowd to places they never knew existed, these are the men who took the mic to the next level in 2013.
Keeping the headliners on their toes with razor-sharp selection skills, D&B is rife with new club-smashing aptitude. This list of deck-defying dons who’ve emerged in the last few years shows just how much new talent there is…
Drum & bass thrives off new blood and vibes are kept fresh as each new producer adds their own twist and influences to the ever-bubbling melting pot. These are the young men who you think have pushed D&B forward the most this year.
One of the fiercest games to break into, each of these newcomer MCs have fought off serious competition to reach this nomination stage. Rebooting the MC mindset with fresh deliveries and deadly flows, these next-gen mic-masters have skills!
Guaranteeing a defiant seal of approval with every release, every signing and every event: labels remain the most crucial force in D&B. Filtering out the noise to unearth nothing but the most forward-thinking, floor-smashing drum & bass possible, these are the brands who you think have excelled this year…
An award dedicated to discovering the year’s most popular, scene-defining track. Tunes that unite us all and cause guaranteed reloads, this year we’ve been treated to some mind-blowingly massive, agenda-setting cuts. Here are the 10 you thought deserved the accolade the most.
Nothing represents an artist’s creative abilities with more comprehension and clarity than a precision-produced album. There have been some incredible long players released in 2013… As proved by this list of nominated works. Each one an essential addition to any D&B lover’s collection.
Complementing our favourite beats with equally creative visual narratives is now an essential part of the release schedule for many labels. The very best videos will take the track to a new dimension. Each of these 10 videos have taken that benchmark and set it at unchartered new levels…
Drum & bass would be nothing without the parties… Not just a place for us to unleash ourselves from the shackles and stresses of working life, but a chance for DJs to test their latest next-level creations. Club events: Drum&BassArena salutes you!
Is there anything better than witnessing a killer 170BPM bassline tear through an arena like it was paper? Few sounds sum up a festival’s unique carnage better than drum & bass. And these 10 events are the ones who you think have embraced our sound the most.
Rising from its turntable roots, drum & bass now boasts some incredible live performances that utilise some seriously head-bending technology. Delivered with extremely high levels of production, the best live shows stimulate sonically, visually and physically. Just like each of these nominated live performers…
Who will win?
Join us at Electric Brixton on December 5 2013 - or tune in to D&BTV for a full live stream - and find out as we reveal the final five nominees… And the ultimate winners!