We started Roads in 2016 – four friends with Bristol connections – looking to start something regular in south-east London. For us, it was about making a commitment once a month to meet, invite someone along that we hadn’t seen for a while to come along and play, have a pint and a catch up. We wanted it to feel easy and open, with the potential for a community to develop around it.
Our guests – usually a friend of ours and a friend of their’s – choose the direction each month, and we simply join them for the ride. They’re free to take it wherever they want, often playing things they don’t normally get to play out.
We’ve called Rye Wax our home from almost day one. During the day it’s a cafe and record store, transforming as evening approaches into a bar and club. We kind of fit into things as an afternoon warm up, starting at 2pm with some digi-dub heaters or ambient cuts and taking up the tempo and the bass before it’s time to leave some time around 10pm.
It’s a free event and we cover our costs with a cut of the bar. If we build up a surplus, this goes to charity. Most recently we’ve supported Mind because we feel that surrounding yourself with music and company is good for the soul.
We want to thank everyone who’s given their time to come and support Roads. We’re grateful for the people we’ve met and the new things we’ve heard. We’ll keep motoring until it’s time to stop.