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In recent years, the trend for combining music with extreme sports has taken a noticeable turn in popularity. Many of the UK’s surfing towns hold festivals that combine the two, and NASS returns to Shepton Mallet this year bringing both music and sport together to full effect.

Much of the music at NASS focusses on the bass-heavy end of the spectrum, so expect to be hearing lots of drum & bass, breaks, hip-hop, bassline, and breakbeat. With artists representing each genre, you can be sure that you be brukkin’ out while you BMX and board.

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Photo: Tim Borrow

For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our NASS Festival information page.

So, what of our recommendations? There’s loads of great music going down at NASS, but one artist we think you should keep an eye out for is DJ Zinc. Zinc made a name for himself with his cult classic jungle track, Super Sharp Shooter. If you went to any parties in the nineties and early naughties, then you’re bound to have heard this track’s infamous wobbling bassline and gunshot samples.

Since then, Zinc has dropped all manner of tracks, all of which vary in style. He has produced drum & bass, jungle, breakbeat, and even some grimy house music with his Crack House series of releases. You’d be a fool to miss out on this artist.

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Photo: Alex Rawson

For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our NASS Festival information page.

We also recommend checking out grime DJ, Sir Spyro. Mention his name to anyone in the know, and  they’re likely to start waxing lyrical about the talents that the Rinse FM DJ possesses. His skills behind the wheels will leave you awestruck, as he drops all manner of bottom end-heavy chest-plate rattlers to get you moving.

If you like your drum & bass with a tougher edge, then you’ll want to check out Noisia. The Dutch three-piece have collaborated with, and produced tracks for, the likes of Foreign Beggars, Wiley, and Hadouken! (whose album, For the Masses, was produced in its entirety by Noisia). The trio are well known for their energetic, high-octane sets, so prepare to blow several gaskets if you go and catch them playing.

For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our NASS Festival information page.

There are a whole host of other artists to check out, Method Man & Redman are not to be missed, and you should also try and catch David Rodigan’s set as well, as the reggae selector will be demonstrating why he’s at the top of his game.

There are plenty of accommodation options available, with campervan and camping fields being the main method of housing ticket-holders (don’t forget your tent), but you can also check out the luxury camping options that they have available at the festival.

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Photo: Jack Foster

In terms of additional entertainment, alongside the extreme sports options, you can enjoy the usual workshops and installations, and food and drink will be in plentiful supply thanks to the well-stocked bars and food stalls.

NASS takes place at Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, from 6-9 July 2017. For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our NASS Festival information page.

 

Author: Ste Knight

Featured Photo: Graham Turner

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