Brooklyn duo bring exclusive show to Sheffield clubPosted by: Ashley Birch
Bal Fashions will host rave scene stars Ace Mo and MoMa Ready for one of only two UK dates on their European tour
Big things are expected from Sheffield’s Bal Fashions this year. The gender neutral Castlegate bar already provides a welcoming home for Sheffield’s underground scene, but in 2020 they plan to bring even more inclusive parties to the Steel City with a feast of ‘All Night Long Party’s’.
And to kick off this year’s series, they’ve pulled off a bit of a coup, recently announcing that AceMoMa (Ace Mo and MoMa Ready) are heading to town for a special six-hour set on 7 February.
The DJ duo, real names Adrian Mojica and Wyatt Stevens, have taken the underground dance scene by storm in 2019 and were included in the Guardian’s ‘The best underground dance music of 2019’ list.
Following their 2019 success, the Brooklyn-based DJs begin 2020 with a European tour, stopping off at some of Europe’s most famous venues including London’s Corsica Studios Rhythm Section, Amsterdam’s Garage Noord and Berlin’s Buttons, and added to that list for one of only two UK-dates is Sheffield’s very own Bal Fashions.
Bal Fashions owner Bally Johal said: “Bradley Zero recommended them to hook up with us at our place, which is amazing when you look at the list of venues they’re playing at. They’re all top end clubs and they’re only doing London and Sheffield in the UK, which is great.
“Their album is probably one of the most played on dancefloors for 2019 and it’s not just techno, it’s jungle, drum and bass, they’re really f***ing cool. We’re really looking forward to it!”
Given the calibre of the act, you might be forgiven for thinking the night is out of your price range but the venue’s owners are doing everything they can to keep the club’s inclusive vibe alive. “We’re keeping tickets cheap so we can just about pay for the DJs, but really it’s about having a good party and a busy night.” says Bally.
Bal Fashions, on Exchange Street
“If you want to come, and you want to party, but you can’t afford it, then hit us up and we’ll try and do a deal on the ticket. I’d rather have 100 people in their dancing, than 50 people who have paid but aren’t really into it.”
The AceMoMa show is the start of a busy programme of events down in Castleagte’s Bal Fashions. Bally said: “It’s about getting these kind of artists, who are on the trajectory to stardom, to come and play for us. We’ve also got Annabelle Fraser coming up and we’re looking at a few others.
“It’s about delivering good music in a small venue that isn’t pushed anywhere else.”