“FILTH: less rules, more fun… getting gross with each other”.
Words by Callum ParrHeading Photo by PhotoTom/Thomas Meyer
The electronic music scene can often get a bad wrap and the frequenters of big clubs and festivals are criticized for not ‘being there for the music’ #pingers. Although we know this is not always the case, and Adelaide’s Trap Rats are proving it with their unrelenting dedication to their rapidly- growing scene.
Presented by Adelaide Trap Rats (ATR) and The Hotbox Collective, FILTH has been gathering a lot of buzz and momentum around Adelaide as of late.
It all started in November last year when a group of good mates and trap lovers began to notice a handful of familiar faces appearing at trap gigs around Adelaide. Intrigued, the guys formed a Facebook group, ‘Adelaide Trap Rats’, which over a couple of days attracted 150 members and currently has just over 1,000.
Though Facebook numbers and real life attendances are two very different things, the number of ‘rats’ keen to get filthy became reality when FILTH’s first ever installation became an out-of-hand success. Initially planned as a house- shed party, of around 100 rats, FILTH 8.08 was moved to a larger, public venue after word got out of the event. Hosted in the dank- basementesque setting of Ancient World and sporting a lineup of local DJs, FILTH 8.08 hit capacity within half an hour, a huge turning point for ATR, The Hotbox Collective and FILTH.
What do you do when your first event sells out? You host another, with an upgraded venue and two international acts.
Announced the day after FILTH 8.08, FILTH 11.09 was held on Friday, September 11th at Apple Bar. The night was headlined by GAWTBASS (Chicago) and half dragon, half human dubstep machine SQUNTO (Boston), with support from a local lineup.
Next event, FILTH 3.10 is on October 3rd at Apple Bar featuring xKORE (UK) plus special guests.