Brick Lane Music Festival [EVENT REVIEW]
So for those who know, Brick Lane on Sunday's is kind of a big deal. While most of you spend this day sitting on your arse watching shit TV in dreaded anticipation for the working week, there is a rather large population of jubilant partygoers who have other ideas. Although we still enjoy those traditional Sunday's mooching around doing nothing, It was last year when we first discovered that the Shoreditch side of the capital can effectively offer you a night out, but on a Sunday afternoon.
Needless to say, there are not many areas in the UK that can compare to what Brick Lane can offer at this time. With local hotspots Cafe 1001, Big Chill Bar and our personal favourite Vibe Bar all putting on raveworthy events week after week, the fifth annual Brick Lane Music Festival was always going to be a roadblock event.
|Brick Lane revellers as far as the eye can see, Vibe Bar to the left|
Providing a two-day musical extravaganza of back-to-back live bands, DJ’s and beatboxes that include the likes of David Rodigan, The Heatwave, Loefah, Kutmah, DJ MK and Dusky among others. All that is asked for is a £1 donation to the NSPCC and for a line up like this, we were hell bent on making a day of it.
Walking in to a true Carnival atmosphere, Vibe Bar took the honor of hosting Sir Ram Jam Rodigan's reggae extravanganza on the Courtyard Stage whilst the Staunch crew take control of the main bar. A proper dub, reggae and bashment daytime session which by the time Rinse FM regulars The Heatwave entered the fray, the crowd had been worked into a skankers frenzy (see video below).
As the searing bounce of the Carnival-esque riddims drew to its close, so did the outside stage as the sun descended along with the memories of the afternoon. Switching over to the diverse sounds of Swamp 81 as the inner levels of Vibe Bar played host to a steller line up of selectors intent on switching up the atmosphere with a showcase of 808 house and classics to get the majority shuffling.
Whilst Loefah, Moxie, Dusky and co. spun through the deeper elements of House and Bass, there was also a serious amount of high energy coming from the Donaeo's very own Zephron Nights on the upper level. Supported by resident Funky spinner Aizi Robinson, even P Money was out two stepping in the crowd much to everyones surprise. For the House lovers this was a serious taste of Sunday raving, below are the visuals for those interested.
With feelgood House basslines of an equally nostalgic and fresh nature being layed down week after week across this side of Brick Lane, who says the best venues are the ones you have to go out your way to find? For the Londoners out there this one's right on your doorstep.