The Grand Launch
AIR (formerly Code)
With code being closed for the majority of the summer due to
it being refurbished and having a name change to AIR. What changes
will have in store for the drum and bass fraternity visiting the
grand launch of Accelerated culture tonight?
Arrived just after 10 and was greeted by a huge queue luckily
I was on guest list so I had virtually no time to wait. From the
outside the club still looks the same but once inside you could
instantly see the changes.
As I knew that they had added a third room to the club I wandered
how this affected the main room, this is now known as the Oxygen
Walked into the main arena and DJ Dollar was on the decks playing
some up front drum and bass. The DJ box had moved as from the
opposite side of the main room so that when you walk directly
into the main room the dj box is on your right.
The dj box doesn't have a stage or a platform for dancers or the
mc to perform on, as the stairs were by the dj box this got crowded
later on the night as people were watching the dj's in the mix.
There were two massive video screens behind the DJ booth playing
some cool visuals including some footage from past raves. The
production that went into tonight was really good as Skelter always
do put on a good show.
Looking around the rest of the venue to see what changes had
been made, headed to the Nitrogen room which had the Ram Recordings
tour night on, and Mistress Mo was on. This room seemed had the
vibe of a chill out room, with all the cubicles that were surrounding
the room for people to sit on as well as enjoying the music. There
was quite bit of dance floor space for people to brock out to
tunes in here too.
The carbon-lounge or the oldskool room was exactly the same as
before with Déjà vu hosting the room.
Back to the main room and Dollar was accompanied by MC Presha,
Dollar played a good set with a few anthems alongside some unknowns
tunes. As he dropped the one, which went down a storm as, it got
people moving on the dance floor. Dollar finished the set with
tight situation, which got the crowd into frenzy.
Up next was the man from charge recording Mampi Swift, Swift
played an awesome set as always with his tight mixing and double
dropping. Playing tunes such as Signal, Dillinja remix of nitrous
also he dropped R-Type as well for the oldskool massive.
The only thing about accelerated culture at code is the lack of
atmosphere with no whistles or horns being blown, but instead
Presha started to chuck horns into the crowd, which got the place
livelier, to bring some atmosphere here tonight.
After Swift had finished Fabio was a little late as Garry K stepped
in for a few minutes. Fabio arrived alongside Rawhils' MC Navigator.
Fabio played a really hard set playing some heavy stompers to
get the crowd rocking including, playing the remix of circles
and its jazzy, trumpet which he played at Global gathering aswell,
along the power of rah, heavy tune!!
Andy C was up next along with the 'El matador IC3, Andy played
an incredible set, as always playing tunes such as Troubleshoot,
Outer space, Ska, Good Girl, Twist em out and my favourite tune
at the moment Nosher!!! Also he was teasing in a few tunes too
such as renegade snares and Turbulence. During his set IC3 as
always got down and mc'd with the crowd, which brought some wicked
atmosphere to tonight.
I noticed that Andy C was making full use of the CD decks as well
as the 1210's so I got a feeling that he played a few dub plates
too within his set which always makes it interesting
After Andy C's set it was the turn of Formation's Twisted Individual,
Twisted played an entertaining set playing he was accompanied
by both IC3 and Navigator who both decided to mc with in the crowd.
Skibadee later arrived for the last hour, as it looked like that
Virus's Ed rush was not turning up. Twisted was playing tunes
such as bandwagon blues and Ed Solo's and Brockie's stormer of
the moment System Test!!!
I was a bit disappointed with Ed rush not turning up as he did
play a wicked set back at Slammin a few months ago. I do like
the new venue but it does feel a bit posh for us ravers, as were
used to abandoned warehouses.
Massive shouts to Mistress Mo, Justin @ Kool, Mampi, Navigator,
Andy C, IC3,Biggie and Alpha. Also maximum respect to Charly,
Zoë + Collete.
Written by Xtra-C
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