by Ian Damant
With a sold out crowd and unlucky punters willing to fork out well over the asking price for a ticket; Friday the 29th was looking like it was going to be a big one. I have to admit that I was not entirely familiar with Akouo or Holly prior to the night, since GANZ on the lineup had persuaded me to buy a ticket. The first set I saw was Akouo, who played the 11pm set to a tee with great mixing, set progression and variety of tunes including his remix of GANZ’s track, ‘Light Years’. Akouo has to commended on his stage presence and the energy he packs into his performances. He was one of the most enthusiastic and energetic artists I have seen which was clearly felt throughout the venue and crowd.
Without much commotion, Ganz had joined Akouo on stage and had commenced his set. Memorable songs of the night include his flip of Hermitude – Hyperparadise (Flume Remix), as well as RL Grime – Core, which even earned itself a rewind to try amp the crowd. A part from the rewind on Core, GANZ’s set was fairly ordinary in terms of energy, crowd engagement and set progression. As other attendees have stated before, GANZ is a producer first (who is great at it), and a DJ second.
Holly took the decks at 1 am to deliver a set from his Akai MPC32, the club mixer and his Ableton equipped laptop. Not being familiar with Holly, I was impressed with his mixing and the song selection in his arsenal, with edits being dropped left right and centre. Towards the end of the night Akouo couldn’t help himself and jumped back up on stage dancing and moving his arms like a man trying to invent his own version of sign language. Dutch was the last artist I saw who delivered a darker set of dubstep and trap bangers. The change in music genres felt sudden and I’m not sure if it was the best choice given the apparent interests of the crowd that night.
Overall the night was definitely one to remember, however I couldn’t help but feel like it was missing some additional energy and involvement through the crowd. Despite a whole venue packed with wannabe ‘Ballers & Cheerleaders’, the vibe of the night felt somewhat muted. Highlights of the night for myself are the sets delivered by Akouo and Holly; causing me to plow through their Soundcloud pages over the weekend.