For Exeter’s music lovers the good times keep on coming. Last week Exeter’s best and brightest music collectives flexed their music muscle as they took over the Phoenix and dazzled revellers with a star-studded line up. For an early Halloween treat, Thick as Thieves, Our House and Beats and Bass Society teamed up with Hold It Down and Jam The Channel to put on a spellbinding show filled with a slew of special sets and big, booming beats.
It’s going to be a big year for the Thieves et al. After delivering an array of mouth-watering headliners last year, it’s important that Exeter’s premier collectives continue to serve up meaty acts for Exeter’s relatively malnourished electronic music fan base to seek its teeth into. And so to last Friday night: if Fantastic Man was a perfectly crafted starter, Waze and Odyssey were a sumptuous main course that served to whet the appetite for the rest of this year (don’t worry: I’ll bin the overcooked food metaphors now).
You could feel the excitement building early on as the hedonistic hoards lined the grand steps up to the Phoenix entrance. There’s always something special about a night out at the Phoenix. As darkly intimate as the dingy and murky depths of the intimate Cavern can be, the Phoenix brings an elevated sense of grandeur to proceedings. The bigger building, the bigger rooms, the bigger bass… you know it’s going to be a pretty big night.
And so it was. TaT residents Tom Deuchers and Tonic smashed out crowd-pleasing sets that set the tone for the rest of the evening. Meanwhile, up in the Voodoo Lounge, Beats and Bass offered a dramatic shift in pace as their DJs blasted out the trademark electrifying hyperkinetic jungle and DnB sounds that have made them such a firm favourite amongst students. Outside, the Our House crew kept the smokers stomping their feet on the terrace with a series of quintessential house-infelcted party beats.
As the night wore on and the crowds swelled, Mic Newman aka Fantastic Man took to the decks in the main room. The Melbourne-native delivered a party-pitched set featuring a balanced blend of house, funk and disco tracks that have made him one of the names to watch out for in the deep house scene. The hour flew by and before long it was time for headliners Waze and Odyssey to remind us why they’ve cemented themselves as one of the UK’s house heavyweights since their visit to the Cellar Door a year ago next month.
The London duo lived up to the hype. Their distinctive slick bass-heavy sound received a raucous welcome from a packed-out main room and it was smiles all round when they inevitably dropped their remix of R Kelly’s 1993 classic ‘Bump N Grind’ to finish. The track reached number two in the charts last week after clocking up well over 1.5 million Youtube views and the crowd belted it out like teenage girls holding a hairbrush in front of a mirror.
We caught up with Laurence Mulchrone, one of the guys behind Thick as Thieves, to see what he made of the night. Unsurprisingly, he was pretty pleased:
“We at TaT HQ were blown away to see such an energetic crowd last Friday. Having our headliners track hit number two in the charts days before the show was an incredibly well timed piece of news. A massive thanks to all the student DJs and promoters that were involved. We’re now looking forward to our upcoming residents night and soon after the Third Birthday, with Ejeca on the headline.”
Indeed, the only negative we could find with the night – and its a downer that afflicts’most of these nights – is that things had to wrap up at a frustratingly early 2 am. But, of course, we don’t have to wait long until we can put on our dancing shoes back on as the Thieves celebrate their 3rd birthday next month back at the Cavern. Find out more about the event here.