Andy C All Night Review Saturday 21st February 2015
This night couldn’t come quick enough for my better half and I! We’d got our early birds purchased well in advance as we were well prepared for a first time in the Midlands to have Andy C exclusively playing all night.
After jumping on the train with my girlfriend & our mates the pre-drink was definitely flowing, quick walk from the train station to the venue (always a bonus) and we got to the queue at about 10:15 which was completely running down the road for this sold out event. We were searched and inside within 20 minutes which was very quick for a large scale event such as this so fair play for getting things moving so quickly! We got straight to the bar and then eventually once the cloakroom was eventually sorted, we were on the dance floor whilst DJ Escape & MC Busta were supplying a mixture of old and new tracks, with such classics as ‘Fear Of The Future’ and ‘Body Snatchers’ and ‘Mr. Happy’ being played. I must give credit to MC Busta as I’m not a massive fan of MC’s but he certainly did a great job hosting the event.
Few brandies later and at last, the executioner Mr. Andy C (casually late as usual lol!) launched himself straight onto the decks about 12:20, I believe MC Busta hosted the first 15 minutes or so of his set and did a great job, with GQ then taking over hyping up the crowd in his usual fashion.
Andy played a lot of new & recent material within his first hour such as ‘Hotbox’ and ‘Gravity’ by Mind Vortex and a personal favorite of mine ‘Direction’ by Wilkinson, and then dived into mixing many classics such as ‘Signal’ by Fresh, and probably the best mix down of the night in my eyes… Total Science’s remix of Q Project’s ‘Champion Sound’ mixed with Roni Size ‘It’s Jazzy.’ This set the whole crowd into an absolute frenzy calling for the rewind instantly.
By 2:30am MC 2Shy then stepped on the mic, and with plenty more drink later down our systems, meeting up with loads more faces and making new friends; the rave was in more than full swing. The bar queues were quick, getting to the toilets was quick, and access to the very large smoking area (on both floors may I add) was easy, and the crowd; were fantastic. The system was kicking not just loudly, but very clearly. The use of smoke machines with the lighting as well worked very cleverly. Credit to Andy C for fading the music, then instantly hearing the voice of Mad P “Are you ready for some blooooodclart jungle techno!?!” as he dropped Taktix ‘It’s The Way’ instantly double dropped with a VIP mix of “The Music Makers” by Tyke & Recipe. This instantly got the rewind, and when dropped again, went down a storm!
Unfortunately by 4am, the night was coming to an end for our crew as we had to make our way home though I believe the rave did go on until 4:30, half an hour longer than stated on the flyer; which was great for everyone else.
So yet again another great show from the Random Concept team for another successful sold out event under their belt. If you want to check out more of their events in Birmingham then do check out their Hospitality event they’ve got coming up on Saturday 21st March at Rainbow Warehouse. It’s an amazing intimate venue, and it’s easily the cheapest bar in Birmingham. I haven’t been to many big events in Birmingham lately and this is down to bar prices in other bigger venues in Birmingham are just too expensive (more expensive than London in some cases!) Thankfully at Rainbow Warehouse this isn’t the case.
Big up to Sarah, Lewis, Lauren, Jammers, Katie, Danielle, Kelly, and all the Coventry & Birmingham faces I saw there and other people I met on the night.