So as the year creeps to its end, we find ourselves longing for the pinnacle of all mash-ups, also known as, New Years Eve. If you weren’t paralytic at a full moon party in Thailand or lying naked in a bed with Mila Kunis, then the only place to be was One Nation at Bournemouth’s 02 Academy. Spectacularly, the night pieced together as perfect as the paper planning. One Nation has an established reputation stamped firmly on the face of the drum and bass industry and this night proved that they deliver in style.
Sweeping straight in, Klip and Outlaw warmed the booties of the early-bird ravers, whilst Bassman worked his eager-beavers on the front row. Even in the earliest hour, the speakers were blowing and the atmosphere was pumping. With only 2 hours left until the New Year, DJ Phantasy swarmed the stage with a delicious selection of total bangers. Ranging from Metrik to Guv, it didn’t matter if your mate was lost in the astounding depths of Bournemouth’s Opera house, the music was on fire and it was far too good to be missed. No hesitation in big beats, the SASASAS team joined Phanatsy for even bigger trouble. The vodka was teasing my little brain by this point but I am pretty sure if I’ve ever enjoyed an extreme workout, it was like this. Shotta, Stormin and Shabba unleashed the beast with a display of naughty bars, leaving Macky Gee and Phantasy to blend the flavour. Not only did they perfect the song selection, gearing everyone up for the countdown, they gave us a damn good show in doing so… I didn’t know DJ’s could be such good dancers. The countdown came and the unity of the room was strong. Phones flashed and people from every corner of the venue praised the last ten seconds of 2014. A few hugs were shared, a few sloppy kisses were given and then it was straight back to the drum and bass; just as it should be.
Ravers favourite DJ Hazard shared the first hour of 2015 dishing out the beasts. One Nation knows exactly what the crowd wants and with a hype-man like Skibba on the mic, this duo were set to impress. Original Sin, Logan D, Sly and dub-plate monster DJ Hype had no trouble keeping the fire burning. The energy was infectious. Not only did the mixing talent obliterate the decks, the microphone took a hard battering too with performances from vocal heroes IC3, Trigga, Evil B, Felon and ladies man, Eksman. Many tunes were played in celebration of an extraordinary year for music; the almighty ‘Bricks Don’t Roll’ left us all humming the riff into our new year whilst ‘Slice and Dice’ gave the floorboards a good seeing too and certainly had every foot stomping. No stone was left unturned as the variation flowed flawlessly through each set. It was an epic display strung together by the love for the drums and the bass. This year is set to be a strong and successful year for this forever growing genre, so to all of the ravers, the DJ’s, the MC’s and to all of the parents and neighbours putting up with our obsession, here’s to a joyful and wavy 2015.
Review by Laurie Charlesworth