Chibuku Shake Shake - Hannah Wants, Bondax & Friends, DJ Barely Legal & More
Saturday 15th November
Arts Club, Liverpool
Infamous for throwing some of the most diverse and exciting nights the country has to offer, Chibuku were back in their home town, in their newly renovated venue, to throw another huge party for the people of Liverpool. The eagerly awaited night welcomed some of the youngest, most aspiring DJs that the UK House and Bass scene has to offer; playing host to hugely successful Birmingham based producer Hannah Wants, DJ Barely Legal and SG Lewis in the main room whilst Bondax and Friends supplied the sounds for the loft, presenting a tough choice for crowds.
Preceding its restoration; Arts club, the “spiritual home” has retained its historical features of an old theatre providing an incredibly innovative dancing space. Now in its 14th year Chibuku has risen into one of the biggest club nights in the North, giving Liverpool a firm place within the competitive UK clubbing scene, now being able to rival neighbouring cities of Manchester and Leeds.
First on the bill was self-taught DJ Hannah Wants, attaining notoriety for her cutting edge bass style, and has subsequently become one of the most celebrated artists in the UK bass scene today. Last year achieving the prestigious 'People's Choice Award' at the Bass Music Awards thus highlighting her popularity. Ever since her first trip to Ibiza in summer 2010, Miss Wants has continually been on the rise, first gaining recognition for her productions with Chris Lorenzo her career then finally rocketing following the release of ‘Dappy’ which received worldwide acclaim.
Wants is now a regular on the majority of summer festivals, and has gained a firm place within the Ibiza clubbing season dominating the Amnesia dance floor this past summer. Her set at the Arts Club was unsurprisingly a hit; mixing classic ‘90s garage tunes with her own contemporary Bass and House beats. Her most recent release of Rhymes raised many hands to the ceiling for the track's bass heavy drop and gained the most appreciation of any song in her set.
For those in the crowd whom missed Hannah Wants’ master class, rather choosing to watch Bondax and Friends, were also in for a treat with the likes of recent release ‘All I see’ going down a treat by all accounts.
SG Lewis is a name that was probably unfamiliar to none Chibuku regulars. Despite this, the home town based DJ, and Chibuku resident, pulled it out the bag and easily produced the best set of the night. Possibly due to the increased amount of space on the main dancefloor (as many of the crowd left following Wants’ early set), his quick transitions and big build ups seemed to generate the best atmosphere from any of the respectively bigger names that were on the bill. For anyone that did indeed leave after Miss Wants, disregarding SG Lewis’ mixing ability certainly made a mistake, as his inclusion of Soul Central's Strings of Life (Supernova Remix) in his set was the highlight of the night. The Liverpool DJ toyed with acid and deep house and despite only being given an hour slot at the end of the night, was the definite highlight.
Review by James Bate
Images courtesy of Gary Brown Multimedia