Stealth in Nottingham brings big names to the area. It has been a place for girls and boys to dance to DJs and performers from the likes of Lily Allen to David Guetta, and Jamie XX to Annie Mac. Their Friday night Detonate event entailed a list of DJs who, when added together, could potentially give attendees a really good seeing to.
With a crowd of mostly student blood, I assumed bouncers would be the stone-faced, take-no-sh*t type, but getting into the venue was totally hassle free, even with my bunch of rowdy and slightly boisterous mates. Behind the entrance were 3 different venues for 1 clubbing experience: Stealth, The Rescue Rooms and The Red Room. The Rescue Rooms was the first of the 3 I got to experience, as Dub Phyzix and Strategy warmed up the night from 12-1. The room soon became busy, but as Strategy began to spit bars on top of Dub Phyzix’s ruthless drum and bass beats, capacity was no issue. It was all about the music.
Zed Bias played next in Stealth. Even without being in the room, I could sense the party vibes from outside. There was something about Zed Bias and the feel good chords he scattered throughout his set that made the whole room bounce.
The smoking area was an opportunity to cool down and charge up, which was slight respite from the hot, sticky, yet appealing indoor atmosphere. I merrily sang to myself as I brushed my way through the smokers, and a passer-by briefly joined in my untuneful chorusing. The people were friendly and there for a good time.
Nvoke, a DJ from the Notts scene, manned the last stretch of the night from 4-5, taking to the decks to spill an infusion of house, tech and funk. He impressed the last ones standing with a superimposition of smooth saxophone behind an intensely techy beat. He evidently pushed all the right buttons, being awarded with applause from a more-than-satisfied audience after his finale. His crowd’s reading abilities were spot on: he takes pride in his live and unplanned sets. Although less known, Nvoke was not less favoured, the crowd had spirits that were high and moves that got low until the speakers turned off at 5.
I shan’t dilute the little expectations I had for Nottingham’s nightlife. As I come from Manchester, a bustling city that has unforgettable line ups every single weekend, I’d be lying to say that initially I wasn’t a little bit biased. However, when I realised that I had started to pine over the weekends closure, I reconsidered that Nottingham is definitely a place to behold.
Review by Chloe Jones
Images courtesy of Samuel Kirby