Bicep playing all night long at Gorilla is something that isn’t alien to them. They have played there before and last time it was without doubt one of the best parties I’ve been to. The Northern Irish duo bring different styles and genres to the table, as well as the knowledge of how to get a crowd going.
The bloggers who turned into a pair of the most successful DJ’s in the scene over the past couple of years have had a meteoric rise to fame. Curating their very own rooms at The Warehouse Project and a residency at Space in Ibiza have been just two of the many highlights.
As soon as the show was announced by the guys at Drop the Mustard, the clamour for tickets had started. Since the annual run of Warehouse Project shows had finished back on New Years Day, Manchester has been starved of nights of that quality so it was good to see a reaction as positive as the one that was reserved for Bicep’s return.
The dark and vaporous surrounds of Gorilla were the perfect setting for the occasion. So many times in venues you can see the perspiration coming off the walls and whether you think that is disgusting or not there is no doubt in my mind it shows the crowd are having a decent time!
The Belfast boys started the night in a very slow and soulful way. Raising the tempo and going through the gears as each hour ticked by in their all night extravaganza. The best reactions were saved for their very own Vision of Love and a version of house anthem Walk with Me.
Their love for the 80’s and 90’s is clear when you see them live, as piano-brazened jams and sweet-sounding jazz can be heard throughout the sets.
Drop the Mustard are holding another party at Gorilla on the 28th of February when Dirty Bird boss Claude von Stroke comes to town and if Friday was anything to go by, it should be one hell of a night.
Review by Joe Lanigan-Smith
Images courtesy of Jack Kirwin