Dusk Launch Party presents...
Cirque Du Soleil Project
Saturday 9th February
Dusk marked itself out with undeniable sparkle as a banging night out in Leeds with the huge success of the Cirque Du Soleil – Dusk Launch Party. The event took place at Beaver Works, a small converted Victorian bed factory - a perfect venue for a night of this kind. There was an intimate feel to the evening but this did not detract from the substantial amount of room there was available to dance. This was great for comfortable and easy-going sounds of deep house that kept the night pumping. The crowd was friendly and gave their full support to the night and the artists. With the 80s throwback themed décor - smiley faces surrounding the crowd, everyone immediately knew they were in for a top night!
Room 1 presented LED light contact juggling and some poi performances (including fire movement outside) making the night not only spectacular musically but artistically as well. Dusk advertised itself as being unique, interested in more than just a regular night of good music and it was, as promised, glisteningly original. The rhythmic psychedelic light poi performers accompanied the slick long mixes and kept the crowd in hypnotic bliss. Although the performers were outstanding, the circus theme did not stretch as far as people had wished. It was so engaging and worked so spectacularly combined with the music that people wanted more of it. It was nonetheless an exceptional display of a variety of talents.
The music, along with the performance, really did play a key part in making the night so enjoyable. Room 1 was a definite crowd pleaser, keeping it more upbeat with enthusiasm and positivity along with the vibrant circus spectacles. With the likes of Lee Sanderson and Azz Daniels, Room 1 resonated intricate melodies and complex chords with luxuriant ease. Josh Plews gave a pounding set, with a jazzy and soulful influence, head nodding 808 cowbells and cruchy tech bass lines filled the room. Kit McBride bought the night to a close in good spirits with pumping tunes, despite being cut off early. Although this killed the vibe a bit, his mix went down a treat, leaving everybody feeling cheerful before they went home. Speaking to him afterwards and he spoke of how much he had enjoyed his set and had two words to describe the crowd;“spot on.”
Indeed, the crowd were friendly and there was a relaxing overarching mellow and harmonious atmosphere to the night. Room 2, presented by HAKKET, who are well grounded in the underground music scene in Leeds, was much more chilled, and at times experimental, occasionally adding in a techy tune that snatched the crowd’s attention, with the likes of Melissa Gaskin and James Mac presenting their talent.
Overall, the launch party for Dusk was a great success. The deep house vibes complimented the 80s acid house décor theme which blended with the circus performances with perfection. Dusk promises great things for the future. With even more of a performance element, it has the potential to be ground breaking! Watch out Leeds, I foresee big nights to come here.
Review by Bonny Herington
Images courtesy of Lucy Poole