Jon Fitz Bank Holiday Sunday Special
Sunday 26th May
Bank holiday weekend arrived again and like most, I was ready for a good-old fashioned booze up with wicked music and a lively atmosphere. However, the night ahead at Venus made me slightly apprehensive, not only because I’d never heard of the DJ Jon Fitz before, but also because I had such high standards from the club after the first time I’d been to see Hector Couto.
I’d previously heard mixed opinions flying around about the door staff at Venus, however on arrival my friend and I were greeted with a warm welcome, even being complimented on our outfits. So far so good! However, after passing the bouncers, my first impression of the night wasn’t so great with somewhat unfamiliar funky, piano clad beats flooding the venue.
A few drinks in and Venus began to get busier. People of many different ages, old and young, filled the dance floor, and at some point at around 1am, Jon Fitz took to the decks. Little did I know just how much of a party starter this man was! I was soon to learn Jon’s sparse gig calendar was down to taking time out to concentrate on teaching at a music college for a two year period, but over the years he has graced Pacha, Creamfields, V Festival and Glastonbury.
Standing on a podium at the side of the club, I watched as the crowd were in awe of Jon. It was encouraging to watch him go as wild as his fans did, throwing out a dramatic wave or fist pump at any given opportunity. A few songs later and I simply couldn’t resist joining them as they threw shapes of many different sizes. Everybody seemed so friendly, buzzing and carefree, and I was dying to be a part of that.
Although I wasn’t very familiar with many of Jon’s original tracks, he did some mighty fine mixes and funky house spins on some well-known favourites. Deborah Cox’s It’s Over Now was played full blast as the partiers sung along at the top of their lungs. A dramatic build up never fails to excite clubbers, however this was a tune that gave people some real fire and motivation to show what they were made of. As the chorus dropped the uplifting piano riff really did something, as I’ve never seen a crowd so full of smiles before! Why is it only now that I’ve discovered who this guy is?
I'd never experienced a full night of uplifting vocal and funky house before, but seeing Jon at Venus really opened up my mind to this different strand of house music. The elated atmosphere continued to flow right up until closing hour.
This is the second time I had visited the club, and it is the second time I was sad to leave.
Review by Chloe Jones
Images courtesy of Venus Manchester