Saturday 21st September
Mint Club, Leeds
As the Northern winter begins to loom over us, we must wave goodbye to what was a summer jam-packed with delicious weather and cracking festivals. On Saturday 21st September Mint offered the people of Leeds one last chance to experience this bliss. After an exciting day at Lotherton Hall with several different stages blasting out a variety of music, Mint Club held the Jungle Jam and Detonate after party for those who in the mood for carry-on. Despite the much smaller venue than where Jungle Jam is usually held (Mint Warehouse) the intimate crowd partied into the early hours of the morning with the same energy and high spirits as ever.
Radio 1Xtra DJ David Rodigan smashed another set after playing earlier at the festival that day, pleasing the crowd once again with his vibrant dancehall, heavy bass tracks, characteristically twisting together classic reggae hits with some up to date stuff. As ever, he spent a good amount of time on the mic, upping the anti and the vibes in the venue like almost no one else can. It has been said that Britain no longer has the same reggae vibe as it once did; however, this guy ensures that this is not the case. UK garage artist DJ EZ then took over, electrifying the dance floor. He did some long mixes and hard blending, smashing out some absolute crowd pleasers.
Next up Jungle Jam's resident DJs hit the decks. Vital technique, consisting of brothers Antony and Liam aka Antic and Vecta, proved themselves to be an outstanding bass-heavy duo. They seamlessly moved through different genres, from grime to trap to garage to dnb making the crowd at times jump up in delirium. They gave the audience an exclusive listen to their new track, with a number of crescendos it really got the ground shaking. DJ Luke EP closed the night in style with some upbeat oldschool jungle tracks; his really set went off for the punters that still remained raving.
The atmosphere of the night really lent itself to the feeling of a party rather than a night out. I think a different venue may have given the night a bit more power, as Mint Club although a cool place did not really fit the bill for a rave of this kind. However, overall it was a great night to draw mint festival and the summer to a close.
Friday 4th October sees Jungle Jam return to their more regular jaunt, Mint Warehouse, for their first main event back after the summer with Topcat, Benny Page, Chocstick Dubplate, Mr Williamz, Kenny Ken, Bladerunner and more.
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Review by Bonny Herrington
Images courtesy of Jungle Jam