Friday 8th February
The Faversham, Leeds
Given the sheer amount of house nights at Leeds, there’s always been room for something new, and last weekend, that came in the form of Overflow; marketed as “Leeds’ only Liquid Drum and Bass night”, I was interested to see what the hype was about.
The line-up certainly looked good on paper. As a long term Hospital records fan, I’ve always had a place in my heart for Liquid, so the short but concentrated list of acts, including the likes of LSB and Technimatic, distinctly piqued my interest.
Fast-forward to the night and the vibes were good from the get-go. Overflow is a Leeds’-own student run night, but had all the trappings of events run by bigger promoters or organisations. It was also complemented by the fact that the night was being run by fans of the music, as opposed to some guys chasing a profit margin. In fact I managed to catch up with one of the men behind Overflow: Nik Powis, whom I found buried in the crowd enjoying the music along with everyone else. From speaking to him about the night, it was pretty clear that as well as just wanting to throw a great party, Overflow was his and his fellow organisers answer to a gap that, until last weekend remained fairly empty in the Leeds clubbing scene.
I was impressed by the sizeable Funktion One sound system the Faversham had to offer. I was admittedly worried that the sound system might be an issue, however after about 5 minutes that was a distant memory. One of my favourite things about the night was the fact that, as the line-up was quality over quantity, there was no “waiting around for the good acts”, as it meant that there were no “fillers” before the headliners. From the moment I arrived the music was good. I didn’t ever find myself killing time in the smoking area in order to make the major sets of the night arrive faster.
Vibes, as I mentioned earlier, were on point, with that magic number of people giving the feeling of being in a crowd without it being so packed you can barely dance. Everyone was having a good time. All the sets were strong with some serious liquid anthems getting played throughout the night: Logistics - Crystal Skies, Fred V & Grafix – Major Happy and Frederic Robinson – Laughing at Clouds to name a few. Set of the night, however, goes to LSB who, as well as playing some my favourite songs of his (the LSB bootleg of Little Dragon’s “Twice” in particular) also surprised me by playing what I’d also rate as song of the night: Dub Phizix & Skittles – Creator. I think it caught the crowd off guard, given the character of the music played up until that point, but it only made everyone go crazier, myself included. Needless to say it got pulled-up and played again to similar effect.
Overall for me, Overflow exceeded my expectations. That’s not to say I expected it to be a disappointment, however despite the fact that it was it's debut on the scene, it already felt to me like an established night and I can only see it getting better.
Review by Arthur Seaward
Images courtesy of Overflow