SUBDUB presents Outlook Festival Launch
Saturday 2nd March
Vox Warehouse, Leeds
Subdub is well known as one of the best dub nights in the UK and has a well-earned reputation in Leeds. Once again it delivered an exceptional evening promoting the launch of the hottest festival of the summer – Outlook. The night gave us a taster of the thriving sounds of dub that you'll experience in August/September 2013. Despite the cold northern weather (hardly a match for the Croatian sunshine), Subdub smashed up Leeds with blazing vitality and its usual undeniable excellence.
Room 1 offered the usual dub, roots and dancehall. The sounds of the renowned powerful Iration Steppas Sound System shook the huge room to the walls, bringing sweaty ravers together to move in harmony. With the masterful sounds from El Fata and Exodus, Room 1 tingled with energy and downtempo atmospherics. Kahn and Neek (together, forming their reggae/dub alias, Gorgon Sound) gave a particularly stunning set. The diverse Bristolian grime/garage producers brought hard-hitting roots dub sounds, keeping everyone’s knees up. Iration played into the early hours of the morning with their usual electric and energetic mix of roots and hard dub inna year 3000 style. With plenty of space to jam, Room 1 maintained an animated and untroubled atmosphere throughout the night.
In contrast, Room 2 saw a buzz of bodies bounce off the heavy drum and bass/dupstep beats, with incessant energy. The room was rammed all throughout the night. The highlight was a techy drum and bass set from Dub Phizix, with sub-low rolling bass lines, tight percussion and razor sharp technical mixing, he got the crowd jumping, dropping banger after banger. Room 2 also hosted the brilliant, versatile sounds of dark techy dupstep from two heavyweights; Leeds local, Jack Sparrow and Chestplate records founder, Distance. Room 3 stationed Brotherhood Sound System and resident DJs provided jump up drum and bass and jungle through to garage and house with remarkable enthusiasm.
Subdub as expected, smashed Leeds once again. As always the crowd were outgoing and friendly, responding with huge amounts of enthusiasm and zest, making it an all round top night! This event ensured that Outlook is going to be big – especially on the Subdub stage – so watch out for the summer. Indeed, this night also hyped the excitement for Subdub’s 15th birthday that will be taking Leeds by full force in the very near future.
Review by Bonny Herrington
Images courtesy of SUBDUB