SubDub 18th Birthday Weekender
Part 2 - Deep Medi 10
Saturday 30th April
Leeds West Indian Centre
Over the past 18 years, SubDub has become well and truly ingrained into the heart of UK bass culture. The birthday celebrations took place at The West Indian Centre, a ‘coming of age’ not to be missed. As usual the festivities made the most of the long bank holiday weekend, and what better way to spend it than with some of the biggest names in dubstep going up against a fine selection of Jungle and Breaks in room 2. After Subdub’s massive 17th Birthday there was a lot to live up to, but once again the night did certainly didn’t disappoint.
The Iration Steppas Sound System powered Deep Medi 10 in Room 1, offering powerful dubstep that literally shook the West Indian Centre. We arrived to catch Kaiju moving into Distance B2B Tunnidge in an already busy room. With Mala’s new album Mirrors looming, I was keen to catch his set, and true to his reputation, it did not disappoint; his masterful selection of tunes upping the energy and taking us deep into the night. Silkie b2b Kromestar b2b J5ive followed suit and was a personal highlight with Mere Sher VIP hitting seriously hard. The trio provided a nice contrast during their hour and a half set with Silkie delving into the groovier side of dubstep with tracks like Majik and Bird In The Sky acting a comparatively light yet enjoyable relief. Kahn & Neek finished off in room 1, keeping the room moving right up to close with their heavy grime sound. Despite the lights coming on at 5, the music kept playing as Neek dropped one of their dubplates with Flirta D. The energy of room one did not falter all night, with the quality of the music making it a fitting celebration following 18 years of SubDub.
A line up nothing short of absurd for a second room contrasted nicely, with Swamp 81 gurus Loefah, Benton and Benny III joining forces with Jungle heads Randall and Kenny Ken. The low key lighting and camo netting covered ceilings suited the vibe perfectly. Benton’s Brain took it up a notch with its rolling bass and raw breaks drums guaranteed to get the SubDub crowd going. In a similar style, his track Going Down consolidated what was a quality set. Loefah continued in a similar vein bringing the energy up and up in what was a heaving room. Randall and Kenny Ken were in charge of the last two hours respectively and from what I managed to catch hammered the night home in an unrelenting fashion with jungle blasting out from the Sweet Potato Sound System right up until close.
It’s fair to say that SubDub knows how to celebrate a birthday. With no weak links in the line up, it was hard hitting music all night. Again it was a great promotion for Outlook festival, which is definitely worth making the effort to go to. I certainly know what I will be doing this time next year.
Words by Adrian Taylor
Photo courtesy of SubDub