Beaver Works played host for Patterns Festival this halloween weekend, with an array of DJs and live music from different genres. The converted Victorian warehouse was transformed into a funky frenzy, with psychotropic decoration and three rooms of dystopian wonderland.
This event was particularly unique as it offered much more than simply stomping to a DJ, with the back room of the venue transformed into a roller rink for the first few hours of the event. Many waited eagerly for some retro fun as they queued for the roller disco. On entrance to the rink some glided gracefully, showing off their costumes and many blundered and fell. In keeping with the old school vibe, the roller disco was later transformed into a bopping disco paradise. Crazy P Soundsystem took to the decks dropping funky disco tracks, accompanied with signature live vocals; a rare and refreshing set under the umbrella of disco balls above us. Disco Bloodbath closed the room and the crowd went wild upon recognition of the classic disco track Funkytown by Lipps Inc, which had every ghoul grooving towards the flashing jesus raised above the decks.
The Hidden Forest, the first room in the venue that you entered upon arrival, certainly created a good opening feel. With the bar staff all in freaky fancy dress seemingly enjoying the party almost as much as the ravers, dancing as they poured drinks, you knew you were in for a good night. Local DJs such as Sammy K and Finwa showcased their mixing skills dropping an array of bass, house and garage. A personal highlight was the interaction with the DJs in this room, as they bounced off each other and jammed humbly with the crowd.
Over in the UnDead room we were greeted with live music, enhancing the festival vibe throughout the warehouse. Leeds very own Kalyan took to the stage, curating a fusion of dubsoul, jazz and rock displaying the different cultural backgrounds that frame the band’s sound. Throughout the night the stage played host to a variety of sounds. The afro-fusion band; K.O.G. and the Zongo Brigade brought west african vibes to the stage and had everybody jumping to the pulsating rhytms that reverberated around the Warehouse structure. Alexander Nut closed the room, spinning vinyls, playing mostly off one turntable due to a faulty deck, but this did not alter the flow of the party to any detrimental effect with record choices consistently causing the ravers to swinging joyfully beneath him.
The party did not stop outside, with a huge bonfire, accompanied by a small firework display, that still managed to entertain the crowd as we screamed for more. Patterns also provided free face painting outside, so noone was left as the kid with no costume. Despite the lack of advertised street food and performers, nobody seemed to notice as they revelled in the atmosphere. All in all Patterns Festival was a success, with good vibes wavering through the warehouse.
Words by Sophie Okonkwo
Photos courtesy of Justin Gardner