Andy C might be from London but his fan base stretches far and wide, with Manchester becoming a popular destination on tour for the Ram Records head honcho. Last time he was in the North West city it proved to be an extra special moment for him, commemorating 25 years since setting up his own label. That event provided a mesmeric celebration of drum n bass music, as a whole host of heavyweight names like Wilkinson, Camo & Krooked and Rene LaVice showcased their turntable talents at Warehouse Project.
The beauty of watching an artist like Andy C is that every show sparks huge intrigue. Each time he presents people with an equally fantastic reason to offer their appreciation. With such a gargantuan collection of his own records alongside numerous exclusives from other artists a solitary hour can often appear to serve as a huge disservice. Longer sets from Andy C not only allow for everyone to enjoy more new material but they also present the chance for the entire DnB spectrum to be explored in the most fantastic manner.
Starting out by delving into the sounds of jungle offered a rather mellow introduction, giving everyone inside the Albert Hall a chance to ease themselves into the next three hours of supercharged bass music. Widely regarded as one of the most talented DJs in the scene, Andy C wasted no time in taking energy levels to phenomenal heights, seamlessly switching to Frankee’s earth-shattering “Stand Down”. This was just the beginning of what was set to one of the best ways to spend three hours if you like DnB and already there was an overwhelming sense of excitement pulsating throughout the room.
Some artists might need a certain amount of time to fully bring the crowd under their spell but Andy C draws the same reaction after dropping the needle on his first record. Just a few days earlier he was working a similar trick at Ultra music festival in Miami. Witnessing the aura he has is quite a joy to behold and couldn’t offer a better reflection as to just why people clamber to see him perform all around the world. Another reason why people love him is the ability he has to take a record and produce the most sensational remix.
Major Lazer, Eric Prydz and London Grammar are just some of the names who’ve had the Andy C treatment, with each record often invoking the most powerful feeling of euphoria. When I heard his take on Pegboard Nerds’ “Speed of Light” it provided another spine-tingling moment and looking around you could see how others were experiencing that same goosebumps feeling.
Whilst his legendary remixes trigger exhilarating happiness the stand out highlight of the evening had to be when the music stopped and the entire Albert Hall sang happy birthday to Tonn Piper. Witnessing the entire venue singing their hearts out for him whilst Andy C presented him with a cake really did make for a special moment.
All images courtesy of Jack Kirwin
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