Many lovers of drum & bass will usually concur that the best events are normally found in the southern parts of the UK, namely Bristol and London. If you live in the likes of Manchester or Newcastle it is a rarity to see shows which offer such a tantalizing representation of bass music.
Last weekend the Mayfield Depot staged a line-up of the highest order, attracting ravers from all across the country. Being given the chance to witness some unique b2bs was what added extra glamour to this show.
Whether it was the soothing liquid sounds of Lenzman and LSB’s time together on the decks or the turntable master class from three originals in Bryan Gee, Jumping Jack Frost and DJ Die there were blissful scenes in every room.
The good thing about this evening was the chance to see rising stars do their thing alongside veterans of the scene.
Harriet Jaxxon has been making a real impact over the past couple of years, playing all across Europe and stopping by at major festivals including Rampage and Creamfields.
Seeing her tear up the Depot as soon as the doors opened alongside North Base and Nicky Blackmarket was a wondrous spectacle.
The latter has been a key figure in the scene and is widely regarded as one of the main characters when jungle first emerged.
Just like Jaxxon the British artist has built a reputation primarily on his turntable talents.
Before the event, everyone seemed to be worrying about the plethora of clashes.
It could have been quite easy to salivate solely at the talent on show in the Depot with the likes of Grammy-nominated producer High Contrast and Dimension making an appearance.
However there was just too much wizardry elsewhere with thousands packing out the concourse to see Kings of the Rollers.
These three always promise to cause carnage with their sets and often turn up with a stacked collection of dub plates - These are records which are yet to be released.
Last weekend was no different with the entire room being sent into mass hysteria as soon as the trio dropped their first record. Observing the way they brought the crowd under their spell from the outset was truly magical.
Seeing a line up of this stature in a venue as impressive as the Mayfield Depot was a huge privilege. With drum & bass still a small player compared to house & techno it was fantastic to see WHP give the genre such a fantastic platform.
The world-renowned clubbing institution has one more treat up it’s sleeve for bass music lovers as Victoria Warehouse welcomes Shy FX alongside a whole host of world-class DJs on Friday 6 December.