Words by Sophie Okonkwo
In a dark time for UK club culture, Wire never fails to keep the dance floor swarmed. Last weekend saw the debut of the ‘Canal Mills Presents...’ series, taking over the basement club with a Heidi headline appearance. It was exciting to have Heidi behind the snug decks at Wire for one of her infamous ‘Jackathon’ parties. An extended 3 hour set in an intimate basement, all the makings for a memorable night.
Tickets sold out without difficulty and Wire filled up fast as Mono Cults’ own Matt Long warmed up the room with a variation of slow burning house and techno, easing the crowd into the night. There was a buzz of anticipation in the air, as the crowd waited anxiously with excitement for Heidi.
(Hate divides - Photo: Elliot Young)
Heidi immediately took charge of the decks. Suitably beginning her set with a batch of lively jackin’ house, an array of skippy percussion and heavy bass, Heidi drew the crowds towards the booth. Hands were held high as the room bounced to The Martinez Brothers acclaimed ‘H 2 Da Izzo’, along with DJ Le Roi’s ‘I Get Deep (Late Nite Tuff Guy Remix)’ - a bouncy twist on a house classic. The vocal sample wavered through the club, textured with a late night vibe.
It is clear when watching Heidi that she has worked extremely hard over the years to make her mark on the new age house and techno scene, and her passions are clearly pumped through her sets. As the night continued, Heidi began to delve into her collection of acid house and techno, never failing to have the room bumping and the crowd grooving. The atmosphere was voltaic as she mixed in tracks such as Green Velvet & Harvard Bass’s ‘Lazer Beams’ - a personal highlight met with cheers; easily one of the biggest tunes of the night.
(The Jackathon in session - Photo: Elliot Young)
Heidi humbly interacted with us from behind the decks, jamming, her curls bouncing as she seemingly enjoyed the rave as much as the crowd. The dance floor was full right up until 5am and Heidi exceeded expectations as she filled the room with supple sounds until the lights came on.
Leaving Wire, I was feeling bright about the future of the ‘Canal Mills Presents’, the arrival of B.Traits for their second party and more importantly, the future of the clubbing scene here in Leeds.
Photos courtesy of Elliot Young