One of London’s most innovative club spaces, EGG London is always looking to host something unique, something special. With its bespoke lighting, incredible sound and 24 hour license, it is evident that those behind EGG are hungry to push boundaries. It’s no surprise then, that EGG were hosting an egg-stra special event last Easter weekend. What was a surprise though, to some, was that none other than Idris Elba would be on the ones and twos. Actor, writer, director, style icon and all round charmer, Elba is hard to pinpoint and his uncanny ability to be a cultural phenomenon in whichever medium he turns his hand to is something to marvel at. His high profile DJ sets are just one aspect of the multi-faceted icon, playing parties in Ibiza and even touring with Madonna. Making his EGG debut, Elba channelled his charisma through his record bag, one which was full of surprises.
Although slightly disappointed he didn’t open with the Luther theme tune, Elba quickly shook any associations off, powering through some high octane dance classics. Quickly establishing credibility behind the decks, his command of the room was almost immediate, with the dancefloor feeding off his selections. Unafraid to toy with the floor, Elba’s buoyant selections were as sweaty as they were fun, his excitement and enthusiasm for them as palpable as the elbows as the gyrating crowd around you. “Happy Easter” he called into the mic with a smirk, as the night pushed on into darker territory. His sly smile accompanied most transitions, only serving to increase anticipation about what he was going to throw out next. Ever in touch with his surroundings, Elba demonstrated he’s had his ear to the ground by dropping contemporary crowd pleasers like Freak Like Me (Lee Walker Garage Edit) – DJ Deeon and classics like Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand Van Helden Mix) – CJ Bolland. It wasn’t until he let Ripgroove by Double 99 off that the room erupted, and the crowd has completely boiled over.
With the floor frothing, Elba’s time was nearly up, but the he kept the energy going until the very last moment. Just when we thought he couldn’t provide any more surprises, a rumbling, cyclical head-bobber with a fuzzy bass line was interrupted by the man himself. “This is a tune I did with Doorly about two years ago…” he bellowed, “first time playing it in London”. It took a moment to register as the music cutting was a moment to come up for air, but the exclusive sent shivers of excitement across the crowd. Idris Elba, writer, actor…producer?
Idris Elba is a rare talent, a person of apparent superhuman qualities that can make the tough look easy and the impossible possible. On that night at EGG, Elba impressed everyone. He looked in his element in the booth. Beloved in everything he does, we hope to see him at another party very soon.
Words by Conor Fuller
Photos courtesy of Ryan Dinham