A little over 12 months ago Australian dj and producer Sonny Fodera launched his own label Solotoko with a five-date tour, including Chicago, London and Liverpool. Since then the imprint has hosted a party during the infamous Miami Music Week and released a string of infectious tech house numbers, with established players like Danny Howard and Kideko all passing through the label.
This summer news emerged there would be another tour with shows announced for all over the UK, taking in the likes of Dublin, Fodera’s current residence London and Manchester. The latter of those aforementioned dates took place in the Albert Hall, which is developing a reputation as one of the authentic venues to catch live music in the north-west of England. As well as the chance to sample this delightful structure and revel at the fascinating architecture there was also the promise of some hugely talented tastemakers behind the decks.
Whilst Fodera was the main reason over 2500 people had flocked to the Manchester venue, the support artists certainly enriched the evening’s entertainment. One of the most notable was Howard, who is held in high regard throughout the dance music spectrum, often selecting the perfect passage throughout all shades of house. Being a resident on one of the biggest platforms in the world has also allowed the North West native to hone the art of identifying the hottest emerging sounds, which is certainly reflected whenever he takes to the decks. Hearing him open with the gargantuan track ‘Breathe’ by Camelphat and Cristoph was a pure delight. The dreamy melody behind the collaboration instantly caught everyone’s attention and set the tone for his performance. Choosing to play various unreleased records whilst also giving the crowd a trip down memory lane with tunes from over 15 years ago, like the timeless masterpiece ‘Touch Me’ by Rui Da Silva, made for a sensational set.
Up next stepped Fodera who instantly attracted a huge wall of lights, such was the anticipation inside the Albert Hall to watch the Adelaide-born artist showcase his talents. Seeing this man focus the attention of thousands within an instant and maintaining that for a whole two hours was serene. A particular highlight of his performance proved to be when he brought out Alex Mills for a live rendition of ‘Always Gonna Be’. As soon as her picturesque voice combined with the thumping bass line it made for the most spine-tingling moment. Glancing around it was hard to spot someone who wasn’t absolutely ecstatic that they were witnessing Fodera showcase his craft in the most sublime manner.
This second Solotoko tour has been a monumental success with every one of the nine dates selling out but it is still amazing to see how humble Fodera is. Throughout his performance in Manchester you could gauge just how shocked he was with the rapturous reception, constantly praying to the heavens. When an artist starts to take the next step in their career they can sometimes forget to show the same level of appreciation for the support they’ve received. This most definitely wasn’t the case with the Solotoko head honcho who couldn’t have been more animated for the love he received from everyone inside the Albert Hall.
Get tickets to see Sonny Fodera at London's Electric Brixton on Saturday 9th March 2019, as well as The Marble Factory in Bristol on Saturday 23rd March 2019. The international superstar will also be heading to Hideout Festival at Zrce Beach, Croatia between Monday 1st - Saturday 6th July 2019.
Photos by Jack Kirwin
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