At 15:50, Thursday afternoon it was announced on Justice‘s Facebook page that the following day they would be throwing a “small party in London” to celebrate the release of their new album Audio, Video, Disco. It stated the first 100 people to email in with the subject ‘LONDON’ would get guest list entrance, while the remaining mere mortals should “arrive early” as the tiny Dalston venue could only accommodate 400 people. Since Justice hadn’t graced the UK with their live show for about a year and a half, this was going to be huge!
So, I turn up and it’s around 5pm Friday afternoon, only to find around 30 people (some of which had been here since 13:30!) already queuing outside the dingy looking doorway with locked metal shutters that later that night would be host to one of the biggest DJ acts in the world. I tucked myself into the queue and waited…
…but it was this that was going to make this show even more special…
17:46pm: There are now around 100 people queuing, which spans the length of 5 neighbouring shops.
19:19pm: There are now 300 people queuing, which already would fill the venue!
20:00: I couldn’t even guess the number of people here, the queue is now snaking around the block. It’s not long before the owner turns up to open up the shutters, with a face of pure shock. As far as he knows some band were coming for an album launch party, and the last thing he was expecting to see was hundreds of electro dance thirsty music fans waiting at his door. He nervously opens up while I’m sure he scurries away to the nearest computer to Google who the fuck Justice are!
It’s around 9pm and only the first 50 people without guest list are given entrance, which later meant the hoards of the remaining people waiting had to be forced away by a 10 man strong human Police battering ram. So here I am; in this shithole of a music venue. I would genuinely be embarrassed if this tiled flooring was in my kitchen and the DJ booth can only be described as wardrobe sized, but it was this that was going to make this show even more special.
Everyone is so happy to be here, he could drop 21 Seconds by So Solid Crew and no-one would batter an eyelid.
First on the decks was Mickey Moonlight, playing a mixture of rock and electro that went down well. Everyone is so happy to be here, he could drop 21 Seconds by So Solid Crew and no-one would batter an eyelid. Following him are solid sets from the likes of Annie Mac (who seems to have a real unhealthy obsession with Bear Hug by The 2 Bears), So-Me, Riton and Busy P himself (the CEO of Ed Banger Records) which more than adequately warms the crowd for the main event.
The time has finally come for the finale: Justice. As if there was even the slightest doubt they would produce any less; the show is a true spectacle. They play a healthy selection of their past catalogue including We Are Your Friends and D.A.N.C.E. as well as some of the highlights off their new album including Audio, Video, Disco and Civilisation which are somewhat more progressive than what has been previously produced.
…the select few in that room who could say “I was there”…
It is only now that I realize how special this event really was; the select few in that room who could say “I was there”, which probably explains why some of them ripped light bulbs and vents off the ceiling as mementos!
Images courtesy of Justice