I feel the need to be upfront and say that I am not a dubstep connoisseur. In fact, before going to TRIBE; Never Say Die vs. Circus, I had never been to a dubstep event in my life, to the point that I actually had to google “What to wear to a dubstep concert”, which made me feel a tad out of the loop.
The first thing I feel I should mention is that the venue is in Brixton. Now, I am a country bumpkin and my mother forbade me from attending in case something dreadful happened. My boyfriend didn’t want me to go either. Fortunately I am fearless/intrepid/foolish and so tromped off to Brixton in my white and neon (admittedly wishing I had some pepper spray just in case).
My first impression of the venue was that it was very busy for a cold winter’s night. That is almost definitely to do with the huge line-up that was scheduled for the night, including some people that I’d actually heard of; Flux Pavillion and Funtcase being two of them (and not at all just because of their amusing names). Several of my friends told me that they were very jealous of the talent that I was going to see, which made me feel a little bit guilty for not realising how important these acts are to the dub-step genre.
The Electric has recently been rebranded, having been formerly called “The Fridge” and it is absolutely huge. The dance floor is enormous with a balcony on the second floor to watch everyone else from and the drink prices are relatively sensible; pretty crucial for me on a night out. The one let down of the Electric is that there is almost nowhere to sit, but as my googling had advised me to wear “sum sik sneaks” (sic) that wasn’t too traumatic.
…slick and professional – visually stunning.
One thing that I can comment on with some confidence is the visuals from Fade In Fade Out, who have worked with Annie Mac and Basement Jaxx among other huge names and have just come back to the UK after a summer of US music festivals. They were absolutely epic. The imagery was fresh, slick and professional: visually stunning.
Now to the music, which I have already admitted I previously knew next to nothing about. The sound system at the Electric is one of the best I’ve ever encountered and I could not just hear it everywhere, I could genuinely feel it through the floor, the bar and the walls.
…a unanimous stamp of approval.
The line-up came from two dubstep powerhouses, Never Say Die and Circus Records. They have some of the biggest names in dubstep in their rosters (I know, I did my homework!). I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Particular highlights for me were Foreign Beggars, whose tirelessly energetic set was exhausting to watch but enlivening at the same time and Mobscene whose electro feel was closer to my usual comfort zone.
For the sake of balance I asked some of the seasoned dubstep massive in attendance (noticeable due to the fact that they managed to somehow actually dance to the music without looking stupid, unlike myself) and they gave the night a unanimous stamp of approval.
So, in summary, the venue was great, the music and visuals were amazing and Brixton isn’t nearly as scary as I expected.
Images courtesy of the Electric Brixton