With this latest party, celebrated London promoters Trouble Vision have stepped things up a gear with the Bristol arm of their brand. Their previous attempt back in March featured home-talent Julio Bashmore and Christophe, plus fellow Londoner T.Williams (a last-minute replacement for Mosca) in the bomb-shelter-like confines of basement club Timbuk2. Its claustrophobic tunnels and bunker rooms made it hard to dance and that special atmosphere prevalent in their Corsica Studios residency was sorely missing.
Cut to now, and a considerably larger venue in the shape in Motion. Its cavernous main room, billed as warehouse-style with its balcony overlooking a pulsating throng of a dance-floor, combined with its warehouse style room 2 and tunnel-like room 3 make it akin to super-club fabric only less labyrinthine, and, frankly, better with its riverside smoking terrace feeling like a magical grotto in comparison to fabric’s brutal march to the separate, fenced-off social-leper colony.
The main room was given over entirely to the musical juggernaut that is Claude Von Stroke’s label, Dirtybird. Picking just a few key players for the lineup and keeping it select, Trouble Vision played it canny, ensuring the place stayed packed from start to finish.
Some people really like a good packed and sweaty dancefloor. But, bar a brief period at the start of Catz N Dogz’s set when there quite simply weren’t that many people physically in the venue yet, this was far too chaotic and intense.
There was a palpable of urgency as clubbers, desperate to see their idols and get their bass fix, piled in one after the other and fist-pumped their way through local hero Eats Everything’s joint set with Justin Martin and headliner and label-head Claude Von Stroke’s set.
Room 2’s lineup on the other hand, actually felt like Trouble Vision plucked straight from the beating heart of Corsica Studios and grafted into a west-country warehouse. Residents Solid Gold and Park Ranger were joined by NTS Radio presenters and production trio Dark Sky, Aus Music boss Will Saul, Joy Orbison and headliner Scuba. All of whom hold the honour of being Trouble Vision mainstays or at the very least semi-regular guests.
Jamie Russell, the man of many labels including Hypercolour, Glass Table, Space Hardware and Losing Suki, took over “The Tunnel” with his Sneaker Social Club imprint, bringing, amongst others, West Norwood Cassette Library, rising star Throwing Snow and the inimitable Paul Woolford to proceedings.
The fever pitch feel of the main room had the knock-on effect of making the other rooms rather excellent. Paul Woolford, in particular, was rousing, and even Claude Von Stroke himself was spotted in The Tunnel at one point. People who were escaping the crush of the main room seemed positively delighted to have space to dance instead of being part of the organic raving mass of room 1. But this is always the dilemma with sold out events that have one insanely popular room. One can only imagine what crowds the label’s return to the city for next year’s Players Club Tour will entail.
As house music further infiltrates the mainstream, it’s inevitable that Dirtybird acts benefit. None more so than returning homegrown hero turned global talent, Eats Everything. The cheer he received and the sense of triumph as he took to the stage left you in no doubt this was his night. And in a night of triumphs- Trouble Vision strengthening their brand outside of London, Sneaker Social holding court in the outer rooms, it was the boy from Bristol who came out on top.