Now a firm fixture within the ADE calendar, Pete Tong always arrives at Club AIR with a lot of fresh edits in his locker. With his exclusive ADE shows at the club he always delivers on music and line-ups and this year was no different. Fellow Radio 1 big hitter Heidi, as well as Tube & Berger, Amine Edge & D.A.N.C.E, Waze & Odyssey, Jaymo & Andy George, Ejeca and many more all played.
Upon entering Ejeca was just finishing up with a set of subtle breaks whilst Ben Pearce dropped in a vinyl cut to start off his deep mix. Mixing a selection of vinyl classics with an array of cult CDs, he offered a perfect warm up for the main man Pete to arrive on cue to a near packed audience.
By now the club was nearly at capacity, and as Pete arrived and took centre stage he took little time in dropping some early bombs of the more driving house variety upon the main floor. The back drop of screens that surrounded the central booth were in full flow as were the lasers, which amassed right back to the mixing desk. The legendary radio performer who now lives in LA always offers a plethora of genres to great reactions.
Elsewhere throughout the night, Heidi jacked things up with some classic house joints, not the stereotypical selections but more direct and jacking. When Waze & Odyssey came to the stage earlier in the night the UK duo smashed out lots of their own compelling cuts alongside some dazzling disco and deepest house.
During the night, the screens that surrounded the booth played their part on the audience as the 'All Gone Pete Tong' banners flashed throughout. The lasers which reached right back to the mixing booth caused havoc and married nicely with the split in the genres coming from the DJs all night long and proved that AIR can do more than just good line-ups – they have the production skills to make a night extra memorable, too.
AIR always takes ADE seriously and always offers something different within their program. With a fine selection of artists across the board it was difficult not to pick out Tongy’s show as one of the major highlights.
ADE 2014: All Gone Pete Tong - 16/10/2014
Photo taken at AIR Amsterdam by Vanity Wezer.