After just one party Abode was already the event on everyone’s lips. The brand new night made such a splash with its first foray into Sunday partying that it’s hard to think of it not being here forevermore. Taking place at Studio 338, the night really made the out of town venue its own with an array of fantastic production. The venue itself is a great one, with a covered outdoor terrace keeping out any nasty weather, a cauldron like dancefloor keeping the vibes cooking and a central DJ booth that allows the party action to take place 360 degrees around the headline DJ.
More than 1000 people turned up to the second Abode – which is already being christened DC338, such is it similarity, at least in atmosphere, to the famous Ibiza club of a similar name. Not bad considering it was raining, but even that didn’t dampen down the spirits of those in attendance. Said crowd was made up of fresh faced kids here to check out the hot new night as well as older, more wizened ravers that knew from the line-up this was to be a great event.
The space itself had been decked out in full jungle production, with draping greenery and such like all making for a veritable jungle atmosphere. When the rain came, it was more like a humid tropical jungle, but still it worked and added something extra to the party that made us forget we were raving in London and not somewhere off in South America.
The jungle theme meant DJs were playing from a cool wooden hut-cum-shack thing on the centre of the stage. At one point, Max Chapman got mobbed by baying fans he was so impressive in the booth. His set saw the sun go down from 7 until 8:30pm and was chock full of jams: a real highlight were the reactions he got from the crowd – they loved his every selection, be it a modern gem or an wise old classic.
Following on from him and his master class was Francesca Lombardo who dropped the likes of Alex Niggemann’s – ‘Materium’, a track whose breakdown was so well timed that the whole club joined in a frenzied chant and sent shivers down everyone’s collective spine.
Other highlights included some great early warm up sets from the on point residents but also a killer set from Crosstown pair Fur Coat from 10pm til close at gone midnight. The hot pair wove a tight set of tech, house funk and emotive tackle that took us up, down and round and round. Once again then Abode owned, and Sunday’s now can be about nothing else than their great events.
Next Abode: Sunday 2nd November