Although Coventry is not a place that naturally springs to the forefront of your mind when contemplating where next to see the pinnacle of dance music, with Outbreak Festival setting up home there twice a year now in the Ricoh Arena, it shouldn’t be long before it is. Last weekends Halloween line-up was scary enough in it’s vast amount of stellar names and up coming high-fliers, but it soon became apparent this was going to be a weekend to remember from the moment we entered through the punter packed doors.
Friday night was a more mixed bag of dance styles with the more drum & bass and dubstep flavours on show. Heating up big time in Room 2 were international chart topping duo Sigma smashing their way through 60 minutes of hard hitting crowd movers that had everybody suitably captivated, and was very sleekly followed up by the big and grimy bass lines of Miss Dynamite.
Over in the main arena there was Birmingham bass beast Hannah Wants bringing her harder house style set early doors that, when complemented with three huge projector screens with a whole feast of visual selections on show, worked supremely. Following her was another captivating performance from dance duo Gorgon City who truly cemented their place at the forefront of dance music’s future with a set that was packed with their classic hits like “Ready for Your Love’ and ‘Real’, amongst other fast-paced and rhythmic crowd pleasers. There were also very honourable sets from Reggae Godfather David Rodigan and Italian big hitters Flashmob to take in and round us off for the evening, leaving us feeling suitably satisfied from our Halloween night’s naughtiness.
Saturday’s antics commenced earlier so I headed down just in time to catch summer success story Patrick Topping weaving through a set that was packed with his usual infectious basslines and catchy vocals. This was followed by lively performances from both Scream and Darius Syrossian who bought the energy they are so famed for to an already full to capacity crowd. Lee Foss was a big draw to the arena with all his Hot Creation Honchos, and his set was deep house thrillers from beginning to end that had everyone in circulation around me fist pumping galore and letting their appreciation known.