Junk Club is no stranger to the headlines. The Southampton club has long been a scene leading club that puts on a range of great nights that cover many different sounds and styles. They have won awards from DJ Mag for their efforts and people travel far and wide to get their taste of the underground goods. Exciting news came from the camp recently, then, when they announced the start of a brand new promotion that already has a fine line-up of events taking us right through to Christmas.
Sante, Sidney Charles, Bicep, Tom Trago, Secondcity and more are all set to play the coming weeks but on the night we went down, it was Scottish party starter Jackmaster at the helm. He is a DJ’s DJ and one who doesn’t produce, so is famed for his energy and skill behind the decks, as well as his always refreshing and unpredictable selections. The mission of this new Junk night, Not Your Thing, is to introduce some names the locals might not yet know - the way Jackmaster performed tonight, though, they will never forget once they did get to know.
Soon as we arrived we realised the crowd was a happy, smiling blend of all types - form older more experienced ravers to more fresh faced people checking out what all the fuss is about. By the end they all danced as one, united by the great atmosphere, crisp sound system and spot on lights and LEDs of Junk.
Early on one of the High Tide residents, Steve Knight, laid down a perfect set that was enough but not too much. Full of bubbly, warm house it really got people loose without exciting them too much before the main draw. Raw and forward thinking, it was a slick selection that set a perfect tone for the night.
Once Jackmaster stepped up, the room went wild, everyone surged forwards and started to woo and yell and he immediately got to work. His mixes were quick and slick, his choice of cuts fun and party starting and so when he dropped an Armand van Helden classic mid-way through, it was a really special moment that will long stick in the mind as faces light up, fists went squared and serious shapes were shifted.
People kept on dancing until lights went up and no doubt even then went off to find an after party. The next party is with Ibiza night Do Not Sleep with Darius Syrossian and Bones, and already people were looking forward to this one as we made our way out, dripping in sweat, but smiling ear to ear.
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