Audiowhore touched down at Brixton Academy on Saturday night (25 March) and with such a historic venue housing the evenings proceedings, the artists billed had to be of a certain calibre and well at the top of their game. Thankfully, the promoters - celebrating their sixth birthday - delivered just that. Lee Foss, Steve Lawler and Dennis Ferrer topped the bill and as such, the big room soon filled out.
After a tantalising warm up, from the likes of Lance Morgan, Majesty and Steven Cee, Hot Creations stalwart Lee Foss took to the stage at midnight. Teasing and coaxing the crowd in a way he knows best and appearing particularly animated behind the decks, he played a host of tracks from his new album 'Alchemy’ which saw a release earlier this year. The cosmic onslaught of ‘Deep Conga’ drew the crowd into upheaval with its driving bass and retro synths, while a sweet collaboration with vocalist Anabel Englund helped put the icing on the cake.
With the crowd suitably energised it was time for Dennis Ferrer to hit the decks at around 1.30am in the main room. The veteran delivered some impeccable mixing and lead the way with his alluring mix of soulful tech and deep, swinging house. As someone who has been at the top of his game for years, he never likes to do the same thing twice and the crowd were in respectful submission. Anthems from Ninetoes, Harry Romero and his own tracks 'Maniac 3000' and 'Bubbletop' rearranged the dance floor into a sweaty myriad of thriving bodies. By the end of Ferrer's set, the atmosphere in the Academy was electric.
After an hour and a half, Steve Lawler took the reins until close. With a bill like this, it was no wonder the majority of clubbers stuck around until the early hours, once again proving that AudioWhore had curated a mesmerising line up that cemented their place as one of the premier promoters in the capital.
Bringing in such "in-demand" DJs and producers is one thing but the set times oscillated perfectly with the artist arrangement so that the event remained a hearty and flawless affair. Lawler concluded an elegant, big room night with OC & Verde's 'Solstice', out now on his Viva Limited imprint and there were smiles everywhere as the euphoric hard hitter did its job. By the time 4am came round, it was clear no one wanted to leave as cries of ‘one more tune’ rang out.