Dutty Moonshine Big Band – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK (9th November 2018)

Who’d of thought mixing UK Bass music, MC’s and a jazz band would be a winning combination? Starting as a Kick starter campaign to launch their first album, a story about some no good bootleggers running moonshine, Dutty Moonshine have gone on to headline multiple shows and festivals. Their drum and bass to garage to bassline beats, combined with strong live brass elements create a unique energetic live act. It’s a formula, which has gone down a treat on the festival circuit and the group are now promoting their second album.

Arriving at the O2 Academy Islington, the Electroswing club opened the night, a DJ collective fronted by what seemed to be the world’s most enthusiastic dancer and occasional MC. The energy and enthusiasm of the group set the crowd up nicely for Dutty Moonshine.

The ensemble group came out to Distillin, the track’s mournful trumpet notes eased everyone into the set as a sense of anticipation filled room for the inevitable drop.  Not content with the studio version, the group finished the track with a heavy DnB remix of the song. A chance for the audience to really get loose along with everyone on stage. The brass section got in on the act too waving their instruments in the air, they were having a great time. This was matched by equally well-received performances of Bang Bang and Gangsters, each rendition complete with a heavy thumping remix.

The show wasn’t just about Dutty Moonshine though. The brass section, Temple Funk Collective also showed off their own material. Their jazzy swing style breaking up the set nicely before the group launched back into their heavier tracks.

The group finished the set with Most Wanted, the garagey beat kept everyone bouncing while the swelling brass added an extra fullness to the sound. It was a stonker of a show. With clearly a lot more to give and showcase, Dutty Mooshine big band are one to check out at your next festival.