Boasting a rooftop and charging £1230 a night for a suite. The a members club in Shoreditch seems like a strange place for the launch series of Shy FX’s Culture night to take place. Surrounded by fine dining and expensive cocktail menus, it showed how far UK Grime, Drum and Bass and UK Garage has come. From outsiders playing in dingy basements and warehouses to a hot ticket playing chic basements of prestigious hotels.
First up on the night was Madam X. Working in UK garage classics with a heavy dose of grime. The crowd was vibing and well set for the main acts of the evening. Shy Fx then took the stage. Kicking off his set with reggae classics including ‘54 46′ with custom Shy FX duplates in the mix. He eased the crowd into his set nicely, before embarking on a genre-bending eclectic set. Featuring strong elements of trap, jungle and liquid drum and bass.
In the words of the MC on the night, “You have no idea what he’ll play next”. The crowd was certainly feeling it. With solo dancers jumping on the stage to show off their moves. The set peaked with ‘Feelings’ by Shy FX & T Power. With everyone singing along and a rewind to keep the hype going. The crowd was in good spirits Shy FX closed the circle by heading back to some reggae classics.
David Rodigan, was next and was eager to show his appreciation for Shy FX. Starting with one of Shy FXs new tracks, he waved his phone in the air leading a chant. Overcoming some brief technical difficulties, he furiously launched into his own set. Performing as his own MC, his set Featured large amounts of audience participation. Constantly asking the audience to whether to speed up or make it heavier, Or as he put it, “Give me two fingers if you want me to stick it to you”. His set certainly was a lot of fun; playing a similarly broad mix of songs and constantly encouraging the crowd. As after all in his words, “If you can dance to drum and bass you can dance to reggae”.
As the final night of the Culture series continued. The event has certainly launched with a bang. Make sure to watch out for it coming a city or festival near you.