WYS! Bank Holiday Special - Serious Fun!
- Published on Monday, 11 June 2012 18:14
It’s testament to how integrated WetYourSelf! is into the framework of the London club scene that in just five years it’s become one of the capital’s most successful and well-known nights. Few invest as much thought and care into developing their brand as the WYS! promoters/resident DJS Peter, Jacob and Cormac. From their meticulously programmed line-ups to their bank holiday specials with live animations projected onto the walls of Farringdon super-club Fabric, to their instantly recognisable flyers featuring the work of their resident illustrator Martin Wollerstam; you’d be hard-pressed to find a dedicated London clubber who didn’t have a clue what happens in the wee hours of Sunday in the labyrinthine London club.
The vast majority of people, with their Monday to Friday/9-5 lifestyles don’t often have the opportunity to experience WetYourSelf!, so, come a bank holiday weekend, the boys bring out the big guns and it does tend to pack out. With June being treated to an extra special double Jubilee bank holiday, who better to headline than Danish electronic star Trentemøller, a man whose style ranges from techno to progressive house to minimal; a subtle but heady mix suitable for both WYS! veterans and virgins.
Room 2 was given over to rising star night Tief, darling of Corsica Studios and ally of award-winning night Trouble Vision where they had semi-regular guest KRL of Wolf Music and an unfortunate flight-mishap cancellation from headliner KiNK. Luckily London based Wbeeza stepped up to the plate at the last minute but there were more than a few sad faces that weren’t pacified in the knowledge it couldn’t be helped.
Despite Room 3 playing host to Rekids Luke Solomon, and Wbeeza standing in for Room 2’s headlining slot, Trentemøller was always going to be the biggest draw of the night. The man knows exactly what he’s doing and perfectly walked that fine line of a solid danceable set with maintaining coherency between the residents serious style and tone with their typical dark undercurrent. It was exactly what you’d expect and no less disappointing for it.
Weaving recognisable tracks from the past 18 months such as Subb-an’s remix of Lana Del Rey with Eats Everything’s The Size with more underground pulsating tunes such as Stay by Turbo Recording’s Borderline ensured the dance floor remained packed throughout his set. It was good to note that the Dane was not above dropping a note of fun into proceedings as Donna Summer’s I Feel Love also gracing the sound system.
Accompanying Room 1’s sonic adventure was live animations and visuals from Prickimage teaming up with the WYS resident illustrator creating unusual creatures and environments projected onto the walls, adding to the precisely constructed ambience.
Ambience was something that was sadly a bit lacking in Room 2. And that was a real shame, as anyone who’s been to Tief will tell you repeatedly, it is truly a great night full of friendly people who just want to dance. It just didn’t seem to survive its transplantation across the river. Word had it that closer act KRL hit his stride after an hour or so and things really kicked off, but anyone poking their head in at 4am would have been a bit disheartened, especially if they’d previously heard one of this superlative mixes.
Back in the main room WYS! resident Peter Pixzel had the tough task of taking over from Trentemøller but by continuing in the same vein with tracks from previous WYS! guest Martin Dawson (Maceo Plex’s remix of Think About It) and forthcoming guest Chaim (the deliriously trippy Robots On Meth) he took the crowd by the hand and led them happily along their dark electronic journey within the cavernous confines of Fabric.
WetYourSelf! is one of those nights its all too easy to see through to the morning end. As the dawn-mimicking lights came up at 8:30am, those that had danced their way through Cormac and Jacob’s back-to-back closing set cheered rapturously and called for the music’s continuation to no avail, trudging reluctantly out into the bright overcast London Monday morning. You can be sure that anyone who entered the doors new to the night left a convert.
WetYourSelf! runs every Sunday night at Fabric nightclub