New Exhibition: Harvey’s Discotheque at Printworks
School’s out for the summer and what a colourful last day of term it was. Printworks saved its most diverse bill until last, and the descent of DJ Harvey’s discotheque proved that a royal wedding weekend wasn’t going to slow anyone down.
London locals directed the festivities with warming up duties falling to Phonox resident HAAi and Hot Chip. They didn’t hold back, both playing intense sets that made one wonder if it more like three in the morning vs three in the afternoon.
Saying that, people going harder earlier is always a welcome thing in our book, especially when Printworks’ outdoor courtyard offered a sun-drenched retreat from the blackest black of the club.
When the baton was handed over to Peggy Gou, revellers were treated to a set filled with pure energy as she cruised through some progressive techno peppered with gloriously well received airings of her release It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) and Shakedown’s At Night.
Skream certainly felt like he was there to maximize his 2 hour set, and regularly kept the crowd second guessing as he shuffled between harder sounds and instant crowd pleasers like: Hercules and the Love Affair’s Blind, the butch remix of Basement Jaxx’s Good Luck and Marvyn Gaye’s ‘Ain’t No Mountain Higher’.
Tonally, we think his set was a bit all over the place, but the sense of fun and visible smirks signalled that this clearly didn’t matter to the crowd.
There was no playing hard to get with a room that was ready for it, and host Harvey’s set epitomised the long form patience and reward of his experience as a master DJ.
He wasn’t focused on mixing a consistent theme, but instead offered a series of transcendental journeys which took the crowd down dance music’s memory lane.
Even though some of the younger crowd were left noticeably in the dark when it came to naming these tunes, the inclusive euphoria and vibrant vocals left a discerning fanbase who would only brave places such as Ministry of Sound 😉 for Harvey’s afterglow effect.
Words: Pierce Calnan
Images: Carolina Faruolo / Fanatic Photography