Old Trafford, Manchester
6th December 2013
Some of the best DJs on the planet joined forces for an unforgettable night across three rooms in Manchester’s historic Victoria Warehouse recently. Louder Than War’s Daniel Orr caught it all.
The bill was topped by the masters of dance music, The Chemical Brothers, who were joined by the likes of Erol Alkan, Dave Clark, Eats Everything and James Holroyd.
The line-up also featured one of my favourite DJs of all time, Justin Robertson. I’d been lucky enough to see him in the summer at the ace Kendal Calling festival in Cumbria, and it was great to see him in action again. His mixing was faultless and it was impossible not to move your feet to his set.
There were so many highlights it is hard to pick people out, but special mention must go to Eats Everything, aka Daniel Pearce, who was outstanding. As he neared the end of his set, with Tom and Ed Chemical set to follow on, he sent the main room into a frenzy with Wink’s Higher States of Consciousness, before rounding things off with Free Nelson Mandela by The Special A.K.A in tribute to the great man.
So far, so awesome. Every act I’d had chance to catch had been superb.
But when The Chemical Brothers came on, everything just seemed to go up about one hundred notches. This is not meant as a slight on the rest of the acts – far from it. It is simply a testament to the majesty and wonder of Tom and Ed.
Not only do they have a back catalogue to make most major acts blush, but they also have excellent taste in music, which means their DJ sets are always guaranteed to entertain.
I found myself lost in music for three hours of non-stop bliss. The Chems are capable of taking me onto a different plain, away from everyday life and into another world entirely. It was like a meditation, and no other act is capable of doing what they do.
Their set was mostly made up of tracks that I wish I knew the names of (because I’d love to be able to listen to them again), but there were a handful of classic Chem tunes thrown in, including Don’t Stop The Rock, Don’t Think, Saturate and It Doesn’t Matter, all of which sounded immense.
There was also time for the Brothers to pay homage to those halcyon days of the Hacienda, with a couple of brief glimpses of New Order’s Bizarre Love Triangle and Voodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerald.
In short, The Chemical Brothers were incredible and remain as relevant as ever. They provided sunshine and love to a packed Victoria Warehouse and long may they continue on their musical quest.