At 4.30pm on a Saturday afternoon the sun is shining, in that glorious way it sometimes can, over the roof terrace at Brixton’s Prince Of Wales. Saturday the 3rd of April Marked the London debut from Scottish house promoters NotSoSilent and true to their word they provided one of the hottest DJ line-ups of the year so far, accompanied by one of the sunniest days.
The event was a bit of a music marathon, starting at 4pm and continuing for a full 12 hours until 4am. In that time there were numerous opportunities to dance, the talent roll call consisted of Leon Vynehall, Mic Newman (playing under his Fantastic Man alias), Bill Brewster, Max Graef and Rick Wade. All heavy hitters in their own right and each bringing something slightly new to table.
After knocking back a few Pimms and soaking up some rays 7pm rolled around and the first name of the night took to the outdoor decks, Leon Vynehall. Keeping the mood at a surly simmer he chose his first set to comprise of laid back grooves and sun filtered soul. As the alcohol was making it’s way around the body and the venue began to really fill out it served as a good introduction, not too heavy considering that the night was by all means young.
Into the Night with Rick Wade
As the shade began to slowly overtake the roof tops Leon’s set moved up a notch or two bringing us up to speed in time for the indoor club to open out. Eventually the night absorbed the day and once the evening was officially in play it was none other than Detroit house veteran Rick wade who would be working his magic in the main room.
As ever Rick Wade played a set that was as dense as it was deep, preferring to take us on a venture through his current inspirations rather than pander to the crowd by playing straight up hits. The result felt slightly educational as the selections represented the tastes of a long running passion in dance music. Regardless the dance floor was kept moving at a steady pace, soaking up the undeniable aura given off by Rick “Phantom of the deep” Wade.
For the duration of the night room 2 was packed to the brim, which comes as no big surprise seeing as the calibre of those in charge of the tunes was ridiculously high. First up to fill the living room size space was legendary author, DJ and all around nice guy, Bill Brewster. Perhaps best known for his seminal publication “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life” although I can tell you now this guy knows how to get a party started, forming groove to an academic standard.
Eventually my tolerance for alcohol and my inability to dance for over 9 hours got the best of me and the time had come to call it a night, on my way out the doors whilst making a beeline for Brixton’s late night McDonalds, I had the time to reflect on the day/nights proceedings. NotSoSilent had arrived as part of London’s dance music culture, and they’d done so to an impressive standard, connecting global DJ dots and bringing them to an impressive venue for us to enjoy. I would bet good money that NotSoSilent are here to stay in London for good. And with that I quickly downed my cheeseburger and promptly fell asleep on the tube.
Photos courtesy of Nicholas Pomeroy.