It’s been three days since Rinse FM’s 17th birthday bash, and far from recovery this was certainly not an event to attend before a busy week at work. Arriving just after midnight, we were greeted by several police officers manning the Academy entrance. The queue was short, but like lambs to the slaughter entrees were lined up 5 at a time in display of a crowd of Brixton revellers, whilst a training sniffer dog was slalomed several times through the line. Once past the police and the sniffer dog, on to security who more than vigorously searched the bags, before entering the Academy foyer and to be finally acquainted by the heavy boom of the bash. Whilst somewhat pleased at strict security measures, needless to say the pre-entry atmosphere was far from tranquil and left an impending air of doom and anticipation as to what to expect from the event and crowd. Initially pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere, we were soon rather taken aback with the £2.50 coat room charge and the £9.80 total for a Red Bull mixer and a cup of water!

Entering the main room, the bass was enough to make your ears bleed and your organs shake. The academy aesthetics made for an interesting back drop to the acts and the light technicians offered an exciting display. However, what about the acts? For the majority of the time we stayed in the main room given the other acts appeared to be playing the foyer, which was a battleground of smokers trying to get outside, and entrees trying to get in. After some great sets from the likes of Youngster and Silkie and Quest; Katy B came on stage around 2, but disappointedly only played 3 songs? On the upside Ms Dynamite joined Katy B on stage for her last song and stayed on to perform an amazing crowd pleasing set- and boy did she smash it! Ms Dynamite played mostly new material; however given the crowd’s reaction to her, it would have been great if she stayed longer to play some of her old material. Followed on by P Money, Blacks, Plastician  who appeared to be on stage for over an hour. Though the sets were amazing, through sheer exhaustion and anticipation for Skream feat. Sam Frank, it grew somewhat tiresome. During this time we witnessed several fights, and several more women being herded out the club doors, security was patrolling with torches at every corner and tension was certainly in the air.  By five o’clock, the d’n’b tempo had reached superfast forward mode, and whilst loving the carefree frantic shape cutting, we had danced so hard we could no longer feel our legs, and with still no sign of Skream, we hung up our discoboots and left.   

I am aware if you have carried on reading to this point, you may have the opinion that we did not enjoy ourselves. On the contrary, we had an amazing night; the music was banging, and the excitement remained throughout the night. However, amidst out d’n’b trance we completely missed the main acts, (Skream, DJ EZ, Artwork and many more), maybe because we did not find a ‘third room’, or that they (as did Skream at 5:30) came on past 5. Given their status as headlining acts, there absence in our evening was disappointing.  

We would definitely attend a Rinse FM bash again and would recommend it to all Rinse music fans, especially as London is distinctly lacking in good garage and grime events. Apart from the odd aggy face gurner expected at such events, the majority ’88 born crowd shared an unforgettable evening.

10/5 bass ratings. (This is a perfectly reasonable rating in highlighting the sheer epic attack of bass).

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