Saturday 18th March saw a line-up of epic proportions descend on the O2 Academy, Brixton for what can only be described as an immersive sanctuary for electro-centric tech and house worshippers. Audiowhore certainly knew how to throw itself a 6th birthday party of epic proportions, staying true to its ethos of delivering distinct and unique sounds to its underground fan base.
The venue was kept fairly stripped back but the DJ booth was shadowed by a mesmerising, multi-layered expanse of screens delivering crystal sharp images accompanied by a creative laser show. Quite fittingly, as Steve Lawler’s final tracks set fire to the main room, raging cannons of flame scorched the retinas of the already melting crowd as temperatures reached tropical level around the 2am mark. I arrived halfway through Lee Foss’ set. Being one of those DJs who appears a little less this side of the pond than we would like, the crowd fully immersed themselves in his emotive fantasia and absorbed his unrelenting energy. He brought his A-game and then some and had the crowd bouncing from first beat to the last.
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Next followed Ferrer who to put it simply tore the place up. When you are lucky enough to be treated to a set of this creative quality it is hard to pick out definitive highlights but dropping “Take It On (Todd Bodine & Tom Clark Remix)” by Mihai Popoviciu brought out some of the most expressive moves of the eclectic and diverse crowd. As expected the time flew by, it felt like Ferrer had only just hit his groove when he closed out his set with his outstanding take on London Grammar’s “Sights” which saw the room go bonkers shouting to the roof.
As Lawler was warming up I took the opportunity to check out Detlef in the foyer. It was unfortunate that the setting drove me immediately back into the hot-box, the light was too bright, the temperature too cold, the crowd too dispersed. This does not take away from the fact his tunes kept the feet moving and his drops were catchy – teleportation into the next door room wouldn’t have gone amiss. At the time though I was glad to return promptly to Lawler as it turned out his 1.5 hour set was simply not enough. Throughout Lawler’s set the LED screens were ablaze with lashings of technicolour, inviting us to plunge deeper into the sensory, immersive experience encompassing the room. Dropping some enormous tracks including “Fractal” by Reblok and “Solstice” by OC & Verde gave everyone that ‘yes’ moment on more than one occasion. The set was intense but by no means oppressing, Lawler delivered an abundance of bangers and had the crowd in the palm of his hand, his dancing puppets lifting their hands high in the air throughout.
You can always judge a night by the disappointment of the crowd when it ends. The seemingly abrupt halt at 4.30am was met with absolute dismay by the many that were left. The venue was still pumping and the seething adrenaline could have seen the night go on for many hours if we had been lucky enough. Audiowhore you lived up to the hype and delivered a night of sensory delight.
– By Charlotte Knight