Spread over the space of five gigantic rail arches near London Bridge, the 1300-person capacity Bankside Vaults is a creative space that can provide a playground for anyone with creative flair. It only seemed fitting then, that party starters Regression Sessions should hold their 5th Birthday in the venue, hosting their biggest event to date.
This immersive and interactive circus provided a fairground for those who just wanted to let loose, and what better way to start the Easter weekend than to be surrounded by hundreds of good time people and top notch music.In the midst of a nationwide tour, RS have carved out a unique take on the clubbing scene over the five years. They aim to cater for almost all genres of the underground scene and this was apparent as soon as one entered the club.
Room 2 was heaving with low slung bass lines and writhing bodies as the sounds of DnB, UK Garage, Grime and Trap pumped up the eager crowd as midnight approached. DJ SD alongside MC Hijack took over around 1am and the room became a sea of ravers; whoops and cheers consistently rung out with every energised build up and subsequent drop from the fervent crowd.
Moving into the main room, it was clear the lengths to which the promoters had gone to provide their revelers with a night to remember. The production was exquisite; from the hundreds of vintage lampshades, disco balls and balloons that hung from the ceiling to the stilt walkers, the light show, streamers and bellows of confetti that fired out from cannons at the front of the stage. Undeniably, Regression had laid on a serious Session to celebrate their birthday.
London based duo Toyboy and Robin provided a masterclass in house and techno to a stacked dance floor and everywhere you looked there were people smiling, hugging and giving each other a high five. Kerri Chandler‘s remix of EP2‘s ‘Dance’ closed the set in style as the two made way for the headliner of the night, Germany’s Ninetoes.
It was an educated booking from the RS gang. Since bursting on to the dance scene in 2013 with his track ‘Finder’ the DJ (real name Özgür Yelmen) has gained support and respect from the likes of Loco Dice, DJ Koze and Carl Cox. The carnival-like anthem quickly became cemented in dance music history as it was the most Shazam’d track on Ibiza that summer. The night came to a fantastic climax as the track rung out to five hundred impassioned dancers and, assisted by a fountain of confetti that rained down on the crowd, it truly was the icing on the cake and a moment to remember.
The promoters had done it again; a superbly silly night of fun, frolics and dancing that dismissed the too-cool-for-school attitude that overtakes many London club nights, illustrated wonderfully by the hundreds of inflatable animals hoisted high in the air at every turn. It is clear that Regression Sessions had recreated that childhood magic with a playful, stylish musical twist and left their audience wanting more. The team travel to Leeds for their next instalment at Canal Mills, tickets are available now.