Most people that look at the ethos of World Club Dome generally don’t tend to take their eye off their star studded cast of EDM headliners.
However looking further into the programming of events at The Commerzbank Arena you’ll find an underlying house and techno line up that would leave the Ibiza faithful foaming at the mouth. Last year the festival boasted the likes of Matthias Tanzmann and DJ Koze as well as Jamie Jones and Route 94 whist this year WCD and Big City Beats threw the net out even further and hosted two pool party sessions in their brand new area for 2016.
Solomon’s DIYnamic label were first to the venue’s new setting with H.O.S.H. and Adriatique on hand in the early hours. Josh was my personal pick of the bunch with a fine instalment of deep sultry slots that drifted~ between house and techno. The marriage of the two really left the crowd guessing and wanting more before Adriatique took charge. The duo went a little darker in their approach and offered a more techy set, which was another fine instalment from the duo after their recent DC10 success. The big man Solomun rounded off the evening with house and disco cuts that left the audience wanting more. The show being a huge success and being one of the major talking points of the whole day.
Sunday also kicked off really well with Guy Gerber on hand to dish out some sun soaked house vibes. He performed some cult classics like Minilogue’s ‘Doiice A’ and Mirror Dance by Afeke Iku that all garnered huge applause from his onlookers. Illario Allicante opted for a sublime techno enthused outing which got the crowd into a frenzy before Papa Sven rounded off his night. As his set was coming into its adolescence unfortunately it did have to be cut short by an hour due to a heavy thunder storm that also shortened another festival earlier in the weekend. That said, the session itself over the course of the weekend certainly left a mark on the festival that will certainly create hype for years to follow.
That said the new pool arena itself was a sure fire hit with the WCD fans and also offered a place to chill and cool off whilst the sun was baking down on you. With bars a plenty and toilet and change facilities to hand it was a great way to utilise the whole festival and see a different side the programming. I’d like to think next year the Pool sessions will return with another stellar cast to see us into the sunset.