Can't We All Just Get Along?: Review
Can’t we all just get along? A question which has untold resonance in the current climate of Glasgow clubbing, but one that was well and truly answered last night. Proving that when promoters come together great things can happen, the united effort displayed by some of Glasgow’s finest independent club nights was truly exceptional. Attracting a diverse crowd ranging from topless bams to dreadlocked baggies, clued-up club kids to high-heeled blondes, this was when Glasgow really did come together.
Descending the tightly packed stairwell to Chambre69’s increasingly popular basement we are met by a wave of sweaty ravers emerging for air (or more likely a cigarette or two). Inside Chungo Bungo are nearing the end of their set and the soundsystem is being taken to the very limit. Thankfully, with two Funktion 1’s in place, provided by both Naïve and Breezak Bass the chance of a meltdown is unlikely. Spurred on by what was reportedly an incredible session at The Courtyard for Chungo Bungo’s all day outdoor party, guest MC, Brother Culture is on the mic and reducing the heaving crowd to mush. It’s hard to express just how much bass was being pumped out of the towering speaker stacks but we can assure you it was borderline unholy.
The final set of the night was reserved for Vitamins and with Shaun and Sam of the collective taking to the decks there was no question of the next-hype carnage in store. Throwing down everything from face-melting Techno to forgotten RnB classics (who would have thought Destiny’s Child ‘Bugaboo’ had so much weight), the duo worked the floor with an avalanche of bass-driven party bangers, catering for the broad cross-section of punters without ever compromising quality. Ending with Rhythim is Rhythim’s eternally popular ‘Strings Of Life’, there was a sense that tonight could well mark the start of something new for Glasgow. After all, when people work together good things will happen…
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Words: Colin ‘Alaska’ Brownbill