!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/50a96e4bdad74b0002000012.jpg!Legendary Radio One DJ Pete Tong headlined his night at Bristol’s In:Motion, but it was Booka Shade who stole the show. On Friday, November 16th All Gone Pete Tong took over the main room at the city’s skatepark during its flagship clubnight season along with The 2 Bears’ Raff Daddy, Blond:ish and Booka Shade. Crack Magazine, Electroquisite and Revolution put together line-ups for the Tunnel and Cave with Ewan Pearson, Laura Jones, Bowski and Luke Langson among the spinners.
Arriving just before midnight In:Motion was already buzzing with eager clubbers and The Cave was alive to the sound of one of 2012’s biggest house hits, Julio Bashmore’s “Au Seve”. The crowd wasted no time in getting their arms in the air, but we were keen to get into the main room to catch the start of Booka Shade’s DJ set. We were a little early so got to hear Blond:ish warming up with some beefy 4/4, then the German house duo of Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier took centre stage. Looking positive and smiling throughout their two hour set, they resisted the temptation to play their hits and kept the vibe lively and inventive with plenty of tech house. When they did play “Regenerate”, a favourite from most recent album More!, it was a stripped back remix intended to keep the party rolling, and they certainly did.
In:Motion continues to be the biggest party in Bristol during the autumn months.
By the time their set came to an end and Pete Tong was set to take to the stage, there were only all smiles on the dancefloor and we took a break to check out the other rooms. The Cave was still very busy, however it was disappointing to see The Tunnel a little on the quiet side despite some quality tunes from Laura Jones and Ewan Pearson, and especially since Tong himself was playing to a packed main space but making little effort to really engage with his fans. Unlike Booka Shade who seemed to be having a ball, Tong rinsed through the house tunes with a few claps about the head and, while effectively filled with hits, lacked the charisma of the German pair.
The 2 Bears’ Raff Daddy rounded off All Gone Pete Tong with a solid final set that had a fun side and ideal for maintaining interest at the end of a night. It was a shame Tong didn’t look as interested behind the decks as you would expect from the man who put his name to the night, however it was still an example of why In:Motion continues to be the biggest party in Bristol during the autumn months with a positive atmosphere and friendly crowd throughout.