!(feature_r)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/529511c43a3e92000200017c.jpg!Radio 1’s Annie Mac may have had a baby back in May, but she’s back on the road with her Annie Mac Presents clubnights mashing up garage, house and electro with special guests. For the Bristol leg of her 2013 tour she brought along chart-topper Duke Dumont, singer/producer MNEK and Cyril Hahn for the main room at In:Motion while local promoters Dutty Girl took over the Tunnel. There was a lively party spirit in the skate park for the sold out night, though a chill on the dancefloor before peak time and an oddly off-par Annie Mac left the stage set for Duke Dumont to impress.
In:Motion has become Bristol’s answer to the Warehouse Project in series in Manchester with its increasingly high profile nights and a steady following who trust its choices. Annie Mac is a huge draw in herself and there was a lot of excitement heading into the club tonight. The warm up DJs were in a humourous mood, dropping Amber’s “I’m a Dreamer” followed by some jungle classics. With the freshness in the air getting no warmer, many ravers had taken to the sizable balcony over the back bar for warmth – In:Motion would definitely have benefited from some kind of heating on a cold autumn night, but there was no excuse not to get amongst it and dance.
Annie Mac kept the grins on clubber’s faces, particularly when she dropped Eats Everything’s remix of Adam F’s “Circles” which shows no sign of wearing thin.
With hands having been firmly in the air as the music shifted to soulful house and disco, we took a breather to check out the Dutty Girl Tunnel and see how they were getting on. We were met with the vocals of Jessie Ware followed by Julio Bashmore’s “Au Seve” and surround by more smiley faces as the fun continued, then it was time to hit the main space for Duke Dumont. Though the number one artist took second billing, he was in a confident mood and armed with collaborator MNEK, he got the warmest reception when he dropped “Need U (100%)” with live vocals, and MNEK would return for “Hold On” too. It was a solid display from the man who had his breakthrough this year and hopefully there’s more to come from him.
Annie Mac got the biggest cheer of the night, particularly from her legion of loyal female fans, then launched into her blend of upbeat tunes that always go down so well on her show. However, despite the enthusiasm from the crowd, Annie Mac seemed a little off the pace – perhaps it was her journey down from Edinburgh that took its toll – yet she did keep the grins on the clubber’s faces, particularly when she dropped Eats Everything’s remix of Adam F’s “Circles” which shows no sign of wearing thin. We left Switzerland’s Cyril Hahn went downtempo with the final set, a good time to brave the cold outside with a night’s raving well done.