Bestival's Halloween Epic: Rave vs Hoedown


!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/509d08b92918ee00020000ec.jpg!Bestival is a music festival synonymous with fancy dress. So who better to host a Halloween Epic on Saturday 27 October, held in Peckham’s Bussey Building?
Sunday Best’s resident DJs Sombrero Sound System kicked things off in room one, warming up the crowd as nicely as the candles in the jack-o-lanterns that were decorating the warehouse space.

After a little while I crept upstairs, where the Cut A Shine Hoedown Collective had taken over room two and were engaging the guys and ghouls (sorry!) in barn dances. I found myself pairing up with first The Joker, then a robot, to be whisked about the floor to the raucous melodies of the fiddle and the double bass.

The Cut A Shine Hoedown Collective had taken over room two and were engaging the guys and ghouls (sorry!) in barn dances.

!(feature_r)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/509d08cc2918ee00020000ed.jpg!Back downstairs, and it was bass of a different kind getting the crowd dancing. Kidnap Kid mixed turn of the millennium garage with more recent dancefloor fillers from Hackman and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.

Next up, was it a werewolf on stage or DJ Zinc? We were treated to a set which deftly traced the origins of the Bingo Beats sound that heraded his break out of the drum and bass scene, to his current crack house hits. A decade of tracks from 2000’s “138 Trek”, all the way through to “Wile Out” show why he was, and still is, one of the best producers around.

Was it a werewolf on stage or DJ Zinc?

!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/509d08dd2918ee00020000ee.jpg!It was now time for label boss Rob Da Bank to take to the decks in a hooded robe, like the leader of a strange cult of good music and fun times, spinning nineties jungle back-to-back with Tayo. All the classics were here: “Arsonist”, “Brown Paper Bag”, “The Nine”, “Valley of The Shadows”, “Pulp Friction”. And getting the crowd just as hyped in 2012 as in 1995.

I shuffled out to the sounds of “You’ve Got The Love” with the other creatures of the night.

!(feature_r)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/509d08ed2918ee00020000ef.jpg!A live P.A. from authentic rave act Shades of Rhythm carried on the party in the same old school vein, and then the last hour was left to Rob Da Bank and friends to do what they do best. I shuffled out near closing to the sounds of “You’ve Got The Love” with the other creatures of the night.

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