!(feature_c)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/515984ac966760000200011f.jpg!Bedrock has become a regular clubbing fixture on Easter Thursdays in London, and this year label boss John Digweed took on a mammoth seven hour set to see in the four day holiday. It also marked a Bedrock debut at Vauxhall’s Area, with support from Tim Green, Tom Middleton, Jimpster and John Barber, but it was Digweed who took centre stage.
Even before midnight this sell out show at Area was nearing its 1,000 capacity. The main room was getting into the early progressive grooves from Digweed as he set the foundations for his extended set behind the decks. In the moody darkness there was very little room for manouvere either, such was the excitment among the crowd of getting to see Digweed in control of the sounds for so long, and it was no surprise to see the veteran DJ drawing a largely older crowd of similarly well-practised clubbers.
Once Digweed felt he’d got the night up to speed with the progressive house sounds he became famous for along with Sasha, he shifted gear with a grittier hour in which Area’s main room sprang into life. The LED covered ceiling began to light up in time with the music, the lighting become more inventive and soon the rainbow laser was shooting beams down the archway from above Digweed’s head. Now there was elbow room to dance and a very happy crowd as a result.
Such was the draw of Digweed in the main room that the other DJs didn’t get much of a look-in with support from the clubbers, but they can have little complaints as Digweed put in an excellent shift in the main room that kept giving his fans no reason to venture elsewhere. As well as his trademark blends of house and tech house, he dropped in a few remixed favourites including “Blue Monday” and “Inner City Life” to raise spirits for the final hour.
With it came an arsenal of ceiling-mounted lasers shooting into action as they shot down into the crowd to spectacular effect as Digweed cranked up the pace again for a rousing finale to a still-packed Area. He will have been happy with his work for the night having once again found Bedrock well-loved in London and almost certain to be back next Easter Thursday.