SW4 celebrates 10 years on Clapham Common


!(feature_l)http://relayer.s3.amazonaws.com/articles/spreads/5222843325add0000200009b.jpg!South West Four celebrated its 10th anniversary over the August bank holiday weekend with another two days of dance music on Clapham Common. Saturday’s revellers braved the rain to see headliner Armin Van Buuren along with arenas hosted by fellow trance star Paul Van Dyk plus SW4 regulars Carl Cox and Mark Knight. On Sunday the sun shone and we were there to take in the music.

Alas we were just a little too late to see screaming mad electro DJ and Dim Mak label boss Steve Aoki on the main stage, though we did hear his unmistakable bellowing as he dropped the hoover-driven “Warp 1.9” tune he worked on with The Bloody Beetroots. We just made it in to get over to see the end of DJ EZ back-to-back with Todd Edwards in London club brand Together’s arena which was packed out with gleeful garage lovers. Next up was The 2 Bears, but we decided to get back out in the sun with Baauer on the main stage. The “Harlem Shake” originator was bouncing between two-step (including Artful Dodger), dancehall and anything with an off-beat bassline as he beamed away to the crowd. He was loving his set, and the crowd was too – a bizarre Lindsey Lohan montage accompanised part of his set just to add to the eclectic mix.

Rustie mixed down-low dancehall in among his own tunes from debut album Glass Swords

By now the day festival was hitting its stride entering early evening, and Scuba was at the control in the All Gone Pete Tong arena. The Hot Flush label boss was laying on the silky rhythms sitting comfortably between house and techno to what would be a consistently full tent throughout the day. Those looking for a heavy bassline could find it with Andy C then Knife Party on the main stage as arms were consistently in the air for the huge drops from both. Knife Party got the biggest cheers for their choppy electro hits “Bonfire” and “Internet Friends”, ensuring SW4 began to hit top gear.

Things were a lot more sedate in the Together tent where Crazy P were playing a laid back set of dubby tunes when we wandered past on our way to John Digweed whose Bedrock arena was house heaven as Laurent Garnier and then Eric Prydz kept the grooves going. We caught an impressive set from Rustie who was mixing some down-low dancehall in among his own tunes from debut album Glass Swords creating a real Carnival feel on Clapham Common with an uplifting synth twist. A hot dog and a boogie in a mini tent where some old skool dance classics were pounding out while the DJ showcased some of the latest software, suddenly the prime time his and it was time to choose a headliner.

While Example entertained the main stage crowd with a spectacular laser lightshow and headline set, Boys Noize took top billing in the Together tent atop of giant skull. His live set covered all three of his albums with old hits “& Down” and “Oh! Oh!” from 2007 still packing a considerable grinding punch while his more recent electro blasts of “What You Want” and “XTC” mixing between wobbly brostep and blistering 4/4. It made for an electric end to this year’s SW4 10th anniversary edition.

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