Before you say it, baby faced Justin Bieber was about 4 in 1999, so swap with Take That fans, Backstreet Boys groupies or Spice Girl wannabees and over the years all have been converted by the incredible atmosphere and vibe that only house music brings to a club and last night was no exception.
DMM ventured into the city centre to one of our favourite spots, Venus taking two friends of ours, pop-crazed, Justin Bieber / The Wanted fanatics who could not understand how or why we loved dance music so much. “You can’t dance to house music”, one stated, quite confidently. If your body tingles at the thought of a quality house track, blasting from nightclub speakers, you’ll understand why we simply had to introduce them.
When we arrived at Venus, the very first thing they noticed was the friendliness of the crowd. Several people said hello on the way in, one of the girls was complimented by a completely random lass and the vibe was instantly a lot more relaxed than their usual hangouts. Score one for Venus.
We hit the dance floor almost immediately, the incredible Sonny Wharton smashing it out to a busy crowd of revelers and within seconds the girls were both dancing away like seasoned-veterans of the house music world. Well played Sonny! His set was an absolute corker, a mixture of uplifting, hands in the air house and dirty, melodic beats, the crowd loved him as he tore it up at the Manchester night club.
The Sick Elektrik lads took over at about 230 and the crowd went crazy. Some of the moves being thrown in the DJ booth rivalled ours on the floor, in a very energetic, well thought out set. They did incredibly well to mix in the Venus’ crowd pleasing vocals with quality underlying beats, something we talked about on Wednesday at their studio. (Interview to come soon…) I couldn’t get the girls off the dance floor if I wanted to as Ben and Jon grabbed the night and smashed it to pieces, track after track. Another awesome set from two very talented DJs and producers; check out their latest offering, “Crash” on Soundcloud, you will not be disappointed!
Frater & Stent topped our night off with our track of the night. We know it’s been done before but Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams took off. It might be an oldie and a classic but if done well it can still destroy dance floors. Cheers again to Chris (Frater) for shouting out on Unity FM before the gig. Definitely worth a listen every Saturday 92.8fm (or online) between 7 and 9pm, great pre-club show to get you in the mood.
In conclusion, hats off to Venus, another quality night at one of Manchester’s finest venues. Tonight has Junior Jack and Kid Creme hitting the main room, with the legendary Venus Classics in the back. We don’t need to stress how good tonight will be, so just get down there and see for yourself.
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