REVIEW: Drumcode Halloween


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On a quintessentially gloomy Saturday afternoon, hordes of revel-raisers decked out in elaborate costumes spilled out from Shadwell Overground ready for the task at hand: Drumcode Halloween.

London’s blessed with a plethora of top-notch talent on the regular, but having a proper techno rave with the biggest names in the game in the heart of the city was a treat. True to form, the production quality had plenty of tricks: clever stage design made for a spooky set-up with a Gothic Cathedral backdrop inside the Great Gallery for Ilario Alicante, La Fleur, Enrico Sangiuliano and Adam Beyer.

We squeezed in some bumping tech-house via Layton Giordani B2B Bart Skils, then headed down into the Tobacco Dock’s entrails. The Carpark, a nearly detached escape from the rest of the event, was our favourite setting, lucky to catch the final moments of Julian Jeweil before the punchy kickoff of Dense and Pika. Pulsating beats matched with powerful light beams over the crowd transported us to a Berlin warehouse, brought back into London only by the fancy dress lads and ladies in sight.

While there were grumblings about the logistics, I personally love the pre-paid token approach: lockers, food, and drinks were all speedy to purchase while hopping between stages during precious scheduling overlap. It’s initially a faff, but then it’s over and done with, get on board! Coordinating set times with mates couldn’t have been easier with the Woov app, free to download and plan with.

Drumcode Halloween (Album)

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If you made it to the after-party a short stroll away at one of my favourite London haunts, E1, hope you caught Juliet Fox. We caught up with her at ADE, keep an eye out for that interview.

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