At the end of September I had the pleasure of spending two days with the WAH Brighton team. The promotion company which launched in Liverpool 2 years ago has quickly risen to become an established and highly respected events curator with regular parties being thrown in cities around the country. Through this they have been able to book some of the biggest names in bass music as well as giving more locally based “forward thinking yunguns” a platform to support bigger artists whilst having their music heard by bigger and bigger crowds.
The first event was Camo & Krooked + Support at The Arch, Brighton. Having waited years for my favourite Austrian duo to finally grace Brighton’s shoreline, as soon as I saw WAH had booked them at the club which is continuously cementing itself as one of the best in Brighton; I knew it was going to be a special event and one I certainly could not miss.
Support from the likes of Emperor, Sub Zero & Arcane who is Brighton based label Audio Assault’s bossman, all smashed their sets and worked the crowd into a frenzy both before & after C&K graced the decks. The terrace was curated by Audio Assault themselves showing off an impressive roster of talent they’ve got on their books. I was particularly impressed by a female MC who I never caught the name of and I think she may have just been a regular guest but many people making their way to the smoking area stopped to witness the madness that was going off.
As for the main event itself, Camo & Krooked did not disappoint! In an hour long set jam-packed full of tunes from their whole discography watching from backstage & in the midst of the crowd, you can tell that they are two guys who have perfected their craft. Their MC, Daxta who is always on-stage with them across the globe is again, one of the best in the business and it really helps that he has such ingrained knowledge of how they work their sets, he hypes the crowd and the synergy between him and C&K is hard to find anywhere else.
Speaking to the boys after their set they mentioned how they weren’t fans of hour long sets as they felt it wasn’t enough time to “take the crowd on a journey” but that they still had a great time being back in Brighton, which was actually the location & venue (albeit under a different name) for their first ever UK gig.
After a heavy night and with a rather fragile head, it was time to make our way to Stanmer Park for Boundary Brighton. The festival, now in its second year marks the end of Freshers for all new students and an end to festival season as a whole.
This year WAH hosted their very own stage and once again they booked a fantastic line up for all drum & bass fans. Deadline, who in no time will surely become a household name have been making waves this year throughout the scene, playing at festivals throughout Europe and even curating Shogun Audio’s Point of Origin mix Vol II were great as ever.
Moving up the roster the likes of Spectrasoul, Nu:Logic, S.P.Y and Arcane B2B with Stature, all doing what they did best and the stage was packed all evening long – even when the heavens decided to rain down upon us.
While the music was fantastic I did think that the stage setup and décor was lacking when compared to last year’s festival, however I’m not sure if that was in WAH’s control or not and at the end of the day we were there for the music.
As weekends go, it was a great to see some of my favourite drum & bass artists playing in Brighton once more and WAH have certainly helped rejuvenate the bass music scene in Brighton over the past 12 months. Keep a look out for these guys as they can only get bigger and I wouldn’t be surprised if they start hosting stages at larger festivals both in the UK and abroad in the years to come.
Worried About Henry’s next Brighton event is at The Arch is this Friday 3rd November, with Dimension headlining. The event can be found here.
Finally a massive thank you to everyone at WAH, notably Toby who sorted everything for me!
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