LWE NYD | Event review |
A day of euphoria: Dream, Don’t Sleep
The night before may have been the biggest night of the year, but that certainly didn’t stop people showing up in there thousands and selling out LWE’s infamous New Year’s Day party at Tobacco Docks. This year, Maceo Plex had taken to the hosting role and creating Dream, Don’t Sleep. The concept of the event is to create that euphoric feeling in the night where everything feels so surreal; it’s like a dream.
As soon as you arrived at the grade 1 listed venue, you were hit with an electrifying atmosphere that had continued on from the New Year’s Eve festivities. Spread across three rooms, with a rooftop area and several bars, it was hectic from the get go as people were stumbling from each room.
The line up was full to the brim with class acts such as Amè, Bicep, Mano Le Tough, Gardens of God and Paul Woolford to name a few. You ended up being left to work out a strategic plan of how you were going to see enough of each of their sets. There was no warm up, no holds barred as you had Drumcode’s head honcho taking the decks as early as 2pm.
With Adam Beyer kicking off the day for us it set the tone for the day, the sets were going to be filled with songs that instantly put a smile on your face. The ones where you must instantly find out the track ID, you shazam till your hearts content or hope that someone around you knows it. Beyer stuck true to his signature Drumcode style with rolling techno being prominent throughout, turning the crowd into a synchronized marching band. The stand out track for us was Club Music (Ancient Methods ‘Körpersäure91’ Remix) by Powell.
Next up on the agenda was Amè playing an hour and a half live set. More known for doing extended DJ sets, we were excited to hear what Frank Wiedemann had to offer. With Innervisions being known for producing blissful synthy songs, this line up would not have been complete without them. Sticking with the running theme of the day, the set consisted of their own remixes as well as some kick drums here and there to keep the crowd moving and the energy high as it was a long day. Highlight of the set was Insomnia (Amè Remix) – Rodamaal ft. Claudia Franco.
Belfast duo Bicep brought the groovy 90s house to the table that really picked you up after dancing softly to Amè. 2016 was a triumphant for them both, their Boiler Room x AVA Festival set being one of the best ones of the year. They kept you bouncing on your toes with songs such as DJ Dozia – Pop Culture (KiNK Mix) rolling one after another. There was no time to relax, making this set one of the best of the day. It was just pure fun and you could see that from the atmosphere of the crowd surrounding you.
We only managed to catch Mano Le Tough’s closing song as we rushed upstairs to get into the Great Gallery for Maceo Plex’s headline set. Closing with the song of the moment from Innervisions Too Much Information (Lalou Remix) – Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra.
It was time for the host himself, Maceo Plex, to show his take on Dream, Don’t Sleep. The set begun in a dreamy state with a beautiful ambient track that allowed you to go off into your own little world. But he didn’t let your mind stray for too long as it went straight into the pounding kick drums of Slam and Gary Beck – Pressure Lights. Perfectly balancing the contrast of mind-blowing techno and dreamy, bouncy synthy tracks throughout his set. Maceo Plex ended the day with one of his own tracks, Polygon Pulse. A song that summed up his concept of Dream, Don’t Sleep and ended the day on a high.