Shapes Review @ The Coroners Court – 18/04/13

Shapes; a night like no other. Upon entry I was greeted by a cluster of glitzy purple streamers hanging from the ceiling. Needless to say, by midnight these had soon been turned into a variety of scarves and headbands by partygoers, as had the flowers arranged around the entrance to the upstairs courtroom. The venue, the Coroners Court, was of top quality, with two separate rooms of music, and another, ‘The Rabbit Hole’, where you were encouraged to kick back and relax in the jury’s pews. Crump kicked off the main room with a heavy techno set that had everyone pumping with excitement for the arrival of Joop Junior. The young Dutchman has released tracks on technopioneer Richie Hawtin’s record label, and certainly didn’t disappoint on the night, playing a raw and dark, though always danceable set. The boy’s got a big future. Pardon My French had the second room rocking to an unusually techno heavy set from the duo, which was amplified by the brilliant sound system throughout the venue. The Soulworks DJS and Shapes residents provided a sprinkling of house through to early hours, when the festivities moved onto Guerilla Burger for after party cocktails. Shapes wasn’t just about the music, the vibe was incredible. Forget fist pumps – mannequin pumps were the order of the night. Who knows where they appeared from? It’s quirky little things like this that make Shapes unmissable. I for one, look forward to the next party announcement…


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