The line-up was undeniable, the venue renowned, but the execution of SIDEXSIDE exceeded expectations by a long way. Saturday 2nd April saw Tobacco Dock open its doors to partygoers the length of the UK, bringing 3 of the biggest names on the house music scene to the table.
Carl Cox, Seth Troxler and Joris Voorn joined forces to host the all-dayer, each staking claim to their own individual rave sanctuaries for the day. It began at midday, but by 1pm Tobacco Dock was abuzz with people, the sun’s appearance no doubt to blame for the crowd starting so early.
Jon Rundell kicked off proceedings in the Great Gallery, followed by andhim who played a mixed yet lively set. Playing B2B with headliner Carl Cox, the ‘unconfirmed special guest’ was unveiled as Nic Fanciulli a couple of days before the event, an announcement that did not disappoint. The pairing had the Gallery packed, with nothing but pure party vibes pumping out of it throughout.
Choosing to shirk the sun in favour of a more industrial vibe, much of the crowd flocked to the Car Park where where Seth Troxler was running the show. Bas Ibellini warmed up the crowd until Troxler stepped up for a 7 hour set at 3pm. Troxler appointed Craig Richards for his first B2B session, swapping places with Loco Dice mid-way through the stint.
The Little Gallery welcomed Joris Voorn, who, much like his co-host Troxler, valiantly played a 7 hour set. He was joined for B2B sets by Kölsch and Steve Rachmad, both of whom complemented the journey of Voorn’s set. Kölsch closed, winding the crowd down nicely with some minimal beats, while Rachmad injected a jump-up energy into his late-afternoon slot.
All 3 headliners dug deep for SIDEXSIDE, but for me the unsung heroes of the day were andhim. The duo’s 2 and a half hour stint ahead of Carl Cox delivered an atmosphere to rival the top festivals in the UK, their self-coined ‘super-house’ vibe setting the scene for Cox and Fanculli to a tee. Expect to see a lot more of them this summer.
As a first timer at a LWE event, it’s pretty evident that they’ve got the party formula on point. Keep up to date with future events, SIDEXSIDE and otherwise here: http://www.lwe.events/events