SPHERE LAUNCH: THE RECAPWed 19th Feb
Saturday saw the much anticipated launch of our Sphere series. From the dazzling opening sets of Effy and La Fleur to the breathtaking closeout show of Hot Since 82, a packed out Magazine London was bouncing from start to finish. We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who braved the adverse weather conditions and came out in full strength to make it such an unforgettable event. Despite the high winds disrupting some of our production plans the overall response has been absolutely astounding and we can’t wait to be back this Saturday with Maceo Plex and Marcel Dettman for a full out display.
As most DJ’s and fellow party goers know, the most important and underrated role within an event falls to that of the warm-up act. Tasked with the momentous challenge, that of managing excitement and expectation whilst extending a gentle sonic invitation for the tentative onlookers to get closer to the front, were rising stars Effy and La Fleur.
Party goers entered the brand-new venue after being battered by 80mph winds, rain showers and plummeting temperatures outside and Effy read the situation perfectly. Wasting no time on slow moving ambient pieces, the message was clear. Let’s get moving, let’s get sweaty, let’s have an opening party to remember.
Following her was La Fleur with another carefully crafted, eclectic and captivating set that filled out the dancefloor. Full of feel good house and intricate melodic techno she set the stage perfectly for the British-Japanese queen of the electronic underground Maya Jane Coles. Bringing her unique, excitable and unconventional approach she got the huge black box steaming with another stand out set featuring a host of new and upcoming productions from herself.
Taking over from her was global powerhouse Eats Everything. Bringing the storm inside with a barrage of heavy hitting techno and jacking house cuts the essence of the rave was well and truly within Magazine London. Shaking from wall to wall, the packed out venue was living up to all the hype.
The standout moment, however, was of course Hot Since 82’s appearance on the decks. Mobbed by a packed out Magazine crowd and watched the world over via DJ Mag’s live stream, the Knee Deep In Sound head honcho opened up with a deep, floor shaking dub mix of ‘Down For It’ by Chus & Ceballos. Thumping out of the bespoke L-Acoustic sound system and rumbling every stomach in the venue, the room was set alight by a mesmerising light show, tickling every sense in the body for a truly transcendent experience. Watch back his amazing performance below.