Rock City/Rescue Rooms/Stealth, Nottingham | NYE 2012
New Year’s Eve, a night where people all over the world’s hopes ride high in anticipation of the last party of the year also being the most memorable. A night that can so often be a monumental let down. Surely dollop would be an exception though? Boasting a line up brimming with some of the biggest names in music, including as Julio Bashmore and Miguel Campbell, the Nottingham leg of dollop’s NYE was without doubt one of the best options in the country.
11pm saw a noisy and colourful queue into Rock City stretching half way down the road, as an array of interesting haircuts waited eagerly to accompany Julio Bashmore in seeing the New Year in. The only night where people avidly try to make their way into the club before midnight, it helps when you have the incentive of Bashmore’s remix of Classixx’s Into the Valley thumping from built-up stacks of Funktion One speakers. Bashmore was on top form, giving the crowd the massive anthems they were desperate to hear. And when it came to the countdown he raised a champagne glass, as the crowd returned the compliment via shouts, screams and salutes. No gong sounded, but our ears were greeted with some classic disco via Chic’s Le Freak.
Next up, the effortlessly cool Miguel Campbell stepped forward in the upstairs room of Stealth, bringing things down to a slightly lower tempo with some disco house, the crowd lapping up tunes such as his edit of Matt Hughes’s Don’t Cry. Cheers and screams sounded as the vocals from Something Special started to creep in, and before long the track was drowned out by a massive singalong.
With a tough act to follow, next came Waze & Odyssey, the upcoming duo whose re-work of Bump N’ Grind by R Kelly has made significant ripples. It was 2 a.m and the pair were storming through their set with a no holds barred policy, proving that they’re a force to be reckoned with. Tracks such as Feels Good and I Can’t Hear You (Dance) are evidence enough of that.
Meanwhile over in Rock City, Oneman was working his way through a nostalgia-riddled set, rounding things off with a spot of Joy Division. The crowd were immediately snapped back in to 2013 by Duke Dumont, one of the biggest emerging artists of the moment, his track The Giver arguably one of the tunes of last year. Relentless from start to finish, the thumping bass of Thunder Clap and his remix of AlunaGeorge’s Your Drums, Your Love sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Fist pumping arms drained and legs weak, we made our final switch of venue to Rescue Rooms for the much-anticipated Mele. Known for his flawless mixing, at times we simply forgot to dance, gazing in awe at him mixing about ten different songs in as many minutes. It was getting towards the end of the night and just about every drop was met with roaring approval. There’s an affinity with Oneman, in the way Mele switches from old school classics to massive modern day tracks so frequently, with highlights such as Mr Spock by Justin Martin & Ardalan and also I Got 5 on It by Luniz, such an universally loved classic it would probably go off if it was someone’s ringtone in the cinema.
So was New Year’s Eve 2012 an anti-climax? That’ll be a resounding no. With such a diverse line-up, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who wouldn’t have had a memorable night: there was even a silent disco in the Rock City basement, for those who didn’t have the energy to switch venue and would rather switch a switch instead.
If you missed out on the dollop NYE, you’re in luck as their Everywhere Festival takes place on the 5th May across multiple venues with again multiple headliners. dollop as a party brand enter 2013 as a force to be reckoned with.
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Words: Josh Mason