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LIVE REVIEW: VICE x Fabric Party

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In this live review, Gen B’s Kelis Edwards embarked on a hedonistic outing with her friends in Central London for the VICE x Fabric party, witnessing the energetic performances of Unknown T, Yune Pinku, Bbymutha, and more. 

 

Vice London hosted their first party of the year to kick off the summer in collaboration with Fabric nightclub featuring DJ sets and energetic live performances from UK-born talents. Just a five-minute walk away from Farringdon station is Fabric Nightclub. Prior to this night, I had never been before but had heard mixed reviews from friends about the expensive drinks and aggressive strobe lighting. Despite these opinions, I wanted to go there without a clouded judgement.

I arrived there around 11 PM, whilst my friend Matthew and I downed our pre-drinks in disposable bottles as there was no way we were paying extortionate prices for drinks, which I was not surprised by because after all, we were in London – the city where everything is overpriced.

After a vigorous security check, being patted down and with every pocket being
thoroughly searched, we entered this maze-looking club. First, we went up the stairs to verify our tickets, then headed down to ‘Room 2.’ Producer and songwriter, Yune Pinku was hosting her DJ set which consisted of a
mix of techno and house music. The room itself was quite colourful as the strobe lights created a kaleidoscope-effect that filled the room with a positive atmosphere – people engaging with the DJ and socialising in the smoking area.

After this, we continued to float around all three rooms with some of our friends that we found throughout the night. We ended up back in the first room, which was just full of people dancing to a generic playlist before the club began to fill up, American artist, ‘Bbymutha,’ who I had already previously seen at ‘The Cause’ in Tottenham Hale, was about ten minutes into her performance. Her music distinctly pulls inspiration from Gucci mane merging together with her Rico Nasty-esque beats and melodies, which had the crowd creating mass moshpits and even someone getting on stage and getting whisky poured into their mouth.

The crowd was genuinely having a good time and I thought she had an engaging stage presence – getting the audience involved and entertained. Once she departed off the stage after her lively performance, Chuckie Online
proceeded to DJ, playing the finest UK throwbacks that you probably haven’t heard in a long time including ‘Fisherman’ by J Hus and ‘Lock Doh’ by Giggs, just to name a few.

Everyone was clearly anticipating the performance of Unknown T, which was
completely understandable as for some individuals in the young crowd, this was the first of their many events after a mound of university exams, including myself. Unknown T, who has been a cultural influence in the rap and drill genre, is most notably known for his summer hit, ‘Homerton B,’ which he self-released. His recent mixtape ‘Adolescence,’ fuses his drill roots with hip-hop to create a catchy masterpiece showcasing the fluidity of the genre itself.

With the crowd already enjoying themselves, and the lights dimming, Unknown T burst onto the stage in his Corteiz cargos, signature black sunglasses and black hoodie. The crowd bellowed whilst trying to get closer and closer to the front, of course, he had to open up with ‘Homerton B,’ which as I mentioned before, is an instant classic. There was a sea of ‘gun leaning’ all around us with moshpits gaping, dead in the centre of the standing section of the room. After the song was over, he went on to perform ‘Squeeze and Buss,’ ‘Leave Dat Trap’ and ‘Goodums.’ I remember drill peaking again during my time at high school, being with my friends sneaking our phones out to listen to ‘Tropical’ by SL and ‘Lockarff’ by Section Boyz, so for me this experience was truly nostalgic, enjoying every minute of it.

I was never really one for clubs, but I would definitely go to another Fabric or Vice London event, especially in the summer. If I was to rate the event as a whole I would give it a solid 9/10 – performances were electric, the DJs knew how to get the crowd hyped up and it was definitely an enjoyable night with friends.

Words by Kelis Edwards.

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