A Day In The Pool with Fact Barcelona & Friends, La Carpa- Barcelona
With so much going on during the course of ‘Off-week’, it can be hard to decide where best to lay your clubbing hat. Fortunately, our mind was made up for us on Saturday, with FACT’s third and day-time party proving an obvious – and inspired – choice. Indeed, such parties can occasionally lack any tangible atmosphere and feature on over-reliance on ‘VIP, but at FACT, it truly was all about the music on offer. And with Joris Voorn and Steve Lawler headlining an eclectic cast that also featured Ryan Crosson & Shaun Reeves, Timo Maas and Kabale und Liebe, the latter statement should perhaps come as little surprise.With the action taking place in Barcelona’s stunning La Carpa venue, the predominantly tech-house soundtrack was granted a most suitable backdrop too. From a giant swimming pool to an impressive Function One rig to a sprawling, hill-side, chill-out area, it really did seem the promoters ticked all the boxes. Most fantastically, it was also one of those brilliantly busy but not overpacked venues: a rare type were friend vibes and a musical appreciation are at the top of every patron’s list. Indeed, the diverse crowd mingled with a consummate ease too, with Spanish, Italians and Britons all lapping up the eclectic concoction of sounds on offer. Timo Maas for instance, showcased his most subtle and gentle side during various parts of his set, allowing the summer time vibes to be soaked up with maximum effect. At other times, he went deep and tough, and Maas really did bring the listener on the sort of metaphorical journey that’s become increasingly rare.Joris Voorn’s set meanwhile, was harder from the get-go, as he reminded the punters of exactly why his stock has grown exponentially in recent times. Taking everything from acid techno to disco hues to his own, signature take on tech-house grooves into the equation, Voorn reminded us why he’s every bit as adept out in the sunshine as he is in Space’s cavernous main room. The last word though, was left to Steve Lawler. Clearly determined to leave his mark on the event and go out on a high, the brains behind VIVa’s Warriors took no prisoners in a vehemently ‘peak-time’ set that left the punters gasping for more by the time La Carpa shut its doors at midnight. And from that perspective and more, FACT’s latest installment of Barcelona pool parties was an undoubted success.