Giant…with Greg Wilson, Severino, Jimpster
Arriving at midnight to see several disappointed clubbers being turned away from a sold out club doesn’t always guarantee a good night. But when the night in question is Giant, at Peckham’s Bussey Building, and the line-up features the likes of Tim Keenoy, Greg Wilson, Stuart Patterson and Severino, there’s more than a good chance of it.
Following in the footsteps of Keenoy and Patterson’s ‘The Date’ night at West London’s Loft studios, Giant takes a Victorian warehouse space and renders it a backdrop for uplifting house music and feel-good disco and when we arrived Tim Keenoy’s set was flowing nicely on the first floor. Giant is about disco for disco lovers, and the crowd combined both the kind of early 30s laidback clubbers that frequent Loft Studios and a much younger clientele, all drawn by a stellar line-up in one of South London’s best-loved venues. The mix made for a chilled out vibe overall, and as the clock edged towards 1am, Luther Van Dross’ ‘Never Too Much’ had the disco-happy crowd in their element.
Chatting to Data Transmission straight after his set, Tim was exuberant about the prospects for the new night, and what it means to him as a native South Londoner. “It’s really significant to be putting on a credible night south of the river, in such an exciting area like Peckham, but it’s also about having the scope to work with a much wider scope of DJs. Following Greg tonight with the likes of Severino shows we’re slightly diluting the vibe, rather than sticking with just one genre, and to me that’s why it works so well.”
A quick trip back to the bar revealed just how increasingly packed the venue was getting as it drew nearer to Greg Wilson’s set, and while it was clear much of the crowd had been waiting for the headliner, the buzz in the room was testament to just how good Tim Keenoy was on the night, his set giving the crowd a lesson in pure disco.
For his part Greg Wilson eased into his set with some more stripped back, melodic beats, and took his time building up to some of the better known disco hits that had the crowd singing along. Judging by the reaction from the dance-floor, a five minute deconstruction of James Brown’s ‘Sex Machine’ which eventually spun out into Talking Heads’ ‘Once in a Lifetime’ was one of the highlights of his set.
Come 4am, Severino was faced with a crowd that wanted to go for it, but had perhaps given Greg their best, and so the injection of some energy around half four with Master at Work’s ‘Work’ felt inspired. Upstairs in the second room, Jimpster drew a crowd with an undeniably more mashed up edge, and while the room never filled out to the packed to the-steel-pillars extent of downstairs, the area in front of the booth was filled all night with several deep house aficionados, many of whom declared themselves Freerange Records diehards. Maintaining such a constant crowd all night was no mean feat against the line-up holding court in the main room.
As nights go, Giant excelled at ticking all the boxes. Good music, a brilliant venue and a friendly crowd, coupled with a forthcoming line-up featuring Atjazz and London party institution Lowlife, should hopefully cement the welcome arrival of this night in South London’s party schedule. And judging by the unhappy faces being turned away at the last event, early booking for the next event seems a good idea.
Photos by: Annalisa Bruno