Together – Amnesia, Ibiza
As we flashed past Privilege in the taxi, I knew we were meagre seconds away from our ultimate Tuesday night destination. The excitement was building, the noise was gradually increasing and of course, the pre-drinks were almost finished. Before we knew it, the taxi door swung open and there it was staring us right in the face in huge yellow font on the side of one of the most recognisable clubs in the world – Amnesia.
With it being a Tuesday night, that could only mean one thing – it was Together. One of the most established and popular nights on the White Isle. A night famed for it’s heavy hitting, hardcore drum and bass vibe and has definitely been one for the thrill seekers over the years. Considering I am a massive thrill seeker myself, I was like a little boy going to his first theme park when I saw the advertised bill – Chase & Status, Pendulum, Hannah Wants – the list goes on. I knew I was in for a roller coaster ride of a night.
As soon as we entered Amnesia, we immediately ventured into the main room where following a very impressive opening set from resident DJ Les Schmitz, Andy C was displaying his gifted craft to several revellers whilst 2Shy MC was motivating the crowd on the mic. Whilst this was ongoing, in the Terrace, Firebeatz was occupying the spotlight entertaining Ibiza addicts with such hits as Last Train featuring Tiesto and Ladyhawke, Guitar Track featuring fellow Terrace DJ – Sander Van Doorn and of course, his recent record with Martin Garrix – Helicopter. For the majority of the first hour I arrived however, I was in the main room embracing the beauty of Andy C’s set. It was difficult to deny how lively the atmosphere was in the main room.
Having oozed charisma behind the decks since the tender age of just 15 years old, Andy Clarke was throwing out all the stops with the help of the vocals from 2Shy MC, to ensure people would be going home talking about one man, Andy C. Using all of the experience in his locker and wisdom to his advantage, Andy C belted out fast paced, adrenaline pumping mixes which got the crowd elevated to their feet fist pumping away to his music. Captivating the audience like a the rarity of an eclipse, Andy C remained unpredictable and impressive switching up his style quite frequently transitioning from one track to the next, a joy to watch and listen to.
Headliners and weekly residents Will Kennard and Saul Milton, better known as Chase & Status, then took over the proceedings from Andy C and were ushered in with a massive reception. Revellers from the Terrace flooded into the main room and it wasn’t long before the sweat, spilt alcohol and thousands of carefree dance moves arrived. Hearing the roar of the crowd burst my eardrums, I wouldn’t be surprised if the people parting five minutes down the road in Privilege could hear echoes of the noise lifting off the roof of the main room.
The boys opened up their set with a dub step mix featuring some dub reggae, very popular amongst Amnesia fans, as they began their set in style. The crowd then spun out of control into a wild frenzy as the headline act moved into the D&B stage of their set which was welcomed with open arms by myself and other clubbers alike. We then moved up into the V.I.P area to gain a better view of the set and it was fair to say the atmosphere was completely insane as the entire dance floor jumped up and down repeatedly in admiration for Chase & Status.
We then briefly wondered off back into the Terrace where Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano were playing their trademark house genre tracks. The Spinnin’ Records duo treated the crowd to their latest release, Salute, which having listened to it for the first time in Amnesia, I will definitely be downloading to my summer playlist on my iPhone in the coming days. Having finished our drinks in the Terrace, we re-entered the main room where we were astonished by what we saw. Several dance purists were throwing some serious shapes to the beat of what could only be one drum, Pendulum’s drum. The Australian outfit played all their mainstream chart toppers including Granite, Voyager and of course, the track where that sent Pendulum to new heights a few years back, Propane Nightmares. With mosh pits forming left, right and centre it was easy to say the crowd couldn’t control their excitement any longer. Pendulum were the perfect follow up from Chase & Status keeping the standard of performances on the night very high.
Sander Van Doorn meanwhile was working his magic in the other room. By far the highlight of the Terrace, the Dutch genius mesmerised the minds of onlookers with his excellent combinations of electro, house, techno and trance. Van Doorn gifted his comrades with remixes of such tracks as Space by The Killers, Peace by Depeche Mode and Robbie Williams’ incredible record, Close My Eyes. Having several alter egos in the past, it doesn’t matter if his name is Sam Sharp, Sandler or Sander Van Doorn, his set was unbelievable.
DubVision then followed up and closed impressively. Dropping heavy beats to complete the action in the Terrace, they treated their fans to Redux and their newest release, Backlash. However, several revellers had invaded the main room to get a glimpse of the closing set from Birmingham’s finest, Hannah Wants. Having interviewed her earlier in the night and being from Birmingham myself, I for one couldn’t wait to see her perform. Making her name in Ibiza back in 2010, Hannah always delivers when she comes to the party capital and Tuesday night was no different. Dropping and mixing in tracks like Dappy, Kneadin’ and I Still Love You, I didn’t stand still once from half five until Amnesia shut and for this Hannah Wants, I still love you.
After experiencing another fantastic Tuesday night in Amnesia, I think it’s safe to say headliners Chase & Status brought all drum and bass lovers together.
Words: Matty Adams