5 DJ sets you should have seen at Sundown
In the heart of the East of England, the city of Norwich is usually a bustling cityscape filled with shoppers and sightseers. Yet, every August when Sundown comes to town, the Norfolk Showground is filled with glitter-soaked, sun-drenched youngsters ready to let loose.
This year’s event saw the likes of pop goddess Annie-Marie and fan favourite Tinie Tempah headline the main stages, whilst a number of talented DJs dotted around the festival made even the most basic two-steppers lose their minds.
Despite the array of phenomenal artists throughout the Saturday, there were 5 DJ sets that you should have witnessed:
Intertwining soulful beats with house classics, the glorious and utterly brilliant Jaguar brought the Mystree stage alive with her prismatic skills. Spinning a plethora of incredible dance tunes and providing hints of dance anthems amongst the trees, the Reprezent Radio regular exploited her skills and produced sleek overlapping rhythms and kept crowds wanting more.
21-year-old Londoner Skepsis was one of the most impressive of the day. Mixing a variety of pulsating beats with gritty basslines, crowds were rewarded with insane DJ Q-esque vibrations and in return roared with approval. His dexterity and voluminous sound leaves revellers impressed. “One of the best of the weekend” someone claims. And they’re bang on. Skepsis held it down and provided the carnage festival goers were hoping to find.
The energetic Crucast collective injected noughties garage vibes with moody drum and bass into a ferocious set performed at full force. Ramping up the basslines and throwing electro house into the mix, Crucast’s varying DJs ignited the stage with their high-energy, addictive beats. Splicing mixes at anxiety-inducing levels, Crucast are true legends at their game.
With more bangers than an entire Nov 5th celebration, Jax Jones ignited the crowd with an array of glimmering tunes. Spinning the likes of ‘Instruction’, ‘House Werk’ and ‘You Don’t Know Me’, Jones combined his impressive catalogue with a number of imitable chart topping dance tunes to maintain his set at the highest level. Jax Jones isn’t simply a commercial dance-pop DJ and his set at Sundown proved that he’s unafraid to step out of the radio-favourite-DJ mould.
D DOUBLE E
Not quite a DJ set, but the East London Grime MC D Double E was the Saturday highlight at Sundown. Blasting out tunes like ‘Flatmate’ and MCing quicker than you can spit the alphabet, the grime emcee blew crowds away with his dirty rhythms, lyrical wizardry and trap-styled beats. Underlined with an eclectic mix of pounding beats and throbbing bass, D Double E at Sundown was D Double E at his best.