It was the time of year for Just Jack to revive their legendary Halloween party once again. To celebrate in a particularly funky fashion they called upon DJ Harvey for a marathon 8-hour set. They also enlisted the help of Steffi, Virginia and Young Marco for a night of spooky antics and generally fun.
The party organisers have been known for their tongue-in-cheek vibe and actively encouraged all partygoers to dress up to the max, and my goodness, they did. People were dressed as boxes of Uncle Ben’s rice, IKEA bags and characters from Rick and Morty with giant paper-maché heads.
Meanwhile, the night had an unforgettable funky feel to it, people were letting loose and grooving along to the music without any inhibitions. Harvey’s exceptional marathon set required a lot of variation in order to keep the room alive until the early hours of Sunday morning, and he pulled it off with aplomb.
He moved seamlessly between genres, blending techno, house and funk-house classics. Meanwhile, his eager audience let loose under the giant disco ball that hung from the roof above them in the Main Room.
Meanwhile, Marble Factory was home to a fine selection of seriously groovy DJs. The ceiling was lined with large lanterns glowing above the crowd as the lights blared out from on stage. Just Jack founder Dan Wild (who I caught up before the party) took to the decks, warming up his attendees to the magnificent gathering. It also housed the Just Jack veteran and long-time favourite Steffi as she joined forces with the amazing Virginia who made her debut for the debaucherously fun party organisers.
The two female powerhouses provided some much-needed techno haven, bringing their Berlin-inspired magic to proceedings. While Amsterdam oddball Young Marco gave us some Dekmantel vibes with his set as we were drenched in the warping light show above him.
Staying true to his name, Interstellar Funk (who will be joining Young Marco at the Warehouse Project on the 10th) gave us truly groovy vibes with some old school funky bass. In addition to this, Just Jacks co-founder Tom Rio took to the stage himself and got the crowd dancing away.
The night itself stayed true to the Just Jack ethos- let go and have fun. With a monumental 12-year celebration coming up, these guys aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. The grooves were flowing; people were dressed to the max and the vibe just felt good. It’s as simple as that, they created a fun, playful evening of Halloween-themed mischief and it was magnificent.
Photo credit: Alastair Brookes-Entirety Labs