Reviewed: Paul Woolford at At One, Leicester
Moving into their second year of throwing parties, At One have brought some of the UK’s finest underground stars of house, techno and disco to Leicester including the likes of Mall Grab, Ross From Friends, Crazy P, Mella Dee and more. Showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon, tonight the legend that is Paul Woolford aka Special Request had been handed the task of bringing the vibe to the Midlands cultural hotspot.
Taking place at their found home of Dryden Street Social, one of Leicester’s best spots to hear eclectic sounds, tonight the At One team had once again transformed the industrial warehouse with their colourful brand of production featuring luminous green shades, shimmering drapes, plants and inflatables galore.
Alongside the warm production, one thing that has also been a trademark for At One during their parties has been the friendly and energetic crowd who attend and tonight another packed out crowd were in attendance for the first party of the autumn season.
Leicester dance music mainstay and label head of Midlands institution City Fly Jonna opened the night, playing a selection of house and disco and mixing the rough with the smooth in a unique way. Mr. G ‘My Fathers Farda (Mr. G’s Soundboyz Dub)’ induced early smiles under the glistening disco ball.
Following a string of impressive performances at previous events, Real State once again grabbed the bull by the horns and launched into an energetic set of techno flavours and thudding kicks. The chimes of Anthony Naples ‘Benefit’ were particularly lapped up by the audience, with piercing green lasers bouncing off the top of the throng below.
Those amassed on the compact but lofty floor drew a breath as the multi-faceted pioneer of UK rave music, Paul Woolford, stepped up to the booth. Fresh off the back of his third, yes third, album of the year, Offworld, he moved into a high-octane set that demonstrated everything he is about. Breezing through multiple genres with ease, with tech-house whoppers and spacey electro, before classic hardcore tunes with whirling keys.
There aren’t many that have kept up their enthusiasm for dance music for as long as Paul and it clearly shows in both his production and DJ sets. Euphoric hands in the air moments came from anthemic piano melody, whilst sweat dripped from the walls under percussive jungle madness, soaring synths combining with the red glow creating rave magic behind the trademark cap and beard of Wooly. Two hours flew by, with the At One faithful delighted by the diverse display of dance music old and new that was thrust upon them.
The night was another display of what makes At One so special; an impressive headliner combined with the best local talent, enjoyed by an appreciative crowd in an intimate setting. With their second Birthday party next up featuring Horse Meat Disco on 29th November, they are sure to pull out all the stops to celebrate the occasion. Get tickets from here