On top of that there’s also a video from the Boiler Room crew which weighs in at 80 minutes, really getting the magic of the night down. Whilst they have undoubtedly revolutionised the way in which we ‘view’ club sets from afar via the internet, the videos sometimes comes off as a bit sterilised when it’s a small amount of people (although that same forumla is equally memorable when thrown off kilter). This time though they had a genuine contender for greatest DJ of all time playing a retrospective set in one of the best club spaces on the planet; ground-breaking it may not have been but fucking awesome it most certainly was.
Sunday 16th December sees an institution in dance music combine with another, as the WHP showcases a monstrous ten hour set from Laurent Garnier. Taking place in only the second room of the club, it’s to celebrate the 25 year career Laurent has had since upping sticks from France to be a chef in the North West, and the dj gigs he did at the Hacienda under the fledgling name of DJ Pedro, and from the vibes coming back to me of his recent final ever LBS performances suggest, he is still 100% on top of his game.
There isn’t a DJ that comes close to having given me as much joy over the years as Laurent, his DJ sets that I’ve witnessed in Germany, Spain, Manchester, Liverpool and London easily being the best I’ve ever been too. I haven’t spent a sustained period of time with Monsieur Garnier for years and to say I’m ridiculously excited is an understatement, particularly as he is the real Le God, contrary to what some people in Manchester may think the title belongs to. More details here.
LG is of course arguably the most mesmerisingly brilliant DJ of all time, a true master who brings an effortless guile and flair to his signature style of trance tinged melody drenched techno which has the capacity to steer towards more eclectic territories. The LBS project sees him interpolating live elements into his DJ sets to usual rapturous responses (although I witnessed loads of mullteed Spanish whopper departing at set at Timewarp in disgust due to him playing dubstep), but he has recently announced 2012 will be the end of it. Which is sad!
Everyone who went to the WHP’s final ever date in Store St wouldn’t shut up about it. Which was pretty annoying if you swerved it like me. This mix form Yousef, the only one to be recorded on the night, kind of makes up for it. But equally makes you wish you’d gone even more.