Wax:On Vs Metropolis – Leeds – Review

Posted on 12 December 2011 by Mizzle

Saturday the 26th of November saw the two heavyweights of the dub step, electro house and drum and bass events scenes combine to go head to head for the last time in 2011 and the final part of a trilogy of events, with some of the biggest line ups you’re not likely to see outside of the major UK festivals. The setting as per the previous two events was Leeds Student Union Complex, although not a purpose built nightclub in parts, the venue does not disappoint. Split over 3 rooms there is one main room, The Terrace and Stylus downstairs in the basement, this place is a labyrinth of corridors, double doors and stairs. The only negative point of the night was the amazing inability of most of the security to know what room is where and how to get there when asking for directions. So exploring it was then!

Finding the main room where Chase and Status were due to headline and where North Base were warming up and doing a good job of it at that. A mixture of dub step and drum and bass, dropping one of my favourite tunes at the moment Knife Party’s Internet Friends.

The venue was filling up and following on from a good set by North Base came Citizen. An innovative group with a live vocal PA who hyped the now packed out crowed in the main room. Midnight approached and Citizen left the stage in exchange of the headline act, Chase and Status. The excitement grew, a roar went up as they entered stage right, the lighting effects increased and the opening track boomed. No Problem! This sent the drunk student crowd into a frenzy, jumping, singing, drinks everywhere and a great atmosphere continued for the next hour. The set played all the big crowd favourites and some lesser known tracks giving it a good balance, Pieces, Fool Yourself, Nero’s Promises (Skrilex remix) and of course the new single Flashing Lights each sung back by an enthusiastic and vibrant crowd.

Wondering around the maze, Zinc was on form in the Terrace playing his usual Crack House style with a few well known speed garage tracks with a modern twist and bounce thrown in. Double 99’s Rip Groove doing the dance floor damage here! Next to the terrace room was also a large smoking area with benches all around where slightly shivering people sat taking 5 enduring the Leeds winds for a breath of fresh air or some nicotine.

One room was left on the agenda which was Stylus, venturing downstairs and then down some more stairs, via the all night curry take away (great idea by the way, all clubs should do this!) it was found. This was not a room but a large club in its own right. Holding close to a 1000 people at an estimate, a front stage, sunken dance floor encircled by bars and an engineering booth any pro would be proud of. Keeping the kids dancing at his usual best was Erol Alkan, playing a plethora of sounds from deep house, bass driving electro, proggy rises and some familiar drops out of the blue from Daft Punk and The Gossips Standing in the way of Control. The only flaw of the night was the DJ change over from Erol to Doorly. A technicians nightmare briefly followed, the club plunged into silence :O. Equipment was changed over and Doorly picked up the mic to reassure everyone that it would be sorted and he would be at his “absolute best” shortly. He was not lying. Playing an awesome ibizan style club set across three CDJs (now all working), came deep beats, scratching and pumping bass that got the room back jumping.

Over all a great night with some awesome varied styles of music, DJs and artists. Hats off to Wax:On vs Metropolis

Richard Chapman