A rare disco / house event at a predominantly bass music focused venue, featuring a 5 hour set from maverick Amsterdam selector Young Marco left many salivating at the prospect. Bristol broadcasting institution Noods Radio celebrated 3 years on the airwaves in spectacular fashion by taking over the Black Swan pub by the M32 motorway until 6 in the morning.
Playing for 5 hours is no simple feat. Especially difficult to do is to hold a crowd’s attention by giving a sense of progress; it is easy to stagnate by sticking to the same genre, or maintaining an energy level for too long, whether that be high or low. Despite a sloppy and corner-cutting mixing style, Young Marco displays a profound understanding of how a party audience works; what they want to hear and at which points they want to hear it. Almost in deliberate dismissal of the precision and technicality so prevalent amongst touring DJs currently, Young Marco fools about with the effects capabilities of the DJM900 mixer he uses, manually creating build-up effects with reverb or adding rhythmic elements with a half-beat echo effect. Indeed, sometimes it doesn’t even sound all that good! But some kind of overall ethos becomes apparent to me over the course of his set; Young Marco is there to do exactly what you wouldn’t expect him to do, and the effect on the crowd is one of excitement, and an urge to hear more. Over his five hours he plays electro and breakbeats, sections of old school American-inspired house music and most notably a wide range of unusual and exotic disco which characterizes the Amsterdam dance scene. The final half an hour of the event, from 5:30am to 6:00am, was a raucous affair, with an impressively full room of dancers.
Young Marco sets the standard high once more, proving to be the ideal booking for a celebratory event with one of Bristol’s best-loved radio stations.