Dilated pupils, lights & sweat.
Without a doubt, Carl Cox and Friends was the best event I have ever been to. The Albert Hall went from having several groups of people dancing calmly, to a point where you were unable to move due to gurning ravers throwing themselves all over the venue.
The night began with UK based DJ Jon Rundell warming up the crowd with some tech house.
Carl Cox explained Rundell as ” a jewel in the crown. He’s really great with the crowd and his music. He’s been a great support to me. Put him in front of 30,000 people and he really goes for it. He naturally warms the crowds up. We always discuss what we’ll both be playing and he goes out there and does it. At the moment he’s better than most top DJs I could mention.”
I feel like Rundell wasn’t the strongest warm up Albert Hall could have had that night, however, as Carl Cox said himself, he really did go for it with his set, and got the crowd hyped for the other DJ’s.
Yousef followed Jon Rundell and he absolutely blew me away. His set was argueabley heavier than Carl Cox’s, which I personally enjoyed more, He had the entire crowd in the palm of his hand from start to finish and no one stopped moving for the entirety of his set.
The Albert Hall also showed its true colours during Yousef’s set, with lasers and canons coming from every corner of the venue, making the night just that little bit more intense. It got to the point where I was struggling to take photos because I was being bumped into so much by sweaty, tranced ravers.
And just as the crowd thought they couldn’t dance anymore, Britain’s most notorious DJ blessed us with some incredible tech house tracks.
Not only were the tracks Carl Cox was dropping fantastic, but his stage presence just made the experience even better. Cox is an absolutely timeless DJ and the crowd was filled with people from the age of 18 to 50.
“Oh yes Oh yes Manchester!” Cox shouted his famous slogan to Albert Hall countless times during his set, making the crowd go mad.
Because of the heavy tracks Yousef was dropping, Cox’s set was equally as heavy and the entire of Albert Hall were dancing until they could not dance anymore. I think proof of a good rave is when you pull a muscle in your leg from skanking for just that little bit too long.
As confetti cannons exploded over the crowd, and everyone continued to throw their hands in the air, The Albert Hall was lit with strobes and blue lazers, making the night trippy and hypnotizing.
Carl Cox is gracing the UK with his prescence once again at Bestival and Wild Life festival in the next few months and I highly recommend that if you haven’t seen him yet, then you definitely need to.