Taking over Mustard Bar for yet another instalment of the highly accredited Love and Affection, IC promotions were doing it again! Glancing around before the venue filled out I could see that everything was firmly under control, and that the only thing that was missing was the ravers who were anxiously awaiting entry. Not being particularly thirsty or in need of a drink, I realised that it was the only time throughout the entire night that I was going to get such easy access to the bar until approximately 4am when the dance was finished. Therefore I took that as the perfect opportunity to purchase myself a drink!
Undeniably being one of the most talented and renowned DJ's on the circuit, it was only right for Toddler to celebrate his birthday in true style. The Louis Vuitton Don stepped out looking neatly attired from head to toe and from the look of the attendees on the night, it seemed like he had ‘a trailer load ah gal like Shabba dem!’ The ratio of men to women inside Mustard Bar on the night was something which Love and Affection is often credited for (By males anyway!) It was mentioned to me by another female in attendance that ‘There was too many gal!’ and seeing as she had a valid point, perhaps I could take this moment to speak on behalf of the ladies and request a few more men next time! Speaking of males, let’s see how well the male entertainers delivered on the night...
|Birthday Boy aka Toddler, the Louis Vuitton Don|
|Yes, I literally meant head to toe!|
The warm up set consisted mainly of Hip Hop and RnB classics which served its purpose and warmed up the crowd, but nonetheless got a little bit boring after a while. New Winner Roadshow then stepped up kicking off their set with Drake - Show Me a Good Time and this was exactly what we were all hoping for!
In the majority of events these days, you will find that if they have two rooms of music, they will often have the House & Funky in one room, and then everything else in the other. Unlike these events, IC promotions usually ensure that they incorporate a House and Funky set into the main bar area upstairs, allowing those who like to enjoy the best of both to do so at ease. On the night, I also realised that IC promotions weren’t too stringent with the music policy downstairs, and seemed to trust their selected DJ’s to do as they felt necessary and simply entertain the crowd. For me, this seems to be the winning formula which makes Love and Affection stand apart from the rest, and remain the very successful brand which we know it as today.
|Coldsteps and MJ|
|Coldsteps and myself|
|Toddler and MJ (Invasion Crew)|
|Toddler and MJ in the mix|
After shelling down Mustard Bar with that selection, Invasion did something a little different and took us on a journey back to the days of Jungle. So with the time reading approximately 3.20am and Jungle having taken over the main room, I became intrigued to find out what was occurring downstairs. With each step that I conquered, the sound of Jungle became more minimal, as the sound of Soca became more and more prominent. I begun to wonder who was behind the decks because impressively, they weren’t selecting the most obvious Soca tracks, and the set was sounding astonishingly good! Of course, it could only have been Trackstars’ very own James fully entertaining the ladies and coming up with such a fine selection of Soca.
Dancing through the crowd to find myself a spot to really observe what was occurring downstairs, I couldn’t resist getting involved. The Caribbean side of me must have come out because before I knew it, I was joining the Soca train and waving my hands from left to right. Although there may not have been so many people downstairs, there is no denying that the Love and Affection vibe was present on both floors.
Overall, I can safely say that the people who attended Love and Affection on Saturday 2nd July for Toddler’s birthday thoroughly enjoyed their night. Whether they had paid £10 or £15 for their ticket, I guarantee that they felt that every last bit of it was worth it! Everyone had clearly come out to enjoy their night and be entertained by the best of the best. Behaving in their best manner throughout the duration of the night so there was no commotion at all, the only thing that could be witnessed was everyone showing love and affection!
As the night was drawing to a close, the Underground Champion Chuckie was there to do his job and deal with the situation. Previously informing MJ that he is aware of his job description and that he’s got everything under control, I was well and truly convinced of this by the time that he got just halfway through his set. Slowing the tempo right down and playing them rub-a-dub kind of slow jams, Chuckie ended the night perfectly and most probably left people wanting more than just their bed!
|The Underground Champion Chuckie|