House parties are the best.
Whether you’re going round to Brendan Doherty’s house with the six pack of Foster’s your uncle just got you from the offie, or finding yourself in a living room somewhere in Nottingham, having you face melted off with a full Funktion 1 rig, the humble house party rules.
Friday the third of April saw the Red Bull Music Academy Tour take over Kings Weston House on the outskirts of the city, to put on a shindig of slightly grander proportions. The 17th Century manor played custodian to the likes of rap renegade, Danny Brown, grime outfit The Square and dance floor dirt-meister, Mumdance.
It was a night of juxtaposition. The free cloakroom, cheap shuttle bus and affordable drinks seemed to mock the opulence of our surroundings. Fresh pairs of Nikes climbed the grand staircase and into the great hall, where imposing images of dukes and gentry towered over revellers in baseball caps and Air Max, both seeming as though they were intruding on the other.
Of the two rooms on offer, one stood head and shoulders above the rest. Danny Brown packed the house out and brought it down. The energy was higher than the Red Bull branded bar and there wasn’t a dry brow in the house. Big hype and gun fingers aplenty filled the room at all times, no more so than when grime crew, The Square, invaded the stage.
Although the dance was well and truly killed in room one, the talk on the manor steps was that Mumdance had given all and sundry a proper seeing to round the back and everyone was happy as Larry. No one felt they were missing out.
While the lineup and the venue were impressive as separate entities, the combination of the two was the real star. This was exactly the kind of scope you expect when Red Bull put their stamp on things and everyone hopped on the shuttle bus continuing the the juxtaposed theme by respecting the neighbours, but being well and truly hyped.
Have some of Danny Brown’s ‘Smokin & Drinkin’ here: