“Jungle will never die as long as the rightful owners are still breathing” is the Jungle Splash mantra and after attending their New Years event at Egg Nightclub, one of London's more established venues, you better believe it!
Egg has recently undergone some major building works, transforming not only the look and feel of the space but also the sound, which was off the scale!
Three floors of perfectly balanced sound with a large loft space and one of London's largest open-air terraces make this North London venue perfect for drum and bass.
One thing to note for the uninitiated; whereas Egg is in Kings Cross, it's a short walk through Pancras Square, beyond the offices of Google & YouTube, passing a number of swanky wine bars and brasseries, nestling up on a hill on your way out of Kings Cross proper.
On arrival the queue was well organised and marshaled by polite and friendly security who were letting everyone know that photo ID regardless of age would be required to gain entry. Now to some this may seem like an inconvenience, but it is in fact a sensible measure employed by Egg to ensure the safety of it's patrons. The search was thorough but again extremely friendly and before I knew it I was collecting my ticket and ready to experience my first Jungle Splash.
A little bit about the promoters; drumandbass.store were invited down at short notice by owner Paul, otherwise known as Paul Ibiza, a rave promoter (Fantastic Ibiza, Ibiza, Jungle Splash) and record producer widely credited as one of the innovators of the Jungle sound. Aside from being a face and a larger than life character, Paul runs his own production company, Jungle Music Vision.
Paul and his team (including his lovely wife who we met on the night) have been running events under the Splash banner for years and don't look to be slowing down if January 3rd at Egg was anything to go by; This was one of the best nights we've been to in a very long time, FACT.
As to be expected with a Jungle Splash night, the line-up was a mixture of the old and the new. Leaning more towards established acts and known duo's which in our opinion is a nice departure from the foghorn laden, minimal or jump up exclusive lineups that seem to dominate today's event landscape.
The thing about many of the acts on a Jungle Splash bill is.... They've earned their stripes and not only are they there because of what they've done, but also what they're doing. Longevity is a neat trick in today's fickle, low quality, high quantity digital age. So to see acts that we grew up with such as Nicky Black Market, Ray Keith, Kenny Ken, Brockie & Det, The Ragga Twins and Funsta not only moving, but educating a partisan North London crowd by mixing the old with the new (Ray Keith expertly dropping Shy FX & T-Powers dance-floor classic ShakeYour Body into an unknown FogHorn was of particular note) is a really positive and promising thing for the future of our scene.
I can't speak highly enough of this promotion; Great lineup, friendly vibes and a crowd so diverse that it perfectly represents our capital in it's cultural diversity.
Be sure to get yourself to the next event at Brixton Jamm on Friday 17th January! We'll be there so be sure to say hello and let us grab a photo if we see you!
MAIN ROOM - JUNGLE / DnB
2ND ROOM - DANCEHALL/GARAGE/HOUSE /REGGAE
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