Artist: Nero & Bar9
Date: 23rd january
Venue: The Hub
Review: Mia de Graaf
As I sink into the depths of The Ziggy’s small, dark basement, Herbal Mafia – the renowned dubstep event holders – are playing host to Bar9, the up and coming dubstep artist, and Nero, the legend of both the drum ‘n’ bass and the dubstep scene. Having formed back in 2004, Nero have become famous for their mixes of well-known artists like The Streets, and more recently La Roux and Deadmau5. Bar9 are slowly establishing themselves as creative and successful dub heavyweights.
There is an impressive turn out and crowds are packing the place out way before either artists’ entry. However, when there is the cry of “Bar9 in the house!” the small space any given person may have had around them immediately disappears, as if the ceiling and walls have somehow been squished together. Lit just by two occasionally flashing lights, Ziggy’s cave-like interior encases the pulsating beats as the rhythm moves through the crowd.
The team of serious, intense looking DJs behind the decks dart between each other, jumping from one side to the other, or pick up the mic, and the music moves seamlessly on. Rarely glancing upwards at the dancers practically spilling over into their space, what appears to be a tumult of beats to which we dance uncontrollably is in fact being carefully monitored with precision and power.
Though less established, Bar9’s set led fluidly into Nero’s with no trace of inexperience next to the old-time artists. The crowd’s energy didn’t wane at any moment throughout the two hours of both acts, and fans stole any chance to jump closer towards the decks and scream appreciation as the music mixed smoothly into a different pace or track. Only ever moving away to catch a breath, all were captivated by both acts, making for a very successful night of music.