Artist: Joker
Date: 15th November
Venue: The Duchess, York
Review: Joni Roome
Rating: *****

The Bristolian prince of dubstep left his doubters silenced with an electric show supported by Royce Rolls.

Hailing from Manchester where bass music has a healthy scene, I was keen to see what York had to offer and as luck would have it Joker was my first taste north of the Pennines.

The punters seemed slow to arrive with the support acts not dragging many to the dancefloor, but as the time approached midnight and birthday boy Royce Rolls took to the decks, the 400 capacity venue started to fill and the night truly got started. After a blistering set from Royce, Joker took to the stage with a huge reaction from the now larger crowd. The next ninety minutes was a showcase of the reason Joker has been so acclaimed over the past few years – dropping classics like ‘Tron’, ‘My Trance Girl’ and ‘Purple City’ as well as newer tracks from album ‘The Vision’ he put together a crowd-pleasing show notably playing a totally instrumental set. Even after his time was up he took to the stage to spin some more tunes in an impromptu encore/ full on stage party with the supporting DJ’s, MC and a random guy in a Brazil football shirt. The night ended with a bottle of Jack Daniels being passed from the DJ’s through the crowd epitomising the friendly nature of the scene.

It was disappointing to see such a big name producer fail to sell out a small venue but the quality of the set made up for this and served to make the night one which will live long in the memory.

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