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Opening the Portal | Let It Roll's debut London show smashed it

Drum and Bass | Wednesday 30th October 2019 | Arren

Wind and rain swept across the Capital, but that sure didn’t stop anyone getting down to Let It Roll’s debut event in the city.

They brought their insane 360 Portal Stage to a crowd of drum & bass die hards. They were all there for the massive line up taking control across all spaces the iconic O2 Academy has to offer. Vibes were a plenty as soon as the doors opened, with an insane opening from rising talent Harriet Jaxxon. She masterfully set the vibe for what was going to be a long night of upfront drum & bass rowdyness.

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The club room got packed pretty quickly. With Jaxxon, Breakage b2b Randall, and Turno on early that was inevitable. The freshest drum & bass from across the spectrum hammered down on the hallowed hall of the Academy and the energy levels just got higher and higher, despite the lack of Wilkinson on the bill...

By the time Friction came on set, a legion of pumped ravers awaited. He delivered a blinding set that mashed the place up, but when he’s dropping Fixate’s ‘Ripgroove’ edit with Chase & Status’ ‘Original Nutta’ remix there’s nothing less to expect. Once Friction had finished with the Academy was on another level.

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Camo & Krooked were greeted with huge cheers, the Austrian outfit slammed out their usual big room sound which has propelled them to the elite tiers of drum & bass. Elsewhere the place was popping off, the Foyer getting slammed with huge sets from Data 3 and Ed:it whilst A R Recordings were holding things down up the stairs.

Following a suitable big room set from Sub Focus, Calyx & TeeBee took things back to the extreme. Destroying the main room ahead of the epic closing set from the face melting Current Value. Fresh off the back of his ‘Puer’ LP on Souped Up, he rinsed out a blinding live set - closing what was a huge night of drum & bass.

It was a small taste of the Let It Roll vibe, robots and all. Some complaints that the line up was a majority of UK artists - but come on it guys was regardless an insane line up and they all brought their A-game for London’s biggest Halloween d&b event. Same time next year Let It Roll?

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