Drumcode got freaky at their annual Halloween smasher

House | Monday 4th November 2019 | Arren

Dockland’s echoed with a mysterious thud on a bleak October day. The source? Drumcode’s annual London techno sesh.

Back at their usual haunt, Drumcode and mates brought a day of throttling techno to Tobacco Dock. A jam packed line up was on top form with the iconic venue transformed into a cursed space - a perfect setting for the ominous sounds of one of techno’s biggest imprints.

Early afternoon and the venue is already pretty packed, fair game as early sets came from Joel Mull and Pig&Dan over in the Gallery. Across the concourse and it was Ilario Alicante (pictured below) doing opening duties in the Great Gallery. The Virgo Records boss laid down a serious show, setting the perfect mood for what was gonna be a big day. The Italian DJ proved exactly why he’s an integral member of the Cocoon family and is a regular on bills including Cocoon Ibiza, elrow and DC-10. He drew killer tune after killer tune with flawless mixing between, a proper selector.

Ilario Alicante, played a maaaad opening set in Tobacco Dock's Great Gallery.

He was followed by La Fleur who offered a blinding set. The former Mixmag breakthrough artist carefully built on the vibe left from Alcante with precision and elegance. Drawing on new and old tracks she showed her knowledge and raised the energy levels. Drumcode heavyweight Enrico Sangiuliano stepped up next and began thrashing the main room with upfront bangers.

No trip to the Tobacco Dock would be complete without a trip to the car park, and Julian Jeweil has just got on the decks and slammed the packed space before handing over to the rough sounds of Dense & Pika. The London-based duo have become a firm favourite at Drumcode Halloween over the years, and it’s easy to see why. Rugged bass tones and throwbacks to the old skool tore up the carnivorous car park right up until Alan Fitzpatrick stepped up.

Fitzpatrick laid waste to an already battered crowd down in the car park. With his style a perfect cross between modern techno and old skool rave, headlining the Car Park was the perfect setting for one of the biggest UK DJs right now. He hammered the space right till the last minute, closing off another Drumcode Halloween. Same time year, yeah?

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