ADICTS sure do know how to throw a birthday party, especially if their most recent event DuMi (pronounced Doo-Mee) is anything to go by. With UK bass music superstars Stanton Warriors headlining and a ‘garden party’ theme, I was more than happy to go along and see what all the fuss was about.
DuMi took the idea of ‘Sunday Session’ to a whole new level. Opening the doors at 2pm may have been a little ambitious but the afternoon saw a steady influx of music lovers that eventually morphed from relaxed Sunday vibes into a full-on party atmosphere. The bass from Cloudland echoed throughout the Valley as we partied long into the night.
Admittedly I’m not the biggest breakbeat fan, purely because I haven’t spent much time listening to the genre; however, that didn’t stop me from shaking my ass to the likes of ‘Get Up’ and ‘New York’. I was definitely one of the youngest in the crowd, with an average age group of 27+ (I assume by observing the patrons and their dance moves) but nevertheless, we all danced around way too enthusiastically and nobody gave a shit. That’s the great thing I’ve noticed about the bass/dub gigs I’ve been to – we’re all there for the music and no one gives a flying fuck about how you dance, what you look like or how old you are.
Mark Yardley and Dominic Butler are arguably two of the best breakbeat producer/DJ duos there is. Having released seven albums and with “Stanton Sessions Volume 4” on the way, it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down any time soon. Their set was at 7.30pm which by most standards is ridiculously early, but because of the ‘Sunday session’ thing I’ll let it slide. Regardless of the time, Cloudland was pumping by the time the Mark and Dom walked on stage and from then on it didn’t slow down. It was obvious that the Stanton Warriors’ skills behind the decks come with years of practice as they read the crowd like a book, keeping the set upbeat, dynamic and incredibly dance-able for the whole hour and a half.
Visuals of the trademark Stanton Warriors fist, dancing girls and coloured prisms added to the excitement but never took away from Dom and Mark, as they interacted with the crowd on a personal and musical level. Most impressively, they were both shit-faced and still killing it.
Stanton Warriors and Skool of Thought were supported by Sangers & Ra, Datadex, Subzilla, NoFI, A Working Progression (Live), Dan Gavel, Aditup, Dastardly Kuts, Boi King Koi and the Elements Collective Breakdance Crew, all of whom are fantastic DJs that have become household names amongst the ADICTS fans.
All in all DuMi quite thoroughly ‘did me’ (bad joke intended) and I can’t wait for the second instalment!
On a side note: Check out Stanton Warriors’ Facebook page. They post some funny shit.
*If you haven’t heard of ADICTS before, it probably helps if I give you a short overview. Now in their 6th year, ADICTS is known namely for their breakbeats events, as one of Brisbane’s most established events and promotions companies. They’ve got a number of awesome events and impressive headline acts under their belt including Blah Blah Blah boutique music festival, Breaks & Enter (one of Queensland’s longest running club nights) and headliners from the likes of Utah Saints and Hermitude, to Plump DJs and The Aston Shuffle.