One 5am alarm. Two missed trains. One cancelled train. Two new best mates. One bottle of Buckie. Unknown amounts of Tennent’s. And one unreal gig. SCOTLAND YOU WERE CLASS.
On Saturday 29th of June 2019 we closed Hannah’s Choice in Dundee, Scotland. It was our first gig outside of London, let alone England and we loved every second and hope that people who were at the event felt the same way. But before all of that we had a bit of an unorthodox journey to the gig. Not being allowed on our original train to Scotland for no reason at all, instead of going to Edinburgh as planned and changing trains to Dundee, we were put on the longest train journey of all time, stopping by virtually every town on the way up and heading to Glasgow. But with every cloud there is a silver lining, and that silver lining was Darren or ‘Dazza’ - train manager from Virgin Trains. Normally you dread the sight of a ticket inspector whilst on a journey to somewhere, maybe you have forgotten your railcard, maybe you said you have a railcard and dont, or maybe you don’t even have a ticket and plan on hiding in the train toilet for the entire journey. But not this guy. Noticing we were looking through music on our laptops prior to the gig he stopped and asked where we were going and what were we doing. After saying we were DJing in Dundee that evening he decided to impart some knowledge, turns out he was an absolute dance music catalogue of unreal tunes. Playing tracks from the likes Cybotron, Drexciya and Afrika Bambaataa. After sharing music for a while it was time for him to get off the train, saying his goodbyes over the train tannoy and announcing that Monkey Barz would be playing in Dundee that night and that everyone should check it out whilst blasting a track at the same time, I’m sure first class loved it. Look out for the mix coming from Dazza soon on our website ;)
Reaching Glasgow we took the train to Dundee, however the train was like a sauna, the lights didn’t work and upon reaching Stirling (still nowhere near Dundee) the train was terminated. Now there were two options… wait at the platform for an hour for the next train or find a boozer and start sending it. Being sensible we chose the second option. On the way out of Stirling we met a lad called Tommy who was on our train and also on the way to Dundee. He showed us the nearest pub to the station and got the pints in. Top lad. After discussing some key issues about Scottish football the next train arrived and we reached Dundee. FINALLY. And of course it was lashing it down whilst at home it was 33 degrees and the hottest day of the year so far. Fantastic. But all hope was not lost as upon reaching our apartment we were greeted by a bottle of Buckfast aka Buckie. But this was no ordinary bottle, this was a customised bottle with our logo printed onto the label. We proceeded to go mad and after 2 minutes of being in the apartment we had already received a noise complaint. Classic.
But the gig was something special. Not playing out of London before, we really had no idea what to expect and what type of music people would enjoy. ADR played first from 12am-1am letting the people hear a variance of fast paced house and techno with acid lines throughout, also giving people a chance to listen to his track ‘Assist’ for the first time. The track has been getting a lot of playing time recently by respected DJs and producers within the scene, most notably Steve Lawler who has been consistently playing the track in his sets for a good while now and it always seems to go down a storm. ‘Assist’ will be released on Electric Party People on 19th July 2019.
NGNR and Jake Stock finished things up for the final 2 hours of the night going back to back, playing a range of Detroit techno from the likes of Robert Hood and house from the likes of Denis Sulta for the first hour. The second hour took a different turn and a range of old disco and Italo Disco was played which the crowd really took to, a huge change of style to what had been played throughout the event. Finishing up with tracks from the Keinemusik boys such as ‘What To Do’ and ‘Tell Me We Are’ to nicely round off a marathon day into night party.
With the gig over, it was time to wonder back to the apartment to be up and out early to return to London on the Sunday. With enough time to have a dig around a record store to find some gems to take home and also squeeze in one last pint, we prepared our self for the 6 hour train ahead. Decent place to write a blog post I guess…
Till next time Scotland !
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