Published on July 26th, 2014 | by Sid Wesley
The Elite Force Boat Party and Afterparty Review
Saturday the 12th July 2014 saw the return of the 5th annual Elite Force Boat Party and Afterparty hosted by Supatronix and Stereophoenix. This is a party that is growing year on year with a glowing reputation for being one of the must do parties of the summer! It’s held on the Dutch Master Party Boat with the afterparty taking place this year at Crucifix Lane.
The boat party itself takes place during a gentle meander down The River Thames in London. The lower deck of the boat ( Room 1 ) and the middle deck ( Room 2 ) is where the main action happens. The top deck is an open air deck for the smokers and for those who want to catch a breather from the joyful chaos downstairs and take in the few London landmarks that the boat passes on it’s mini voyage. The lineup itself this year was a very impressive one. Room 2 on the boat was hosted by San Francisco’s very own, DISTRIKT. Room 1 saw Gower Preston warm up for Elite Force. At the afterparty we had in the main room, Jurassik, Elite Force, Plump Dj’s, Scratch Perverts and Resistance with room 2 hosted by New Bass Order.
With the anticipation of the crowd growing as everyone boarded the boat the clock ticked around to 7pm and it was time to set sail. The night went a little bit like this…
Room 2 : This was hosted by none other than the legendary DISTRIKT crew, all the way from San Francisco Bay. If you’ve been or follow Burning Man then these guys may well be familiar to you. If not they are a non profit, arts and electronic music collective. They thrive on community spirit, giving back to the community what has been given to them. Whether it be music making, constructive craftiness, technological wizardry or performance art these guys deliver it with all there heart and souls. This want to deliver good times clearly shone through in their respective sets as Darren Grayson, Ben Seagren and Dj Kramer played their socks off with there vast array of house and tech house tracks driving the crowd on to stomp those feet harder. It was a real pleasure for Simon ( Elite Force ) to have these guys come to play and from what they experienced I’m pretty sure they enjoyed themselves massively.
Room 1 : Unfortunately JFB had been due to open in the main room but due to unforseen circumstances had to pull out at short notice. With only 48 hours to go Gower Preston, co founder of Stereophoenix was drafted in to warm up for Elite Force. Speaking to Gower before hand he told me he was ” honoured and very excited ” despite playing only a hand full of times in front of party hungry crowd. His set was first class! Playing a selection of techno and tech house tracks he built the atmosphere perfectly!
So, with the main room warmed up and ready to go nuts up stepped the main man, Elite Force. Traditionally kicking off his set by easing us in gently, this time he choose a personal favourite track of mine, The Sabres Of Paradise – Smoke Belch II. With that then mixed into Underworlds – Cowgirl the set was ready for lift off. Starting off in the daylight, the night sky was soon upon us which only seemed to intensify the atmosphere as Elite Force dished out a plethora of cracking tracks for just under 3 hours. The dance floor was a sea of smiles, everyone reacting off each others energy and not a still foot was to be seen as Shack once again smashed it. Finishing his set with his own track, Reel Kraken Revolution, everyone held there hands in the air to applaud the great set we had all been apart of. This however was only the halfway point…
From the boat we headed over Tower Bridge and down a back street to stumble across Crucifix Lane. Upon entry it was clear that Ben ( Jurassik, Supatronix ) and Shack ( Elite Force, Stereophoenix ) had found us another gem of a party space within the boundaries of London’s city centre. As described by one of the party goers, a proper little rave cave. It’s tucked away in the arches beneath the London Bridge railway station. With a very stripped back decor it has a perfect warehouse feel to the venue. Dark walls and a cracking sound system make this venue a must visit should you be in the area! The afterparty went a little like this…
Main Room :
On my arrival head honcho of Supatronix Ben Childs aka Jurassik had taken the reigns, blasting out his unmistakable bass driven Breaks sound. His choice of gritty sounding tracks fitted the surroundings perfectly and got the party off to cracking start!
Fresh from his boat party set and up next was Elite Force. After giving us an outstanding set on the boat Shack was still ready to dish out more. With the set on the boat possibly having more of a techy edge this set was all about raising the roof and keeping the crowd fully charged to last the distance. It was a classic set from Shack as he met everyone’s expectations perfectly with loads of filth and bass!
Next behind the decks stepped up the legendary Plump Dj’s. The excitement of catching these guys play had been building pretty much as soon as they had been announced on the lineup for this event by alot of people. Those people were not disappointed at all as they delivered a top draw set. Playing a selection of new tracks and throwing in some of their own classics to the delight of the ecstatic crowd. It was hands in the air from start to finish!
The Scratch Perverts were next up and in true style brought their darkest Bass heavy weapons. Playing an eclectic range of tunes dipping into Trap and Drum n Bass, once again suiting the surroundings very nicely indeed.
Just as a few people were starting to feel the effects of a full night of partying up stepped Lowdown & Dirty’s Resistance. Knowing only one way to play he delivered the perfect set to see us all through to the end of the night. Playing a crisp and mighty selection of heavyweight breaks the revellers had nothing left to do but dance until the very end.
Room 2 :
This was hosted by New Bass Order, a production and events collective from Reading. I have to admit that I didn’t get to spend to much time in Room 2, but the times I did have a wander in there the guys had the room rocking with some excellent sounding Drum n Bass. I know if I see them on a future lineup at a future event I shall do my very best to catch them again!
All in all it was one hell of a party! Despite the mileage that had been put in through many hours of dancing, everyone left with huge smiles only wishing they could do it all over again as soon as possible, such was the quality of the music and the friendliness that grew and grew as the evening and night went on. As I said at the beginning of this review, it’s one of those parties that you cannot afford to miss.
Providing visuals for the night once again was the excellent Meat Cassette. Keeping everyone’s eyes occupied whilst the feet stomped to the beats.
Pictures provided by Hybridesque Photography.