FIVE thousand EDM fans piled into Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on Sunday armed with bottles of water and sunglasses to dance until the early hours of the morning to big names such as Don Diablo and Blasterjaxx as Don’t Let Daddy Know’s latest event. Quays News entertainment reporter Lauren Bones was amongst them…
The night began with a queue which stretched down the length of Trafford Wharf Road & a huge van with several screens showing promotion videos of the night, outside the venue.
The bass and crowd could be heard well before you even entered Victoria Warehouse, which just made the atmosphere so much more exciting.
The first DJ to completely own the stage was Sem Vox, the founder of Don’t Let Daddy Know. As well as organising an utterly mad night in Manchester, he also got the crowd completely pumped for the rest of the night.
Vox completely shared the love with the growing crowd, getting everyone jumping and chanting to each track he dropped, including Oliver Helden’s ‘Gecko’ and his new track featuring Third Party who took the stage after Vox.
Third Party’s stage presence was fantastic and again, they dropped some incredibly classic tech tracks, and the whole of Victoria Warehouse was dancing and screaming along to each song.
The crowd went mad to their tracks such as ‘Everyday Of My Life’ and ‘Thank You’, as the rigs and effects that Victoria Warehouse had to offer really began to show, with lasers and the huge screens behind the stage completely lighting up the venue.
Just as the crowd thought they could not get anymore hyped, the incredible Don Diablo came bouncing onto the stage, and the whole warehouse began to chant for him.
His set was one of my particular favourites, he played some fantastic electronic tracks from his Hexagon label which got everyone dancing and the whole stage went off with CO2 cannons and light shows.
Laidback Luke absolutely smashed it with his set after Don Diablo. At this point, everyone you touched in the crowd was dripping with sweat and jaws were clenching, but his set was one that definitely stuck with you.
The bass during some of his tracks was almost unbearably heavy but at the same time, it felt incredible.
After Laidback Luke, and going outside for a much needed breather, everyone piled back inside and it was time for the DJ that I had been waiting all night for, Blasterjaxx.
The Dutch DJ truly owned the Warehouse stage, as confetti fell from the ceiling and smoke cannons and strobes went off from every corner of the room.
Thom Jongkind, the remaining half of the Blasterjaxx duo, dropped tracks such as ‘Faith‘ and ‘Snake‘ which have had over six million plays on platforms such as Spotify.
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The final two DJ’s to take the stage were Ummet Ozcan and Florian Picasso. At this point, everyone was completely spaced out, exhausted and sweaty, and had heard ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ one too many times.
Florian Picasso kept the slowly dying crowd going until 6am, with tracks like ‘Deep Down Low’ and ‘Don’t You Worry Child‘ – another track which heard way too many times during the night.
Overall, the night was absolutely incredible. Other than the fact that it was daylight when everyone piled out of Victoria Warehouse, the nine hour rave was one of the best experiences ever and personally, I cannot wait to attend DLDK again next year.
By Lauren Bones