As much as I love going to see my heroes like Sven and Ricardo, and going to amazing nightclubs like fabric – there is something almost equally satisfying as going to see very good friends DJ, especially when they pull off an absolutely superb set.
Three good friends of mine were playing on Saturday, Matt and Dan first for a very pleasing three hours, and a superb warm-up of really good quality house music – exactly up my street and I absolutely loved it! Honourable mention also for Rick who played some really good tunes in amongst possibly a few too many deeper tunes which kind of lost me from time to time as I was looking for something a bit more up-tempo but not to take anything away from an accomplished DJ – I was just a bit too lively by 1/2am 😉
Not too lively to enjoy the electro-house which frustratingly finished the night both outside and inside. Other people’s music. But it is Mango and I think you still have to mix it up a bit. It is not fabric where the crowd will accept and love pretty much anything, especially if they have never heard it before.
Anyway, in a month I have seen several friends play good sets, very good sets or truly excellent sets. You know who you are. I like this. It is much appreciated.
Also very pleasing is that my local club, Mango, seems to have got it’s groove back for the first time since 2008. So many people fell out of love with it 2009 onwards, myself especially, and finally it seems like it might be a place to go for good house music again in Reading (and similar genres) and a good dance and this has been sorely missed the last couple of years. If I can be suitably impressed, and I am a hell of a tough one to please, then it must be getting something right.
Until 4 weekends ago, I hadn’t had 3 good nights there in 3 years – now I have had 3 in a month.
Why has it changed? Well, the soundsystem is improved. Still far from perfect as it sounds awful in some locations especially near the bar, especially when some DJs play too loud so it sounds crap (that’ll be the red parts on the mixer in case any crap DJs are reading), but on the dancefloor it is clear and not too loud – but loud enough. The crowd are much improved, less twats and almost back to what it was in it’s hey-day, and the security have chilled out and are not in your face, which may be to do with the crowd being much improved perhaps.
And most importantly there is much better music being played.