Rudimental Presents: Funkystepz

JOHN BARDSLEY struggles to explain how good this student clubnight was.

Fez Club, Sunday 6th May, £3 before 11pm

Organising a great club night doesn’t need to be difficult. Just take some of the best DJs Cambridge has to offer, throw in a big name headliner and make sure the drinks are cheap. It seems amazing then that Rudimental is one of the few nightlife collectives in Cambridge that gets how to pull this off.

That’s not to say it was simple though. Fantastic visuals, sharp mixing and the two MCs, Campus Vybz and Mumblz kept the energy pulsing through the dancefloor. You wouldn’t have thought this was Cambridge. It was more like an East London warehouse party.

Whilst the moronic masses were sweating away their souls in Life or Cindies, a great group of people that actually wanted to go clubbing were having the time of their lives. Even those that were sceptical about going to a night about bass music were on the dancefloor getting low and demanding rewinds from the DJ- it’s not only ‘hipsters’ that can enjoy alternative music.  Nor did the atmosphere feel pretentious- it was really inclusive for both the bass music aficionado and people looking to try something new.

The student DJs were tearing it up: Cryptix, Aliboo, Napper, Lumi and Datwan showing that they can easily match the pros. It would be pretty pointless naming loads of tunes; everything that dropped seemed to be an absolute monster. Joy Orbison’s Froth and the jungle classic Original Nuttah had a pretty special place in my heart though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIpca97Af-A

There was never really any doubt that Funkystepz would deliver a quality set. Labels like Hyperdub only sign then best. He played a devastating mix of tunes that made the dancefloor explode. Eyebrows were raised when We Found Love came on. They were soon back in position when people realised it was the Funkystepz remix- one of the best surprises of the night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dePfex5vx5M

This event surpassed all my expectations- it was definitely the best student night I’ve experienced in Cambridge. If the enthusiasm and talent of the students behind it is anything to go by, Rudimental will be a major force in the Cambridge nightlife scene for a good few years to come.

  • Ooohh

    East London warehouse party?… LOOVEE MY LIFE AS A DICKHEEEADDDD!

    • OiOiOiOi

      John, have you ever been to a warehouse party? They happen in warehouses, not in Fez.

      • NOiOiOiOi

        When he uses the term 'more like' he is establishing the function of this particular unit of language as a simile. A simile is when you compare one thing to another, suggesting similarity but not sameness. But still, I admire your levels of perception in both observing and understanding that warehouse parties, by their very nature, occur in warehouses.

        Illuminating and accomplished,
        Thank you good sir.

  • He speaks the truth

    gargantuan night

  • phuqwhatyouheard

    like this funkystepz mix

  • Sam

    I can't believe I didn't go to this, fuck

  • RUDIMENTAL

    WATCH OUT FOR THE NEXT RUDIMENTAL – MAY WEEK ALL-NIGHTER – 21//06//12

  • Josef K

    I was gay, I didn’t vote for Jay.

  • charlotte

    most of these manifestos are lies and unachievable

  • Dolly Parton

    Jay Appleyard = a wonderful chap

    • the chemist

      no

      • Harry Bells

        Anyone who warrants a smear campaign by the vile vemon filled bullies in the LGBTQIA society (plus whatever other letters they want to throw on the end nowadays) is A-OK with me.

        • the chemist

          It was anyone from that society that started that smear campaign. I wish people would stop jumping to conclusions!

          • the chemist

            sorry i meant wasn’t. And i dont dislike jay because of the so called scandel…. he was extremely rude to big band and never turned up to rehersals even though he said he would sing. I just have to question his committment to the role if he could even make one practice a week

      • Wise Words

        The opinion of anyone that supports bullying and smear campaigns is utterly irrelevant.

        With this in mind, please fuck off.

  • Reginald

    The behaviour during this election campaign from those behind bullying smear campaigns has been utterly disgraceful.

    The Union needs to identify those involved and ban them from Union politics.

    By far the worst standards of conduct I have seen in 4 years of SU elections.