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Club MTV Derry: DJs rock the city with outdoor techno disco

By Simon Fallaha

You've heard the expression, "the morning after the night before".

Well, Saturday was a case of the night after the night before, as thousands of weary but happy folk trudged into Londonderry's Ebrington Square for another dose of MTV.

This time it was the Club DJs' turn, on a night which felt more summery than the night before.

Cast in bright blue sky with only a handful of clouds in sight, the Foyleside setting and whippy breeze promised an equally breezy and almost certainly boisterous evening in the company of tantalising turntables and flashy flat screens.

The face paint, headbands and overall attitudes of a largely teenage audience were as colourful as the stage lights.

Fists pumped and heads bobbed as Varski & R3wire excitedly set the scene; dusk settled and main opening act Daniel 'DJ Fresh' Stein geared himself up. Not quite fresh-faced, nor anything like the Fresh Prince, he instead freshened faces by striking the right beats at just the right times.

Positively Macklemorean in parts, with the colourful language of Messy MC to go with it, DJ Fresh's collection of recognisable samplings, sparky sonics and flashy computer graphics stormed and steamed off the stage, creating an outdoor techno disco. It was a fitting fusion of the fiery and familiar. Less distinctive, but more interactive, and certainly much more hyperactive, were Sigma, aka Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie.

Their presence suited the mood of the night: tempos escalated as quickly as temperatures dropped, bar queues increased and voices raised amid the now pitch black sky.

Stage lights spiralled everywhere alongside kaleidoscopic imagery and flickering lights.

The perfect time, then, for London-born electronic music duo Chase & Status to make their entrance; and their turbulent techno thumpathon was the icing on the cake for the shouts, selfies, snaps and claps in the audience below them.

Club MTV had crashed with flashes and bangs: a literal open air nightclub for its new found teenage fan club, and more, to remember.

Three stars

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