Andy C

Homelands 2005 review

published: Thu 2nd Jun 2005

Saturday 28th May 2005
The Bowl, Matterley Estate, nr. Winchester, Hants., England MAP
£56.50
daily capacity: 50000
last updated: Tue 24th May 2005

We once again take our hats off to Bryan G and the Movement crew for yet another outstanding day and night of drum and bass magnificence. Many people have been shouting the names of Marky, Fabio and Pendulum as heroes of the hour but for many the event belonged to one man only. As head of Ram Recordings and three times voted best DJ in the Knowledge Music Awards, the one that they call ‘The Executioner’ was to bring his axe firmly down upon the heads of all those in his presence. Andy C.

What was an already packed arena (thanks to the live PA hour) was soon to become rammed with everyone well aware that the arrival of Andy C was imminent. Dynamite MC takes the mike and begins hyping the 4,000 strong crowd into a frenzy. Andy C takes centre stage and immediately drops the killer with the crowd screaming for a rewind. He obliges. A few moments later Total Science’s classic tune ‘Squash’ vomits from the speakers and the number of hands in the air are countless.

The crowd hold their heads in despair. They thought Andy C couldn’t get any better the last time they saw him. They were wrong! Half way through the set and Andy decides its time to drop what he knows will be the most memorable moment of his set. His latest Ram protégé, Subfocus, has recently designed a disgracefully hard-hitting tune by the name of X-ray. It was time. Like a bat out of hell this funky, dark, heavy roller makes its way into the minds of everyone in the arena and within seconds Dynamite has had enough. The MC orders an urgent rewind and The Executioner delivers. Andy is known for quickly mixing in another tune whilst waiting for the drop of the original and he did just this. One of his own designs and his personal favourite, Titan makes an appearance but is quickly ushered away in time for X-ray to come into full glory.

An hour in the company of Andy C can go very quickly. Having done battle with who many consider to be the finest drum and bass DJ of all time I decided a rest was in order. And well earned too. My only issue with this fantastic set was that it clashed with the Plump DJs and from what I have heard elsewhere this was also one not to be missed! Shame. I stand by my decision to see Andy C - one of his finest hours for sure.

review by Ed Parkin


Saturday 28th May 2005
The Bowl, Matterley Estate, nr. Winchester, Hants., England MAP
£56.50
daily capacity: 50000
last updated: Tue 24th May 2005


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