Ah the students union, the great unwashed, cheap beer and the entire Radio 1 dance family it all promised to be one of the best nights Sheffield has seen for a long time.
Billed as a ‘12 hour dance marathon’ we saw Annie Mac, going out live to the nation on Radio 1. Winding up the growing crowd just before going on-air, Mac introduced the all-star line up that included big names such as Judge Jules, Rob da Bank and Kissy Sell Out. While people at home listened to their radios pre-night out, the masses were ready, set and go for the 7pm start.
Annie Mac (whom I have to admit is now my number one girl crush) provided a startling set incorporating P.A.’s from Mz Bratt, Breakage and TEED. A great warm up to the night, but then we did expect that. She was followed by a whole stack of dance legends who played between the two rooms at SUSU: Judge Jules, Pete Tong, Kutski, Kissy Sell Out, Rob da Bank, Jaymo and Andy George, Heidi and Skream and Benga, each act adding their own unique flex to the night. From hard dance, hardcore, electronic wonderment to rave there was something for everyone.
Being ‘In New Music We Trust’ one act of the night that deserves a mention is local fellas GrowMore, put forward for the event by BBC Radio Sheffield Introducing. The duo of Chris Moore and Paul Growns took to the stage and, I have to be honest, owned it. The spun discs, they threw some shapes and genuinely looked like they were having fun (they had said to me prior to the gig they were as nervous as hell!).
We drank, we partied and we danced ‘til dawn…BBC Radio One’s In New Music We Trust came and conquered Sheffield and a good night was had by all.