Erol Alkan delivered a bass heavy, dirty 90 minute electro set just after midnight on Saturday, helping people continue the electronic vibe that festival headliners Underworld had started on the Green Stage shortly before.
While the red tent wasn’t completely packed out - the crowd was mostly concentrated near the front of the Red Marquee - the sick beats had people getting down everywhere. Stragglers coming from the Green Stage area found it hard not to shake a little rump as they made there way to their next destination or their tent. The world restaurant area had people caught between Alkan’s bumpin’ set and whatever they were playing at the Smash Cake Bar. In the Oasis area, the electro beats leaked out of the openings in the red tent, prompting both vendors and customers alike to bob and bounce up and down uncontrollably.
It was behind the sound booth and out in the red Marquee courtyard, though, that people really let loose. With plenty of space to spread out and dance to your heart’s content, many found it much better than hanging with all the other hipsters squashed up by the stage.
Smiles were etched deep into people’s faces everywhere, though, as Erol demonstrated why you pay big bucks for a top underground DJ to come and do what you need them to do: get those bodies movin’.
Photos: (c) Yusuke Kitamura
Reported by Jeff Richards (2008.07.29 / 18:36)