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The Strongbow Rooms @ V Staffs

21 August 2005

Aside from the one DJ who inadvertantly drives to Chelmsford, The Strongbow Rooms at the Staffordshire leg of V festival is another roaring success with DJ Yoda and Justin Robertson among the highlights.

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Itís not the most auspicious start this weekend as Strongbowís regular disc spinner Kris Bones gets word to the Rooms that heís stuck in traffic. Yet, this slight glitch doesnít appear to be bothering the thirsty mob surrounding the already busy bar.

Itís not long before Bentís Simon Mills and Nail Tolliday come to the rescue. The Nottingham duo who count Aussie film-diva, Nicole Kidman, amongst their fans successfully indulge us in a typically hectic house set. They veer from progressive to deep and funky before annihilating the dance floor with Massive Attackís sublime classic, 'Unfinished Sympathy'.

Charlotte Home AKA Lottie then takes to the decks and selects a glorious stack of festival tunes for the near-capacity crowd. Plastic glasses are unsteadily held aloft whilst others perfect their best Shaun Ryder shuffle to 'Dare' until Snoop and Pharell take the party off the scale with 'Drop It Like Itís Hot'. Thereís a deep-electro tinge later in proceedings with the classy, catchy refrain from Julietís 'Avalon' and new Mylo mash-up, 'Dr Pressure'. All in all, itís an astounding, appropriate set from dance musicís first lady.

Cue todayís late arrival, Kris Bones, who dishes up a serving of guaranteed floor-fillers from Blurís 'Song 2' to Faithlessí 'Insomnia'. But thereís an even bigger reception lying in wait for one of tonightís most anticipated acts, the brothers Plump, Lee Rous and Andy Gardner. Their break-tastic take on tunes is one of 2005ís hottest sounds and tonightís set roars along with thundering momentum. Their own recent compositions including Acid Hustle and Soul Vibrates are unleashed along with other current breakbeat faves from Lee Coombs and Freestylers.

Things quickly get messy as we introduce dapper Strongbow headliner, Justin Robertson, to the joys of nitrous oxide via balloon before he enters the booth clutching his beloved bag of obscure techno. We do the only decent and proper thing and conclude Saturday night in the company of Justinís skewed tech-house heaviness. Itís just a shame that what should be a 3am set has to be hammered out before the obscenely early curfew of V kicks in.



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Article by: Wayne Hoyle

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