The Tuesday Club returned on 12 April with Sheffield’s launch party for Outlook Festival. Taking place from 31 August to 4 September in Croatia, Outlook’s strong line-up includes Andy C, DJ Q, Section Boyz, Stormzy and Damian Marley. To reflect the festival’s variety of acts, the launch party saw TTC welcome grime scene favourite P Money, drum and bass producer Rene Lavice with Stapleton and dub and reggae legends Channel One Soundsystem.
Resident DJ Andy H delivered another diverse and reliable opening hour on the decks, setting into motion an eclectic night of music. Placing a heavy emphasis on dancehall and reggae sounds, especially towards the end, Andy H managed to get ravers engaged while raising the anticipation levels for the night’s three big attractions.
Seamlessly taking over the stage, Channel One delivered an interactive performance which proved over the course of ninety minutes why their appeal endures. With credentials including appearances at 2012’s Red Bull Culture Clash and Notting Hill Carnival residencies, expectations were high but their set was authentic and increasingly danceable throughout. Their live PA setup was used both to provide vocals and work the crowd, while Channel One’s musical selections – an effective mixture of dubplates and anthems of the genre – added to the sense of fun, with their hour and a half passing quickly and creating an atmosphere of real positivity.
Following a short transition, a rapturous reception greeted P Money on his entrance. Immediately inciting cheers and mosh pits, he dropped 2015 single ‘10/10’ early on which only heightened the mayhem. A mixture of grime and dubstep kept energy levels flowing, with P Money more than proving his abilities as a live performer. Energy levels were upped further by 2012 classic ‘Dubsteppin’’, a remix of club favourite ‘Rhythm and Gash’ and appearances from special guests such as Sheffield’s very own K Dot. P Money finished up by praising the crowd at his first Sheffield gig for some time, which seemed to pass in the blink of an eye.
The final act of the night was internationally acclaimed rising star Rene LaVice, who was joined by London MC Stapleton. High octane drum and bass from Rene worked very well alongside Stapleton’s hype man performance, with Stapleton regularly shouting out Sheffield and leading a range of call and response chants. LaVice’s own sounds ‘Hotblooded’ and ‘Part of Me’ managed to hold their own when mixed in with quality remixes of songs by Rae Morris, Major Lazer and even man of the moment Justin Bieber. Hard and heavy basslines kept everyone engaged until the lights came on – LaVice ended on current single ‘Play with Fire’, an incendiary track and one of his biggest.
TTC’s comeback not only saw big names and top-quality music across the night but also successfully represented the scope and standard of the artists that Outlook festivalgoers will be treated to this summer. And, with huge names such as Shadow Child, Camelphat and Artful Dodger all performing at Foundry in the next month, yet more sublime and eclectic nights are guaranteed.
Written by: Dominic Penna
Photography by: Elouisa Georgiou Photography