It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Abandon Silence with their first party of the year followed by details of future parties, which see them launch the Baltic Weekender alongside 24 Kitchen Street in early June as well as head to Hertfordshire to host Friday night’s main stage at Farr Festival.
Echoes, the latest audio-visual event series orchestrated by Abandon Silence, returned to the Invisible Wind Factory for the first time in 2017 in a collaboration with the mighty Dimensions Festival. Having seen the likes of Omar-S, Jeremy Underground and Soichi Terada join partygoers in the North Shore venue, Abandon Silence played host to the Detroit legend DJ Bone and NTS regular Jon Rust.
Abandon Silence once again crafted a stunning visual display for partygoers last friday. The venue was transformed into a enticing audio-visual spectacle, with projections and lights lining the entire building, as well as two diagonal screens encasing the booth. Not only were the visuals ace but the enormous 8 stack system pumped out some of the best sound I have heard so far at the Invisible Wind Factory, a large venue that’s difficult to get right. Spreading the system throughout the venue, coupled with the use of elevated platforms and seating areas allowed the crowd of partygoers to spread and mingle at their pleasure.
The show began with Dimensions and Abandon Silence sharing the DJ booth, as Andy Lemay and Andrew Hill dug through their collections. They built the floor and warmed everyone up on what was a cold, soggy evening. By the time Jon Rust stepped up to the booth, the dancefloor was a heaving mass of bodies. Rust is best known for heading his own label, Levels, which saw a number of releases over the past 4 years, including the killer EP by Lord Tusk, Natural Partnership. As well as this he lays down 2 hours of fortnightly heat on his NTS Radio show ‘No Boring Intros’, covering everything from nu-jazz to breakbeat-techno. Rust took to the turntables at 12:30, speeding things up and building a heavier vibe in preparation for one of the Motor City’s finest; DJ Bone.
Eric Dulan, otherwise known as DJ Bone, is someone who goes hand in hand with Detroit techno. The man has pushed out nearly 50 releases since the late 90’s and is the head of two Detroit labels; Encounter and its larger parent label, Subject Detroit. Bone joined Semtek’s Don’t Be Afraid in 2015, with his new alias Differ-Ent allowing him some artistic freedom in terms of his production. Under this new alias, he strays from the traditional Detroit sound and his new album, “It’s Good To Be Differ-Ent”, dropped as he joined us in Liverpool last Friday. As well as this he has just appeared on FACT magazine, nailing their 586th mix.
After a memorable party on Friday, Abandon Silence today announce their next endeavour. In contrast to the 1200 capacity audio-visual explorations seen previously at Echoes and Beginnings, Abandon Silence launch a new concept which sees them return to the old days of low ceilings and sweaty basements. Antithesis is an intimate 100 capacity party taking place in the mysterious space directly beneath the Invisible Wind Factory dancefloor, with Workshop affiliate Willow joining the Abandon Silence residents for a headline set. In what has been a busy two weeks for announcements, Abandon Silence also join Willow at Farr Festival, where they host a Friday night stage with Craig Richards, DJ Tennis, Leon Vynehall and Meine Nacht’s very own Or:la.
DJ Bone maintained a high energy throughout; blending techno, house and disco as he kept a full and bustling dance floor chugging along for the entire 2 hours. Underneath are 12 ID’s we managed to scribble down throughout the night, with highlights including Kerri Chandler’s ‘Coro’ (Kaoz 6:23 Dark Mix). The sharp percussion pierced the whole room and brought the crowd to an immense high. Check them out below by clicking each image…