With his time in Exeter drawing to a close, Tom Reed reviews the English Disco Lovers’ second night at Exeter’s Cavern.
As the year draws to an end and we enter the last couple of weeks at University before everyone packs their bags and head home for summer, the amount of clubbing events seems to kick up a gear into overdrive and fill the city with a plethora of parties. To stand out in the crowd and attract the revellers, events have to offer something unique, and EDL at Cavern did exactly that.
“Don’t hate, gyrate”
The English Disco Lovers collective descended on Cavern to put on another sell out night of dancing, glitter, afro wigs and you guessed it, Disco. From the moment of entry to lights on at 3 a.m., the dance floor was bustling with party goers grooving to the strictly disco sets delivered by the carefully selected line up of DJs.
North/South b2b Tom Deuchars kicked off the night with a stunning two hour set that got the crowd familiar with the exciting musical direction the night was taking. This set nicely laid the stage for Callum McLean followed by Chloë (Show & Tell). Their sets were exceedingly disco and exceedingly funky. Oli H rounded off the night with an hour and a half set which did well to keep the focus of the increasingly boozy and excitable crowd. This strictly disco music policy that the DJs followed offered an incredibly refreshing night instead of being restricted to the House nights that currently saturate the market.
However, the night wasn’t just about funny wigs and getting drunk on £2.50 foster cans, it was about raising money for an incredibly good cause. The anti-racism, pro-disco movement are donating all proceeds from the sell-out event to Refugee Support Devon which should hopefully be quite a sizeable donation. I think everyone who attended can agree that it was probably the best fiver they’ve ever given to charity.