Review: Beats of Rage @ 53 Degrees Club

Posted on - 26th September, 2010 - 9:00am | Author - | Posted in - Music, Nightlife, Opinion


While all the laughs and delirium were hitting the roof downstairs in the huge capacity of 53 Degrees, the upstairs club was bouncing sideways, in its roots.

Sweating, skanking, filthy, grooving, raving. You name it.

The return of the Beats of Rage, was met with quite literally open arms with the original party crew which famously started out in basements at House Parties, finally ending a summer of uncertainty for the dance scene in Preston following the closure of Method back in May.

Led by Matt Fawbert, also known as the Filth Wizard, Beats of Rage are largely responsiblefor bringing the underground dance scene to Preston, which has spawned a series of huge acts coming to the small city, heralded with many a club including Coda and Method.

Now on a Friday at 53 Degrees, with the Beats crew reuniting aftera series of differences, you could tell they were giving their all.

Guest DJ, Natalie Esquire opened proceedings with the crowd still relatively small. Fresh from the club scene in Manchester, her mix of tropical house with a shade of Old Skool was very pleasing to the ear.

Also on the bill came Hijack, a veteran of the Preston scene. The music and style of beats were repetitive especially compared to what else was on the bill but for something different, there was a real element of Techno and Trance.

As soon as the Filth Wizard came on to the decks, the crowd atmosphere almost represented a feeling that you were at another musical experience.

You could have thought you were at a mosh pit bouncing to heavy metal music or Indie grooves. It took a while for the real Preston
sound to kick in, but when it did, it united the ravers who were wearing an assortment of ‘Teenies’ clothing representing the current modern day era.

Cool kids at the start of the night who had lived up to their name, were finally bouncing.

Plenty of well known tunes came to the forefront with a surprise remix of ‘We speak no Americano’ being turned into Dubstep plus Ghostbusters blasting out on to the dancefloor.

Perhaps the one thing the night lacked was an MC but that cannot even be described as a criticism.

The night represented what the Preston sound was about and while not being a fully packed sell out, it can only bode well for what’s ahead.


FilthWizard (Beats of Rage) residency @ Revolution Bar, 1 Main Spirit Weind (off Fishergate)
Wednesday Nights: 10pm-late – £ 2 entry
The Midweek Mash up night.

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