Last Saturday saw the arrival in the Highlands of Pascal Arbez, better known as electronic artist, Vitalic.
The show, brought to you by local DJ's 'Filth' (Ross Lyall & Andrew McGibbon), was a bit of a coup. Vitalic was to be dropping the DJ set he has performed at so many other venues, and was taking a three-piece band to Inverness with him instead. A live act he usually saves for festivals!
It's safe to say there had been a bit of a buzz created around this event ever since it was announced back in December.
On to the night itself, and support came in the form of local DJ & producer, Alan Grant and the Filth boys, Ross Lyall and Andrew McGibbon.
First up was Inverness DJ, Alan Grant. Playing a nice blend of Techno & Tech House, he was the ideal choice to build some momentum towards Vitalic, and the reaction of the ever-increasing crowd, proves it. Alan is definitely a DJ i'll be keeping more of an eye on in the future. Check him out HERE.
Next, the Frenchman himself, Vitalic. Armed with his artillery of three vastly different studio albums (OK Cowboy, Flashmob & Rave Age), Vitalic is sub- genre defying and was born for nights like this.
With the support of a drummer & keyboardist, Vitalic enters the stage and opens with the short but intense 'Vigipirate', bracing the crowd for what's to come.
Never holding back, he dives in with more from his latest album, including 'La Mort Sur Le Dancefloor' (my personal album favourite), 'Your Disco Song' and 'Rave Kids Go', like a man on a mission. The crowd already adore Vitalic, and he's just getting started!
His earlier tracks are also on offer - 'No Fun' ,'Terminator Benelux' & 'Wooo' are complimented brilliantly by the Frenchman's live wing-men, especially on a new live version of 'Valletta Fanfares'. The percussionist in particular has the Inverness faithful hypnotised!
More tracks from 'Rave Age' follow and the more the set goes on the more you realise Vitalic's latest work was created for the ultimate live experience.
The standout track from his latest album, 'Stamina' has the crowd bouncing in unison. The set is now in full swing. 'One Above One' is next and during it there are teasers of what was to be 'La Rock 01' - THE electronic anthem of the noughties. The track, in my opinion, was years ahead of it's time - you still get the same reaction to the track you did back in 2001. Bedlam! In 2013 the Ironworks crowd dance like their lives depend on it, whilst chanting to the sample.
'Poison Lips', 'No More Sleep', 'Under Your Sun', and crowd pleaser 'My Friend Dario' all follow, and after a very quick but action-packed hour & a half, Vitalic & his band walk off the stage to rapturous applause.
The chant in unison of "one more tune" goes out & before you know it, Vitalic returns to the stage to belt out another rendition of 'Stamina' to mass appreciation from the Highland crowd.
Finally, Pascal Arbez & his band take a well deserved bow & walk off the stage to a chorus of cheers.
You'd have forgiven the masses if they had gone straight home after that spectacular show, but the Filth boys get stuck right in with their set, reigniting the dancefloor with some pounding techno beats.
Ross Lyall & Andrew Mcgibbon were on top form, reminding the Inverness crowd what the majority already knew - the Filth boys are an Inverness act at the top of their game.
Renowned in the Highlands for putting on great events & bringing some top names in the business up north (Erol Alkan & Green Velvet to name but two) , Filth produced the goods again on a freezing cold April night.
Many people that I spoke to during & after the event said that it was one of, if not the best night the Ironworks had produced for many a year. I wouldn't disagree with that at all!
Take a bow Ross, Andrew & crew!
For more about Filth & what they're all about, check their website HERE.
Tomorrow night see's Electronic artist Vitalic, play in Inverness! This is definitely not one to be missed, as he's bringing his 3 man live show to town, a show usually only kept for the festival arena.
This is just a sample of what we can expect ....
To say I'm looking forward to this is an understatement, one of my favourite acts coming to my doorstep (well 26 miles away, but hey). Support comes from local dj's & event organisers, Filth DJ's, aka Ross Lyall & Andrew McGibbon, and also Inverness DJ, Alan Grant! Check out the Filth boys here - http://www.filthdjs.co.uk
As I'm currently in the middle of re-organising my music collection, most of my discs are bundled away into boxes. A few nights ago I came across a handful of random discs that I'd missed out by mistake and decided to see what would come out of a wee mix; and this is the result.
The mixing isn't my best, but, what the hell...... it's as live as a mix can get, and the limited choice I had made it a bit of a fun challenge. Hope you can see past the odd bit of dodgy mixing and enjoy it for the tunes.