Live Review: Upfront Project @ Lightbox, 10 August

After an explosive start to The Upfront Project, we returned after a week off to a new-look Lightbox. Rather sensibly, the organisers had scaled back a bit, probably anticipating the absence of money-grabbing students in search of a free night. With room two reduced to a bar and an intimately-placed DJ booth to entertain the thirsty, our attention was focussed solely on the main room and the talent up top. Compared to the predominantly House presence at the launch, this week had more of a carnival atmosphere. Well it seemed like that at the time anyway, but on second thoughts, frenetic, tropical and a little bit dirty would probably be more apt and largely thanks to the two great sets by Funkystepz then Shox. Both were relatively new to us beforehand, but caused the biggest reactions of the night with Dr Gonzo’s Bust ‘Em Up (Funkystepz) then Baauer’s Harlem Shake (Shox).

While the smaller capacity put us on the back foot at first, it was a measured move by The Upfront Project and the evening definitely benefitted from a more compact feel. Just three weeks old, they are already showing a maturity and self-confidence which, combined with their consistently strong lineups, should see them in good stead for future – especially important given the difficult time some Electronic Music events have had in London this summer.

Tomorrow’s Upfront Project (17 August), features RYAT, Two Inch Punch, Ifan Dafydd, Ikonika, Eclair Fifi, Cooly G, Bobby Tank and My Panda Shall Fly. For more info and tickets, click here.

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