South West Four - Sunday
Clapham Common, London
added: 25 Aug 2013
// gig date: 10 Sep 2013
reviewer: Simon Chan
Once again, SW4 returned to grace South London with another weekend of live dance music. Set over the Bank Holiday at the end of August and in the famous park grounds of Clapham Common, this event has cultivated a following and fan club which generates yearly appeal. Bench marking itsí 10th Anniversary, 2013 would be a celebratory occasion for SW4 and itsí supporters.
In what is now converted to a two-day event, SW4 Sunday is the latter half of this super electronic dance-type festival. Pulling in some of the biggest household DJís and acts from around the globe, clubbers from near and far flock in their thousands to the Common to come together to witness a cocktail of some of the best dance music of the modern era.
Set over four different arenas, the Sunday event would cater for many a different dance fan. Spoilt for choice, the fans were treated to a day of electronic house, drum n base, trance, rap and rnb. The main stage showcased acts including Andy C, Knife Party, Nicky Romero and Example. Meanwhile the more intimate dance tents featured household artists and DJs such as Groove Armada, Steve Lawler, Pete Tong, Erick Morillo, Eric Prydz and John Digweed. There was also the return of the legendary Soul II Soul act and up and coming electronic act Bondax. With a premium line-up and an enthusiastic crowd, it would be yet another SW4 day to remember, despite the rather muddy conditions.
Indeed Knife Party who are currently making waves in the dance industry were one of the standout performances of the day. Their clever mix of house, electronic and dubstep sent the main stage crowd into a wild frenzy, most notably through their classic tune Internet Friends. Elsewhere, Eric Prydz was a huge hit in the back tent. Returning to his home-roots and making his exclusive London appearance for 2013, the crowd were treated to his signature uplifting piano-based house. As the event drew to a close, Example brought the curtain down and rounded things off nicely much to the joy of the enthusiastic SW4 crowd.
Overall, SW4 will continue to be a firm date within the clubbing calendar. With acts and DJs known to everyone, it would be difficult not to be. Itíll be interesting to see what 2014 has in stall for this traditional sell-out event. Until next year.
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