Week in and week out the walls of Webster Hall will always see a crowd on Fridays and Saturdays. This Friday the rain and freezing cold couldn’t keep drum & bass fans away. It’s the event New York City bass music fans have been waiting for since the announcement of the Electric Zoo lineup. Sub Focus was finally able to bring his hard core drum & bass to New York after having to postpone his last show due to medical emergencies at the festival. Sub Focus’ return to the states is part of his North American Tour which celebrates the release of his second album, ‘Torus’.
Sub Focus has only one opening act for this relatively small tour. The doors to the Grand Ballroom were not open when we walked into Webster and left crowds anxiously wondering. Once the ropes cleared and the doors were opened Delta Heavy began his hour and a half long set to kick the night off. We were a little confused at first as to why Delta Heavy was picked as Sub Focus support. The British duo didn’t seem like the natural choice but their heavy electro house and dubstep fit right into the night. Delta Heavy’s ‘Must Be The Feeling’ remix was an obvious crowd favorite and one of their more recent tracks, ‘Empire’ has an awesome effect live. Dog Blood’s track ‘Chella Ride’ has been getting some spins from Delta Heavy and saw a great reception at Webster Hall. For the most part they stuck with the drum & bass theme for the duration of their set and no one seemed to mind.
The stage began to get a little crowded as the clock hit 2 A.M., Delta Heavy wrapped up, and the lights dimmed. The bigger light production began to flicker and MC I.D began the ‘until they kick us out’ chant. The long time MC for Sub Focus riled up the crowd to a mash up of Knife Party’s ‘Sleaze’ and Sub Focus’ track ‘Torus’ and from then on it would be a night of high energy bass music. Did we mention how many V.I.P mixes we heard? Nearly every track off ‘Torus’ got the V.I.P treatment or some kind of remix. We were treated to the ultra aggressive V.I.P mix of ‘Falling Down’ which sounded massive in Webster’s Grand Ballroom. He ran through nearly all of ‘Torus’ and even threw in his classic track ‘Rock It’ for the seasoned drum & bass veteran. MC I.D talked enough to be noticed without being intrusive, and the light production was one of the best we’ve seen at Webster in a while. The drum & bass legend did not disappoint and we can’t wait for him to return.