Garage? It’s just Craig David getting all over your ‘boink’, right? Wrong, as an all-day party – in a jaw-dropping setting – will prove this weekend.
Depending on your age, where you grew up and your musical tastes, you’ll probably have one of two opinions on UK garage. For those who grew up with the vibrant '90s London rave scene, UKG will be the beloved soundtrack to teenage years. You only need hear the opening bars of Double 99's ‘RIP Groove’ for the Moschino-clad, Alize-soaked memories of nights spent bellowing ‘Boooo’ at seminal London club night La Cosa Nostra to come flooding back.
But for those who grew up a little too late for that, or a little too far from the reaches of pirate radio and London raves, memories of this most uniquely British sound will probably be of its later days, when tracks like ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’ topped the charts with cheesy vocals and flimsy basslines that betrayed the raw depth of the genre in its original form.
Whatever your history, you owe it to yourself to head to Heritage Day & Night on Saturday. It’s hosted by promotion powerhouse Found and promises a full UKG education in two top east London venues: the magnificent St John-at-Hackney Church in the daytime, and nearby venue Oslo for the afterparty. Whether you’re a garage-lover or a sceptic, this all-day party is guaranteed to be a blast.
Heading the bill at the daytime event is south London’s Oneman, a masterful DJ with a lifelong passion for garage. He's joined by influential New York producer Victor Simonelli and scene pioneers Horsepower Productions, Scott Garcia and Sticky, with the legendary MC Creed on hosting duties.
As Pay As You Go Cartel MC Maxwell D would say – serious.