Just under a month into the new academic year, and Newcastle’s eclectic nightlife continues to excel, with events heavyweights ‘Ape-X’ delivering another enjoyable Friday night line up. This week’s event, dubbed ‘The Highest Point’, showcased an eclectic mix of techno, trance and electronic music through some of the scene’s hottest talent of recent years.
Prior to the titled headliners, clubgoers were treated to some of the resident DJs, amongst which included Luke Scott in the main room, and Will Welsh in room 2. Both DJs did a great job of spurring on crowd members, delivering a solid exposition to the night’s proceedings.
As the night progressed, so rolled around the first headliner, Trance Wax. Performing under the pseudonym ‘Trance Wax’, Northern Ireland’s ‘Ejeca’ marks his fourth EP release with a series of UK tour dates, including upcoming events in Ministry of Sound (November 17th) and Sub Club (December 12th). Renowned for his unique blend of 90s trance and contemporary techno, the artist delivered plenty of crowd pleasers in his energetic two-hour set. Amongst some of these club classics, the tracklist included live edits of Sandy B’s ‘Make the World Go Round’ and Technotronic’s ‘Pump up The Jam’. When mixed alongside some of the artist’s own heavier techno tracks, the set provided a lively midpoint to the evening.
Tolling on into the deep of the night, Dutch techno producer, Reinier Zonneveld, now took to the decks to perform. The now packed Digi dancefloor became illuminated by a series of bold neon lasers. Flashes of red, purple and green collectively cut through the thick smoke of the venue, as Zonneveld ramped up the BPM. The blistering set, which consisted mainly of acid and heavy techno, maintained the crowd’s excitement throughout its hour duration. Though the odd filler song helped guide Zonneveld’s set to completion, the extended mix of Faithless’ ‘Insomnia’ provided a euphoric conclusion to the DJ’s work, whilst simultaneously laying down the foundations for the night’s upcoming headliner, Dusky.
The London-based electro duo, Dusky, have been on a rapid growth over the past five years, progressing from music enthusiasts to acclaimed house music producers. The act played to Digi’s dimmed main room off the back of there recent EP ‘Asset’ which released this September. In accordance with the heavier techno of Zonneveld’s set, Dusky kicked off their slot with an equally intense collection of contemporary techno and acid, with a few of their own releases fitting in throughout the 90-minute set. As the lights raised, the wide-eyed Digi crowd were left with an encore from the London duo, who played out the remainder of their set and continued to prove Newcastle’s nightlife to be one of the most dynamic in the country.