Where: Various undisclosed locations across the capital
When: Every six to eight weeks
Music: Rolling deep house
As EDM shows become bigger, shinier and more choreographed than an Olympic opening ceremony, it’s easy to overlook the art of simplicity. Take Magna Carta for example. The simple formula of getting the right DJs to attract a lively, passionate crowd to secret venues across London has seen it build a formidable reputation in less than 18 months.
Tonight’s action takes place at The Sidings (formerly Arcadia) in the shadow of The Shard and the contrast between that modern icon and the old industrial London that lurks beneath the railway arches in Southwark couldn’t be starker.
Flourishing Leeds talent Denney (pictured), who has recently released on Hot Creations, hammers it beneath the steel pipes, corrugated iron and bare bricks of the main room before easing up for a lighter, more melodic ending, while Droog and Inxec go back-to-back and get driving and deep. They drop the immense Mia Dora remix of Romanthony’s ‘Let Me Show You Love’ as lasers sear through the air above the heaving crowd. The set peaks with a pure acid selection that’s perfect for the warehouse rave vibe.
Magna Carta’s rapid rise is in no small part down to the DJs that are sought out for debuts. Past UK exclusives include Amine Edge and Adana Twins and tonight it’s the turn of Brazilian duo Dashdot to make their first European appearance.
“Whoever I’m into, however big or small they are, I just get them,” says Magna Carta’s promoter Joe Jackson, who cites Mulletover and Eastern Electrics as influences.
Dashdot’s peak time slot hits hard, much to the delight of the crowd, which is squeezed against the now glistening brickwork. Up-and-coming talent Michael Jansons provides a contrast in room two by playing the night’s deepest set, but still ramps things up with some tougher, garage-edged beats.
With Ibiza and many other closely-guarded plans afoot, Magna Carta looks set to continue strengthening its reputation as one of dance music’s new breeding grounds for future talent.