Ah Half Baked, there's just nothing we can say that fully sums up our love for you. The London party that regularly trots around the world has one of the most up-for-it crowds around.
For six years the institution has devoted its time and efforts into putting the fun back into partying. There's no prejudice, no moustache-twiddlers stood at the side and no angst. It's just straight smiles and good vibes and as cliché as that sounds, it's true. There's a food stand set up outside, bathtubs full of glitter and sequins to sit and recollect in, workshops throughout the day and a whole lot of fucking good music.
Studio 338 has become a home away from home for the party and last year's birthday was going to take some beating (we stayed for 15 hours). With a musical policy that covers all colours of the house spectrum, the party took place from 2pm 'til 7am the following morning. The braver dancers within the pack then ventured onto the afterparty, which took place on a boat travelling up the Thames: mega.
The line-up was once again stellar but for us the three main attractions were Mike Shannon, Omar S and Mike Huckaby. The two Mikes are part of the Half Baked furniture for good reason: they slam it out every time and they never withhold the chunk. Omar had a lot to prove and we were intrigued to see how he'd tackle the night.
It's true testament to a club night's legacy if the same ravers are attending every event and the birthday couldn't have gone down better. Here are a selection of the tunes that banged it. Big ups Half Baked, please never change.
Head High 'Power Seat'
Let's get one thing straight, Mike Shannon set the pace for the final stretch of the party. Two hours of slamming house that never let up. His music exerts energy and groove and he gave the Void system at 338 a real work out. When 'Power Seat' rattled around the room, things got serious.
Mike Shannon 'Just A Glimpse'
The first time we heard 'Just A Glimpse' was at the Half Baked 5th birthday. A year on and this track feels like an anthem for us. Beautiful piano chords, chugging bass and a groove that sums up Shannon perfectly. This is the second time we've heard it on a system and the second time we felt shivers up our spine.