George Fitzgerald played an intimate 6-hour set at 24 Kitchen Street as part of of his Hiding Places tour, in collaboration with Chibuku. The Waveform Transmitter’s Tom Flaherty was on hand to witness the event.
On Saturday evening George Fitzgerald embarked on night three of his Hiding Places tour. The tour sees George play across nine intimate venues in the UK, giving his fans a chance to see into a much darker side of his record collection. 24 Kitchen St would play host to a special six hour set from Fitzgerald, alongside Liverpool promoters Chibuku.
As part of his Hiding Places tour, Fitzgerald requested that each member of the crowd had a sticker covering their phone camera lenses, preventing any photos or videos being taken. There seemed to be mixed reviews early on regarding this, the idea of copying Berlin club Berghain‘s policy and seeming unoriginal, but is it such a bad thing to take an idea from arguably the biggest underground club in Europe?
Also, haven’t people had enough of camera flashes at events? Biggest vibe in recent times. With that being said, the majority of the crowd where into the idea, it definitely created a more intimate atmosphere throughout the night which encouraged the crowd to switch off their phone and switch on their attention to the music.
Any DJ who produces and all night long set is bound to take the crowd on a journey through sounds of their own collection, switching in and out of genres. This was no different, starting off with the more mellow sounds to ease the vastly growing crowd in, already an hour into his set and ¾ of the crowd were in attendance.
Four Tet’s alias Percussions rang out with KHLHI, mixing from disco to electronic sounds early on, the crowd still paying full attention to the no camera intimacy, apart from the occasional rule breaker.
Fitzgerald built up each song to the cheers of the crowd, as he played Axel Boman‘s Dub Mix of Dinky‘s Casa, a turning point half way through the set as the night got darker. Following on with Radio Slave’s 2007 remix of Can You Feel, accompanied by the rolling hi-hats of Fango’s Rectum sending the crowd nuts with the solitary red light beaming down on George Fitzgerald for the duration of his set. Each drop accompanied by bigger shouts than the last.
The night was never going to be without a Fitzgerald song as the scary sounds of Knife to the Heat rang out with a huge reception from the fist-pumping crowd, as well as his melodic remix of Dense & Pika‘s Colt. His remix of Lines also got an outing, along with hit Full Circle which gained the biggest crowd reaction of the evening at the very end.
The set finished with the obvious shouts for one more tune which only last 5 seconds as George turned the night on its head with The Rah Band’s Message from The Stars bringing out the disco grooves in the crowd as the bright lights of 24 Kitchen St came on to reveal a venue still full. Showing just how captivating the set had been with there still being 200+ people in the venue right down to the final whistle.