As Halcyon close the doors on Charlotte de Witte’s extended set event, The Waveform Transmitter’s Peter Swiaczkowski reflects on an awesome set from the Belgian techno star.
Charlotte de Witte is somewhat of a tour-de-force when it comes to live performance. Her uncompromising style behind the wheels has made for some truly energetic performances since her rise to the top of her game first started. 21st April was no exception, as Liverpool’s Halcyon brand brought de Witte to the city for a tremendous set.
Constellations was the location for the intense evening of unwaveringly dark and stormy techno, forced into the faces of those stood in front of the booth, as they lapped it up with an unslakeable thirst. We arrived as the Halcyon DJs were pumping out some sweet beats, warming things up nicely for the event ahead.
Sankeys rezzie, Rudosa, was next on the decks, cranking the BPM up and playing an excellent track selection, which included Guillermo DR‘s Distorcion among a host of other belters. His appearance came after his support slot for Halcyon‘s Luca Agnelli-led party, so it makes sense that they would invite him down for more of the same. He’s been garnering support from some top artists including Richie Hawtin, Amelie Lens, and Maceo Plex. Must be doing something right, then!
By the time Charlotte de Witte took to the stage we were all nicely lubricated and ready to let our joints take a pounding, and that they did. de Witte demonstrated exactly why she is in such high demand at the moment, playing a rake of tracks that included her own productions, such as Closer and Heart of Mine, as well as some blistering compositions from other producers, including Kobosil‘s Path, Slam‘s Constructivism, and Linus Quick‘s Sorel.
Halcyon well and truly pulled the rabbit out of the hat for this event. The crowd was elated and everyone was having a great time which, in these days of ‘no smiling in clubs’ was somewhat of a refreshing change. Roll on the next one, which is Reinier Zonneveld live at Manchester’s Gorilla on July 21st. Tickets here.