AUDIO ASYLUM By Amy Bell with photo by Joshua Davidson

08 October 2012
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Where: Audio Asylum, World Headquaters
When: Every few weeks
Music: DnB/Dubstep/House/Garage/Bass

Laid back, eclectic and feeling more like your mate’s garage than one of Newcastle’s most valued clubs, World Headquarters provides an intimate and charismatic backdrop for some of the North’s finest underground nights. Heading into its second year of life, Audio Asylum returns to the venue with its latest line-up which boasts sets from XXXY, Dark Sky and Digital Soundboy’s Breakage. Alongside these impressive bookings, the team have stepped up proceedings by hiring the best sound and lighting people on offer for what is set to be their biggest crowd to date.

Expectant faces, both familiar and fresh, gather on this cold October night ready to be warmed up by the club's locally sourced resident talents as they fill the venue's two floors. Then kicking things off at 1am, XXXY’s hour long set sees the bars deserted as bodies flood the upstairs room. Drawn in by the irresistible sound created by his house and garage fuelled style, revellers swarm the dance floor, jostling for a prime position as the music gets underway.

Breakage brings in a heavier tone as the night goes on. The crowd remain shoulder to shoulder, transfixed by the sounds and lights filling the narrow top floor room. Dark Sky then round the evening off with an hour of house inspired future garage, cool and crafty to contrast Breakage’s bass-heavy middle hour. Ending on their remix of the XX’s Crystallised, Dark Sky keep the crowd moving even as the lights are turned on, nobody looking like they’re quite ready to head home.

Audio Asylum’s next party sees Shy Fx return to World Headquaters alongside Phaeleh on November 1, followed by Jack Beats later in the year.




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