KOKO’s big name + big space and big line up this friday was nothing short of a masterpiece, courtesy of The Playground.
Having missed his ferry earlier that day, tensions were high as XXYYXX, aka Marcel Everett, made his way to Camden. But all preceding nerves were blown out of the water when he stepped up to spin. True to the press that has gone before him, at the tender age of 17 he really is living up to the ‘Prodigy’ title. Predicted to lay out an onslaught of overlapping beats and musical wizardry, his self proclaimed sound of “doing drugs on a freeway… underwater” was a massive truism.
It’s fair to say that XXYYXX was a tour de force, but it was the orchestration of support acts leading up to his apex that made last Saturday more experiential than an event. No diva attitude and half measures here with each act proving to be a showman feeding the crown with audio, visual and atmosphere. Names like Giraffage had stunning projections married to his sound whilst Slow Magic had percussion, costume and stage presence that generated a uniquely intoxicating set. Beyond anything else, it translated that each act wanted to bring something to the night, to be present, part of something bigger. They were having an good time which meant the crowd did too, and that’s awesome.
The Playground nailed the line up this saturday so now we’re eager for their festival at Brixton Academy this June. Missed out on our XXYYXX Competition? Well we’ve got our hands on a pair to give away so click HERE to find out how…
Words: Mary Howell