Review: Nicky Romero @ Venus Nightclub, Manchester – March 31

By Gareth Westmorland

Young electro superstar Nicky Romero made his Manchester debut at Venus on Saturday night, and brought his trademark Dutch House music along with him to the Bitch! event.

Having just played a massive set at America’s Ultra Music Festival, Romero came to the UK hoping to make Manchester party like Miami for the night.

Venus was the perfect place to hold this event, and the place was packed out to the rafters to welcome Nicky to the North-West. Support came from local Bitch residents and special guests Essbenci complete with their live instruments for a memorable set.

Kicking off with his newest and possibly the biggest track in Miami the other week was ‘Nicktim’, his collaboration with the hottest talent in dance right now, Avicii. The track is being championed by dance icons such as Pete Tong, and its highly anticipated release will send the Internet and DJ’s alike crazy.

Another standout was his partnering track with officially the Number 1 DJ, David Guetta. The French producer, who has stormed the charts and collaborated with the biggest stars on the planet, joined forces with Romero to create ‘Metropolis’, released today (Monday 2nd April).  The track screams big-room status and, like Nicktim, shows that Romero has an exciting few months ahead.

Other tracks played include his Beatport hits ‘Generation 303’, ‘Toulouse’ and ‘Wild Ones Two’, his re-work with Guetta of Flo-Rida’s song Wild Ones and his remix of Titanium by Guetta, both of which sung by talented Australian Sia. The latter two prompted huge a sing-a-long from the crowd and sent the hairs on your back tingling, and the beats were crazy.

Romero also played an unidentified track that sent Miami crazy just two weeks ago, mixed with Justice’s famous ‘We Are Your Friends’ acapella continued the crowd’s participation. ‘Epic’ by Sandro Silva and Quintino was really quite, well, epic too.

The attending ravers also lapped up Romero’s crowd favourite remix of Green Velvet’s ‘Flash’, with camera’s flashing everywhere, and Knife Party’s ‘Internet Friends’, which comes with the famous line for the young crowd “you blocked me on Facebook, and now you’re going to die.”

Romero left Manchester for Glasgow, and left the crowd wanting more. We hope to see Nicky achieve global stardom in 2012, and if this gig was anything to go by, he’s well on his way already.

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