Zane Lowe @ Manchester Academy 24/09/11

By Jessica Elliott & Gemma-Louise Sutherland

“This will be a night I will never forget,” screamed Zane Lowe to freshers at the climax of their week’s introduction to Manchester’s music scene this Saturday.

Zane did not disappoint and provided the perfect finish, as his enthusiasm for multiple genres was played out in a sweat-drenched 90 minute set.

Djing behind a giant 1980’s boombox, Zane performed one of the greatest mixtapes of current music with the odd 90s dance classic merged in to ease freshers into the darker terrain of dub step and drum and bass that formed the backbone of the set. Both genres’ recent possession of the top 40 chart meant that Zane was able to pepper in popular artists such as Chase and Status, Example and DJ Fresh with the likes of the more intense Doctor P.

Despite playing some of the chart favourites, Zane managed to keep the crowd guessing by throwing in some audacious mixes such as Duck Sauce’s ‘Barbara Streisand’ with Fake Blood’s ‘I Think I Like It’ which, in principle, should be DJ suicide but on Zane’s turntable became a highlight of the set.

The New Zealand born DJ, who described the gig as a ‘benchmark’, confessed to the crowd he had been scared to play Manchester for years, however the euphoric reaction to his set proved he had nothing to worry about.

The finale summed up everything about the gig; unconventional, surprising and thoroughly satisfying. Blending set standard Arctic Monkeys ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dance Floor’ with the lesser known ‘Brick By Brick’ off their new album ‘Suck It And See’, Zane showed his unrelenting commitment to giving the highest platform to new music whilst still remaining true to the old school.

80’S STYLE: Lowe performed behind a giant boombox

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