On Friday, Bedlam made its triumphant return to Cardiff in some style, featuring some of the biggest hitters in House and Drum & Bass. With headliners such as Sub Focus and Shy FX, it would have been hard to disappoint, and it was no surprise that there were hardly any tickets left on the door come opening time. Solus provided the ideal venue, replacing the Great Hall with a more intimate feel, the Uni Kitchen side room providing an excellent second room.
While much of the attention may have been on Sub Focus, Shy FX and Loadstar did not waste anytime reminding the crowd what they were here to do. On the scene since the mid-90’s, when Shy FX finally hit the decks he wasted no time demonstrating why age means nothing when it to comes to drum and base. A mix of old and not so old, Shy FX was truly one of the highlights of the night, and when On the Run finally hit, those patient fans were rewarded.
But that’s not to say the new boys can’t hit it as hard with RAM records very own Loadstar setting the crowd on fire early on. Expectedly, Black and White went down a treat, but it was Refuse to Love which had the best reception and rightly so; it’s destined to be a big track this summer. But it was hats off to headliner Sub Focus who treated the crowd to a stunning mix of audio and visuals that sent the crowd into euphoria when Rock it and Tidal Wave finally dropped.
Bedlam has been building a reputation in Cardiff as one of its biggest and best drum and bass nights and tonight will have only added to this. And for those lucky enough to be free from exams and still seeking their electronic fix, Treatment is only a couple of days away with none other than Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur hitting the union!