Review: Egg London The Birthday

Ellie Swain went along to witness Solomun, Cristian Varela and more at Egg London's 11th Birthday Party. Read her review here.

Jimmy Coultas

Date published: 7th May 2014

With Egg London’s 11th Birthday kicking off on Saturday 3rd May, we had mentally prepared ourselves beforehand for a big one at the legendary superclub. Featuring regular sets from some of the world’s most well established DJs and an impressive 24 hour licence, the North London venue undeniably sets itself apart from the rest.

The birthday itself promised a five hour set from house legend Solomun, alongside an appearance from techno sensation Cristian Varella - all adding to fevered excitement before we headed in. 

The venue was fairly awkward to get to by train, as the nearest station, Kings Cross St Pancras, was at least a 20 minute walk away. Strangely enough, on the walk up to the club there didn’t seem to be any indication of the night - we didn’t spot even a single reveller on our way up, which led us to worry if we’d wandered up the wrong road.

Once we neared, the unmistakable beat of house could soon be heard and instantly assuaged those fears. As we queued it seemed that half of London had the same idea as us, but eventually we made it inside and immersed ourselves in that thudding groove we'd heard from afar.

Despite the slow start, the night quickly picked up and it soon became clear why so many clubbers had flocked there for the evening. We spent the majority of the evening on the ground floor hosted by Familia, where house and techno DJ Ben Grunnell impressed whilst resident Fabio Ferro delighted the growing crowd with his varied deep house & techno tracks.

The real highlight of the night however came from international favourite Cristian Varela, who tore the place down with his incredible set, featuring tracks like James Hopkins & The Willers Brothers' (who were also playing on the night) 'Grand Opera' (above), time and again proving why he was a worthy winner of 2013's 'Best Techno DJ In The World' award from the Spanish DJMag.

The new Flipside Sound System we had been so eager to check out was everything we'd hoped for, making the set a truly unique experience to share with the rest of the crowd. We stayed dancing whilst minimal tech beats by Gaga were played, including tracks like 'Internecine' (above), 'The Right Way' and 'Blackmail', only managing to tear ourselves away to top up at the (slightly pricey) bar every now and then. 

Not wanting to miss out, we finally decided to head up to the terrace where luckily we managed to catch Solomun half-way through his energetic five hour set. The room was jam-packed with the crowd fully embracing the music, the incredible drops elevating everyone’s spirits each and every time. The set was, as expected, mind-blowing, allowing us to finish the night on a high. 

We decided to quickly check out the new garden and terrace before leaving, which, as we had been told by a couple of people inside (it’s almost impossible not to make friends in Egg London – everyone's so friendly), could easily be described as 'Ibiza in London'. With the sun already rising in the early morning, it really did feel like we were back on the White Isle. 

We finally left at 8:30am and incredibly the club was still heaving. It took huge amounts of will power and determination to force ourselves to leave, but eventually exhaustion got the better of us. With the variety of incredibly talented DJS playing frequently, the diverse crowd and an electric atmosphere, Egg definitely didn’t disappoint. We certainly won’t hesitate to return.

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