With 2manydjs, Friendly Fires, The xx...

London’s Red Bull Music Academy – an initiative the energy drink brand launched in London this February – drew its final breath at Hearns Carpark in Shoreditch for an epic closing party featuring a two-hour headline set by Belgium duo 2ManyDJs.

In an unusual layout stretching over two warehouse spaces, the party drew many a student punter up for a big night out as well as the odd indie kid and dance floor junkie. But let’s face it, by the end of the night, the entire crowd were dance floor junkies.

Indie buzz band, The XX spun their favourite tunes to warm the punters up before the Belgium boys cranked it up to full, splicing some of today’s biggest hits (highlight of course being 2ManyDJs standard, “Standing In the Way of Control” by the Gossip) with a much harder house set than festival-goers would be used to hearing from the DJs. Still, it sat well with the packed house of raving lunatics, who used every opportunity to climb onto makeshift podiums or perform a spot of amateur pole-dancing. Yes, it was Friday night ladies and gentlemen.

After a two-hour foot-tapping frenzy, indie rockers Friendly Fires stole the spotlight with two more hours of the brightest new indie and dance anthems known to the Shoreditch masses. Did things get messy? Well, yes, but that’s what happens when you throw glow sticks into the mix.

Since its launch, RBMA also hosted Warchild charity gig 12x12, Soundclash at the Roundhouse, 3D clubbing at the Royal Albert Hall, experimental electronic fusion at the Royal Festival Hall and various underground nights throughout the city.

Words by Jen Wilson

Find out more about Red Bull MUsic Academy on ClashMusic HERE.

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