It’s officially October: days are drawing in, leaves are turning brown and the weather has been pretty grim. But that doesn’t mean festival season is over. This week, Boiler Room threw a four-day festival in London, the second in their line up which also includes New York and Barcelona. I had a pass to the London festivities with the promise of no headliners and a global livestream. Boiler Room showcased different genres each day, and it was all held at The Cause in Tottenham.
The four-day festivities started relaxed, but strong, with a showcase of live music under the title ‘jazz mind’. Across the different stages and rooms, Boiler Room provided live performances from bands, collectives, poets and singers – everyone was having a great time. 22 year old Olivia Dean closed the main room with a standout performance – amazing vocals, arrangements and even a Ms. Dynamite cover – what more could you want from a Wednesday night?!
The following two nights were entitled ‘rap fantasy’ and ‘system sound’ respectively, hosting artists including Kojey Radical, ENNY, Double O and the Kool FM collective to name a few. Boiler Room increased the BPM with each passing night, and by Saturday it peaked. Running from 13:00 to 06:00 Sunday, the last day of the festival saw Jyoty hosting Boiler Room’s roster of DJs, including DJ Gracie T and Manara, which got progressively heavier into the night.
However, the most packed room was definitely the Pxssy Palace x FILTH takeover. Described in their Instagram bio as a “SLAGGY INTENTIONAL CLUB NITE THAT CELEBRATES & CENTRES QUEER WOMEN, TRANS, NON BINARY & INTERSEX BIPOC”, Pxssy Palace bring together an international roster of unbelievable DJ talent, and their link up with FILTH had people literally packed into the room well into the early hours of Sunday.
“Category is… international superstar” introduced one of the highlight sets of the night, and whole festival – Nino Brown. Coming all the way in from Canada, Brown supplied wall-to-wall bangers, including a jungle remix of fellow Canadian Justin Bieber’s ‘Confident’, which just slapped. If the sweat on everyone inside and the walls weren’t enough to deter you, you could easily spend hours dancing in that room – and that’s exactly what I did.
Check out some more of the highlights from the final night below, and catch the next instalment of Boiler Room festival in Barcelona next month.