Pure Underground Boat Party @ Abu Dhabi
Dubai might be the bigger dance music brother, but the Pure Underground boat party in Abu Dhabi tried to re- dress the balance before Christmas, with a 3 DJ line up including captain Rik B, funky house connoisseur Jack Woodcock and rising house DJ Miss P. M.
The boat itself was an intimate affair, holding just under 100 clubbers, with Sunstroke’s Jack kicking off proceedings with the likes of Spiritchaser and Miguel Migs. Once out to sea, he ramped things up with Demarkus Lewis’s ‘ In the Spot Tonite’ and a personal favourite of mine in Johnny Corporate’s ‘ Sunday Shouting ( Robosonic Rework)’.
Handing over to Miss PM, the tempo was kicked up another notch with a peak time houser from Jordan Peak, with Argy on remix duties. This set the pace nicely as the boat docked by a secluded beach, with Miss PM signing off her sterling set with another favourite, Chicken Lips ‘ He Not In ( Groove Armada Dub)’.
By the time Rik B took to the decks, the crowd was well into their stride and Rik’s heady mix of progressive breakdowns and soaring buildups was perfectly framed by the beautiful Abu Dhabi sunset. Pryda’s ‘ Mirage ( Kash Trivedi Edit)’ pushed the tempo further and this was met with raucous cheers and the arrival of a very talented fire performer who teased flames in time to the music. By this point the sun had completely set and provided a stark contrast to the night sky. The party concluded with smiley dancers disembarking: a great day, a great launch party, and a big success for Abu Dhabi’s growing electronic music scene.