PUT at a disadvantage by a mass migration from the Slam Tent to Friday night’s various headliners, Jackmaster and Joy Orbison found themselves facing an unfamiliar dilemma.
Nothing less than a 100mph, balls-to-the-wall rollercoaster ride will do at the Slam Tent, but by necessity they opted to start from scratch, gently coaxing noncommittal bystanders onto the numerous empty patches of grass at the front of the stage.
Oil rigs, electricity pylons and steel pipes collapsed and resurfaced on the tent’s AV display as tough, coal-faced house and techno tracks from the likes of DJ Hyperactive and John Tejada began to drag in curious latecomers, but it took some time before the crowd showed tangible signs of being energised by a largely unrecognisable set of songs.
When a sizeable enough audience - but still small by Slam Tent standards - had shuffled below the duo, the tempo was shunted sharply upwards: the blunt-nosed horns and repeated vocal stabs of Jimmy Edgar’s Strike were followed by a flurry of adrenaline-charged classics, the helter-skelter rave keys of Outlander’s Vamp and the drum roll frenzy of Plastikman’s Spastik among them. A fine, if not spectacular showing from the duo.