Event: Rudimental II, Fez Club
Abby Jitendra sacrifices her phone to review Fez's high-profile night.
by Abby Jitendra
Monday 7th May 2012, 15:49 BST
Rudimental I, held way back in February as part of the student-run night ‘Body Shop’, proved that Cambridge could still boast vibrant nights that students flocked to. Body Shop, along with Klubnacht, filled the void left by the tragic loss of Kambar (never forget) and provided a Sunday night alternative for the alternative. Caesarian Sunday’s menu of heavy drinking for many should have ensured Cambridge’s clubs were filled to the brim- it is supposedly after all the last day of guilt-free drinking - but when I first stumbled into Rudimental at Fez Club, the dancefloor was near-empty.
Even though activity was sparse when we arrived, by the time ‘Funkystepz’, the London-based UK Funky collective, graced the stage (DJ booth) all I could see were arms and legs and heads skanking exceptionally hard. The music was excellent; Funkystepz’ set was flawless, mixing UK funky with bass-heavy dub and glimpses of garage whilst DJ Napper Tandy kept the ubiquitous gunfingers high in the air. It was a testament to the hype surrounding Rudimental II and Funkstepz that most of the people I talked to weren’t at Cambridge at all, but had come from far and wide (or at least from St. Neots- a 23 minute drive down the A428, fact fans) to be there.
At some point in the night I lost my phone, and while crawling around on all fours looking for it, I realised that the main room was now completely full. In fact, most people were too absorbed in dancing to realise I was winding haphazardly through the mass of legs and after a while, worrying about where my black HTC (but still, please return) become far less important than dancing. In a town where the high street is as homogenous and commercialised as Cambridge, club nights should be as bold as Rudimental. And if the next one is anything as good as the last two, they shouldn’t have any problem filling up the dancefloor.