Things certainly got sweaty last Saturday as London’s infamous party crew, The Heatwave raised the temperature at Motion for their Hot Wuk tour. Bringing dutty rhythms and carnival vibes, they’ve been tearing it up for more than ten years now and it’s easy to see why their nights are so popular.
Bringing dutty rhythms and carnival vibes, they’ve been tearing it up for more than ten years now and it’s easy to see why their nights are so popular.
The Heatwave promised a lively blend of dancehall and bashment and that was exactly what the crowd got. The party was in full swing on arrival and if you’re a dancehall lover, this was one party not to be missed. The atmosphere was incredible and the carnival vibes made us completely forget it was a chilly autumn night outside. Air horns and whistles punctuated the air, reflecting the excitement rippling through the crowd.
The Heatwave are made up of duo and long time friends, MC Benjamin D and DJ Gabriel Heatwave, the pair have been obsessed with Jamaican music from a young age and their tireless hard work has earnt them a lot of love and respect within the dancehall scene. Playing well loved dancehall classics such as Heads High by Mr Vegas, Temperature by Sean Paul and Sim Simma by Beenie Man, the crowd were loving the chance to sing and dance along to their favourite hip winding anthems.
their tireless hard work has earnt them a lot of love and respect within the dancehall scene
Fuelled by £4 cans of Red Stripe and vodka and red bull mixers, attendees were mainly made up of eager eyed students as is common on a Motion night, but there were a few more seasoned skankers out; smiles and friendly vibes aplenty.
Heatwave brought with them their impressive stage show with hot-panted, twerking dancers, whining and grinding on stage to whoops of encouragement from the crowd.
We heard Heatwave’s latest track Walk Out Gyal featuring Mr Lexx and Keida released this August, as well as a few other new tracks including Stopwatch featuring K’more and London City featuring Ding Dong.
Dancehall can sometimes be known for its misogynistic vibes but that wasn’t the case at Hot Wuk at all
Dancehall can sometimes be known for its misogynistic vibes but that wasn’t the case at Hot Wuk at all. Some of the sexier, female members of the crowd were invited on stage to showcase their moves but it wasn’t about treating them as sex objects, it was about empowering them.
Motion seemed like the perfect venue for a Hot Wuk night. It’s on an industrial estate so sound restrictions aren’t a problem and with its large, airy main room having just the right capacity for the party to feel intimate yet rowdy. Benjamin D knew exactly how to keep the party in full swing and Gabriel Heatwave didn’t let up for a second on the decks, playing an amazing array of bashment, grime, dancehall and soca.
Later on in the night, the music descended into pure bashment chaos with the heavier bass pounding through the crowd till 4am. They decided to end on the popular Soca anthem Palance by JW and Blaze, with the whole crowd encouraged by Benjamin D to dance frantically in union from side to side of the room.
Heatwave aren’t just known for their club nights though, having hosted radio shows on Rinse Fm, created crazy remixes and legendary mixtapes, they have become something of a British dancehall institution over the last decade.
They’ve worked with the likes of David Rodigan, Lady Chann, Hard House Banton, Sticky and Stush. Heatwave have made a name for themselves worldwide touring the USA, Brazil, Canada, Australia and of course where it all began Jamaica. Let’s hope the party continues for many years to come and if you missed out this time make sure you attend the next time round!
Words by Charise Clarke
Photos by Alastair Brookes for Entirety Labs