In the wake of their previous spectacle (and that’s exactly what these nights have become), Bristol’s Just Jack seem to be creating a legacy in vastly oversubscribed club nights. The ‘Return of Colonel Wrongface’ was to be no exception, and come 12am the Colonel had rounded crowds outside Motion waiting to escape into the magic and mischief as promised.
Tensnake’s high energy performance set the tone for the night, with the usual chaos of the tunnel replaced with the perky bob of those just starting their night. Slithering in all the way from Germany, the Hamburg producer went from disco to funk intertwined with his own massive tunes, raising pure elation when the beats of Coma Cat finally dropped on the joyful crowd.
The standard remained high as fast-rising house sweetheart Laura Jones kept the crowds bouncing. The highly anticipated set from Maceo Plex fell well received on the ears in the warehouse, drawing in the biggest crowds for his 3am start. Nestled back to back with Subb-an, who is hot off the back of his huge Lana Del Rey remix, the crowd relished in these 3 hours as the mood climaxed under the circus bunting.
The only disappointment of the night came with a particularly understated performance from Blawan, as his techno prowess was seemingly lost on both the sound system and somewhat awkward atmosphere of Motion’s newly refurbished ‘temple of boom’.
Credit goes out to Just Jack for their flawless production, in creating all the usual wonder despite last minute cancellation of a whole other warehouse. Treats included the usual acrobatics, plus dress up, massage and tea and toast all night long from the lovely ladies of Slumbarave. Whilst taking a snuggle break with toast and cuddly toys, I wondered 50-person 4 poster beds aren’t a feature in all venues?! Ironically, it’s the little touches like this that aid the creation of Just Jack’s huge party power-house.