Originating in Oxford, Freerange held their first string of events at the 02 Academy and The Cellar before later expanding further afield to other cities such as Bristol and Brighton. After ten years of spreading positive vibes through music they arranged a celebratory nationwide tour and fortunately I managed to head down to their “spiritual home” in Brighton.
Hosted at the coastline club Patterns, featuring a small but heavy-hitting lineup consisting of Mala, Joker x Flirta D and Riz La Teef. I’d never been to Patterns before but I’ll definitely be going again. Tucked away on the seafront with a basement style main room and a ‘lights on‘ chill out room upstairs, Patterns delivered everything you’d expect from a night out including a great atmosphere, despite its relatively small size.
Radar radio resident Riz La Teef stepped up first and played an eclectic mix of electronic music, surprising the crowd with every drop. Effortlessly hopping between Garage, Grime and Funky, setting the tone for a memorable night.
Renown Deep Medi boss Mala brought his meditative vibes as usual, along with some very weighty dubs. Mala tends to craft his sets perfectly for the moment and usually stands out for me personally as the highlight of the night due to his ability to capture and control the crowd, however despite a fantastic set, the pairing of Joker and Flirta D was too much.
A big fan of Joker’s music, but I had never been lucky enough to catch him live before. The Bristol-based ‘purple sound’ originator and Kapsize Recordings founder absolutely killed it on the night with mic duties carried out by grime legend Flirta D. The unique personality and vibrance of Joker’s productions and mixing dazzled whilst veteran Flirta D added his own element to the mix with his iconic MCing style. The atmosphere throughout the entire set was incredible.
Fear not if you couldn’t make it to Brighton for this one as there are plenty more stops on the Freerange tour and you will be able to see Joker x Flirta D again if you hit up Blue Mountain in Bristol on the 16th of March. Full tour list can be found here.