VILLAGE UNDERGROUND LAUNCH ‘NATURALIA’

by Jake Wright


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Music October 7, 2019

Superstition launches new Naturalia

Last Friday saw Village Underground opens it doors to its first instalment of Naturalia. Launched by the same team behind the venue’s long-standing Superstition event that revolves around darker techno, Naturalia is described as a night that “champions House, Disco, melodic Techno and everything in between” and was a chance for the team to explore to a lighter tone and broader range of dance music.  

© Photography by Jake Davis (www.hungryvisuals.co.uk)

Naturalia kicked off with a rare all-night set from Running Back records boss Gerd Janson. Spanning six and a half hours, the German took the crowd on a genre blending journey where nothing was off the table. Gracing the club with several hits from his infamous label through to peak time hits from Patrick Topping. This was a rare opportunity to flex his influences and inspirations for Gerd, with his last all-night long performance in London back in 2016. 

A movement away from the standard ninety minutes to two-hour sets has been taking force in the last year and Friday showed exactly why. With these longer sets comes more collaboration between both the dancers and the DJ. It brings the chance to experiment and take more risks than in a standard two hour set, where instead a DJ may overthink selections. Everybody wins, everybody’s happy. 

© Photography by Jake Davis (www.hungryvisuals.co.uk)
© Photography by Jake Davis (www.hungryvisuals.co.uk)

This year the city has seen numerous clubs shut down or change their aesthetic completely to try to keep up with turbulent times.  Naturalia offers London something different: it sees Superstition add a new facet to its purist techno nights and gives the chance for a new breed of artists to entertain us and to take us to places we didn’t know were possible. 

© Photography by Jake Davis (www.hungryvisuals.co.uk)

The likes of Krystal Klear, Acid Pauli, Swedish Mount and Anii are already lined up across Naturalia’s opening season, spanning four months in three different venues with Village Underground, the team’s venue up the road at EartH in Dalston and Colours in Hoxton. 

This was a great way to start, however it sets the bar high for acts to follow. I for one have big expectations for Naturalia.  

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