Review: Deviation @ XOYO – Benji B, Goldie, Metalheadz June 27
Deviation started back around 2008 out of Benji B’s wish to put up his own night, play his own music and invite the the DJs he loves. Benji B about Deviation: “It’s all about sound, all about curating, all about taste level.”
Benji B’s residency in XOYO started in April. The first night was like a dream – Skepta and Kaytranada were invited to enchant the crowd and of course Skepta also brought almost all of BBK on the stage making me scratch my eyes out for not being there. Some of the other guests attending the Deviation nights in this period include Wiley, Zomby, Artwork, Girls Girls Girls, Mark Ronson, Ossie and many many others.
The Deviation residency ended and the special guests were announced to be Goldie, Ant TC1 and Doc Scott, presenting a Metalheadz Blue Notes history session. On top of things, Benji B had a bit of car trouble on his way back from Glastonbury and turned up late, and Artwork stepped in to help in Benji’s absence.
It was a huge night, a true music history lesson with Metalheadz playing drum and bass all night long and Artwork spreading mid 90s vibes, with Benji curating and putting it all together. It was the perfect end to an amazing Deviation series.
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