Delete @ Gwdihw, Cardiff
Sun 28 Aug
Summer in Cardiff means several things. Long, lazy sun-dappled days in of the city’s innumerable parks. Days out on the train to Barry Island. Being awoken at ungodly hours by families of roosting herring gulls. Humidity and drizzle. And of course, occasional Sundays spent merrily fist-pumping to relentlessly chunky tech and house music in the Gwdihw car park, bathed in sunshine or avoiding torrential rain.
For the Bank Holiday instalment of this year’s summer party season, the Delete crew welcome New Yorker Levon Vincent [pictured]. Now based in Berlin (of course he is), Vincent is one of techno’s most uncompromising talents whose dark, dusty take on the form has curried favour with the Boiler Room and Resident Advisor set. It’s not Vincent’s first visit to the city – he debuted back in 2011 when Backroom was in its sweat-drenched pomp, and also played for City Bass back in winter 2015. So, the Novel Sound man is a fitting choice to round off this summer’s outdoor season.
But wait! There’s more. You’ve doubtless been informed in several smoking area chats about what a good time people had at invite-only Baskerville Hall rave Freeroation back in July, and have probably already have your mind set on how you might be able to get yourself there next year. Well, hold your horses – you can get a taster of that FreeRo fun this month, practically on your doorstep. Steevio and Suzybee, the masterminds behind the hyper-exclusive bash, are popping by Delete for some modular techno action. This is a rare treat – their legendary rig very seldom gets taken out on the road, and barely sees action outside its annual outing at their festival. Get there early to beat the gear nerds blocking the front and gawping at the expert electronic jiggery-pokery on display.
Able support comes from the vast wells of experience of the Delete residents – step forward Matt Owen, Marc Parsons and Lee Graves, plus newcomer Kye. And best of all, you’ll have all of Monday to recover on account of the bank holiday. What a way to round off the summer.
Tickets: £14-£18. Info: 029 2039 7933
words KRISTIAN DANDO