Nina Kraviz, to the best of my knowledge, is the first ever club night in Swansea’s venerable and genteel Brangwyn Hall, whose walls more often reverberate with the swell of the orchestra and the thrum of a pensioners’ tea dance. Local promoters Solo announced the event in March and it sold out in April.
Comfortably their biggest party to date, it’s certainly good to see promoters bringing world-renowned DJs to the city for the first time, and the fact that a thousand or so people are willing to pay up to £35 to see Russian techno maven Nina Kraviz does much to counter this writer’s unease at it apparently needing to cost that much for it to happen. That’s the free market at work, honey.
In many ways, the elevation of Siberia-originated Kraviz to celebrity DJ status is a positive thing. An arch and witty persona whose main riposte to a fair deluge of moribund clubland misogyny has been to be both successful and good, her sets are long, eclectic and unpredictably routed. Her трип (Trip) label has been responsible for plenty of great, wholly non-generic releases, including archive material from Biogen and Steve O’Sullivan, and I for one hope she gets weirder with the Swansea rave contingent than they’re prepared for.
Solo @ Brangwyn Hall, Swansea, Fri 15 Oct. Tickets: £24-£35 (sold out – check social media for resales). Info: here
words NOEL GARDNER
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