SW4 returned for another year over the August bank holiday weekend on Clapham Common. Even as the rain closed in revellers arrived at the second day of the festival keen to not let the rain dampen their spirits or miss any of the action.
The afternoon slot headliner was Craig David, performing during the worst of the rain. Sporting an amazing orange coat, he presented a solo TS5 show, even DJ’ing his own set. Kicking of with When the bassline drops, his set was all a Craig David fan of any age could want, performing all his greatest hits old and new. Including a adlib over a medley of garage and RnB classics, it was a corker of a set. Can anyone forget Craig David singing his rendition of Don’t want any scrub? The only shame was the sound, with volume reducing suddenly at times and crackling sound appearing on the speakers during the middle part of the set. Craig didn’t let it knock off his stride with the highlight of the set at the end with fan favourite 7 Days.
Craig David wasn’t the only garage artist in attendance. DJ EZ demonstrated all his technical abilities, playing the decks like well and truly like an instrument he laid down a pounding Garage set. Taking the brave move of teasing with garage classics but rarely playing them. Few DJ’s can tease Get through this and get away with not play it, though somehow DJ EZ can, maybe it’s the giant grin he has on his face every time he plays.
As darkness set in, Camo and Crooked then took to the stage showcasing their latest album Mosaic. Exhibiting their broken beat style of drum and bass that has become their trademark. With the crowd going crazy as Good times and the Bad merged seamlessly into If I could. New material wasn’t all that was on offer, with classics from Zeitgeist such as Ember and All Night all eliciting strong reactions. The set then built up to climax with their numbers remix. All fans of Camo and Krooked could leave satisfied having seen showcase nearly all elements of their varied discography.
Overall, while SW4 shares many of the sound problems encountered by many other London day festivals. It still promised a great day out full of some of the biggest names in current music today. With many after parties going on late into the night it remains a fixture and favourite of the August bank holiday weekend.