#Review Channel U goes out with a bang

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In light of Channel U/AKA officially leaving our screens, Waves put on a shutdown throwback party on Sunday 3rd June at Ace Hotel. It was a night of nostalgia, reminding all in attendance of the days when we used to play tunes off our Sony Ericsson’s and spit bars in the playground. It was a celebration of  the end of an era.

The No Licence Shop set-up was the first thing people saw when entering the venue. They are Archival designer and sportswear merchants and sell vintage wear which embodies what Channel U was. They had several Nike and Avirex pieces for sale, as well as the ever-lasting Just Do It bags.

DJ Jordsss, Jeremiah Asiamah, Dj Pharaoh G and Donch Deejay were all in the mix – providing the best oldskool sets and keeping the vibe going.

DJ Jordss played a combination of all of the best oldskool bangers from both the UK and US. Jeremiah Asiamah was alongside the K.I.G Family and got everyone in the building migraine skanking and bopping to Funky House. DJ Pharoah G was up next on the decks had the whole venue in a Bashment frenzy, singing and dancing along to all the classics. Last but definitely not least was Donch Deejay who wrapped up the party with a smooth set of 2000’s R’n’B and Hip Hop and of course Soca to get everybody ready for Nottinghill Carnival 2018.

And as if the sets weren’t exciting enough, the night had several special guests who put the cherry on top of the cake. Soundbwoy was in the building and performed his hit song ‘Never Wanna Say Bye Bye’ for the first time since 2008! A testament to how monumental Channel U/AKA was.

Grime veterans Nu Brand Flexxx (Saskilla, Strivs) and former SLK MC, Flirta D got on the mic to perform Anthem and Gash By The Hour; of course garnering several wheel ups. A few other MC’s such as Jammin and Fusion also jumped on the mic and gave the crowd some bars because whats a Channel U party without a Grime set?

 

The talented Tanya Cracknell, better known as the Grime Violinist was also in the building and stepped up to play her renditions of the all the legendary grime riddims.

Throughout the night, Refresher sweets, Rainbow drops and skittles were all being handed out which was a nice touch that further added to the nostalgia. The Throwback Party was a great way to honour the chcannel that gave a platform to our favourite artists and some of the biggest names in the UK. If you missed out, be sure to keep an eye out for the Channel U Party After Movie.

Thank you to Channel U/AKA for an amazing 15 years!