HighRise Opening Party 2017 – Review

HighRise really needs no introduction. With an incredible level of popularity amongst students, and a status like no other club event in Leeds, this year’s Opening Party saw tickets selling out in minutes, with revellers clearly not dissuaded by some going for £20+ a pop.

The organisers certainly rose to these high expectations, packing out each of Beaverworks’ six rooms with some big names, including- but certainly not limited to- Dbridge and The Heatwave Present ‘Hot Wuk’.

Militant Youth kicked things off in The Basement from 11pm; the room to be for your fix of heavier D’n’B. By the early hours, The Den and Backroom were both packed out, including a stellar set from Aries & David Boomah. Presenting a mix-up of D’n’B and Jungle to create unique remixes of some well-known hits – including The Prodigy’s ‘Outta Space’ – they were certainly a crowd-pleasing in their variety.

For a break from the heavier music, partygoers could head to HighRise’s infamous bonfire outside, or to the bar for some mellow Reggae and a drink or two. Half Cab’s set was especially good in this instance.

Back into the Warehouse, kicked things up again with some more DnB, including an effective remix of Arctic Monkey’s ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ from Champion & MC Serious. A seemingly unusual song choice for this type of event, the teenage anthem went down a treat with the audience. Check out their recent Boiler Room set in conjunction with O2’s Think Big below.


HighRise – and Beaverworks generally – does not need to rely on extensive décor or lighting to wow their audiences. Instead, they opted for the High Rise classic of cargo nets suspended from ceilings and relatively simple lighting, safe in the knowledge that their DJs were good enough to satisfy a crowd.

Entering their fifth year of partying, High Rise certainly have a stronghold over Leeds with their sixhour events. Perfectly paired with Beaverworks for their venue, their next event is on 17th November. Keep your eyes peeled for tickets- they’ll be gone before you know it.

Clare Redman

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