Brisbane was all abuzz when the announcement of a second superclub joining the nightclub ranks circulated. And in November 2008, The Met blew quite a few minds when the distinctive thick wooden double doors revealed the interiors of Asian fusion décor with opaque nooks and crannies perfect for concealment and seclusion. With The Met clearly presenting its alliance with DMG Nova, a new generation of #EDM gradually began to emerge, balanced by local underground acts alongside phresh RnB and urban choons.
But a turn of tides in the local club scene came along end of 2013 when The Met ‘powered up’. Revelry Entertainment may have had big shoes to fill in the takeover, but from all accounts – and simply by looking at the artist roster – things are going ahead mightily fine.
A sign that The Met had dug deep for quality emerged when Crookers and Peking Duk were locked in to launch the change in a new phase. Securing Carl Cox in November was the next significant gesture, with Tiga, Digitalism, Michael Woods and Alex Metric a nod in the right direction. And New Years Eve celebrations with Will Sparks, Deorro and Joel Fletcher saw a triple home run. The underground house music dedicated event “Full House” with Dusky and where Canadian dark horse Jacques Green particularly slammed it home was quite the gamble given it was the first weekend of January. But one thing the event really highlighted was that The Met 2.0 continues on the up. Yep, it’s definitely the outlet for quality underground music, and no doubt, Brisbane will be all the more educated for that.
With Australia Day festivities heralding the month of celebrating all things #Aussie, our local legends have been in the limelight this month, with Dan Austen, Morgan Baker, Della, Billy McPherson, Paul Bell and DJ Mr Sparkle taking centre stage. The recent “Classics Night” featuring Pete Smith with Project Tryptamine on supports is the token giveaway that all is right on Wickham Street.
And The Met didn’t look set to slow down after the Australia Day Long Weekend with an epic party featuring our favourite brothers The Staffords, Uberjak’d tearing the sound system a new one and UK Producer/DJ Jesse Rose rounding out the weekend on the Sunday evening.
This gives us enough rest before esteemed UK DJ-Producer-techno-superhero James Zabiela takes to the wheels of steel for The Born Electric Tour alongside Pedestrian and Drew Hill this Saturday night. When James Zabiela comes to town, we can guarantee Brisbane’s very own techno saga to hit the #airwaves where the Darkness By Design hitmaker will take us on one hell of an unforgettable journey.
God, have mercy on our itty bitty souls.