Motion and Luna Presents Noir and Detlef: Constellations, The Garage, Liverpool


With so much musical variation Getintothis’ Ste Knight throws himself right into the mix at Motion and Luna’s all day event for 14 solid hours of non-stop euphonious pleasure.

Part one of the affair took place “early doors” at the enclosed outdoors Baltic wonderland that is Constellations. DJ Joshua Murphy kicked off the proceedings with a great bumpy little mix up of house, funk and soul which set the mood perfectly and, in retrospect, formed the perfect foundation upon which the rest of the party could build.

The programming of such an event can’t be easy and as confirmed after the fact by one of the organisers, Nick Gartland, bringing it all together takes months of planning. However, this all clearly paid off as people were shaking it for 14 hours solid – each and every artist that played was, as they say, ‘the tits’. Quality bookings throughout.

Following Josh’s set we were all on a disco vibe as Wirral wonder Desa Basshead took to the decks. Desa is a total pro when it comes to throwing down a set designed to get your ass moving, and that he did. Playing through disco and soul classics Desa stepped up the tempo and made sure we all had an appreciative smile on our faces as the party got into full swing.

Despite the ever increasing threat of rain nobody’s spirits were dampened as Disco aficionado Derek Kaye took over on the booth. Derek’s enthusiasm for the music he plays is 100% infectious and the only real cure is to get your feet moving on the dance floor. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand from the off and the moment he dropped his re-rub of Rufus and Chaka Khan’s Ain’t Nobody he was moulding us like proverbial Play-Doh.

Steve Parry’s set was nothing short of stunning and that is always to be expected from him as he’s been DJing and organising his own parties in Liverpool for years now (those of you who remember the Lemon Lounge know what we mean). House was the order of the day and Steve’s set hoofed us right into gear so we were ready for our first headliner of the night.

Recently signed to Defected, Noir’s pumping house sets are deservedly receiving acclaim from all directions and we could all see why when the Danish DJ started us on his journey. Thumping bass-heavy house and tech pounded from the speakers as Noir hit us with a barrage of up front bangers which would get even the most solemn of party goers throwing power moves all over the place. Dropping a number of big hitters currently taking over dance charts it’s fair to say Noir knows how to work the crowd and an explosive set.

Luna residents Django’s House Party drew the party to a close at Constellations. These were a first for Getintothis and we were not disappointed. With a set consisting mainly of techno the pair lit the wooden DJ hut on fire and were a perfect appetizer for heading over the road for part two – we can’t wait to see this young pair again.

Only two words are really required for what took place at The Garage. One of them is Holy, and the other one is Fuck. The second part of the night is somewhat of a blur (come on – the pedometer states we danced just under 20 miles pre 12 A.M – FACT!). This could well be down to the complete maelstrom of relentless techno ploughing out of The Garage’s massive Function One sound system.

Prudence was first up to bat, taking turns with Noir to see whose balls are biggest as they played a back to back set of one-upmanship which, as it happened, worked really well as the tracks just got bigger and better as the set progressed. It was great to watch two DJs playing top trumps with their wax and made for a really heavy mix of banger after banger.

Once Detlef started his set everyone was a sweaty mess but that didn’t stop any of us from going berserk to each and every track he played. The Viva Warriors Greek wunderkind played an absolute blinder of a set (which was deafening in equal measure – in a good way) filled with shedloads of current and old school techno. Some (well most) might say he saved the best to last though as he played his set out with Laurent Garnier’s chunky house classic The Man with the Red Face. Literally the whole room went apeshit and rightly so, it was the perfect close to Detlef’s set.

The Garage rezzies finished us all off into the early hours.

With such a varied party in terms of crowd age, musical genres and venues it was a really refreshing event to attend and there was plenty for everyone to enjoy, and also for some plenty of new stuff to enjoy. A cracking job from all involved and we’ll be looking forward to the next one.