PLAYS: 31 DEC
When DJs Phantasy and Macky Gee and MCs Stormin, Skibadee, Harry Shotta and Shabba D got together in 2014 for a fittingly heavyweight final show at London’s now-closed Area Club, it was only meant to be a one-off. A supersized development on Skibadee and Shabba D’s longstanding SAS project but double the weight in MCs and powered two of the most respected DJs in the game; they had a good feeling it would be a popular performance and a historic way to bid the Vauxhall Venue adieu but had no idea just what would follow.
Three years and a whole stack of international showdowns later, they’ve achieved verified supergroup stripes (all while holding down successful solo careers) and become one of the most in-demand crews in drum & bass. With key shows at the likes of Rampage, Westfest, Creamfields, Let It Roll and Detonate and their own sold-out takeover tour, their explosive six-man show has been especially unavoidable this year… They’ve even hosted a rave on London bus (which was, of course, called a Drum & Bus)