With a line-up featuring Doc Scott, Goldie, Bailey, Storm, Hype & Grooverider celebrating 15 years of one of the most respected drum and bass labels of all time, Warning's 15 Years Of Metalheadz was always going to be a special one and it certainly didn't disappoint.

Any of you that have never been to Warning in Cambridge I seriously suggest going, there are not many nights that can boast the heritage that Warning can. They celebrated 14 years in April... and not many nights can still continuously ram a monthly event of this capacity, something that truly highlights the strength of the Warning brand and the hard work of the Warning promoters.

In a time of recession and a decrease in the number of people going out Warning have managed to buck the trend and increase the size of the event to include a new room catering for all things liquid, a welcome addition and something that makes a great night even better.

Another indicator of how highly regarded the night is also evident by the amount of artists who choose to stay and soak up the atmosphere... and not just from the seclusion of a tucked away VIP room, but on the frontline with the paying public. IC3, Probe and Skibadee could be seen at the bar chatting away, Eksman in with the crowd stage left soaking up vibes before his set and Bailey happily conversing in the courtyard, if you ask anyone who's ever played or MCed here they'll tell you that Warning is one of the best nights in the UK... period!

As for the music, nobody disappointed, from residents Barrington & Blazin's opening to Andy C's encore after the music should have stopped, there were some serious dubs being dropped from all angles and for me because of the line-up and the Metalheadz theme this wasn't just an event based around hearing the same select DJs playing the same tunes in a different order. Metalheadz has only ever represented the very best of drum and bass and this was reflected across every set and it was refreshing to here some grown up D&B for a change!

Personal highlights included Goldie and Doc Scott who totally killed it, Marcus Intalex in room two and Bailey and Storm's set. Goldie doesn't call Bailey The Oracle without reason, if you are looking for drum and bass knowledge look no further and backed up by Storm they absolutely tore through special after special causing absolute carnage. Bass bins at full stretch the crowd were soon going mental...

Grooverider followed and then came the finale, and what a finale, how better to end an evening than an Andy C tear-out? Fresh from a two-hour stint in Oxford The Executioner stepped up to do exactly what Andy C does best. After the last tune dropped Andy looked to the back of the room for the volume to pushed back up for one more and after being obliged hit the room with the familiar barking dogs of Splash's 'Babylon', smashing the crowd into a frenzy for one last time.

And then that was it, the time had totally flown by (always the sign of a good night out) and Metalheadz vs Warning was done! A massive shout out goes to Goldie and all at the Metalheadz camp for 15 years of amazing music and to Pete the promoter of Warning for the hospitality and continuing to put on one of the best drum and bass nights in the country. I look forward to the next one!

WORDS: J-Science - K Mag
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ricky Brooks (My Angels Live Images: 07879 001 889)