Highlights from the first-ever, all-night, live Channel 4 House Party
Were you watching and partying last night? House Party saw Channel 4 hand over creative control to six top-class DJs in an unprecedented live television event that started at midnight, and in true party fashion finished in the early hours at 6am!
Prior to the event, Arts Commissioner, Tabitha Jackson said ‘There are four things about this all-nighter that excite me. Firstly, almost every element is uncharted territory: from the visual artists having to transform our screens by responding live to the DJs; to the scale of the real time on-screen and online interactivity; to the DJs having to reach directly into our living rooms rather than playing to a venue. If we can pull it off, we will have created a pretty unique experience.’
Master of Ceremonies: Charlie Sloth
DJs: Grandmaster Flash, Annie Mac, Erick Morillo, Horse Meat Disco, Soul II Soul, A-Trak
VJs: Weirdcore, Blinkinlab, Hexstatic, Jack Featherstone, Aszyk
Advert breaks? None. Commentary? None. Interruptions? None. During last night’s live TV takeover each of the six top international DJs played hour-long sets to the nation – turning televisions into a visually impressive club and whatever your location, the dancefloor.
Radio 1Xtra presenter Charlie Sloth was Master of Ceremonies. Up first was Grandmaster Flash – a founding father of New York rap. At 1am internationally renowned club and radio DJ, Annie Mac, took the reigns and was joined by Jessie Ware. Third was one of the original superstar DJs and platinum-selling artist, Erick Morillo. At the halfway point A-Trak hit the decks – the DJ who won the world’s most prestigious DJ award at the age of 15 and was recruited by Kanye West to be his personal tour DJ. The penultimate set was played by the incredible Jazzie B, Aitch B, Jazzy Q and MC Chickaboo from the Grammy award winning, legendary London sound system Soul II Soul. Acclaimed DJ collective Horse Meat Disco brought the party to a close between 5am and 6am.
Even if you weren’t partying, it was a stunning event to watch, the visuals provided by the VJs, computer animators and graphic artists were absolutely amazing and the heart each DJ put into their sets was inspirational. At one point Erick Morrillo looked like he completely embodied his set. My favourite DJ of the night was A-Trak, as he teased the viewing audience with unique mash-ups of various songs.
You may have noticed the girls who were in sight for the full six-hour event. They were the Social Media Controllers and provided a live and super-reactive link between the audience and the booth. Viewers were able to shout out their requests, interact with each other and slate or rate selections throughout the night via the many social media sites hooked up to the booth.
The event was a massive success and Channel 4 definitely succeeded in creating a ‘unique experience’.
Jacqui Morrison tweeted ‘I’m feeling a bit drained 2day & blame
@C4HouseParty ! Loved being at an all nighter without leaving my house :-) @Soul2SoulUK were FABULOUS‘.
Zinzi Emali Cambran tweeted ‘Thanks for such a wonderful night/morning
#c4 @c4HouseParty #HouseParty‘.
For some C4’s House Party was just a prerequisite to more partying – Ross Cumming tweeted ‘
@C4HouseParty Was brilliant!! In Glasgow airport waiting for plane to ibiza to carry on the party‘.
This, first of its kind, night of music forms part of the London 2012 Festival. Unfortunately this event will not be available on 4oD, so if you missed it, you missed out. If like myself, if you recorded this on Sky+ you’ve got a house party to hand whenever you need it. Keep an eye out, I may just decide to invite all of you.