One of London’s most desirable parties made a huge comeback this weekend, with a statement that was a sign of things to come. Nearly two years on from their last event, FUSE returned to London for their biggest rave to date – Open Air at the amazing Three Mills Island in the heart of East London. 8,000 revellers descended on one of the city’s oldest industrial centres, a natural amphitheatre befitting a line-up of champions.
Rich NxT & Rossi kicked things off with a vibrant lesson of a warmup set. The crowd was bubbling. Like minded individuals danced in the baking sun, smiles etched across their faces. The sky was blue and the air was electric. Its good to be back, its good to feel and hear music. Like any carefully curated line-up, the energy grew as the day progressed.
Praslea was busy in the booth, swirling from side to side with a subtle grin, his clockwork precision and smooth selection for all to see. Making his Fuse debut, Praslea brought that infectious groove ingrained in the Romanian sound. As the light faded, the music transcended.
Apollonia looked well rested and hot to trot. A 3 hour journey ensued. The French Kings raised the bar with a blend of timeless classics such as Clyde -Serve it up and unreleased big room monsters like Locklead’s B-leave. It was clear for all to see that there was as much excitement behind the decks as in front of them. The stage was packed with a selection of heads from the UK’s exquisite music scene. This was not a moment to be missed.
All this, of course, was for the return of the Fuse Don, Enzo Siragusa. He got to work quickly, bringing that emblematic London sound. The garage infused, Fuse sound. With the sun set, the stage came to life with trippy 3D graphics and a frenetic light show. Enzo, his trademark shuffle across the booth, had both alarms aloft. A Groove Armada sample, on what could be assumed as an unreleased gem, set the place alight.
For many people, the last 18 months have been a huge struggle and this event was one of many in recent weeks to signal change. A new beginning. A fresh start. This was one for the Fuse history books. London is alive and ready to revive a scene that so many had missed. You going Fuse on Sunday?!
Words by Jon Bealy
Photos by www.lukedyson.com