December 5 2013 Latest news:
By Paul Christian, Chief reporter
Sunday, August 25, 2013
SOUTH West Four 2013 concludes tonight (Sunday) with a stellar line-up including Hatfield favourite Example.
Example, real name Elliot Gleave, is no stranger to Welwyn Hatfield, having appeared to rapturous fanfare at The Forum Hertfordshire, in Hatfield, before.
His string of top 10 smash hits includes No1s ‘Changed the Way You Kiss Me’ and ‘Stay Awake’, and albums ‘Won’t Go Quietly’, ‘Playing in the Shadows’ and ‘The Evolution of Man’ have made the chart-star one of the foremost stars of modern British music.
And yesterday was another triumph despite torrential downpours as the cream of electronic dance music converged on Clapham Common.
A rip-roaring set from German trance legend Paul van Dyk threatened to raise the roof of the Politics of Dancing Arena, as he weaved bootlegs, classics and cutting-edge dance floor bangers in a masterly performance punctuated by pyrotechnics, smoke and explosions.
PvD also found time to sign autographs on glowsticks, T-shirts and anything else and pose for pictures with eager fans – a down-to-earth gesture in an era where the DJ seems to be becoming ever more distant from clubbers and festival-goers.
He followed Aly & Fila and W&W, who were also impressive.
Other acts included techno titan Carl Cox, trance stalwart Paul Oakenfold, turntablist Eddie Halliwell, Dutchman Sander van Doorn and house star Mark Knight, in a line-up that had something for everyone.
Last night culminated in poncho-clad revellers dancing in the rain as Dutch superstar Armin van Buuren ended proceedings as the heavens opened yet again.
Despite terrible weather the atmosphere was electric and the incessant rain didn’t seem to have dampened the mood of the thousands of house, trance and techno fans at the tenth anniversary of the epic SW4 weekender.
Click on the gallery to the right of this story to relive some of yesterday’s highlights.