Last Friday I was at UNIUN Nightclub and had the chance to see R3hab for the second time this year – the first time was at Toronto’s summer festival, Digital Dreams. This was also my first time at the new UNIUN Nightclub. My first impressions? NOT TOO SHABBY! I was digging the vibe and atmosphere of the whole place. It was filled with a young but mature crowd – I did not see any teenager-EDM-bandwagoners dressed in neon-coloured attire, which was good for a change. I loved the unique light installments; they looked like high tech icicles hanging from the ceiling!
I walked into the venue around 11 pm with Fab Strong of Manzone & Strong already on the decks, bumping his groovy tech house beats as usual. I can never get tired of listening to this duo spin, they always surprise me with new beats time and time again. I was dancing the entire time as Fab was spinning – fist pumping, jumping, shuffling, dancing and having a gay ol’ time.
At 12 am, DVBBS (pronounce “Dubbs”) came on and played an array of hard hitting bangers to get the crowd going. This is my first time hearing the duo and they did not disappoint. They played tracks like Super Fever by Mord Mustang followed by Analogital Remix. At this point the crowd went berserk, and hands were flying…and me? I was rocking out front row and centre with them as well. Oh man I paid the price for that – my ears are still ringing as I write this! My favourite part of this set was when they dropped How We Do by Hardwell & Showtek. The club exploded, I was sweating so much I had to take breaks because it was too hot in the club. In fact, it was so hot that at times I felt the sweat hitting my face from the ceiling. For future reference, I would not recommend wearing layers into Uniun. As the party continued, DVBBS finally ended their set with Lights by Third Party & Steve Angello – a good way to transition into R3hab’s set.
As I mentioned, this was my second time seeing R3hab. To be honest, he did not impress me much when he was at Digital Dreams last June. But because I am a fan of his music, I decided to give him another chance to redeem himself in Toronto. It’s safe to say he’s good in my books again. The set he played at UNIUN was a mixture of hard electro beats with a little bit of a progressive influence. He played Can’t Stop Me Kryder & Tom Staar Remix, and his own remixes of Bounce and Sending My Love. This lead to the powerful and emotional tune Reload, where the crowd went wild as they sung along to the beat. At this point you could sense the dance floor filled with love as the melody enters. R3hab did a very good job at provoking our emotions – what he made us experience that Friday night was magical! He went on and played a slew of emotional songs like Don’t You Worry Child followed by Beat of my Heart vs Sweet Disposition. R3hab had us wrapped around his finger as he strung us along for an emotional rollercoaster ride. After his set, he actually took some time to take pictures with his fans, which I thought was pretty cool of him. I’ll admit, I was quite excited to get my picture with him too – he seems like a very nice humble guy. Overall it was a fun night. It was my first time at UNIUN and I loved it. The vibe, the crowd, and the venue are all superb and I hope it’s here to stay for the long run. You can count on me being here whenever my favourite DJs come to town. This will go down as one of the best and most memorable nights I’ve had in the city!
Tung Bui – EDM TOR