When you are in the US for the 4th of July, how else would you celebrate than listen to techno at a stellar venue? And I mean stellar venue.
Last Independence Day, I found myself in California for a wedding in Sonoma Valley. Naturally, I decided to spend the weekend in San Francisco, and planned to see the German techno viking, Rødhäd, at Audio.
Hands down, Audio is one of the best venues I’ve ever been to. It was simply made for dancing and for optimal sound. The Funktion One sound system and perfectly placed speakers made it so there was not a poor sounding spot in the entire club- which is actually seven layers of perfectly located levels, steps, and booths. The main dance floor, and lowest level, is spring-loaded and if you stand n the middle of it, it sounds like you’re in a recording studio, but a lot fucking louder. With these features, no one had an excuse to leave the party early. Behind the DJ was a screen of LED lights which were lit to look like what seemed to be a trippy time travel tunnel for most of the night.
The bartenders and security were all extremely friendly. The guest list wasn’t a problem – people with tickets got in fast – and alcohol, in true American fashion, wasn’t overpriced. It was a fantastic setting for what was to become a superb night. If you’re in San Fran in the near future, you’ll probably catch a great show. Audio is hosting some great talent in the near future, including favourites Kevin Saunderson and Dantiez Saunderson, and local homie and Dark Plur kingpin, Hunter Siegel.
Audio was the perfect backdrop for Rødhäd’s set. There were some rolling basslines, high hats, and it naturally got progressively darker and darker throughout the night – exactly what the crowd wanted. It was his first time playing in San Francisco and the sold out showed had a very similar vibe to a lot of the parties in Toronto. The crowd was really friendly, and all in attendance seemed to be there for the music. There wasn’t any pushing or shoving, and the girls in the bathroom all complimented each other and talked about their nights. So, what more can you ask for? Audio even stayed open ‘til 4am to ensure that our Saturday night was well spent.
I encourage everyone to try and attend a local show when they visit a different city. We have an amazing scene in Toronto and are extremely lucky to have great forward thinking influencers who bring great acts to this city. However, I love checking out venues in other cities and the types of parties that other places are hosting. You’re supposed to go sight seeing on vacation, right?