Review: “The Prototypes Present…” Summer Boat Party

Review: “The Prototypes Present…” Summer Boat Party

When we heard The Prototypes Present… series was coming to London we knew it was going to be a special occasion.

When they announced it was going to be aboard London’s only floating nightclub – The Hurlingham – and that the lineup comprised DJ Uno, Fabio, Brookes Brothers, Cyantific and of course The Prototypes themselves, we knew it was going to be next level.


In the days leading up to the event London put on a spectacular display of wind, rain and miserable weather, so there was a chance this was going to be one wet ride. But come Saturday it seemed the rave gods were watching over London; the clouds cleared and we were presented with a beautiful summer day, perfect for setting sail along the Thames with some of the biggest names in drum & bass.

As the boat set sail we were presented with a safety message in the event of emergency, and then a friendly reminder from the staff that we were onboard London’s only floating nightclub and that it was about to “blow our f*ucking heads off”. Seemed like an appropriate introduction, and by the end of the evening we realised they weren’t wrong.

Kicking things off was Kool FM’s DJ Uno setting the scene with a perfect warm-up set rife with deep rollers. Next up was d&b stalwart Fabio, who impressed with a diverse sunset rollers set. The setting could not have been more appropriate, with the sun setting over London, drinks flowing and positive vibes all round as we passed the iconic Tower Bridge to the sounds of world-class d&b. As Fabio closed his set with Calibre’s re-work of Garden to the jubilation of the crowd, the sun finally set and the party was buzzing good and proper!

Next to step up to the decks were Brookes Brothers and Cyantific who went head to head in battle, spinning 3 tunes each. By this point it was clear that people were well and truly in party mode, slapping the roof as banger after banger was dropped, with Fabio himself unable to resist having a skank when Brookes Brothers dropped Marky & Bungle’s remix of Ghostface Killa – Back Like That. As the boat rocked it was difficult to decipher whether it was due to the Thames’ choppy conditions or the sheer energy of the sold-out crowd reacting to their favourite tunes.


Brookes Brothers represented in style proving their mixing was on top form as they dropped their classic Tear You Down with Logistics’ Together, to the delight of the enthralled crowd.

Cyantific impressed with a perfect blend of his own classics and more recent bangers such as Type A and Ice Cream, proving he’s still a force to be reckoned with behind the decks.

As the boat started making its way back to the pier The Prototypes stepped up to deliver what can only be described as a ridiculous set, filled with double drops and lethal cuts in trademark fashion, leaving the entire crowd chanting ONE MORE TUNE in unison once the boat had docked.


Overall an incredible event from start to finish, ending with The Prototypes promising they’d definitely be back in London to do it all again. In the meantime they’re bringing the vibes to Brighton with Culture Shock, Sub Zero, Koncept & more this Sunday, so get involved!


You can follow Maja C on Twitter, @_Maja_C
Head of content and curator of Drum&BassArena's YouTube and SoundCloud channels, Maja also works across UKF's editorial pages.


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