For the third event of their Freshers week, Trinity Ents, together with Cumann Gaelach, Law Soc and DUBES teamed up to present Eat, Sleep, Réamh Arís. It was clear that the event was highly anticipated, as queuing began over 45 minutes before opening, and the line itself was full of desperate freshers wondering if they had arrived early enough to get one of the coveted one hundred tickets left on the door.
The high expectations were certainly well founded. With different genres available both upstairs, downstairs and in the smoking area, Dtwo provided the perfect venue with something to keep everyone happy.
The DJ duo Boots and Kats, who describe themselves as ‘intergalactic party wardens’ lived up to their description, keeping the downstairs dance floor packed all night. Their blend of recognisable songs with their typical techno sound made it accessible for the music genre’s veterans and novices alike. But it was Irish speaking rappers Kneecap (Móglaí Bap and Mo Chara) who stole the show. Their performance quickly had the crowd entranced, and personal space became non-existent as people pushed to get as close to the performers as possible.
The duo managed to get the crowd chanting ‘F*** RTE’, in response to RTE’s decision to ban their song on it’s the pre-watershed playlist on Raidio na Gaeltachta in December last year.
In a move which both delighted the audience and horrified the bouncers, Móglaí Bap finished off the set with a brief crowd-surf, before he was eventually dragged back to the stage by unamused security. Their departure from the stage was accompanied by yet more cheering and a shower of beer over their avid fans. Other highlights included a set by Distortion, a brief appearance from Trinity Trad Soc in the smoking area, and the trusty three for ten euro deal on Jaegerbombs that was certainly used and abused by all present.
It was a night to knock your socks off, or in the case of David Flood: your shoe. As he was spotted wandering confused and distinctly shoe-less in the early hours of the morning. But the night had a happy ending, as he was later seen raving away with a smile and two shoes back on his feet.
For those who want another round of Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat, head down to the Turks Head at 10pm for the Chowder Powder Louder event which is hosted by DUDJ, DU Snow-Sports and Trinity Surf Club.