Diplo's "Secret Show": Cops Shut It Down, Switch Doesn't Come -- But Still a Good Time
June 23, 2011
@Som Bar/Public Works
Better than: Lasertag.
Few of us haven't felt the disappointment of a policeman emerging from the depths of a crowd to announce the party is over. Ordinarily though, you don't expect to encounter the cops' ever-dreaded demand to "Turn the music off!" at 11:30 p.m. inside a legitimate club. Last night's "secret" show featuring Diplo and (allegedly) Switch (together known as Major Lazer), however, was anything but ordinary.
We arrived at SOM. at around 8:45. People from all over the Bay Area had already formed a line down the block, the flasks in their hands and sky-high heels meant to impress the DJ/bouncer/policemen/regulators. Some claimed to have arrived as early as 6, hoping to catch a glimpse of the world-famous DJ duo before hustling to catch the last BART train at midnight.
Inside SOM., the crowd was full of familiar faces from San Francisco nightlife, including DJ Q-Bert and Switch's Dubsided labelmate, Sticky K. While Eug of the FACE parties warmed up the sizable crowd with a classic house set, including tracks from artists Escort and Juan Maclean, people reserved their most energetic dance moves in anticipation of the headliners.
UP NEXT: The cops show up.