If you’re a loyal reader of Independent Philly then you’ve no doubt seen our monthly posts about Actual Records’ “Twurkaholics” party. The event that began in dingy warehouses around Philadelphia, has grown to one of (if not the) the most well attended monthly parties in town at Soundgarden Hall.
On Friday, July 26th, the latest edition of Twurkaholics was held with the same basic recipe that has made it so successful: low ticket prices, stellar local talent, giveaways, costumed characters, inflatable alligators, MC Buddy Leezle, and at least one exciting headlining act.
With the Mad Decent Block Party the following day (and the after party with Diplo at Soundgarden Hall) we weren’t sure if the turnout would be as great as it had been for Twurkaholics in the past. When we arrived around 10pm, there was no line outside and the venue had only a few hundred people inside. Was this a turning of the tide; a harbinger of things to come for Twurkaholics? The answer would turn out to be a resounding “no”.
Having missed the opening sets by Ditch Digger and Schmohawk, the first set we caught was by Dicksquad’s Tanner Caldwell. Caldwell has been thrilling crowds in Philly and NYC for quite some time now and while the crowd size wasn’t gigantic for his set (at least that’s how it looked in a 2,000 person capacity venue) those who were there were getting down during his hour long set.
Up next was Ethan Dubb who held things down for the next 45 minutes beginning at 11pm. 15 minutes after his set ended and the clock stuck midnight, E-Dubb celebrated his birthday with the Twurkaholics crowd.
LoveCityDJs hit the decks at 1145pm, right as we dashed outside to feed the meter (with 7 minutes to spare, take that PPA). We were surprised to see that a nice sized line had formed outside. The fans had turned up. LoveCityDJs did his thing and continues to throw down some of the best local sets in Philly.
Oddzilla (a duo consisting of G Buck & Architekt) took over at 1230am and the crowd, now at a size we’ve grown to expect at Twurkaholics, went nuts. They rocked the decks, the stage, the mic, and everyone from the front to the back.
The final 75 minutes of the night belonged to the headliner, Atlanta’s Heroes x Villains. The fans had turned up and Heroes x Villains got things fully turnt up. Turnt. Up. Blending punk, rap, trap, bass, and beyond into a signature sound that is undeniably catchy, HxV had the place bouncing until 230am.
Next Saturday the Actual Records crew will return to SGH with the second edition of their Moombaholics party. The first one (with headliner Munchi) was off the hook and we have no doubt that this weekend will take things to the same level.
[Photos by D. Jacob Miller Photography]
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