Dimension standing behind Sub Focus at the Worship Tour

Nearly 4,000 junglists descended upon Mission Ballroom on March 29th for the 2024 WORSHIP Tour. This run of dates, the so-called largest drum and bass tour in North America, features all-star drum and bass DJs 1991, Culture Shock, Sub Focus, and Dimension. 

These four are some of the largest names in the U.K. dance scene. Together under the WORSHIP brand, they have sold out venues across the U.S. — which is no small feat considering the relatively underground status of DnB in this country. In Denver, the WORSHIP artists delivered a massive celebration of the dancefloor sound, uniting longtime fans and newcomers to the genre all under one roof.

Drum and Bass on the Rise

In 2024, it goes without saying that DnB is making a splash in the U.S. It has been said over the past few years in countless publications — but for good reason. Since the mid-’90s, the genre has survived in the U.S. through the dedicated efforts of local underground scenes and thanks to American powerhouses like Dieselboy and Fury. The WORSHIP Tour, however, speaks to its significant new growth among mainstream audiences.

Fans with Worship flags at Mission Ballroom

WORSHIP’s Return to Denver

With last year’s Denver stop hitting The Ogden Theatre, this jump to Mission Ballroom reflects a more than doubling of their audience. The WORSHIP North American Tour is just one example of the rapid expansion of DnB shows in the U.S. over the past year. See also: Chase & Status’ 2024 tour or the upcoming tour from North American acts Bensley, Kumarion, and Justin Hawkes. While WORSHIP is a distinctly British brand, each stop features excellent American talent as support.

At Mission, Denver local Savage opened the stage. He was certainly up to the task, playing an impressive, 90-minute set that took the crowd on a diverse tour of DnB sub-genres.

Even though WORSHIP promises a high-energy event, Savage was unafraid of delving into the genre’s more liquid and minimal varieties. He even included an especially melodic track from Lenzman, “In My Mind.” After that, Savage ramped up the energy in preparation for 1991. He closed with a powerful dancefloor remix of the ’90s classic “Better Off Alone” by Alice Deejay. With a set like that, Savage made his city proud.

The WORSHIP Artists

As the WORSHIP session began, a handful of lucky fans started filing in behind the DJ booth. With this on-stage dance party, even a large and airy venue like Mission had a club-like feel.

First up from the crew, Swedish DJ 1991 opened his set with WORSHIP-branded visuals and vocals, along with huge blasts from CO2 cannons. He delivered dance-inducing crowd-pleasers, like his recent remix of the popular track “Perfect (Exceeder).” 1991 came to party with blends of jump-up tracks like Basstripper’s “In The City” into Simula’s “Bonesaw.”

1991 flowed smoothly into the next set from Culture Shock, the established British producer who has been pumping out DnB tracks over the past two decades. Culture Shock (real name James Pountney) started with a grimy intro before mixing into dancefloor classics.

One highlight for longtime fans was his remix of Wilkinson’s 2013 track “Take You Higher.” While Culture Shock played plenty of flips and remixes, he also played a fair share of his original productions, including “Recombine” with Sub Focus off his latest album.

1991 performs at the Worship Tour
1991 plays the first of four sets from WORSHIP Artists
Culture Shock performs at the Worship Tour
Culture Shock backed by fans

Sub Focus and Dimension

Nick Douwma, better known as Sub Focus, is a legend of the scene. His 2023 LP Evolve just won album of the year at the Drum&BassArena Awards. Fittingly, Sub Focus kicked off his set with “Trip,” the first track off that album. Despite the WORSHIP Tour’s focus on dance-inducing DJ sets, Sub Focus covered an impressive chunk of his own discography, including many more tracks from Evolve.

Soon, Dimension flanked Sub Focus on stage. He hopped up on the booth to wave the WORSHIP flag during their collaborative tracks “Ready to Fly” and “Desire.” At last, Sub Focus closed out his set with the anthemic “Vibration (One More Time)” as the crowd sang along in unison.

Closing out the night was Dimension, another legendary producer who easily sells out stadium shows in England. To kick off the set, he started with a nod to a fellow WORSHIP member by running the intro to 1991’s “Chant” before dropping straight into his latest hit, “DJ Turn It Up.”

On stage, Dimension is a commanding presence. He’s confident on the decks, often seen standing on the DJ table with his signature black dress shirt and cigarette in hand. Dimension flexed as a remix master with his takes on Armin van Buren’s “Lose This Feeling” and MK and Dom Dolla’s “Rhyme Dust.” Together, the whole WORSHIP crew closed out the night on stage, representing their iconic sound.

Dimension closes out the night

The Impact of the WORSHIP Brand

One of the most notable aspects of the night was that the four sets from the WORSHIP artists read like an ode to a small selection of the most viral hits in DnB today. Several songs appeared multiple times throughout the night, like Chase & Status’ smash hit with Flowdan, “Baddadan.” Others included “MHITR” by Hedex, Rova’s “Eyes On Me,” and Fred again..’s “leavemealone” with Baby Keem (which impressively appeared in all four sets). It’s obvious that this was no accident.

There’s a clear strategy here as these four powerhouses embark on an ever-growing U.S. tour each year. The WORSHIP Tour is less about shelling these DJs’ deepest cuts and more about celebrating the genre’s biggest wins. As a result, even a relatively new fan of drum and bass feels included when they recognize songs in every set.

At the WORSHIP Tour, Mission Ballroom hosted a diverse crowd, ranging from old heads in Metaheadz T-shirts to young ravers in LED-studded festival ‘fits. One power of the WORSHIP brand is, of course, introducing hordes of new fans to DnB. But there’s another important effect, too. For many loyal U.S. fans of this often-underground genre, this tour stop offered a rare chance to euphorically dance in a massive venue amongst thousands — and it made for a hell of a good party.

Photos by @BryanOutWest

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