Well there's always first time for everything and this was
the first time that I've actually visited code even though
I live about less than minutes away from this venue.
I've heard all the rumours about there being trouble, apparently
cs gas had been sprayed at the last event here and also that
people were rushing the doors. Well I thought I had to experience
this for myself before passing judgement.
Arrived around 10ish we didn't get in to the venue till about
10:15ish. It was raining quite badly outside and there was
a tiny bit of shelter from the rain, people who were parked
outside just sat inside there cars till the queue got a bit
smaller. When you first enter the venue you thin wow but having
a look around to be honest it's virtually identical to the
sanctuary around the corner from the former home of gods kitchen.
The price of drinks inside here is quite pricey about £3.50
for a bottle plus the bottles were being poured into plastic
cups, why???? The layout of this arena was good as you could
see the trouble that Skelter had put into the décor
plenty of hanging logos dotted across the venue.
As I walked into the arena I was greeted to sounds of Juiceman
on the mic and Garry K on the wheels of steel. Playing some
banging Drumnbass get the party started as the arena started
to fill up but hardly anyone dancing. Grooverider was up
next playing some wicked dub plates also played the amazing
remix of Papua new guinea, a new remix of champion sound,
also he played the dub plate tune which every dj seems to
be playing with skibba's vocal on top of twist 'em out.
He also played the terrible LK, which meant a quick water
refill for me, and the new tune from Danny C, half way through
his set GQ turned up. He was on fire really electric I've
not heard him for quite along time as he's one of my favourite
Drumnbass mc's, getting involved with the crowd and chatting
some of his classic lyrics.
Grooveider was apparently on for 2 hrs but he played an
extra half hour as Andy C turned up a bit late. The grooverider
set reminded me of Brisk playing really fast moving set
at the beginning of the night getting you going.
Andy C played some fast moving Drum andbass got the party
vibe jumping GQ was mcin for him again but half way through
mc biggie took over. After Andy C finished it was time for
one of the tru playaz camp to turn up the heat as Dj Zinc
played an awesome set including watchin windows, and another
oldskool classic which I think the crowd didn't recognise
roni's sizes it's a jazz thing (electric boogie mix). Zinc
finished his set with the lady dynamite dub plate of his,
the dee the jay
The crowd in here tonight wasn't really Drum and bass crowd
or even a Birmingham crowd many new faces and also a lot of
people in mochinio and other designer gear on (not dressed
for a rave) really not out to rave as there was hardly any
whistles and only a couple lads had horns with them..
Up next was DJ dollar he started with a dub plate tune, which
I at first thought had the Bassman vocal then realised it
was long john, the set included Mampi swifts the one also
again LK but some horrible new remix also one of my fave tunes
at the moment has it come to this by the streets which is
During his set mc rage turned up to mc, which he announced
that someone hard parked on double yellow and there car
would be towed away as it was blocking Grooveriders car.
At this point we decided to leave as I had work in the morning
as I also heard Nicky Blackmarket during the week @Hypnosis.
Overall there weren't much trouble quite a lot of rowdy
people in here, the music was amazing but the party people
in here went really out to have fun more to pose in their
latest designer gear and it was way too hot as well.
I don't know if I'm going to return back here, as this was
a spur of the minute thing. Anyways-big shouts to Charly,
Scotty, Zoë + Collete, Mistress Mo, Natalie and Dave,
Andy C, Zinc and the one they call the GQ.