Belated Birthday Bash 3 ½ Years of Minds
Featuring the Valve Sound System
Not only was this Broken Minds featuring the mighty Valve sound
system but it was the celebration of Broken Minds' 3rd birthday
and a bit. The original 3rd birthday was back in May but unfortunately
this was postponed until July.
This was the first time that I had witnessed the Valve system,
after hearing about its gut wrenching bass I thought that it was
about time that I actually hear the system for myself. I'd always
wanted to hear Valve in London but seeing this A star line-up
I thought that it was about time that I heard Valve in Brum.
Arriving at the Sanctuary after 10 I was greeted by a tiny queue,
seeing as no one was being let in we decided to go to a pub for
a quick drink. Well after being in there for 20mins we headed
back to the Sanctuary to be greeted by a larger queue
did all these ravers come from in such a short space of time??
After a quick search we were in, there were free ears plugs on
offer so I thought I'd take them just in case. We headed straight
to the main arena and were met by some dirty pounding bass that
I've not heard before coming from the Sanctuary, DJ Friction was
The main arena was decorated head to toe with Broken Minds banners
draped across the balcony, behind the DJ was a massive projection
screen displaying some cool videos. There were also a pair of
massive inflatables with the Broken Minds logo, a big blue light
near the DJ box which seemed to be on all night, and very little
lighting other than that around the stage.
Having a wonder around the venue it seemed the other rooms were
shut, as recently some of the big nights on at the Sanctuary haven't
seemed to be pull in as many people. With an A star line-up including
Goldie I would of thought that this was a night not to miss.
Friction of True Playaz fame was the first in the main room to
get things under way, resident MC, MC Accapello was on the mic.
Friction played a rolling set featuring tunes such as Monkey See
RMX, which went down a storm.
The dance floor started to fill up as Daddy Randall came on next,
accompanied by the New Breed crew, Foxy and Eksman. This set was
heavy, it had been along time since I had seen Randall play out
and it was worth the wait. Randall played the main tune that got
rinsed during the Innovation Weekender, 'Follow the Vision' by
Krust, he also played Mo' Fire from the Rawhill crew, which I've
not heard for quite along time.
After Randall it was the turn of the local boy of Eastenders
and Big Brother fame Goldie. Well this was only the 2nd time that
I've seen Goldie and what an amazing and dirty set we got from
the Metalheadz DJ. Skibadee accompanied Goldie during this set.
Well some of the tunes Goldie was playing were heavy and to hear
them on the Valve system was immense he played Hide the Tears
remix which went down a storm and also the big all time jungle
anthem Champion Sound which the crowd went crazy for, and Skibadee
called for the reload. He played some other rumblers too, and
at one point I don't know what tune it was but it felt like that
my brain was going to ooze out of my ears.
Well after Goldie it was the turn of the guys behind this dirty
sound system, and first up was Lemon D, he was playing a heavy
set full of tunes to test this sound system. Some of the tunes
he played including Good Girl rmx, and other tunes which are to
be featured on Dillinja's forthcoming album 'My Sound'. After
Lemon D it was the turn of Dillinja, when he got on the system
you could tell that it was cranked up a notch to test your guts.
He played a set featuring tunes from '93 up to present date. Dillinja
goes under many aliases such as Cybotron, Capone, D-Type etc.
And he played tunes from these aliases such as the monster Friday,
which went down a treat and is a personal favourite of mine he
also played Thugged Out bitch and The Angels Fell too. MC Five
Alive accompanied Skibadee on the mic during this set.
After that pounding set it was suppose to have been the turn
of Andy C and GQ but unfortunately they were not to show and Randall
stepped in to play a 2nd set. Five Alive and Biggie were MCing
for Randall at this point, Randall started off with a bizarre
tune which had hardcore feel to it then just turned into some
dirty rumbling jungle tune, he did play a few favourites of mine
including Fassy 'Ole and Outta Space which sound immense on the
Well it was the final set after Randall and the turn of resident
and promoter Phase 2 along with Biggie and Fila. At this point
you could see who was hardcore and who wasn't as the dance floor
started to empty.
Overall this was a wicked nite, just a shame that there weren't
more people but the dance floor was busy for most of the night.
The sound system was heavy as it did make me think that my brain
was going to ooze out of my ears, though I was raving at the front
near the speakers most of the night I was expecting it to be louder
considering that I didn't bother with the earplugs. The atmosphere
was good as the crowd were definitely up for it, but it was a
shame about the low numbers as this meant none of the other rooms
were opened and the balcony was shut.
The Sanctuary does suit this event, as it felt nice and grimey
especially with the tunes that were being played too.
I was a bit disappointed that Andy C didn't show along with GQ,
but having Randall play twice was a bonus, and it was still a
wicked night, best set of the night probably was Goldie as it's
not that often you get to see him playing out.
I would definitely want to hear the Valve System again in Birmingham
after experiencing it first hand after many years. The rumours
are true it does turn your guts inside out and makes your rib
Massive shouts to, Vytol, Also to the Broken Minds crew, Randall,
Foxy, Eksman, Alpha, Biggie, Tina xxx, Zoë + Colette, Pace, Scotty,
Dave, Irah, James, Astro, Faye, Ross and Rob,
Chris + Brian from Innovation, Helen also to everyone else whose
names I don't know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'