19th February 2005
After hearing how well the previous District FM party went down
I thought that it was time for me to check out what the District
vibe was all about, especially seeing how good tonight's line-up
was for only £12. It was one of my friends birthday so it
was a blatant excuse for us to all get together for a night out.
Having not been to Wolverhampton before I didn't really know
what to expect, as Wolverhampton is known for being the home of
one of the classic jungle raves 'Quest' at Palmoas throughout
the early to mid nineties.
We all met up in Birmingham and headed down to New Street to catch
the train, once we got into Wolverhampton we decided to have a
few pre rave drinks before heading down to the Canal Club.
The Canal Club is not hard to find from Wolverhampton's train
station. We arrived at the Club around 10:30 and was greeted by
a large queue, queuing took longer than I expected we got in around
11'ish. The bouncer's weren't too sure on the term 'guest list',
they were only allowing DJ's, MC's and Ladies through the guest
After a friendly search and having our guest list places confirmed
we were in.
This was my first visit to the Canal Club so I really didn't know
what to expect from this venue.
Soon as you walk in the venue you hit the main arena, the DJ
box was located at the back of the main arena with a giant video
projector screen above the DJ box. There were various platforms
for people to dance on with a stage at the front of the DJ box
for the MC's to perform on.
DJ Escape was on starting his set, the dance floor was pretty
busy at this stage. I found the cloakroom and placed out coats
in here, as it was only a pound.
We headed upstairs to the 2nd arena, this arena featured all
the District FM's DJ's playing in here DJ Irah was playing. Irah
was playing a blinding set with plenty of party tunes to get the
crowd going. The upstairs room felt like an attic, as it was quite
dark in here though it was spacious with plenty of room to shock
out. Irah was playing some classics from 97-98 as he played 'Sound
in motion' which is on the flip side of 'Turbulence', along with
'Trouble' a definite favourite of mine from the V camp, which
he rewound about 3 times.
Back to the main room and Escape was finishing up MC Jaff was
MCin for his set. Escape finished up with Twisted's 'Rusty sheriffs
badge'. Next up it was time for the awesome two-some of IC3 and
I really enjoyed Mampi's set the sound system didn't really do
the set justice though. The mic kept cutting during the set and
IC3 wasn't amused. At one point IC3 decided to start raving at
the front. Mampi played a mixture of tunes as he played 'Play
me', 'In the grind', 'Konflict', 'Spaced Invader' also he teased
in 'What's my code? - Dubplate' with the 'The one' though he did
also play a lot of new material from Blame.
After Swift it was the turn of another of Birmingham's DJ's DJ
Devize, Bassman accompanied him. Devize's set was rolling as he
was playing plenty of fourth coming dubs from 3D Mode and Hazard's
Radius records. Bassman was definitely up for it tonight, the
mic was working perfectly well for his set, it didn't seem to
cut out whilst he was on Juiceman was here as well.
Next up was the set I was looking forward to the man from V Recording's
Bryan Gee. This was definitely the best set of the night with
plenty of new material being played from the G-Man as he was making
full use of the Clubs CDJ's as it's very easy to make a tune and
play out within a minute of burning it!
Bryan started off the set with a new remix of the classic from
'Leviticus- Burial' that went down really well. Might not be as
good as the Yolanda vocal remix but good enough to keep me smiling.
Fearless was MCin and was later accompanied by Shabba unfortunately
the mic wasn't working which was disappointing as I was looking
forward to hearing Fearless tonight. Bryan sets featured 'Jonny
L's - Back to your roots', 'Outterspace' and 'All that jazz'.
After Bryan Gee it was the turn of Full Cycles Surge, Shabba
was MCin for this set along with Supa and Junior Dangerous. Surge
was playing a lot of new material from Full Cycle as he played
'Slippery slope' along with plenty of dubs as he was making full
use of the Club's CDJ's
After Surge it was the turn of District Fm's very own DJ Cykix,
he played out the last hour to keep the crowd jumping, he started
off the set with the new remix of 'Congo natty-Champion deejay'
Cykix also played 'Follow the vision', at this point I decided
to grab our coats to beat the rush.
Overall I really enjoyed my first visit to Wolverhampton the
crowd were definitely up for it. There wasn't any trouble, the
main problem's which a lot of people were complaining about was
that the club themselves turned off the taps in the men's toilets
and the prices at the bar. It was £3 for a bottle which
is kind of steep as it worked out about £7 for a pint luckily
I wasn't drinking in here!
I do like the Canal Club as a venue, as it's laid out very well
and it was really busy in the main room, though the sound system
was far better and bassier in the 2nd room. Best set of the night
probably was Bryan Gee's set, which featured plenty of new material.
I do think that District has a got a good thing going on at the
Canal Club. There were only a few teething problems mainly to
do with the sound system and mic, but I do believe that these
would be sorted for the next party. As District do normally use
their own sound system but weren't allowed to install this at
the Canal Club tonight.
It's unfortunate that promoters are in the hands of the club
owners, and whatever the club owners say's goes be it bar prices,
sound systems used etc. Though this was the first time that the
Canal Club has been as busy in many weeks. So I do hope that District
will be able to work out some arrangement for the next one, as
this night does have a lot of potential!
I would like to wish District all the success in the future and
would definitely be up for returning to the Canal club in the
near the future. The next one is April I do believe and features
the guv'nor Andy C along with MC Foxy many more.
Big shouts to Mello and the District Crew, Fearless, Mampi Swift,
IC3, Bassman, Hazard and Devize, Zoe and Collette, Dave (happy
birthday mate), Scotty, Faye, Escape, MC Presha, Mark Lambert,
Juiceman, Brian BK, Irah, Astro, Amy, the rest of the DNBA midlands
forum crew and also to everyone else whose names I don't' know
but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
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