7th Birthday Blast
Change of Venue
Can you believe it that Flashback has been going on for 7 years.
That's right 7 magnificent years. This all started from a small
night held in Birmingham University, and now the biggest oldskool
rave outside of London.
With all the legal paperwork surrounding the future of the Que
club, the Que Club lost its license thus moving Flashback down
the road to the Sanctuary in Digbeth.
Well we arrived at the sanctuary just after 9 and there were
a few ravers gathered here already, as people heard of the change
in venue. Come before 10 the Queue had already reached round the
block and the doors were finally opened.
Headed straight for the main arena and was greeted to the sounds
of Vinyl Junkie, the décor and production gone in to the
main room was fantastic with inflatables dangling from the ceiling
and the oldskool green laser having a mad one all night.
Vinyl Junkie was playing a more 92-93 set with a lot of underground
tunes being played, such as Rave digger,Anthemama I headed to
the hardcore room which was situated by the café and DJ
Eon was on. Eon was playing a bouncy set as always playing stuff
on Next Generation and Evolution think these are his favourite
Wandered into the drum and bass room and I seen that DJ Fluid
hadn't arrived but instead Broken mindz's Phase 2 was on back
to back with Suburban sound's DJ Alpha. Alpha played some wicked
tunes to get the party going including the Nosher remix which
is a top tune. The drum and bass room was consistently busy most
of the night and you could tell this room was gonna be a sweat
box later on.
Back to the main arena and Vinyl Junkie was finishing up as he
finished the set with Bish Bosh. Up next was the godfather himself
Slipmatt playing a 92 set with remixes of some old tunes thrown
in via the cd-deck. He played a remix of Charly along with found
a café and of course some classics such as living in darkness.
After Slipmatt it was the turn of resident Mistress Mo, she started
the set with the Moving Shadow classic 2 Bad Mice by funnily enough
2 Bad Mice, the Flashback resident MC Lenni accompanied her.
I slipped out of Mo's set and headed to the hardcore room and
was greeted to the sounds of Whizzkid along with Deleriums DJ
D-Ice, D-Ice was playing an oldskool happy set playing many anthems
from 96-97 to get the crowd playing their horns and whistles and
singing along. Playing some classics including the Charlie Lownoise
Mental Theo classic Hardcore feelings, along with the Vinylgroover
remix of Toytown, the Force and Styles classic Pacific Sun, plus
many more of my favourite tunes.
Straight after this set finished headed back to the main arena
and mistress mo was finishing up as she played a few early jungle
tracks playing P-Funk era and finishing with the LTJ Bukem classic
Mickey Finn arrived and started the set with the Shy FX Classic
Wolf, the crowd were rocking the hell out of the stage during
this set there next to no space on the stage well for most of
the night. Mickey Finn played a more 96-97 set including classics
like 2 Degrees, Bad Ass, Its jazzy , Warhead slipped in Pulp fiction
and played the Micky Finn dub plate of the Luniz I got 5 onit!
This was one of my favourite sets of the evening.
Pilgrim was on after Mickey Finn, but I headed to the drum and
bass room to hear what Mickey Finn is playing these days. Mickey
was accompanied alongside the original roller Fearless. Mickey
was playing a another wicked set started off with a remix of Bad
Ass and was playing a couple of remixes of some older tunes including
the ready or not remix also It's a Jazz Thing, a lot of old tunes
are getting a re-lick a the moment, he also played Bandwagon Poo's,
John B's remix of bandwagon blue's.
After that blistering set it was time for the Vibes and Livelee
show in the main arena. This set wasn't really what I expected
as Vibes was playing a more 92-94 set rather than 96. I think
he's lost his records from 95-96 as he was playing tunes such
as One Tribes, What have you done? Outlander Vamp, DMS Exterminate
as I said a more 92-94 set rather than the 94-97 set I expected,
unless he played that in the hardcore room. Just before this set
started a raver congratulated his girlfriend on her 20th b'day
and then proposed to marry her !!!! I think she did say yes. MENTAL
Well after Vibes it was time for the original terrorist Ray Keith,
he played a really underground 93 set playing tunes such as It's
the way, Darkage, Ray Keith was accompanied by Nottingham's MC
Spyda. This set was rolling and dark, I headed to the drum and
bass room and accelerated cultures Gary K was, IC3 and Mampi Swift
arrived to show the crowd how its done proper for the last hour.
It was approaching the last near the last hour I thought it was
best to grab my coat to avoid the queues at the end.
As the Cloakroom is situated downstairs near the dance factory
I had forgot that the hardcore arena was moved from the Café
to the dance factory. The dance factory was being used by Sundisential
so it must had been odd for the Sundisential lot to have been
invaded by the hardcore crew for the last few hours. DJ SY and
MC Storm were on inside here ripping up the place. SY was playing
plenty of new material Storm was hyping up the crowd into a frenzy
jumping around on the platform.
Well last hour and It was again SY and Storm but in the form
of oldskool in the main arena, SY started off with the prodigy
classic everybody in the place, sweet harmony remix, ganja man.
Storm was tearing down the Sanctuary arena to its foundation he
got on the DJ area to MC to the full capacity crowd. Sy ended
the set with a few happy classics including In effect, Raves choice
volume 2, 4am and then finished the Birthday bash with Jimmy J's
The atmosphere and crowd here tonight were amazing making the
night a huge success. Even though we had the venue problem Flashback
raised above the challenge to bring another stomper of an evening
in Flashback's history.
Well I think that this was the last Flashback event of 2003, and
now that the Que club doesn't seem to have a licence no more what
does this mean for the future of Flashback ??
Maximum respect to Mo & Jimmy and the Flashback crew, for
putting on a fantastic night under the circumstances. Big shouts
to Lenni, Storm + Sarah, Whizzkid, Vibes and Livelee, Micky Finn,
Fearless, Pilgrim, Slipmatt, Swift, IC3, Glenn Aston and Will
And not forgetting the party people, ED, Xlr-8, Zoë + Collete,
Vicky, Ross, Rob, Karris, Astro and everyone else whose names
I don't know, but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'