Brunel rooms, Swindon
Tonight at the Brunel rooms in Swindon, Fruit Club presents in
association with Slipback in Time and Jellybeanz, "DREAMLAND".
Not only was it co-promoter and MC, MC Rude's birthday celebrations
it was also DJ Vibes and MC Livelee's too.
My last visit to the Brunel rooms was back in the summer, with
tonight's line-up it was definitely worth making anther visit,
especially as I am a big fan of the Vibes and Livelee show!
It didn't take to long getting into Swindon, driving around the
towns the one-way system didn't help. We headed for the venue
and saw there was a number of eager people waiting to get in.
They were handing out the evening set times on small pieces of
card on entry which came in handy, after a brief search we were
Walking up the stairs we headed directly to the main arena. The
production was slightly different to my last visit. There was
a platform in front of the stage for the MC and dancers to perform
on. At the back of the stage there was a day glow mural, which
glowed under the clubs U.V. lights.
DJ Flyin was on the decks to get the party going, paying an upfront
set. Flyin was accompanied by MC Charlie B, near the end of Flyin's
set MC Whizzkid arrived to get things bubblin. Flyin ended his
set with a remix of 'Come Follow Me'.
After DJ Flyin it was the turn of oldskool legend DJ Seduction
accompanied by the birthday boy MC Rude. Seduction started the
set with the remix of the Essential platinum classic 'Really Love
You' which went down a treat!
I thought I'd go downstairs and check out the oldskool room,
it was quite busy and the sound in here was really loud. It was
billed that Slipmatt was to be on but in actual fact it was a
name from the past, DJ Slam. I've never seen DJ Slam play out
before so I really didn't know what to expect all I remember him
for was his tunes that he made such as 'Coming on Strong' and
a favourite of mine 'Til we Meet Again'. Charlie B was MCin for
Slam, Slam was playing 92 tunes such as Jonny L's 'Hurt You So'
and moved onto a jungle set. He dropped plenty of classic's which
got the crowd wanting more with rumblers such as the Moving Shadow
classic 'Helicopter' and the timeless classic from Omni trio 'Renegade
Snares' along with other classics 'Champion Sound, 'It's The Way'
which I've not head played out at a rave for some time he finished
the set from Krome and Time -'The Licence'.
After DJ Slam it was the turn of DJ Slipmatt as it looked like
they decided to swap sets. Slipmatt started his set with 92 anthems
playing Bizarre Inc's 'Playing with Knives' and Awesome 3's 'Don't
Go'. At this point I decided to leave the room and head to the
The Jellybeanz room was a disappointment, it resembled more of
a chill out room. The sound in here was well quiet, my bedroom
stereo was louder than here! I felt a bit sorry for some of the
up and coming DJ's playing here, a work man is nothing without
Heading back to the main arena and Essential platinum's very
own DJ Dougal was on alongside Whizzkid MC. Whizzkid was hyping
up the crowd getting crowd participation with his lyrics and beat
boxing judging from the crowds reaction they seem to enjoying
Whizzkid's performance. Dougal was playing a awesome upfront set
playing plenty of tunes from his mix off the Bonkers 13 album.
He played tunes such as 'Still the One', 'Xtreme' and 'The Theme'.
After Dougal it was the turn of 'The Boss' Raver Baby's DJ Hixxy
alongside the other half of the MC² team MC Storm. Hixxy
was playing a spanking upfront set with plenty of material off
the Raver Baby label. During the set it seemed that Storm was
having some problems with the mic as at times it would be quiet
and then suddenly really loud which was a bit annoying. Though
that did not stop him from hyping up the crowd as he does very
well. Hixxy's tune selection was a bit different to what he played
last week at Illusion as it was a lot of more new material as
he played tunes such as 'Still the One',' The Theme', 'You're
my Angel', 'Better than Life', 'Crazy Love', DJ Ham's 'Be Happy'
which I'm really liking at the moment and he finished the set
with a new remix of Adam Harris's 'Heavens Above'
After Hixxy it was the set I was most looking forward to 'The
Vibes and Livelee Show' the last time I saw these two together
was nearly a year ago at Flashback's 7th Birthday were Vibes played
a 92-94 set. Though this time Vibes did not fail to impress me
with his tune selection with Livelee as he played a classic 96-97
set. He started the set with 'The Rave Theme' moving onto 'Techno
Wonderland' he did play 'Fires in the Skies' and moved back into
the oldskool happy hardcore playing Paul Elstaks 'Rainbows', 'Hold
me Now' and Bopkun's 'Dreams'. With Livelee on the mic it really
made this set special as I really love my Vibes and Livelee sets.
As well everyone knows Livelee's lyrics and there was plenty of
people joining in with him. Its such a shame with him now living
in Spain you don't get to see him often, so it's always worth
checking these two together.
DJ Sharkey was on after Vibes I'm not a big fan off the free
form, but some of the stuff he played had the London hardcore
sound similar to the material on the raw elements label. I decided
to sit out during this set, surrounding the club was large comfy
settees to sit on.
It was time for the power hour featuring award winning DJ, DJ
SY and MC Storm. SY was playing his distinctive Quosh set with
plenty of upfront material. Well you know when it's the power
there's no time for sitting down especially with Storm on the
mic so be prepared for some verbal abuse on the mic if he catches
you sitting down! SY played 'Making me Wanna Dance' which this
tune certainly does make you and 'Be Happy' which got the crowd
Overall I really had a good night out in Swindon. Tonight's event
attracted people from all over, I met people from London, Liverpool
and my hometown of Birmingham as well. I think that they have
a good night going on at Fruit Club, its such a shame that the
number dwindle when the bar closes.
Set's of the night has to be Slam's jungle selection, Hixxy's
upfront set and of course vibes oldskool happy hardcore. All wicked
sets with plenty of rough tunes!
Massive shouts to Zoë for hosting a wicked night, Storm,
Whizzkid, Rude happy birthday mate, Vibes and Livelee happy birthday
guys have a good one, Seduction, Slipmatt, Slam, Charlie B and
Also a massive shout to the ravers, Shaun, Charlie and James,
Brian, Craig and Andy, Lisa, Astraboy, Jim and Jackie, Olly thumpa
and Tansy, Jutt, Tony Res, the Choons.net crew, Jellybeanz crew,
all of the Ush.net people you know who you are, and also to everyone
else whose names I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'