Life ' NYE 2K4/5'
31st December New Years Eve 2004
Leisure Plaza Complex
After an amazing year in the rave scene for both Hardcore and
Drum and Bass, this was an event to definitely see out 2004 and
bring in 2005.
Helter Skelter have been renowned for staging amazing New Years
Eve parties in the past, events such as Imagination, Progression
to name a few. The last party held by Helter Skelter was exactly
5 years ago on Millennium night a Friday night too, also my first
New Years Eve night out.
Helter Skelter collaborated with 9 other party promoters including
Accelerated Culture, Hardcore Til I Die, Raindance to name a few
to bring 'Life'.
After the success of Energy '04, Helter Skelter once again back
at the Leisure Plaza Complex Milton Keynes.
We arrived in Milton Keynes just before 8 and we were greeted
by an enormous queue of eager party people waiting to get in to
celebrate New Year. Whilst heading to the queue we were given
an event brochure which featured a map of the complex along with
Luckily we had our reservations and joined the guest list queue.
We didn't have to wait more than 10mins and after a brief a search
we were in. The music complexes didn't open till 9pm. So whilst
waiting for the music arenas to open we had a wander around the
nocturnal village. They had tape packs on sale they were quite
cheap including the recent Drum and Bass awards pack knocked down
to £15, with many other packs as well, going for cheap.
Having found a nice spot to sit down we bumped into Uproar's
co-promoter and MC, MC Rude having a good chinwag with him. Having
a chat on our expectations of tonight's event and other events
It seems to be the trend with most events using a voucher system
for the bar, the main ticket office queue was heaving and we didn't
really want to wait in this queue to buy vouchers. We found out
that you could also buy vouchers at the end of the bar. Which
was quite handy as when the doors finally did open we headed to
the bar to find virtually no queue for the vouchers.
Party time. In the Hardcore arena DJ's Robbie Long and Ham were
up first playing a break beat set. I really enjoy what these guys
play, as it's a crossover between Drum and Bass and Hardcore really
bouncy and bassy. The sound system in hear was good though at
certain times you really couldn't hear the mic which was a bit
The décor in here was good with loads of inflatables and
nice lighting. There was a projection screen above the DJ box
showing DVD's from past HTID events including the Summer gathering
event, one of my favourite events of this year.
Headed to the Drum and Bass room and caught the end of Zinc and
Dynamite, Zinc played 'Brown Paper Bag' along with a couple of
upfront tunes such as 'Fruitella' and also 'Tunstyle'.
After Zinc it was the turn of Bryan gee accompanied by resident
MC and best newcomer, MC Presha. The Drum and Bass arena is a
massive ice rink, unlike the previous Energy event the floor wasn't
carpeted. This time round the floor was covered in wooden panels,
which kept the ice off your feet! There were two massive video
screens on either side of the stage with some nice lighting, they
don't tend to use much of the smoke machine in here, which is
The sound system was better than Energy as it seemed that they
sorted it out in here and the mic's were crisp as you could hear
Dynamite very clear.
Wandered to the Raindance room for some Oldskool beats. Raindance
resident DJ, DJ Squirrel was on along with MC Strict, Squirrel
was playing a 91-92. Strict was hyping up the party in its early
stages as Squirrel played a mixture of anthems from 92 with a
few rarer tunes, as he played 'Get down' the break beat remix
of Altern-8's 'Infiltrate 202', 'Closer to all your dreams' and
'Uptempo'. In each of the arenas next to the DJ box was located
a stopwatch counting down to the vital time of 12 o'clock. The
Raindance crew brought their spectacular green laser that lit
up the whole room.
As we left this side of the complex there was a massive queue
to get into the Drum and Bass arena as it was fast approaching
We headed to the Hardcore arena Seduction and MC Rude were on.
This was the last set of 2004. Seduction played a mixture of his
own stuff from Maximum impact along with others as he played 'Put
your hands up in the air'.
I headed to the bar to get my free drink just before the rush
started to build up. The last Hardcore tune of 2004 from Seduction
was Clear vu 'I adore', which is currently a favourite tune of
mine, as some of you may know from a certain DVD.
Marley did the countdown 10.9.8.7.126.96.36.199.2
1 Happy new
Hixxy brought in 2005 with the new remix of 'Fly away'
Well it reached 12 o'clock and the place went electric with canons
firing confetti into the crowd and the lights and strobes going
off. With people hugging their friends and others were kissing
their partners as they greeted in the New Year.
Hixxy played a vocally upfront Raver Baby set playing tunes such
as 'Still the one', 'Eye opener' remix.
Half way through this set we decided to check out the Drum and
Bass room. We got there for the end of Mampi Swift's set and Fearless
was MCing for this set. 1 Xtra's DJ Bailey stepped up next as
Fearless and Bassman went back to back, Bailey played a rolling
dark set as you would expect from him, as he played 'Tombraider',
'In the grind' along with other rollers. I didn't expect to see
Bassman here so early as he was scheduled to MC till later on
in the evening.
Back to the Hardcore room and Quosh records supremos DJ's Sy
and Unknown were on, playing their familiar sound. It wouldn't
be Sy and Unknown with out hosting a scratching showcase. MC Casper
from the south coast was MCin, as it seemed that Odyssey was running
late, and was doing a good job. Sy and Unknown set featured plenty
of material from Quosh including 'Bring me round to love', 'Dreadland'
remix, 'Rock that body' and 'Only your love'.
With every Helter Skelter event they provide a free funfair,
so we thought we'd take full advantage of this and had a wander
around the nocturnal village and have a go on a couple of the
free funfair rides on offer, this also gave us a chance to cool
Back to the Hardcore room and Next Generations DJ Brisk was on
along side MC Wotsee. Brisk played a banging hard set, Brisk played
'Happy', 'Crazy love' and also 'Punch drunk', which got the place
stomping. Then again you know that when Brisk is on you don't
dance you stomp!!
After Brisk it was supposed to have been K Complex instead Essential
Platinum's DJ Dougal was on which also saw the late arrival of
MC Odyssey. Dougal played a party set to keep us going as the
last few hours started to draw in. As he played 'Really love you','
Getting better' and 'Xtreme'.
After Dougal it was the turn of Re-con, at this point I headed
to the Oldskool room to catch Undiluted's DJ Brockie. With the
Oldskool room situated at the back of the Drum and Bass room,
I found out that the speakers at the back of the Accelerated room
actually broke. The system couldn't obviously handle Mick Finn,
Nicky Blackmarket and the New Breed crew.
Brockie was playing an Oldskool jungle set playing many favourites
such as 'Champion sound', 'R-Type' and 'Ready or not'. Another
of the Raindance resident's MC's MC Ice accompanied him.
After Brockie, Billy Bunter was on along side MC Strict. Bunter
played a 92 set as he played Rachel Wallace 'Tell me why'. Headed
back to the Hardcore room for the last hour for the 'Morning glory'
set featuring Raver Baby's Breeze and Styles.
Breeze and Styles were playing a history of all their classic
tunes from the Raver Baby label, as they played 'Home', 'Follow
me', 'Heartbeatz',' Your Shining' plus many more of their classics.
Tonight's event was virtually a sell out as on the last day there
were just less than 500 tickets left making LIFE another successful
event from Helter Skelter since their return this summer.
I didn't see any trouble any moody vibes what's so ever tonight,
as with most new years eve events its all about having a good
time with your mates and brining in the new year together. The
event itself was amazing with all the free stuff on offer such
as the mega bowl and the laser quest. Though I did not venture
in to those complexes but still made the ticket money worth every
penny, in comparison to other events that were being held tonight.
I did think tonight was organised really well as many people
didn't have to endure an enormous queue and nor had to celebrate
midnight queuing in comparison to last years fiasco at Slammin'
Vinyl at last years event..
2004 was a memorable year for both Hardcore and Drum and Bass,
Helter Skelter did a job of seeing it out. Well the future does
look bright for the scene big up to all those keeping the scene
alive and roll on 2005.
The only quibble I did have, was, (no disrespect to the other
Hardcore MC's) I did feel the lack of presence with MC's Storm
and Whizzkid tonight. It did lose that extra edge in the Hardcore
arena. As Storm and Whizzkid were booked exclusive at Slammin
tonight, to be honest they are the kings of crowd hype today and
know how to rock a party!
Massive shouts to Hixxy, Mark Lambert and the crew, Fearless,
IC3, Marley, Casper, Robbie Dee, Dougal, Bassman, Wotsee, Brisk,
Easygroove, Vibes and Liveleee, Eksman, Strict, Rude, Seduction,
Ben and Katie, Smiley, Re Con, G Spencer, Breeze and Styles.
Big respects to the raving crew, Shaun and Leanne, Astro, Brian
BK, Chris and the flyering crew, Andy Immz, Bertie and the Bromsgove
crew, Astraboy, Lee UHF and Lisa, GT, Marcus and all the crew
from USH.net and BacktotheOldskool.co.uk crew and also to everyone
else whose names I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Look forward to seeing you all in 2005 and Happy New Year to you
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'