Til I Die
1st Birthday Celebration
Air (Formerly Code)
Friday 1st April 2005
Can you believe that it's been 1 year since the first Hardcore
Til I Die event. Over the past 12 months we've had 7 parties.
Ranging from the UV party, Foam party and the collaboration's
with Helter Skelter at Energy and Life.
To say a massive thank you for the loyal support tonight's event
was a free party for those that attended last weeks, 'People's
Choice Event', though for those who were unlucky not to attend
last week's event, entry for this event was only £5.Tonight's
payback event featured the HTID residents alongside new talent.
Before venturing for tonight's event I met up with some friends
for a few drinks and something to eat. We arrived at Air just
before 12, parked up inside Air's car park. You could hear music
outside the venue knowing the party was in full flow, after a
brief search and we were in. Finishing up in the main arena were
the Jedi Masters with MC Yoda.
MC Yoda is quite a short guy though his presence on stage made
him feel 10ft tall. At the end of the set Yoda and was joined
by MC Storm as he both had a short battle of vocal scratching.
After the Jedi Masters it was the turn of Raw Elements and London
town's DJ Uplift alongside the MC ² duo of Storm and Whizzkid.
Originally Hixxy was supposed to play during this time but swapped
sets with Uplift instead. Uplift played an uplifting set with
plenty of tunes to get the crowd bouncing as he made his debut
in the Oxygen arena of Air. Storm and Whizzkid MC'ed for about
half of Uplift's set as they were booked for another event tonight.
MC Spenno MC'ed for the remainder of Uplift's set.
Next up was the main man behind Hardcore Til I Die, the Boss,
DJ Hixxy, Hixxy was accompanied by Next Generation's MC Wotsee.
This was a stomping set and what a way to say thank you to the
HTID massive. Hixxy played plenty of Raver Baby tunes mixed alongside
Next Generation and Evolution material, as he played the Breeze
and Styles remix of Scott brown's 'All about you',' Making me
wanna dance', 'You're my Angel', 'Crazy love' and 'Be Happy'.
It's good to see Wotsee rocking the show after his accident.
Accelerated Culture's resident DJ Garry K was on in the oldskool
room alongside DJ Ripper and MC Robbie Dee. The oldskool room
was situated in the Nitrogen roomthis time round, with plenty
of space to dance. Ripper was playing a more 94 breakbeat hardcore
set with plenty of uplifting tunes, Garry K played the more dark
side stuff as he dropped ' Living in darkness' and Slipmatt's
In the main arena and the Raver Baby duo of Breeze and Styles
were on with MC Spenno. This was another favourite set of mine
with plenty of vocally tunes being dropped through out. Breeze
and Styles started the set with Special D 'Come with me' they
played their remix of Scott Brown's 'All about you', 'You're Shining'
and finished up with 'Slide Away'.
Back in the oldskool room and DJ Pilgrim was on with Illusion's
MC Energy. Pilgrim was playing a 92-94 set, as he played 'Ruff
in the jungle', 'Express yourself', and Jonny L's 'Hurt you so'.
His set featured plenty of nu-skool breaks from DJ Vinlyjunkies
Warehouse Wax label.
After Pilgrim it was the turn of Breeze and Styles, the duo played
an oldskool 95-98 set in here, Energy was still MCing for this
set. True t form Styles and breeze featured plenty of vocally
happy hardcore tunes as they played, 'Here I am', 'Break of dawn',
'Body Slam' and 'Simply electric.' Breeze finished the set with
Forever together which got the crowd singing and stomping!
Tonight's event being a free party was basically a cut down version
of a regular Hardcore Til I Die event, with the 3rd arena closed
and they closed the outdoor complex too. DJ Line-up was also good
not only were the above DJ's playing but I found out that DJ Seduction
was playing the first set and also DJ UFO was also played tonight
With the arena's not being busy as usual, as the turnout was
good but I noticed plenty of people leaving quite early well before
the 5am finish. Though for a free party you can't complain and
those who did have to pay well it was only £5, definitely
value for money!
The only qualm was that there some individuals from a certain
area playing up with Storm having to warn them on many occasions
an the presence of security was noticed quite a lot especially
at the front of the main arena.
I would say that Hardcore Til I Die has had a fantastic 12 months
putting hardcore and Birmingham back on the map. Roll on the next
With all previous events at air sold out and filled to capacity,
and definitely setting a standard for other promoters to follow.
I've enjoyed the past 12 months having not missed a single HTID
event at air, with the summer gathering event being one my favourite
events of 2004.
Thing's can only get better as the next couple of events see
HTID use the Coventry Skydome and the world famous Ministry of
Sound in London, so things can only get better!!
Massive shouts to Hixxy, Lambert and the HTID crew, Storm, Whizzkid,
Pilgrim, Glenn Aston, Styles, Breeze, Wotsee, Alex Energy and
Big Shouts to the ravers, Shaun (good luck on your booking),
Wookie and Emma, Wil and Adam, Andy Immz, Bertie and the Bromsgrove
crew, The Obviously girls,Brain BK, Stu GT, Gazy J, Mike
at Bornhardcore, Lisa-Jo, Michele, Mark Mervin, Rampant, Legs,
and the rest of the USH.net crew also to everyone else whose names
I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'