Til I Die
'Hardcore Beach Party'
Air (Formerly Code)
6th August 2005
It's been a long wait since the last Hardcore Til I Die here
at Air in Birmingham, not only was this a one off special on a
Saturday, but tonight's theme was a beach party.
We arrived in Digbeth just before 10 and the party was already
in full flow, having arrived later than usual there wasn't much
of massive queue. There were two queue's one for guaranteed entry
and another for credit card and guest list. Tonight's event like
previous HTID events at Air sold out completely within the week
leading up to tonight, so if you didn't have a guaranteed entry
or pre paid booking you know you won't be getting in!
Having got our entry sorted and having my pockets emptied we
had a brief search and we were in. Headed directly for the outside
compound, well I was shocked to see the transformation and what
a great job that they actually done! Like all previous HTID events
there was the free funfair ride, the outside was transformed with
there being two small swimming pools, a barbeque and other beach
themed bits and pieces. After having a wander out here we decided
to head for the Nitrogen room as the South Coasts, GEOS crew were
Robbo was on the decks complimented by MC Marley, Marley was
not only MCing but was also djing too. It's been ages since I've
seen Marley the last time being new years at Life. It was great
to hear him MCing again working up the crowd. I like the stuff
that the GEOS crew were playing, they showcasing their own material
on both the GEOS and Raver Baby labels. The GEOS crew played a
remix of 'U had it all', along with, 'Raise your hands', 'Power
& the glory' and 'Look at all the ravers' an awesome tune
definitely a favourite of mine at the moment.
Headed downstairs and in time for the Kick off set from the Ravers
Champions 'Sy and Storm'. This was a great set from the Quosh
master scratching up with Storm complimenting SY with his vocal
scratch. The main arena was completely rammed with not much room
to move especially down at the front whilst these guys were on!
The good thing about HTID having the outdoor complex open the
main fire door is kept open to allow fresh air into the main arena
as it gets extremely hot in here, especially during this time
of year! Sy played 'Rock ya hardcore', the Quosh remixes of '
Slide away' and 'Pacific sun' and 'Set your body free. There was
a surprise PA during this set as Lou Lou was on stage and sung
a live version of 'Makin we wanna dance live', which sent the
crowd wild. I've seen a number of PA's in my time and Lou Lou
was awesome. Amazing voice and the crowd were singing with her
nice too, is nice have surprises like that at raves.
After Sy, next up was Breeze alongside Whizzkid MC, Breeze started
the set with 'I will be'. At this point with the heat starting
to take it's toll we decided to venture upstairs to the Carbon
arena and check out the midlands legend DJ Pilgrim. Whilst walking
up here, there was the distinct smell of the barbeque flowing
With the heat being intense downstairs, up here in the Carbon
arena they had the fire door open and with it being a small arena
you could feel a cool breeze in here. Pilgrim played a wicked
oldskool set starting of with some '92 tunes before moving onto
some 94 hardcore classics. Pilgrim played 'In complete darkness',
'Take me away', 'Hear Me', 'Living in darkness' and 'Total XTC'.
There was no MC's up here so you could enjoy the music and chill
out, though many people were dancing as well as lounging in the
seats. Pilgrim finished the set with his own tune 'Can you feel
With the smell of the BBQ tickling my nose we decided to head
outside, this gave us a chance to cool down and to grab some grub
off the barbeque! There were plenty of people out here just milling
around and chilling. With tonight being a beach theme there were
quite a number of ravers dressed up in cheesy Hawaii t-shirts
and girls with grass skirts, some were even wearing armbands!
It's great to see plenty of people here making the effort tonight,
the weather out here was good with it not raining and being a
Back to the main room and Brisk was on with Wotsee, we caught
the tail end of his set, Brisk was playing a proper bouncy and
hard set. After Brisk it was the turn of DJ Sharkey with MC Odyssey.
We headed to the Nitrogen arena in time for Styles accompanied
by the MC duo of Storm and Whizzkid.
This set was electric it was roasting in here and it reminded
me of the Chapel arena aka 'The oven' back at the Que club. Many
of us danced through the heat! Storm and Whizzkid were amazing
and working through the heat barrier hyping up the ravers and
working off each other on the mic. Styles played an awesome set
with plenty of vocal and uplifting tunes. Styles played 'Sound
without a name', 'Slide away' and 'Dark like vader'. Styles finished
the set with ' I will be' awesome tune!
Storm and Whizzkid carried on their marathon set, as they headed
downstairs to MC for Re-con, of Ultrabeat fame. Re-con was supposed
to be on back to back with Hixxy, but unfortunately Hixxy was
stuck in America. Re-Con did an amazing job just like he did earlier
in the year at HTID. Playing plenty of Raver Baby tunes with the
MC duo of Storm and Whizzkid working the crowd into a sheer frenzy.
Storm and Whizzkid were hitting the crowd with their lyrics and
getting plenty of reaction from the crowd. Re-con played 'Angel
eyes', 'Cry', 'Sound with out a name', 'Be alone' and the remix
of 'Take me away' which went down a treat!
Well after this set it was then turn of Essential platinum's'
DJ Dougal. This set marked the hardcore comeback for MC Magika.
Dougal played a really good set as his set featured many euphoric
uplifting vocals tunes. He started the set with 'Lift me above'
an awesome track, 'Make some noise', 'Follow me' remix, 'Drive
me crazy,' and 'So real'.
To be honest I didn't rate Magika during this set, he turned
up a little late, he looked very uncomfortable whilst on the stage,
and he had to be persuaded to get on the mic at first, from not
only Dougal but also Storm and Whizzkid. I know he's been out
of the game for 5 years, but he just seemed out dated especially
after having Storm and Whizzkid MCing for the past two hours there's
really no competition.
Well it was that time the morning glory set from GBT's Billy
Daniel Bunter. Billy played a great set playing starting of with
some oldskool classic. He got his set underway with 'Heart of
gold'. Billy played 'Toytown which got the crowd blowing their
whistles and horns in unison! He carried on to play ' Rainbows',
'Crazy love', 'Heartbeatz', 'Getting better' and ' Your shining'.
Storm and Whizzkid were MCing into the early hours, don't know
where these guys get their energy from as they've been MCing to
so many sets all night it was untrue and under this heat as well!
Billy ended the night with 'Need your emotion', Billy got on
the mic afterwards to say a massive thank you for an awesome night
and for so many ravers staying right till the end as the main
arena was still full!
What an awesome night this was, definitely one of my favourite
hardcore raves of the year. The atmosphere hear tonight was electric
didn't notice any trouble what so ever. Even with being it rammed
people were apologising when they accidentally stood on people
toes using the raver etiquette, especially upstairs during the
Styles set, as I've not seen this arena so rammed!
The beach theme went down well though I don't think many-made
use of the swimming pools, which was a shame. I would have preferred
them to use that space to put on an outdoor music arena like last
years Oldskool Til I Die event. But with them only being granted
the outdoor music license one week before last year's event I
don't think they wanted to risk it again this year.
The music was on form with amazing sets all round with Re-Con,
Styles and Pilgrim all being my favourites of the night. Was a
shame that Hixxy wasn't here tonight to see how successful tonight
was, especially after his awesome set at Global Gathering last
Massive shouts to the HTID crew Hixxy, Mark, Chris and Joe, Storm
and Whizzkid, Pilgrim, Brisk, Ben (thanks mate), Styles, Marley,
Wotsee, Odyssey, Dougal, Ribbz and Marc Smith.
Big respects to the ravers, Charly, Shaun, Jon Xlr-8, Lisa-Jo
and Phil, Emma and Wookie (Happy birthday mate), Mike at Bornhardcore,
Lisa, Maz, Carrie, Vic, Lucy and Andy Immz, Olly Thumpa, Charlie
and James, Uplift and Kaylene Mark Mervin, Sarah and the Northampton
ladies, Michelle,Steph and Obie, Daz Rampant, Matty, Dizzyvibe, Cruze,
Phil Friction, Julie Delicious, Paul Compulsion, Nikki, Mini Smithers,
Andy Legs, Stu Gt, Andrea, Sarah and Sallie, Olly Thumpa, Swifty
Cee, Rob and Stacie at True Hardcore, Adam Harris, Kev Pikey,
Astraboy and the rest of USH.net crew, Jim, Damo and Kelglow at
UKscene, Steve and the rest of the Backtotheoldskool crew, also
to everyone else whose names I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
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