Til I Die
AIR (Formerly Code)
With the future of the Sanctuary Milton Keynes finally confirmed,
tonight saw a new promotion not only in Birmingham but also within
the Hardcore scene, 'Hardcore Til I Die'. Using a brand new venue
to feature Hardcore on the main stage.
Air is already home to Godskitchen, and with successful nights
such as Accelerated Culture, and Polysexual the venue has already
established itself as a super club, with an amazing JBL sound
system and state of the art visuals. What would be in store for
the Hardcore fraternity tonight??
I arrived in Digbeth just before 10 and after a quick drink,
and meeting up with some friends, headed down to Air. As we approached
the club you could see there was quite a lot of anticipation and
build up to this event. The club opened it doors shortly after
10 and after a brief wait in the queue we were in.
I've visited Air a few times for Accelerated Culture so I was
quite familiar with the layout. The set-up was virtually the same
as previous events, though there was nice décor including
a rotating logo for HTID.
Raver Baby's DJ UFO started the evening with a warm up set and
with no mc.
There seemed to have a been a lot of people travelling from out
of town plus quite a number of Sundissential / Cyber Ravers also
here mixing with the Hardcore crew as well.
UFO played quite an upfront set including stuff off Raver Baby,
the set had a trancey feel to it he played tunes such as New Years
Night, along with a remix of an old trance tune Age of Love and
also another tune with a sample taken from Q-Tex's E-Creation.
After UFO it was the turn of Nu-Energy's Kevin Energy. He played
a freeform set and at this point we decided to check out the rest
of the venue. What was new to Air was that they had taken full
advantage of the outside area by putting on a free fun fair ride,
which we went on! From outside you could see the massive queue
stretching right down the side of the road, it reminded me of
when the Accelerated Culture hosted the Drum and Bass Award winners
party as it stretched out really far back. You got the feeling
from seeing that queue that tonight was going to be busy.
Checking out the 2nd room, the Nitrogen room, we saw Bristol's'
D-Ice and Reality were on playing the sound of Delerium, and another
upfront Hardcore set.
Well it was swiftly approaching 12 o'clock, which was the "Kick
Off" set featuring the Raver Baby trio of Hixxy, Darren Styles
and Breeze accompanied by MC's Storm and Whizzkid.
To kick off they started a set that had a signature tune to mark
their arrival. Storm and Whizzkid were mcin' on either podium
in front of the DJ box. They were mcin' back-to-back hyping up
the crowd into a frenzy complimenting the DJ's set with Whizzkid's
beat box and Storm's vocal Scratch. The Raver Baby trio played
a full on upfront set featuring all tunes off the Raver Baby label
such as Electric rmx, the oldskool classic Injected with a Poison,
Cutting Deep rmx and one of my favourite rave tunes Back to the
Oldskool. With it being the launch night, the Raver Baby crew
were giving out signed copies of the HTID album and other pieces
With the technology that this venue boasts it was good to see
that they definitely made full use of it especially during this
set. With the large laser behind the DJ's they were having a full
on visual assault showcasing the DJ's mixing on the screens complete
with a full on lighting show and laser's going mad in the crowd.
After this set it was the turn of Next Generations Brisk and
he had a surprise guest accompanying him Mr Evolution Records,
and voted as the Ravers' Hardcore number 1 DJ, Scott Brown.
Well after the 2-hour marathon from the Raver Baby trio we decided
to cool off outside for a bit as it was getting quite hot within
the venue and we also grabbed a bite to eat. What was good about
outside was there was another large projection screen so you didn't
miss the action from inside. I also spotted Jason Spinback of
Dream FM and IMO record's filming and interviewing people for
his website out here. Plus there was plenty of room to sit down
and get a breather and catch up with some people I've not seen
for quite a while.
Well we headed back inside and went upstairs to the Carbon Lounge
to check out some oldskool beats. The room was hosted by Jelly
beanz and featured their resident DJ's and MC's, DJ Cruze was
on playing a 91-92 set, it seemed that he was showing off his
oldskool collection playing tunes such as Rabbit City-Beyond control,
DMS-Vengeance and also the monster hit from Moving Shadow's Blame
- Bad Mice Take You.
After chilling out in here we headed off to the Nitrogen room
to find DJ Force was on but it looked like Junior wasn't turning
up as MC Odyssey replaced him.
Force was playing an oldskool set, during which they had some
of the Elite dancers dancing including Jenna of Heart of Gold
fame. Force played tunes such as Set You Free, Pretty Green Eye's,
Heart of Gold that involved Jenna singing to the tune, and finishing
the set with All Systems Go.
After DJ Force it was the turn of the Ravers Choice DJ Vibes
accompanied by Whizzkid MC, Vibes was playing a 95 set and plenty
of stompers. He started the set with the remix of the Baby D classic
- I Need Your Loving, moving into bouncy tunes such as Jumpin
Pumpin, VGT 2, Techno Wonderland, Hold Me Now, and the Madonna
tune - Life is a Mystery which went down a treat. During this
set Whizzkid left the DJ booth and mc'ed on the dance platform
to get some crowd participation.
After Vibes it was the penultimate set from Compulsions very
own DJ Demand. He played a bouncy techno set from the hazy days
of Kinetic alongside Storm. His set kept the crowd going into
the early hours. It included such tunes as Rainbow in the Sky,
Jumpin Pumpin, Toytown, and Eye Opener also the Kinetic favourite
Jiiieeehaaa. Demand finished the set with Visa's 'Fly Away', which
I've not heard in ages
It was time for the last set, the "Morning Glory Hour",
featuring Essential Platinum's very own DJ Dougal alongside MC
Storm. Dougal started with oldskool, firstly playing Pretty Green
Eyes then moving on to Love of my Life, Devotion, Shooting Star,
and Feeling Fine. With this being the final hour Storm was keeping
the crowd really hyped up, I do not know were he gets the energy
but he really knows how to hype a party right to the final second.
With this being the launch of a new night not just for Birmingham
but also for the Hardcore scene I would say that it really went
down a success. I heard that the event was a sell out. It was
a wicked atmosphere inside Air with it being a mixture not just
of Hardcore ravers but also hard house / cyber ravers inside too,
I saw no attitude or trouble what so ever. With the Sanctuary
now closing in July I would say that this venue has definitely
got a lot of potential of holding many more Hardcore nights. As
I did notice lot of ravers from outside of the midlands were in
attendance here tonight. With people travelling from up North
as well as down South, with other nights on tonight, there were
plenty of people that still came here to support HTID.
The big question is will HTID be more successful than the "Human
Traffic" events? They were promoted at Code back in late
2002 and had only a handful of events before decided to call it
a day. I would say based on tonight's success HTID definitely
does have a future in Birmingham and with the variety of different
styles of music and the 2nd room to cater a totally different
taste than the main arena. I just hope that they put all there
efforts back in and that promoters would work together to make
Hardcore in the midlands a success.
My favourite sets of the evening were the Raver Baby set from
Hixxy, Styles, and Breeze to kick things off and I definitely
enjoyed Vibes as well, playing all my favourites from yester year
along with Dougal's final set of the night too.
The line-up for the next one feature's a more oldskool themed
night as it's the launch of "Oldskool Til I Die" a history
of Hardcore from 88 to 2004. Hopefully it is going to feature
an outdoor arena too.
A Big shout to Hixxy and the rest of HTID crew for putting on
a fantastic night and I wish them all success for the future,
Storm + Sarah, Whizzkid MC, D-Ice, Vibes, Jason Spinback, Breeze,
Seduction, Alex Energy and Ben.
And not forgetting the ravers, Shaun and Leanne, Gaz, Craig,
Andy + Brett, Andy Immz, Bertie, Raz and all the Bromsgrove hoodlums,
Olly Thumpa, GT, Charlie + James, Mark Mervin, Kev Voltage, Cruze
plus the rest of the USH.Net crew and everyone else whose names
I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'