Til I Die
"The UV Raver Party"
Air (formerly Code)
Tonight was the 3rd visit of Hardcore Til I Die here in Birmingham
at club Air. This evening was named "the UV party",
this is an annual event to be held at HTID. Not only that but
at midnight I celebrated my birthday along with 5 years of raving!
This has been one of the most anticipated events since the line-up
was released back in the summer, with HTID being a complete roadblock!
Luckily for me, I made my reservations along time ago using the
guaranteed entry number, and was ready to party!!
Well arriving into Digbeth just after 8 and meeting up with my
friends we headed down to the club and was greeted by an enormous
There was a lot of confusion to which queue people were meant
to be in. The queue was split into paying guest list, credit card
bookings, and pay on the door. Knowing that this event had sold
out, surely there couldn't have been a queue for people with no
reservations. Meaning everybody was queuing in one queue, with
nobody actually really knowing what was going on. I wouldn't have
liked to be ones queuing for hours and only to be told that the
event had sold out!!!!!
We waited just under an hour to get inside, Hixxy was on the door
greeting us as we went in, some recompense.
On the decks was next generations DJ Ham along side Robbie Long
providing us with the finest nu-skool break beat they have to
offer. It didn't take too long for the dance floor to fill up.
The material that these guys were playing was unbelievable as
it did feel like a drum and bass set, but not, if you know what
I hope some of this material is to be featured on the fourth coming
Next Generation album. Me likes what I hear!
During this set there were some crazy people walking around the
venue, clowns on stilts and also I did think I spotted someone
dressed up as Ali-G!!
I thought I'll have wander around the outdoor complex and see
what they had, 2 fun fair rides on offer this time as there was
no outdoor stage. Which would I have preferred an extra ride or
an out door stage, answers on a postcard!
We headed up stairs to the oldskool arena and one of the midlands
oldskool favourites was up, DJ Tango. Tango was playing a nasty
dark core set playing a lot of obscure tunes from 93 with a few
dark anthems thrown in such as New Direction. I didn't catch the
MC's name but he seemed to be doing a good job he was even mouth
scratching too and he did sound ok.
With 5 minutes left before I turned 24 we headed down stairs
to catch the kick off set featuring Hixxy and Weaver along with
MC's Storm and Whizzkid. This was one hell of a show and a half!!!
As there was no podium in front of the DJ box this time round,
there was a massive stage for these guys to MC on. Storm and Whizzkid
hyping up the crowd moving from left to right. I've never heard
of Weaver so I really didn't know what to expect all I knew was
that he'd flown in from Australia.
I recognised some tunes, being Hixxy he was playing Raver Baby
material. I caught my favourite tune of the moment from Clear
Vu- I Adore, also End of time featuring Whizzkid.
After that set I headed upstairs to catch Topbuzz (Jason Kaye
and Mad P). Looking around in the oldskool room I noticed a lot
of the old Flashback faithfuls lurking in the shadows. This would
have been the time that Flashback would of held their 8th birthday
bash in Birmingham, but it's featured at next weeks Slammin. I
don't think many of the Birmingham heads are going to be making
the mission all the way to Shepton Mallet.
Jason started the set full of anthems but did sneak in a few
dark tunes, as he played In Effect, Don't Go, Bombscare, Feel
Better, and Dirty Games. I do wander what happened to all the
tunes that he and Mikey B used to own when they used to play together?
Topbuzz were distinguished for there quality jungle techno sets
during the golden era of 91-92. Nevertheless Mad P did make up
for it, as I don't listen to tunes being played, I tend to listen
more to his chat. Jason ended the set in true fashion by playing
some 95 jungle such as Black, Chopper and the classic from DJ
SS - Lighter.
Well DJ Seduction was on next with his MC, MC Rude. I only caught
the first few minutes of this set as I decided to chill out and
grab something to eat.
What I like about HTID is that they do open the outside portion
of Air as it does get kind of hot in there. You can also get a
chance to catch up with people and grab a bite to eat too. Whilst
outside I managed to get interviewed by Hixxy, lucky me!
Back to the oldskool room and a DJ that I've not seen for nearly
5 years Vinylgroover was on the decks. The last time I remember
seeing him was back at Helter Skelter Millennium jam, he was accompanied
with another face from the past MC Freestyle.
I only caught the first half of Vinylgroover set as I wanted to
catch Sy and Storm.
It's been along time since I seen these two together playing an
upfront set. I don't remember much of the upfront stuff that Sy
played, apart from him playing his last tune the new "Dreadland"
remix which Storm got the crowd singing too!
Well after Sy it was the man from Essential Platinum, DJ Dougal
along with Whizzkid MC. Dougal was playing upfront as I remember
him playing "Getting Better" and "Still the One".
For the last pat of this set I decided to go back to the oldskool
room and catch SL2 B2B with Altern-8.
Well I could only see Slipmatt here of SL2 fame and it was Mark
One from Altern-8 playing along with the "Original Detonator"
Robbie Dee. I really enjoyed this set as they were playing a lot
of nu-oldskool along with the classics, such as "Higher state
of consciousness", "Promise Land" and Urban Hype's
"Trip to trupmton (feel the heat)", they ended the set
playing the Prodigy classic, "Out of Space".
It seems that each rave I go to I just end up spending a majority
of the time in the oldskool room listening to tunes that were
made 15 years ago, just shows you can't beat these timeless classics!!
Well last set of the night and time for the "Morning Glory
set" featuring Force and Styles along with MC Storm. Force
started his set by playing oldskool as Force's first tune was
the classic "Pacific sun", he carried on to play "Eye
Opener", "Here I am" and then Styles took over
playing upfront playing the new remix of "Cutting deep".
Tonight proved one thing and that Hardcore is back on the map
here in Birmingham! Having sold out and with people travelling
a good distance not just surrounding areas but as far as London
and north as Manchester and Liverpool, just to get their hardcore
hit! It just confirms that people are willing to support a Hardcore
night were ever they are from!!
Hardcore Til I Die!!!
Big respects to everyone who wished me a happy birthday thank
A massive shout to Hixxy and Mark Lambert (nice talking to you)
for putting on a wicked show, also to Storm, Whizzkid, Rude, Seduction,
Charlie B, Ben, Mark 1, Vinylgroover and Freestyle, Tango, Robbie
Long, Alex Energy and Stacie
And not forgetting the ravers Leanne and Shaun, Sangita and Rachel,
Jon Xlr-8, Wookie and Emma, Brian and Chris, Immz, Bertie
and the Bromsgrove crew, Mark Mervin, Mad Maz, Astraboy, Charlie
and James, Wizbit and Uplift, Sawyer, Olly Thumpa and Tansy and
the rest of the USH.net crew and the Flashabck crew, Cheesy Quaver
and everyone else whose names I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Apologies if you saw me acting like a fool, as I was extremely
drunk, but hey it was my birthday blame my sis!
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'