The Summer Slammer
6th Birthday Celebrations
Saturday 13th August 2005
Tonight not only saw Illusion celebrate their 6th birthday but
also using a brand spanking new venue in their hometown of Stoke-on-Trent.
With Illusion returning back to its hometown, the oldskool arena
was once again showcased in the main arena alongside 3 other arenas.
Having a small detour around Hanley we finally arrived at club
creation for just after 9:30. Club creation has it's own on-site
car parking facilities which is very handy. From the outside the
club looks really nice and lush similar to that of a super club.
It was already raining and we headed to the club there was an
enormous queue already building up, and yet the club had been
open for two hours, so you know it was going to be a busy night.
We was greeted on door by MC Energy and got our stage and vip
passes sorted out. The bouncers were very strict on the door as
I had a thorough search including the insides of my trainers.
Once inside we headed directly for the main arena and it was
huge, in front of the DJ box was the main dance floor and there
were two podiums either side for people dance in. Around the outskirts
of the main arena were some comfy chairs for people to chill out
There were posters of tonight set times located around the venue
but it looked like Nicky blackmarket didn't show up which was
a disappointing as I was looking forward to some oldskool jungle
Pilgrim and DJ Energy of Quest fame were on playing a 92-93 set
with plenty of party tunes to get the place rocking. Pilgrim and
Energy played ' Closer to all your dreams',' Cutter-Beyond control','
Some justice', 'Dreamfinder', 'Panic' and 'Music so wonderful'.
Illusions resident MC Nitro was on and later was joined by MC
At this point I decided to have a wander around the rest of the
venue, to locate the other arenas. The techno room was situated
very close to the main arena and it was rammed in here with people
stomping away. Straight through the techno room was the Hardcore
arena and DJ SY was on alongside MC Wotsee. Having been to Fruit
club the night before I didn't hang around in here too long. Going
though the toilets in here leads you back directly to the main
arena. Though what was shocking is that the toilets in here were
unisex though there were separate gents and ladies.
Back in the main arena and DJ Blonde was on playing oldskool
jungle in a quick 20 minute set throwing many tunes as he could
fit into his set with very little mixing. He played 'MA2-Hearing
is believing', 'Incredible', 'Arsonist',' Chopper', and 'Dread
bass'. There was really no mixing just felt as if he was banging
out as many tunes as possible in the short space of time available.
Seeing that Nicky Blackmarket had cancelled, I guess he was just
making up for what we had missed.
Next up was one of the sets that I've been waiting for Vinygroover
B2B with DJ SY with MC Freestyle on the mic. This was an awesome
set with these two going back to back. Playing a 94-97 happy hardcore
set with plenty of the more underground tunes and a few tunes
that I've not heard in a very long time.
Sy and Vinylgroover played' 6 Days', 'Airhead', 'Sensation',
'Now is the time' and 'Love of my life'. Freestyle was great on
the mic looks like him and Vinylgroover are residents as they've
played at every Illusion since last November. They pulled a few
gems out as they played the RSR classic 'Sunshine, and Seductions
'Imagination' thanks for the rewind MR SY!! They ended the set
with the Kniteforce classic 'Take me away' awesome tune.
Carrying on with the happy hardcore theme was Dougal and Magika,
playing a quality Dreamscape set. Dougal played plenty happy hardcore
anthems such as 'Feel free', 'Together Forever', 'Feelin fine',
'Steamtrain' and 'Heart of Gold'. Dougal ended the set with 'Pretty
green eyes'. Magika looked a totally different person compared
to last week at HTID, to be honest he's better off as an oldskool
MC s that's what he does best, rather than trying to MC to new
Well next up was supposed to be Slipmat and MC Jay J, but unfortunately
this was another cancellation. So who better to replace Slipmatt
than Pilgrim and Glenn Aston playing back to back. The midlands
duo played a classic Flashback set, plenty of the Flashback tunes
being played just a shame Lenni wasn't on the mic. They played
'The Slammer', 'Living in Darkness', 'Can you feel it',' Essence
of aura' which switches the tempo half way through the tune and
went down really well with the crowd.
Glen and Pilgrim continued to play the Prodigy classic 'Outer
Space' with everyone singing along, and 'Express yourself', before
ending the set with Rachel Wallace's 'I feel this way'. Glen would
normally have played a Belgium type 90-91 set, which both of these
are superb at, though having to play short notice in the main
arena he had to use Pilgrim's records and they definitely did
a great job with what they had especially at last minute!
Final set and what I've been waiting for in ages, the Kinetic
duo of Brisk and MC Connie. This was an awesome set and definitely
not for the faint hearted really bouncy yet it was oldskool similar
to what Carl Cox used to play. Connie was superb on the mic complementing
Brisk. Brisk played a few 92 tunes such as 'DJ Business' and 'Head
in the clouds' before moving onto some of the harder stuff with
a very big Dutch influence. Brisk played a number of bouncer stompers
as he played ' E-Creation' an early tune from evolution before
finishing the night with the Club Kinetic anthem from Diss reaction
Overall what an awesome night from the Illusion team, is unfortunate
a few cancelled though with their being a few other nights on
tonight was hard to fit everyone in I suppose.
The atmosphere was magnificent with plenty of up for it people
having a great time. I really enjoy coming to Stoke very friendly
crowd lots of happy faces. The new venue was superb a really nice
swanky club too, don't think their used to people coming in here
without shoes and shirts. I do think that the night was very successful
and hope to visit Illusion back here, as it looks like Keele is
now out of the running for the time being. I really would like
Illusion to get a late night licence at a future Illusion as leaving
at 3am doesn't feel right as you still wanting more!!!
The best part of tonight was the oldskool being back in the main
arena as to be honest the previous event at Manchester wasn't
didn't meet my expectations. Tonight definitely made up for it
Best sets has to be Brisk's oldskool set as I was gutted that
I missed his oldskool back in November last year, so I was definitely
not going to miss it a 2nd time round. The energy and mixing was
amazing throughout this set. I also really enjoyed Sy and Vinylgroover
set this went down really well, they didn't stick to many of the
big happy hardcore anthems in comparison to Dougal's set
Massive respects to Alex, Stacie and the Illusion team, Pilgrim,
Glenn Aston, Brisk (Your going to make me have a heart attack
before I'm 25!!!!), Man parris, Sy, Vinylgroover, Freestyle, Marc
smith, Connie, Wotsee, Rude, Smiley, Andy Techno and Marie.
Shouts to Jon Xlr-8, Will, Luke, Kerry and Birmingham crew, Sarah
and the Northampton ladies, Carrie, Maz, Andrea (Happy 21st),
Lee UHF, Olly Thumpa and Tansy, Ryan platinum, Overload, Kev Pikey,
Smash, Mr and Mrs Darkside, Sam and her fella from wolves (original
Flashback crew!!) Damo and Jim at UKScene, Shazza Spannered and
Dave, Sammi from Rizzen also to everyone else whose names I don't'
know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'