5th Birthday celebrations
6th November 2004
Tonight Illusion was celebrating 5 years of oldskool madness.
With all ticket outlets selling through the roof and the only
tickets left being those reserved on the door you knew tonight
was going to be a full house!
It's been along time since the last Illusion nearly 6 months
ago, but it was definitely worth the wait. Tonight's line-up featured
an array of stars from past and present, some old and new names.
There was a live PA and album launch from the old kinetic boys
record label, non other than DJ Brisk!
Well we left Birmingham for round about 7pm and go into Keele
for about 8:30pm. Parked up on the university complex so we knew
the car was safe and headed for the venue. We got there and there
was not much of queue, being greeted by the friendly security
and after a brief search we were in.
This event was on during the university's term time the number
of rooms allocated to Illusion was slightly reduced compared to
previous events held here. There was no Shelly's reunion room
as the main room's music policy was strictly Hardcore and classic
house. The games room featured upfront Hardcore, and downstairs
in the dungeon was the drum and bass room featuring ATM magazine.
The production in the main room was terrific the draping on the
ceiling glowed under the UV and with the lighting and the crazy
laser going off into the crowd throughout the night. In the centre
of the dance floor was a platform for people to dance on, on the
main stage was two video projection screens featuring videos from
past raves including a very young Jumping Jack Frost. The speaker
stacks on the dance floor were huge and definitely loud!!! The
production keeps getting better and better after each visit!
Manchester's XTC was on playing a classic house set to get the
party going playing some classic tunes such as The Prodigy classic
'Everybody in the place' and Xpansions 'Move your body'. Illusion's
very own MC Energy was on mic duty with MC Nitro.
I grabbed a drink, the prices here were very reasonable being
a student union and then we headed to the Hardcore room. Kniteforce's
legendry Luna-C was on, playing a rolling set as he played a few
classics such as 'Take me away' remix and the new tune from Jon
doe aka CLSM 'Transmission to Mars', which went down a treat.
After Luna-C it was the turn of Vinylgroover and MC Freestyle,
and what a set this was! He played a wicked 95-99 set littering
the set with classics, starting with some early Hectic tunes such
as 'Heaven', 'Take me away', 'SMD # 4','Here I am'. During this
set the room was bouncing and the heat was taking its toll though
it was definitely worth it! Also the sound system started to play
up and at some point's the microphone would just cut out.
Half way through the set I nipped out to catch Easygroove and
Daz Willot in the main room. They were playing an early old house
set with tunes such as 'Got me burning up', 'Closer to all your
dreams' and 'Far Out'. Amnesia house's old boy Man Parris was
on the mic during this set.
Back to the Hardcore room and Vinylgroover was still on he carried
on playing tunes such as 'Eternity', 'JDS- Higher love' and started
to change the direction of the set moving onto playing a few more
upfront Hardcore tunes such as 'E-logic - The gate' and Scott
Brown's 'Basic Nature'.
Near the end of the set Whizzkid MC joined Freestyle on the mic.
Illusion's MC Energy a little drunk I may say, got on the mic
and delivered a speech to thank us all for the past 5 years!
After Vinylgroover it was the turn of the Raver Baby head honcho
aka 'Tha Boss' Hixxy.
With other events on tonight some of tonight's billed artist had
to swapped as it was advertised Hixxy would be accompanied with
Storm and Whizzkid. Well with one half of the MC2 duo Whizzkid
did not fail to tear down the house. His beat boxing style is
amazing as I really enjoy his MC chat 'Let's Roll'. Hixxy was
playing a mixture of old and new tunes he started the set with
'Better than Life' and played 'Eye opener remix', '24-7', 'Still
the one', 'Crazy Love' also 'End of time' featuring Whizzkid MC.
Brisk was on in the main room accompanied by another club Kinetic
legend MC Connie. I've never heard Brisk play an oldskool 93-94
set before but I really liked what I heard.
Well what happened next
.. It seemed
that there was an evacuation as the fire alarm was set off. I'd
like to give maximum respect to the security for getting everyone
out of the club within 10minutes. Had something did kick off it
did prove that the security team would be able to evacuate the
club safely. Whilst waiting to be let back into the venue some
individuals decided to throw plastic cups at the security yet
it weren't their fault. We even had a visit from the local fire
brigade. Well after an hour and everyone slipping in the mud,
we were eventually allowed back into the club, it took a bit bit
of time to swing back into things.
Headed to the Hardcore room and Storm had arrived along with
MC Wotsee, Brisk was on playing back to back with Devastate. They
played a bouncy set Brisk played the Ruffneck classic Jiiieeehaaa.
With the mic cutting off during the set it finally took it's toll
as Storm and Wotsee decided to leave. Well it was PA time in the
main room from Liquid.
With all paraphernalia on stage Liquid were in the house, though
it was a bit too short for my liking with his MC on stage hyping
up the crowd. On his keyboard Liquid played 'Sweet Harmony' and
'Liquid is Liquid'. An underrated tune and yet so dark!
After The Pa we decided to grab something to eat and chill out
for a while.
Back to the main room and it was time for Swan'e and Mad P.
Swan'e played a 92 set as I thought he was going to be touching
a bit of a jungle tip seeing as he was accompanied by the Jungle
Techno MC, Mad P, but he played a pure 92 set littered with anthems
from 92. Swan'e played tunes such as 'Just a little love', 'Head
in the clouds', 'The bouncer'. With Mad P on mic rolling with
his unique style this was an enjoyable set as Swan'e played Topbuzz's
'Living in Darkness' with Mad P rhyming over the tune it just
sent a shiver down my spine with delight!
With the shenanigans of earlier I thought we would of got an extra
30minutes but unfortunately this was not the case. As he finished
the set the crowd called for one extra tune, which we did get,
Awesome 3's 'Don't Go' with Mad P getting crowd participation
as he chatted 'rushing on jet plane' chat. With Mad P now back
in demand he's been writing up some new material as he was using
some lyrics that I didn't recognise.
Well overall this was an amazing night, proving that Illusion
are not a small oldskool night in the midlands with people travelling
as far as London to get their oldskool kicks, things can only
get better! The atmosphere was electric with a real party atmosphere
the crowd were definitely up for it. Was a shame about the fire
alarm going off as it did take sometime to get back into the swing
It's unfortunate that Illusion can only get a 3am licence, as
it would have been nice for the event to run till the early hours
of morning, Though the event does start at 7pm so that does make
up for that and plus leaving at 3, you still have that buzz wanting
Set of the night for me was Vinylgroover's oldskool happy Hardcore
set. I really enjoyed this set as I do miss all the old happy
Hardcore that once used to get played from 95-96. Gave me chance
to dance away me blues.
Massive shouts to Alex and Stacie and the rest of the Illusion
crew, Storm and Sarah, Whizzkid MC, Mad P, Man Parris, Brisk,
Hixxy, Luna-C, Smiley, Wotsee Rude, Vinylgroover and Freestyle.
Big respects to the ravers Jon Xlr-8, Andy Techno and Marie,
Olly Thumpa, Jim the 'Click-aholic', Ken, Bubble from Jellybeanz
and the Choons.net crew and also to everyone else whose names
I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'