"In the Sun" Part 2
Tuesday 21st June - Tuesday 28th June 2005
Lloret de Mar, Barcelona
Tueday 21st June
(Opening Party 1-Xtra)
Wednesday 22nd June
(V Recordings night)
Thursday 23rd June
Friday 24th June
(The World of Drum and Bass + Delerium)
Saturday 25th June
(Innovation + Vibealite)
Sunday 26th June
(Ram Recordings + Vibealite)
After the success of last years weekender in the sun, Innovation
teamed up with Ravenantion to bring not only drum and bass, but
also Hardcore and oldskool to the sun.
Innovation back once again in Lloret de Mar, Barcelona for a
week of madness under the sun in conjunction with Ram Records,
V Recordings, 1Xtra, The world of Drum and Bass, Vibelaite, Delerium
and more bringing a enormous line-up from back home to Lloret
de Mar de Mar, with a variety of different styles of music being
This year's weekender had the option of either the weekend or
a full week of raving. The price for the holiday was good value
for money as for an extra £70 (£185) you could do
the weeklong package which we opted for. Again the price includes
your raving along with accommodation to a 3 star hotel with breakfast
and evening meal included in the deal.
We flew from East Midlands Airport with plenty of familiar faces
from the midlands on the plane
We arrived in Girona and was welcomed to the baking hot sun of
Spain. This year we were staying in the Guitart Central Park hotel,
which was located only 10mins from the beach. Once we checked
in we made our way to club Colossus to pick up our Innovation
wristbands. Finding Colossus was quite easy, as the area got very
familiar to me within a few minutes from last year.
What a mess this turned out to be, we arrived at Colossus for
9:30 then told to go to the hotel flamingo across the road, then
being told to go back to Colossus. After waiting for over an hour
we finally got our wristbands and also a lanyard with all the
weeks set times. Last year our wristbands were given to us at
arrival on the hotel. But I found out that last year some of the
hotel staff was selling them onto locals, hence why this year
they had to be collected in person.
Colossus is massive venue holding over 4,000 people in the main
arena, with a massive balcony overlooking the main dance floor.
It was an amazing site looking on from the balcony and also a
great place to take some crowd shots. Watching the crowd go crazy
and seeing the MC's hyping up the crowd into a sheer frenzy from
here. The sound system wasn't as good as last years, as sometimes
the mic would overkill the music. The Front stage in front of
the DJ booth got mobbed once again as the dance floor got rammed.
Opening the party was 1Xtra, and it was also Shy FX's birthday
too. When we finally got in DJ Bailey was on getting the crowd
rolling. It was great to see so many faces from last year, making
the trip once again. Eksman and Skibadee was MCin for this set
Bailey played some heavy tunes as he played 'Ask Not' and 'Play
After Bailey it was the Birthday boy himself Shy FX, Shy played
a wicked set with plenty of new dubs along side some classics
as he dropped 'Feelings', 'Muderation', 'Plastic soul' and 'Rah'
which sent the dance floor crazy!!!
I found the oldskool room upstairs in Colossus and I can't remember
which DJ was on but he was playing a jungle set featuring tunes
such as ' Valley of the shadows', and the original mix of 'The
Burial'. Brockie was on downstairs though with all the day's activities
of flights, transfers and collecting wristbands finally took it's
toll as we decided to call it a day and headed back to the hotel
Wednesday 22nd June 2005
Today during the day we decided to chill out in the hotel's swimming
pool and recuperate ourselves for tonight's madness at Colossus.
After yesterdays fiasco with wristbands, entry to Colossus was
far easy just flash your wristband a yes your in!!
Tonight saw the legendry V Recordings hosting tonight, I headed
through the courtyard and into the main arena of the club and
Kool FM's Ruffstuff was finishing up.
The legendary Jumpin Jack Frost was on alongside MC Foxy, I've
not seen Jack Frost play in a very long time and was interested
to see what he was playing tonight. I didn't recognize many tunes,
as I was guessing he was playing a set full of dubs from V but
he did play 'All that jazz', 'Follow the vision' and 'Blazin'.
After Frost it was Full Cycle's DJ Die with MC Dynamite, it was
interesting to see Die making full use of the CDJ's. Obviously
playing plenty of new material. Well after Die it was the turn
of Bryan Gee, Bryan played a mixture of a set as he threw in some
liquid tunes from the sister label of V, Liquid V. Bryan played
a few remixes of some classics such as 'Burial', 'This Style'
and 'Champion DJ' along with 'Plastic soul' and 'Outterspace'.
I really enjoyed Bryan's set it as it had a variety of different
styles and sub genres of drum and bass.
Final set of the evening from the legendry DJ Krust, Krust was
playing a dirty banging set with plenty of rollers as he dropped
'Mallice'. The crowd tonight were definitely up for it in comparison
to the opening night with loads of people having a great time
raving with their mates from last year and meeting new friends
this year. I met people from USA, Australia, Germany and also
Hungary in here tonight, travelling all this way for Drum and
On the way home we stopped off at Burger King, which has it's
own vending machine. Definitely need them back home man!!!
Thursday 23rd June 2005
After spending yesterday at the pool, we decided to head down
to the beach and soak up some rays and top up my natural tan.
The beach was only a short 10min walk from our hotel, whilst on
the beach we bumped into a number of Hardcore heads that were
already out here. Today was the Knowledge Magazine bikini beach
competition during the day but for some reason we didn't see this
happen even though we were on the beach all afternoon!
Tonight Innovation was hosting the main arena of Colossus, after
leaving the hotel we headed down to zoo bar for a couple of pre
drinks I left a bit early, as I wanted to catch Zinc. I arrived
at Colossus and found that Zinc wasn't on tonight and had cancelled
which I was quite annoyed about as he was one of the DJ's that
I was looking forward to hearing tonight. Instead I headed back
to catch up with the rest of my mates.
It as just before 12 that I we returned back to Colossus and
Logon D (Mickey Finn's son) was finishing up obviously replacing
Zinc and he done a good job. Logan had Foxy on the mic, he played
'The Vault',' Trust me' and ' All that jazz' playing a mixture
of both new and old tunes which got the crowd going. I've not
heard Logan D before and I obviously didn't want to compare him
to his dad (Mickey Finn) as it's unfair on him but I really liked
what I heard, the boy done well!!!
Next on was Urban Takeover's very own DJ Aphrodite, Det was MCin
for Aphrodite working the crowd really hard with his deep voice
and rolling lyrics. I notice Aphrodite playing some remixes of
some old classics as he played 'Junglist', and he also dropped
'Twist'em' out, 'Night flight' and 'Back to your roots'. The heat
really did start to takes it toll so I headed up to the oldskool
room in the balcony and was in time for 1Nation's very own DJ
Ravenation MC, DR Vibes accompanied DJ Fluid. Fluid played a 95-97
set featuring tunes such as 'Champion sound',' This Style', 'Buck
Rodgers' and the classic from V 'Trouble'.
Back downstairs and J-Majik was on with Riddla MCin, J Magik
played 'X-Ray', 'Back to your roots', 'The nine', 'Dubplate Killah'
and 'Mallice'. With the dance floor being so rammed it was nice
to find a little spot at the back bar, it was boiling hot near
the front also I found my Hardcore friends dancing including a
one DJ Marc Smith shocking out big style.
Friday 24th June 05
Today we thought we'd do something different and travelled out
to Barcelona city. The coach station in Lloret de Mar is only
a short walk from our hotel. We caught a bus to Barcelona, which
took about an hour and cost us 14 Euros for a return, which is
about £10, which isn't too bad. Barcelona is a massive city
with lots of things to do. We really didn't plan our day, as it
was more of a random last minute thing so we missed a lot of the
big sites, but it was nice to do something different.
Tonight was the start of the weekend and the arrival of the remaining
ravers. Also it was the start of the Hardcore at club Revolution.
Seeing as every night we've been raving to drum and bass thought
we'd go down to the Hardcore club and check this place out.
You couldn't really miss Revolution is it a massive florescent
orange outside located by the bucking bronco and mini golf rang
opposite the Casino Royal hotel. The club was quite spacious obviously
not to the same scale as Colossus but able to hold under 500 people.
Deliriums DJ Delicious was warming up in here, she played 'Cutting
deep', 'Do we have to say goodbye' and 'Kick your legs' remix.
MC Spenno was MCin for Delicious along with MC Smiley as they
went back to back. No disrespect to Delicious but I was a bit
disappointed that Stompy wasn't on as it's been ages since I've
seen him play but Delicious done a good job getting the Hardcore
weekender under way.
After Delicious it was the turn of Bedlams very own Lee UHF,
he played a more harder set throwing in the odd break beat style
tune as he played the remix of 'Body slam' and 'Sensory vision'
after the set I nipped out and headed to Colossus in time for
MC Bassman was MCin for Kenny Ken and what an amazing job he
done, it was really hot inside Colossus as the remaining set of
ravers arrived and this place was ram jammed and with the heat
it was like an oven I mean roasting!!! Kenny played a wicked set
though I didn't recognise too many of the tunes, last year he
played what was on the best sets and I think he has done the same
this year round as he dropped 'Lighter remix', 'Champion DJ with
Junlgist' and 'The burial' remix. During the set Navigator and
Shabba joined Bassman on the mic.
After Kenny Ken it was the turn of Formation's very on D J SS
he started the set with a new remix of 'lighter' though with the
heat being very unbearable I had to nip out to cool off and decided
to head back to Revolution.
Raver baby's Darren Styles was on along with MC² in action
rocking the crowd. It was quite hot in Revolution, but they had
this mad dry ice system, which cooled down the club as it fell
on the dance floor. Something that Colossus could definitely do
with!!! Styles played a Raver baby set playing plenty of tunes
as he played 'Dark like Vader' which features MC Storm, (I used
to think this was called Futuristic entertainer but obviously
not). He continued to play 'Perfect Dreams rmx', 'So Real', 'Come
with me' remix. Styles was DJin' for nearly 2 hours as Seduction
was not here as he along with MC Rude and Uproar decided to pull
out a few weeks before the event. Styles closed the set with 'Getting
better', and 'Cry'
After Styles it was the turn of Quosh's very own DJ Unknown,
I would of loved for SY to been out here unfortunately he wasn't
booked even when Seduction decided to pull out. I personally thought
SY would have been the perfect replacement considering that Unknown
was out here as well.
Unknown played a good set I enjoyed his selection and scratching
to. Storm was MCin for the beginning of this set, Unknown played
a new remix of 'Ravin I'm ravin', along with 'Making me wanna
dance', 'Open your eyes to love' and the Quosh remix of 'Slide
away'. At this point I thought I'd head back to Colossus.
Twisted individual was finishing up and Valve's very own DJ Friction
was up next. Friction played an awesome set one of my favourite
DJ's at the moment. Fearless was MCin for this set, and setting
the place a light with his amazing crowd presence. Friction played
'Rah', and a new remix of 'Papua nu guinea' and also 'Style baby'.
For the last 30minutes I decided to go and catch Vibes and Livelee
at the Hardcore club. Well with Livelee living out in Spain you'd
thought he'd be here but alas he wasn't instead Spenno was MCin
for Vibes's set. I didn't know what to make of Vibe's set as he
was playing upfront but it was mainly remix of old tunes. Vibes
played ' I know' and remixes of 'Music so wonderful',' Rainy day'
and 'Love u more'.
Saturday 25th June
Today we were going to go and make use of the go-karting on offer,
after finally getting up we headed up to the coach station and
had to wait over 40mins as the driver decide to have an long extended
break. Once the driver finally arrived he took us to the go karting
track, an ambulance greeted us hummm nice. Apparently the go-karts
are quite powerful and some girl another Innovation raver broke
her leg, just before we arrived. We later found out that she had
her leg in a cast and was flown home that night. Our holiday insurance
doesn't cover for stuff like this and thought it wasn't really
worth the risk. Instead we just spent the afternoon back at the
Tonight saw the turn of Vibealite hosting the Hardcore venue
featuring Marc smith and Gammer playing a back-to-back set for
nearly 3 hours. We got to the club quite late as the whole week
started to catch up on us and we were feeling really tired. When
we got to Revolution Wotsee was up MCin for this set, Marc Smith
and Gammer were playing a hard set and mashing up the mixer with
their crazy mixing style, so crazy that the club owner got quite
worried and apparently kicked Gammer of the decks.
After this set it was the turn of the godfather Slipmatt, Slipamtt
started the set off playing oldskool Hardcore as he played tune
such as 'In effect, 'Panic', 'Crowd Control', 'Now is the time',
'Disco land' which got the crowd bouncing as I've been eagerly
wanting to hear some happy Hardcore on this holiday. Thank you
Slipmatt, Slipmatt started to play upfront Hardcore at this pint
I headed down to Colossus to check out what Innovation had on
Mickey Finn was on in here with Bassman and Shabba on mic duty,
Mickey played 'Black tarantula', 'Spaced invader' he also played
a new tune which featured MC Eksman's 'Semi automatic' vocal.
After Mickey it was the turn of Charge recordings Mampi Swift,
Swift played an awesome set with Fatman D on the mic. Swfit dropped
'Outterspace', 'Trust me',' Tombraider','Screamer', 'The one'
and 'Dubplate' remix. I always enjoy Mampi's set as there really
energetic and fast paced I've said it before and I'll say it again
Swift would make a wicked gabba DJ!!
I nipped out during this set to catch the Raver baby trio of
Hixxy, Breeze and Styles playing a back-to-back set. What another
awesome set this was tonight playing plenty of new and old tunes
as they played tune after tune 'End of Time','Baby I know your
mine', 'All about you', 'Find your way', 'Heartbeatz' with the
MC² duo of Storm and Whizzkid hyping up the crowd you can't
Whizzkid beat boxing over the mic and Storm hyping up the crowd
with his lyrics and vocal scratch The Raver baby trio finished
the set with 'Come with me ', 'Lost boys' remix and finally 'Pretty
Dougal was on next but I didn't much fancy listening to his set
and carried onto Colossus to catch Nicky Blackmarket. Nicky as
always never disappoints as he played a first-class set. Nicky
played 'Fire in the hole', 'Warp speed', 'Plastic soul' and ended
the night with the Stevie Hyper tribute track, 'Buffalo soldier'.
Unfortunately this set was marred by a few acts of violence which
to be honest did put a downer on my night. The crowd in here was
a totally different to that of what was here earlier in the week.
With there being far too many people in here with the place baking
hot as well didn't help things too much. As I noticed a lot of
agitated people, some being quite aggressive, but I didn't really
want it to ruin my night till I saw the fighting right in front
of me, which was not a nice sight.
Sunday 26th June 2005
Today we decided to visit the Water park in Lloret de Mar, which
is short distance away, again you can get a free bus to the water
park from the coach station entry to the water park was only 17euros,
which works out about over £10 if you arrive after 2pm.
£10 isn't too bad and quite good value for money with plenty
of rides and places to chill out on too. Whilst at the park we
bumped into more of our Hardcore friends and a few DJ's and a
The Water Park is situation on a mountain, which meant walking
up and down a steep hill all day. There was some great ides on
offer and didn't have to queue too much I was a it worried abut
my contact lenses but they were fine on the rides even on the
Kamikaze ride. On the way back we decided to walk back as it was
a short distance and a way to dry our selves off with the baking
sun shining down on us.
Tonight was the finishing night for the weekender, which was
hosted by the Ram crew in Colossus. When we arrived Red One was
on, though I didn't really want to hang around in here for too
long as I did feel a bit uncomfortable in here and headed to the
oldskool club next aptly named club ' XTRA'.
Darren Jay was on in here rinsing out some heavy oldskool playing
a variety of years as he played 'Pulp fiction', 'P Funk Era',
'Champion sound'. MC Riddla D was MCin for Darren for this set.
I popped out of the oldskool room and caught some of Shimon,
I quite enjoyed Shimon's set the atmosphere was different than
the previous night as it felt a bit subdued. Though Shimon did
liven things up with the help of the great GQ along with Skibba.
GQ knows how to rock a party without having to chat 100mph. Shimon
dropped 'All that jazz', 'X-Ray', 'Dubplate killah' 'Mysterons'
and even 'Body rock'.
Back to the oldskool room and Darren was on with Riddla and IC3,
Darren ended the set with a more 96-97 jump up style as he played
'Stand and deliver', 'Tekken 3','Chopper', 'Arsonist' and 'No
diggity' similar to what he played at AWOL earlier this year.
After Darren it was the turn of Nicky Blackmarket and Mickey
Finn on the decks back to back with Bassman, Riddla and IC3 on
the mic. I really enjoyed this set from these two as they played
a more 97 onwards set, they played '2 Degrees','6 Millions ways
to die', 'LK' and 'Rah'.
When they started to play more upfront stuff I decided to head
over to the Hardcore club and catch Evolutions very own Scott
Brown. Scott Brown played a banging set with the MC² duo
of Storm and Whizzkid hyping up the crowd. Whizzkid was MCin for
his old sparring chum Scott brown. Scott played plenty of tunes
from Evolution as he dropped 'Bassline of the centruy', 'Pro to
plasm', 'Elysium' and 'Only your love'. I found out that Brisk
had cancelled as Marc Smith replaced him. I was a bit gutted that
Brisk weren't out here as this was another set that I was looking
With no Brisk I decided to head back to Colossus and see the
Ram man, the Guvnor Andy C. Andy played an amazing set as he played
'Planet dust', 'Ask not' 'Spread love' and 'The Burial'. He ended
the set with a new remix of the Prodigy classic 'Voodoo people'
which went down a storm. Unfortunately at the end of his set some
more spurts of violence erupted and they stopped the music with
5-O telling everyone to calm down, as the scene doesn't really
need this. The attitude is definitely not welcomed.
Finally once everyone calmed down Fresh of BC fame was on he
played ' Original jungle sound', 'The nine', 'Fruits' he played
a tune with a new Skibadee vocal on the top' Deal with the dappa',
something different than 'Deal with the matter'.
The Sunday night was the last night for me as we decided to spend
the final night drinking with some of our Hardcore friends and
not staying out to late, as we didn't want to miss our flight
in the morning.
Well overall what was better 2004 or 2005??
2004 the atmosphere was amazing the vibes was immense something
I've not experienced in a long time as I classed that as probably
one of the best raves I've been to bar my first rave. 2005 was
good until everyone else came out, with the club being overcrowded
it did make things a bit more intense, with the amount of bodies
and the heat didn't help either. I think the V night was amazing
and so was The world of drum and bass night too but come the Saturday
it went crazy, maybe a week of raving is too much for people?
I did witness some nasty attitude that I've never even witnessed
back home. I don't understand why a minority of people have to
ruin it for a majority of other people. The other thing that annoyed
me is people trashing up their hotels rooms!! What's the point,
I mean do you really want to get chucked out so that next year
none of the hotels want to take on any Innovation ravers.
Were do these type of people want to sleep? In a tent on the
campsite, or the beach? It's not worth it, do you think these
same hotels want to put up with the Innovation crowd for another
year running. I think not! Some of the hotel that got trashed
were accommodating for people with their families and kids.
With so many ravers coming to Lloret de Mart this year it must
have been a logistical nightmare for the Innovation crew to take
on board. Mickey, Lloyd and Gavin handled the situation very well
under circumstances but hopefully this should be a massive learning
curve. With people not receiving confirmations or hotels destinations
until very late, I mean last minute. The wristbands should have
been sent out with confirmation letters to make life easier, but
I guess with people not getting confirmation letters this would
have been a tad impossible.
The transfers to and from the airport weren't really organised
properly having to wait ages and also people getting on coaches
who haven't even paid for transfers either. Though I found out
that Innovation have used a different tour operator than last
year, which may be down to some of the hassle that the ravers
were induced with.
I did mention last year about the lack of searches and metal
detectors, as this is something that they must enforce as in the
souvenir shops or any were within the resort you could pick up
knives and I don't mean a poxy flick knife I mean knives on par
with Crocodile Dundee.
Though this is a total contrast to what I saw in the Hardcore
club as he atmosphere was electric everyone up for it having a
good time. Ok there wasn't a great turn out in comparison to the
amount of jungle heads just fewer than 100 hardcore heads. With
so much going on back home, as the Hardcore haven weekender was
only a month ago in may and two massive events in July, maybe
flying out to Spain was just too much.
But the vibe and atmosphere was right nice and cosy with plenty
of smiley faces, everyone heaving a great time and with the dry
ice machine that cooled down the club kept everyone cool and safe,
under these extreme temperatures.
These temperatures didn't help as in Colossus it got extremely
hot and made people more agitated and contributed to some of the
attitude. Even 5-0 had to get on the mic to warn people about
people apologetic if you accidentally step on sometimes toes,
as it's a ravers code to apologise and say sorry. I don't think
it was anyone's intention to go out and cause trouble, just one
thing after another and drinking some people just got carried
Best sets of the holiday Friction, Andy C, Swift, Raver baby
back to back, Kenny Ken, Darren jay oldskool, and Slipmats 95-96
set. These were the best sets of the holiday for me. Highlight
of the week having a club named after you :D
Well I hope that the Innovation team take note from what happened
this year and try and sort things out if Lloret de Mar will take
Innovation back for 2006, as 2004 ran so smooth it was untrue
one of the main reasons why I recommended people to come out for
Will I come out again?
Yes I will as well during the day and most nights the party was
on fire just a shame a small minority ruined it for a few, but
hopefully these idiots will not be allowed to return to future
Innovation events. There are far more positives than negatives
but the negatives tend to stand out more unfortunately.
Massive shouts to: (in no order)
Gav, Mickey, Lloyd and the Innovation / Ravenation team, Storm,
Whizzkid, Fearless, GQ, Kenny Ken, Hixxy, Styles, Dougal, Breeze,
Hype, Swift, Logan D, Nicky BM, Everson and Mark, Krust, Die,
Total Science, Foxy, Shy FX, Navigator, Wotsee, Marc Smith, Shortston,
IC3, Brockie, Slipmatt, Vibes, Ben and Katie, Bianca and Vicky
(Narni crew), Gammer, Scott Brown, Odyssey, M-Zone, Chrissy Chris,
Smiley and Gary from Vibealite
Shauny, Satin @ Kool, Zoë and Collette, Jon Xlr-8 and James,
Lisa-Jo and Phill, Faye and Donna, Wookie and Emma, Mani, Adam,
Allan, Lisa and Lee, Alpha, Carly and Ben, Kieran, Vic, Arwen,
Andy Legs, Sallie, Niki, Mat, Escape, MR Joseph, Kate Buzzcat,
Julie Delicious, Lucy, Damo @ UKScene, Markit, Francis, Michelle,
Karen G and the Stourbridge crew, Obie, Sykee, Choons.net crew,
Rob and Stace @ True Hardcore, Spenno, and also to everyone else
whose names I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'