"The World's 1st Weekender in the Sun"
Lloret De Mar
17th June - 20th June 2004
This was the first ever Drum and Bass Weekender and a weekend
that I won't forget!
Well having booked our places back in April I'd been counting
the days leading up to this event. This was the first time that
I'd done a full on weekender so I really didn't know what to expect.
Having seen the flyer and seeing how cheap this event was, for
£95 you get 3 nights of raving, hotel accommodation with
breakfast and evening meal. You really can't go wrong! The flights
getting over to Spain weren't too expensive either.
We decided to book extra days either side of the event to allow
time for us to get use to the area and to have a holiday as well.
16th of June came, it was Wednesday morning time to leave England
and get set for the first drum and bass weekender in the sun!!
Our flights and transfer didn't take too long as we arrived at
our hotel in the afternoon. Having checked in we collected our
innovation wristbands, unpacked, and it was time to head out and
check out this town.
The hotel was different to that advertised, as it seemed that
the main hotel called "The Casino Royal" was overbooked,
so another hotel was booked for us "The Hotel Mercedes"
this hotel was located very close to the beach as everything was
within walking distance. There was also a pre weekend party for
people like ourselves that arrived early to get things into action.
After walking along the main parade we
found the warm up party located down a side street and things
were kicking off in here already, the place was rammed and it
was good to see some local faces from the raves back home brocking
out in here.
Logan D was spinning as we got here.
The atmosphere here was amazing all smiley faces I wondered if
the locals had any idea what was about to happen to their town
Well after Logan D is was the turn on Innovation himself Mickey
Finn accompanied by one of Birmingham's finest MC's Bassman. I
was quite shocked to see Bassman out here, as he wasn't billed
on the flyer so that made this night extra special. Mickey was
playing his typical jump up set with some added favourites thrown
in such as the Crazy In Love remix along with Bad Ass as well.
After Mickey Finn we decided to head back to our hotel and catch
up on some sleep.
Thursday Day 1: Well it was Thursday and
this was the day that the rest of the Innovation ravers were to
arrive. During the day we decided to check out the rest of the
town and headed to the beach. Knowing that the rest of the Innovation
ravers were located at the aptly named Casino Royale we decided
to check the hotel, and it was only a matter of time before we
bumped into the rest of the Birmingham crew. Well it was back
to the hotel and time to soak up the Spanish sun and chill for
Not only was today the first night of raving but also England's
vital game against Switzerland. We met up with the rest of crew
at bar Moby's to watch the game. The bar was packed with all English
people and most of them jungle heads. Come half time and then
we had a sudden interrupt of jungle being played. The place went
wild!! Even some of the tourists were brocking out. Well we all
know what the score was to England 3-0 and the place went ballistic!!!
Back to the hotel and time to get changed for the first night
Club Colossus wasn't too hard to find along the main parade the
place wasn't to open till 10pm so we decided to head to a local
bar whilst waiting for the place to open up.
After a few drinks, and rinsing some Belgians and Germans at a
game of pool, we decided to head down to the Club. There wasn't
too much of a queue in here and as we all had the wristbands we
just walked straight in. Having the wristband allows you entry
to the club as many times as you like which was good so if you
did get a bit peckish you could go off grab some grub and return
back to the party.
The club was quite huge as they had open-air part, which was
the courtyard. In the courtyard was the oldskool arena with the
Ravenation banners draped around, the courtyard led directly into
the main arena.
The main arena was massive holding a good 4000 people, the décor
was amazing especially to see all the production brought from
back home. With massive Innovation banners located across the
arena with small hanging board with innovation in the sun written
on them. The lighting in there was spot too, with a massive rig
including a couple of strobes.
There were a number of platforms for people to dance on either
far side of the main arena. The main stage for the MC's to perform
later on got invaded with ravers. The DJ box was located behind
here, and luckily the club was fully air conditioned which kept
the place cool from the blazing heat.
The mix of people in the crowd was wicked as it was going to
be predominantly English ravers but you got to remember that Innovation
isn't just known for their parties in the UK but also over in
Germany, Switzerland and a few more European countries too. As
there were a number of these ravers brocking alongside with the
English having a good time, making the atmosphere even more electric.
Brockie was first up alongside Navigator, playing a rolling set
to get the place bubbling, as it was getting fuller by the minute
Navigator was on fire hyping up the crowd. Skibadee and Shabba
were here too but they weren't MCing much as they were on holiday
just like the rest of us.
After Brockie it was the turn on Bryan Gee, he was accompanied
by Navigator alongside IC3. After Bryan it was Kenny Ken he played
Dual Voltage, which got the crowd bouncing. And after Kenny it
was the turn of Formation's very own SS accompanied by Fearless
and IC3, and playing the new remix of Shake Your Body.
What made this night extra special was the fact that it was not
only the first night of raving but also with the England victory
it was that little extra icing on the cake!!!
Friday Day 2: After a hard night's raving
we took a stroll round town and bumped into our friends from back
home and went for a spot of brunch. Back to the hotel room and
we mad use of the facilities on offer such as the swimming pool,
jacuzzi and sauna (bling bling!). Before heading out to the rave
we thought traveling all this far to rave that it would be wise
to sample some of the local cuisine so we each had a pealea, containing
longestine and cuttlefish and mussels
Tonight at Colossus was the turn of 1 Xtra as this was being
broadcasted to those back home who were missing out. The décor
was similar to that of the previous night but with a few more
hanging boards from 1 Xtra.
Mickey Finn was on in here alongside MC Sugar, later on Bassman
took over for a bit. Mickey was playing a heavy set playing some
old tunes such as Turbulence, The Nine and he played what I would
say was the anthem of the holiday Follow The Vision. After Mickey
it was the turn of SS. He played Bandwagon Blues and Hectic remix
which went down really well, he was accompanied by IC3.
Time for the live broadcast via the BBC's 1 Xtra and it was Ebony's
Shy FX along with the SAS Shabba and Skibadee. Shy FX played a
typical set that everyone seemed to enjoy playing Rah, Pulp Fiction
remix and The Basement Track, during his set Riddla joined in
with the SAS.
Well after Shy it was the turn of the crowds favourite Nicky
Blackmarket. The MC'ing went right of the hook as Shabba, Skibadee,
Riddla, Fearless and IC3 were all MC'ing during this set!! Nicky
played a proper party set with tunes such as Move Ya Body over
Dual Voltage along with a new remix of my favourite Congo Natty
tune Champion Deejay.
Final set of the evening was from the Ram man Andy C, this set
was awesome, teasing in such tunes as Trust Me and Renegade Snares
to keep the crowd guessing what he was going to drop next, he
also played Outer Space and Tali's tune Blazin.
Saturday Day 3: Tonight was the final
night of Innovation and with the True Playaz hosting it was guaranteed
to be an extra special one. This was the only night with bad weather
as it was tipping it down for most of the evening. As we decided
to leave our hotel a bit late, we decided to watch the Football
on the cable TV in our hotel room first.
The night was also being broadcasted and filmed for back home,
and when we arrived to the club it was the first time that we
got searched on entry. Probably because most of the souvenir shops
in Lloret sold knives on a par with Crocodile Dundee himself.
But luckily nothing did ever kick off.
ATM's DJ Frenzic was on when we arrived along with MC Sugar.
Frenzic played a few oldskool jungle tunes such as Trust Me and
Arsonist. After Frenzic it was the turn of Brockie, accompanied
by SAS. He played System Test and also Turbulence.
After Brockie it was time for the live broadcast, this was from
the True Playa himself Hype he was accompanied by GQ. GQ and Hype
one of the lethal MC and DJ combo's, during the set it seemed
the mic had broken as GQ had to MC by the DJ box. Hype played
a banging set with tunes such as Nosher and Circles remixes along
with Floodlight and Follow The Vision.
Well after Hype it was the penultimate set of the weekender and
Birmingham's finest DJ Hazard, alongside IC3 and Fearless. It
was good to see Hazard here representing Birmingham. Since Hype
signed him to True Playaz Hazard has really exploded and been
given the chance to play not only nationwide back home but now
on an international stand too.
After Hazard it was the final set of the weekender from DJ Pascal
and the SAS along with Fearless. Not only was this the first Weekender
in the Sun but also the first Drum and Bass Foam Party, as come
4:30am the crowd got completely covered from head to toe in foam.
Pascal dropped Rah along with The Nine with his final tune being
Ready or Not 2004.
Overall this was one hell of a weekend and one to go down in
history. I would say from what I saw that this really looked successful
and that this may become an annual event.
The atmosphere was amazing as the crowd were up for it each and
every night, there was no moody vibes what so ever as everyone
was on holiday. There were only a few artist's booked that never
showed, I think this was Det, L Double and Friction other than
that it was a full house. And with plenty of other faces about
who had not been booked turning up too.
As the stage got mobbed there was no room for the dancers. We
saw the Narni Shakers there but I didn't know if there were booked
to dance or just on holiday too.
The oldskool in the outdoor arena seemed to just have been an
old tape or cd rather than live sets, from the flyer I was expecting
this to be a lively arena but instead it was used as a chill out
area. I would of thought that at least one of the big name dj's
playing here would of played at least one oldskool jungle be it
95 or even 97 jump up set in the main arena. As Brockie and SS
both played twice and played all-upfront, and I'm sure I'm not
the only one who would have liked to have heard some more oldskool,
as there were quite a number of older ravers in the place.
I would say that the next time this event is put on that it won't
be as cheap as this was £95 for 3 nights of raving with
all-star line-up and a complete bargain.
Massive shouts to Mickey Finn and the rest of the Innovation
crew for putting on a superb weekend, Brockie, Shy FX, Bassman,
Ben, Darren Jay, Aphrodite, GQ, IC3, Fearless, Navigator, Nicky
Blackmarket, Hazard, Sugars and Bianca the Narni shaker.
Also massive shouts to the party people that made the weekender
what it was
Scotty, Dave, Zoë, Collette (international raving sisters),
Mistress Mo, Esther, Karen G, Wookie, Brian, Emma, PM, Michelle,
Lisa and the Kent Crew plus all the Birmingham and Stourbridge
heads and also to everyone else whose names I don't' know but
faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
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