Bank Holiday Special
Well this was something new for the Koncept crew as for the past
few months they've been running fortnightly nights at Bar Academy.
But tonight was the turn of the Bank Holiday Special, an all-nighter
located at the Dance Factory, Digbeth.
I arrived at the Dance Factory after 10, to be welcomed by a
queue that stretched out quite far back, seeing the queue as big
as this you know that night is going to be busy.
I walked direct into the main room and saw that it was kitted
out nicely with large projection screens on either side of the
DJ booth and with a mad laser, though I think that they did over
use the smoke machine a bit. But the only real downer was that
the sound system wasn't really up to scratch.
Up first was DJ Escape playing some wicked tunes, including Number
One. With Koncept resident MC's Smilee and Maveric later on accompanying
It didn't take me too long to find the UHT room, it was quite
small and more of a chill out room with big comfy chairs to sit
on. In there was DJ GT. I was expecting mainly oldskool to played
in there but to my delight GT was playing upfront hardcore.
Back to the main room and next up was people's favourite Nicky
Blackmarket, Nicky played a wicked set similar to lasts weeks
at Slammin'. New Breed's MC Foxy and also Herbsman joined him.
It's been along time since Foxy was in Birmingham and he was enjoying
himself loads hyping up the crowd. Nicky played tunes such as
Dual Voltage, R-Type remix also the Hyper D Tribute song Move
After Nicky it was the turn of Leicester's DJ SS I didn't hang
around much for this set as UHT's Glenn Aston and Nexus were on.
They were playing an oldskool 89-92 set, playing some wicked tunes
from yesteryear such as Cosmos and Dibs - Star Eyes and Outlander's
Vamp, with Glenn finishing the set with Keep The Fires Burning.
After Glenn it was the turn of DJ Ponder, he was playing a 92
set. He started with the Altern-8 classic Evapor-8 and he also
played DMS - Vengeance, then threw in a few anthems to keep the
crowd happy such as the Prodigy's Your Love and Liquid - Sweet
Harmony. Even though this room was tiny it was good to see people
raving to the oldskool tunes being played.
Back to the main room once more and Formation's Twisted Individual
was on, Biggie was MC'ing for his set, and he played a lot of
new tunes including many his own, such as Rusty Sheriffs Badge
and Bandwagon Blues.
A quick check back to the oldskool room saw DJ's Unison and Cybergroove
on, they were playing a dark 93 set littered with old jungle classics.
Tunes I heard included Dark Soldier and Set Speed. A slightly
drunk DJ Escape was giving it some in here (he he he).
Back to the main room and finishing the night were resident DJ's
Alpha and Konspiracy. Alpha played his own tune along with Brockie's
It was quite good to see that the Dance Factory was being used
again for nights on its own, to see so many people representing,
and knowing that after the closure of the Que club Birmingham
can still put on great nights and pull in a crowd.
The only downside really was the sound system, but with new nights
coming these are just teething problems. During the night the
promoter did apologize to me about the sound system and said it'd
hopefully be sorted for the next one. I took this opportunity
to tell him I couldn't believe how they managed to blag GQ for
Overall it was a wicked night, and something new and refreshing
for the Birmingham scene.
Massive shouts to Justin at Koollive, the Koncept Crew, Nicky
Blackmarket, Foxy, Glenn Aston and Nexus, Alpha, Escape, Biggie,
Astro, Ross, Zoë + Colette, Ricky also to everyone else whose
names I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
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