8th May 2004
Dance Factory, B'ham
Well after the success of the last Koncept back on the Easter
bank holiday, tonight we welcomed the Tru Playa Zinc and 1 Xtra's
Bailey, along side Koncept's residents.
I arrived to the club just before 11 and to be greeted with a
short queue, once inside it was already busy with a fair number
of people already inside brocking out to the sounds of DJ Escape.
After the last event the main criticism was the sound system
but I was glad that this was rectified as the system was booming
inside here. Again the décor and lighting in here were
perfect for this night. There were video screens on either side
of the DJ box and a mad green laser going off. Smoke machine his
time round wasn't overused which is a good thing.
Resident MC Smilee accompanied DJ Escape and he got the crowd
going as it was a bit early here, you've got to remember that
this party was on till 5 in the morning. I enjoyed Escapes selection
as he was playing a lot of upfront tunes and making full use of
the CD deck (at one point he stopped the music accidentally whilst
Next up was Technique recording's Drumsound, they were playing
an upfront set playing some nice rollers including Floodlight
by Fresh, the Pulp Fiction remix and the monster anthem off Ebony
- No 1 that went down a storm. Maveric was Mcin' for this set,
during the later part of the set I ventured into the UHT room
to find DJ Pace was on.
Pace was playing a '93 set with a mixture of oldskool hardcore
and jungle tunes, playing tunes such as Music's So Wonderful and
one of my favourite tunes from that era the Suburban Base timeless
classic, Dark Stranger.
Back to the main arena and Drumsound were finishing up and Biggie
was Mcin'. Next up and it was time for some Bingo sessions from
the 'Tru Playa' DJ Zinc. Zinc had Biggie Mcin' for the first part
of the set until GQ turned up.
Yeah that's right GQ did actually turn up!!! I do think that
after letting down so many promoters in the past that he is now
starting to make mends with them. For the past few years he has
been doing his thing with his own label EMCEE recordings. Well
it was great to see him again rolling the lyrics and hyping the
crowd the way GQ does best.
Zinc played an awesome set playing tunes such as Follow the Vision,
Murderation and a few other tunes off Bingo beats. Zinc also played
my favourite tune of the moment True Romance by D Bridge and Vegas,
which is an amazing tune and with GQ rolling over the top of it,
it just complemented the tune perfectly.
Well after 90 minutes from Zinc and GQ it was another 90 minutes
from 1 Xtra's DJ Bailey. Bailey played a wicked set playing a
lot of upfront material and he was also making full use of the
CD deck. Biggie, and Accapello were Mcin' for this set.
What annoyed me in this set was that some idiots thought that
they could take the mic and caused a small problem on the stage.
Security and Biggie finally sorted everything and Biggie soon
got the crowd going again. At this point I caught he remainder
of DJ Raskel playing in the UHT room, I used this time to chill
out in there, as its quite cosy with the large sofa's and soft
Well after Raskel it was the turn of Birmingham's Glenn Aston
and DJ Nexus of Raindance and Quest fame. PM was Mcin' for this
set though he was only on briefly as his voice was going. Nexus
started the set with Leftfield's 'Not Forgotten' as they played
89-91 set. Other tunes played included; FSOL - Papua New Guinea,
Pefecto - The Gonzo, and the Belgian classics from Beltram, 'My
Sound', 'Energy Flash' and 'Spirit'. This was definitely one of
my favourite sets of the evening, I just wish I could take a time
machine back to the M25.
This was the last set of the evening and they wrapped up the
set with Quadrophenia and N-Joi's 'Anthem'. I didn't realise that
the main arena actually finished early as I walked out of the
UHT room to find it completely bare!!!!
I found out from a friend as I was leaving that they closed the
main arena slightly early as there was a gunshot close by the
In conclusion I thought it was a vast improvement compared to
the last all-nighter. It's all a learning curve, and they had
certainly improved the sound system on last time. It was a good
crowd apart from the small incident on the stage but it didn't
ruin anyone's night just got the promoters slightly frustrated.
There was a nice vibe, and this hopefully should be something
regular for the Birmingham heads to look forward to each month.
Best sets for me were Zinc and GQ also Glenn Aston and Nexus.
Massive shouts to Justin at Koollive, The Koncept Crew, The UHT
Crew, GQ, Zinc, Glenn Aston and Nexus, Pace, Helical and Dodgee,
GT, Astro + Faye, Donni at Dirtybeats, Faye aka Chili, Ross, Wallace,
Zoë + Collette, PM, Alpha, also to everyone else whose names
I don't know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
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