9th august 2003
What a scorcher.
This was the first time that something different was done by
Slammin Vinyl at the Denbigh leisure centre. As the planned Rockingham
outdoor festival was cancelled, Slammin had a lot to make up for
what would have been an outdoor hardcore and jungle rave.
Introducing back the Rollers warehouse, along with the Sanctuary
and Fastrack warehouses, and the addition of an outdoor stage,
this was a rave really not to miss.
Well with the extreme temperatures of this summer, the trains
were limited on their speed they could travel at so we didn't
arrive to Milton Keynes until 6:30. As we walked to the Denbigh
leisure it was amazing hearing MC Storm across the road from the
dual carriageway whilst queuing up also hearing Heartbeatz whilst
queing,Hixxy must of been on. People were really anxious to get
in as you could hear the music whilst queuing up, some people
decided to have a little dance.
Entering the complex I was greeted to by a huge stage with lights
and strobes kitted up, the production of his stage was good. There
was a green laser behind the DJ booth, as this lit up the night's
sky later on the evening.
Well I headed direct to the stage and was greeted to sounds of
Hixxy playing what seemed like an Oldskool 96-97 set playing some
classic hardcore mixed with a few new tunes , I only caught the
last 15mins hearing the Force and Styles classic paradise and
dreams, along with the Braveheart tune, this was awesome hearing
thes tunes in the glorious sunshine. Hixxy then finished off with
the Praga Kahn oldskool classic Injected with a poison remixed
raver baby style. Storm and Whizzkid were mcin keeping the crowd
hyped, with the soaring temperatures it was gonna get sweaty.
Up next was the oldskool don's the mighty Ratpack, recently when
I've seen the Ratpack they've been playing oldskool jungle but
tonight they were back to their ways playing oldskool hardcore
with some new stuff. The found a café was played along
with Can you feel it and their new remix of sweet harmony with
promise land vocals, along with the prodigy classic Charly They
finished the set with the Ratpack classic Lord of the dance (captain
of the ship). It was good to see Ratpack on the stage, as this
is what it must to have felt like, to rave back of the early days
of Fantazia etc.
Well it was Andy Farley up next playing house, which people didn't
seem to be enjoying much to as much, at this point I thought it
was good to have a wander around. Near the entrance they had an
outdoor bar with a mini beach with deck chairs to sit on. The
sanctuary was also opened as it was serving drinks in there.
Back to music and Mark Eg was on, this bloke is crazy as he was
going off on a mad one jumping around the stage, at one point
he started to thump the stage as he always like to entertain the
After the mad nutter it was the Evolution Records live PA hosted
by Scott brown along with MC Whizzkid. Scott brown was kitted
up with a sequencer and a cd deck playing some new ad old tunes,
had a vocalist who sang Scott's new tune also sang to Scott brown's
Turn up the Music.
Well after listening to the hardcore it was time for some jungle
drum and bass from the Tru player DJ Zinc. First half of the set
he didn't have a mc which was good in a way to appreciate the
music. Skibadee arrived late, Zinc played some heavy tunes including
the remix of Ready or not also the crowd pleaser twist em out.
I enjoyed Zinc's set as I missed him at global gathering 2 weeks
Skibadee was later accompanied b the full cycle mc Dynamite as
the Ram man Andy C was on next Andy C played a scorching set dropping
some heavy tunes. As the sun started to set and night fell the
green laser lighted up the sky. Andy C dropped tunes like turbulence
also the Basement track from high contrast, Screamer and the rawhill
anthem Mo' Fire. The set was finished unannounced as they cut
off the sound, s it was time t move onto the fastrack and Sanctuary
to finish off the night's festivities.
Well Birmingham's very own DJ Hazard was on in the Sanctuary
he was accompanied by Skibadee. Hazard was playing some good tunes,
as he's joined up with Hype and started to produce on the Tru-
playaz label. The sound system during his set was quite low. The
production in here was quite well with the stage being at the
back, rather than facing the balcony. There were two massive video
screens situated at each end of the stage.
Hype took over from Hazard, Hype doesn't seem to scratch as much
as he used which is a shame as he once represented England in
the DMC's, Hype played a similar set to that of Global the other
week, playing the remix of ready or not along with the new Chopper
remix. Dynamite and Eksman were keeping the crowd, as the temperature
inside the sanctuary started to rise rapidly.
The heat started to take its toll so I headed to the Fastrack
and was greeted to the sounds of essential platinum's Dougal.
The production inside here tonight was quite amazing but not really
on the same level as the drum and bass.
His set was quite stompy and vocally he played his tune with Jenna
and MC Smiley ordinary people, which went down well. Also he played
the new remix of the hardcore anthem Love of my life. The sound
system in the fastrack wasn't up to scratch at times, as the sound
level was quite low.
After this set I decided to take a rest as the heat within all
arenas started to make it unbearable at times. After a break I
decided to catch Mistress Mo as she was playing oldskool drum
and bass from '97-99. Playing some classics from few years back.
Including 26 bass, tune your bass also the Shy FX remix of Wolf.
The heat inside here was like a sauna the sweat dripping from
I headed downstairs and Bryan Gee was on accompanied with MC
Presha, as Fatman D and Foxy Still havent turned up . Bryan gee
played a good set, but the MC's weren't really up to scratch.
Bryan gee dropped the Chopper remix also the Trust me remix which
really cant touch the original's along with Nosher VIP.
Up next was the man from Virus Ed Rush, Ed Rush played a techy
style set with some good unknowns along side some anthems included
dillinja's bad bass. During the set some people were getting annoyed
about the poor mcing that the mc was getting booed. MC Presha
took over waiting till the next mc arrived.
Well Swift was up next and finally some lyrical geniuses arrived
in the form of IC3 and Fearless. Swift was double dropping like
crazy as he only does. Half was through his set I thought it would
be good to check out Seduction in the Fastrack as Seduction's
back playing hardcore.
Well Seduction retired from playing upfront hardcore back in
'99, hereturned in late 2000 to play oldskool and now he's back
on the hardcore tip. Some of his tunes he was playing were quite
interesting as well most hardcore DJ's now mix off cd. But he
did throw in some classics including imagination, which I've not
heard for quite along time. Storm was mcing for Seduction, hyping
up the crowd as he can do, but the sound system in the fastrack
was quite low. His new material does sound quite good, but I think
with time the tunes will get better.
After Seduction was Next Generation's very own Brisk, he was
accompanied by Odyssey mc. Brisk was playing a bouncy set but
not as hard as he once used, but it was banging. I didn't recognise
many of the tunes as he playing new material.
I quickly popped into the sanctuary and Swift was still on, looks
like he was on for 2 hours.
Well up next was the Scratchmaster SY, this was one of the better
sets of the night. It wouldn't be Quosh hour if Sy weren't accompanied
by Storm. Sy played some good new tunes as he's been recently
playing a lot of up'n'coming alongside his stuff, which is good
new for the up'n'coming producers.
As SY can be different from a lot of the other DJ's and experiment
with his sets, he did play the Quosh remix of Bring me round to
Nicky Blackmarket was on in the sanctuary accompanied by MC MC
and Shabba D,
I do feel that MC MC should have been on earlier rather than last
set. But MCMC was wicked mcing and hyping up the crowd, at times
Shabba looked like if he forgot his lyrics as he did stutter on
the mic. Blackmarket played Dual Voltage also the remix of Grimey
Well I thought tonight was a good night as the weather was right
for the outdoor stage. Raving to hardcore being played in the
sweltering heat outdoors is something you don't really get anymore.
It was good to see the mixture of people raving to both hardcore
and jungle when the stage was on. As I feel that raves shouldn't
be segregated with different arenas for hardcore and jungle. I
do think that set times should be made available as they weren't
on he merchandise stall.
I hope that we get an outdoor all dayer hardcore and jungle rave
hopefully next summer, as I think tonight was a success.
Anyways Massive shouts to Storm and Sarah, Whizzkid, Fearless,Mistress
Mo MCMC, Jason Spinback, Ratpack, Hixxy, Zinc, Justin at Koollive
Massive respects to the Ravers, Leanne, Gaz, Shaun, Zoë +
Collete, Astro, Ross, Olly, Mark plus the Lichfield mob, and to
everyone else that I've forgotten.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'