'The Hardcore Showdown'
5th February 2005
After the phenomenal success of last week's HTID 'Foam Party'
at Air it was time to put on my raving shoes and head out of Birmingham
to Coalville nr Leicester
This Uproar event featured DJ's performing back to back with each
other for the first time ever. With DJ's from various labels battling
against each other making a mixture of some very interesting DJ
sets. Tonight's event was also being filmed for a national TV
advert, for a fourth coming mix compilation.
This was my 2nd visit to the Emporium and Uproar, Uproar are
definitely setting a standard within the Hardcore scene with their
previous event selling out. Uproar have been given the task to
host one of the Hardcore nights at this years Innovation weekender
Having left Birmingham just after 9 we arrived at the Emporium
in Coalville just after 10. The venue is located just off the
High street with ample places to park.
The queue for the event was enormous as it stretched either side
of the venue up and down the high street. The queue was split
into two sections as you could pay on the door or have a reservation
Having guest list places we didn't have any time to wait. Once
our places were confirmed we were in, Zoë from the 'Fruit
Club' and Uproar's very own MC Rude greeted us on the door. With
Rude on the door he showed us the flyer for the next Uproar, sometime
during the Easter Bank Holiday at the Empire nightclub in Milton
Keynes. He showed us a photo of the new venue that they're using
in July though he wouldn't tell us the name of the venue, but
it does look impressive I have to say!
We dropped our coats in the cloakroom, whilst walking towards
the cloakroom we were given a card with tonight's set times which
is quite handy.
DJ Kickback was on in the main arena playing an upfront set.
At this point I had a wander around the venue and this gave me
a chance to say hello to some friends. The main arena has many
podiums and raised platforms that people can dance on, though
it does get quite rammed with not many places to dance. The production
was excellent with some fluorescent inflatables dangling high
up in the ceiling and the lasers reflecting off the crowd. What
I do like about the venue is the balcony as it overlooks the dance
floor from all angles so you can watch the craziness from a view.
Well after Kickback it was the turn of Dougal and Kevin Energy,
Kevin Energy replaced Sharkey so this set was quite interesting
to say the least. Dougal is known for his vocal Hardcore and Kevin
Energy for his darker Freeform. It definitely was a contrast of
styles. As Dougal and Kevin Energy played a remix of 'Kick you
legs in the air',' Fly with the beat', '2Xtreme' and 'Bang 9'.
Odyssey was on mic duty getting the party bubbling as the main
arena started to fill up.
Radical Technology and Uproar Hard hosted the 2nd arena, this
arena featured the harder styles Hardcore as Scott Brown was to
play a Gabba set later on. I didn't stay in here too long.
Back to the main arena and Whizzkid had arrived to make a brief
appearance on the mic, as he gave us a taster of things to come
After Dougal and Kevin Energy it was the turn of Marc Smith and
Breeze. Uproar's very own MC Rude was on the mic along with Odyssey.
This was another contrast of styles in music as Marc Smith is
known for his harder styles similar to what Scott Brown would
play and Breeze part of the Raver Baby crew known for his uplifting
sets. We had a mixture of tunes from these guys, as they played
'Heartbeatz', 'Adagio', 'Getting better',' Electric' 'All about
you' and 'Neck breaker'. Half way through this set saw the arrival
of MC Storm.
Well next up it was the two promoters, come producers, come DJ's,
Hixxy and Seduction were on back to back accompanied by the MC²
duo of Storm and Whizzkid. This was one hell of a set, seeing
these two DJ's battling it out together. With Storm and Whizzkid
battling against with each other on the mic really made this set
Seduction and Hixxy played a varying set with some remixes of
ever-popular oldskool tunes with a mixture of new as Seduction
played a remix of his very own 'Sample mania'. 'Take me away','
Fly Away',' Time to fly', 'The Theme' were all played through
out the battle. Storm and Whizzkid were hyping up the crowd chatting
their lyrics and getting the crowd involved. As throughout the
set they got the crowd to recite their lyrics and lyrics of several
of the songs being played. Hixxy and Seduction continued to battle
it out as they played 'I adore',' Put you hands up in the air'
and ' Slide away'.
After an explosive battle from these four it was the turn of
newcomer Gammer against the Scotsman - Scott Brown. Gammer is
known for playing harder styles similar to what Scott Brown plays.
So these two guys playing against each worked quite well as their
styles complimented each other. Scott started the set in true
form by playing' 'Boomstick', they both played some Evolution
classics and dropping some of the darker sides of Essential Platinum
such as 'Rock that body',' 'Pro to*Plasm','2xtreme',' Neck breaker',
'All about you' and 'Rock you softly'. Rude and Whizzkid got the
crowd singing whilst 'Rock you softly' was being played.
Next up was one of the best sets of the evening as you had the
Scratchmaster SY battling alongside Raver Baby's 'Boy Faquar'
Darren Styles. Storm was MCing throughout this set exciting the
crowd and complementing SY with his vocal scratch. They played
a mixture of Quosh and Raver Baby tunes as SY played 'Dreadland','Edge-1
Remix','Making me wanna dance', 'Open your eyes to love' with
Styles playing 'Getting better',' You're my angel', 'Slide away',
'Perfect Dream's remix' and 'Elements'. With Storm being full
of energy and with the enthusiasm that he possesses unfortunately
he did slip on the stage falling into the crowd, grazing his shin
I suspect. Though like a true professional that he is, he still
battled on entertaining the crowd. TRUE HARDCORE!!!
Last set of the evening featured Slipmatt and Billy Bunter with
the vocal talents of Charlie B. Charlie B an oldskool MC was up
for this set, though he was completely spannered which was quite
amusing. He was teasing the crowd and mocking Storm and Whizzkid.
Slipmatt and Billy Bunter started off with oldskool, as Slipmatt
played 'Heart of gold', there was a lot of vocal tunes being played
as they were playing classics from the 95-96 era. As they played'
Let it lift you',' People's party',' Here I am',' Rainbows' and
'Forever together'. Near the end of the set it sounded like the
sound system was boosted to another level as I could feel pure
bass rattling through my body. Billy stepped up another level
to play the remix of 'Shining down' and also the 'Body slam remix'
Tonight was another successful night for Seduction, Rude and
the Uproar crew. The atmosphere tonight was buzzing with plenty
of people up for it. It definitely looked like another sell-out
for the Uproar crew, with no trouble from the crowd either, making
it a successful night.
The only downside is that the way the club is structured there's
not much room to shock out and the dance floor and platforms get
rammed, as it definitely was a full house! With hardly room much
room it does get quite hot and you can't have an outdoor area
to get away from the madness and cool down at The Emporium. The
chill out arena is ok though it can get quite stuffy. As I do
think that Hardcore events should have some form of outdoor chill
out area, for health and safety reasons as it gives you a chance
to have a bit of a breather.
Well it looks like Uproar is on the move again as their next
event is at the Empire, Milton Keynes. With 3 arenas of musically
madness and features an outdoor chill out area!
Big Shouts to Rude , Seduction and the Uproar crew for putting
on an excellent night., Storm, Whizzkid, Hixxy, Breeze, Sy, Odyssey,
Scott Brown, Billy Bunter, Slipmatt. Charlie B, Ribbz, Zoe at
Fruit Club, Rob at True Hardcore Ben and Katie.
Massive respects to the raving crew, Leanne, Brian BK, Andy,
Bertie and Immz, Hiney, Olly, Gammer, James and Charlie, Quavers,
Jim and Damo, Mike at BornHardcore, Maz, Bag, Vic, Niki, Lisa
and everyone else from USH.net and everyone else whose names I
don't' know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
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