24th April 2004
Stoke on Trent
Are you ready for some bloodclaart jungle techno???
Well its been over a year since I returned to Illusion, tonight's
line-up was going to be second to none and what was special about
the night was the reunion of one of oldskool's biggest names Top
Buzz. This was the return of the voice of Top Buzz Mad P along
side Jason Kaye.
Most noticeable too was the change in music policy as Illusion
have now introduced a Hardcore arena showcasing some of the big
names in the scene, with an up and coming and also a Drum and
Bass room too.
So I arrived at Keele University around 8:30, there wasn't a
massive queue and after a quick search we were in. The rooms had
been given a bit of a shuffle since the last time I went. What
was the Shelly's room was now the hardcore arena and the games
room was now the Shelly's room and it didn't take too long to
find these arenas.
I headed directly for the main arena to find that DJ Mastersafe
was on. The production in this room was better than the last event
that I attended. There were massive video screens on either side
playing videos from past raves including Dreamscape 20 and also
some of the classic Fantazia events too, which featured a young
Lipmaster Mark and Everson Allen.
At the centre of the arena was a platform for the ravers to dance
on, and of course no oldskool rave is complete without the oldskool
green laser. As you lot will know the days weather was a nice
little heat wave and there were quite a number of people in shorts,
a good idea too, as later on in the evening the heat started to
take its toll.
Mastersafe was playing an early 90's set to get the party rolling,
playing tunes such as Xpansion's-Move Your Body, and finishing
the set with Future Sound of London's- Papua New Guinea.
After Mastersafe it was the turn of a midlands favourite, lords
of the dark side style, Ratty and Tango. They played a 93 set
with MC Connie was on mic duty.
Ratty and Tango played the Basement classic's New Direction and
Living in Darkness along with Vibes and Wishdokta's Music is Wonderful
and obviously it wouldn't be a Ratty and Tango classic without
playing Tales from the Darkside.
Next up was Manchester's favourite Stu Allen along with oldskool
legend Man Parris. Stu Allen was playing from the year of 92,
which I enjoyed. His selection included tunes such as the Suburban
Base classic Tell Me Why featuring Rachel Wallace, throwing in
SMD#1 and finishing the set with Rebel MC's Tribal Base.
After Stu Allen was another Shelly's favourite Daz Willot. He
started the set with the Shades of Rhythm monster Sounds of Eden,
and at this point I thought I'd see who was playing in the hardcore
To get to the hardcore arena you have to go through the games
room, what amazed me was the amount of people playing Playstation
don't you people know there's a rave going on!!??
In the Hardcore room was Next Generation's DJ Brisk alongside
This arena was like a sweatbox box, nicely decorated and there
was a large stage for the DJ and MC to perform on. Brisk was playing
a frantic and hard set as he always does best, with Whizzkid hyping
the crowd on the mic.
Back to the main room and it looked like the headliners were
running a little late as Daz Willot was still on. Well the headliners
did finally arrive and Jason Kaye aka MR Magoo who was sporting
a new haircut. When Mad P made his way on the Mic he was greeted
with a great roar and he didn't even have to say a word.
Well it's been eight years since these two have worked together
and it was worth the wait!!!
Jason started up with a 92 set throwing a few anthems including
Bombscare and Rabbiy City's - Beyond Control, and also 2-Xtreme
to get Mad P into the flow of things. It was quite cool to see
my two favourite MC's brocking out hard at the front to this set
Whizzkid and Storm along with Rude. Storm, Whizzkid and Rude were
overwhelmed to see their lyrical inspiration just as much as I
Mad P was chatting his rhymes and to see the crowd's response
in chatting them back to him was shocking, as there was an older
presence here tonight. Shows what an influence Mad P can make
on a flyer.
Jason ended the set with some early jungle classics such as Return
to Champion Sound, Roni Size's Its A Jazz Thing, the '95 rumbler
from SS - Black. Jason finally finished the set with Chopper,
which went down a storm.
I enjoyed this set every single second and didn't want it to
stop, to finally hear the voice of Topbuzz back on the main stage
was unbelievable. I just couldn't believe my ears. Well hopefully
this is the start of something new. People were dancing through
the entire set even with it being disgustingly too hot to dance,
people just carried on dancing the night away, as my t-shirt turned
into a sponge of sweat.
Well after that set it was PA time from Nebula 2, and I thought
I'd check out the last portion of Seduction's set as he was with
MC Rude, who I've not heard MC before so this was something different
This was the sound of "Uproar", Seduction and Rude's
promotion, Seduction played a hard set featuring some hard tunes
including the remix of the oldskool classic Mr Kirk's Nitemare
also I think he played Fine Day as well. Rude seemed to accompany
Seduction quite well, he kept the party going, especially with
the heat in this room it just reminded me of the chapel arena
back at the Que club.
After Seduction it was the turn of Sy and Storm, but I didn't
hang around too long for this set, the heat was intolerable. What
I like about this venue is that as it's a student union the prices
were very reasonable for drinks compared to most clubs and also
that Keele has a very nice little café to chill out in
and grab something to eat.
After a short break I went to the main arena and Nicky Blackmarket
was on. Nicky was playing a classic jungle set throwing in mainly
anthems that kept the crowd going. He littered his set with jungle
classics such as Renegade Snares, Congo Natty's Champion DJ, Dead
Dread, Krust's mighty Warhead and finished the set with a dub
plate version of Original Nuttah.
Well after Nicky it was the turn of Sy and Storm to play an oldskool
set, I was expecting an oldskool '94-5 set but instead Sy played
'92 anthems set playing all the old rave classics. He started
the set with Bizarre Inc's Playing with knives, he then proceeded
by playing A Trip to Trumpton, Sweet Harmony and also the Prodigy
classic Everybody's In The Place.
During this set Energy came on the mic to thank the people that
attended and to draw the raffle for free tickets to Summer Sensation
and tape packs.
All good things have to come to an end, but what a night this
was. Clearly the highlight of the evening was to finally see Mad
P reunited with Top Buzz. What would have been the icing on the
cake for tonight had Jason played Living in Darkness.
The Illusion team have come up trumps, with that line-up it was
definitely worth the ticket money. The atmosphere and crowd here
tonight were really up for it and there were lots of friendly
Next one is sometime in July so look out for that one.
Massive shouts to Alex Energy and the Illusion team, Storm and
Sarah, Whizzkid MC, Rude, Man Parris, SY, MK-1, Connie, Smiley
and Nicky BM.
Finally big respects to Jon Xlr-8, Adam, Olly and the Lichfield
crew. Lisa, GT and also to everyone else whose names I don't'
know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'