Last Ever Event at the Sanctuary
10th July 2004
Since the beginning of the year rumours of the Sanctuary closing
were true, with a few promoters to host the remaining events at
the Sanctuary it self. Slammin Vinyl was given the huge but prestigious
task to host the final ever event at the Sanctuary Milton Keynes.
As this venue is to be knocked down to make way for new development
programme within this area of Milton Keynes.
This was the last ever event to be hosted at this legendry venue
having stood tall in the centre of the UK for the past 12 years.
Promoters such as Fantazia, Dreamscape, Helter Skelter, Hardcore
Heaven, Accelerated Culture along with Slammin Vinyl to name a
few have hosted many events here. It was time to close a chapter
in the raving history book.
At the beginning of the week I found out that this event had
sold out, which wasn't a surprise to me, leading to a few friends
being disappointed. I turn up at New Street, met a few friends
and we boarded the train to Bletchley, arriving just before 5,
and made the final walk to the venue.
We were greeted by an enormous queue which stretched all the
way to the car park, which was longer than new years but yet it
moved really quick as we only queued for 40 minutes which wasn't
Due to the bad weather a huge outdoor tent replaced the outdoor
stage, similar to that of Global Gathering. As we all know electricity
and water don't really mix!
As we got to the end of the queue we saw the Ratpack arriving,
Mark Eg was on in the big top. We headed directly to the tent,
to see the mighty Ratpack step up for one last time here. The
Ratpack played a typical set with some new skool breakz thrown
in with the classics such as the Outta space new skool breaks
remix, Found a Cafe and of course it wouldn't be the Ratpack without
playing Lord of the dance.
After the Ratpack it was Andy Farley who played a hard house
set. We thought we would wander around the rest of the venue,
as were not big fans of hardhouse. First thing we encountered
was you had to buy drinks vouchers which you had to queue up for
and then again for the bar, also the price of the some drink's
had gone up due to this silly system.
Inside the Rollers was not just only the oldskool room but also
the cloakroom was situated inside here too. It's been along time
since I've visited the Rollers, as I also spent my first rave
in the Rollers, this arena has always a special place in my heart.
Back to the tent and Andy Farley was still on it seemed that
Hixxy wasn't going to show, but I later found out that Hixxy was
involved in a car crash on his journey here. But he was safe as
he did turn up later on in the evening.
We headed to the Sanctuary and DJ Friction was on getting the
ravers warmed up. He was accompanied by SP:MC. The décor
in here was amazing, there were two massive plasma screens on
the stage and the Fastrack was kitted with loads of hanging things
above the arena.
We headed back to the tent as DJ Zinc was going to be on in here,
he was accompanied by Dynamite MC. Zinc played a heavy set playing
one of my favourites True Romance, Jump'n'Shout remix, and also
Ready or Not 2004.
After Zinc it was the turn of the scratch master DJ SY along
side his partner in crime with the rhymes, Storm. Sy played an
up front set with a few classics as he played Dreadland, which
got the crowd singing.
Next was the set I had been looking forward to since seeing the
line-up, Andy C b2b with Hype. What an awesome set this was, as
it seemed that whilst Andy C was mixing Hype would be scratching.
As Skibadee was running late Whizzkid MC was on the mic and what
an excellent job that he done! Skibadee turned up bout 15-20 minutes
later and soon as he got on the stage the crowd went mental!!
Fearless and Shabba later accompanied Skibba. After Andy C and
Hype, we headed to the Sanctuary to carry on the raving festivities.
Not only was this the last event at the Sanctuary 1-Xtra were
also here too, recording some of tonight set live to those back
home. As Leicester's and Formations very own SS was on as his
set was being broadcasted. Shabba was on MIC duty for this set,
it seems that there's a new remix of Topbuzz's Living in Darkness
as this was played during this set and it went down a treat.
Having spent most of my first rave in the Roller's I headed back
there to find one of my favourite dj's Ramos accompanied by MC's
Marley and also Rude. This was another of my favourite sets of
the evening. Ramos was playing plenty of classics from 95-96 taking
you back to the yesteryear. Playing tunes off Hectic and also
Hecttech, tunes such as Broken Wings and The Journey Part 1. Ramos
started to play a few jungle tunes as well, Valley of the shadows
and Champion Sound. It wouldn't be Ramos without playing Incognito
he finished up with I Believe, and that went down a storm.
After Ramos it was the turn of the Ravers Choice DJ Vibes. We
headed back to the Sanctuary and 1-Xtra's Dj Bailey was on playing
some dark rolling tunes like Capone's Friday. We decided to nip
out of here and head to the Sanctuary seeing as I spent most of
the night in the Sanctuary and Marc Smith and Wotsee was on playing
a bit of gabba, which I really didn't fancy.
Well during this point we decided to chill out for a bit considering
that this rave was on for 11 hours. We went on one of the funfair
rides and had a cold drink to recuperate ourselves.
Heading back to the Sanctuary and Nicky Blackmarket was on along
with Fearless and Five-0, Nicky played a typical set from him
with tunes such as Dual voltage, Outerspace, Champion deejay remix.
He finished the set with the new Living in Darkness Rmx.
Well to play the final set ever in the Sanctuary was the one
and only the godfather Grooverider, and in the Fastrack you had
the godfathers of Hardcore DJ's SY, Slipmatt and Seduction playing
in there. I caught the first half of the Fastrack and Slipmatt
was playing the classics such as Take me away as Storm was on
mic duty. Headed to see the Sanctuary off in style as Grooverider
saw the night out in here with Skibadee. As he played a new remix
of Trust me, and he also played The Odyssey.
Having spent the past five years at the venue, which was a short
time, compared to others I know I'm going to miss this venue.
There was good atmosphere here tonight as plenty of people were
up for it and there were also quite a number of mature ravers
here visiting the Sanctuary for old time sake.
Seeing how the Rollers was used I don't know why they never used
the Rollers like this before oh well. To be honest the hardcore
really didn't appeal to me much of the night as some of the dj's
I was looking forward to seeing such as Dougal, Styles and Breeze
had cancelled as they were playing abroad, reason why I spent
more time in the drum and bass arena. Best sets of the evening
for me were probably Andy C b2b with Hype and Ramos.
Well as we close one chapter we start another as Slammin vinyl
are to be moving to Shepton Mallett, which used to be the former
home of Dreamscape. Considering that it took 7 hours to get home
from Bletchly to New Street (replacement bus services) I think
I'll be giving that some serious thought before making any rash
Big respects to Storm, Whizzkid MC, Ratpack, IC3, Fearless,
Jason Spinback, Ben, Mistress Mo, Marley, MC Rude, Ramos, Vibes
A masive shout to the ravers: Tina xxx (my naughty iccle minx), Leanne, Ed, Zoë + Collette, Astro, Faye, Wookie, Ajay,
Immz, Curly, Bertie and the Bromsgrove crew, Brian, Lisa from
Innovation also to the nice lady from 1-Xtra who gave us a free
Bailey mix cd, to the few peeps on the replacement coach back
to new street also to everyone else whose names I don't know but
faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'