Obsessed,Plymouth Pavillion – October 14th 1995
Well for hype this was
most definitely topping the bill down in the South West. World Systems
promised the first all night dance party to hit deepest Devon for what
can only be described as too long. An entire night in the company of
clublands equivalent to the ‘top of the milk’ is just the medicine us
country folk needed to kick into a winter of seriously obsessive stompin’.
World Systems were in
control and pulled out all the stops in the main arena providing a
journey through happy hardcore, techno, bouncy techno, hard techno, euro
techno and jungle techno (phew, just don’t ask me to quote the
technicalities of all those – I’m sure you can work out the difference
between ‘techno’, ‘bouncy techno’ and ‘hard techno’ without my help!).
The line-up included the
talents of national stars of the scene such as Colin Faver, Loftgroover,
Easygroove, Destruction to name just a few and believe me these guys
know their stuff. Even though the arena wasn’t exactly packed sardine
style, the skills of these deck doctors made sure those who like a bit
of the hard stuff got what they came for. And as for extras, there was
enough to outdo a Sly Stallone movie, with monster screens showing some
pretty weird and trippy animated graphics, UV dancers, 75K of earth
shattering sound, but just the one lonely little laser!
Being fairly sensible the
World Systems lot took the opportunity to invite the crème de la crème
of the UK’s house DJ’s down to play in their own aptly named room, ‘Up
For It’, where as promised the crowd were most definitely ‘Up For It’.
Unfortunately there was this slight problem with the positioning of the house area, it was
actually doubling as the entrance to the hardcore arena – so this meant
some rather too bright fluorescent lighting! But I guess I was just
being a tad too fussy, as the majority of people I spoke to thought they
had died and gone to heaven (be it the house or hardcore version) and
the place was going off like one massive A-Bomb. But then I am not
surprised with the talents of Mike C, Luvdup, Girls Together and the
chick with attitude Sister Bliss, taking the house room by the throat
and sending it spinning and screaming into the next millennium with the
happiest hardest house set I have heard in a while. In fact the place
was still jumping like a jack rabbit when the clocks ticked around to
8.00am, but all good things come to an end and by then I must admit the
old legs were feeling old, so we nipped down the local café for a quick
chat with some new found friends and came up with a suggestion for the
next event, put the hardcore in the back room!
On the dance front a pretty successful night, but word has it some of Plymouths residents weren’t oo
impressed, but the only trouble I witnessed was that caused by the
Police arresting some extremely young and fairly innocent looking people
– I hope it was worth their while!