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What can be said about Fantazia @ Bowlers 2011? EASILY the best event I've ever attended! Wicked from start to finish - only wish i had got to venue for doors opening, missed an hour! Can mind everything for a change to!
Caught N-Joi and Stu Allen in the main which was massive. Was only in the techno room for a bit when Dave Angel and MC Ribbz were on...... AMAZING! Ribbz is a nutter, just dived into the crowd with the mic....Defo set of the night for me.. Passed through the DnB room on a few occasions, fucken packed! Total sweatbox, not that the crowd looked to be bothering - Plenty bars - Drink prices - 2 drinks for £7 - large bottles of Carlsberg too.. Loads of loo's - swamps by the end of the night though...old skool style...FREE fairground outside which we had a shot on. Inflatable Lazer Quest free too, and a surfing machine!!.. Full production, including lazers in every room, LED screens, poledancers, fire-eaters and some daftie taking a grinder to her pie in the main room!! Really friendly NED free crowd - well worth the drive down!!!
Hello Fantazia - Your organisation should be proud of itself. “The Greatest Show on Earth” held at Bowlers in Manchester on 8thOctober 2011 really was the greatest show on earth. Absolutely fantastic. The line-ups were excellent. The various types of music available across 5 rooms meant everyone was nicely catered for. The visuals (lights/lasers/stages/dancers) were fantastic. The security staff also had umbrella’s for the queue. Absolutely amazing night with fantastic “customer service”. A very successful night and very very enjoyable. Well done and keep up the good work. Hope you plan to come back to Bowlers again soon.... Hope you can sort something out for next summer.
The event was class 5*****
Highlight: Neophyte nickin ma jacket and parading it around the stage - Downer: managin too everythin again after another 13hr scoopin session. Roll on the next one
Worst part of the night was being unable to move during the last third of Bassy's set, my whistle & my right arm had to do all the talking as it was so busy.
Haven't been raving for 10 years met the old gang and had a huge huge blast oh gush what a rush!!!!
Dancing Man Tattoo
I was about 15 and some dodgy biker type geezer did it for me passing me a spliff every 5 minutes. I paid him for the tattoo in speed! To describe myself then I was 8 stone wet through a right speedy little nutter and don't think I'd manage these days though, slowed right down lol. Thanks again. Jay Hendry
Kevin Lang's Memories
I would just like to say well done for the new site and more importantly many thanks for doing what you did for the scene. I went to nearly all the Fantazia events and all the ones from 91 NYE to 93/94. In my opinion your events were definitely up there with the best. for me Universe and Fantazia set standards and to watch the way the events grew in size and production was without doubt some of my fondest memories
I have real trouble when asked to name my favourite Fantazia event and it always come down to the same 3 New Years Eve 91/92. Although not the best for visuals the music made up for that BIG TIME with Slipmatt, SY, Ratty and Top Buzz sets way ahead of their time they were superb. Lets not forget the awesome Easygroove & Lisa set banging all the way.. and the surprise set for me was the lee gee set he was superb.. I would love the track listings for all the sets especially the Lee Gee set as I only have Top Buzz's.
For me Second Sight was a blur sorry.... I can only remember getting my face painted I asked the woman to write or draw something or anything she chose or that was appropriate.. when I looked at my reflection in the cold drinks fridge at Exeter services I realised why everyone was laughing and why I was getting strange looks all night... it said "fucked up" in luminous blue and purple...
So next comes Bournemouth all I can say is it blew me away...and Top Buzz's set for me is one of the best sets ever, I loved it. I know Mad P got a bit pissed at all the people winding him up and being daft hanging from speakers etc, but for me and those with me that set is legendary....and so was the event...
As with Second Sight, One Step Beyond was a bit of a blur but awesome all the same if a little hot lol.
New Year 92/93 We left our home in plenty of time to drive up the motorway. We got four miles and our clutch went Ii threw my toys right out the pram and on the verge of tears walked off to cool down in the meantime my friends pushed the car the 300 yards to the garage and put a simple pin in the clutch and drove up beside me and laughed their socks off when we drove up to Hungerford and went through the infamous high street we we felt quite guilty to be so happy in a place where something so bad had happened we pulled up expecting to party all night in a plush 16th century mansion only to find that the mansion was actually two large tents in the grounds of the mansion, then to find that inside the majority of the main tent was a mud bath our faces and expectations dropped.. then Easygroove came on then Seduction, Slipmatt, Ratpack, Foodjunky, Ellis Dee.... what a f*****g night... the music was superb and yet again so was the event..
I don't know why I said all that and I could go on forever but they were for me some of the best events of that era and thinking about it I'm just glad I had the chance to thank all those involved in something that has had such a profound effect on my, choices, tastes, attitudes and life.. The years of 89- 93 and the house years after have influenced me beyond comparison and Fantazia was a big part in that influence so a big thank you and good luck with the site I will be a regular visitor and I hope this influences a major old skool comeback especially in clubs as 99% of the music around now is just plain shite...
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