This was staged at Lydd International Airport,
on the 30th July. Subtitled, ‘A Midsummer Dance
Party’, and being warned on the flyer that this
would be the worlds first truly indoor beach party,
I was unsure what to expect.
After queuing for no more than fifteen minutes,
(respect to security), I ventured into the main
When I entered through the doors I was hit by a
sound system which can only be described as truly
awesome. It was the first time that I had been to a
World Dance event, when I could feel the bass
actually rumbling through my chest. The next thing
that struck me was the layout of the venue. On the
floor had been laid (so I’m told) 150 tonnes of
sand, in order to create the beach party atmosphere.
The stage had been built as a desert island,
complete with palm trees, and hanging from the top
of the aircraft hanger were large fish along with
huge padded suns and moons.
After seeing what the main arena was all about, I
decided to check out the garage room. This had been
decorated brilliantly with the DJ playing from
inside a huge house. I don’t know which DJ was
playing between 10 and 11, but whoever he was he was
brilliant. When he played the house remix of a
classic hardcore tune, (“I cannot bear to see you
leave me, I’m begging you don’t go!”), the whole
place erupted, even the DJ was giving it all he
could from inside his house!
As well as the two rooms of music, we were treated
to a full room of arcade machines, two amazing fun
fair rides, (which were completely rammed all
night), a barbecue, a surf machine and a miniature
desert island complete with fountain. The surprise
of the night however, was the outdoor cinema. Films
that ravers were treated to included The Lawnmower
Man, The Jungle Book (appropriate), Beauty And The
Beast, Aladdin, as well as quite a few episodes of
Pingu, which managed to completely screw most
peoples heads up. (“Is he talking gibberish, or is
it just me?”).
Anyway, back to the matter in hand, namely the music
for the night. The emphasis for the night was
clearly on jungle. However, it was occasionally
broken up with some happy tunes provided by DJ’s
such as Dougal and Sy. DJ’s which deserve mentioning
for their wicked sets include Mickey Finn, Kenny Ken
and Dr S Gachet, but the DJ of the night award must
surely go to the man like Darren Jay, who managed to
push the sound system to its limits by playing some
of the best jungle that I have heard in a long time.
If you ever get a chance to hear this man, do so. If
not get hold of a tape because every time that I
have heard him he has been wicked.
Every track he laid down was better than the last
and the bass just threw everybody around the arena.
Also Ellis Dee must be recognized for his last set.
It was pure class from start to finish, the finish
being Burial on Philly Blunt Recordings, (amazing
tune). Also take note all those people who prefer
garage to hardcore, because the garage room was
completely rammed all night, World Dance like to
cater for all tastes! Apparently all the DJ’s were
spot on as well.
The atmosphere for the evening was second to none,
with everyone being completely on the happy tip. I
must just make a special mention for the only MC of
the night, MC GQ. He came onto the stage at roughly
9.30 and didn’t leave until 8am the next morning. In
my opinion MC GQ is the best MC in the country,
knowing when to hype and when to keep quiet.
All I can wait for now is World Dance to release the
video and tapes, so that I can relive the night over
and over again. (P.S. How about releasing tapes of
all DJ’s in both arenas instead of just the normal
six hardcore DJ’s?).
I must say that if you have never been to a World
Dance event, SORT YOUR LIVES OUT, because this is
the best rave I have ever been to – BELIEVE!! In the
inimitable words of MC GQ, “World Dance Inflate Your