Not to sound all jaded and old school (God knows I'm not) but this party reminded me about everything the rave scene was meant to be founded upon. This was my firt Hullabaloo, and will NOT be my last, how can anyone dislike a company that gives you whistles, stickers, candy and paint stamps?
The Opera House was very nicely decked out - Haven't been here since the Serenity party, and the 19+ area with the balcony is my favourite spot (besides obviously on stage) to groove to the music too. While the acoustics in the place aren't phenomenal it's a small enough venue to give parties a very intimate feeling.
I saw so many people there with the huges grins on their faces, maybe it's just something about happy hardcore or maybe I've just been clubbing too much but I did not run into a single jaded partier or anyone leaning against a back wall nodding their head and not dancing because they were trying to look cool. All I saw were huge grins, tons of happy people and lots of flying funfur!! Yes so WHAT if their are lots of kids asking you to sign their books and people giving massages and lightshows in every corner --> It's a hell of a lot of fun! I met so many (sober!) kids last night too who's first party it was and who really gave me hope for the next generation of partiers. I envy all the discoveries about music their going to make.
Sets that _deserve_ to be mentioned
Subsonic Chronic vs. Beaker - WICKED. I love seeing these two boys spin back to back and as usual I wasn't dissapointed. Pete dropped one track right around 1:30 that for the life of me who's name I don't know but WOW.
Frisky - NICE set my man. Totally hype , the crowd went nuts, first time I'd seen Chris spin in a while.
Spice- This man plays the oldschool trance I fell in love with but because he _always_ plays the 6 or 7 AM slots at parties I have never yet to see him spin until last night. WOW. He was the highlight of my night, and because the whole place had almost empted out by 6:30 there was tons of room to dance --> my new favourite DJ
Props out to: Galactic Phantom and Pink Angel, my pre-Hulla pizza and REV crew and especially to Svet for having us over and for lending me bracelets and that 20 dollars!
Moez and Subsonic Chronic: How can I not have a good time at a party when you two are there
Sunkist: DUDE! Lori you made my night bouncing around on stage with a big grin on your face
DJ Mittens: excellent to meet you by the fan, what a sweetheart!
Phoenix and Frisky: The cuteness factor applies. Always wicked to see one of my favourite couples out, especially my girl Anna-Bella, thanks for all the hospitality and what not.
MalGlo, JayRev, Susan O, Cri, sarafina: Saw you guys briefly but always a pleasure
AlexD: you always make the night better!
Security and Staff @ the Docks were awesome --> very understanding about lost coat check tickets and bank machine runs. Thanks to everyone who played 'musical wristband' with me so that I could get up on stage with all the important people , I felt special
So yes, for a night I was transformed back into a Candy lovin' soother wearing, bracelet sporting raver-girl. I jumped and bounced and danced all night and I loved it.
Happy Hullaballoo, This is definetly becoming a tradition.