Okay... YES, the venue was more packed than any other party I have ever been to!!!
That being said... oh well, I could either bitch about it or be happy with my night, and happy I was.
Other than the fact that my gurlie had to leave early, I had a wonderful night. John Acquaviva opened, and even though I like the man personally, I was very un-impressed. His first hour was a terrible mix of latin, tribal and breaks, it was all over the board and he wasn't even mixing, he was simply letting one record run out than play the next. He turned it up after a while and fininshed strong with a good lead in to Richie.
Richie mixed (almost) flawless minimal. Not knowing what he was doing with his other toys, I can't be a judge of how well, because I didn't know the music. It certainly was good, groovy bumping techno though. The crowd always upbeat and responsive showed why we go out to events like this, because even with the movement problems, eveyone there was still smiling and grooving.
The surprise of the night was Clark Warner in the back room. I have never seen the man before, but he played a wicked trip hop set. And for the crew that were in the back cutting it I give shouts. It has been a long time since I heared trip hop at a party and was sooooo pleased.
The After party was bumping!!! When I got there Greg Benz and Shane Young were going back to back playing some sweet sweet trance. The vibe was unlike most after parties in that the actually was one. It wasn't sketchy at all it was rather pleasant.
Shouts go out to: Madness (wonderful), McBee (it was such a pleasure), Jane (my new sister), Dlerium (great conversation, so nice to see you again), PartyKid Corey (gets a 10 out of 10), Tommy Smalls (pure and simple), LostintheEhole (pleasure meeting you Tony, we'll party together again soon), Aphrodite( I saw you once, but better than none at all), Echo (Amy it was so nice to see you back in London, you are wonderful), Chicom (briefly as well), and anyone else I forgot I am so sorry. I am glad to put personalities and faces to the names, and so glad I was so impressed.
To everone else esp. Christine (Muf), Robbie.. sorry I couldn't see ya spin, Liz (swelling my head), Spence ma boy, Patio_D.. rev on the dance floor you sinner, and the whole London crew thanks for a wicked evening.
Finally to Amir, congrads buddy... party of the year. Time to top it with Connected.
Bye Bye 4 U