We got in! I went to this with three friends.
We got flyers from the plus8 tent that evening, and were warned to get there around 11:00, which we did. We waited in the cold and rain for 3 hours. Tons of people gave up and left.
OH MY FUCKING GOD
RICHIE BLEW MY MIND [and broke my body]
Turns out the venue is a place called City Club, a goth club that's been there 20 years. It's inside the Ramada Hotel. The planet-e all access party was in the same building that night.
Venue: A large black room. literally. So dark you could only see outlines of people around you. Smoke machines so thick at times I could barely breathe. Very packed. Know those rectangular ceiling tiles? It was 20 long by 16 wide. Not a huge space.
Lighting: one rotating orange light at the front of the room, one large strobe hanging from the ceiling in the centre, two multicolored moving lights in the back. It was perfect. I was there for the music.
Crowd: Impressive. They were there for the right reasons. Everybody was groovin, smiling, friendly.
Cost: Worth the $20 at the door. Water was $3, free to fill in the bathroom, but they wanted $6 for a can of red bull--yeah right. didn't check out alcohol prices.
Security: Mean guy at the front door
Strict about ID (EVERYONE was IDd, the party was 18+, 21+ to drink). Reasonable inside though. No security outfits: one guy was wearing a spiked collar, korn shirt and leather pants. When he wasn't kicking people out, he was dancing as hard as everyone. One girl was in a vinyl skirt and top, shaved head. She was nice and asked me if I was ok when I was ready to pass out from being so tired.
The sound: awesome. Crisp sharp highs, bass so pounding my throat was shaking. I was impressed.
The set: OH MY GOD. Richie played from midnight to 8:30 in the morning. I was physically exhausted [literally]. I danced until I couldn't move, sat down, then he'd drop a track and I'd be all "I need to dance right now
" and do some more damage to my body.
It was worth the 3 hour wait in the cold and rain.
It was worth the $20 usd.
It was worth the sketchy walk when we didn't know what we were doing.
What else can I say? Detroit kids know how to party.
Oh, and richie drives a niiiice bmw.