I forgot to fill you guys in on the madness that was WMC... busy catching up at work. Those pics were from the World of DnB, and yes that is John B holding it down on the mic with both Bailey and Teebee. Pure comedy too... Fresh from Badco even managed to get on the mic during Teebee's set as well. What a wicked night.
The rest of the week was equally mad, we managed to check out United DJs on Friday (with Andy C + Badco, Craze, Patife, Bailey + Storm and others)... a smaller event Saturday... Showcase on Sunday (with Dom + Roland b2b Tech Itch, Andy C, Badco, Mampi Swift), World of DnB on Monday (caught Planet of the Drums crew, John B + Influx Datum, SS + Ray Keith, Roni Size + Krust, Andy C + Badco, Fabio + Grooverider, High Contrast, Bailey, Teebee and more), then both Hardware (POTD, Juju + Marcus Intalex, Dom & Roland, Usual Suspects, Loxy + Ink) and Beatcamp (High Contrast, Goldie, John B) on Tuesday. Madness! Plus of course a bunch of random patios for cocktails during happy hour.
Overall, there were many $7US beers drank (ouch!), and much fun was had... I highly recommend the WMC for anyone with a strong liver and lots of spare cash. I know I'll be back next year.
Hmm... let's see. For me this year, airfare was about $500 and hotel (with 2 people in a room) was $400 each, so $900 or so right there. Spending cash can vary greatly, this year we lived LARGE so I spent somewhere in the neighbourhood of $750 or so, for a total of around $1650 (ouch).
However, if you have more people in a room (ie. 4 or more) and don't live like Jay-Z (ie. more pre-drinking and less drinking in clubs, eat pizza every day) you could probably do it for $350 or less. Trust me... its worth it!!
Just cover... which ranged from $3 (Beatcamp) to $20 (World of DnB). The only dnb event with presales tickets was the Ultra festival, but that event was too expensive ($50US+) and all of the artists were performing at other events so we passed on it.
As for knowing what was going on and where... from a dnb perspective it was easy, my friends at American dnb kept a WMC 2002 Guide on their site. As far as non-dnb events, they distribute a special WMC version of Mixer magazine that lists almost every event for each night, as long as you pick that up early its pretty easy. Plus I've gone for 3 years in a row, so of course I'm in the know.
Next year I'm going to make more of an effort to check out some non-dnb events, there were some amazing house, techno, and downtempo/broken beat events I wish I had checked out.