We actually went to the Chicago Rock Cafe for a few cheap drinks as they were doing a pre-ball party. It was very quiet there but we did get a few champagne cocktails down us, although there wasn't really a way to drink cocktails named 'Cherry Blossom' without raising the camp factor, and if you're gonna do that then you've got to do it with style. (see picture below. Jonny and myself had already been labelled 'gay' as he came as my guest, laydees I can assure you that is not the case....well not for me...I do sometimes wonder about Jonny.)
(notice the demon eyes)
Up next it was N-Trance, who provided tunes such as 'Set You Free' and 'Stayin Alive'. I must admit I had a 'rave moment' and was throwing shapes when the played 'Set You Free', which is an absolute classic, and I was happy that the two vocalists provided some interaction as the problem with getting some DJs and MCs is that they sometimes just whack a CD on and go through the motions.
The Fun didn't stop there, and up next were Kosheen, a late replacement for Akon, who had pulled out of the gig with one weeks notice (resulting in posters around Uni stating 'What A-Kon'). I'd rather see Kosheen who's album 'Resist' I actually own. They were brilliant with Decoder and Substance doing their magic on the decks and synths, and vocalist Sian Evans bellowing out the lyrics.
It was now around 2am, a time when the bars were closing, so we took it upon us to buy more alcohol, and stockpiled it in a bush to last us for the last two hours before our transport home arrived at 4am. In this time I bopped to the tunes of DJ Steve Sutherland who, along with 2 MCs, played a great set, really working the crowd.
I finally got home at gone 5am, collapsed, and sadly woke up at 9:30am.....I'm quite tired now but usually when I wake up I stay up. I think I'll have a lie in tommorrow...
All in all it was a classic night and the depth of the acts was amazing, with no rip-off, miming, ego-inflated stars to be found. Pure Quality.
*this picture is for jonny.