We left at 10:30 pm and went to a party at a museum which was an awesome location, especially the outdoor area with colored lights illuminating the 19th century building and an outdoor house floor. Inside was a main floor with house (pretty bad, though) and a smaller floor dubbed "special Space Ibiza floor". Well, that one couldn't have been more unlike Space/Ibiza: tiny, carpeted floor (to protect the hardwood floor I guess) and steamy hot even before people flocked in for Sasha. Well, Sasha came on after 1 am and to everyone’s disappointment left at 3 am having done less than 2 hours instead of the scheduled 3. At first his set didn't catch on with me but then turned out to be great. Dr. Pleasure left around 4 am, I stayed another hour to check out Moguai, a German techno DJ, who unfortunately only played for half an hour. So I left an hour or so later and got 3 hours of sleep before I had to catch my plane back to Frankfurt.

The Loveparade weekend is just great, not only for the parade itself, but more because of the party atmosphere engulfing the entire city. It is like the city is completely taken over by the techno/trance scene, at every corner, every restaurant, bar, street vendor music blasts into the streets, outdoor parties small and large, legal and illegal everywhere. That's what I love most aside from the awesome parties at the clubs.

For me, it was a great weekend, not least because I could hang out with Dr. Pleasure
- thanks Mike! " />
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Berlin Loveparade 2002
by Overseas: 07-20-2002

Here is my review of my Loveparade weekend with Dr. Pleasure:

Again, this year the Love Parade was worth going. I hadn't quite planned it, but PvD@Amnesia, Ibiza had convinced me so I booked my flight to Berlin right from Ibiza to go to PvD's Love from Above party the night before the Loveparade. Got to Berlin 10 pm and met up with Dr. Pleasure. We got to the club, which is actually a multi-purpose concert hall, early around 11:30 pm as PvD was supposed to start at midnight. The hall is connected to a second, similar one by a nice outdoor chill area with food and drinks, which is where the attached polaroid of Dr. Pleasure (right) and myself (left) was taken for free by these cigarette promotion girls.

Well, PvD started right on time at midnight (Dr.Pleasure pointed out how very German that punctuality was ) and I guess we both were in heaven. Awesome set, including my latest favorite which I can't name, though, but which totally blew me away. Anyway, at 2 am Pete Tong came on and was from okayish to really bad - inconsistent and way too much 80ies crap. At 4 am NU NRG live for half an hour, which I thought was pretty good, only Dr. Pleasure didn't find it that danceable. Then PvD again all the way to the end at 8:30 am. Can't get enough of him, he is so incredibly good lately, his last Vandit night in June was absolutely amazing and I completely lack the superlatives for his set at Cream@Amnesia, Ibiza, on July 4. But I digress. Dr. Pleasure had left early at 7 am (yes, that's early!), I stayed till the end. Great party music-wise, the vibe wasn't always perfect though, quite some rude elbowing which is unusual at PvD parties. Got back to the hotel, had breakfast, got tickets for Saturday night's party with Sasha and then 2 or 3 hours of sleep.

We met again around 2 pm to go to the Parade. Got there maybe 3 pm to meet the usual masses, even though I did notice that it made a difference that there were "only" about 400,000 people compared to last year's 800k and the year before's 1.5mm. You could actually get through the crowd and move, if slowly. That was completely out of the question the last two years. So we followed the floats to the central point of the parade at the Victory Monument where the two threads coming from opposite directions meet. I am almost embarrassed to admit, though, that we had missed the Vandit float with PvD playing - how could we? But it was impossible to catch up to it. The overall vibe was good, even though here too I noticed some rudeness. I got the feeling that improved when at 7 pm the sun came out again and cheered everyone up (it had been overcast with some light showers before). The closing party at the Victory Monument turned out quite nice in terms of the music and the mood. Only thing was that the music wasn't loud enough as they didn't have enough floats (to which the music from the central DJ was broadcast) to fill the huge square with their sound systems. That was for safety reasons because of a storm warning for that night (which didn't happen at all). PvD and Sasha both played for 20 minutes (like everybody else) and were superb.

We left at 10:30 pm and went to a party at a museum which was an awesome location, especially the outdoor area with colored lights illuminating the 19th century building and an outdoor house floor. Inside was a main floor with house (pretty bad, though) and a smaller floor dubbed "special Space Ibiza floor". Well, that one couldn't have been more unlike Space/Ibiza: tiny, carpeted floor (to protect the hardwood floor I guess) and steamy hot even before people flocked in for Sasha. Well, Sasha came on after 1 am and to everyone’s disappointment left at 3 am having done less than 2 hours instead of the scheduled 3. At first his set didn't catch on with me but then turned out to be great. Dr. Pleasure left around 4 am, I stayed another hour to check out Moguai, a German techno DJ, who unfortunately only played for half an hour. So I left an hour or so later and got 3 hours of sleep before I had to catch my plane back to Frankfurt.

The Loveparade weekend is just great, not only for the parade itself, but more because of the party atmosphere engulfing the entire city. It is like the city is completely taken over by the techno/trance scene, at every corner, every restaurant, bar, street vendor music blasts into the streets, outdoor parties small and large, legal and illegal everywhere. That's what I love most aside from the awesome parties at the clubs.

For me, it was a great weekend, not least because I could hang out with Dr. Pleasure
- thanks Mike!

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