This was the best night at U60311 in a long time. With the two crowd magnets Sven
Väth and Richie Hawtin a huge crowd was to be expected - and it came, stayed
and lasted long!
Anticipating an insane line, our group of 9 people met up early at a cool and
relaxed house bar 9 pm for some drinks to then go to the club as early as 10
pm to get our hands stamped, enabling us to come back later and cut the line.
Somewhat surprisingly, there was already a medium sized line this early. After
about 20 minutes we got in, got our stamps and checked the night's schedule
which had Sven play from 12 - 4 am and Richie from 4 am - open end. Now that
was surprising, being treated to an open end set by Richie which could be expected
to be easily 6+ hours. So we left again to go to my friend's place for some
more drinks and music and after midnight we hit the club again. By this time
the line was as long and the club as full as expected. Now we met another 4
people of our group who hadn't made it to the earlier drinks meet-up, so now
we were like a dozen people.
Sven really took his time building his set, starting our very slow and only
increasing his pace ever so slightly. Only at around 2 am he really got it moving,
having a lot of fun himself behind the decks. As is often the case with Sven
in Frankfurt, his set was, well, unpredictable. It ranged from pretty good to
weird. That's an observation we have made several times this year. His sets
last year at his b'day in October, then again in December 01 and Feb 02 (Fire
album release tour) absolutely rocked, his long set at the open air event 'Love
Family Park' in July was absolutely insane for it's entire length. But then
there were many gigs right here at U60311 where the sets were kind of weird,
sometimes a bit on the experimental side. Anyway, last night's set wasn't bad,
just again a bit on the weird side. Well, that didn't detract from the crowd's
party mood. However, that got a huge boost right at 4 am when Richie took to
the decks, opening with a new track from Alter Ego. It was just like someone
had turned a switch. All of the sudden the music was so much more energetic
and that immediately translated to an eruption on the dancefloor. The whole
club, now ridiculously packed wall to wall, transformed from a good party vibe
to ecstatic rave vibe. Wow! Richie held that pace for about an hour to then
get into what was going to be the pattern of his set for the rest of the night
which was to alternate between high energy, driving, forward moving beats and
a slower, tech-house type groove. The quality of some of the tracks he dropped
was insane sending the crowd going nuts. The vibe was so good, everybody was
in such a party mood, we hadn't seen it in to this extent since the raid back
in May. Thus, the fact that Richie was apparently somewhat fucked up (from what
I have no idea) and produced several trainwrecks didn't hurt at all.
Finally, at about 9 am I was dead and, together with my buddy, we left as the
last ones of our group. That was a little hard since the party was still in
full swing, still a decent size crowd and even new people were coming in. It
was probably going until noon. Staying this long was out of the question though,
as there is another party coming up - tonight!
Tonight will be another big one, the 13th anniversary of Groove, a German magazine
for electronic music. With two floors, a larger one for techno and a smaller
one for house, the line up should be very interesting: on the techno floor are,
among others, Legowelt live, Alter Ego live, Miss Kittin and, of course, Chris
Liebing. On the house floor Metro Area live, DJ Hell and others.
A tough weekend yet again, but what can I do... Will have to take it easy during
the week to work up some energy for the final highlight of the year, PvD's Vandit
night @Casino in Berlin next Friday.
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