My night started off sitting in room 521 with Snortchez, Trent and Caleb & Caitlin who came down from Madchester to join us for the evening. We made our way through a 12 pack of Stellas...getting our night started off Montreal style ! Hopped a cab and off to the club by midnight where we met up with Brian outside (we were running on typical J5 time but luckily he was too so he wasn't out there long!). Walked in the guestlist line and waited about 5 minutes before getting let in. Didn't get reduced admission but got a vip room stamp which proved to be invaluable for the night. Walking through the doors the line splits into two long winding lines that lead to several cashiers and coat check areas. Very efficient way to get a lot of people inside the club fast. The lobby had lots of pictures of the club during various construction phases which was awesome to see. You could barely hear any music while in the lobby.
After paying and ditching the coat, I walked with Brian and Nick Sneddon down into the club. The decent started...down several flights of stairs. Next thing you know you are through a doorway into a very dark hall. Off past room 2 where Terry Francis was warming up. Then around another hall, up some stairs and through a door...up more stairs into the vip area. It's a balcony that is just above the DJ booth and overlooks the entire floor of room 1. At this point i'm barely sure where i am and definitely unsure how i got there. After getting situated with the group I decided to do a quick walk downstairs with Brian to figure out the layout before things got crowded. The coolest area of the club is a little archway that leads from the room 3 stairway to room 2 where there's lots of seating. The entire club is dark with random red lights to guide the way. Lots of little areas to explore and get lost in. We stopped in room 2 for a bit to catch some of Terry's "opening" set. He was banging it out quite hard, as he likes to do. While I would normally be very into it I wasn't quite ready for the tech house this early on in the night. So after a half hour we headed back upstairs to room 1.
Back up to the vip area, which is a huge lounge with lots of couches and chairs, and the famed vip toilets with the cow print bench. I did my best (and succeeded) at staying away from it as it tends to suck people into it and keep them there all night. At this point it's 12:30am and Nick Rapiccoli is on the decks in room 1 warming it up deep and funky. The main floor is already packed with people. Sieg Uber Die Sonne are up on stage setting up their gear for their live pa set. At this point a few more Boston people show up...Hillary and Nicole enjoying their last night in London. Also met up with Deniz, a friend of Trent's from Hotlanta.
Sieg came on at 1:15am and rocked it proper ! Very upbeat music, all made live...no turntables at all. They played so well off each other and had the whole room jumping around going nuts ! Very techy sounding stuff on the house side of things.
At 2am the group headed over to room 2 to get a good spot for Infusion. Walked in and Terry was just finishing up as we pushed our way to the front. Room was already packed with people. When Infusion came on things got a bit blurry for me. The whole experience was a bit overwhelming with all the action going onstage and the lasers and lights. Infusion also rocked it out proper. They put on more of a performance with one guy screaming vocals over tracks, and with them playing instruments during their performance. Very awesome indeed. Was a bit much for me with all the people crammed in there so after a good 45 minutes I wandered back towards room 1.
On my way I stopped off and room 3 to see what was going on up there. The room itself is quite small. The main floor area is a big archway 25 feet wide and 40 feet deep with a stage for live performances across from the DJ booth. It was a Simple Records party and by this time Will Saul was on the decks. After being in there for 10 minutes I knew this was where I was going to be for a while. The music was just perfect and it wasn't too crowded. I raced back downstairs and found who I could to tell them to come up to room 3. From there I stayed till the room shut (around 5:30am). Will Saul was really really good. He played a wicked mix of house, west coast, broken beats and acid house. He would keep a perfect flow to his set...mixing up styles every so often but it worked so well. Parts would get techy then he would throw on a track with a synths....awesome stuff that kept me moving the entire time. Exactly the kind of music i've been liking recently.
Unfortunately the room shut at 5:30am, but it was probably a good thing or else I would not of caught any of Tyrant's set ! On my way to room 1 I made a stop in room 2 to see what Adam Freeland was up to. He was playing "We Want Your Soul" as I walked in to a room 3/4 full. Didn't stay long as I was ready for the mayhem that was going on in room 1.
Craig and Lee at this point were getting into the deep dirty nasty stuff when I got there. The floor was packed of people losing themselves going nuts. I parked myself right in the middle of the floor and got a good taste of the Fabric sound system. The room has speakers suspended in each corner that are not big by any means. And from what I saw there were no cabinets on the floor. The bass was coming up from the floor as the dance floor is bass-loaded. The sound in there was amazing. The bass you felt but it wasn't overpowering. The highs were extremely clear and crisp. Because the highs were so far away from the bass everything was very clear...nothing was distorted or muffled. The sound was perfect for what Tyrant were playing.
The music was an all out assault. Tyrant were playing really hard at this point and the room was just eating it up. I would close my eyes to listen to the music and hear things coming from all over the room...the music was incredible. Craig was in a mood to play as he spun a good portion of the rest of the night. Lee came on several times and kept the hard pace going strong.
Then, at about 6am...I was standing in the middle of the floor. I look up and see Craig Richards jumping around like a fucking mad man. All I could do was stand there and watch like this: . Absolute fucking moment ! Seeing Craig jumping around the booth like a lunatic over the nastiest bass line you ever heard was a sight that is forever in my memory. Craig rarely shows emotion so to see this really added an element to it all. I was frozen, looking like this guy ---> Fucking 'ave it !!!!!
The rest of the night was just mental. That image put me in such a mood. I could not get enough of the evil beats floating around the room. Time was flying by at this point and the end of the night was drawing near. I made my way on stage where everyone was hanging out and took a seat....taking in the last few images of the night. We were treated to an extra hour of music as the night ended at 8am (usually goes till 7). After 2 minutes of clapping,screaming and stomping we even got an encore out of Craig....Green Velvet's "Answering Machine."
The only let down of the night was the 8am closing time. Spoiled by Montreal with sets that go well into the afternoon, I was definitely ready for another 4 hours of music. It was just getting to that point of the night....where you aren't sure if you are hearing a noise or not....or you think you know what song is playing but it's not quite it.....or you look around the room and catch lots of weird glances....and you see people losing it all over the place. It's the part of the night i love most. Fabric is such a great room for all of that...it's a shame it couldn't go on for longer.
Some random plusses for the night: the staff are all very nice and polite. the room has the best ventilation/ac i've ever been in. on the way in brian said it's the only club you will ever be cold in all night and he was right. very comfortable and not really smoky at all. the lasers in room 2 are very cool but a bit overpowering if you are standing up front. the vip (unisex) bathroom is a happening place at any hour...especially the bench. the club had that dark feel to it but was very clean and nice. well laid out, lots of chill space, lots of open walkways and lots of areas to explore and get lost in. the people were all nice that i encountered. it is become the "in" club to go to so you get the dressed up crowd but even they were all chill.
it was SO good to have the upstairs back in action again. just like old times
DJ of the night was without a doubt will saul. track of the night....whatever craig was dropping to make me look like this
sorry for the length...this is the shortened version i swear !
hard to spot anything all night because the night was just so overwhelming !
from me, caleb, snortchez & trent:
Futureshock - "Late at Night" (Switch mix)
Klettermax- "Quality People"
Lee Coombs - "Machine"
Green Velvet - "Answering Machine" [Final Track]
Bushwacka! - "4 Da Night"
Ricardo Villalobos - "Easy Lee"
Ricardo Villalobos - "I Try to Live(Can I Live)"
Free*land - "We Want Your Soul"
Nirvana vs Adam Freeland - "Smells like Freeland" (two times)" />
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