I think the tone was set best in the first half hour when he played Trancesetters "Roaches" with it's echoing of "underground". The next several hours would be a very dark bass driven journey. It did not start out mellow or fluffy...it got right into the mean dark and dirty beats (this also helped to wean out the non club related people who were just there for the open bar!). The set rumbled along, offering no positive mental benefit. Every so often he would offer a 1 track breather giving you a chance to keep up with his pace. He gave us Celeda's "Be Yourself", Depeche Modes "Only When" and Lustral's "Everytime". All spaced out nicely to offer an occasional breather.

Around 4 is when the trouble started for me. The Return to 93 mix of James Holden's "Nothing" was played which really caused a mental breakdown of sorts. Soon he would get into early Northern Exposures/Expeditions type stuff. This went on for a few hours, I think, as I don't really remember much till 10am. The only thing I clearly remember, my track of the night, was Rui da Silva's "Feel the Love". After a 10 minute music intro he finally let the vocals go. Complete madness ensued. Moments like this keep shrinks in business.

The crowd was one of the best I have been around in a club. While the floor started off quite crowded at 12am with not much room to do anything except stand there and bob around, by 3am there was just enough room to dance a bit. By 6am there was even more room. The crowd itself was quite mixed of every type of club character you would find. Everyone was in great spirits, very into the music and partying and having fun. Aside from a few mafia type tools walking through the crowd looking for chicks throughout the night, the crowd was perfect. The women there

The sound was quite good for a system just installed and not put to much use yet. The bass was full and warm...not twangy or piercing as in Avalon. There were times when vocals sounded flat and muffled, but then the next track they sounded clear as could be so I think that was not really an issue. And the most coveted test of how good a sound system is....I spent most of my night about 10 feet in front of the rear speaker stacks, and I could have a conversation with my friends and not have to yell or struggle to hear what they were saying. When the sound is loud and you can do that, you know its good !

A subtle pleasure I also enjoyed was not being about to see Digweed all that well, as odd as that sounds. With the booth being so low to the floor, unless you were really up close you could not see him with everyone's heads in the way. It gave the impression he was on the floor with all of us. And when I did get the chance to see him he would never take his eyes off the turntables. He rarely looked up at the crowd, always immersed in his work.

At 9:45am Digweed gets on the mic thanking the last 50 of us for coming out and telling us he is going to play 2 more tracks and the night is over. 5 tracks later the night draws to an end at 11am. Not before we got to hear "Everything in it's Right Place" as the 2nd to last track

Amazing time...one of those nights that get better over time as you recall more stuff that went on. It was like Sasha @ Aria, only twice as long and with that harder Digweed sound. Much respect to all those that worked hard to throw this event together last minute. For its first night as the new club, things ran smooth as if it had been around for ages.


Tracklist:
Bedrock - "For What You Dream Of" [Introduction to 2003]
Jayn Hanna - "Lost Without You"
Randall Jones & Deep C - "The Show"
Trancesetters - "Roaches" (Peace Division Mix)
Sasha - "Cloud Cuckoo" (Unknown Mix)
Paperclip People - "Throw"
POB & Taylor - "Ba Ba" (Human Movement Mix)
Jodi & Spesh - "We Are Connected"
B.C. - "Switch It"
Yunus - "Euprates"
LSG - "Netherworld" (Jules Vern Mix)
Depeche Mode - "Only When I Lose Myself" (Lexicon Avenue Mix)
Chemical Brothers - "Out of Control" (Sasha's Vocal Mix)
Saints & Sinners - "Pushing Too Hard" (Futureshock's Confession)
Underworld - "Dark and Long"
Radiohead - "Everything In It's Right Place" (Josh Wink Mix)
Rabbit In The Moon - "Out of Body Experience"
Garbage - "Stupid Girl" (Unknown Mix)
Kings of Tomorrow - "I Want You For Myself"
James Holden - "Nothing"
Starkid - "Crayons"
Tijuana - "Groove Is In The Air"
Lustral - "Everytime"
Dnote - "Shed My Skin"
Way Out West - "The Fall" (GU019 Bedrock Dub)
Red Devil - "Gamelan"
Schiller - "Ruhe"
Brothers Luv Dubs - "1-800-MING"
Delta Lady - "Anything You Want"
Albion - "Air"
Bedrock - "Emerald" (Charlie May Mix)
Lustral - "Everytime" (Nalin & Kane Mix)
Robert Owens - "I'll Be Your Friend" (David Morales Mix)
God Within - "Raincry"
Rui Da Silva - "Feel The Love" (Vocal Mix)
Ian Brown - "Fear"
Infusion - "Synesthesia" (Junkie XL Mix)
Celeda - "Be Yourself"
Range of Motion featuring Tangia Dixon - "What You Need" (Josh Wink Mix)
Bedrock - "Heaven Scent" (Unknown Mix)
Kym Mazelle - "Was That All It Was" (Unknown Mix) [Final Track]" />
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John Digweed @ NYE 2002: Palace Theater, LA
by team j5: 12-31-2002


For 11 hours this past New Years eve my little slice of heaven was a 75 year old performance theatre transformed nightclub. I could not envision a better way to spend nye than inside this building with John Digweed behind the decks all night. I had my doubts weather or not it was worth spending all this money and taking time off to fly out to L.A. for new years, but now that it is over and the trip has set in I can say it was worth every last cent spent. I hope this becomes a yearly tradition because if so I will be there again next year and i'm forcing you all to come with me.
The theatre, yet to be remodeled, is absolutely beautiful and still looks amazing for being 75 years old. From the huge main lobby there is a stairway that leads up to two large rooms separate from the main room and the balcony. Around both sides of the staircase the walkway leads you into the main room. As you enter the main room there is one large bar that arcs from the one entrance way to the other. About 10 feet in front of the bar the floor mirrors the bar with its arc....then you step down to the dance floor. Straight back is the dj booth which is only about 5 feet off the ground. There are two sets of 15 foot high speaker stacks, one set towards the back of the dance floor and one set up front by the dj booth.

Going upstairs there is a small lobby with a makeshift bar. Here you can get to the balcony where all the chairs were set up, allowing you to sit and relax but still keep an eye on the large crowd down below. Also off the upstairs lobby was an upstairs vip area. The first room was bright like a veranda. The ceiling is actually retractable but remained closed all night. And off this room was yet another large chill out room. This one was darker and had huge butterfly covered bay windows overlooking Vine Street. There was not much furniture in either of the rooms to relax on, but that was do in part to it not being remodeled yet. The building in itself was an adventure with all its little rooms....perfect for long nights of clubbing. It has an enormous amount of potential to become an amazing club...can't wait to see what it looks like once remodeled.

I was worried I was going to miss out on the 'ball drop'. But I thankfully got in quick, ran to the main room, and looked up at the wall as the countdown was being displayed by the lasers. 7 minutes and 38 seconds to go ! A repetitive beat strummed over the speakers as Troy Roberts was finishing up his set and John Digweed was getting his records in order. The dance floor was packed very densely. I somehow only managed to make it half way to where the booth was as there was no room to move further. After what seemed like an hour, the clock struck 12 and balloons rained down from the ceiling. Digweed gets on the mic "Hello LA, you ready to party?" and nothing but screams fly back at him. From there he winds into Bedrock's"For What You Dream Of" and the night begins.

I think the tone was set best in the first half hour when he played Trancesetters "Roaches" with it's echoing of "underground". The next several hours would be a very dark bass driven journey. It did not start out mellow or fluffy...it got right into the mean dark and dirty beats (this also helped to wean out the non club related people who were just there for the open bar!). The set rumbled along, offering no positive mental benefit. Every so often he would offer a 1 track breather giving you a chance to keep up with his pace. He gave us Celeda's "Be Yourself", Depeche Modes "Only When" and Lustral's "Everytime". All spaced out nicely to offer an occasional breather.

Around 4 is when the trouble started for me. The Return to 93 mix of James Holden's "Nothing" was played which really caused a mental breakdown of sorts. Soon he would get into early Northern Exposures/Expeditions type stuff. This went on for a few hours, I think, as I don't really remember much till 10am. The only thing I clearly remember, my track of the night, was Rui da Silva's "Feel the Love". After a 10 minute music intro he finally let the vocals go. Complete madness ensued. Moments like this keep shrinks in business.

The crowd was one of the best I have been around in a club. While the floor started off quite crowded at 12am with not much room to do anything except stand there and bob around, by 3am there was just enough room to dance a bit. By 6am there was even more room. The crowd itself was quite mixed of every type of club character you would find. Everyone was in great spirits, very into the music and partying and having fun. Aside from a few mafia type tools walking through the crowd looking for chicks throughout the night, the crowd was perfect. The women there

The sound was quite good for a system just installed and not put to much use yet. The bass was full and warm...not twangy or piercing as in Avalon. There were times when vocals sounded flat and muffled, but then the next track they sounded clear as could be so I think that was not really an issue. And the most coveted test of how good a sound system is....I spent most of my night about 10 feet in front of the rear speaker stacks, and I could have a conversation with my friends and not have to yell or struggle to hear what they were saying. When the sound is loud and you can do that, you know its good !

A subtle pleasure I also enjoyed was not being about to see Digweed all that well, as odd as that sounds. With the booth being so low to the floor, unless you were really up close you could not see him with everyone's heads in the way. It gave the impression he was on the floor with all of us. And when I did get the chance to see him he would never take his eyes off the turntables. He rarely looked up at the crowd, always immersed in his work.

At 9:45am Digweed gets on the mic thanking the last 50 of us for coming out and telling us he is going to play 2 more tracks and the night is over. 5 tracks later the night draws to an end at 11am. Not before we got to hear "Everything in it's Right Place" as the 2nd to last track

Amazing time...one of those nights that get better over time as you recall more stuff that went on. It was like Sasha @ Aria, only twice as long and with that harder Digweed sound. Much respect to all those that worked hard to throw this event together last minute. For its first night as the new club, things ran smooth as if it had been around for ages.


Tracklist:
Bedrock - "For What You Dream Of" [Introduction to 2003]
Jayn Hanna - "Lost Without You"
Randall Jones & Deep C - "The Show"
Trancesetters - "Roaches" (Peace Division Mix)
Sasha - "Cloud Cuckoo" (Unknown Mix)
Paperclip People - "Throw"
POB & Taylor - "Ba Ba" (Human Movement Mix)
Jodi & Spesh - "We Are Connected"
B.C. - "Switch It"
Yunus - "Euprates"
LSG - "Netherworld" (Jules Vern Mix)
Depeche Mode - "Only When I Lose Myself" (Lexicon Avenue Mix)
Chemical Brothers - "Out of Control" (Sasha's Vocal Mix)
Saints & Sinners - "Pushing Too Hard" (Futureshock's Confession)
Underworld - "Dark and Long"
Radiohead - "Everything In It's Right Place" (Josh Wink Mix)
Rabbit In The Moon - "Out of Body Experience"
Garbage - "Stupid Girl" (Unknown Mix)
Kings of Tomorrow - "I Want You For Myself"
James Holden - "Nothing"
Starkid - "Crayons"
Tijuana - "Groove Is In The Air"
Lustral - "Everytime"
Dnote - "Shed My Skin"
Way Out West - "The Fall" (GU019 Bedrock Dub)
Red Devil - "Gamelan"
Schiller - "Ruhe"
Brothers Luv Dubs - "1-800-MING"
Delta Lady - "Anything You Want"
Albion - "Air"
Bedrock - "Emerald" (Charlie May Mix)
Lustral - "Everytime" (Nalin & Kane Mix)
Robert Owens - "I'll Be Your Friend" (David Morales Mix)
God Within - "Raincry"
Rui Da Silva - "Feel The Love" (Vocal Mix)
Ian Brown - "Fear"
Infusion - "Synesthesia" (Junkie XL Mix)
Celeda - "Be Yourself"
Range of Motion featuring Tangia Dixon - "What You Need" (Josh Wink Mix)
Bedrock - "Heaven Scent" (Unknown Mix)
Kym Mazelle - "Was That All It Was" (Unknown Mix) [Final Track]

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