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Sven Vath and Richie Hawtin
by Overseas: 12-13-2002

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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