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IJgenzinnig – New Years Boat Party 31-12-2016

IJgenzinnig - New Years Boat Party 31-12-2016

IJgenzinnig – New Years Boat Party 31-12-2016

London, United Kingdom 

As you all know I like to promote everything music related, and when things are about music, it should excite you. And there might be a party especially for you happening on the 31th of December at the IJ in Amsterdam. Yes, the world’s Dance capital, and not only will you be having a blast because you are in the Dam, but it will be on a boat. Yes, you’ve read that right, a boat! Dancing the night away, celebrating the start of 2017. Time does fly by quickly, and I’m here to let you know that you should hurry up with purchasing tickets, because they are selling fast!

So what can you expect? Multiple things. One of them being a boat, which I mentioned earlier. What else? Well, good music. Everything from House to EDM to Electro to Breaks. From 21:45 to 04:30 you can expect literally madness. The boat takes off at 22:30 and before you know it, you are celebrating the New Year with fireworks all around you, whilst the beats penetrate your mind, body and soul.

How much would this be? You are probably expecting the tickets to be hundreds of Euros, but you are wrong: €35 for normal birds (birds?) and for those who are late you can get the tickets for only €40. Early Birds have already sold out, so as I told you before, don’t wait and hesitate, you don’t want to miss this boat party!

Who’s performing? Well, Harry The Hatchet, Beat Patrol, Xamount, Romario V, and it’s hosted by JT #MC. And if you might be thinking ‘who are these people’, don’t worry: there’s a nice mix for you lot to appreciate by Beat Patrol. Expect everything and nothing, and you will have a wonderful NYE.

Oh, and let me mention to you the following: they like to keep things Underground. No commercial tunes, only raw and rough tunes blasting through the speakers!

So hurry up, visit this page (because it’s the only page you should visit today to get tickets from) and click attend, and get them tickets! Don’t be a fool and sit on your own at this NYE: go out and have a blast in the Dam. I wish I could go, but I simply can’t. Unless the boat travels to London, which I highly doubt.

Here’s the mix by Beat Patrol! Enjoy this and have fun on the 31st of December!

BMH Freeform… the day after….

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London, United Kingdom

As you’ve seen it in many blogs, on the 23rd of July (which was yesterday), the only place you needed to be at, was Eden Club in Bournemouth. I was there, and I had a wonderful time. For me it was one of the coolest nights out in a very long time, and before my memory makes me forget completely what happened, here’s a detailled (well, as far as I can remember it) description of BMH Freeform, the journey towards it, and the absolutely dreadful journey back. 

We started early, me and the missus. She had to see one of her friends, and I woke up with her at the same time. She wished me good luck and hoped I had fun, and I was hoping this day time rave was going to be good. She got me the train tickets (bless her). So I decided to take her out on Thursday and Friday. But these are different stories. Anyway, the day started well, nervous as hell because I was going to a rave where most of my legends would be at, and we would share the same train. Ready to go at 10:00? Not really, still had to go through my wardrobe, searching for something decent to wear. 10 minutes before I wanted to leave the missus told me that the tube trains had a delay… this is not what I wanted.

Ran towards Oakwood station. Got there on time. Jumped in the first train to Waterloo station, and this journey was alright. Once I arrived at Waterloo I was a bit stuck: I’ve seen pictures of these DJs before, but what do they look like in real life? Bloody hell, not one wore anything Freeform-like. I would have expected A.B to wear the whole Stamina outfit, but nope. Waited for a while, and we met in front of WHSmith. Met Finnbarr, his lovely missus, and A.B . Rikki Arkitech was getting ready, by buying food and ‘refreshments’.

We jumped on the 12:20 train to Bournemouth. We had to change once, but we were able to do so. Don’t ask me the name of the station, who cares anyway. Rikki had to ‘refresh’ himself again, and after he did, we jumped on the next train. Arriving in Bournemouth it appeared to me like a nice place to spend your weekend at/in. The sun was shining on us, the clouds disappeared, but we still needed to go to the club. Found a lovely cab driver, and she took us to the hotel Finnbarr and missus stayed in. A short walk from the hotel to the club, we decided to leave Finnbarr and just hit the club. When we arrived, we were in a bit of a shock!!!

This looked nothing like the club we had in mind! This was some kind of cocktail bar, and the people who were there already, weren’t ravers at all! Were we at the right place? This can’t be it, surely?! After refreshments we asked the bartender and he told us that we were at the right place, only needed to take the next entrance. Ok, pfew, we were at the right place. So walked into the club, and there was Dean Rogers, the man who organised this. Sweating already, seeing as the booth he was in didn’t have airconditioing. But downstairs, where the music was being played out loud by the first DJ (Cyrax), it was much cooler.

We walked downstairs, and the club actually looked cool! Two levels, a nice smoking area, lovely staff. The day time rave was about to happen! I couldn’t believe it, I was in a room with these legends (and some were on the train with me!): A.B, Rikki Arkitech (who was going to sober up before 7), Finnbarr, Transcend…. more DJs would come later, but for now it was Cyrax smashing the tunes out. And he did a good job, sweating behind the decks, giving sexy poses to the photographer.

Drinks were going down my neck, and seeing as I don’t drink often, I was getting hammered. But who cared? No-one, we take care of each other, the Freeform family does.

Next up was Finnbarr, and my God, he was smashing it! As he said afterwards he made 2 or 3 small mistakes, but I didn’t notice. Not because I was drunk, especially when I’m listening to music I become a critic, and in his case I was critising his debut set. And from where I was standing, Finnbarr was smashing it! A name you should write in your diary, this man is the future of Freeform!

Transcend was next, and he started on a good note. Between sets I had to go upstairs to smoke, it was hot inside. Talked to several ravers, and we were all having a great time. Throughout the night I would meet other people like C-Kay and K-Wire, it was good to see people coming out to support Freeform.

A.B  and Thumpa were next, and for the first time in my life, I saw someone who was slightly older than most of us: Thumpa took his dad to the rave! No joke! And boy, were these two smashing it! I can remember their set being absolutely dark and edgy, and also that Thumpa was doing the dad dances behind the decks (I was probably the only one who noticed it). A.B was smashing the air with his fists, and not only were these two smashing it, we were all loving it!!!

Solution was next. Sadly didn’t see his whole set, me and A.B had to leave earlier, we needed to go back to London. If I left without saying goodbye, it was my fault: I was drunk. But at least I said to Thumpa’s dad that his son is a legend. I tried to say goodbye to as many as I could. Please forgive me.

We took a cab to the station, and once we arrived at the station, there were some young kids making a scene. We couldn’t be bothered, we wanted to head home. But the train was jamn packed, so we had to stand for quite some time. And some other ravers decided to join us, and eventually take the mickey out of me (yes, I fell asleep standing up, or at least I tried).

After what seemed hours we arrived at Waterloo station. I was sobering up because I slept on the train, but A.B was tired, and making cow noises (I think he was talking to his bed, saying that he was coming home). A quick bite (two baguettes) and we said goodbye. I hope A.B made it home, could be that he’s still on the same train sleeping. I made it in one piece to Oakwood, and the walk home was a quick one.

What can I say about this night? Nothing much, everyone else has already said it on Facebook and Twitter. The night was amazing, the people are so friendly, and even though not many people turned up, we all had a great time. We supported Freeform, and we will do until the end of days. Dean, thanks for organising this. Maybe next event leave Cyrax off the line-up, maybe you can get more people if he’s not there (nah, just kidding, Cyrax, I love you sir).

This Freeform family is unique. We take care of each other, and we only spread the love on and off the dancefloor. Trying to explain what it is that binds us, is quite difficult. Trying to explain what it is that makes this family so good and different compared to other scenes is impossible. We are who we are, and we are the future.

I love my Freeform family, and I will make sure I will visit the next BMH Freeform event. Maybe book a hotel, or go by car. I am sad because I missed most of Solution’s set and Rikki’s whole set, I really wanted to know if him sobering up after 7 (which he didn’t) had an effect on him playing.

This party might have been small, but big in my book. This has showed me again why Freeform is great, and it’s about time to expand it towards the world. And everyone on the line-up who played (sadly Midas couldn’t come) is worth it, playing the best music in the whole wide world on a bigger stage!

Freeform Family. We missed a couple of cousins and nephews, but we were there. I was there. And I f**king loved it. And I came up with a name for Rikki’s new album: Get F**ked and Get Fabulous! There you go, I said it.

Next Generation Podcast Episode 31? True or not?

Brisk & Fracus

Brisk & Fracus

Kerkrade, The Netherlands 

Are the rumours true? After the last episode of the Next Generation podcast aired nearly 2 1/2 years ago people were talking about the return of the two legends Brisk and Fracus. Sadly year after year we were waiting in patience for the Next Generation podcast to return, only if it was for a one off. But a couple of days ago Brisk uploaded a picture, which might suggest them being in the studio recording the long awaited 31st episode. 

After the legendary podcast series ended, multiple podcast series took over what they left behind. From the mighty Stamina Records podcast to the outstanding Hardcore Underground podcast and more, we got more and more, but still we missed the banter between Fracus and Brisk. Their achievements together have led up to them winning an award at the Hardcore Awards for ‘Best Podcast’, and if you’ve never heard of them before, you can still listen to them via this website, which is the official Next Generation records website.

Their shows would always start with them playing their tunes in the first section, and the second half would be taken over by one or two  guestmixes, and over the years they’ve had superstar DJs playing, such as Squad-E, Partyraiser, Gammer, Joey Riot, Tha Playah, CLSM, Kevin Energy, Chosen Few, Kurt, Neophyte, Technikore, Predator, Slipmatt, Shimamura, Headbanger, Breeze, Tommyknocker and the list goes on. Inbetween these legendary guestmixes they would play commercials, mostly done by themselves, but persuasive enough for you to think that these products actually excist. Jacques Multiplug, I’m still waiting for my multiplug! Where’s my €15,- ?

If the rumours are true, and it’s not just a picture of them two in the studio doing bugger all, it’s going to be an amazing present from them two to all the fans from all over the globe. Christmas might come early this year, and the biggest surprise might be that we finally get to hear the 31st instalment of the Next Generation podcast. We’ve been waiting a long time, but it’s all going to be worth it. Finally seeing the two masters of Hardcore in the studio makes us all smile.

One DJ taking over the Australian Hardcore scene and the other being succesfull alongside his long time partner Darwin, it’s rare for them to be together in one studio, so let’s pray and hope they do find the time for a new podcast. Or maybe new tunes. Whatever it is they do in the studio, let’s hope the outcome is good. We’ve been waiting for a long time.

Maybe this might lead up to a revival of the podcast series? Maybe do one via Skype? Just a hint. This might be the biggest news we were all waiting for. Is it going to happen?

Let’s get this news heard, and make it a worldwide topic! #nextgenerationpodcast should be in the top 10 Twitter topics!

Where would we Hardcore fans be without Fracus and Brisk? More than 2 years without them was too long for us. Bring them back!

Next Generation Podcast

Next Generation Podcast

HTID Soundwave – Show Two | Team Anthems (2015)

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Kerkrade, The Netherlands  

We are all aware of the next HTID event, which will take place on the 3rd of October 2015 at Boxxed in Birmingham. If you haven’t bought any tickets yet, you are going to miss an exclusive event with a killer line-up. Again, if you haven’t seen the line-up, are you really Hardcore, or haven’t you been behind your computer at all for at least a year? The line-up is massive, and it’s a HTID party, and they are always good!

The line-up is absolutely ridicilous! You’ve got 5 teams and also a supporting group of artists, and if I mention the names of all the artists, your mind will explode! Are you ready?

  • Team Black – Andy Whitby – Alex Kidd – Lab 4 (World Exclusive)
  • Team Yellow – Klubfiller – Chris Unknown – Outforce
  • Team Red – Gammer – Breeze – Dougal
  • Team Green – Thumpa – CLSM – A.B
  • Team Blue – Fracus & Darwin – Al Storm – Alex Prospect
  • Team Support Artists – Ajay – Jakka-B – Mizel & Wilson – Macks Wolf

Didn’t I tell you that it’s a killer line-up? I did, didn’t I? Amazing line-up, but there’s another treat for you all in store. If you are going, and you should, there’s a small present to get you all excited: each team has made an anthem for their team. Not every anthem has been uploaded yet, some are still working on it, but there are already 5 anthems you can download for free right now! The other one will emerge soon, so keep an eye out for that. All free downloads to get you into the mood for one of the most amazing nights of 2015.

If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, be quick, the event is on the 3rd of October! CLICK HERE for tickets.

Here are the 5 anthems, share them, download them, and get ready for HTID Soundwave – Show Two!