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.