you press looking to cover Cyberfest 2001, take pictures, video,
etc? Please contact Stephanie Smiley at Pushpress media.
on mtv.com (second article)
in Jive Magazine
Press Clippings (Old and New)
Interviews with Sason RE: Cyberfest SF 2001 will appear in the November
Issue of Spin (Out October 15th), Lotus, Mixer, Time Out NY, Rolling
Stone and the Los Angeles Times.
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Edited by Kieran Wyatt
Dance and music festival sheds light on the future.
In the face of numerous high profile dance events and the cancellation
high-profile dance music festivals/tours (most notably Creamfields'
Las Vegas and New York shows), it was reassuring to learn that US
dance and music festival culture isn't completely on its knees.
Coolworld's annual Cyberfest festival series sold out its first
stop in San Francisco the northern California event Cyberfest sold
out with over 22,000 dance music revellers in attendance last Saturday
(August 11). Most impressively, the line-up was entirely homegrown
and included live performances by The Crystal Method, Planet B and
Uberzone alongside DJ sets from DJ Skribble, Keoki, jungle main
man Dieselboy, WishFM, Christopher Lawrence, Method Man and DJ Dan.
Cyberfest has been a huge turning point for dance and music festivals
as well as electronic music," said Coolworld Cool World founder
and Artist Producer Sason Parry. "We've seen a lot of hype
surrounding this summer's 'dance music' tours, events that never
actually materialised. The success of the Cyberfest Music Festival
series once again proves Coolworld's longevity, dedication and credibility."
Further Coolworld Cyberfests are scheduled to take place in Houston
(September 22) and Miami (November 24).
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annual Cyberfest festival series sold out its first stop in San
Francisco, Cyberfest, sold-out with 22,000 dance music revelers
The event was
held on August 11, 2001 at the Cow Palace in Daly City and was successfully
produced with no problems related to attendance, parking, traffic,
security, police or paramedics.
Cool World founder and Artist Producer, Sason Parry, comments on the success of the show, "This
year's Cyberfest has been a huge turning point for dance and music
festivals, as well as, electronic music. We've seen a lot of hype
surrounding this Summer's 'dance music' tours... events that never
actually materialized. As this scene gets closer to mainstream notoriety,
the success of the Cyberfest Music Festival series once again proves
Coolworld's longevity, dedication and credibility... not only within
the underground dance music scene, but also within mainstream pop
culture. Cyberfest has become the quintessential showcase of the
included live performances by The Crystal Method, Planet B, Kevens
and Uberzone along with DJ sets from DJ Skribble, Keoki, Dieselboy,
WishFM, Christopher Lawrence, DJ Dan, Reza, Bad Company, Kaos, Method
One, Sage, UFO! and many, many others!
will be held on September 22nd, 2001 at a spectacular open-air site
on 140 acres. The line-up for this event includes The Crystal Method,
De La Soul, Biz Markie, Darude, Pharoah Monch, Madison Avenue, Kevens,
Planet B, DJ Skribble, DJ Icey, Keoki, Christopher Lawrence, AK
1200, WishFM, Dieselboy, Romanthony of Daft Punk, Aphrodite, Shy
FX and Skibadee, Galaxy Girl, DJ Bizz, D:Fuse, Dave Ralph, Adam
Freeland, Jesse Saunders, Chris Spect and many more to be announced.
will be held on November 24th, 2001.
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Crystal Method, De La Soul Sign On For Expanded Cyberfest 08.15.2001
Following a successful Cyberfest in San Francisco last weekend,
organizers have announced they will bring the electronic music festival
to two other U.S. cities this fall. Cyberfest Houston is scheduled
for September 22 and will feature the Crystal Method, De La Soul,
Biz Markie, DJ Skribble and Keoki. Another Cyberfest will be held
November 24 in Miami. The lineup for that show has not been announced.
Other acts slated for the Houston festival include Darude, Pharoahe
Monch, Madison Avenue, DJ Icey, Christopher Lawrence, Dieselboy,
Daft Punk contributor Romanthony, Aphrodite and Dave Ralph. They
will perform on a 140-acre field. Last weekend's Cyberfest featured
the Crystal Method, Überzone and Mix Master Mike (see "Festival
Lineup: D12, Crystal Method, More In San Francisco"). Eminem's
group, D12, did not perform. Corey Moss
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Cyberfest 2001 Has Mix Master Mike, DJ Skribble and You Don't
There is a very, very cool festival that will be taking place this
summer, among about 2,481 others. Cyberfest, the annual dance music
festival, will take place this year on August 11 in the sunny city
of San Fransisco. The super-cool festival will feature super-cool
acts, such as D12, the Crystal Method, DJ Skribble, Mix Master Mike,
and Uberzone. According to the Cyberfest website, more than 100
world class DJ's and live acts will perform, including DJ Dan, Keoki,
Dieselboy, Wish FM and Scott Hardkiss. The festival will have seven
entertainment areas, four themed dance arenas and a cyber circus.
A cyber circus! There will also be lots of fun rides, a laser light
show, performance artists (including a fire breather) and an extreme
sports and pro exhibition. By Cara Takakjian (MtDew22@aol.com)
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Saturday, September 2, 2000
by Brandon Woodson, Editor
in Melbourne, Florida was one of the largest events the southeast
has seen. Produced by Cool World and boasting an incredible lineup
such as Carl Cox, Spacemen, Ed Rush and Ryme Tyme, Cirrus, Run DMC,
WishFM and many more. Cyberfest was a fun festival for those looking
for a good place to party, listen to good music, and have fun.
to the Melbourne airport in central Florida, the location for the
event was ideal. The venue itself was a large mall, with the entire
back parking lot enclosed to provide the main outdoor stage, a chill
area, a half-pipe, carnival-like rides, and vending areas. There
were also several smart bars, selling fruit drinks for energy and
venue was separated into "stages" by partitions, with
entrances in the middle and front of the partitions, with the back
exits flowing to the outdoor area. Logistically, it was not ideal,
but the stages were marked well enough to be found. The indoor lighting
was very minimal with track lighting in every stage. The outdoor
sound was good while the indoor sound was lacking for the size of
To the left
of the indoor stages, was the vending area, with vendors peddling
wares like t-shirts, drinks, and promoting their events. At the
end of this hall was the locals area, which had no special lighting
other than the fluorescents which normally light up the venue. The
sound in the Bayzone, or locals area, was poor, as several DJs had
difficulty with the tables and needles jumping on the upraised flooring.
behind the stages were a good effect, with each of the main stages
having two large screens behind the decks while a cornucopia of
visual stimulation went on. Each room showed something unique to
that sound. Throughout the night in the Gateway one could see computer-generated
turntables, or split images of Carl Cox bobbing his head, in the
The vibe itself
was generally good, but a majority of the people were there for
the event and not the music. This is common for such large-scale
events of this kind. "I just came to party man, I don't know
who's playing," said Mark, 22,from Orlando. This answer was
repeated often from party-goers when asked who they came to see.
The main outdoor
stage hosted most of the live act. Cirrus performed an early set
on the outdoor stage, and were barely visible with all the "exotic
dancers" performing on stage. Their performance was one of
the best of the night and set the stage for things to come. Versa-Style,
a Florida local, was one of the highlights in the breaks stage.
His easeless scratching, mixed with his track selection hyped the
crowd, bringing in others from the surrounding stages. Meanwhile,
Stryke was pounding the masses with his hard-hitting sounds. For
a moment, people thought Carl Cox had arrived early.
On the Gateway,
the stage devoted mostly to house, J-Luv delivered a rousing progressive
set, forcing everyone to get up and dance. Back on the main stage
Random J was just finishing up a great live trance P.A. Vortex and
Cosmic Kitty were playing on the breaks stage. Cosmic Kitty, who's
mixing was okay, at best, had the energy, smile and charisma to
keep the crowd into her set. Decked out in an all-silver outfit,
Cosmic Kitty had all the males in the crowd watching her on the
ones and twos. On the main indoor stage Trip Theory fired up the
crowd by performing such break-beat favorites like The Roll Song.
Ulises played on the locals stage, but the ambience and attention
wasn't there. Luckily, Ulises also spun on the Infinite Universe
stage, mostly designated for breaks, but the crowd quickly warmed
to is Latin house sounds, before he gave way to Mike and Charlie.
Mixmaster Mike performed on the outdoor stage. He spun anthemic
hip hop tracks, and missed while beat juggling, yet the crowd was
into his set. As he played, Gin & Juice, and Rock the Bells,
several people wondered aloud if he was caught in the early 90's.
Humpty Vision was playing to the crowd, spinning tracks off his
new album, Shut he F*** Up and Dance. Once he mixed in Robot Man,
it was just a matter of time before he played the Prisoners of Technology
NWA remix of Dope Man. His lack of ingenuity never bothered the
crowd as they continued to bounce back and forth to his energetic,
came on after Humpty Vision, keeping the pace going with his hard
techno tracks, but in truth, Bones was just keeping the decks warm
for Bad Boy Bill. The main outdoor stage shut down early, while
Run DMC was finishing their set, forcing everyone inside to hear
the music. The Spacemen were on the main indoor stage, giving a
visual festival along with an eiry style. Had Fox Mulder been at
Cyberfest he might have finally found the truth; the truth that
the Spacemen put on a great show. 3-D Chroma Depth glasses were
passed out to enhance the event. Spaceships exploded on the screens
behind them as the alien performed in front.
On the Gateway
stage, it was difficult to tell if Bad Boy Bill was spinning if
you weren't watching him. His set started out in a more progressive
manner, shocking much of the crowd, but three tracks in, it was
the old Bad Boy himself. Scratching back and forth, Bill did not
cut any new ground with his tracks, but the crowd came to see him
do what he does best. Bill spun such tracks as Pumpin, Blow Ya Mind,
and other classics, before ending his set with Josh Wink's How's
Your Evening So Far. Deep Sky followed the Spacemen with another
exuberant performance. Banging on their equipment at full speed,
it was difficult following the previous act, but Deep Sky kept the
momentum, even as the crowd began to slightly dwindle into the other
stages. As Bad Boy Bill's last track played out, the crowd had packed
in to the Gateway stage at this point in anticipation of Carl Cox,
and the man delivered. Mixing in from Bill's last track, Carl took
over and for the next two hours floored the crowd with his pounding
techno and bob-and-weave delivery. Several artists including Bad
Boy Bill and Humpty Vision stayed to watch Cox on the decks, crowding
the backstage area.
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Cyberfest: Summer's biggest dance and music festival?
Dennis Romero, Managing Editor
Monday, April 10, 2000 02:30 PM
Big event to
feature Oakey, Cox, Dan
The Coolworld promotion group has announced its lineup for Cyberfest
2000, a mega-dance and music festival scheduled to go off on July 22 at the Santa Clara
Fairgrounds in Santa Clara, Calif. DJs are to include Paul Oakenfold,
Carl Cox and DJ Dan.
was one of the best-attended dance music festivals in American history.
Promoters report that 27,000 people came to see the Chemical Brothers,
Goldie and Josh Wink. For more information on Cyberfest 2000, visit
In fact, promoters
are calling Cyberfest 2000 "America's largest annual all night
dance and music festival." The organizers of the Southern California
party How Sweet It Is, held last March in San Bernadino, Calif.,
might have a problem with that description, however: Police reported
that 28,000 people attended that event.
Is there a battle
brewing over which party holds the record for biggest turnout? Let
us know which party you think was the biggest in America by registering
your thoughts below.
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A Hip Hopper's dance and music festival Experience: Cyberfest
[ by John Cordero ]
with the stereotypes many of us have about dance and music festivals, those infamous
gatherings where teenagers indulge in drug consuming orgies while
listening to some weird thump-thump music. Yes, there is widespread
drug use, but not anymore than a typical 40 oz. And blunts packed
rap concert. Yes, the music does all sound the same to the untrained
ear who can't distinguish DJ Icey from DJ Rap. However, just as
Hip Hop's foundation was laid with rock, jazz, soul, and funk bricks,
the electronic scene draws from the well of Hip Hop. Remember that
"Planet Rock" song your older cousin used to break dance
to? It spawned several new genres like House, Techno, Breakbeat,
Trance, and Jungle. All these musical styles were in full display
at the Cyberfest dance and music festival held in Melbourne,FL on Sept. 2nd
Hip Hop doesn't embrace the dance and music festival culture, dance and music festivalrs themselves for
the most part are open to Hip Hop. Cyberfest had KRS-One, Run-DMC,
DJ Craze, and DJ Infamous on the bill. The massive size of the Melbourne
convention center allowed one to roam at will checking out the various
rooms as well as the main stage outside, which was also home to
the skate vert ramp, water gun fight area, and plenty of rides.
Craze and Infamous threw down hard drum & bass sets that had
the glow sticks high in the air and the sweat pouring down from
the frantic dancers asking for more. After this assault, the main
stage was set for the Blastmaster to teach. As usual, his show didn't
disappoint, what with his back catalogue of classics and B-Boy crew
The Breeze Team putting it down with their routines and amazing
moves. And for the U.S. Open fan in you, he threw out a whole box
of autographed tennis balls. Hold on to those, they'll be worth
About the only
low point of the evening came when the always-courteous police decided
to pull the plug at the beginning of Run-DMC's set, claiming that
the noise levels violated local ordinances. With nothing left to
do but party the rest of the night, the offerings were plenty: Trance
room with BT, Breaks outside courtesy of Prizm & Eclipse, Drum
& Bass via Kevens, or sampling the various offerings of the
vendors and making instant friends out of 5,000 people, since dance
and music festivalrs often go out of their way to talk, hug, and
give candy out to everyone who crosses their path. The carnival
atmosphere and laser shows made Cyberfest a total playground for
the musically inclined, and the promoters delivered for the up all
night crowd, closing down the show at 6 AM. But that's OK, cuz there
were plenty of after parties on hand at the various hotels surrounding
the venue. Already an annual event on the left coast, we can only
hope they can keep up the tradition here.
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V/A - Cyberfest 2000
Cyberfest is a massive electronica music festival that happens in
San Francisco and has been since 1993. This Cyberfest 2000 cd brings
together some of the fabulous artists that make the event one of
the must see 24 hour parties. It is the first volume in what should
continue to be a regular thing. On this edition Coolworld Music
brings together such diverse acts as BT, Paul van Dyke, Moby, Christopher
Lawrence, Aphrodite, Mix Master Mike, Bedrock featuring John Digweed,Paul
Oakenfold, and Carl Cox just to name the more prominent artists.
You would be hardpressed to find all these quality tracks on one
disc but Coolworld has cleared it. This album is well worth your
hard earned money. (UBL 2000)
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Cyberfest San Francisco 2001
If Walt Disney threw a dance and music festival, it would look something
A Massive Attack
An event truly worthy of the "massive" moniker,
Cyberfest takes the already-excessive dance and music festival concept
beyond all reasonable limits. Do you know of any other dance festivals
that come fully equipped with a "raging fun fair with wild
rides"? I think not. But you won't see any
hotdogs on a stick here--just glowsticks. And those nitrous tanks
aren't to fill balloons.
Back in San Francisco for the first time since 1992 (when Coolworld
staged the first all-night outdoor festival in the U.S.) Cyberfest
2001 makes a futuristic midway out of Cow Palace, erecting multiple
dance arenas, an extreme sports exhibition, a laser light show and
a vendor village. But the real scoop is the lineup: Headliner Eminem
and his D12 posse make an exclusive West Coast appearance, while
superstar selectors Uberzone, DJ Dan, Mix Master Mike, Donald Glaude,
Dieselboy, Skribble, Keoki, WishFM and the Crystal Method keep it
up all night. Amanda Morrison
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D-12, CRYSTAL METHOD AMONG CYBERFEST HEADLINERS
Detroit-based hip-hop group D-12 will be among the headlining acts
at the eighth annual Cyberfest, taking place at an outdoor location
in downtown San Francisco on August 11th.
at the electronic music festival will be Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master
Mike and AK 1200, among some 40 other bands playing on seven different
stages. The festival will also feature a laser light show, skate
park and a circus. This event is all ages and tickets will be a
bargain at $35 available at Ticketmaster West Coast locations.
have drawn groups like rap pioneers Run-DMC and big-beat visionaires
the Chemical Brothers. To purchase tickets, log on to www.coolworld.com.
D-12's debut album, Devil's Night, hit record stores today (June
26th). --Mark Allwood
Well CoolWorld's "CYBERFEST" 2000 took off without a hit!
88,000 + people attended! Extremely Awesome. Highlights of the show
are major DJs like: Paul "Oakie" Oakenfold, BT, Dave Ralph,
WishFM. Party People enjoyed the scene and we enjoyed the wicked
pics of these great souls! The show was just out of control and
the best thing to ever happen to the dance and music festival scene!
PLUR was practiced without flaw! dance and music festivalrs united
for a night of fun and a night of AWE! The dj lineup was massive
and the skate competition blew up high! Thanks to all the vendors
for making the prices low and affordable for all of us dying of
water and nourishment! Major Events in the pics below are of OAKIE
in the mix, DJ DAN, Christopher LAWRENCE, Dave RALPH, BT, WishFM,
Thomas Michael, Mars, and many others!
It was 93 degrees,
and very sunny, when Cyberfest started at three P.M. It started
early because it had to end at four A.M., while most parties end
between six and nine, and the lineup for this party was absolutely
stacked with top performers from around the world, who all needed
time to create their piece of the best thirteen hours of music that
I can possibly think of. It was actually over 60 hours of music,
considering there were 5 rooms.
The Venue for
Cyberfest 2000 was the Big Fresno Fairgrounds. This Venue was over
500 acres of dance event fun, packed with carnival rides, vendors
of drinks, food, cloths, music, and dance and music festivalr goodies, and DJ booths
providing even more music beyond the 5 main areas. For the first
four hours, this was a day party, and too hot to dance, so most
people spent this time walking around and getting acclimated to
the environment. What I found was a wide diversity of Party Goers
from up to six hundred miles away. The Bay Area seems to have a
mature and healthy dance scene, as many of the better dancers were
from that area. It seemed like every time I saw precision or accuracy
beyond what is normal, and I asked those dancers where they were
from, the said the San Francisco Bay Area. There were also party
people from Seattle, Reno, Phoenix, LA, San Diego, and virtually
every other city anywhere near Fresno. Overall, the vibe at this
party was good, but not quite as good as at Electric Daisy Carnival,
and the same would have to be said for the Venue, as there was not
nearly enough dancing room in the House or Trance Areas. EDC also
had better provisions for sound. One element that EDC, or any other
event, could not compare to Cyberfest in, was the DJ Lineup. This
Line up was just unbelievable. It was such a great lineup that it
deserves to, and will, be listed it in it's entirety.
Liquid, 4-5:30 Tom Silk and Dyloot, 5:30-6 Reflector, 6-7 Eric Spire,
7-7:30 Nizam, 7:30-9 Mars, 9-10 Souls of Mischief, 10-10:30 Plan
B, 10:30-11:30 digital Underground
Infinite Universe: 3-4 Chach, 4-5 Doran, 5-6:30 Thomas Trouble &
DJ D, 6:30-8 Pistachio, 8-9 Thomas Michael, 9-10:30 Christopher
Lawrence, 10:30-12 Dave Ralph, 12-1 Wish FM, 1-2 BT, 2-4 Paul Oakenfold
Gateway: 3-4 Mike Barrett, 4-5 DJ Huey, 5-6 St. John, 6-7 Jesse
Saunders, 7-8 Kevin Kind and DJ Devious, 8-9 Reza, 9-10 Juan Atkins,
10-11 Dr. Feelgood, 11-12 Richard "Humpty" Vission, 12-1
Donald Glaude, 1-2:30 DJ Dan, 2:30-4 Carl Cox
3-4 Niman, 4-5 Deacon, 5-7 Ghost and Frank Nitty, 7-8 Raymond Roaker,
8-9:30 Slim and Orion, 9:30-10 Third Sight, 10-11 Dufunk, 11-12:30
Aphrodite, 12:30-2 Andy C, 2-4 Ed Rush and Matrix.
Bayzone: 3-4 Styles, 4-5 Kid Red, 5-6 Junglist Militia, 6-7:30 DJ
Rkteck, 7:30-8:30 Blair, 8:30-9:30 GI Joe, 9:30-10:30 Jesse Gonzalez,
10:30-11:30 Kwashi, 11:30-12:30 Dimitry, 12:30-1:30 Ryan Wilbur,
1:30-2:45 Grag Sandler, 2:45 -4 Happy Kid Marty
There was some
variance from this schedule, but nothing major, so it was a big
challenge deciding what you were going to hear, and what you were
going to have to miss. If you have any appretation for Jungle at
all, you were going to miss excellent House and Trance sets by DJs
like Carl Cox, DJ Dan, Donald Glaude, BT , Paul Oakenfold, and Richard
"Humpty" Vission, because Cyberfest simply had the best
Jungle Line up that the State of California has ever had the opportunity
to host. This "Ultimate Jungle Lineup" began with Aphrodite
just after eleven, and continued on with Andy C, Ed Rush, and Matrix
until four in the morning.
and many other party people, the party started once the sun started
to set, and Mars began his performance. Complete with trippy video
effects on screen, Mars set this party off. The Sanctuary was a
huge outdoor auditorium, and was where Cyberfest came together.
Once Mars had finished his set, the sun was all but forgotten, and
we started off into a night of unforgettable music. Whether you
prefer House, Trance, Jungle, or all three the same, you the best
of each within a minute's walk.
Many of the attendees had been anxiously awaiting the moment when
Aphrodite would come to the turntables. Seeing how Junglist are
serious about their music, Coolworld felt it would be no problem
to have the Jungle DJs perform at floor level, nestled deep inside
the mass of Junglists. Wisely, the DJs in the House and Trance rooms
were elevated away from the populous of those rooms, with at least
twenty feet between them and the crowd. I don't know exactly how
far away the crowd was kept from the Jungle DJs, but I can say that
when Aphrodite needed a light for his cigarette, he got one from
the guy standing next to me.
All of the loyal
members of the Junglist nation were rewarded with not only closeness
to there leaders, but with five hours of the best Jungle anywhere,
anytime. This does not mean that Cyberfest was a just a big Jungle
Party, just that the Jungle at this party was phenomenal. So phenomenal,
that I did not even bother trying to hear one beat of Donald Glaude's
set, a DJ who is the highlight of any event, just not when he is
up against Aphrodite.
I did pull myself away from the Jungle Area long enough to hear
the last half of Carl Cox's set. This was the best House Music that
I can remember hearing. I was so in tune with the music, that did
not feel like I was not dancing to it, but instead, that the music
was being created instantly to match what I was doing. This might
have been the best set of the entire thirteen hour marathon, and
in the case of Cyberfest, that means a lot.
Well Party People
here it is! When I took at a look at the line-up for this Cyberfest
afer the parking lot at EDC, I felt disappointed. The reason being
the best line up, ever was to be at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds
in San Jose. Well, my heart was lifted when I found out that the
location changed and I was able to go to the party!
In terms of
how the good the party was, it was definitely sick. The 93 degree
temperature did however slow me down. I don't know about anybody
else, but dancing in high heat sux!
As the night
progressed, I saw performances by two artists I had never seen before.
Plan B, and Souls of Mischief. Plan B, had a grungy type of Trance
style and were accompanied by an MC, they were pretty good. Next
was Souls of Mischief. When 4 guys with Microphones come on stage
the sound is a bit hard to fix, especially with no time to check
before the talent goes on. As far as hip-hop they were good, but
as far as the sound went, very poor. I really hope the sound guy
got yelled at for that one.
As soon as clock struck 11pm, I was in the Jungle room. This is
when the jungle room really took effect. Before 11 the jungle room
was roomy with virtually no people inside, but when the one and
only Aphrodite started spinning, DAMN did that place got rockin!
Ladies and Gentleman, Aphrodite is the SHIT live! This man knows
what the fuck is up! He destroyed any and every DJ before him. He
started his set with a more popular Aphrodite track, Man of Steel.
The Superman themed song really got the crowd moving. Of all the
Drum & Bass DJ's I have ever seen, I have never seen one DJ
get mobbed so bad by people wanting autographs, even while he was
spinning. This did not stop the "Man of Steel," as his
set was literally an all out crowd pleaser for over an hour and
a half. Aphrodite spun mostly new stuff, but did bring back some
of the more popular Aphrodite tracks from his previous CDs. Believe
me people, after this set was over, the fun didn't stop - it only
I'd like to
get one thing straight before I go on. UK drum & bass is the
SHIT! Nothing compares to it, and no one else can truly imitate
the style of the best music in the world, UK drum & bass. No
that that is settled.....Andy C was definitely sick. Accompanied
by MC GQ, his set sent people into a world more evil and dark than
hell itself. This set was so good, I can't even explain it. If you
like Hard, Fast, Tech drum & bass, then this was the room for
you. Truly sick! Next however....drum roll please.....were the godz
of Drum & Bass: ED RUSH + MATRIX!!
you have not heard ED RUSH live you haven't heard shit. These Virus
Records guys are a must see for all Junglists. Matrix spun first.
Playing many tracks from his new album, (Sleepwalk - available on
the Virus Label right now if you want to pick it up) he went off.
During the most popular songs from Sleepwalk, "Apache"
and "Temperament," the crowd was screaming! Matrix didn't
spin for too long though, due to sound problems. If Ed Rush and
Matrix didn't ask the sound guy to fix the problem for 10 minutes,
Ed would not have spun. Fortunately, the problem was fixed and God
himself stepped up to the tables.
This man is
all about Tribal Drum & Bass, he loves tribal beatz just as
much as I do. Rush blew the roof off! The crowd couldn't get enough
of him. One dope track after another, including a song that really
got the crowd moving. Ed played a sort of melodic Drum & Bass
track, where he slowed the beat down to almost nothing and then
slowly sped it back up for an insane build up! One of the most unique
uses of the turn tables that I have ever seen. His hour long set
was potentially ended by the party officials, as it was past 4 AM,
but this didn't stop Ed, he was yelled at twice to get off, but
kept spinning. It was definitely sick!
party was definitely a 10+!
attended Cyberfest 2000 will unequivocally agree that the Trance
room was the party... beginning to end. From 3:00 p.m. until 4:00
in the morning, the energy only escalated. I didn't think it possible
for people to party so hard, for so long. With respect to the other
incredible sets that Dan, Glaude, Cox, Aphrodite, Mars, et. al.
spun, nothing came close to the BT/Oakenfold experience.
For those who
were at Electric Daisy, BT's set was a return to that excellence.
Having the crowd primed by Thomas Michael, Christopher Lawrence,
and Dave Ralph, certainly helped... but from the moment BT stepped
to the tables, there was no escape-- you were transported into the
next dimension. I must say that the visuals and lasers were impeccably
constructed, for every person, in every state of mind, they were
After BT finished
his heart-stopping set, the room was filled beyond capacity... Oakenfold
was due. After a few minutes of working out technical difficulties
with the sound, the master of Trance taught California what music
is about. Oakenfold's set can only be described as the most soul-filled
existential experience a person can have through music. Three quarters
of the way through his set when he threw that Radiohead song on,
half of the crowd was literally floored. For a DJ to be so hyped,
and far surpass every expectation you might have of his music, is
a truly rare and unbelievable experience. Hearing his set made the
10 hours of driving and logistical nightmares I went through worth
every second. As they say in his G.U. New York cover, Oakenfold
is the man you want in control.
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