On the 11th of October, things got a likkle darker at Birmingham’s 02 Academy with a birthday bash for Manchester born and bred, MC Trigga, organised and produced by Random Concept. As the crew arrived, the ravers shortly followed, filling the arena ready for a night of total carnage. This year’s theme was inspired by the fantastic ‘I Am Legend’ film and although Will Smith was nowhere to be seen, it was clear that abnormal scenes were occurring.
With the bar in close contact and the smoking area tucked away out the back of the arena, the venue was perfect to cater for a few thousand ravers. Explosive sets kicked off the night as we witnessed magic man, Crissy Criss cripple the decks. Not only were we supplied with a range of different sounds, the layout and decoration on stage was planned and styled to perfection. DJ’s performed from a trashed, abandoned motor, adding special effects to the thrilled theme. DJ Hype dipped into his land of dubplates, adding extra spice to his classic mixing style. This was not your standard birthday party. There was no birthday cake or candles, but oh boy, there sure was fire. The speakers were destructive and at one point, the bass actually made me feel physically sick. There was no escaping one of the filthiest birthday parties to ever grace the earth.
The pinnacle of the night was of course, the birthday boy and his crew. DJ Sly exposed the filth and the crowd loved it. For everyone that was tripping balls, just to clarify, there were dead bodies on stage during the night. When the SDC team arrived, they didn’t just bring the gully stompers, they also brought out three dead bodies to the stage; adding to nights already flamboyant character. Covered in blood, they wandered the stage whilst Trigga played hype man at the front. In Trigga’s world, anything goes.
For me, the monster set was the Logan D, Majistrate, Evil B and Herbzie combo with the ladies favourite, MC Eksman. Although Evil turned up a tad late, running on with a flustered Majistrate (we know you two were cannonading in the boys toilets), they layered the night with a vicious overtone. With the MC’s frontal and the Low Down Deep vs Sweettooth team spinning the goods, there were many dirty, little skankers stomping their little hearts out… and the dirty little wankers skanking not too far behind them.
The night was killer and the performances were world class. These birthday parties roll in with huge effect. Whose birthday is next on the agenda I hear you cry? Next up is Nicky Blackmarket and Fatman D’s birthday bash in December followed by Evil B’s Birthday Bash at Bristol’s 02 Academy in January. Roadblock for both events, make sure you grab your tickets early, see you at the front!
Review by Laurie Charlesworth