Frenzy's Hard House Re-Launch @ The Empire Club
Saturday 2nd December 2006
The Frenzy flyer
Wise words indeed I'm sure you'll agree.. and even more apt considering Saturday night's Frenzy. In fact, I'm going to lay down a challenge right here and now for you to find me one person who didn't truly 'love it' last night... let's be straight down the line with this.. everyone had an exceptional night. End. Of.
Basement jacks at The Empire Club
So, Frenzy... you've heard the hype (and the rumour).. but what's it all about? Well, hard house music sets the scene, and we mean hard 'house'.. none of this hard dance rubbish. Add to that a club full of like-minded people, an underground venue, a rag-bag crew of local hard house DJs, wicked music, and that equals the Frenzy vibe... that's what Frenzy is all about: People having fun.
Anyway, Saturday night. As you all know this was Frenzy's Bournemouth hard house re-launch. And what a night it was! The proceedings started at 10pm with Weymouth's finest hard house export Ryki, debuting at Frenzy courtesy of Hard Trancelation. Ryki played a fantastic warm-up set with a lot of upfront new tunes typified with Paul Maddox's Olive Grooves and Digital Kid numbers. It's fair to say that the warm-up DJs never usually play to a packed floor, but it was testament to Ryki and Frenzy that within 30 minutes of the doors opening he was playing to a packed basement full of Frenzy clubbers.
Ryki warms up the basement
Happy smiley Frenzy clubbers
By eleven the bottom floor of the Empire Club was full to capacity as Big Al Medino (AKA Big Daddy) took to the decks. Alan knows the Frenzy crowd like know one else and gave them exactly what they wanted... the bounce!
Big Al Medino brings back the bounce!
The great thing about Al playing is that you can see how much he enjoys what he does, and that rubs off onto the dancefloor. Last night was no exception. For me the highlight was Vicky Pollard's "Yeh But No But" towards the end of the set... as silly a record as it is, for me it typifies Frenzy as we like to take the piss and have a laugh. Why take life too seriously? Let the good times roll!
The Basement loving it!
Meanwhile, on the ground floor upstairs, Carl Phoenix and Jo Jo were pumping out the funky shit. This middle floor was brilliant as it gave everyone a nice focal chill out point to take a breather and take it down a level. Kudos to these two guys for carrying it off as house isn't usually a Frenzy thing... but it looks like Funky Frenzy is definitely something we will be continuing in the future!
Carl Phoenix presents Funky Frenzy
Next up in the basement was Bournemouth hard house legend, Mrs Chris B. Chris has been involved with hard house from the very beginning and previously held residencies at Slinky and the infamous Manor.. so we count ourselves lucky that he's always up for helping Frenzy out. Chris' set had a little bit of Trade style to it, with tunes such as Funkydory's Goodtimes '96 (Tony De Vit Mix) and other old skool hard house.
HRH Chris B
Frenzy clubbers.. confused.. or happy?
Next up was ex-Cheeky Little Monkey resident, Cheeky Scott. You always know what to expect from this man, and that's the bounciest hard house you'll ever hear being played nowadays. After all, where else on the south coast can you hear this music?
Cheeky Scott on the decks
We're the only people doing it, and as long as you guys still want to come to Frenzy we'll keep giving you the bouncy tracks. It goes without saying that the tunes of the night were the obligatory camp Cheeky Trax remixes, some 12 Inch Thumpers, a little bit of Frisky and Friction Burns.. and some Nukleuz Blue thrown in for good measure. All in all a bloody good choice!
The Frenzy Crew
Last, but my no means least was Mike-E. Mike-E is another old resident of the now defunct Cheeky Little Monkey and dusted down his record bag to come out of retirement for the night... and he showed that he'd lost none of his deck skills. It was a quality set from the man... he kept the dancefloor full until kicking out time. And you can't say much fairer than that!
Mike-E keeps it there right to the end
So... what next for Frenzy? Well I think tonight showed that Frenzy isn't about what venue we're in. It's about the music and the crowd. Having said that I can see The Empire Club being our home for the foreseeable future... and that's all down to you guys coming along and making it what is was. Cheers and was wicked to meet everyone that we did..
Yawning or dancing... not really sure!