Frenzy's New Year's Eve Hard House Bash with Rum n Ass @ The Empire Club
Sunday 31st December 2006
The Frenzy and Rum n Ass flyer (Rear and front)
Once upon a time, in a Lansdown far far away, there was this merry band of hard house enthusiasts. They decided on one cold November eve to get together with some Drum n Bass addicts... And Lo! Frenzy vs Rum n Ass New Years Eve party was born...
...It's often said that New Years Eve is a time to reflect and plan for the coming year... We did think about that, but in the end thought "Fuck it, let's just throw a party".
Frenzy comes with added bounce!
Reflecting on 2006
But if we were to reflect I think it's fair to say that it's been a decent year for Frenzy. We've had the openings at the Showbar where we could book bigger DJs and start to establish ourselves, leading onto the new parties at Bournemouth's Empire Club.
Frenzy hard house clubbing at the Empire Club in Bournemouth
As a result of that hard work we're able to team up with Resonate and Slinky in February of 2007 for two new parties, the highlight of which will be Andy Whitby and 12 Inch Thumpers at The Old Firestation. But going back to the night in question, New Years Eve, let's look back:
Flying the flag for Frenzy in 2007!
The proceedings kick off…
It was a first for Frenzy at the Empire Club.. we weren't in the basement, instead having the other two floors. I'll admit this wasn't ideal (all our future events in there will be back underground), however, you guys who came made it for us. So thanks for that.
Everyone was having a cheeky time
Moving onto the details of the night, starting off the proceedings at 10pm was the Big Daddy, aka Big Al Medino. Typical hard house and hard dance tracks followed which went off a storm as by half past ten the club was already half full! Great stuff, and testament to the party!
Put your hands up for Detroit.. and Frenzy!
Funky Frenzy fills the middle floor
Meanwhile, downstairs on the middle floor Jo Jo and Carl Phoenix were pumping out the funky tunes, and had a full dancefloor too! I don't know much about house and funky house so someone else will have to tell me what tunes were played and if they were 'cool'... sure they were though!
Carl Phoenix presenting the Funky Frenzy tunes
The lead up to midnight
Back upstairs now, and Daina (aka Jon Merritt) took to the stage. Jon is a record producer by trade having had various releases down the years, but seems to have taken to the decks rather well too and played some great tracks during the lead-up to midnight.
The Frenzy dancefloor
The fantastic balloon hunt
As this was happening the balloon hunt was in full swing, with people going upstairs, downstairs, in fact everywhere to find them... thankfully they were finally located. Apologies to everyone that I sent on wild goose chases!
The fantastic and amazing balloon hunt comes to an end...
Auld Lang Sine as 2007 dawns…
10 minutes until 2007, and Cheeky Scott was summoned to the stage and a few minutes later and right on cue played the Auld Lang Sine intro as prepared by the Frenzy Crew, going into a mash-up of Tony De Vit's The Dawn.
The Frenzy cyber army... we salute you!
It was at this point the promotor of Resonate managed to get hold of a mic and very kindly did an impromptu 2007 announcment which we were very greatful for. Cheers! What followed was a bounce remix of Put Yours Hands Up For Detroit.. you don't often hear that!
The new years eve announcement
Funky dudes plays it hard
But it wasn't over yet... Carl Phoenix, normally known for his funky tunes on the middle floor with Funky Frenzy, went back to his roots and came upstairs to carry on the hard house tunes.
Some more happy people!
Chris B comes early... (oo-er!)
A little later, Chris B arrived with his gang and got onto the decks for his set, which rather amusingly made me think it was 3 in the morning when it was in fact 2... note to self, "must check watch next time". Another quality set from Mrs Corset though!
Smiley happy faces at Frenzy.. hard house clubbing
Change of direction on the middle floor
Meanwhile on the middle floor Big Al had muscled his way onto the decks accompanied by Jo Jo, the house music came to an abrupt halt, and more hard house madness ensued. As usual I can't remember too much at this point (it was past two o'clock after all) but definitely remember Heaven's Cry which was my cue to run upstairs. I've since heard from our DJs that we'd ran out of funky records to play, hence the hard house switch... but it worked and you all seemed to enjoy the two floors of hard house so we can't complain!
Silly hats were all the rage on New Years Eve
Final set of the night
The final set upstairs went over to Frenzy guest Mike-E previously of Cheeky Little Monkey. As with his last appearance at the beginning of December he kept it there to the end and kept everyone on the dancefloor. Nice work fella.
Ladies love Frenzy
The tearful thank yous
Finally big big thanks to the cyber gang for bringing so much colour to the party... you know who you all are so please don't stop! Also a mention to Rory and his drum n bass gang in the basement... it was good working with you guys and I think the result was spot on.
The Rum n Ass crew
We hope you all enjoyed the night... here's to 2007 and the next parties! Keep an eye on our events page for the latest upcoming parties.. and if you want to kept up to date sign-up to our newsletter in the top right of this page.