Thursday, November 19, 2009
Field of Dreams 4. Quite possibly the peak of my raving career. Having missed the legendary FoD3 a year-and-a-bit beforehand, my posse and I were determined not to miss this one. And we were determined to make it a HUGE one. Extra shifts were taken at work, nights out for months beforehand cancelled to save as much money as possible. For a good eight weeks, the entire focus of life was preparing for this party. (Sadly, not for my HSC just a few weeks later.)
Paul Holden's mix indicates the direction of his (count'em) two mainroom sets that evening. UK-style bouncy happy-hard is the order of the day here, peppered with a little breakbeat. (Breakbeat? Just keep moving, junglists, this ain't your thing.) This tape also holds the dubious honour of introducing me to Dune's "Can't Stop Raving"....although, facing facts, I really quite enjoyed it at the time.
Download Paul Holden's fOd4 gee-up Side A
Download Paul Holden's fOd4 gee-up Side B
The night itself was a total blur. It was undoubtedly epic, but it just went by so fast, especially given the months of excitement leading up to it. My memories just don't seem to do it justice. The video above shows what was meant to be the peak of the night but the energy and scale of the evening is well and truly lost. The full video is online here and goes a little further towards revisiting the vibe.
Download Dynamix's fOd4 set here
Got any more memories of the night you can use to help me fill in the blanks? Are there any more Field of Dreams 4 sets in existence? Leave a comment below....