Word on last nite at the Dome was that it was a packer, with one of the longest queues, normal quality great sounds, great atmosphere, described in the words of one as the nite was "well mental". A right old celebration of 2 great years
Have a brief view on the nite by Mike Hump, hit read more to read.
Plus story about a guy who must live on another planet
Dome 2nd Anniversary - Friday 2nd December 2001
A great deal has been said about the Dome since it opened 2 years ago in North London. Strangely there seemed to be less anticipation about this one than of late. Can't understand why there was the usual excellent home team line up with Guest DJ - Kenny Burrell. Perhaps the southern scene is suffering from excellence fatigue and is starting to take its three top nites (100 club, Scenesville and CSC) plus the many smaller events and warmers for granted. There seemed to be more chat in the week before about who would be let in (or not).
For once I was early and was in the pub by 8.30, there was already a gaggle of soulies inside and the atmosphere soon warmed up. The first 50 through the door got a free tape - regretfully I was well to the back and missed out. But everyone was given a 2nd anniversary badge - nice one to match the first.
Musically a top nite, I was feeling a bit rough with a cold and intended to leave early but after a gradual build up I stayed till the end.
Kenny Burrell did a top mixed set, stand out for the crowd was "Wake up to the sunshine girl" which got the biggest applause of the night. Of course the floor was rammed to "that" record which also got a big cheer. The crowd doesn't forget their roots.
What stood out for me was the consistent high quality of the sounds through the night. Also a particular pleasure for me was the top line R&B mix especially the last hour and a half. The night finished off with a few oldies leaving the crowd wanting more and me pleased that I didn't bunk off early.
Dance floor was busy all evening, very few gaps - a further tribute to the DJ's. At the end the crowd wanted more and things only stopped when the managers took the cartridge off the decks.
I think it was a first for me 1st time in two years of London events when I didn't hear "Voodoo Working" or maybe I just missed it.
One or two moments that stuck out on the social side, Matt Jahans telling everyone that he was pissed - yeah, and his point was? Also, Steve Heinsen selling videotapes of the Dome "Sidney Barnes" 30th March nite. Good footage of the place, dancers and interviews by Winston of the DJ's: A snip at £8, watched it today - excellent value. Even better Steve sold one to Matt - what a salesman. If you want one you can mail Steve on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written By Mike Hump
Thanks as always to soul fans who take the time to pass on rest of us what went on
Heard a story about a guy who needs to get himself on a "living in the real world" course as soon as possible!
Imagine that you were involved with a new soul event.
You plan it to run the day after the next CSC Dome event, not only that you plan it to run it in the same area, not only that but you plan to run it clashing with every CSC Dome for the whole bloody year!!
With me so far, now also throw in the fact that you never once bothered to liase with any of the CSC to try and work out dates when setting up your event, and well gotta say that you dont sound either very clever or very friendly at all.
Ok so just imagine you did the above, would you then turn up at the Dome and start flyering your new event without asking promoter or ought , you know the one that has been set up to clash in the same area, on the same weekend for the whole year!
And if you did how long do you think you get away with it
Well Kevin j, you might be naive or just stupid, but when reading your moaning about it today thought, what planet are you living on. Did you honestly think it was a good idea trying to advertise in a nite that your new event has been set up to clash with??
Of course some may say it was a cynical PR stunt, from your mentors dirty tricks book. Nah never....