Friday 17th October 1997 8pm-2am
Newcomers to the exciting Reading trance and techno underground party circuit, Lost The Plot, launched their first night on October 17th, a nonprofit making organization with a low-price and high-quality policy, this one being £2 non NUS and free for students. My apprehensions about the venue were blown away upon entry with a friendly welcome provided by an Earth Action stall, jugglers and a juggling unicyclist. The decor was also beyond my expectations, centered around a friendly 9 foot UV alien on a moonbike, and people seemed thoroughly confused by all the bizarre quotes on large fluro red 'Lost The Plot' headed paper that had invaded the Union, my personal favorite being "If the government doesn't trust the people, then why don't they elect a new people". I don't know what it was with animal names that night, Starfish and Badger making their first appearances, impressive debuts that I couldn't fault, got people dancing at the beginning of the night building from a Nu NRG trance set into Acid techno and Hard Trance. Already a friendly atmosphere had built, everyone happy dancing, a full on and fluffy crowd that good trance nights always seem to attract. A strange music structure had been adopted for this night which they amazingly managed to pull off:: building up to full on Acid techno, then have an upbeat ambient live set cut on before knocking back into a full-on 4 hour finale with Acid Techno local DJ Star playing her best set I'd ever seen. It worked, people crowded in for Utangorangs astounding live ambiance raising their energy to absolutely go for it and dance flat out. The highlight of the night was the fabulous DJ Ping Pong, who alongside Mark Allen and Mark Sinclair, would rate as the UK's top trance DJ, keeping everyone dancing to psychedelic techno with seamless mixing, adding the occasional track on DAT. Above all, Ping Pong was enjoying it as much himself, he didn't stop dancing and beaming all night, the UV jewelry stall boys were dancing their socks off, the 450 strong crowd and he even had a security guard unable to help himself. A blissful came to a close with the equally blissful Gorgeous by The Secret. The Reading Union's second room has always had potential for an amazing atmosphere, I guess the organizers were probably wise to this. They've not lost the plot, just on a different one, and what a nice one it was too. Just one niggling question - When's the next one?
Dream Creation Dec/Jan 1998
Ping Pong (Samsara) Goa trance 12-2, Star, acid techno 10-12, Utangorang (live) upbeat ambient techno 9:30-10, Badger acid techno + hard trance 8:45-9:30, Starfish Nu-NRG trance 8-8:45.
Plus our usual second room of eclectic beats.