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do you believe people only live their lives for themselves?
So it was a Saturday evening and userinfoDavid and I summoned userinfoDean, userinfoTD and userinfoKappo to his house where we chilled for a while. After a few hours on several trains, a nice doner kebab and one suicidal man and his dog, we were in Victoria train station and the Collective Futures infolines still weren't up. Bollocks. Nobody seemed to know what was going on (though Bill did mention somewhere) so we counted our losses and, since the tube had long since closed, hopped on a bus to some marshes for the OCB party.

An hour passed and we were still stuck on a packed bus somewhere around King's Cross. We were all terribly knackered by the time we reached our destination and had found our bearings, but set off toward the party regardless. I was still pretty pissed off at missing out on Collective Futures and, to make things worse, no-one was particularly psyched up for an outdoor party because it was so damn cold.

After narrowly avoiding getting horribly lost and what seemed like a three mile walk, we could just make out a thumping doof doof doof in the distance and spotted lights flashing through the trees. I love that feeling just before you turn the last corner of a track and make it to the party in a magical clearing – our spirits were instantly lifted because, after all, it wasn't raining and hey, I adore outdoor parties. It was a tiny party and we never found any other rigs out there, but it was fluffy and fun and we talked to loads of people there. userinfoDean popped his first pill which he seemed to love and even the apathy of userinfoTD and userinfoKappo were overcome by lovely vibes and a stunning sunrise that lost nothing to the waterworks, jetliners and pylons silhouetted against it. I wasn't quite in the mood to trip but dropped some really old phil stos anyway. They didn't work.

The music wasn't really what I'm used to and could have been a bit darker, but it was great to dance to all night and David was particularly impressed by the vinyl mixing. In the morning, I finally found out where the Collective Futures party was and, as it was becoming fucking freezing, we headed off to the tube station which opened at seven.

It took as another bloody hour to get to there and, although we lost userinfoKappo and userinfoTD to sleep on the way, boy was it worth it. A smartly dressed but nice man accosted us somewhere in the West End to ask where we'd been to which was only stopped at eight. userinfoDean starting talking to him and it turned out that he'd been using MDMA for about three years and had just come out of a club himself. They chatted about their experiences and outdoor parties for a bit but he couldn't be persuaded to join us and set off home. At the tube station, there were about two dozen people coming back from the party waxing lyrical about it. To be honest, we weren't expecting it to be still going all that strongly but we shared a taxi with a friendly Turkish guy who just about got us there. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough room for the other hott guy we met and he was made to walk by the bastardly driver, but I made it up to him later with his first ever balloon of nitrous.

Upon begging and borrowing for the cash to get in, we cursed everything under the sun that conspired to mean we didn't spend the previous evening at this party. It was awe-inspiring, utterly overwhelming – just the most amazing thing I've experienced. This one was bigger, better, longer, louder, and far friendlier and magical than all the parties I'd been to previously combined. We wandered around the plethora of fantastic rooms just trying to absorb the vibes and soak it all in. Seriously, it just felt so wonderful – I cried with joy when we stepped into the Goa Chillout room and the DJ dropped Massive Attack's Teardrop.

We explored, met people, chatted, watched and handed out fliers for a few hours because we were too knackered to dance. A mindblowing band were sonically assaulting one room, documentaries were being shown in a squash court while opposite some experimental music and spontaneous art creation was taking place. There was a massage room, two full-on rigs, a kids' area full of sleeping toddlers, a "green" room, stalls, food, sculptures, a swimming pool and stalls.

After we had learned our way round, a mission to the town was undertaken. This took far longer than it ought to and every person we met stared at us ravers in disbelief, wondering to themselves who all these strange people were who'd invaded their peaceful suburb. After half an hour of sleep on the sunsoaked grass that was only interrupted by the choppers that kept buzzing us (nice try, piggies) I got up, scored acid for my stash and found someone to crack open my box of nitrous cartridges.

I don't know where I got the energy from (too many bottles of generic Red Bull clones) but I danced so fucking hard that afternoon. For about five hours I stomped with the best bunch of peeps I could have hoped for – god knows how that floor didn't collapse. After each and every hit of sweet gas my frenzy grew. The sound was crystal clear and having come from an 8K rig at OCB, it really blew me away. We grudgingly had to leave at six pm, but the party was starting to wind down everywhere but the main soundsystem by then. I'll truly remember this party forever – it made the end to my best ever summer that much better. So much thought and effort must have gone into making this party so damn beautiful. I really want to highlight just how special an experience this was. I always heap encomia on party organisers but these guys were something special – the cleanup was amazing and the place was left tidier than they found it. Thanks to all the kids who smiled at us, supplied fruit or handed out free mushies and made this the most perfect party – I loved it all.

I didn't ingest any psychoactive substances and never expected to enjoy myself so much.

    choon: Dot Hardcore – Psyphen (demo)
Comments
From:hardcoredior [.]
Posted: Monday 6th June, 2005 at 14:35.34
 
dammit again i thought you meant this saturday because there was an outdoors OCB party on this weekend but i didnt trek there as there was a much better, nearer -squat- party in the old hornsey baths.
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Monday 6th June, 2005 at 14:39.17
 safecore
Yeah, it probably wasn't worth going to the OCB last Saturday because, nice as it is to be outside, they played loads of gay happy hardcore even in the middle of the night last time. Still, if they bother to get the whole stack out and actually have more people turn up, I suppose they provide a decent and reliable backup party if all your other plans go to shit.

Who was out at Old Hornsey Baths?
From:hardcoredior [.]
Posted: Monday 6th June, 2005 at 15:49.15
 Re: safecore
yuck. happy hardcore. i need a lot of pills to get me dancing to that.

a load of rigs i've never heard of before like arena or something. but the music was alright a bit of dnb in the morning and some old skool jungle underground in the middle of the night.
From:pixiella [.]
Posted: Monday 6th June, 2005 at 17:52.28
 
''I didn't ingest any psychoactive substances and never expected to enjoy myself so much.''

- I found myself feeling immensly pilled up at AP and for a good few weeks afterwards. It's lovely.
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Monday 6th June, 2005 at 17:55.09
 
I think MDMA is a really rubbish drug but, yeah, I did feel pretty ecstatic for most of AP iii.
From:pixiella [.]
Posted: Monday 6th June, 2005 at 21:48.18
 
fag

questions post raving about how great it is: question??
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Monday 6th June, 2005 at 22:04.59
 
fag

Is what you are if you take MDMA, yes.

questions post raving about how great it is: question??

From:pixiella [.]
Posted: Thursday 9th June, 2005 at 23:06.30
 
was that the time I did David's hair with plasticz before and had my first nitrous baloon?

- was that the time you all had 13stars on your hands?
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Thursday 9th June, 2005 at 23:34.54
 
Why yes it was - I totally forgot all about that. That was all excellent. Why was it again you didn't come with?

Your new icon looks like a stock photo.
From:pixiella [.]
Posted: Friday 10th June, 2005 at 00:08.41
 
Because I wasn't told beforehand and had no eye juice or money.

what's a stock photo and is this a positive or negative comment?
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Friday 10th June, 2005 at 00:28.00
 
Because I wasn't told beforehand and had no eye juice or money.

Eyes aren't required.

what's a stock photo and is this a positive or negative comment?

A stock photo can be good or bad - that's for you to decide. It just looks like it's been lifted from some trendily-designed website. It's probably the uniformly white background...
From:pixiella [.]
Posted: Friday 10th June, 2005 at 01:19.20
 
er, i see your point - but it's better than the lame picture I had before.
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Friday 10th June, 2005 at 01:21.35
 
True dat. You took it as bad then?
From:pixiella [.]
Posted: Friday 10th June, 2005 at 01:32.25
 
well, vaguely. It sounded like a dis without knowing what it meant - though I'm now taking it as ''open to interpretation'' and I have no opinions right now so it doesn't matter.
New platform added to den today using pink string. This one's actually good.
From:pixiella [.]
Posted: Friday 10th June, 2005 at 01:27.18
 
yeah, but contacts hurt by morning and it's nice to have the possibility of removing them.
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Friday 10th June, 2005 at 08:38.41
 
I know - you should have just taken them out at David's house and left them in a basin of makeshift juice.
From:pixiella [.]
Posted: Friday 10th June, 2005 at 22:59.57
 
No, regular water makes them explode - you have to use the special water the eye juice company sells you.

Anyway, AP was the right time for a first party, that's what I reckon. The laws of khama would have been upset if it'd been a week earlier.
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Friday 10th June, 2005 at 23:29.51
 we are all one
you have to use the special water the eye juice company sells you.

Or, alternatively, "makeshift juice".

Anyway, AP was the right time for a first party, that's what I reckon. The laws of khama would have been upset if it'd been a week earlier.

This party was too perfect to miss - it was like a super-fluffy, sunny version of Cricklewood. AP might have been the right time for a first trip or outdoor, but I'm sure karma would have forgiven you for Collective Futures.
From:pixiella [.]
Posted: Saturday 11th June, 2005 at 00:48.00
 Re: we are all one
Well you should've told me beforehand then!

I had a dream in which I was male and you and I discussed cheese making in a sauna. [the way romans always do in films and tvshows]

When do you return from uni land?
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Saturday 11th June, 2005 at 00:57.14
 
I didn't know who you were.

I return after Glastonbury, but I have no idea what things have to be done. This summer might turn out to be very busy...
From:pixiella [.]
Posted: Saturday 11th June, 2005 at 01:13.53
 
You did know who I was! You had my mobile number and had been through all my receipts!

I don't know when Glastonbury is and busyness is for fools. The ideal is to spend daytimes sprawled in grassy fields and nighttimes dancing. Alternatively, spend nighttimes sprawling in the grass and daytimes dancing.

A den day will be scheduled - and I also will have a free house at some point.
Also, plan for Felix's birthday is trip to beach.
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Saturday 11th June, 2005 at 01:17.53
 
I don't know when Glastonbury is

Google.

busyness is for fools

Money may be required for all this dancing you have planned. Also for Glade and Reading.

The ideal is to spend daytimes sprawled in grassy fields and nighttimes dancing. Alternatively, spend nighttimes sprawling in the grass and daytimes dancing.

Why not both always?

A den day will be scheduled - and I also will have a free house at some point.

Safecore.

Also, plan for Felix's birthday is trip to beach.

Which beach? Which day?
From:pixiella [.]
Posted: Saturday 11th June, 2005 at 01:35.32
 
Highly likely camber sands, though I seem to remember hardcore sand dune management occurs there..

Birthday is July the 5th if I remember correctly.

I'm going to hope that a miracle occurs and lands me with heaps of money- otherwise, I will become a famous artist and sell post-modern masterpieces.

I survied on £40 over Reading last year, incl. train fair- though I only ate 4 times, and then it was someone else's food.
From:massy [.]
Posted: Tuesday 7th June, 2005 at 02:28.39
 
Not so much apathy as bewilderment and hypothermia. Was a lovely sunrise though.
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Tuesday 7th June, 2005 at 02:31.04
 
With regard to bewilderment and the sunrise - you ain't seen nothing yet.

Actually, best count in hypothermia too...
From:umberleigh [.]
Posted: Tuesday 7th June, 2005 at 20:23.06
 
Cunt.

I was expecting an epic. You've missed out a million things.
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Tuesday 7th June, 2005 at 20:32.19
 
Sorry, I have exams to fail. Also, I already have enough people giving me "tl;dr" as things are... It was a long time ago now and no matter what I wrote, I'll never be able to capture the magical time we shared - <acid casualty>it was a synchronous evolution in consciousness</acid casualty>.

Feel free to fill my gaps.
From:alainvey [.]
Posted: Wednesday 8th June, 2005 at 14:41.42
 
What exams have you, and of what nature?
From:turkeyphant [.]
Posted: Wednesday 8th June, 2005 at 14:45.02
 
Universimaty, and of the type that, if I fail, I have a hard job persuading them to let me back next year.
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