Fantasia @ Entertainment Centre, Sydney (27/08/05)

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Fantasia has always been one of those events I just haven’t had the time to attend, until now. I had always heard great things about this series of events but what I saw was awe-inspiring.

Taking place in the Sydney Entertainment Centre, the line outside eagerly awaited the clock to tick over to 9pm. Walking into the main arena there was a real party atmosphere around as IllFx, Ty and Refresh were the first to be unleashed onto the 6 deck setup. Mc Lee was really getting everyone in the mood with his mic skills, I think you will see good things to come from him in the not to distant future.

The sound system could be felt in your throat as Mickey D, Phase One and Oky took over as the 2 giant visual screens pumped out mind blowing visuals for the ever growing crowd. 

Team Rocket, the stand out set for me, were accompanied by acclaimed magician Brendan Mon Tanner doing what seemed like cutting up his assistant in half. The Team Rocket boys were dancing on the speaker running and running around the stage as they played their set with QT proving again she is Sydney’s queen of all thing hardcore.

PeeWee Ferris and the man of the hour DJ Tom-E played a set of unforgettable anthems. Tom-E, the man behind Fantasia gave a quick thankyou to all the ravers in the house, something I found to be really lovely, and then what seemed like fireworks were let off and showered the crowd of happy ravers in confetti.

The production for this event has set the mark for others to follow. Sitting up the back as Matrix, Nik Fish and Amber Savage spun I took a moment to take it all in. The sound was clear and the bass was thumping. The amazing full colour lasers were just brilliant. Above the decks they had lighting rigs that looked like a rainbow flashing in time with the bass and lights under the DJ facing the crowd which danced like the dance flooor from Saturday Night Fever.

A truly memorable night, The Silver Production crew tried to capture the feeling you have at your fist rave, the first time you see the hundred of smiling faces, the first time you hear the monster sound system, and the first time you take all the colours in. And for me they achieved that. Fantasia will definitely be on my “must go” list from now in.

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