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© antiworld.netLast month was a mindblowing event in London, the huge Paradise City festival! We sent a reporter over to see what the fuss was about!

Being a psychedelic trance clubbing virgin I was unsure what to expect from Paradise City 001. But after listening to the genre for a long time I decided it was time to experience an event of this calibre first hand.

Upon arrival I was uncertain I was at the correct location as there only to be just a handful of people waiting to gain access and the event was due to start very shortly. But after chatting to a steward it seemed things were running a bit behind schedule and the doors weren’t to open for another half hour.

After about 45 minutes of chatting to a group of revellers the entrance was finally open and we were let in. Inside was an incredibly high vast foyer area which also held all the cloakroom facilities as well as ticket processing. Everything went smoothly from picking up wristbands to using the cloakroom, their appeared to be no queues whatsoever at this early stage.

Once inside I thought it best to acquaint myself better with the venue and check out the different arenas. Starting with the chillout area of Paradise City, which was more officially known as the “Panorama room by Clockwork Prism & The Faeries’ Lounge”. A fair amount of effort had gone into creating a relaxed environment for people to gather themselves together before venturing back into the main arenas. All manner of seating was available from beanbags to giant toadstalls. One half of the room was filled with an array of stalls selling UV items, food and other nic-nacs.

Next stop was the arena I could see the majority of my time being spent known as “The HOMmega Concert”. Kicking the festivities off in this arena were Peace vs Druid who were kicking out what appeared to be psychedelic trance of the laid back variety. The first thing I noticed was the sheer scale of the interior. A high roof made for some great sounding acoustics, far better than the corrugated iron type arena events often held at the NEC. Toward the rear of the arena was one an Orbiter fairground ride, which was providing great air movement for the whole arena. In addition to this there was what can only be described as a massive green creature that was situated behind the stage with its arms extending over the roof.

The other two stages were created back to back and behind the main stage, basically all three of the stages were in the same vast hall. Taking this into account it was still fairly difficult to hear any of the music from the other arenas. As I am not overly interested in my techno I visited Teknoworld for its blend of funky and hard urban techno only the once for Michel de Hey. I did notice that the most effort had been put into the main arena whereas the other two were just basically a stage.

The fourth area of Paradise City was the VIP room where DJs were spinning house music. This was quite dead for most of the night and I think the stewards realised this so they decided it would be best to let anybody in.

Once my journey around Alexander Palace was complete I stayed in the main arena for the rest of the night and listened to the different acts and DJs that appeared. J00F was by far the most enjoyable DJ playing some quality uplifting psychedelic trance. Next up on the main stage Dali who was the best performer to grace the stage, but she also had the added bonus of being one of the most attractive EDM acts I have witnessed!

The remaining producers and DJs included the two headliners; Astrix and Infected Mushroom. Both played tunes I recognised, but both incorporated guitars into some of their tracks which I have never been a big fan of in Psy. GMS had my vote for the best live act in terms of the tunes that were played. Juice, their remix of the track featured largely in the film Requiem for a Dream was my tune of the night. Finally Psycraft finished on what was a cracking closing set which kept me captivated until the very end when all the hall lights were turned on.

This was quite possibly the best event I have attended this year. The only disappointment was that attendance figures seemed quite low, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that the event was enough of a success for the promoters to put on another. So if you are remotely interested in music of the Psychedelic variety I highly recommend attending Paradise City 002!

The Breakdown:
Atmosphere: 9/10
DJs/Live acts: 9/10
Sound System: 9/10
Organisation: 8/10
Venue: 9/10
Overall: 9/10

Huge thanks to Sy On his first report and to Tom for making everything possible :)

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