During my University days I recall fellow students rubbing their eyes in lectures, proudly claiming they 'couldn't remember' last night, and took it as a 'good sign' that it was a success. That's a load of rubbish in my opinion, and the best nights are the ones you remember.
I hadn't seen my university mates for a few months, so a catch up was long overdue. We'd heard about an event at the Contact Theatre organised by The Black Sound Series and BPM. They were throwing an event that was both a celebration of music and a party. We were there.
The Sibikwa African Indigenous Orchestra started the night, and all I can say is wow. They are a world renowned African group who perform in traditional African costume skirts and only use traditional musical instruments.
Old skool musical legends such as Elizabeth Troy, Flow Dan were there as well as SB.TV who filmed it all. MC DJ Chunky was on the mic, who was brilliant. He got the crowd going with a few giggles and DJ charm.
The event as a whole was all about a good time. Good music, good people, and just letting go. If you're an old-skool raver, bassline skanker, and jungalist lover the after-party would've been your favourite. BBC 1XTRA DJ Rampage was on the decks,and boy, did we go in.
The Contact Theatre definitely has the best crowd too. For a night out I don't enjoy having drunks fall on me, having vomit inches from my body, or sweaty, greasy folk anywhere near me. At Contact this simply doesn't exist. People were there for the music, and when they say they were getting 'messy' they didn't mean anything of the sort.
We paid £7 on the door and can't I recommend Contact Theatre enough. For all off-the-cuff, underground events you can't get much better than Contact in Manchester on a Saturday night.