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Sensation SA Innerspace 2013 – My review

Many people are surprised to hear that I attend some of the big EDM parties – it doesn’t seem to fit with my perceived image.  Their idea of these things is grossly inaccurate and I find great entertainment is people’s facial expressions when I tell them I’m going to a “rave”. But I do love to immerse myself in a different world from time to time, where the DJ and visual effects take your heart right down into your stomach and then explode it out again through your brain (really not sure how else to explain it).

So here’s my review of the much talked about Sensation Innerspace party last night.

The visual effects were phenomenal. Really. The elaborate revolving stage and DJ booth, fountains of water and lights, massive white balls hanging from the ceiling that lit up different colours and moved with the music, fireworks, smoke explosions, digital screens, it was unbelievable.

Sensation SA Innerspace 2013

The Deluxe area was great. Clean bathrooms with free perfume samples, plenty of open space, seating, tables, couches, coat check, decent bars (although they ran out of a lot of basics quite early, which was really unacceptable, considering the ticket price that didn’t include any free drinks). The sound there was great. A walk down in the general area showed some serious sound echo issues, though, which would have driven me bonkers.

As for the music, well, it was less than desirable for me, I’m afraid. Put a decent trance DJ on the stage and I’m happy, but the music last night was really not my style. I don’t think it was a lot of people’s style either. The crowd was quite young, though and this was likely their “first rave”, so they would have enjoyed whatever EDM was blasting through the speakers, I’m sure (me=judging).

My summary? Great production and a phenomenal visual show. Ruined by the music, the “wet-behind-the-ears” crowd and being heavily overpriced.

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Deadmau5 SA Tour – H20 – 3 December 2011

Didn’t strike you as an H2O gal, hm? Well let me tell you, we had such a good party at the Deadmau5 SA tour at H20 this weekend!

Yes, it’s in Boksburg and yes, there are a lot of boneheads walking around, and yes, there is a LOT of house music (which is not my favourite – I’d much prefer some trance DJ’s on the stage) but it’s actually lots of fun. The vibe at things like this is something you’ll never get anywhere else and I have to say, this was the party of the year.

This must have been the biggest H20 in the history of the ‘party in the sun’ events and Deadmau5 attracted the strangest bunch, I must say. Where else are you going to come across a guy in a lilac speedo with a mouse head on his head? Bizarre and oh-so-entertaining.

Deadmau5 blew the massive crowd away with his phenomenal LED stage and live mixing. It really was phenomenal. The view from the VVIP deck of the crowd going mad is something I’ll never forget. (Yes, VVIP saved me – don’t think I’d have survived with a general ticket).

Well done to everyone involved in making this happen!

Maybe see you at the next one?