Oxford May Day Ball 2000|
by Jacqui De Wet
were listening to Radio One’s Dance Anthems as we drove down to the Oxford
Ball from Leeds.
little tired after a nite at The Space, I was masterfully massaged back to form
by Dave Pearce and his thumping tunes, as he took calls from clubbers making
their way down to the 15,000 capacity event at Milton Common……
our spirits ever higher as he sounded out the names of the star-studded line-up
of world-class DJs and live acts:
Oakenfold, Judge Jules, Death in Vegas (Live), Jeremy Healy, Cirrillo,
Anne Savage, Kiddo, Jo Mills
(Tongue ‘n’ Cheek)
Paul, Brandon Block, Alex P, Danny Rampling, Dave Pearce, Graham Gold,
Mark Lewis, Aaron B’Junior, Tim Colour
Tropicana featuring GLAM 2000
Giles Petersen, Scanty Sandwich, Boy George, Dean Thatcher, Terry Farley,
St Gracia & Seth Sanchez, Judith Winks
Oxford MayDay Ball has actually been going since 1987, and set in one of
England’s most beautiful and historic cities, is seasoned in culture and
But this year’s backers, Mezzanine Events (dance music club and event
promoters) made sure that this would be the best and most exclusive outdoor
dance event of Summer 2000, boasting massive screens showing live webcast at the
event, a catering village, two massive main bars, full funfair, Sega Dreamcast
arena, casino, 200 ft bungee jump, secure cloakroom, information point, first
aid area, serviced toilets, free drinking water points and chill-out lounge.
only arrived after midnight and knew time was a-passing, so we plunged feet
first into the ankle-deep mud and headed for the clearly-marked VIP entrance for
and several pre-planned meetings took us straight passed the fairground rides,
through Arena One, into the VIP/Press Area.
The line-up here promised Danny Rampling, Mushroom, Dave Beer (Back to
Basics), Jo Mills, Kiddo, Clive Henry (Peace Division) and Stuart Patterson…..
the sounds of Paul Oakenfold in Arena One was calling and I suddenly felt at
was enslaved to his entire set, pausing only to speak to a shining Canadian
clubber called Darren Jackson, who deserves a mention for sharing my passion for
succumbing to primal dance energies and letting their techno rhythms take you
all the way past the blue.
We followed Oakey blindly, releasing the power of his music into our
bodies, forging a sacred reunion.
Savage was next and we used this opportunity to check out the stage and speak to
some of the Dancers.
Unfortunately, I had missed Judge Jules, who had been quite upset with
the positioning of the decks and kept coming forward, beckoning and seeking
support from the crowd.
Following up on this, Mike Green of Mezzanine Events explained that the
Judge had come on just before live act, Death in Vegas, who’s equipment had
taken up place just prior to his set.
In hindsight, Mezzanine agree poor judgement and will definitely ensure a
better plan for next year.
glad we had taken a few moments out, as Jeremy Healy was the last to play and
the energy from his set was like juice from forbidden fruit…. He kept the
crowd (and me..) wanting more and more, leading us into total submission…
remained on the dancefloor until the very end, my body climaxing at the
dedication of the clubbers around me.
the earlier 3-hour drive, losing my mobile phone in the cab, the usual deflated
feeling that follows such a loss and not being able to meet up with Neil Viney
or Alistair of E-Clubber, I left feeling wholly fulfilled, satiated, splattered
in mud and a taste of honey-laced euphoria in my mouth.
The night had still been a resounding success.