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Fantazia Timeline - 1993 & 1994

New Year 1992/3 - Littlecotte House - 16000.   A huge multi arena party,  with stages from Hardcore/old skool to techno and love lounge.   This is Fantazia 6th massive party of the year (11+ with club tours).  

A milestone not equalled by any other company before or subsequently. 

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2nd Birthday,  Sanctuary,  Milton Keynes - Fantazia first and only visit to one of the only large scale purpose built rave facilities, and home to many of the other promoters.   The event features a fashion show in the middle of it.  

June - Fantazia's next massive event is going to be in Cricket St Thomas,  for over 30,000 people.   However the council refuses it a license and for the first time,  the company  are unable to over turn this unjust decision on appeal.    The regulatory environment takes a clear turning against large style of out door parties.    With councils increasing there opposition and at the same time increasing the application fees for a license from several hundred pounds,  to tens of thousands.   The risk of failing soon makes holding this style of out door event untenable.

The company examines its future.

Despite all the problems with licensing for events,  Fantazia Music releases continue,  with follow up old skool albums Twice As NiceTwice As Nice RemixMade in Heaven and Made in Heaven Carl Cox Remix all in quick succession.     A number of singles are also released,  though these are well received, they lack the commercial appeal to be chart successes.

In order to ensure the successful license for another event,  Fantazia link up with the Aids charity Terrance Higgins Trust and announce a massive event in Scotland at the SECC.   As part of the launch 100,000 Fantazia condoms are distributed free of charge at many events.

The Big Bang is held on the 27/11/93 to a sell out Scottish audience.  It is the largest indoor rave ever held.  12,000 people watch Carl Cox, Ellis Dee, Ratpack as well as a host of brilliant PAs,  like Scott Browns, Q-Tex,  Ultrasonic and PSI.   The stages is massive,  over 120ft long,  with multi levelled dance platforms behind.    The event is the first to be professional filmed.  The video goes on to reach number 2 in the video charts (beaten only by Take That).

Fantazia Christmas Celebration in Great Yarmouth - 27/12/93

Having conquered the whole of the UK,  Fantazia go on to hold a big party for New Year 93 in Sydney,  with the still under ground Moby as headline.    This event is followed up with an Australia wide tour, featuring many dates,  including Melbourne and Adelaide.

Whilst the Australian tour continues,  Fantazia returns to hold a series of club dates in the UK,  the first two in Scotland at The Fubar and Club Metro, before descending on Manchester to sell out the 4000 capacity Bowlers venue.   The music style for this events reflects the future for the company,  with DJs Carl Cox,  Stu Allen, and the residents all playing House music.

With 1994 drawing to a close the Fantazia record company launches a series of new albums,  first of which is The Jungle Collection, mixed by Grooverider,  Rap and the rising star LTJ Bukem.  The music is early drum n bass in style, which at this time is growing in popularity,  in competition to hardcore.

The second release in October 94 is the House Collection Vol 1.    Mixed by Hacienda legend Graeme Park and House DJs Luv Dup and Fantazia resident Mike Cosford.  The album features a sexy girl on the cover and goes on to be a massive hit,  spawning a series of follow on albums,  each with another girl on the cover.    The future of the company is decided............

Into 1995

 

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