Fantazia The Showcase - 27/11/92
27/11/92 8000 People - Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallett
On Friday 27/11/92, Fantazia “The Showcase” the official launch of “The First Taste” the Fantazia album, was attended by 4,000 people dancing the night away at The Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Nr. Bath.
The first thing we noticed (besides the music being very loud!) was that a lot of time and effort had been put into the production of this event – with speakers at the front, middle and suspended from the ceiling at the back (2am – you know who you are) if you couldn’t hear the music, then you must be DEAF!
With big dance platforms at either side of this large venue, you could clamber up and watch the sea of dancing people, and get a really good view of the different stage performances, with a rainbow of lights covering the whole venue.
We’ve all read the flyers that real off the crap about how good lasers and lights are going to be, Argonic, Kryptonic – who cares what there called, as long as they are actually there! If you attended the event, then you were in for a nice surprise. This was by far the best light and laser show I’ve seen in a very long time, with multicoloured lights all over the shop and lasers that didn’t let up for a second, it looked like some fighting scene out of Star Wars, not forgetting the massive (and I mean BIG) screen at the rear of the stage which was constantly throwing up film of the crowd and some outstanding computer graphics, it truly was a visual experience.
As the night progressed, the music got Hard & Heavy, Mad & Mental through such DJ’s as LTJ Bukem, Ratty, Ramjack & Top Buzz (to name but a few). The atmosphere got better & better with lots of happy faces including the security, a grand start to the Christmas Season. The DJ who took the crowd “One Step Beyond” had to be Easygroove, taking up a set well into the early hours of the morning, the music went from Hardcore to totally CRACKERS and the crowd loved it!! Also, on the night, all the tracks from the Fantazia album were played, live or not so live!?!
The general view inside was that of a very enjoyable evenings entertainment, some even said it was better than Donnington (I agree), maybe a little over priced at £25 a ticket, but all in all worth it.
The Showcase - Event CDs
Ellis Dee / Orca
PSI & Ramjack pt 2
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