Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Countdown to the Reunion - Life@Bowlers past and present...

I posted a behind the scenes video of the Bowlers Reunion yesterday. What is it I hear you say?

In the late 1980's there was a club in Farnworth called The Pleasuredrome. During the birth of the rave scene the club evolved into a regular gathering of like minded people playing a sound rather different to the electropop that had graced our ears over the last decade.

After the Pleasuredrome was closed down, the promoters moved the night to the massive BOWLERS Sports complex in Trafford Park, Manchester. With a capacity of about 5000, the night took off where the Pleasuredrome had ended and LIFE was born.

Bowlers, normally a leisure complex, used to be home to Life, who began holding weekly nights there back in the early 90's. This lasted for several years until Life went bust and other companies came into the frame.

Big names in the old skool world such as Timeless and Seduction took over at Bowlers running successful nights until the late 90's when it was decided that the club would now do monthly events held by Compulsion.

The venue could hold 3-5000 people and original was held weekly from 9pm - 3am. Resident DJs were John Waddiker, Kenny Grogan & Bowa.

Bowlers played it's last Rave event in August 2001, it was a Helter Skelter/Compulsion event. New management took over the venue, and declared no more dance events to be held @ Bowlers!!! Apparently some guy had died a few months B4 and they were going to lose their licence. -

This is where 2 ex-lifers and a web developer from the Northwest got together one day and attempted to revive a scene which had fizzled out a decade earlier.

Stu Peet, Danny Walsh & Daz Wilde created Back2Bowlers, a forum for all ex lifers to reminisce on the old skool and compare stories of their raving days.

This spawned the Bowlers Reunion which was held at Park Hall in Chorley in 2007, another rave venue from back in the day. Life had been resurrected with the DJ's from back in the day gracing the 1's and 2's again.

The night was a massive success and has been held twice a year ever since.

On Saturday 1st May 2010 the Reunion will be held at it's latest venue, 53degrees - the student union in Preston.

I have been working on the big screen projections for the night which will be displayed on 2 screens at the front of the stage. The majority of the night will be animated using G-Force Platinum by SoundSpectrum.

For the PA - Dreamfrequency, I have created a simple slide show which will rotate their logos and 6 videos from past appearances.

Hopefully this time I will have a little time to grace the dancefloor and bust some shapes with some of the friendly gurning faces....

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