My 1st Illuminaughty
Well I finally made it to Illuminaughty this weekend in a fashion! I was looking forward to seeing Eskimo and Void aka Megaband, listened to some of their respective solo projects at home before setting off in the car with a friend. We set off late, fashionably late hopefully, but when we got to manchester it was a nightmare trying to find somewhere to park, we found a little carpark, privately owned but the security showed up just as we were leaving and said hes locking up until 6am, which was no good for us, as my mate couldn’t drive back that late. We’d had fun nearly wrecking the car on the steep ramps and looking at all the broken into flash cars including some nice BMW. Feel sorry for the guys who coming back to that but hey not a secure place be looks of it. So we went to the NCP on Whitworth Street, not knowing how close it was to both the Ritz and Sound Control, I got in touch with one of the goblins to get me to the event, big ups to Roddish! He came to find us, and we got there around 12.30, was a relief to finally get there. I knew we were probably going around 3.30am so i thought id go find people, was great to see lots of the ravers from Remedy/Riff Raff scene, plus some faces I know from Cabbage or wherever.
A couple of things, I have never been to the old venues, but I have been told they were a lot bigger. I think this venue, Sound Control is a little small for the amount of people that were there. The main room apparently had a few holes in it, but I cannot say I found them, wasn’t really able to get forward really. I think the theory about Megaband and giving a £5 refund for next event was a nice gesture and can’t be helped sometimes, oh yeah news flash Megaband cancelled, heard rumours it was a visa issue, also heard they played london the night before but well only they know the truth for sure. I am not sure if I would go to a future illuminaughty, the event was good, the other two rooms didn’t get much of my attention, was nice to go chill down there sometimes. I think it needs to either be bigger with same amount of people, or have only two rooms, cutting down the people, the main reason for this is the smoking area was rammed, the main floor was rammed too but I think that might have been because of Megaband playing(or not!)
All in all i enjoyed the night, parking was expensive at £7.50ish for 4 hours, but am sure there will be better options if you know manchester better. Recommend it to any train users, but not sure for me!
EMC Illuminaughty – 7th May 2011 awesome night, bit cramped