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2006 SF Love Fest PARADE review
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The music is still going at Civic Plaza, but the parade itself is now over.

Lower LATA turnout than last year, it seemed to me... Anyway, in an effort to remain positive, I will limit myself to only what I enjoyed on the Spundae/Skills float.

Kyo & Ray's set, full of Sean Tyas and Discover tunes, as it should be :)

The dancers from Skills--one in particular ;)
The Tantra float was really good. Those 2 guys put on some pretty awesome goa trance.

I have to say, spundae's float probably has the best speaker out of all of the floats. It's a bit on the loud side, but the sound is definitely better.
I love the prog house and techno sets that were being played. That's my highlight of the day.
Originally posted by aralemomdadok
The Tantra float was really good. Those 2 guys put on some pretty awesome goa trance.

I have to say, spundae's float probably has the best speaker out of all of the floats. It's a bit on the loud side, but the sound is definitely better.

That's totally the point. Sound over design, sucka!
First, this is not a great "impression" considering how late I got here goes.

1. Michelle and I get to the festival late. Very late. Like 6:45pm. I remember last year tkaing a couple hour break and come back at the same time and the only float that had a crowd was the Spundae float with Ferry Corsten. Well, not this time. Tons of floats still had huge crowds. It was AWESOME! Chrisopher Lawrence was on when we got there and was tearing the whole ing place up. The SF Drum 'n Bass float was also rocking as well. Actually, I'd say 90% of the floats still had big crowds around them.

2. And that is awesome considering it was actually pretty chili and windy in SF at the time. Was 90 degress when we left Pleasanton, and like 60 when we got there. But it didn't seen like anyone cared.

3. Talked to 10 peeps about the crowd size and all agreed it was even busier than last year. And the music was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more incredible.

4. The afterparty: Getting in sucked. Went to one line (VIP, guestlist, artists) at 7:30, was told to go to another line and waited there for 30 minutes just to be told to back to the same line I came from. So I wait in that line for over 30 minutes just for the window to open up (having pushed and positioned myself well)....I am maybe 5th and yet it still took me like 30+ minutes to ing get up there to my list. Almost got into a fight because heads were trying to cut into line from the side. Anyhow, get my tickets and get in. What a ing pain in the ass, though.

5. VIP this year was infinitely better than last year or at Popsicle. They had the DJ Level stage, although it was a bit off to the side, but still not bad. The VIP still said VIP could hang with the DJs and that was bull. The food in VIP was WAYYYYYYYY better than before. It was catered sushi, sandwiches, ceasar salad wraps, and varoius fruit and all hella good.

6. Crowd was very young, even compared to pass Skills massives. But there other than a few weirdos, not too bad. Definitely more people than there were at last years afterparty and at Popsicle in April.

7. Last but not least, security was a bunch of s. They were totally going on powertrips. It was so bad it was not funny. Too the point I just stood there watching their attitude going WTF? Believe it was one guy named Oliver or something that was the mega pain in the ass. Screw that guy.

8. Warm screwdrivers are gross. I had so many, though! Haha. And all in a quick span.

9. Met Christopher Lawrence's wife. She's cool.

10. To everyone I meet for the first time, saw for the first time in awhile, etc Thrax, Grah, KristinaSkye, Hotdogwater, DiskoDave, onman there list goes on...there literally had to be about 30 various TAs (including lurkers who neve rpost!) who said hi and congrats to me....I just want to be sure to thank everyone.

11. Next year I hope to be more closely involved with LoveFest. Rich and I had a good talk with one of the founders of SF Love Parade/LoveFest Friday night and I have a lot of ideas that I think can help. Seems like they are close to having a solid organization put together and we are going to see the benefits of that in 2007 starting with suppppppppperrr early promotions for LoveFest 2007.
Originally posted by philippe

Kyo & Ray's set, full of Sean Tyas and Discover tunes, as it should be :)

What time was their set and on what float???? I was a little disaapointed that there weren't as much trance djs as I thought there would be. Well at least I got to see one of my favorite djs, Christopher Lawrence. I went nuts when he dropped Lift at the end of his set at the parade.
i had the time of my life spinning at the skills & spundae float hope everyone enjoyed our set as much as we did and cant wait for next year!!! =)
i had this whole mental itinerary of floats to find and djs to see for the festival, well that all went out the window when we got there... we intercepted the parade at 3rd street and immediately i noticed how much easier it was to follow alongside the floats. last year the crowd was always a few steps slower than the floats, which was annoying. i did manage to go by every float during the parade, but by the time all the floats were arranged in the plaza i was so faded over at the rockit float i didn't even realize i spent 2 hours there. man that sound amplifies well off the department of public health building :p. ironically enough i did spend 10 min in a port-o-potty line against the public health building that didn't move because a couple was porkin inside. i left that line when i saw another couple in front of me walk in :o. the rest of the time i was hangin out around the spundae/skills float, watching breaker battles in the area or just chillin on the grass. the crowd was very mixed and very diverse--and that would be the understatement of the year. ages ranged from like 1 to 70 and every type of person you could imagine was there, which was cool :cool: i thought the weather was great too. it was sunny and warm all day into the evening when the fog rolled in. i can never get used to how FAST time flies at lovefest. i ended up missing at least half the djs i came to see on saturday :( i think it's impossible to make your way around every float, i tried for 2 years and failed :toothless

the afterparty was a good experience other than the entry system they had in place. i think we lined up around 8:10 hearing the box office would open at 8:30. well no one was at the box office until 9ish, meanwhile the crowd amassing at the booth was literally about to kill each other between the verbal exchanges and pushing. once the ticket office opened it wasn't much better. they were literally processing the list 1 person every few minutes until we got in around 9:30. everyone in line was murmuring what a buzzkill the whole situation was. i was baffled after seeing how lightening quick the popsicle line went.

anyway, once inside it was all good. we headed straight for the vip area just to check it out and it was much better than last year's. first of all the food room didn't look like a tornado had struck first. there was good food and good drink: fresh sushi, wraps, fruit, cookies and non-generic drinks. the vip stages gave people a reason to stay backstage which made it seem more like a place to hang out and not just some dark hiding spot you stumbled upon. the crowd on the main floor was better in my experience. i didn't see any huge e-puddles or get assaulted by overzealous ravers, in fact no one bothered me at all. i still find it disturbing to see grown men and women sucking on pacifiers though... i spent the last few hours up in the bleachers and wow what an amazing light show you get from up there, i mean damn! :eyespop: bill graham was PACKED up until the end, from the stage you could see the crowd stretch all the way into the hallways, which were filled too.

just made a gallery for my humble pics...

ps: christopher lawrence OWNED the afterparty!
Originally posted by josh4
Here are some articles on it.

those articles are from last year's parade. check the dates. there was probably well over 100,000 people there this year...
oh my bad

Originally posted by josh4
oh my bad

did you go?
Here's my review from the entire weekend. Enjoy, and look out for a very special rant at the end. :)

Woke up bright and early at 5:30 to a text from Nou, letting me know that DJFreaq wouldn't be able to make it. :( Headed down to Tacoma at about 7, boarded the train at 9:30.

We met a crazy, drunk Swede on the way there. I first noticed him when he was walking up and down the lounge car. Eventually, he noticed that Nou and I were kind of bored, so began talking with us, or rather, to us. He seemed alright at first; talked about various programming languages, how Google was absolutely pointless and that IE was amazing. Nou ended up getting a phone call from his friend and left me with the Swede. By the end of him talking to me, I was a "Baseball-Playing-Gay-Conservative-who-Should-Have-Nothing-to-do-With-Music-Because-He's-Never-Listened-to-an-Entire-Beatles-Album." Throughout the next few hours he increasingly smelt worse and worse of alcohol. Amtrak kicked him off at Eugene, and his original destination was San Diego.

Arrive in Emeryville at about 8AM, having not slept at all thanks to lovely, uncomfortable coach seating. Took the bus over to San Francisco, got to the Hilton and relaxed for the day. We went shopping a bit, I bought Digweed's 'GU14:Hong Kong,' Thievery Corporation's 'The Richest Man in Babylon' and Underworld's '1992-2002.' Nou bought some shoes. Met up with a friend that night and caught a showing of Crank, which not-surprisingly wasn't that great.

Right, this is where the review starts getting long. We headed out to the TA meet, which was considerably smaller than last year's. Met Boomers for the first time, saw Psiweaver and the guy from New York (well, he was from NY last year) again. Met henryv and two other people, who's TA names I forget. Sorry. :( Met Fuzzychicken later on.

The parade felt far more organized than last year, and I had a lot more fun this time around. It was cool to see all of the little kids who were getting into it, from the ones in the Spundae truck, to one dressed in pink alongside Grandpa, to the one on her dad's shoulders waving at everybody and clapping her hands. Kinda heartwarming.

Getting into the parade grounds was less of a cluster this year, as well. Once in, I spent most of my time wandering between the Pink Mammoth, Take Me to Bed and Spundae. The one issue that I think really, really, really needs to be addressed next year is letting people know the timeslots for each float. It's not hard to print-up a couple of notices and tape them to the float.

Before we headed back to the hotel and rest, we saw that greased-up near-naked guy start jerking off in the middle of the square while some other guy recorded it. :wtf: :wtf: :nervous: :nervous:

When we got back to the festival grounds, I headed over to the Pink Mammoth. Pole Folder was on, and I think was just starting (again, lack of timeslots). Two tracks in, and one of his CDJs fails. Then suddenly, the entire float goes dead. The whole crowd clears out, save for five or six people counting myself. The float comes back on and he starts tearing it up. Unfortunately, the crowd never came back and stayed under 15 people. The float dies again, and I'm the only one in the crowd who's been there the entire time. Pole Folder was happy about that, and gave me a CD chock-full of a bunch of sets of his. Badass. :) I headed over to Take Me to Bed hoping that Hybrid would've been on, but it was Grandmaster Flash. Did anyone else notice that the high-end frequencies seemed to die on their system?

Headed over to the Afterparty line (see the rant at the end). When we finally got in, we scrambled to figure out where a couple of things were (again, see rant). I had to make the choice between Glaude and Lawrence (by the way, why didn't they hand out timeslots like last year?). I chose Glaude, and he tore the ing roof off. God, easily one of the best sets I've heard all year. The energy he had was just nuts. Headed over to check out Junkie, who was pretty good. Oakey was okay. Some of his mixing was actually on beat, some of it wasn't. He played a couple of classics that went over nicely. Out of the three times I've seen him, that's probably the best he's done. Above & Beyond were good. No real comment there.

Slept-in, headed over to Hayward to say hi to my aunt and uncle, then came back and slept some more.

Checked-out at noon, and because our train didn't leave until the evening we spent the day wandering around the city. We walked down Market, down Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf, grabbed some food, headed up to Coit Tower (if it's the last thing I do, I'm going to buy a place to live on that hill), headed down through Chinatown, back to the Metreon and killed some more time by checking out Jackass 2. Headed back to Virgin and purchased Banco de Gaia's '10 Years,' Emerson's 'GU15:Uruguay,' and a mix CD by Kruder and Dorfmeister.

We upgraded to a sleeper car, and our train was delayed from 9 to 11. We hit a 2.5 hour delay overnight because of some problem with a bridge, and a couple of other smaller delays because of Union Pacific maintenance. We finally arrived tonight at 11, and now I'm here, writing this.

Excellent, excellent weekend. We worked out the kinks from last year's event and everything, aside from being down one person, went smoothly. The size of the parade was incredible, and it's great to see that the name change really didn't do anything. We'll be back next year.

Spundae/Skills Rant

Originally posted by SKILLS
This has been a problem on our last two big events, namely last year's AFTER PARTY and the 9th Annual ETD POP!

In short, with more and more people taking advantage of the convenience of purchasing online tickets, especially out of area party goers, we were just not prepared to handle this growth. With a computer crash here, and one there, things got way backed up, to say the least.

We can go on record and say this....IT WILL NOT HAPPEN AT THIS YEAR'S AFTER PARTY or any of our future shows. We will have 6-8 online ticket processors, vs. 2 to 3 in the past.

Well, you were right. Computers didn't crash. However, the one thing that I believe did crash was "common sense" related to event planning.

I arrived at the entrance at 7:30, and there was no box office open or anything. I saw someone in a suit working on something and asked him where the VIP entrance would be. He told me to stand at this one spot. That turned out to not be the case, because he didn't tell me that I needed to obtain my lanyard and "goodie-bag" first. So, I hopped into the VIP/Guestlist/Artist line. I was about the seventh person in line.

8:15 roles around and I see not a single person from event staff out front to coordinate the lines. Not one person from either the Bill Graham Civic Center nor the Spundae/Skills crew. By this time the box office line is incredibly out of hand, and my seventh place in line has rapidly become the 25th.

8:30, the doors haven't opened, the line gets worse. 8:45 and it looks like a massive cluster; I have it on video, if you'd like me to cite proof. It's approximately 9:00 and the doors are open now, giving way to a massive push/shove cluster. General admission line is getting in faster than we are. Wait, what's that?

Yes. The sole reason I spent the extra money was so that I didn't have to wait in a horrible line like last year's event. I spent all of that money to stand in a group, not a line, and watch general admission get in before I did.

I guess by now, you're thinking, "Hey, he's just bitching, he's not going to add anything constructive to this." And you're right on one part, I am bitching. I will, however, be constructive...

1.) Event staff, be it BGCC or Spundae/Skills should've been out there like white on rice at 7:30, maybe even 7:00 in an effort to coordinate the crowd
2.) You needed to rope-off the VIP/Guestlis/Artist line(s), because that place was FUBAR
3.) See the quote below...

Originally posted by SKILLS
The box office will be open at 1PM, the day of the show. You can purchase tickets, upgrade to VIP, and claim your will call tickets & VIP bags at this time. Again, the box office will be open directly in front of the Bill Graham at 1PM.

Umm, I talked to multiple people and they said that they were turned away. My point here is that you need to keep your promises.

Seriously, you guys failed and you failed hard. The only other aspect of my VIP "privilege" was the free water that ran out by the beginning of Junkie's set.

USC is to Seattle's massives like Skills is to San Francisco's. However, where one lacks the other is better; USC doesn't do too much fancy indoor decorations, while Skills has some incredible setups. USC may open their doors late, but their lines, from my experiences, have never been ed, while each Skills party I've been to have always had ed up lines.

In 19 years I've been to concert after concert, club after club, massive after massive and I have never, ever seen entrance to an event so unorganized, clustered, confused, and seemingly far-less-than-half-assed as I have that night.

Originally posted by SKILLS

Unfortunately, you've lost damn near all of mine.

Photos and videos will arrive tomorrow.
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