Foreverland: Cosmic Carnival
Bournemouth’s favourite dance music night, Foreverland, started a little under two years ago, bringing the town’s dance music scene a new breath of life. Foreverland prides itself on being a unique event, creating an environment for clubbers of all ages to have some immature, good-hearted fun. And, this time around, the event gave party-goers something to reminisce about. Preditah took the roof off at the first ever Foreverland, and the event has been growing ever since, coming full circle with the BBK DJ spinning once again at Bournemouth’s Old Fire Station.
Foreverland’s appropriately themed interior decor, which we’ve all grown accustomed to, was present alongside a lineup that would guarantee a night of classic garage and bassline tunes; grime/bass sensation Preditah and old school garage duo Artful Dodger with support from Skepsis and Bournemouth favourite Taim. When compared to other events in Bournemouth, it’s clear how much effort is put into creating the best Foreverland experience that’s humanly possible. Coloured flags, ceiling drapes and hanging decorations gave the night an atmosphere in keeping with the event’s ‘space’ vibe. The Cosmetic Carnival also featured costumed dancers and a blast of confetti during Preditah’s set.
You can always count on Artful Dodger to deliver a set of heavy garage beats and old school classics. Their 1999 Number 2 tune ‘Re-Rewind’ featuring Craig David always receives a warm reception from the crowd. Preditah impressed, as always, dropping some of the best bassline tracks, not to mention a number of Boy Better Know tunes from his back catalogue. It was disappointing to hear a lack of variety in the music the Birmingham producer played from when we saw him in October though, but nevertheless, it was enough to make the crowd excitable and the atmosphere pumped.
All those great production additions and great tunes from two of the UK’s top disk-jockeys was somewhat ruined by the lack of space in The Old Fire Station, however. The club felt overpacked with little room to move on the main dance floor. It’s hard to say if the event was oversold, but this certainly needs to be addressed. It would be a shame if one of Bournemouth’s top events was ruined by this in the future. Apart from this, Foreverland has continued to show us what they’re capable of. The night’s second birthday celebration will take place on Saturday 18th March. More info and tickets can be found here:
THE GIG IN REVIEW
- Great production eg. themed decor
- Excitable atmosphere
- Top DJs with eclectic mix of old and new tunes
- Event was too busy – it felt oversold
- No room to move on the dancefloor