Reasons to party at Gatecrasher

2000-11-21 13:32

Here are a couple of fun reasons why you should seriously consider going to the Ericsson Gatecrasher Global Sound System tour this coming weekend:

  • During their last visit to South Africa, Gatecrasher performed to sold-out venues at Wembley Stadium in Johannesburg and The Dockside in Cape Town.

  • Gatecrasher started as a public holiday celebration in Birmingham in 1994 and is now one of the UKÆs top superclubs.

  • GatecrasherÆs adoring fans are referred to as Gatecrasher Kids who base their images on individuality, attitude and toys, outfits and hairdos.

  • Gatecrasher has won numerous awards, including, The GuardianÆs and TimesÆ Club of the Year award in 1999. Muzik MagazineÆs Club of the Year award in 1998 and 1999, BEDA Awards' Event of the Year category in 1999, MixmagÆs crowd of the year award in 1998 and Ministry MagazineÆs Club of the Year award in 1999.

  • Gatecrasher has become so popular, the Sheffield club has had to build a bar across the road to keep people off the streets. It has also become the leading branding name in UK clubland.

  • Gatecrasher has toured around the world to Australia, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Europe.

  • Being a Gatecrasher Kid is all about expressing your individuality. How you do it is what makes it interesting and nothing is considered too outlandish or bizarre. ItÆs all about toys and accessories, dolls and lightsticks, home-made costumes and hair that has a personality of its own.

  • GatecrasherÆs door policy reads like this: "GatecrasherÆs door policy has not changed. Our policy has always been to encourage individualistic and desirable looks. Whether youÆre wearing a bin liner or a Vivienne Westwood dress, if you can pull it off, youÆre in."

  • Top UK DJ, Pete Tong said this of Gatecrasher Kids: "I think Gatecrasher Kids are really special. They encapsulate all the excitement about the weekend. Right now the Gatecrasher Kids are probably the best in the country because they put so much effort into it. It means so much to them."

  • Tall Paul, who will be performing at ERICSSON GATECRASHER GLOBAL SOUND SYSTEM brought to you by 5fm and ICE, was Muzik MagazineÆs DJ of the year in 1998.

  • Scott Bond, who will be performing at ERICSSON GATECRASHER GLOBAL SOUND SYSTEM brought to you by 5fm, is a Gatecrasher resident DJ.

    13. Tall Paul, who was 16 when he began his DJing career at his dadÆs night-club, Turnmills, has become one of the worldÆs more sought-after DJs, touring world-wide to America, Canada, Japan, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Hong Kong and all over Europe.

  • Six-foot-six DJ, Tall Paul, has produced numerous top 40 hits, including the club anthems Deeper and Train of Thought. All this has led to a series of remixing jobs for such acclaimed artists as New Order, Stone Roses, Erasure, Human League, Marc Almond, Wild Child, Hyperlogic, Cappella, Duran Duran, Nalin & Kane, Blondie, Bizarre Inc, Dina Carroll - the list goes on.

  • Tall Paul runs his own record label, Duty Free Recordings that also incorporates an in-house Studio, all based at Turnmills. The label has released tracks by JS16, Robbie Rivera, Radical Playaz, DJ Lottie, Durango-95 and Dave Aude.

  • Scott Bond regularly guests across the UK at popular club nights such as Slinky, Bournemouth, The Tunnel, Glasgow and The Cross in London. Since 1987, Scott has spread his wings as far afield as South Africa, Israel, Japan, Canada, Norway, Ibiza, Turkey, Denmark, Finland and the legendary trance club Dorian Grey in Frankfurt, Germany.

  • Scott Bond was MixmagÆs Resident Of The Year in 1999, and was ranked 5th place in the Best DJ of the Year category.

  • Scott Bond produces and remixes under the guise of Q:Dos and has enjoyed chart success with his exceptional remixes of Shimon & WolfsonsÆ Top 40 hit Sundance and KarmasutraÆs Storm In My Soul. In 1992, his very first track While Your Feet Are Stomping, featured on the very first Fantazia House Collection compilation album.

  • ERICSSON GATECRASHER GLOBAL SOUND SYSTEM brought to you by 5fm and ICE Productions takes place on Friday November 24 at The Three Arts Theatre, Cape Town and on Saturday November 25 at The Electric Workshop, Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg.

  • On Friday 31 December 1999, Gatecrasher hosted the United KingdomÆs largest single dance music event in history at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, boasting 10 of the world's greatest dance artists of our lifetime under the world-record breaking structure Tensile 1.

  • 25 000 people attended GatecrasherÆs Millennium Bash in Sheffield which had 10 fully operational bars with three of them spanning over 25 metres each.

  • In December last year, 51 084 people clicked 4 047 710 times on the Gatecrasher website ( to receive 2 555 077 files of information, which is over 35 126 428 kilobytes.

  • Gatecrasher won "Club Of The Year" in Æ98, Æ99 and 2000, as voted by readers of Muzik, Ministry and M8.

  • Gatecrasher has gone from strength to strength to become the superclub of the North. It is so popular, it once turned away 2 000 people in one night!

  • Paul Van Dyk who has a bi-monthly residency at Gatecrasher said, "It is one of the best clubs in Europe and I love playing there. I really respect the Gatecrasher Kids and this is their time."

  • Judge Jules, Scott Bond and Matt Hardwick are Gatecrasher resident DJs with Regular Guest DJs: Paul Van Dyk, Tall Paul, Seb Fontaine and Paul Oakenfold also performing.

  • "The Summer Soundsystem chat room was packed throughout the night with jealous international onlookers, eager to join in on the mid-summer madness. The multi-channel webcast of Summer Soundsystem was our most ambitious production to date and undoubtedly our most successful. The world's first remote control balloon camera was a favourite in the main arena, beaming pictures world-wide of the 'crasher faithful'. During OakenfoldÆs steaming headline set, the entire audience beckoned the balloon cam onstage to the amusement of Oakie, who pushed it back above the crowd," said James Roberts û Features Ed of Dot Music.

  • "The Gatecrasher Summer Soundsystem really showed how far the club has evolved. So many styles of music were represented. It was my first live æEssential MixÆ since joining Radio 1 and I couldnÆt have chosen a better place to start, the crowd were fantastic!" said Seb Fontaine.

  • Tickets for the ERICSSON GATECRASHER GLOBAL SOUND SYSTEM brought to you by 5fm and ICE Productions are R100 and R150 for VIPs in Cape Town and R125 and R180 for VIPs in Johannesburg.

  • Owner of Gatecrasher, Simon Raine originally had the cleaning contract for various clubs in the UK. He now earns a minimum of ú2,5-million per year from Gatecrasher alone.

  • GatecrasherÆs branding has become instantly recognisable thanks to the clubs reputation and its dancing lion.

  • With every tour Gatecrasher does, their lion logo and promotional material changes colour.

  • Pete Tong said: "Gatecrasher is probably the most fun to play as a DJ. Despite all the distractions that go with club culture they havenÆt forgotten the simple principle of having a good time à The Gatecrasher kids are, if anything, the Human Traffic crowd."

  • "Gatecrasher canÆt get much bigger or itÆll have to move to a football stadium," said Muzik Magazine.

  • "The Sheffield superclub attracts a dressed-up friendly crowd that knows how to party hard to trance-dominated soundtracks. You feel caressed by the music and the crowd," said The Independent on Gatecrasher.

  • Gatecrasher paid a visit to South Africa in May this year as an introduction to the club, and will return bigger and better, with a promise for an even more sensational dance experience.

  • Due to his 6"6Æ size, Tall Paul can only fly in Business Class and not Economy class.

  • At GatecrasherÆs Millennium party 5 128 burgers and 32 328 cans of energy drinks were consumed.

  • "Gatecrasher used to be a club û now itÆs a phenomenon. Trance, home-made costumes and toys rule û and theyÆre coming to a club near you soon," said Muzik Magazine on Gatecrasher.

    If you're in Johannesburg and feeling lucky go to because they're giving away five double tickets for the event.