“ 8th July - Free dance party in Leeds „
LOVE PARADE!!! Oh man what a brilliant day and night! To anyone who did not go shame on you, you missed out on the best time I've had in a long time! Among the DJ's there was Judge Jules and Seb Fontaine playing the best as always, there were two main stages and a hell of a lot of people! It was truly fantastic! We got to the bus station where there were buses taking people up to Roundhay Park where the venue was, but the wait for these was an hour and a half!! Way to long to waste time, so we walked which took around 50 minutes. The streets were just crammed packed of partygoers on their way to Love Parade! As we approached the Park there were just floods of groups, we walked along the road that goes through Roundhay Park and up toward the Pub at the far end where arrangements had been made to meet people! We walked passed main stage with our beers and it was an amazing and spectacular sight to see. You couldn't see any ground just bodies! When we met the people at the pub, we walked into the immense crowd at main stage in a train-like fashion so not to loose anyone! We ended up around 75 meters away from the stage to the right looking at it, the music and atmosphere was so tremendous! The toilets were just un-doable so we relieved ourselves in the next field, farthest away from main stage, I think wasn't part of the park. We all had such a wicked time and we didn't want to leave! Getting back home was a nightmare; we practically walked back to Horsforth! It was really worth going!!
An excellent time was had by all! Music was great! Crowd was great! Police were great! and for a first time event you couldn't see the join. True we were only able to pop in for about 3 hours in total and left as the rain began- but what i saw was fantastic. Shed loads of people having a superb time and all behaving well. The police were brilliant- keeping a safe distance- but there just in case. There were babes in arms and dancing grannies in this funtastic city, which is how it should be. These festivals should not be just for the 18-30's! I personally thought that the floats worked best as you could get right up to them, dedicated followers of Passion and Creamfields had the crowd going wild at 4pm in the afternoon. It was much more difficult getting to the front of the main stages so the action at the back was a lot more subdued. But hey! It was all for free. They were even giving away free cider!
Oh how I rejoiced at the news that the Berlin Love parade would be coming to Leeds this year. 10mins walk from my house!! However despite the good time I had, I must say that the festival was far from perfect. To start with, there was far too much beer. The love Parade came out of music inspired by ecstasy. Ecstasy makes people loved-up. Alcohol makes people happy/sad/foolish/dangerous/aggressive/pathetic/dead. And it also creates lots of rubbish. Wish I must note was left for local residents to clear. The drug issue is an opinion, but for the festival to happen again, the organisers must organise the clearing up. Another thing the organisers missed out was security, which almost led to the event not taking place. The music was quite good on the some of the various floats, but I never understood dance music on a stage. The whole idea of a club is people mingling, enjoying the music. I want to see smiling faces, not the backs of peoples heads. And how interesting is watching a DJ? Worse still, the music on the stages was s o quite you had to be deep into the crowd for it to be loud. At which point you can hardly move, let alone dance. The highlight of my night was the illegitimate sound system set up in the dark in the woods, playing jungle/drum&bass. This continued well after the ridiculously early finishing time of 11:30pm. One last moan, fights on Street Lane. Not good. LOVE parade, not HATE. Despite my grumblings, I will be there next year, and hope the necessary improvements will have been made.
What a day! Superb, a great variety of music, more floats than you can shake a big stick at, everyone loving it (obviously!). It was so good that nobody minds the 4 hour walk anywhere after because leeds doesn't seem to have taxis or buses! Even the police enjoyed it (and turned up in budget rent-a-vans!) Special mention to the guys running the jungle sound system down the hill hiding in the trees, you boys rocked it big time, its just a shame you hid where nobody but a select few could find you!
The love parade was a truly fantastic event but I don't think anyone could deny how amazing Darren Emerson's set was... From the minute he dropped Cowgirl (which is to be deservingly re-released this month, but you can also pick up their album Dubnobasswithmyheadman for only £7.99 at amazon.co.uk in the summer bargains) he picked the whole crowd up, swirling them around in the much needed rain... An absolutely fantastic set which made the perfect end to the wonderful music we had been provided with all day. Roundhay Park was an amazing location but I think they should have thought about making a small charge... If everyone had paid only £1 on the gate it would have generated nearly half amillion (which may even have covered the cost of the massive clean up operation) Nevertheless one of the best event I have seen, with the best sets and a fantastic atmosphere. Well done Radio 1! Roll on the Love Parade 2001!
What a fantastic event. Apparently 300,000 people were in Roundhay park, 3 times more than they were expecting. The park had two main stages, the Radio 1 stage which featured sets by DJs including Judge Jules, Seb Fontaine, Dust Brothers, and by far the best Darren Emmerson. There were live PA's from Robbie Craig and Wookie as well, although there were also supposes to be sets from Angelic and Sonique amongst others they never appeared - they may have been on the floats instead. The other stage was hosted by Trade, and while playing real tunes was just not load enough, you had to get quite close to be able to enjoy it properly, and this sometimes was just not possible. 15 - 20 floats from Ministry, Passion, Pete Tong, Back to Basics, Dreem Team and loads of others were travelling around the park, the sound systems on these were even challenging the stages, and everyone on board looked to be really enjoying it. The best thing about the parade was the atmosphere, Leeds is known for being a really friendly city, and on Saturday every one was. I met people from all over the place, Leicester, Burton-on-Trent, Manchester, Newcastle, London, Nottingham, and Amsterdam, and everyone got in the spirit of things - even some of the taxi drivers, I was chatting to one yesterday who took someone to Nottingham for £50 less than he'd normally charge. Every business in Leeds made shed loads of money, the bar I work in took twice the amount they normally do, the place was packed but there wasn't any trouble what so ever. Police presence at the park was minimal actually, which I think contributed to the good atmosphere. I imagine it may take a while for Roundhay park to recover, it looked similar to a small rubbish dump by the end of the night, and you had to negotiate small assault courses every time you moved, all roads leading to the city centre were trashed, packed with people by 11pm, all heading off to the all night events in the cities clubs. <
br>The only downer on the day was that it rained, but being Leeds, that had to be expected, however a good time was had by most people I think, except those who overdosed, or had their wallets pinched. I expect this will be happening again next year, and if you didn't make it this time make sure you're in Leeds next July. And who could forget the surprise appearance of Jimmy Saville on the Radio 1 stage, dance music isn't just for the young! To see some photos from love parade go to the radio 1 website at www.bbc.co.uk/radio1
Mmmm, I think I enjoyed myself - can't seem to remember! Apart from the huge traffic jam that started about 5 miles from Leeds to journey up wasn't too bad. A million people were waiting for the buses, so it took a good 45 mins to walk to Roundhay Park. Every single Off License on the way there had a queue outside. When I got there eventually, I couldn't believe the amount of people crammed into the park - I've heard there were 300,000 people. I arrived just in time to see the back end of the Float procession - Dave Pearce's Dance Anthems float totally rocked, the atmosphere was electric. Unfortunately then it started to rain, and didn't stop all night. Noone seemed to notice though. The sounds emmitting from each stage were excellent, although the nearer you got, the more you got crushed. The downside was the amount of alcohol being taken into the park, almost everyone had a bag full of beer, meaning most people were completely wasted by about 6pm. The drinks on site were very expensive to buy though, which just encouraged people to purchase outside. Unfortunately alot of ambulances were also to'ing and fro'ing very regularly. The biggest gripe though were the rip off's that people got away with. It cost us £35 to get a taxi from the park to Leeds City Centre. And all the clubs were charging to earth to get in. All in all though, an excellent day out - I shall definately be there next year!!