I Can’t Get My Satisfaction

June 10, 2007 at 3:56 am (GY 白 TULAN)

UV Nation – sadly, it will be the rave that I will remember for all the wrong reasons.

No, it wasn’t because of the long queue. Actually, the queue was nothing compared to the ones I faced in Siloso Beach for Zouk Out.

No, it wasn’t because of the heat. Raves aren’t air conditioned clubs. Heat and sweat are two essential elements to any rave; be it an outdoor or pseudo-outdoor one (like tonight).

No, it wasn’t because we had to wait forever for the headline act either. Benni Benassi was gracious enough to take stage at about 10.30pm. Unlike Armin at Zouk Out (12.30am) and ATB at RedZone (11.45pm), the crowd didn’t have to endure hours upon hours of “opening acts”.

Nope. It wasn’t any of that. In my view, it was just the nitty gritty of the occasion.

The floor plan was horrible, the auxiliary stages were almost non-existent and the general atmosphere of the party was rather flat.

Floor Plan

Ok, maybe it wasn’t so much of the floor plan, but probably the people running the floor. In short, it was rather chaotic.

Drink kiosks were unmanned at 10pm, drink voucher vendors played hide and seek and the concept of lining up was never encouraged (or enforced for that matter).

Compared to even Red Zone, this one was quite a mess.

Of the 5 drink kiosks I spotted, only one of them was manned (or womaned) by a rather feisty Indian lady. And boy was she feisty. The coolers were out of mineral water and beer by the time I reached. All I could get my hands on were cans of Sprite. Pfft. But if you thought that was bad, then the guys who bought “package” deals probably had it worse. The bar was out of whiskey. It was supposed to stock two kinds of vodka, and by the time I reached, it was out of one. But it didn’t stop there.
As a norm in raves, we were supposed to buy drink vouchers to get our drinks, but guess what? At 10pm there were none in sight. Mind you, this party went on till at least 3am. Credit to the Indian kiosk lady though, because she allowed us to buy drinks with cash. However, this also meant that she called the shots there and demanded RM50 for a 1 liter bottle of Coke. I wonder where that cash ended up? Probably in her tummy for her supper. Who knows.

But hey – drinks running out, I can handle. Siphoning bartenders, I can handle too. What I couldn’t handle was how the crowd behaved. Jeez, I mean, everyone is thirsty. Why the fuck can’t you just line up like good little schoolboys and wait your fucking turn? The “line” isn’t moving any faster with all the pushing and shoving. On the contrary, it just makes the bitchy bartender even bitchier.

Auxiliary Stages

What do auxiliary stages mean to you?

To me, it’s supposed to be a place for people to retreat to, should they not enjoy the genre of the main hall.

Too bad that’s not what the organizers thought.

Yes, there was a R&B stage, but man, it was pathetic.

Seemed to be more like a freak sideshow to me.

General Atmosphere

Let’s face it, the party was flat. Real flat.

I’ll start with the table layout.

Sure, tables aren’t necessities at raves. I actually think that Malaysian raves are the only ones that have tables, but still, if you’re going to set up tables then set them up right.

The tables at the Port Dickson rave were nicely set up. They were set in communal areas where drinkers could drink, away from the dancing crowd. At UV Nation, they were scattered everywhere. The drinking areas were dark, and there were no benches or chairs anywhere.

Also, I felt that the stage dancers were pretty lame. Nothing compared to the fire dancers at Red Zone. Nothing.

Conclusion

It’s obvious that UV Nation is a failure in my eyes, but that doesn’t mean it was a failure in everybody else’s. What works for me might not necessarily work for them, and vice versa.

I guess it’s all down to the planning. Red Zone runs every year, so I guess they have a pretty good team. Same goes to the Salem Revelation series of raves. As for Zouk Out – jeez, it’s practically a Singaporean tradition.

All I can say is that EMI need more practice. I’m sure they’ll get it better the next time. For me at least. I hope. Ugh.

I give UV Nation:

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1 1/2 PunPuns out of 5.

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2 Comments

  1. Charles said,

    I will give them my finger. They suck. I didn’t even feel like waiting for benni to bloody finish his gig.

  2. Vicky said,

    if i have to choose main arena or R&B area, i rather choose R&B…is more cooling hahaha…

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