A blast of a party

Singing, in high spirits.

Singing, in high spirits.  

TAKE A crowd of 12,000, add an imported A-list British DJ, and blend well with lashings of Bacardi rum and what do you get? Bangalore's very own Bacardi Blast Party.

The exclusive promotional party was held last Saturday night at Speedzone on spacious, palm tree-lined grounds. Clubbers bopped on the open air, split-level dance floor until the early hours of the morning. Overarching the party-goers was a giant steel-framed canopy which lent a futuristic feel to the already up-to-date tone set by the very latest in just released U.K. house music being blasted through the speakers. Nigerian fire-eaters and U.K. stage dancers added to the entertainment.

To wind down, away from the frenzied dance crowd, a chill-out lounge was provided along with the requisite Bacardi bar. That served thirsty dancers with just about every Bacardi mix known to man. Entry was by invitation only and the who's who of Bangalore was clearly demarcated in the elevated VIP lounge, which served drinks on the house throughout the evening.

The star guest, international DJ Eddie Lock, is based at The Ministry of Sound night club, London, but spends most of his time touring house music clubbing venues around the world. He plays most summers in The Ministry of Sound's sister club in Ibiza and performs regularly in Bangkok. He has visited India several times. Eddie Long always likes to mix some hit bhangra tracks with his funky style when he plays in India and the crowd on Saturday night was certainly not disappointed.

Speaking before the evening's entertainment, Eddie Long said: "The ethnic melodies are very popular over here and always get a fantastic response from the crowd. Rock music is also massive in Bangalore. So you can guarantee that I'll play to the crowd and mix in some U2."

Once Indian DJ Chiku of Channel V completed his crowd warm-up, Eddie Long did an exhausting two-and-a-half-hour set without breaks. "DJ-ing for such long sets really takes it out of you and it's strenuous. When you're mixing as many as three records at a time, you really have to concentrate. You have to give the venue your complete attention."

Eddie Lock will be touring India with the Bacardi Blast Party promotions until the end of the month, playing in Poona on November 15, Kolkata on November 21, and Hyderabad on November 29.

By Agnieszka Hindley

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