So much happening…Pascal Feos, Dominic Eulberg, and 10 years of Kozzmozz!

Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th September

Short-ish post, as I’m at the only computer at my hotel. Will try and fill in details later…

Well I’ve been in Europe for 3 days and I’m having a ball.

Air travel was annoying. Couldn’t sleep Sydney to Singapore. Then had parents with baby from Singapore to Frankfurt. It wasn’t the baby that was noisy!

Arrived Frankfurt Friday 9th. Taxi driver dropped me off at the wrong street, so I had to wake up poor Andreas at 6.30am. We caught up over breakfast, and then I slept on and off all day.

Andreas and Iris made a great dinner – yummy falafel – and then it was time to get ready to go out.

Went to Cocoon first. The first dj – Dorian – was not bad. Then Pascal Feos came on. He played “intelligent minimal”. Andreas and I went into the DJ booth. It’s high above the dancefloor, and looks like a Star Trek Enterprise! Excellent booth set up.

Was interesting that the second I was left on my own, someone would come up and talk with me. The first time was a guy who looked 12 (he was probably 18) tried to pick me up! Considering my age, I think the boy was quite toasted! Then someone asked me if I had any asprin. You can imagine what I thought of that! And then someone else asked me if I liked Jagermeister. It was quite funny.

Afterwards, Andreas and I went to East, where Dominic Eulberg was playing. He was excellent. Played a great techno set. Very amusing crowd too! Wish we could have stayed longer, as one of Andreas’ friends was playing, but my feet were falling off, and I had a big day ahead of me.

3 hours sleep, then was off to Ghent in Belgium. Couldn’t sleep on the train, so kept myself busy listening to “Old Meets New” from Surgeon’s site, and a decoded set by Dave featuring Steve Rachmad.

Had a quick shop and a short nap before Doris met me at my hotel, and we went for a drink around the corner. Was great to finally meet Doris. I think she liked the Kath and Kim fridge magnets!!!

Doris and Tony invited me to come along with them to the Kozzmozz pre dinner. Excellent company and great food. Chatted mostly with Doris, Tony (Surgeon), Karl (Regis), Roger (Sleeparchive), Justin (Berkovi), Sam (Deetron) and Joel (Mull). Karl didn’t want to talk about the cricket 🙂 (I am SO GLAD i did not meet Karl one day later, as I would NEVER have heard the end of the final Ashes results!!!).

Went back to the hotel afterwards for a short nap, then off to Kozzmozz. Massive party – completely packed, and hotter than 51 regent street in the old days! Saw Joel Mull, Cabanne, Deetron, Justin Berkovi, Seba Lecompte and British Murder Boys. Best set of the night was BMB. Played some new stuff which I’ve only heard on the internet – was great to hear it on a proper sound system. Really enjoyed Cabanne as well.

Excellent night – had lots of fun, and was great meeting up with a bunch of lovely people.

3 hours sleep again and now I’m in Brugges. And off to sleep 🙂

It’s been ages…

Can’t believe it’s been over 4 months since I posted. Where did the time go? As always, it’s the busiest time of year for work for me. And lots of things have been happening. I recently started planning my trip to Europe, and as that is less than2 months away now, I’ll be REALLY busy.

Had a great day yesterday. My performance appraisal went well, so that was a massive relief after all the time I spent preparing. I new I’d done a good job, but sometimes they say something that completely comes out of nowhere. Nothing like that this time. Had lunch with Helen, her daughter who is 11 and 2 of her daughter’s friends at Lindt Cafe. Lindt Chocolate Brownie – YUM! Got a few of the Quarterly work returns out of the way. And then, I found out that Kozzmozz is on in Ghent, Belgium on 10th September. AND I CAN GO!!!!! The lineup is brilliant:

Cabanne, Deetron, Joel Mull, Justin Berkovi, Kozz, Kr!z, Len Faki, Lysergic, Petar Dundov, Regis, Seba Lecompte, Sebastian Kramer, Spacid, Surgeon and T-Quest.

So I basically get to hear LOADS of awesome music at the one party. And I get to see quite a few of my favourite artists at the same party. All for only 23 Euros, which is about $37. WOOHOO!!! A line-up like that here would be over $100

Went to dinner with Davo and Matt last night at Cafe Santone in Lane Cove, and had a great time. The food was exellent. I spent half of last night being excited about Kozzmozz. Davo is already sick of hearing about this. He can’t wait for me to sms him constantly when I’m there, going “SURGEON IS ON” and “JOEL IS ON” and “THERE’S SOOOOOOO MANY PEOPLE HERE” and “REGIS IS YELLING INTO THE MICROPHONE” and “SURGEON’S PLAYING SLEEP ULTRA VIOLET”…. you get the drift 😛

And I’m also going to the live show of Little Britain on 24th October, the night before I come back home. And Monica’s coming with me – YAY!. So I basically start and end my trip doing 2 things I REALLY want to do!!!!! Well, I hope so.

Can’t believe my luck really. It’s been such a stressful time lately, and then this good stuff happens. I hope to complete my itinerary by the end of July. Need to book Malta as soon as possible.

Will be interesting to go to Malta again. Haven’t been in nearly 30 years. Want to go back to the Blue Grotto. And get the ferry to Gozo. When we did that last time, as we got close to Gozo, people started diving into the water from the top deck of the ferry. Wonder if they still do that? There were people playing bingo by the beach. And there was a massive cliff (well, I was 6, so maybe it’s not massive) where I heard my first Maltese swear words!!! I was 17 before I found out what they meant, as nobody would tell me, they were that bad.

I wanted to go to Almeria in Spain to visit friends, but it was going to take 2 flights and 3 trains to get there, over about 2 days. So I’m going to have to wait until I go again (hopefully in 2007). I’m disappointed, but 2 days travel each way would mean I’d get to spend only 2 days there. I wanted to spend a week there. So now I’m going to Brugges and Amsterdam instead.

So now I think I’ll be doing Frankfurt, Ghent, Brugges, Amsterdam, Cologne, back to Frankfurt, Prague, Karlovy Vary, Vienna, Brno, Bratislava, Budapest, Malta, Belfast, Birmingham, London and Portsmouth. Just waiting to find out a few more things to figure out exactly what order I’m going to do it, and if I go to one or 2 more places.

And I can spend Bec’s birthday with her, as I’ll be in London, YAY!

I’m all over the place today. Was supposed to go walking with Monica at lunch, but not too sure what’s happening now. Was going to drinks later with Lisa, Ant, Brad, Hayley and possibly Matt, but will catch up with them earlier, and see if I can catch up with Monica later. She’s going back to Belfast tomorrow, so want to see her before she goes.

I’d better hurry up. It’s so lovely and sunny outside. Oh my gawd, it’s 15 degrees, and it’s going to be 17 degrees maximum. YAY! How warm is that for winter!