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So, it’s been a long time since I’ve written an article, apart from a few match reports for junior football, indeed it was probably back in the day when I was Clubs Editor of the UWE magazine … that on the back of my much accalimed .. well by Pete Tong on his Essential Selection .. East Midland clubbing fanzine – ‘Another Pint Of Stella Sir?’ .. that was back in 1990 !!

Since those days, I’ve actually moved close to Weston super Mare despite working in Bristol and Bath. Apart from the likes of T4 on the beach, there hasn’t really been much in the way of big club events in the area. Back in the 90’s Karanga had some crazy NYE parties on the Tropicana and Marc Vedo had put on quite a few Koolwaters events at Club Vision. But the beach? This was something new.

So, a quick train journey home from Bath, change and a meet up with a couple of fellow veteran clubbers we head on down into town. Upon arrival you could tell it was well organised and a lot of effort had gone into the production.

Weston super Mare was chosen along side, perhaps the more glamourous surroundings of Mexico, Ibiza and Canada .. but it has to be said that when the sun goes down across the Bristol Channel, no one can argue of the beauty it actually gives the area and so, being on the beach yesterday, the Corona team made it feel that you could quite honestly be anywhere in the world.

We made a B line for the hospitality area, of course, and get straight on the Corona. The party for us had started, for others that had been there for 5 hours already, was already taking it’s toll !! .. Disclosure were just finishing and soon, our favourite local boy Eats Everything kept the party going .. and for us , shall we say, experienced clubbers, were delighted he dropped in some great classics .. 808 States ‘Pacific State’ made my night. A quick catch up with Dan back stage when Annie Mac took over and the sun began to set.

Soon, shooting lights appeared magically across the sand and as it go darker the full light show began to take a huge significance in this great production.

As we reached the finale, we were greeted with a fantastic fire and pyrotechnics display. Brilliant.

Time for bed? No that wasn’t going to happen was it!. The after party was taking place at Club Vision with literally thousands of people trying to get in. We sneaked in and continued the party hard with headline act Shy FX.

Come Sunday I was worse for wear but back to the beach for pre season junior football fitness training . Exhausted !!

Words: Jim Charlton