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Reviewed: Foreverland Manchester


We had been excited for a while to go and check out Foreverland. The event is billed as an “immersive club experience” and as we got to the O2 Ritz Manchester on the 23rd February we fully appreciated the production levels that their team put in.

Taking in the full experience we were fully loving the giant octopus on the ceiling, they’ve really created a neon, sea, space wonderland of adventure for adults – there are face and body painters, inflatable creatures, loads of props all to a packed house.   These themes change each year and this tour has gone around the country and included acts such as Disciples, DJ Luck & Neat, Skepsis, Nathan Dawe, FooR and tonight’s headliner Jaguar Skills.

We arrive as Bitr8 is laying it down the house vibes early with classics from Basement Jaxx and Purple Disco Machine in the massive Enchanted Forest themed room. There were giant walkabout character dancers already in the sold-out crowd.  As we stared out at the crowd from the stage, it’s awash with glowing light sticks and smiley faces.

As we mentioned, Jaguar Skills is the main event but also featuring are DT faves Bassic & Taim and the whole event is hosted by FooR’s Tyrone.

The main event arrives and we are now covered in UV glow paint up to our elbows, neon glowing sticks in each hand and fully immersed in Foreverland goodness. The arrival of the original ninja is perfect timed.  As many of you will know we are big fans of Jaguar Skills – his mash-up style across multi-genre music from house, disco (check his disco podcast for us), bass music, hip hop and Drum & Bass is always a fun thing to watch.

The dancers are back out and the CO2 cannons are blasting hard. Add to this fireworks and explosions and we have a full Foreverland experience.  Jag is pounding the crowd with ‘Ready Or Not’ and the crowd is full involved bouncing around sweaty and loving life.

Jags hour set comes to an end and Taim closes out the night with a great hour of bass music and fun tracks. As the lights come up and the club closes, the place is still packed to rafters which is always great to see.

The Foreverland team have massively found a hole in the market of people that love Bass music, Garage, Drum & Bass and commercial house that love to get dressed up in fancy dress, UV glow paint and being pounded with confetti canons – if it sounds like elrow for bass music you’d be close but they’ve UV’d it up 100 levels.  

We fully loved our time at Foreverland and can’t wait for the next one and the next theme! The final tour date this Friday at Glasgow O2 Academy with Jaguar Skills for more info head to facebook.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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