The incredible Federation: Round 02 landed with galactic force on Saturday 4th May, sending the mad fer it clubbers of Leeds into frenzy. A lively and colourful parade, made up of stilt walkers, bongo bashers, whistle blowers and party revellers set tongues wagging as they made their way through streets of Leeds to Bar Fibre, whereupon the carnival collected and lead the awed crowd to the scene of what has to be the most exciting club night Leeds has seen yet.
The golden streams of light leading to Granary Wharf's Dark Arches provided a glimpse of the visual glamour that is Federation. Inside, the Dark Arches had been transformed into a breathtaking array of loud, proud and in yer face dcor. A huge silhouette of the by now well-recognised Federation logo, UV glow in the dark spiral designs and massive plumes of delicate white material adorned the dense original Victorian brickwork of the Arches, which helped to give the underground, industrial feel, essential in its appeal. Gigantic spiked spheres and mirror balls graced the ceilings; huge metal cages containing professional dancers, dance podiums, raised platforms and, of course, the massive mainstay stage all contributed well to provide an absolute spectacle to the already round-eyed, gasping crowd.
The live stage shows, provided by "One Love" entertainment wowed the people with a menagerie of the weird and the wonderful, in the form of huge penguins, acrobats, live autopsies, fire eating, and mad scientists who freely used angle grinders to shock and enthral- a touch of pure genius.
Funkin', pumpin' house and chunky vocals featured the Crash Album tour (who handed out free CD's), graced the ears of the crazy, funky and downright kookily dressed party people.
The tunes were received with the crowd going crazy as they recognised and grooved to their favourites. The atmosphere was incredible with over nine hundred pairs of arms and hands being flung in the air, pointing towards the DJ's, truly expressing the clubbers ethos "Bring it On!". The stunning lasers and lighting systems, which had been elaborately honed to perfection by experts 52nd Street, put the "feel-good" cherry on top of the clubbing cake.
For those revellers who needed a break now and again, a brand new outside area had been installed, which included seating, tables, and outside heating to provide an extremely comfortable chill out. The inside had also been decked out with additional seating, which proved to be a very popular amongst the guests.
Overall, Federation: Round 02 proved to be a spectacular feast of a clubbing experience. The buzz from the event has been incredible and still going strong, with everyone who attended saying that they had an "amazing", "brilliant" and "banging" night. Lucky for us, then, that the third in line of succession to the Federation throne is already on its way.
FEDERATION: THE ROYAL RUMBLE
Those mad fer it organisers and promoters from Bar Fibre, Leeds, and their partners, 52nd Street, have succeeded to the clubbing throne by bringing you Federation: The Royal Rumble, which treads the red carpet in the Dark Arches in Leeds' Granary Wharf on Saturday 1st June. Following the mammoth success of Federation Round 02 last month, which has been crowned the jewel in the north's clubbing scene, Federation is back to present a Royal Invitation to Queen and Country.
Jubilee Jubilation kicks off with a selection of the finest in funky house with Fibre DJ's Michael Park and Stuart Robinson, plus Matt Cosway (Pacha/Bed) will be performing a golden performance fit for a princess. Outrageous live shows, incredible new venue layouts and superb visuals, lighting and lasers from experts 52nd Street will combine to provide an event that will be the Crowning Glory of the year!
Federation: The Royal Rumble
Saturday June 1st 2002
Dark Arches, Granary Wharf, Leeds
Hot on the heels of the successful Federation Round 02, the greatest clubbing event to arrive in Leeds is back for a truly Royal celebration. Themed and outrageous live stage shows will be coupled with the finest funky chunky house for a spectacular Royal Rumble. DJ's gracing the decks this month include Fibre staples Michael Park and Stuart Robinson, plus Matt Cosway (Pacha/Bed).
Advance tickets are on sale from Bar Fibre and Oon Moda Clothing Corn Xchange (Leeds) and Clone Zone (Manchester) for 10 (+ booking fee).
For secure text tickets delivered to your mobile, text FEDERATION on: 07989 577 113.
For credit card bookings, call 08712 209 600 or contact The Ticket Line on 0113 244 6677.
For further information call Fibre on 08701 200888 or 08701 25 55 55 (office hours).