Mother Nature treated revelers to sunny skies last Saturday as both the Canada D'eh and Summer Aquarian beach parties were huge successes.
A stone's throw from Baishawan, Canucks, people who wished they were Canadians, giant sheepdogs and miniature horses celebrated Canada's national holiday. With 18 shuttle buses and a stunning fireworks display to end the night early, partiers were faced with the decision of what to do next: head to Summer Aquarian down the road for more action outdoors or take the bus to Luxy for an indoor beach party. As it turned out, both places were packed. Summer Aquarian's track record over the past three years has been patchy. Some of the group's parties have been awe-inspiring while others have left partygoers scratching their heads. This year's shindig, free of charge, was a combination of both. It was rocking early with a good vibe, but a gremlin in the sound system left people making their own fun by the time the sun was coming up and the surfboards were in the water. At Luxy, T-shirts were wetted and Tasc showed why he was the headliner of the night.
This weekend, there is more fun to be had, indoors and outdoors. The Summer Vibe Festival takes place at Deluxe (2F, 2, Nanjing E Rd, Sec 4, Taipei, 台北市南京東路四段2號2樓) behind the Taipei Arena tomorrow night. The bash boasts three stages, two outdoor and one indoor, with the lineup including choice hip-hop DJs, Chicano and Vicar.
At Luxy, the world's greatest DJ graces the decks tomorrow. No, it's not Tiesto doing magic tricks (check YouTube for that), but Cash Money, who was inducted into the DMC Hall of Fame in 1988 with the global champ accolade. After a short sabbatical in Taipei last summer, Cash is back and ready to rock.
Moving out of the capital city and into Hsinchu, Club Cammi (B1, 198, Jhonghua Rd Sec 2, Hsinchu City, 新竹市中華路二段198號B1) hosts scratch wizard Grant Stetski and Room 18 regular Apple.
Down in Kaohsiung, the second annual Galaxy party. Galaxy II: The Great Escape, Ugly and Fat Dirty go head to head with MC Davi caught in the middle. Then JonB and Nov@ are pitted against each other in an all out trance war. Even though most of the sets are short, now known as the OHDS (One Hour DJ Slot) virus, Galaxy should be an interesting affair. Check www.spunite.com/galaxy for information in English and Chinese.
Wednesdays are heating up as the competition for punters increases. All-you-can-drink aficionados have a plethora of places to slurp up the slosh, including Wax and 9%. On the opposite end of the spectrum, those who prefer martinis can head to Paulina's, where DJs Eben Ezee and Schism host In the Mix, a celebration of electro. At On Tap, Underground is has recently opened proceedings with Sir Funk-a-Lot, Shorty, and the ever-entertaining Geezer Foo providing mid-week madness.