How to be a Junglist: Going to London
How to be a junglist: Chriszka and Mariii’s Excellent Adventure
This one goes out to all the Copenhagen junglists (and junglists everywhere) who miss the proper oldskool jungle sounds so much it’s like a physical longing filled with deep-felt oh but whyyyyyys?! and I want it back! and recurring feelings of having been treated unfairly – like a heartbreak that wasn’t supposed to happen.
What do you do?
Well, here’s what we did, and I highly recommend it. After many months of talking about it, we were like, yes, we are doing this. We are doing it now. We are going to London on a trip specifically dedicated to soothe our jungle longings.
Not for some drum’n’bass thing on Fabric. Jungle and only that. Because there is the most massive and tenacious (bordering on permanent) oldskool jungle revival going on in The Big Smoke. And we wanted in.
We had our eyes on the Ribena Jungle party, and after a small discussion (“It IS quite small…”) the decision was made, and we were ready by our computers, communicating on facebook, ready for the tickets to go on sale.
Seven minutes later the event had sold out. And we were in!
The universe approved of our jungle mission
Shortly afterwards it became very clear that the universe totally approved of our decision. Once the plane tickets were bought for the weekend, new parties started to bubble up in our facebook feeds. One was a Kenny Ken party on the day before the Ribena Jungle one. Needless to say, we bought the tickets in advance. And one was on the same night as the Ribena one, but lots bigger, exclusively dedicated to the sounds of ’95. Just perfect.
And that is not all. By a massive coincidence, or whatever you call the universe’s ways of telling you that you are on the right track, following your heart: The accomodation I had booked turned out to be located two houses away from the secret location of the Ribena Jungle party. A one minute walk! (31 seconds, if you run like a junglist). What are the odds.
Intermezzo: The magnificent sonic puzzle
Dancing to electronic music is serious business. Dancing to jungle is very serious business. It has never been just about ‘fun’ for me, but also about the physical challenge and the meditation-like state it delivers when everything comes together: the music selection, the mixing skills of the dj, your own ability to express what you are hearing.
Raving is a joyful, physical interpretation of the music, and there is a lot to express when it comes to jungle. When I get really into it (the warm-up can take a while, like sports) the music opens up like a 3D space, like a magnificent sonic puzzle that I am solving as I go, but with no strain.
The sonic puzzles of jungle are absolutely amazing, like complex cathedrals. High quality trance can deliver similar experiences. If you want to read more about the importance of proper dancing, you can read my interview with the amazing Swedish duo Son Kite right here: Dancing is a very important ritual.
And in case you need a refresher of Kenny Ken’s awesomeness, check out this 60 minute mix of classic and obscure jungle tunes, with “no MC to spoil the long mixes”. 😉
And onwards we go.
So to sum up, here are some final and easy to-do tips for you starved out Copenhagen junglist with travel inclinations:
1) Watch out for Ribena Jungle parties
Proper time machine business surrounded by likeminded enthusiasts. Yes, it’s difficult to get a ticket. You must be dedicated. Yes, there is a Ribena Jungle party (part 4) at January 1st 2015. (You can check out the atmosphere in this footage from the Ribena Jungle part 2 (this blog post is about Ribena Jungle 3).
2) Watch out for London
You are not alone with your oldskool jungle longings in London. Check out the Moondance New Year’s Eve event for this year, for instance. There are TWO arenas with oldskool jungle. One dedicated to jungle classics. One dedicated to jungle anthems. LOL! Jungle geeks!!! ❤ Moondance New year’s Eve on facebook.
3) Check out Uncle Dugs on Rinse
Every Friday from 12 to 15, you can listen to Uncle Dugs on Rinse FM (or podcast later). It’s REALLY good and 100% oldskool jungle: also, it’s like the old pirate radio station days – only you don’t phone in your bigups and greetings, you tweet them. Takes me RIGHT back to my first meetings with jungle pirate stations, whoa! Uncle Dugs on Rinse FM.
If you want more oldskool vibes, you can hear my 7 All Time Favourite Jungle Tracks right here. Or read some troubled thoughts about feeling like the only junglist in Copenhagen in the Jungle Diaries: A Junglist on a Mission.
If you need a shot of “Copenhagen is pretty okay, too, you know”, see the amazing photos from dj Hype’s visits to the Danish capital in Dancefloors, moshpits and junglistic crowdsurfing.