I dont remember the peoples names, the tunes that were played, the places i kipped in, what time i went to sleep, half the chicks i ended up with. But man ill never forget that rush.
2001-2008 was my time (i know a lot of you will say it was all over by then) The ecstasy was still good, clubbing in dublin was very good big names every week in the likes of the Redbox, the Vaults, Traffic the temple theatre amd spirit among others.
Festivals like HiFi in mullingar, global gathering in Cork even the dance acts at oxegen were top notch.
I miss them days so much, you could be out for 3 days and not have a worry in your mind.
Towards the end of that era i did notice more and more violence at these events probably because of the coke.
Go to the right clubs in town and they might even be selling wrist bands for the after parties which start when the clubs close and usually go on til about 6/7am. They can be in all sorts of mad places, one I was at was in a Chinese restaurant which we had to enter through the kitchen.
sounds good. what clubs do you usually get the wrist bands?
I went to an Acid House Party once. I was locked. I drank three car batteries.
the likes of Hangar, Sin, opium rooms. Just check out online wherever theres a dance night on. Usually outside at the end of the night, if its happening youll see people buying wristbands.
Anyone here ever go to a place on eden quay, used to be called garden of eden it was a strip club, but every saturday morning theyd open downstairs entering in through the lane. Some fkn crazy mornings in that place. Dj on playing house and techno and everyone out of their minds.
opium rooms was rubbish last time I was there a few months ago, a friday night. it just seemed like every other mainstream night club, crap music.
the regular nights are garbage, but they have the odd dance night up there its decent venue for it.
Have you been to District8 ?
Havent ventured up there yet, Chris Liebing is on up there in a couple of weeks.
so opium rooms isn't totally finished so, thats good. district 8 have good djs but average seems to be 18 so i wont be going there. index is good.
D8 is a very cool spot if you're into the scene - I'll echo another poster however in that the crowd's been a bit young the last couple of time's I've gone. Suppose it depends on who's on.
In general I'll disagree with a lot of what's been said of the current state of the scene - I'm 23 and all I'll say is ecstasy use is exploding in the youth bracket. People I know that generally wouldn't have been seen even touching a joint are now double dropping three days in a row at the likes of Electric picnic.
This is where the problems start - drug education in this country amounts to "don't do that you'll die"; and just like preaching abstinence as the only option in sex ed classes people overwhelmingly ignore it.
Problem is nobody has a clue about harm reduction; I'm a pharmacologist so I'd know better than most at my age but honestly the amount of disinformation going around is staggering.
MDMA is a very safe drug if used correctly and can be an absolutely incredible experience...life changing I'd say even - but in my experience almost nobody knows how to treat it with the proper respect. Routinely hear of people (generally in the context of festivals) ingesting dangerous amounts and often in tandem with ketamine, drink and cocaine (which the eejits don't realise actually physically stops the MDMA high).
It baffles me that people ever take drugs without having researching them thoroughly beforehand but it'd be naive of me to expect the youth at large to behave in a reasonably responsible manner. I'd advocate including harm reduction classes as part of the SPHE curriculum for the seniour cycle but of course there'd be war from the small minded folk who'd see it as condoning use of "dangerous" drugs which they invariably know nothing about and have never tried while they drink their glass of wine oblivious to the irony.
What these people don't realise is that people are going to do the drugs anyway - it's the ignorance of proper usage that makes many of them dangerous in the first place. Near to 100% of deaths from "MDMA" for example would be entirely avoidable if people knew about the importance of testing your stuff, taking breaks from dancing to prevent overheating etc etc.
For those of you interested in learning about harm reduction wrt ectasy use: https://rollsafe.org
Never stop dancing the night away folks, but be safe.
I don't see how any chemically produced drug could be described as safe when you've no idea what's gone in to it.
How is someone in a club supposed to get their pills tested before they pop them?
My Dad lived in Amsterdam in the 80’s and said that there would be stands at raves/gigs/clubs where you could get your pills tested. Unfortunately something like that would never happen here!
Paracetamol is "chemically produced", could you tell me what goes into that? I doubt it.
I'm being facetious obviously, I understand what you're saying - in answer to your question, reagent testing kits are cheap and widely available online from a number of various sources.
You scrape off a tiny bit of your pill/powder and add the relevant reagent which undergo a chemical reaction to change colour based on the chemical structures of what is present. If adulterants e.g. PMA are present this will be revealed by a different colour change.
So ideally you'd be getting your stuff and testing it beforehand as opposed to buying off some randomer in the club. If that isn't feasible they have disposable one-use kits that are dead easy to use and come in a small vial which you could bring to the club to test in there.
It's obviously not realistic to expect everybody to be doing this but if even ~20% of people were doing it you'd see a big drop off in dangerous additives; as soon as a dealer is outed by 1 person as selling adulterated pills they'll lose all of their business (and would more than likely have some not-too-happy previous customers seeking a word).
Finally it is becoming more common in the Netherlands and UK for organisers of events/clubs to provide facilities to test people's drugs for them.
I think it's just being mature and recognising that their patrons are going to be doing the drugs anyway and this improves the safety of that.
(A death in their club looks a lot worse to my eye anyway).