GIG 246: Pete Tong / The Grid / N-Trance / Sunscreem – The Underworld, 3rd November 1995

Tonights Camden Live session was broadcast live on Radio 1 from The Underworld. Billed as ‘Pete Tong featuring Special Guests’ the ticket has confused me for some time as my notes never made mention of Pete Tong. But having looked into the night online to try and work it out it seems that the evening was presented and curated by Pete Tong who played a DJ set along with three other DJs (Tall Paul, Dave Seaman, and Seb Fontaine) during the course of the evening when the bands weren’t on.

Sunscreem were a British techno/trance/house band from Essex who had a number of chart hits on both sides of the Atlantic. They were excellent live and a brilliant gauge to how the rest of the night would go.

The second band on were N-Trance, who had a host of top hits including five top ten hits in the UK, with two of them reaching #2 (“Set You Free” and “Stayin Alive” – both in 1995). Another house act they played a blinding set which even surpassed Sunscreems.

The main act of the night were The Grid, who were another house band consisting of David Ball (formerly of Soft Cell) and producer and DJ Richard Norris. They had scored a big top ten hit the previous year with “Swamp Thing” and I also loved their “Texas Cowboys” track which made the top twenty. The Grid were the main reason I’d picked up a ticket for the evening and they didn’t disappoint in the slightest. The earlier two bands were brilliant, but The Grid were amazing. They were one of the best live acts I saw in 1995.

After the gig wrapped up myself and Alex popped across the road for a change of scene to The Electric Ballroom for the Full Tilt Goth/Industrial night to continue dancing the night away.

The Grid – Texas Cowboy
Price: £7.00

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