SASS 15TH ANIVERSARY AT THE CRYSTAL BALL
BEAUTIFUL SPARKLING GIRLS AND DIAMOND GEEZERS CELEBRATE AT THE BALL
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 September, 2005 : - - Friday 2nd September saw this years festival favourites The Futureheads, The Subways and Do Me Bad Things all shining brightly at the SAS Crystal Ball.
The Crystal Ball marked the 15th anniversary of SAS campaigning for clean and safe recreational waters for everyone. The Ball is the one night a year SAS stop campaigning and put on the party of the year, and this year was no different. Beautiful sparkling girls and diamond geezers of every description filled the Ball and as usual, the atmosphere was amazing.
The Futureheads have played almost all of the big festivals this year and finished off the summer by headlining the Crystal Ball. For their legendary version of Hounds of Love they had the 3,000 plus crowd split into 2 sections for the backing vocals. Oh, Oh Oh is still ringing in the ears! Like nothing seen before at the Ball, unforgettable.
The Futureheads had a great time at the Ball, they had surf on the Friday and really fell in love with the Cornish coast and were shocked when they learnt of some of the pollutants still threatening it. They were stoked to be able to help SAS out with protecting it.
As always with the Ball, SAS try and provide something for everyone and with this years line up, came closer than ever. Do Me Bad Things kicked the night off, with their mix of blues/rock/soul/metal and they had the crowd bouncing, moshing, nodding and swaying.
DJs Nick G and Seed kept the dance floor full for the Futureheads. After the headliners, DJ Kav (from the Happy Mondays) injected some funk.
The next band on was The Subways. This was their second gig for SAS this year and they were amped to be back. The Subways had so much energy, it rubbed off on the crowd and whipped them into a frenzy.
Which left the Barnaby Ray Quartet and DJ Jelly Jazz. The local band Barnaby Ray Quartet set was hard to describe. Live drum and bass, hip hop, funk they do it all and change their style to adapt to the crowds grooves and cheers. A very entertaining and versatile show band that made sure the crowd had the energy to keep going.
Either side of Barnaby Ray was DJ Jelly Jazz, who took it to the end and had people dancing well into daylight with some great disco funk mixed with superb samples that made the morning come too soon.
Over in the dance tent, DJs Johnny Arthur, Futureshock and Alex Anderson from London Turnmills club offered an alternative vibe and banged out some serious dance music. It was packed until 5am and if that was too much for you then the chill out bar was the perfect soothing antidote.
Transforming what has to be the biggest wedding marquee in the UK, Chaos Design worked tirelessly to bring the crystal mines above ground with loads of disco balls, hanging crystals and crystal clear projections!!! Hybrid's stiltwalkers, jugglers and acrobats entertained and thrilled!
Tom Harding and the AV3 crew did some amazing work as VJs and ensured that SAS's environmental message was communicated to all partygoers with fantastic visual effects!
St John Ambulance were on site providing first aid cover, they were pleased to report that despite the size of the event, there were only literally a handful of minor incidents.
SAS would like to thank everyone who came to the Ball, particularly those who helped clean up and who took the time to recycle! This year we had Network Recycling UK Ltd on site supervising all the recycling. We had biodegradable plates, cutlery and glasses that all got composted as well as loads of recycling bins throughout the site. As an environmental pressure group we would always like to see more done, but we feel we are on the right path.
We'd also like to thank our production team SW1, headed by Katy Thomas and Susie Moore, who worked non-stop for days to bring us a quality event. Thanks also to our sponsors whose support is vital to the financial success of the event.
Special thanks to Mark and Sharon Doble for letting us use their land and finally, to all the bands, DJ's, production and crew who worked for a much reduced fee all in the name of environmental pressure group SAS!!
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