Thunderdome (music festival)

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The ID&T wizard, in later years only used for the Thunderdome concept

Thunderdome is a famous concept in hardcore techno and gabber music that was mainly used for a series of parties and CD-albums. It was organized by the Dutch entertainment company ID&T. The first party was organized in 1992 and the party held in December 2012 was advertised as being the end of Thunderdome.

History[edit]

Before the Thunderdome concept was started ID&T organized a big rave called The Final Exam, that was held on 20 June 1992. This was the first attempt to bring hardcore and gabber to a wide audience and the first event organized by ID&T, who would later go on to organize other big dance music events such as Tomorrowland, Mystery Land, and Sensation White, and Black. Later in 1992 they organized the first Thunderdome party, which was simply titled The Thunder Dome.[1]

In 1993, ID&T / Arcade Records also started a Thunderdome compilation CD-series with popular gabber music. ID&T also sold other kinds of merchandise such as t-shirts, bomber-jackets, caps and even an energy drink (Thundertaste). The Thunderdome concept was considered important to the popularization and spreading of gabber music during the 1990s.[2] Though it was the biggest and most popular concept in the scene through most of the 1990s, that title is now being rivaled by other events, such as the ones organized by Masters of Hardcore.

In late 1999 ID&T took a break from the Thunderdome concept and stopped producing the parties and CDs. The break lasted until 2001,[1] when they resumed throwing parties and producing CDs. After the restart, one or two parties each year were held. In 2002 the concept for the party was the ten-year anniversary of Thunderdome. A CD[3] that was recorded live at the party and an anniversary DVD[4] were released, both entitled Thunderdome a Decade. In 2007, the 3 CD set XV: 15 Years Of Thunderdome was released.

The December 2012 event was advertised as being the end of Thunderdome.[5] An anniversary compilation album was also released. A press release for this album announced that: "It all comes full circle now. It’s time to let Thunderdome become what it always has been: a legend."[6]

The Events[edit]

In The Netherlands[edit]

  • The Final Exam 20 June 1992
  • Thunderdome I - Thialf in Heerenveen - 3 October 1992
  • Thunderdome II - Frieslandhallen in Leeuwarden - 13 February 1993
  • Thunderdome III - Statenhal in Den Haag - 13 March 1993
  • Thunderdome IV - Thialf in Heerenveen - 3 April 1993
  • Thunderdome V - 'The Final Thunderdome' Martinihal in Groningen - 8 May 1993
  • Thunderdome - Martinihal in Groningen - 9 October 1993
  • Thunderdome - Jaarbeurs in Utrecht - 27 November 1993
  • Thunderdome meets Multigroove - Amsterdam - 25 April 1995
  • Thunderdome vs. Hellraiser - Amsterdam - 26 August 1995
  • Thunderdome - '96 'Dance Or Die!' Fec Expo in Leeuwarden - 20 April 1996
  • Thunderdome @ Mysteryland - Jaarbeurs Utrecht - 22 February 1997
  • Thunderdome @ Mysteryland- Bussloo - 4 July 1997
  • Thunderdome - Fec Expo Leeuwarden - 28 November 1998
  • Thunderdome - Thialf Heerenveen - 2 October 1999
  • Thunderdome - Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam - 25 August 2001
  • Thunderdome - RAI Amsterdam - 12 Oktober 2002 [Thunderdome a Decade]
  • Thunderdome - Jaarbeurs Utrecht - 25 October 2003
  • Thunderdome - Jaarbeurs Utrecht - 4 December 2004
  • Thunderdome - Jaarbeurs Utrecht - 3 December 2005
  • Thunderdome - Jaarbeurs Utrecht - 2 December 2006
  • Thunderdome - RAI amsterdam - 15 December 2007 [Thunderdome XV]
  • Thunderdome - Pay back time - Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam - 24 May 2008
  • Thunderdome - Jaarbeurs Utrecht - 20 December 2008
  • Thunderdome - Fight Night - Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam - 23 May 2009
  • Thunderdome - Alles naar de kl#te - Jaarbeurs Utrecht 19 December 2009
  • Thunderdome - Breaking Barriers - Jaarbeurs Utrecht - 18 December 2010
  • Thunderdome - Toxic Hotel - Jaarbeurs Utrecht - 17 December 2011
  • Thunderdome - The Final Exam - RAI amsterdam - 15 December 2012

In other countries[edit]

  • Thunderdome - Keulen Sporthalle Köln in Germany - 11 July 1994
  • Thunderdome - Oberhausen in Revierpark in Germany - 13 May 1995
  • Thunderdome - Palau Vall D'Hebron in Barcelona, Spain - 23 June 1995
  • Thunderdome - Midland Railway Workshops, Perth Australia - 1 October 1995
  • Thunderdome'96 Part 2 - Sportpaleis in Antwerpen, Belgium - 16 November 1996
  • Thunderdome'97 - Sportpaleis in Antwerpen, Belgium - 29 March 1997
  • Global Hardcore Nation - Sportpaleis in Antwerpen, Belgium - 18 October 1997
  • Global Hardcore Nation: The Cosmic Journey - Sportpaleis in Antwerpen, Belgium - 7 February 1998

The CD albums[edit]

The Thunderdome CD-series began in 1993. Originally the CD-albums were released by Arcade Records.[7] According to ID&T and Arcade "more than 1.500.000 Thunderdome albums" had been sold worldwide by 1995.[8] In 2000 no album was released since ID&T took a break from the Thunderdome concept. From 2001 onwards the albums were released by ID&T's own record label,[9] and from 2004 onwards by Universal[10] In 2008 the series was handed over to Dance-Tunes.[11]

The last Thunderdome compilation album was released at the end of 2012.

In 1998 there was an attempt to launch a separate Thunderdome series in the US under the Arcade America label, but only one album was released.[12]

Reception[edit]

When the first Thunderdome album was re-released in 2010, Ben Martijn (a new member of Party Animals) wrote a favorable review on the FOK! website closing with the words "[the album is] full of history and indispensable in the collection of a real hardcore fan!" [13]

Allmusic gave Thunderdome: The Best of '98 3/5 stars.[14]

Main series[edit]

  • Thunderdome - F*ck Mellow This Is Hardcore From Hell (1993)
  • Thunderdome II - Back From Hell! (Judgement Day) (1993)
  • Thunderdome III - The Nightmare Is Back (1993) reached number 4 in the Swiss Music Charts for compilations[15]
  • Thunderdome IV - The Devil's Last Wish (1993)reached number 3 in the Austrian Music Charts for compilations[16] and number 4 in the Swiss Music Charts for compilations[17]
  • Thunderdome V - The Fifth Nightmare (1994) reached number 5 in the Austrian music charts for compilations[18] and number 4 in the Swiss compilation charts[19]
  • Thunderdome VI - From Hell To Earth (1994) reached number 9 in the Swiss compilation charts[20]
  • Thunderdome VII - Injected With Poison (1994) reached number 8 in the Swiss compilation charts[21]
  • Thunderdome VIII - The Devil In Disguise (1995) reached number 6 in the Swiss compilation charts[22]
  • Thunderdome IX - Revenge Of The Mummy (1995) reached number 6 in the Austrian compilation charts[23] and number 4 in the Swiss compilation charts[24]
  • Thunderdome X - Sucking For Blood (1995) peaked at number 6 in the Austrian compilation charts [25] and number 5 in the Swiss charts [26]
  • Thunderdome XI - The Killing Playground (1995) peaked at number 7 in the Austrian compilation charts [27] and number 6 in the Swiss compilation charts [28]
  • Thunderdome XII - Caught In The Web Of Death (1996) peaked at number 5 in the Austrian compilation charts[29] and number 4 in the Swiss compilation charts[30]
  • Thunderdome XIII - The Joke's On You (1996) peaked at number 6 in the Swiss compilation charts[31]
  • Thunderdome XIV - Death Becomes You (1996) peaked at number 8 in the Swiss compilation charts[32]
  • Thunderdome XV - The Howling Nightmare (1996) Reached number 63 in the Dutch Top 100 Albums[33]
  • Thunderdome XVI - The Galactic Cyberdeath (1997)
  • Thunderdome XVII - Messenger Of Death (1997)
  • Thunderdome XVIII - Psycho Silence (1997)
  • Thunderdome XIX - Cursed By Evil Sickness (1997)
  • Thunderdome XX (1998)
  • Thunderdome XXI (1998)
  • Thunderdome XXII (1998)
  • Thunderdome - Hardcore Rules The World (1999)
  • Thunderdome - Past, Present, Future (1999)
  • Thunderdome 2001 a.k.a. Harder Than Hard (2001)
  • Thunderdome 2001 Part 2 (2001)
  • Thunderdome 2002 (2002)
  • Thunderdome 2003 Part 1 (2003)
  • Thunderdome 2003 Part 2 (2003)
  • Thunderdome 2nd Gen Part 1 (2004)
  • Thunderdome 2005-1 (2005)
  • Thunderdome 2006 (2006)
  • Thunderdome 2007 (2007)
  • Thunderdome XV (2008) Highest placement in the Dutch Compilation Top 30: 5[34]
  • Thunderdome (2008) Highest placement in the Dutch Compilation Top 30: 8[35]
  • Thunderdome Fight Night (2009) Highest placement in the Dutch Compilation Top 30: 14[36]
  • Thunderdome - Alles naar de klote (2009) Highest placement in the Dutch Compilation Top 30: 11[37]
  • Thunderdome - Pure and Powerful Hardcore (2010) Highest place in the Dutch Compilation Top 30: 9[38]
  • Thunderdome - Toxic Hotel (2011) Highest place in the Dutch Compilation Top 30: 8[39]
  • Thunderdome - The Final Exam - 20 Years Of Hardcore (2012) Highest place in the Dutch Compilation Top 30: 3[40]

Special CDs[edit]

  • Thunderdome - The Megamix Of Thunderdome 1-5! (1994) reached number 5 in the Austrian Music Charts for compilations[41]
  • Thunderdome - Hardcore Will Never Die (The Best Of) (1995) reached number 10 in the Swiss Music Charts for compilations[42]
  • Thunderdome Australian Tour Vol 1 - Thunder Downunder (1995)
  • Thunderdome - The X-mas Edition (1994)
  • Thunderdome '96 - Dance Or Die! (Live Recorded at FEC-Expo Center Leeuwarden 20.04.96) (1996) reached number 9 in the Swiss Music Charts for compilations[43]
  • Thunderdome - The Best Of (1996)
  • Thunderdome '97 (1997)
  • Thunderdome - The Best Of '97 (1997)
  • Thunderdome Live Presents Global Hardcore Nation (1997)
  • Thunderdome Live - Recorded at Mystery Land The 4th of July 1998 (1998)
  • Thunderdome - The Best Of '98 (1998)
  • Thunderdome - The Essential '92-'99 Collection (1999)
  • Thunderdome - A Decade Live (2002)
  • Thunderdome Turntablized : Mixed by Unexist (2004)

The vinyl releases[edit]

  • The Dreamteam - Thunderdome (Dreamteam Productions)
  • Thunderdome 3 (Arcade)
  • Thunderdome - The Fuckin Megamix
  • DJ Dano - Thunderdome 4 EP (Dreamteam Productions)
  • F. Salee - Thunderdome IV EP (Dreamteam Productions)
  • DJ Buzz Fuzz - Thunderdome 4 EP (Dreamteam Productions)
  • The Prophet - Thunderdome 4 EP (Dreamteam Productions)
  • The Dreamteam - Thunderdome Remix EP (Dreamteam Productions)
  • Thunderdome 4 The Megamixes (Total Recall)
  • Thunderdome 4 The Megamixes -Picture Disc- (Total Recall)
  • Thunderdome 5 The Megamixes (Total Recall)
  • Thunderdome 6 Sampler (ID&T Records)
  • Thunderdome 6 Megamix (ID&T Records)
  • Thunderdome 7 Sampler (ID&T Records)
  • Thunderdome 7 Megamix (ID&T Records)
  • Thunderdome Winter Experience (ID&T Records)
  • Thunderdome 8 Sampler (ID&T Records)
  • Thunderdome 9 Sampler (ID&T Records)
  • Thunderdome 10 Sampler (ID&T Records)
  • Thunderdome The Unreleased Projects (ID&T Records)
  • Thunderdome '96 - The Thunder Anthems (ID&T Records)
  • Thunderdome '98 - Hardcore Rules The World (ID&T Records)
  • Korsakoff - The Powerrave Experience (Stardom - Thunderdome 2004 Anthem) (Pro Artist Management)
  • Thunderdome 2006 (Thunderdome Records)
  • Promo & MC Drokz - Thunderdome 2007 Anthem / 3 Steps Ahead - Remember Remixes (The Third Movement)
  • DJ Mad Dog & MC Justice - Payback Time (The Official Thunderdome Anthem) (Traxtorm Records)
  • Endymion & Nosferatu - Act Of God (Thunderdome 08 Anthem) (Thunderdome Records)
  • Thunderdome Fight Night: The Thunderdome Fight Night Anthems 2009 (Thunderdome Records)

Songs that make references to Thunderdome[edit]

Because of the popularity of the Thunderdome concept, some artists have made tributes to it in their songs. These are some examples:

  • 3 Steps Ahead - This is the Thunderdome ("This is the Thunderdome")
  • 3 Steps Ahead - Thunderdome till we Die ("Don't you believe we're in Thunderdome till we die")
  • DJ Dano - Welcome To The Thunderdome ("Welcome To Another Edition Of Thunderdome")
  • E-Rick & Tactic - Hardcore Rules the World ("Welcome to Thunderdome '98")
  • E-Rick & Tactic - Meet her at Thunderdome (Samples obviously taken from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome because they contain the word "Thunderdome")
  • DJ Mad Dog And MC Justice - Payback Time ("For all the fuckers and bitches that left us behind! This is thunderdome!")
  • DJ Promo - Feel the Thunder ("We never stop give you what you want, we never stop give you what you need, Thunderdome, under makes me wonder, feel the bass, there will be no escape, check it, Thunderdome")
  • Gabbaheads - I'm a Thunderdome Baby ("I'm a Thunderdome baby, so now you can hear me")
  • Gabber Piet - Gabber Mack ("Shave your head down to the bone, raving at the Thunderdome")
  • The Prophet, Gizmo, Dano & Buzz Fuzz - Thunderdome '93 ("We will take you on a trip into thunder. Thunderdome!")
  • Hakkûhbar - Supergabber ("De 52ste staat van Amerika? Thunderdome! Thunderdome! Zeker weten!")

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thunderdome a Decade event site
  2. ^ Billboard July 26, 1997 p. 44 at Google Books
  3. ^ Various - Thunderdome X - A Decade - Live at Discogs
  4. ^ Thunderdome a Decade at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ Thunderdome.com - Thank you for 2012
  6. ^ Thunderdome.com - Thunderdome compilation out now [CD + Digital]
  7. ^ Various - Thunderdome - F*ck Mellow, This Is Hardcore From Hell at Discogs
  8. ^ "The Best of Thunderdome" booklet (1995) Arcade
  9. ^ Various - Thunderdome at Discogs
  10. ^ Various - Thunderdome 2nd Gen Part 1 - Malice To Society at Discogs.
  11. ^ Various - Thunderdome (the 2008 album) at Discogs
  12. ^ Various - Thunderdome (The American album) at Discogs
  13. ^ CD: VA - Thunderdome I review, Martijn, FOK!, 2010-09-11 (Dutch)
  14. ^ Thunderdome: The Best of '98 at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
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