Five years ago, we were drinking beer outside a typically empty Coach & Horses, looking back on the good old days and the music that helped define us, from the classics to the cringeworthy.
Some weeks later, we organised a small get-together celebrating the 00s at that same Msida bar, expecting only about 20 of our friends to show up. We ended up arriving late to our own party and finding over 200 people stuffed inside. By the end of the night, CLASS OF 05 had become the busiest night Coach & Horses had ever seen, with people spilling over across the street.
We started organising parties dedicated to other decades, but it was on the 28th of November 2015 that shit really hit the fan. Hosting our first 90s party, we ended up squeezing 800 people into Razzett l-Aħmar. The year after that, the number went up to 1,000. People were turned down at the door, and inside, absolute mayhem reigned as moshpits and an eight-hour long party pushed our entire DJ stand closer and closer to the wall until we couldn’t even get out. It was clear that we had to think bigger.
In 2017, we moved to Tigullio, taking over The Dome Arena. At this point, our parties became a totally different ball game. All the ingredients were there; the November date, the 19:05 gimmicky start time, the importance of the dresscode, Titanic looping on the big screen, a PS1 blaring out Tekken 3 all night long, and all the 90s anthems you could ever hope for. But with Tigullio’s vast space and unique location, our baby quickly turned into a beautiful monster. And you guys appreciated all of that and came down to party the evening, night and following morning away with us… all 2,000 of you.
Last year, we did it all over again, but opened up even more areas within Tigullio itself. We felt we finally had the space and crowd to really start treating this like the mini 90s festival it had become, and with more people showing up and staying there even after the lights came on and the music stopped in the early hours of the morning, we knew that this was really something special. And we knew what that meant for the milestone-filled year of 2019.
This year, we celebrate five years of Class. Five years of reliving the 80s, the 00s, the Y2K anthems, the ħamallu bangers, and of course, the 90s. This year also marks the fifth Class of 95. After half a decade of growing and evolving, this will mark the celebration of everything we've been through... ahead of a new phase starting in 2020. There's big, then there's this.
This might’ve been a journey to read, but an event this special deserves nothing less.