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HarderFaster Awards 2008 - Did your vote count?

Reported by HarderFaster / Submitted 03-02-09 09:15

Well it’s that time of year again when we find out who are the movers and shakers in the world of Harderfaster. The elves we stole from Santa have been slaving away through the night at HF towers to collate your votes and sometimes work out what the hell people were trying to say.

As usual some people took the opportunity to waste their vote with answers ranging from the daft to the down right weird including plenty of votes for someone called “Dunno” and the best new venue listed as “my front room”. However there were still plenty of sensible votes to go round and we think the results are representative of how the HF community really feels.

Showing that HarderFaster is becoming more international, this year saw an interesting increase in votes from South Africa so a well done to all involved from that part of the world. As it was a generally quiet year for clubbing some categories were understandably low on votes, most notably best new event and new venue however pretty much everything else was well covered.

As usual we’ve listed all the clear winners with an honourable mention to those who we felt deserved it. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, the results of the HarderFaster Awards 2008.


HarderFaster Club Night of the Year 2008
Which was the best overall promotion of the year?

Winner: Zoology

The Zoo team show some staying power and remain in top spot. Honourable mention goes to Puzzle Project who pushed them all the way.

HarderFaster After Party of the Year 2008
If the night is just not enough then this is where you'll be.

Winner: Twist

Yet again the Twist faithful don their voting shoes and tick the right boxes with an undisputed win for After Party of the Year.

Honourable mention goes to reFre5h and Zoo2.

HarderFaster Day Party of the Year 2008
Don't fancy a late night? This is the daytime party where it's all happening.

Winner: Trance on Thames

When the weather holds off then the banks of father Thames provide the perfect venue for some outdoor action in the afternoon. A resounding win for ToT!

Honourable mention goes to Twist, the HarderFaster Xmas Party, and Riot which saw an 11th hour surge of support, fully deserved by all accounts.

HarderFaster New Party of the Year 2008

Winner: Hook'd

A clear winner so a great start for the Hook'd team.

Choons 'n Labels

HarderFaster Tune of the Year 2008
Your pick of the crop for tunes produced this year?

Winner: Sharona by Karim

More accolades for the Twist resident and DJ of all things hard, his trophy collection continues to grow.

HarderFaster Album of the Year 2008
Which DJ mixed album was the best of the year?

Winner: Unreleased Projects Vol. 2 by Karim

If we gave out trophies for these he'd have no more room in his mantlepiece!

Honourable mentions to Involver 2 by Sasha, Crash by K90 and Imagine by Armin.

HarderFaster Label of the Year 2008

Winner: Do Not Bend

Honourable mention to Armada.


HarderFaster Producer of the Year 2008
This year's top producer

Winner: Technikal

Another good year for Alf showing consistency with continued success.

Honourable mentions to Karim, Deadmau5, and Batten and Brow.

HarderFaster New Producer of the Year 2008
Who has consistently shown they've got what it takes in the new producer stakes.

Winner: Trevor Dans

With several signed releases in 2008 our Trev certainly seems to be coming up with the hard trance goods and a clear winner, well done!

Honourable mention goes to Dean R.

HarderFaster Remixer of the Year 2008
Who's made the best remixes this year?

Winner: Karim

Following the honourable mention in the producer of the year category, Karim takes top spot and full glory with his remixes.

Honourable mentions to MDA & Spherical and Dubfire.

DeeJays and Performers

HarderFaster DJ of the Year 2008
Who was your favourite DJ in 2008?

Winner: Phil Lankester

Knocking Karim off top spot was never going to be an easy task so his award shows how highly Puzzle Project resident Phil is rated by you. With HarderFaster's top DJ prize under his belt superstardom must surely be just round the corner.

Honourable mentions to Karim, Latex Zebra and Andy Farley.

HarderFaster Live Act of the Year 2008
Which or who was your favourite live act in 2008?

Winner: Libra9

Double top! Libra9 (AKA Phil Lankester) takes on and beats some of the big boys. Can things get any better?

Honourable mentions to MDA & Spherical and Underworld.

HarderFaster Resident DJ of the Year 2008
Which resident DJ at which club made it their own in 2008?

Winner: Karim

Was there any doubt? Once again our French friend takes top honours as the Twist lovers get more voting action in but Karim was pushed very close this year, can he hang on for another?

Honourable mentions to Phil Lankester for Puzzle Project and Latex Zebra for Zoology.

HarderFaster International DJ of the Year 2008
Outside the scope of regular clubbing, which world class DJ ranks as number one?

Winner: Carl Cox

Techno maestro and true legend - You voted him number 1.

Honourable mentions to Armin Van Buuren, Deadmau5 and Ferry Corsten.

HarderFaster Up and coming DJ of the Year 2008
Who showed the most promise for big things?

Winner: Andy Forse

A very closely fought category this year but psytrance aficionado Andy was head and shoulders above the rest. Watch him go in 2009!

A whole host of honourables mentions this year including Ashley Waters, Trevor Dans, Glyn Waters, Dean Zone, Hi Freak1C, Rodi Style and Kevsey D.

HarderFaster Set of the Year 2008
Which DJ played your favourite set this year and which event was it at?

Winner: Justin Bourne at Twist Hard House History

We can think of no better way to mark retirement with a farewell set earning a farewell award. Good luck, Justin!


HarderFaster Festival of the Year 2008
What was your favourite festival of 2008?

Winners: SW4

South West Four takes it again with a huge margin. The party in the park with some of the biggest names in dance makes this the obvious favourite.

Honourable mention to Glade.

HarderFaster Venue of the Year 2008
What was your favourite clubbing venue in 2008?

Winner: 414

With further improvements it's difficult to see the much loved 414 ever beaten for top spot. If you still haven't been then it's probably time.

Honourable mentions to Ministry of Sound and Union.

HarderFaster New Venue of the Year 2008
What was your favourite new venue in 2008?

Winner: Union

2008 was a tough year for venues everywhere, however the Vauxhall club takes top honours with a complete sound and lighting refit.

Honourable mention to Matter.

HarderFaster Content

HarderFaster Photographer of the Year 2008
Who was the best contributor to HarderFaster's Photo section?

Winner: Daf

It seems there is no-one to touch him. Daf balances a fine combination of knowledge and talent behind the lens to win by a huge margin.

Honourable mention to Vixta.

HarderFaster Feature Writer of the Year 2008
Who was the best contributor to HarderFaster's Feature section?

Winner: Adam Symbiosis

Our very own editor is voted favourite as Adam's infectious enthusiasm carries him through yet again.

Honourable mention for HF staff writer K8-e.

HarderFaster Review Writer of the Year 2008
Who was the best contributor to HarderFaster's Tune Review section?

Winner: Dean Zone

Mr all things Euro Zone continues from last year with another top spot, closely followed with an honourable mention for Steve Milton (AKA Nomi Sunrider). These are the chaps that have their finger on the pulse and if a track is worth buying then these guys will be the ones to let you know.

HarderFaster Thread of the Year 2008
Which was your favourite thread of 2008?

Winner: Motivational Posters by The New Black

It may not have carried the scandal of previous years but with over 1300 replies and plenty of laughs it seemed to be "made of win", well you though so anyway.

Honourable mention goes to Donnie and his Cockface thread. We're saying no more.

HarderFaster Member Awards

HarderFaster Member of the Year 2008
Who was your favourite overall HarderFaster member in 2008?

Winner: Donnie

Love him or hate him he's sure to raise a reaction. With his house brick subtlety, new world gentry fashion and drunken antics there's always something for him to talk about.

Honourable mention to the growling Bear Grrr. R.

HarderFaster Intellectual of the Year 2008
Which HarderFaster member gave you food for thought in 2008?

Winner: Benedict

Mr Brainbox strikes again! Perhaps not as prolific as in previous years, Benedict still put in enough time to show who has the most efficient brain cells. Whether it's the flying spaghetti monster or world affairs he's the man in the know.

HarderFaster Redeemed Member of the Year 2008
The member who in your eyes has redeemed themselves the most.

Winner: Neonblue

Dradis contact, launch Vipers, set guns to full auto and spool up FTL drive! HF's own SciFi geek makes an impact where it really matters. He's definitely not ginger and he knows how to look after himself so beware!

Honourable mention to previous bad boys PonyBoy. and The New Black along with Donnie.

HarderFaster Party Animal of the Year 2008
Who was HarderFaster's party animal in 2008?

Winner: Webbo

Showing no signs of slowing down in his old age, once again Webbo shows the youngsters how to party hard.

Honourable mention to Adam Symbiosis, our very own Animal.

HarderFaster Smoothest Operator of the Year 2008
Who was HarderFaster's smoothest operator during 2008?

Winner: Donnie

The chicks love a scoundrel. Not satisfied with taking member of the year Donnie shows he's not just a one trick pony. He'll admit he may not have had the best of years with the ladies away from HF but on-line the fans are there in force.

HarderFaster The Dark Side of the Year 2008
Which HarderFaster member did you love to hate in 2008?

Winner: Sunnyside

What can we say, quite a close call this . . . oh who are we kidding, no it wasn't. With last year's winner taking a leave of absence it was Sunnyside who stepped into the Dark Side shoes for 2008. Perhaps things might lighten up in 2009?

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is it. Thanks to all who took time to vote and here's to a successful 2009. We'll be continuing with our improvements and updates so stay tuned, stay safe and party hard.

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From: potter on 2nd Feb 2009 08:49.18
Fair play Webbo! hehe

From: ~deleted1390 on 2nd Feb 2009 08:50.23
Donnie will be thrilled!

Thanks again to everyone who voted Zoology. I really expected Puzzle project to get it this year round with the parties they've been throwing. Brilliant to see Phil get the best DJ award. Finally a DJ on the top spot that is technically amazing, has great versatlity and pretty decent taste in music.

From: phil lankester on 2nd Feb 2009 09:23.46
wow! simply cannot believe this, cheers zoney for the txt this morning! Big grin thankyou everyone for voting, absolutely amazed.....

Big grin

From: Timmy Whiz on 2nd Feb 2009 09:25.17
Great results!!! Congrats to Dan and the Zoology crew Claps Hands well deserved but watch out this year 2009 is defo gona be Puzzle's year!
Not worthy... Phil Lankester - best DJ AND Libra9 - best live act - both titles most definatley deserved!!! well done buddy!! Woooooot!
Thanks for the honourable mention for reFre5h Smile

From: STACE on 2nd Feb 2009 09:44.09
Woooooot! Trance on Thames nailed best day party! Woohoo oo oo oo

From: Dean Zone on 2nd Feb 2009 09:59.13
Eeeeexcellent, A mention again in up and coming DJ, a second year top reviewer, Magnetix resident Andy Forse gets best up and coming DJ and Magnetix Resident Phil Lankester gets best DJ and Live act.

Not bad...

From: WEBBO on 2nd Feb 2009 11:11.44
Congratulations to all the winners Laughs out loud: at winning the award for the 3rd time
old age , pfffft

From: Menthol Taz on 2nd Feb 2009 14:17.35
Congrats to all who won & thanks to everyone that voted Hook'd best new comer, Paul & I are very happy. Thanks to all our resident & guest dj's, we are looking forward to 2009, with lots of great parties lined up.

From: Pathfinder on 2nd Feb 2009 14:31.14
oooo Thanks everyone who voted for Trance on Thames. See you on the beach Smile

From: clubhookd on 2nd Feb 2009 14:33.53
Huge Thanks to all who made hookd as huge as it is and come to the next one on the 15th March at Hidden at 5am. With your support we will give you the best party of the year, every year!!!

stay hookd guys!!!

From: richbowenuk on 2nd Feb 2009 14:47.13
Thanks from me, Steve and Jen for the awards!

From: Funboy Hashtag Yoloswaggins on 2nd Feb 2009 14:47.51
wow, that picture is proper old - back in my long hair days

cheers everyone for your support

From: ~deleted12332 on 2nd Feb 2009 15:43.08
Congrats to the Zoo Lads and well deserved award(s) for Mr Lankester!

From: voodoobass on 2nd Feb 2009 16:46.15
some good photo selections this year... Tee hee hee

From: Karim Lamouri on 2nd Feb 2009 17:14.24
Many thanks to those who voted for me, granting me multiple awards over the last two years.

I want of all you to know that it means the world to me. It also gives me even more motivation at carrying on what I've been doing with sheer passion all these years.
So thank you so much again to all of you. Much respect. Karim

From: Gordon Darley on 2nd Feb 2009 19:37.51
No surprises for Phil getting best DJ. Great talent!!!

From: Karim Lamouri on 2nd Feb 2009 19:49.57
Many thanks to those who voted for me, granting me multiple awards over the last two years.

I want of all you to know that it means the world to me. It also gives me even more motivation at carrying on what I've been doing with sheer passion all these years.
So thank you so much again to all of you. Much respect. Karim

From: ~deleted12163 on 2nd Feb 2009 23:08.00
Well done on Hook'd getting the award!

From: hard_house_baby on 3rd Feb 2009 08:21.34
Well done Hook'd hehe you deserve it ;-), also not to mention Twist, ( well c'mon how can they not have won), and well done to karim x x x x x x

From: Disco Diva on 3rd Feb 2009 08:58.19
Well done everyone & great to see Karim do so well again woot woot Heartbeat

From: Jennie B on 3rd Feb 2009 12:00.03
Well, another year another (multiple award winning) TWIST!!!!!

Thanks to EVERYONE that voted it really does mean a lot to us and all the hard work and effort that we put into everyparty!


I think that best Party will be in order next year though as Twist goes to Saturday nights!

From: anushka007 on 3rd Feb 2009 17:15.12
Congrats to everyone!!!!

From: NatNat on 4th Feb 2009 11:38.58
Well done everyone!!!

From: Dean R on 4th Feb 2009 21:23.47
congrats to everyone, just see that i got and honourable mention for HarderFaster New Producer of the Year 2008 as well, dead chuffed with that!

From: Technikal on 5th Feb 2009 01:39.35
Nice one to everybody who voted me in for the producer award again - really glad you're digging my stuff and really nice to pick up accolades like this! See you soon.

From: Dirty Old Bastard on 5th Feb 2009 12:43.22
Well done to all the winners, though I could have given Webbo a run for his money on the partying hard stakes - lol

Next year, beware - I will be in the running for Dj and Producer of the year!!

From: Hi Freak1c on 7th Feb 2009 09:39.35
awesome stuff well done to all the winners. :0) keep the tunes flowing danny boy :0)

From: Riff and Raff on 8th Feb 2009 16:15.37
We are in awe at all this talent and so pleased that you guys are getting your just recognition. Congratulations, and keep on doing it all for us grateful ravers! XXX

From: szatan on 20th Feb 2009 16:37.19
Congratulation PhilSmile you deserve that!!!
Sati x

From: Holly-Anna on 10th Mar 2009 14:42.44
well done everyone! xxx

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