A collection regarding an event-concept created by ID&T,
which, on the contrary of what people might believe, did not start out as a gabber/hardcore event,
as these subgenre's didn't exist those early days.
It started out as a "rave" offering party people multiple styles and genres and especially a good vibe.
It where Irfan, Duncan & Theo (I.D. & T.), whom in honor of their own personal final exams,
came up with the idea to throw a massive final exam party on a never-seen-before scale.
Due to the motivation, this rave carried the name "The Final Exam".
It's aftermath lead towards a split-up within I.D. & T. (as Theo didn't go through with it all).
A follow-up forced its way into the heads of the two remaining "core" members of ID&T,
as they received a phone call concerning the planning of a second event.
Three guys from Drachten managed to book Thialf Heereveen, though after this booking
they ran out of money as well as ideas and-so they suggested a collaboration between them and ID&T in order to keep the rave possibility in the first place.
After a visit at Thialf Heereveen, ID&T (Irfan & Duncan) experienced an overwhelming feeling of the massive building compared to us humans in it, which lead to them brainstorming about a name for the upcoming rave... Big Hall became Dome, the music became Thunder which combined lead to: The Thunder Dome.
As, back then electronic music already developed a softer sound (mellow-club sounds),
but also the rapidly gaining, growing & increasing harder sound sector was developing and upcoming.
As ID&T wanted to stand out of the rest in being creative & innovative, they changed direction, where Jaydee (Robin Albers) was part of the final exam line-up,
they now choose DJ Weirdo (Dennis Doeland, basically an "old-school" friend of Duncan) and
4 DJ's who bundled forces under the name The Dream Team.
The Dream Team existed out of: DJ Dano (Daniël Leeflang), DJ Gizmo (Ferry Salee), Buzz Fuzz (Mark Vos) & The Prophet (Dov J. Elkabas) and raised Thunderdome's popularity to new and yet unexplored heights.
The Dream Team also signed contracts with ID&T to release compilation CD's.
Though Thunderdome from its own roots is an event-concept (not a sublabel),
ID&T saw pretty early the opportunity of selling CD's to its fan base.
It's due to this; ID&T (itself), concept Thunderdome rose to legendary status within no-time,
as they prepared the first ever Thunderdome cd, Duncan got a call from Buzz Fuzz who was mixing a House-Party CD for Arcade while he found a request for permission to release a "Thunderdome"?
Mental Theo (Theo Nabuurs) was working for Arcade at the time and simply tried to steal the name.
It's also due to these conflicts Thunderdome I untill IV are all released over and over by different labels. Where only Streetheat Records had a legit deal. Eventually ID&T won her concept back and Arcade stayed as distributor of the compilations, meaning free promotion basically for ID&T.
Later on this was also done with labels such as Universal Music / Universal TV & Sony Music Media.
All this leads to an impressive sheet of released materials, distributed all over the world anno 2013.
Thunderdome experienced (+) rewards, re-releases, adoration & glorification.
As well as it experienced (-) blame of counterfeits, blame of desertions, blame of retirement and blame of abandoning.
Friend of foe, this giant remains legendary and one of its kind even though nowadays the plug is pulled out.