Ok, I know Ringleaders is all about “Time has no time”, but we’ll need to rewind a bit for this. 2012, or 2013. We were at Reuben’s on Ste-Catherine. Ang had already been thinking about it for years, but it was the first time I heard about it. Something about playing late at night. Away from a standard pitch. Something about texting the guys the address an hour before kickoff. I was so confused.
Man, it felt like another one of those “Oh man, Ang. He’s lost it. What do I do?
” But then when I heard Bart was all in on it, I told myself: “Hey, if Bart thinks it makes sense, maybe this can work.”
August 2018 [you know Ang wasn’t going to let this one go] and I’m playing with the Ringleaders crew, in a 3v3 cage match against Wakanda, and Bootyspoon is dropping bangers, in the middle of the night. We’re talking 1:30am here.
Moonshine absolutely killed it, as they always do. Honestly, the whole text messaging and secret location... I was mindblown.
Teki Latex flew out from France for this one. Boycott, Manara, Pierre Kwenders, Empress, Bonbon Kojak, this was something else. It was like playing the Champions League. Except you’re in a rave. Rocco even dyed his hair to match his kit. MVP.
The night was a bit of a blur really. Games were so fast, the crowd kept shaking the cage, and when the music played, I felt like I was Edgar Davids. Twisted my ankle, but we’ll blame it on the gin & tonic I took before my third and final game.
Definitely worth it. I rate the Midnight Cup.
Photos by Celia