Archive for January 7, 2011
Back in July last year, following some disturbing developments with a favourite clubbing brand of ours, we decided to add to our already extensive family of reports, Disco Matters, a vehicle aimed at tackling the big issues of the day, delving into the new & exciting developments to hit the scene and also dealing with the tricky issues that the more mainstream press outlets tend to avoid. Disco Matters aimed to allow club & bar owners, promoters, event organisers, D.J.’s & scene figureheads the opportunity to respond to those issues, those developments & those exciting changes, having put them on the spot in full & frank discussions & interviews and we wanted to very much push the boundaries, yet deliver transparency & unbiased reporting with the ultimate aim, like all of our posts, to make the scene a stronger & richer place.
The aim was to make this a monthly feature and we started well, with a deep & probing look at Beyond in August, which at the time was facing a little controversy. However, in one of those full and frank interviews we promised, Steven React Sharp, Beyond’s then promoter, gave one of the best interviews we have seen in a long time (check the link to http://discomattpreview.blogspot.com/2010/08/disco-matters-beefing-up-beyond) and laid to rest many of the fears we had of this, our favourite clubbing brand. This was followed in September by an equalling interesting & probing interview with ex Matinee promoter Oliver M, who had recently been appointed as the new promoter of Orange Group afterhours club A:M, amidst much controversy of how a previously feuding relationship had turned working partnership. Oliver’s candid responses went down well, as did our Disco matters report encapsulating this exclusive interview which we published via both our former BlogSpot pages and here via http://discomatt.com/web/2010/10/disco-matt-ers-oliver-orange/.
Then, October was to herald a special focus on a social networking revolution, although as events of the month pretty much took over our Disco Matters plans, our planned report was shelved for close on three months as we not only focussed on our very own issues of the day which derailed our activity for a much of November, interestingly routed from a Disco matters subject matter. But we then got our teeth back into our passion for reviewing, reporting & promoting one of the world’s most prolific clubbing scene as well as expanding beyond the capital, visiting European events in both Berlin & Antwerp, as well as re-cementing our reputation as London’s original party boy, yet it was the launch of our new website that put Disco Matters back into focus, kind of bringing us full circle.
So, Disco Matters is very much back in its driving seat and ready for a full on re-launch, the focus now pointing towards that social networking revolution report that we conducted back at the end of September. But it doesn’t stop there, as we have plenty more to get our teeth into, so thought we would, on this “a re-cap, a re-launch” post, share with you our Disco Matters plans over the next three/four months
- January will be devoted to new social networking site MyGayFace with a two part special where we interview its creator, D.J. & SeenQueen top cheese Brent Nicholls.
- February will signal a look at another scene but not directly clubbing related topic, this time the ancient sets of teachings known as Tantra.
- March will be a double whammy as we have lined up exclusive interviews with Orange Group chief Craig Elder plus prolific club promoter Alex Erfan, dovetailing both reports with the inextricable links that have developed between them both.
Beyond that, well the world is proverbially our oyster and there will be lots more exciting subjects, individuals & issues to come, all in conjunction with our “Reports” section right here on Discomatt.com. So, if you have something you want is to report on, issues that you feel need our Disco Matters attention, then contact us using the form at the foot of our web page or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and remember what we say, “if it matters to you, then it matters to Disco Matters”. (DISCO MATT)
Well, what a truly amazing New Year weekend we had, kicking off with a house party that we will savour for a long time to come, perhaps for more reasons than we would like, but a more brilliant way to see in 2011 we couldn’t have asked for. Then, with an exhaustive schedule that caught up Salvation, As One, Beyond, WE Attacks & Orange we came away extremely satisfied with our lot if but finding ourselves very much in the recovery position and in need of huge doses Benecol to propel us forward into January. So, feeling the need to ease ourselves in, not least as we fend off a nasty bout of flu, we thought we would do the same with our first weekend nod of the year, simply by picking out our choice cuts & best bites in Soho Vauxhall & elsewhere, then hinting towards some tip top events later in the month.
Right to Soho first and top of our pile is the cracking combo of Profile & Lo-Profile on Wardour Street, which whilst clearly topped our own 2010 poll, Profile hitting number one in our Best bar category, while Lo-Profile was recognised as best bar/club venue, it seems you think so too, as Profile has made incredible strides in the SeenQueen 2010 poll, currently running to an amazing 3rd overall so far. And this comes as Profile, since launching 18 months ago, has made considerable strides and now represents one of the best hotspots to kick-start a weekend of madness & mayhem, generally a mere short journey downstairs in Lo-Profile, plus, with recent improvements to the layout of the bar, including a new bespoke D.J. booth, extra standing & dancing space, building on the fantastic food & drink offer, virtually unrivalled by any other competitor, Profile was definitely the mover & shaker of 2010 and looks set to continue that well into 2011. So, Profile & Lo-Profile should definitely be on your radar this weekend, tonight (Fri 8th Jan) seeing the return of resident & Clubnation king Phil Marriott, spinning all the smart & latest dance house tracks from 7 p.m., paving the way for Mikey D & then Brent Nicholls to see you swinging into Saturday with stacks of superb sounds. As for Saturday, well Profile plays host to the mischievous music meister Craig Daniels who looks set to treat you to tons of terrific tunes, while it’s the turn of Jamie Head & Alessandro Londra to tip the musical scales downstairs in Lo-Profile at the “official” Beyond pre-party, more details of both venues being available at both http://profilesoho.com & http://loprofile.com.
Other quick best bite shouts go to The Shadow Lounge which have their own version of the January sales, with half price’s on guest list door entry, table bookings & membership renewals, plus with favourites “Therapy” & “Inferno” back, is well worth a visit this Friday/Saturday. Rupert Street is another hip hop hangout worth a call, as Friday favourite Brent Nicholls returns tonight and then tomorrow (Sat 8th Jan) A:M promoter & D.J. Oliver M gets the party going. Information on events at Shadow Lounge, which is open seven days a week, can be found at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk while Rupert Street also has its own website at http://rupertstreet.com.
Down to Vauxhall and the biggest news is the Megawoof move to Fire, which we covered in our Weekend Focus post “Musclebear Moves” and their “Hardware” event looks set to dominate Saturday, although it is The Orange Group itself that will have the lion’s share of activity across the weekend. And it comes as no surprises as with brands from Gravity of Thursday, Onyx on Friday, A:M on Saturday, Beyond on Sunday & Orange on Monday, but with much more, there is no shortage of parties at either Fire or Area this weekend. So, wading through their choices our best bites have to go first ton Onyx, which holds one of its now infamous “Recovery” parties tonight (Fri 7th Jan) when Italian stallion Pagano storms back to London after a New year weekend jetting around the globe, landing on Vauxhall to perform a special five hour set in the main room, while the superb supporting cast includes Lisa German, Paul Christian, Lee Harris & Tasty Tim, all hosted by the fabulous Chrissy “Onyx” Darling. Plus, as a thank you to Onyx customers over the festive season, the team are offering free entry which you can claim via http://gayguestlits.com/onyx or by arriving armed with a flyer or ad before midnight, the club open from 10 p.m. through till 5 a.m. Then, not surprisingly, Beyond is sure to prove a winner, it certainly riding high in the SeenQueen poll, currently topping everything else at the moment & indeed scooped three awards in our own 2010 poll, achieving best club brand, best weekly club and best afterhours club, beating off some fierce competition. And, in true recovery style, Beyond will be extending its trading to a massive 12 hours, kicking off at midnight this Saturday (8th Jan) and running through till beyond midday on Sunday morning & sporting no less than 12 Beyond all-stars & newcomers, including Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Alan K, Hifi Sean & Jamie Head, as well as The Oli, Jc Christopher & Oliver M. Now, it’s well worth grabbing a ticket in advance, which you can do at http://clubtickets.com or by popping into Prowler, Clone Zone, or even over the counter at Rupert St, all priced at £12, whereas discounted £8 passes are available at the “official” pre-party at Lo-Profile, although entry will be available on the door but for more. As for other events on the Orange Group calendar this weekend, go check out info via http://fireclub.co.uk/fire-nightclub-london-gay-parties.php.
Other best bite shouts go to The Eagle, who have a trio of treats, starting with “Tonker” tonight (Fri 7th Jan), cashing in on the bear-tastic feel to the weekend, while on Saturday “Carpet Burn” rules the roost, welcoming the might of Kym Mazelle who will definitely add her own hi-NRG twist to a night that has 80’s, 90’s & handbag house as its make-up, special guest D.J. Dave Kendrick delving deep into his musical archives to make this a party night to remember. Then what weekend would be complete without a bit of “horsin around”, as Horse Meat Disco comes at ya again this Sunday (9th Jan), Jim Stanton & his crew whipping up some whacky wonderment to catapult you into the new week as well as the new year. For further details of these events as well as opening times etc, go to http://tonker.co.uk, http://eaglelondon.com & http://myspace.com/horsemeatdiscolondon.
Right, so what about elsewhere?, well it simply had to be our big front runner of alternatives in 2010 that would stride ahead again in 2011, welcoming back two firm favourites that have made The Dalston Superstore the popular place it was throughout last year and a venue that impressed us from the minute we stepped in, from the laid back & relaxing atmosphere, to the traditional fabric & furniture that is so welcoming & warming, yet with groundbreaking music & entertainment that have definitely made the place a hot ticket. Plus, with brands like Paradise 45, Trailer Trash, & Gutterslut, making the most of this East London gem, as well as sporting nights like Hott Mess, Tutti Frutti, & Bodytalk among a host of others, there is no shortage of alternative action to amaze. So, this Friday (7th Jan), sees the welcome return of “Do It”, labelled by the team as “…a nonstop party for party people…” and is sure to be just that, with special guest D.J., Stop Making Me (where do these names come from) joining the band of Do It residents downstairs, while Liz & Cathal spearhead the sounds upstairs, Fridays normally see the DSS rammed and given the mood & the popularity of Do It, tonight should be no exception. Then on Sat (8th Jan), Dan Beaumont’s special house night, “Soundstage” takes centre stage in Dalston, Dan & co welcoming a host of special D.J. guests to play out choice house music filled with tunes of now & then, but definitely no mainstream, but much more groundbreaking beats, while Macho City muscles in on the action upstairs to put to mucho into macho with magnificent music. And Sunday sees Tutti Frutti round off another superb DSS weekend, D.J. Squeaky & friends making sure it’s a smooth landing from the highs of Friday & Saturday & a safe entry into Monday, further details of all the shenanigans available by following the boys at http://twittwer.com/dsuperstore or by checking out their regularly updated Facebook group.
Our other & final best bite mention goes to East Bloc on City Road in Shoreditch, the hip hop NYC style venue that sports the brilliant “Disco Fag Bar” on Friday’s, this week seeing a special treat as Wayne Shires hits the decks, alongside Laurent C & Borja Pena, while on Saturday , the hit of 2010, “The Men Who Fell 2 Earth” returns, with gravity defying sounds from across the galaxy of heavenly house to surely pack out the place. More details of these & other events at East Bloc can be found by going to http://eastbloc.co.uk
Right, now taking a brief look forward and grabbing our diaries, here are a couple of dates that should definitely be filling yours this January, as hit monthly happening Lovechild returns with a very special “Snowball” event next Saturday (15th Jan), neatly followed by the first big birthday bash of the year, as Minty celebrates another social soiree splendour of a year with Industri on Wednesday (19th Jan), while Bear Necessity moves from Fire to Area the following Saturday (22nd Jan), the month rounding off with the return of Brazilian carnival style club The Week, which graces The Coronet on Saturday 29th January. We will be bringing you the all important details on these in special focuses/previews, so keeps your eyes peeled but note down the dates, as these will be party’s not to be missed.
So, that’s our first weekend of 2011 pretty much wrapped up and just time to say, whatever you are up to and wherever you are, have a brilliant one. As for us, well having been plagued with a bad flu bug since Tuesday, we will probably be lying low for this one, rather catching up on our NY reviews, although if a certain D.J. has his way, you may find us in our spot, “Doing The Disco Matt”, yes you guessed it, in the Beyond main room on Sunday morning, so if we make it & you see us out, come say hi, but as we always say….Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
When a gap in the lucrative bear following market was spotted by D.J.’s/producers turned club promoters Daz Saund & Diddy some seven years ago, the then rather niche & select club designed to attract a certain element of a large (in more ways than one) clubbing group of the more muscled variety was born, Megawoof very much the product by design that was aimed at attracted the butch end of the beat market, the muscle-bound leather & hirsute handsome hunks that perhaps wouldn’t have necessarily been sucked in by the more populous weekly XXL or even the other monthly’s at the time, including the likes of Chunk, Daz & Diddy’s creation starting life at nightclub destination Crash before finding firmer foundations at Colosseum. And it was here that Megawoof established itself as one of the busiest Saturday monthly’s attracting plenty of special guest D.J.’s to the decks to compliment the strong residency line-up that included our original Italian stallion, Pagano.
However, always wanting to move with the times and keep its offering fresh, yet making the wise move not to make any move too drastic, a further switch across Vauxhall saw Megawoof find home at Hidden just over twelve months ago and whilst Hidden proved a challenge for the team following the popularity of the clubs former home, the Megwoof faithful quickly warmed to the place & the free flowing format of the rooms & spaces allowed Daz & Diddy to do much more with the brand. But, is they say, a change is as good as a rest and, for the fourth time in its seven year history, somewhat of a record for a club, Megawoof makes yet another move but, like all the other moves, is one that takes them a mere hop, skip and jump away from their current home, this time across the capitals second gay village, to the new look Fire, a switch that looks set to be its most prolific and exciting since the musclbear brands launch back in 2003.
So, why the switch? Well, it comes as no surprise to those that have followed the fortunes of another club brand giant, As One, that Megawoof was part of that package since its launch just twelve months ago and the marriage of minds, as well as the dramatic improvements made to Fire in recent months, has paved the way for this latest move by Daz, Diddy & the team, as in the Orange Group’s mother venue, Megawoof looks set to breathe new life & new vitality into a brand that still has a considerable following, but like many has been hit by a struggling Saturday scene that has consigned all but a few regular monthly parties to the scrapheap. And with the magnificent new main room at Fire with its incredible LED screens and improved lighting, the Megawoof team now have the perfect place to re-introduce their famed visuals which were so popular at both Crash & Colosseum to the most exceptional effect.
The main room will clearly be Megawoof’s main thrust and will allow the team to return to the strong D.J. format, headlined by Pagano, who is riding high following the releases of his “Digital Generation” compilation on 27th December, (more of that in a minute), this Sicilian star making a triumphant return to London & Fire’s decks following a sparkling New Year in South America and will no doubt be one of the biggest draws of the night, supported by a cast that will include Tim Mcloone, Leonardo Glovibes & Daz Saund, this fab four making for probably the strongest line-up we have seen in Megawoof history. So, expect plenty of pumping, funky fulsome & uplifting beats from our Italian Stallion’s titanic team of tunesters, yet with plenty of classic Pagano tunes like “Loca”, “Back To The Future” & “My Religion”, plus a handful of the eight previously unreleased tracks that feature on his new compilation, surely to make the man’s set, this is one performance from Pagano that you simply won’t want to miss. Mind you, it’s definitely worth also grabbing your own copy of “Digital Generation” which is rocketing up the Beatport chart and is available at https://www.beatport.com/en-US/html/content/release/detail/316641/pagano-digital-generation-mixed-and-unmixed and no surprise when it includes remixes of tracks like “Pushin To The Top” & “The Reflex” amongst others, there being no better way to prepare yourselves for a live onslaught from the man of the moment come Saturday at Megawoof.
As for the rest of the new life & chapter in this macho muscular manfest of a club outing, well there is plenty believe us, as the team will also very much beef up the lounge space, transforming it into a “butch bar” with D.J.’s Massimo & Fidel laying down a series of sexy sounds to compliment the cruising & boozing that is surely likely to take place here, while the exciting visuals across the club, masterminded by Diddy, will be topped off by a show stopping sexy & pervy performance by the taut & tattooed, handsome & hunky aerial artist, Arian, who blew the crowd away at Matinee’s NYC party on New Year’s Day, so is sure to do the same come Saturday. Add to all that the usual Megawoof hunky, chunky, muscle-buff, hirsute & leather-bound crowd that will definitely be turning out for this special launch night at Fire, plus with the ever broadening appeal that the move will attract, expect an up for it crowd that will be eager to savour “…the best bits of Megawoof from over the last 7 years which will create something familiar but fresh, funky and fiercely physical…” which the team are promising from this latest lease of life.
Now to the all important detail and Megawoof launches at Fire this coming Saturday (8th Jan) from 11 p.m. with the club running through until 6 a.m. Membership details still apply, the information of which can be found at http://megawoof.com where you can also apply to become a member. Entrance to the club for members is a mere £10, while guests are welcome for £14 or at a slightly discounted price of £13 before 12 midnight if accompanied with a flyer (in the hand, not as a partner), advance tickets available either in person at Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & DV8 or online at http://ticketweb.co.uk. Plus, each & every person attending Megawoof will receive free entry to Beyond afterwards.
So, 8th January definitely signals a move to a new level for Megawoof when Fire will feel the full force of their Hardware event and is a definite date not to be missed, you know where to be. (DISCO MATT)