Archive for January 14, 2011
Well, what a hideous week it has been in Disco Matt land, with the ravages of a heavy flu attack having laid our last weekend to waste but also rearing a hideous & horrible ear infection that has left us writhing in agony & reeling with in-balance & hearing. Mind you, we put best foot forward on Wednesday, blowing out some cobwebs at Industri with the marvellous Minty & a very cheeky Brent Nicholls who raised more than a laugh or two with his tongue in cheek chortles over our disposition. But with the nasty infection showing little signs of abating, our weekend may well be in tatters again, although this shouldn’t stop you all from making the most of January, as there are plenty of happenings to haul you out of home & into the action, so we take a quick rundown of our Best Bites and nothing more.
First to Soho and as much as we would love to pick out somewhere else as our Best Bite, you simply can’t beat the combo of Profile & Lo-Profile in wetting your weekend with wonderment, especially given the big club feel that the sparking roving resident D.J.’s provide through their magnificent music, names like Mikey D, Brent Nicholls, Alessandro Londra & Paul Heron. And this weekend is no exception as the team follow on from where they left off last weekend, with yet another rip roaring rousing two days of tune-tastic treats, tonight (Fri 14th) seeing Steve Pitron make a welcome return to the decks, although not with usual partner in crime Mikey D, but rather another Beyond boy, the terrifically talented D’Johnny, who has made a full recovery from a nasty tooth infection and, in his own words, “…is coming to gettacha…”, his first stop being Lo-Profile. Saturday (15th Jan) sees some Beyond old time favourites (no offence lads) as Hugh Stevenson & Gonzalo Rivas rev up your evening and prepare you for a morning of audaciousness at Area, as it is the “official” Beyond pre-party at Lo-Profile which, is usually a packed out affair, meaning an early arrival is always a good move. Meanwhile Profile upstairs has really found itself and both Friday’s & Saturday’s are gaining popularity by the week, tonight (Fri 14th) seeing resident & Gaydar D.J. Phil Marriot massage the music both for the live audience & that of Gaydar Radio show ClubNation which beams live from Profile between 7 p.m. & 11.30 p.m., while on Saturday Nick Evans will rock the place with a whole host of uplifting and heavenly house that has made him so popular with the punters. Plus with an unrivalled & fabulous food offer, plus a special happy hour on both nights that includes 2 for 1 on house double spirits, at £10 a bottle & pints of Stella at £2.50, there can’t be a better reason to get your weekend party going early and choosing Profile & Lo-Profile as your choice cut in the Soho social scene, further info available at both http://loprofile.com & http://profileshoho.com.
Now to Vauxhall and yet again it’s the Orange Group that edge the competition with a truly spectacular weekend of action, encompassing brands Onyx, A:M, Beyond, Later, Booster &, of course Orange, sitting neatly in the middle being Alex Erfan’s own Lovechild, their “Snowball” event getting our Weekend Focus attention and taking place on Sat (15th), full details out at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/01/weekend-focus-surfing-snowboard-lovechild-snowball-saturday-15th-january/. As for the rest?, well Onyx is getting, what the promoter calls, an “upgrade look”, with the main room D.J. stars slightly re-aligned to include Lee Harris & Jc Christopher along with, yes you guessed it, promoter Jonny M (interesting!), while much of the rest of the line up looks the same, save for Paul Christian who joins Lisa German toughing it out in the Terrace bar. We will bring you full details of the changes in a special post coming up, but suffice to say tonight (Fri 15th) should be a corker as Booster main man , Romain Lopez, is celebrating his birthday, the boy continuing the partying at A:M, who welcome special guest Mikey D to the decks in the main room, while the likes of Fat Tony, Gonzalo Rivas, Alan K, Pier Morrocco & D’Johnny make for a brilliant blend and whilst much water has flown under the Oliver M/Disco matt bridge, we salute him for pulling round the clubs fortunes and making it the talk of the town. Leaping to Sunday and it’s a threesome of Beyond, Later & Booster, the whole weekend being polished off with another citric squeeze splendour, Steven React Sharp’s Orange carrying you deep into Monday morning in usual outrage & ostentationess. Middle of the month & a January month to boot and you may think it will be a bit quiet, but if last year is anything to go by, not at all, plus with such a great choice and the cream of the D.J. crop playing, Area & Fire will be pumping from Friday through Monday. Further details of events across the Orange group calendar can be found at http://fireclub.co.uk/fire-nightclub-london-gay-parties.php and you can also participate in their various guestlist offerings by going to http://gayguestlists/ and adding your preferred club after the slash.
Moving on and over east and with “east” being the optimum word, it is East Bloc on City Roads that pips The Dalston Superstore to our alternatives Best Bite slot, not least as its ever more popular Friday nighter “Disco Fag Bar” (DFB) is right up our street and making waves as big as a Tsunami over in Shoreditch. The brainchild on of Wayne Shires, the man behind underground club phenomenon Crash, has extended his underground roots into DFB in big style, as not only does the club combine that NYC style of basement action, but it has all the industrial feel that made Crash so popular, the main difference being that the crowd is much more mixed, some would say polysexual, we prefer metrosexual & mature in their making. And this Friday (15th Jan) looks like being a blast, as DFB goes up against UturnS , who will introduce what they aptly call as a bit of “…pop porn…” (we like it already!) mashing up electro beats, tech house & synth pop to enthralling effect, D.J.’s Non D’Script & Calemma joining birthday boy Fool V.O. on the decks. Then on Saturday DFB moves over to welcome in “Robot Disco”, the interGAYlactic & supersonic sound filled night that sports future (or Futurama to the gang) disco, and hypnotic house with a dollop of hi-NRG thrown in for good measure, this coming as no surprise when you spot the amazing Lee-Lee in a line up that includes Eat Bloc’s Laurent Chaumet & Macho City’s Dave Kendrick, all joined by special guest Rob Sykes who takes to trip to gay Shoreditch and a slot at East Bloc for the second time. Now, whilst it is not compulsory, be aware that this Shoreditch lot love a bit of dressing up, so if you fancy partaking and looking even the teeniest bit robotic, then the gang will allow you free entry, although if you are down to City Road before midnight, its free also, then a very respectable & reasonable £5, the rates being similar for DFB, more details on these & other events at East Bloc available by going to http://eastbloc.co.uk.
So, what’s happened to our other bites & recommendations?, well due to our ear infection misfortunes, we are a little late in getting the proverbial pen to paper, hence the slimline look this week. However, we have definite plans to roll out our “Rest Bites” posts very soon, so if you want a mention then get your details across to Disco Matt headquarters by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by popping your events details into our Facebook inbox, or even plastering them on our wall(s), that way you can guarantee a mention.
Now, that’s kind of it for this week, although no recommendation post of ours would be complete without a big up mention for tip top clubbing website SeenQueen, who have been evolving their own recommendations of late, a whole stream of posts going out in advance of ours, as well as a new listings box on their home page. So, it’s all worth checking out by going to http://seenqueen.com.
So, as we conclude our post watch this space for upcoming Focus reports on Minty’s Birthday bash at Industri, this coming on Wednesday (19th Jan), the return of Bear Necessity next Saturday (22nd Jan) and then The Week at The Coronet on Saturday 29th Jan, plus much more besides, all right here at http://discomatt.com.
All that’s left to say is, whatever you are up to and wherever the weekend will find you, have a fantastic one and whilst ours looks pretty quiet, fingers crossed we will have our ear plug at the ready for a trip to Lovechild’s “Snowball” event, followed by a brief foray to Beyond. So, if we make it and you happen to see us out, come say hi, but as we always say, Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Having had probably one of their best years yet, cementing their monthly parties at Fire in London’s Vauxhall, plus having racked up an impressive amount of tours both domestically & internationally, including Paris, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rome, Istanbul & Sydney, Lovechild concentrates firmly on home this Saturday (15th Jan) with their latest monthly party and following on from the huge success that saw their involvement in the New year smash, As One. But, whilst this latest Lovechild love-in is grounded in London, it has a truly international feel to it, as not only are they marking their involvement in the upcoming European Gay Ski week in March, but are contrasting that with a truly Australian feel, flying in two Aussie stars from Sydney to compliment the already antipodean slant to the roving residency team. So, in the style that only Lovechild can do, sand is definitely meeting snow in this latest offering, so will it be the sand dunes or the snowy slopes that will out? or maybe both!
Themed as a snowy event, we have been reliably informed that Fire will be transformed to a sea of white with opulent production, decor & visuals to wow and in the words of Alex Erfan & his team, “…it will be a magical & virginal Fire come Saturday, with a whiter than white look & feel, extravagant costumes, super sexy dancers & performances, all meaning après ski has never been more fun…”. So while the accent will definitely be on snow, ski slopes & everything alpine, the usual hot & horny elements of Lovechild will be there too, as Thiago Drewery will be masterminding the mind-blowing stage shows, including glamorous Ice Queens and saucy snow covered go-go’s in the main room, while the heat will very much be turned up in the contact room, where the real saucy & sexy side of Lovechild will come out to play. As usual, the infamous play area will be open for business again and in the stage shows in the contact room, expect the unexpected and be prepared to be shocked & stunned by the stripped down sex pots of muscle men to match the magnificent music.
And naturally, while it may be après ski in its design, this Lovechild will be sporting a red hot line up of D.J.’s more akin to the sand rather than the snow, as Mr Erfan welcomes a veritable feast of Aussie talent from both home & abroad, to put the surf into the snow and crest both the waves & the slopes with a stack load of scintillating sounds. First up and no stranger the Lovechild in London, is Johan Khoury, who not very much got us wet under the collar with his smouldering sounds & equally hot looks, playing out to a packed contact room at Lovechild’s “Wet” event last April, so is extremely excited about returning to the capital to captivate the crowd once more. So much so, Johan has laid down a specially commissioned compilation to mark his appearance at this après ski splendour, a 41 minute marvel showcasing his broad musical genre styles, from uplifting & funky, to tribal & tech, but with sexy & seductive vocals never far away from his selections, a reason why he is so popular back home & in so much demand, including the massive “Day Wash” which will host this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras harbour party, as well club “Live”, which inspired this mix & played host to Lovechild twice in the last twelve months. So, to get a taste of what to expect from this amorous Aussie on Saturday, go to http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com/ and select episode 17, as it is amazing!
The second Aussie import is D.J. Troy Cox, who, like Mr Khoury, is extremely popular back home in Sydney, in fact right across Australia, including Melbourne, Perth & Brisbane, although his home city is his real playground, playing out at a whole host of venues on the infamous gay strip, as well as at clubs like “Rising Day”, “Love Muscle” (yes it’s still going strong down under), “Day Wash” and “Live”, so often rubs shoulders with his counterpart Johan and will be in the thick of proceedings at this year’s Mardi Gras festival. Like his partner in crime on their tour of London, Mr Cox has laid down a special compilation which is very evocative of his upfront & vocal house style, intermixed with funky, soulful & sexy tech to progressive beats that will fit the Lovechild glove like a dream, so is well worth a preview listen at http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com/entry/2011-01-11T04_56_54-08_00 while he also has his own podcast page, with a collection of mixes that further display is dexterity in dipping between musical styles superbly, so is worth more than just a look at http://djtroycox.podomatic.com/.
So, that’s the Aussie imports, what about the London lads? Well the Lovechild lounge looks like being much more surf than snow, as down under dudes Terry Vietheer & Brent Nicholls rub shoulders on the decks to delight, Terry never failing to disappoint with his deep & delicious offerings, filled with funk & chunk which always goes down a treat in this intimate & enticing space, plus he is charm personified, just one of many reasons to pop in & shake your booty to his beats, greats samples of which you can find at http://soundcloud.com/terryvietheer. As for our other Aussie boy, well this man is always full of beans, very much matching is euphoric uplifting & funky filled sets that often leave us breathless in our “Doing The Disco Matt” dancing style, NYD being a perfect example when we soaked up every morsel of his stupendous three hour showing, so if there is one place we will guarantee to be, is just left of the D.J. booth when Mr Nicholls is in charge. Now, it’s the second week of the New Year and we are expecting a new compilation from him any day, but there are loads to choose from at http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/music, we loving Vol 2 of his MX mixes and come Saturday expect some similar sounds, but with a truck load of new tunes to boot. Aussie’s aside, Lovechild favourites Tony English & Alessandro Londra are back, as is the lovable cute & cuddly Phil Hewson, who has just completed a tour down under, so will be lamenting loads on his terrific trip, but getting this snow covered splendour started in superb style.
Right that’s the music, the men & the movements pretty much sown up, so what about the all important detail? Well, Lovechild “Snowball” kicks off this coming Saturday, 15th Jan (ooh that’s tomorrow) from 11 p.m. at the very virginal looking Fire, the club running through until a planned 7 a.m. finish. Limited advance tickets are still available at the usual Soho outlets, as well as online at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-01/15/lovechild-snowball for an inflation busting £10, while more will be available on the door but for more. However, the Lovechild lot will be circulating your favourite bars both on Friday & Saturday with special concession passes, so keep your eyes peeled for those. But if that wasn’t enough, the first 100 through the door will receive free entry wristbands to beyond and the first 500 will get free Lovechild membership for one year, entitling the holder to discounted entry to all Lovechild events, so a real incentive to get their before the witching hour. Further details of this & other Lovechild relating happenings, go to http://alexerfan.com, by contacting the team at email@example.com or by simply joining the Lovechild & iLondon events groups on Facebook.
So, Saturday will definitely be a case of surfing snowboard fun, an après ski inspired event with a genuine Aussie twist and well worth a visit. (DISCO MATT)