Archive for April 2011
Having been consumed with two Bank Holiday weekends in a row, between which our other work duties have both kept us very busy & pretty exhausted, we have been well & truly caught out with our proverbial pants down for this wonderful weekend of clubbing which looks set to be even bigger & better than the last. And whilst there have already been a host of parties to get the capital captivated, not least Pagano’s birthday at Onyx “Rockstar” last night (Fri 29th Apr) and then a stunning set & showing by our tip top remix duo faves Lizzat & Voltaxx at A:M “Kings & Queens”, both which we sadly missed, the weekend for us now definitely starts here, as Beyond rolls out another twelve hour spectacular kicking off at midnight tonight (Sat 30th Apr) or in real money on the nose of the start of Sunday.
3 till 6 – The Oli
6 till 9- Fat Tony
9 till close – The Sharp Boys
5 till 8 Paul Heron
8 till close Hifi Sean
7 till 10 – Steve Pitron & Mikey D (back-to-back)
10 till close – Ben Manson
In a clubbing capital that tends to see far too much what we have been noted to term as generic genocide, it is such a pleasure to see something a little different to the same old, same old Vauxhall scene, not that we have anything against Vauxhall per say, but it is good for the mind body & soul to savour the more sophisticated side of clubbing from time to time, especially when it comes to a venue known for its sumptuous glamour and its perfect situ in Central London, a rarity these days as most of the large club hotspots in London’s West End have been demolished to make way for new businesses or major construction works. However, the minute you utter the words, Cafe De Paris, the letter S seems to come into play quite a lot, yes predominantly the word Salvation, as who can forget those halcyon days when the brand ruled the Sunday (ooh another S) waves, but apart from that, as our title suggests, Sublime Sophistication & Style are also bywords for this luxurious venue located just of Leicester Square, although in an instant we have switched from the letter S to the letter L and not just as a co-incidence as come this Sunday, the dominant letter will definitely be L as LoveLife takes hold.
So what is Lovelife? Why Cafe De Paris? Who’s involved? And what can you expect? Well, with all those questions kind of linked together, let’s look at LoveLife & Cafe De Paris first, the event (Lovelife) being the creation of one Alex Erfan of Lovechild fame, the intrinsic link being just that, this LoveLife event, which takes place on Sunday (1st May) being a product of the Lovechild offer, but very much honing in on the sophistication, style & sumptuousness of Mr Erfan’s loveable brand. But moreover, this LoveLife event is also about a magnificent marriage of minds, or should we say engagement?, well the re-engagement at least of the association between Alex & Cafe De Paris, a working partnership that stretches back well over ten years and started with Salvation, Indeed with Alex being the driving force behind this now internationally brand at the time, forging the prolific partnership with Cafe De Paris, the halcyon days of Salvation back in the late nineties & into the noughties were & remain simply legendary, that sumptuousness, style & sophistication that saw the crème de la crème of the clubbing scene make Salvation (as well as off shoot PSP) THE place to be & be seen. But like so many relationships, Salvation’s was one that fell apart, the split of the double headed promotions team seeing the dissolution the link between the two, Cafe De Paris quickly disappearing from the regular clubbing calendar and the Sunday evening scene in Central London evaporating, thus leaving a gaping hole in the so called gAylist market. However, like any good strong bonded association, Mr Erfan’s with Cafe De Paris’s has continued, not least through the annual Wig Party fundraiser, so that partnership was always set to see some sort of further re-engagement, hence LoveLife was born.
But Lovelife extends beyond the association with Cafe de Paris, as the event is the centre-piece of London’s pre-party celebrations for the massive yearly Euro-pride event, which this year will be taking place in Rome during June, the twelve day festival culminating with a huge party which will be headlined by the city’s biggest gay club, Muccassassina. So, naturally Mucca, as it is affectionately termed will be flying in some of its key players & dancers to join with those of Lovechild for this LoveLife Euro-pride pre party and given the Italian clubs reputation for prolific production & spectacular stage shows, the match with Lovechild, who are also well know for the same, looks set to be that magnificent marriage of minds that we hinted towards earlier. Indeed, this will not be the first occasion the clubs have joined forces, as the Mucca team were an integral part of the huge London Global Dance Festival last year, when they short of stole the show at the main party, creative director Diego Longobardi masterminding a magnificent stage show that included the infamous “Mucca Cow” and some delightfully drop dead gorgeous go-go dancers, while Fire’s Mirrorarch room absolutely rocking to the sounds from Mucca resident Danny Verde, along with our Italian stallion Pagano, fellow countryman Phil Romano & our Paris pal Leomeo. Then, as recently as two weeks ago, we once again witnessed Diego’s creative choreography & stage showmanship at Delice Dream, giving us more than a hint towards the Euro-pride pre-party celebrations expected at Lovelife, Mucca marking the festival with a pulsating performance, Danny Verde & his superb set very much sealing the deal on a spectacular showing by Rome’s biggest & best. So come Cafe De Paris this Sunday, with the combination of Lovechild, the production, stage shows & effects are expected to be something quite special, we having been particularly impressed with Lovechild’s new brood of hunky muscle men that definitely tickled our fancies at As One last weekend, so on the eye candy at the least, there should be no shortage of stimulation.
Now to the music and whilst we won’t be graced by the terrific trio of twelve months ago, the line-up is pretty prolific and laced with Italian influence, not least by special guest Louis K from Milan, a D.J./Producer with well over ten years experience and a considerable C.V. as a result, perhaps the man from Milan better known for his producing around the worls, not least as he is one half of the hugely successful duo “Island Groove” who’s album “Vision” had huge success across Europe & The States, while a discography that extends into double figures is boosted by a long list of remix works, while as a solo artist, Louis has been responsible for two massive dance music compilation releases, both for Hed Kandi & Cafe Solaire. Other highlights in his music industry career include being behind the award winning avert for Renault and headline hitting with a remix of Danny Tenaglia’s “Dibiza” that also attracted award winning status, added to which Louis has & continues to play across Europe for the club circuit, highlights including Peter Pan in Riccione, Movida in Palermo & Dolcevita in Firenze, as well as Nybar in his home city of Milan while further a-field he has played regularly Mad in Switzerland & Promiseland in Slovenia, represents Exogroove across Europe & holding down gigs as far away as Mexico. So, he brings plenty of experience to Lovelife along with an uplifting yet funky style of sound that is sure to suit LoveLife & Cafe De Paris perfectly. Indeed we absolutely adore his latest compilation, “Mixset” which is a reflects his diversity across the musical genres, while for a deeper sound his “Hed Kandi Contest” comp is also worth a listen at http://soundcloud.com/louisk/.
Joining Louis with the Italian influence is Muccassassina resident & London based boy Micky Galliano, who jets across to Rome on a regular basis to play for Italy’s biggest & best club, his harder edged tech & progressive sound very much in the vein of other stablemates Pagano & Danny Verde, while here in London, Micky has represented Barcode, Queer Nation, & Tonker regularly, while a guest appearance for SuperMartXe is another notable gay gig highlight. That said, Mr Galliano also crosses into the straight market often, attendances to Ministry Of Sound very much a feature, while his name back home in Rome & then up in Milan is also notable, as is his studio work, a whole raft of compilations produced over the last few months including one recorded especially for LoveLife, which has his Mucca music style written all over it, indeed we can see the cavorting crowds in Rome with their hands waving in the air as we listen to each magnificent 65 minutes of this mix, which you should definitely grab at http://mickygalliano.podomatic.com/. Add to Micky’s inclusion, the Latin funk master that is Brent Nicholls who is very much in a new musical groove at the moment, the nu-funk style that he has been following for a while now intermixed with some more tech toned & cutting edge tunes, the diversity of his disc spinning skills however definitely an asset to Lovelife, those skills well represented by a whole load of recent compilation releases which are ALL worth taking a close look at via http://djbrentnicholls.com/music (is ours in there somewhere?!?!?), Brent flying the Lovechild flag at Lovelife tomorrow.
Then, someone else doing just that will be Tony English, probably the brands busiest & most prolific resident, he having toured with Lovechild right across Europe in the last few months, even touching Israel in March, while Tony also plays for SuperMartXe, is resident for Soho sophisticate Lo-Profile, has a regular Saturday radio slot with Gaydar’s ClubNation show and keeps his finger very much on the pulse of the latest euro sounds hitting the airwaves, earning him a reputation of a trendsetter among his peers and whilst we are waiting for a new compilation release (he has devoted recent energies to the Logan Presents podcasts) you can get a good flavour of Tony’s musical direction by checking out his February mix at http://tonyenglish.podomatic.com/. Then with promoter Patrick Lilley stepping behind the decks for Alex Erfan for the 2nd time in two weeks and Gepy completing the Italian influence, like the eye candy on offer, Lovelife will have majestic music oozing out of its pores.
So you hopefully by now have gotten the drift of what LoveLife is all about, very much an event aimed of the more select end of the market, an opulent outing in a sophisticated and stylist setting which, in the words of its promoters, “…promises a sophisticated scene of cocktails and champagne to the accompaniment of cool, breezy vibes, filled with VIPs, Fashionistas and members of the London glitterati….” while “…leading the dancing to the glamourfunk sounds will be the voluptuous girls and hunky boys that make up the LoveLife lovebunnies…” and given the pedigree of Lovechild & Muccassassina, as well as the halcyon history of Cafe De Paris, this is one marriage of minds that his sure to have rapturous results. Plus, flying in direct from Rome will be Mucca hosts Fuxia and Simone, while the whole affair will be recorded for posterity by those boys from Mirrorballs TV, meaning you will (or should) be dressed to impress if you want to be part of their voluptuous video(s).
Now, given the last minute nature of the posting of this preview, here are some of the down to detail bits you will need to know in advance of this extravagant Euro-Pride pre-party tomorrow night (Sunday 1st May), with host venue Cafe De Paris opening its doors at the t-dance(ish) time of 7 p.m., with LoveLife running through to a planned 2 a.m. finish. All early bird tickets of £10 went a good couple of weeks ago, but the £15 variety are still available both online at http://alexerfan.com as well as across the usual Soho outlets (Prowler, Clone Zone & 50). For the VIP aspired, there are attractively priced options at just £20, which includes a complimentary coatcheck, champagne on arrival & access to the various VIP areas, while you can even book a table by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
So, if it’s sublime sophistication & style you are looking for, then look no further than LoveLife, the merging of Mucca & Lovechild minds, with magical music, delightful dancers & stunning stage shows sure to prove a perfect package and an exceptional event not to be missed. (DISCO MATT)
It seems an absolute age since we tripped across to Fire on a Sunday afternoon, the host venue for the craziness that is Later, the natural follow on from Beyond, serving up the option of dancing in the dark (ish) or socialising in the sunshine, well at least when the sun is shining! But with the Easter weekend weather being nothing less than glorious (what a fabulous change!) the thought of combing stints of spinning to some scintillating sounds with that superb sunshine socialising was too much to resist, although we decided on the Monday option, being the second Later outing of the weekend & right after an outstanding Orange event that kept us enticed right till the end. So, having popped home for a quick refresh, we landed on Fire at just turned 3 a.m. to find an outside area brimming with party people soaking up the wonderful weather, while inside the dancefloor was also rammed, Paul Heron perfecting plumes of pumping progressive house hits that were going down a storm. However, searching for our Cougar clubbing pal Stephen, we eventually found him slumped on a seat outside, the ravages of an exceptionally hot SuparMartXe having taken its toll on him, although after lots of chit chat & meeting with friends & familiar faces, including Orange’s exceptional promoter Steven Sharp, we gathered ourselves for a more lengthy boogie, this time to the genius of George Sharp who, like he did in Orange earlier, delivered a dream of a set, old classics mixed in with new beats that kept us cavorting in our spot by the D.J. booth for the majority of his set. Mind you with the outside still teaming with tottie, a further respite was in order before the final foray which proved the most fruitful as Gonzalo was on spectacular song, hitting our sweet musical spots with track after tremendous track, the finale of “Here Comes The Rain” receiving resounding raptures, not least from female friend Sophie Pearson who had us in stitches with a couple of classic lines, while Cougar Stephen was also on claw clenching form too. So, with so much more to lament about Later, its “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
If there are two events in our clubbing calendar that are made to go together, it’s an extended weekend & the citric colossus that is Orange, the Monday morning bender that can put paid to the start of a working week, yet on a Bank Holiday when it shouldn’t feel as decadent, it ends up being just as so, sometimes even more, especially when promoter Stephen Sharp moves the operation to Area, when without a shadow of a doubt, sweet dreams are made of citric bliss. And this Monday morning was no exception, as arriving at just turned 6.30 a.m. the queue was stretching past Chariots and inside was already pumping & packed, Paul Martin mesmerizingly magnificent in the Terrace room, while the dream of a duo, Hifi Sean & Severino nailed it in The Chapel with some of the most fabulous & funky future house to be heard anywhere. But, as brilliant both rooms were, when it comes to us in Area, the main room is the place where we always find our stride and, not 24 hours since spinning on our spot to Steve Pitron at Beyond, we found ourselves doing it all again, although not before The Oli had treated us to a catalogue of classic tunes, a sign of what was to come. Then, arriving on cue and catching a few moments with us, it was then the turn of the man himself to set our emotions alight, we immediately finding our eyes awash with water as he, Steve Pitron, pulled out one amazing & awesome track after the next, like Oli before, consummate classics but brilliantly blended with up to date delights, “Offshore” once again sending us into floods and “Right Here Waiting For You” effecting the same rollercoaster reaction, these among 90 minutes of magical music from this magnificent maestro that would be oh so hard to match. But with Steve’s stint over & the delectably different stage show setting the tone, headliners Boy George & Fat Tony followed & had Area’s main room rocking right through their back-to-back performance, leaving George Sharp to polish off another prolific & perfect Orange bank Holiday bash, the dynamic duo of David Jimenez & D’Johnny having plenty to say & share through their terrific tech tunes in The Chapel. With a huge bunny, a dwarf, Chrissy Darling, Glendora & co all dressed to dare, plus dancers to delight, Orange had it all, so hat’s off to the whole team for a pulsating party that saw us stay till the bitter end, the hard work of Steven harp shining through spectacularly. So with much more to say about this citric splendour it’s “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
Having had a hell of a week in Calella, Barcelona with the drop dead gorgeous Delice boys for their Dream festival, landing back in London and then facing the manic Easter weekend of events left us a little stunned, our heart still very much beating for a boy in Belgium that had featured large in our five days of frolicking. Then with other issues consuming our Saturday resulting in tons of tears, we had pretty much written off our weekend , although with a certain D.J. sending through tempting & then pleading messages throughout the day, we eventually succumbed, making a dates with dancing destiny ala Beyond style. With a 6 a.m. liaison with our liege somewhat slipped, we arrived at Area to a considerable queue meaning it was close on 7 a.m. before we inside our most favourite afterhours, party people a-plenty already packing out the place, we needing to go no further than the Terrace room for our first source of energetic entertainment, Jamie Head in series jamming mode turning out truck loads of terrific tunes to tantalise. But it was the now opened main room that was calling for our devotion, our main man in pole position to deliver what would turn out to be the set of the year so far, elevating even higher
than the magnificence of “Midnight”, the exuberance of “Erotic” & the majesty of “Muscle”. So, finding our spot & being greeted by our beautiful Brazilian, Celso, it was mere moments before Steve Pitron popped his head over the D.J. both parapet & called us to catch the lyrics of this, our opening track of his tremendous turn, “…I’ll be right here waiting for you….” and he was, although with us now in our place, Mr Pitron let the music play like never before, delivering drenches of delightful dance delectations that had our emotions at full flow , tears of joy & happiness rolling down our cheeks as classic tunes were mixed in with modern masterpieces, “Offshore” simply blowing our mind, but so many more leaving us breathless in admiration of this scintillating Steve set, the atmosphere awesome, the lighting & effects exceptional and the only possible ingredient missing from this majestic mix of moments throughout this pitch perfect Pitron performance, was our man Mr J.d. who’s enormous energy & vitality would have matched ours every step of the way and would have made our towering two hours unquestionably complete. So, with so much more to say it’s “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
If there is one event that we look forward to more than any other (well with the exception of our favourite afterhours of course!), it is As One, the colossal combo created by Lovechild’s Alex Erfan in association with iLondon events that took the capital by storm two NYD’s ago and has since attained critical acclaim on the five occasions it has since swung open its doors. Bringing together eight brands for this latest venture, the anticipation for an awesome outing carried considerable clout, the likes of Lovechild, Lo-Profile, Megawoof, A:M, Orange RAW, Casa Latina, Queer Nation & Trannyshack joining forces within Fire and dishing up a dream team of D.J.’s including Pier Morrocco, Paul Heron, Gonzalo Rivas, Fat Tony, Phil Hewson, Eduardo De La Torre, Mattias, Alessandro Londra, Leandro Kloppel, Brent Nicholls, Daz Saund & more. And our night with a dozen or so D.J.’s started well as Patrick Lilley who was representing Queer Nation in the As One lounge asked us to choose a track to play (how camp), although over in the Lovechild room, proceedings were far from proper as a blown fuse put paid to their partying, this absence of sound somewhat spoiling the spectacle. However, ground was being made up in the main room & Lightbox, Pier Morrocco in the former flying the A:M flag fabulously with a flawless set, while Daz Saund was doing Megawoof proud in the latter. But with the Mirrorarch continuing to falter, apart from a brief spurt of energy from Edu, the PA particularly completed off the Lovechild mark, this latest As One instalment lacked the flow of former frolics, although we were happy with our lot once Brent Nicholls fired up in the lounge, track after track seeing us spin on our spot superbly, “dong the Disco Matt” magnificently, Brent’s brilliance coming blissfully to bear for the last two hours of our hedonistic horseplay. So, with much still to lament on as well as praise, it’s “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
Some of our best ideas tend to come to us on the dancefloor and this latest one was no exception, in fact it was the recent dynamic & deletable Delice Dream Festival that fermented this latest in our Recommends family of posts, it being high time we extended our picks of where to be seen on the scene both beyond the weekend and beyond London. So, shortening our shouts but expanding the events, our “Weeklong Winning Wishlist” will be just that, a list of winning events across the week not to be missed. With one liner’s hinting towards what’s happening & links to the required detailed info, this new report will complement our full on Focus reports and our Best Bites & Short Shouts posts, all combined to produce a most comprehensive set of references to the outings that get our vote.
So let’s get on by looking at what’s coming this week and by golly is there a lot, some old favourites intermixed with some new stars to sink into, our day-by-day recommendations going like this
Friday 22nd April
Lo-Profile – New night “Society” storms into Soho with D.J.’s Nick Evans & Paul Heron on the decks. Doors open at 10 p.m. with the club running through till 5 a.m. Entrance offers at £5 before midnight, more info at http://loprofile.com
Rupert Street – Hip & happening boozing bar in Soho with Brent Nicholls spinning the Good Friday funk from 9 p.m. Entry is free & alfresco drinking also an option. Check out http://rupertstreet.com for more details, although extended midnight opening applies.
Onyx “Crucifixion” – Vauxhall’s biggest Friday night sensation continues to pack them in, this special Easter event headlined by prolific P.A. Peyton on stage around 1 a.m., while doors open at 11 p.m. with discounted entry of £2 till midnight & £8 thereafter (discounts available). More info at http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties/onyx.
Other Options – Barcode Vauxhall, Tonker @ The Eagle, “Disco Fag Bar vs Gossip” @ East Bloc, “Boy Dem @ Dalston Superstore (DSS). Check our Best Bites & Short Shouts for more details & links.
Saturday 23rd April
As One “Easter Spectacular” – the colossus of a combo returns having been the party smash hit of New Year, with a mammoth mix of no less than eight brands across as many rooms, including Lovechild, Lo-Profile, Megawoof, Trannyshack, CasaLatina, A:M, Orange RAW, & Queer Nation. Watch this space for our special Extra Bites post for full details which you can also catch at http://alexerfan.com
Lo-Profile – If you fancy it a little more low key yet still as hot, then check out this Soho sophisticate that has the equally hot Nathan Six on the decks, followed by D’Johnny. Plus it’s the “official” Beyond pre-party. Doors open at 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. More details at http://loprofile.com
“The Face” @ East Bloc – For the very alternative in you, this is a MUST. Icon Steve Strange welcomes the weird & wonderful with special guest Kevin Rowland (of Dexy’s Midnight Runners fame) to the decks. Kicks off at 9 p.m. running till 4 a.m. More info at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Wild Fruit “Queens” – Brighton’s best hits the Honeyclub for this Bank Holiday bash but pulls on London based Fat Tony & Jonny M for the D.J. duties. Expect prolific production & an up for it crowd of cavorters. Doors open at 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. & then on to Rebel for the afterparty. Details out at http://aeonevents.co.uk
Other Options – A;M @ Fire, Barcode Vauxhall, Eagle Saturday’s, Ku-Bar “St George’s Day Special”, “Hot Boy Dancing Spot” @ DSS – Check our Best Bites & Short Shouts for more details & links.
Sunday 24th April (Easter Day)
Beyond – Back to its plain & simple formula, no labels no frills just unadulterated & awesome afterhours audacity with star D.J.’s on duty including Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Paul Christian, D’Johnny, Jamie Head & more. This will be a roadblock event, so go grab a ticket now at http://clubtickets.com as door availability which opens at 6 a.m. will be strictly limited.
Gay City Rollers “Royal Wedding Special” – If its fun & laughter on four wheels you are after, look no further. Kicking off at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall, with special guest Michael Farley from Starlight Express, this Xanadu style production is set to spin superbly. More details at http://alexerfan.com
SuperMartXe “Blast Off” – Logan & his team return to kick ass at new club Pulse with another explosive event, D.J.’s on duty include Tony English, Jamie Hammond & special guest Vitti, along with powerhouse vocalist Nayla. Expect huge production, massive effects & the best looking dancers & crowd in town. Doors open at 10.30 p.m., with more info at http://loganpresents.com.
Circus “Religion” – Jodie Harsh comes at ya with another hedonistic happening 31 floors up at Paramount with D.J. delights French-Soler, Kris Di Angelis & Joshyou Are, Jodie also spinning some sounds, while Scottee lies in state & sidekick Angel Rose adds to this funeral frolic of a show. It doesn’t come more alternative yet amazing than this, Doors opening at 11 p.m, running through till 5 a.m., the lowdown up at http://thisiscircus.com.
Matinee “La-Leche” Paris – Fancy a French frolic with a superb Spanish twist? Well look no further Le Showcase @ Sous La Pont in Paris, this amazing venue right on the Seine sporting Matinee at its brilliant best, resident D.J.’s J Louis & Taito Tikaro joining our own Parisian pal Leomeo on the decks & Vanessa Klein headlining a stunning show, this will be the talk of Europe for sure. Check out more details at http://matineegroup.com.
Other Options – Later @ Fire, Scandal @Shadow Lounge, Horse Meat Disco @ the Eagle, “United” at Barcode Vauxhall – Check our Best Bites & Short Shouts for more details & links.
Monday 25th April
Orange “Ascension” – Looking like the hit of the weekend, Steve’s Sharp’s citric splendour takes over Area in Vauxhall with the a stunning line up of D.J.’s going back-to-back, including Boy George & Fat Tony, David Jimenez & D’Johnny, Hifi Sean & Severino, Steve Pitron, the Sharp Boys, Mikey D & Jamie Head, enough said!! Doors open at 6 a.m. running till 2 p.m. wow! More info at http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
Booster “1st Birthday” – Romain Lopez’s Sunday soiree moves to Monday and welcomes back Miss Crazy D to the decks, along with regulars Sharon O Love & Ferno to fuel your partying into Tuesday morning. Doors open at 8 p.m. running through till 3 a.m. Check out http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties for details.
Other Option’s – “S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out @ The RVT (http://thervt.org.uk), “Citrus” @ Ku-Bar (http://ku-bar.co.uk).
Tuesday 26th April
“Glamour & Trash” @ Diu – New night hosted by “Salon” original Aubrey Dobson along with London’s hippest hostess, Hrh Minty with majestic music from D.J. Brent Nicholls who brings weekly guests to spin some sounds. Expecting to attract an ever increasing crowd of gorgeous guys & gals at THE most happening venue in town, watch this space for a special focus & check out the detail now at http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2011/04/22/clubs-glamour-trash/. Doors open at 9 p.m., running through till 2 a.m.
“Ashley Ryder’s Strip Academy @ The Eagle – Another new night for blokes into baring their assets to amaze, the saucy Mr Ryder on hand to give them a hand (if you know what we mean!!) With a £100 prize up for grabs every week, if you have got it & want to flaunt it you know where to be. More info at http://eaglelondon.com
Wednesday 27th April
“Industri” at Barcode Soho – Well this looks like the last ever Industri as BCS closes it’s doors just two days later, so Hrh Minty will be calling all her faithful to give this superb social soiree a right royal send off & just in time for the wedding too! D.J. Paul Heron will be masterminding the music & doors open at 9 p.m. running till 1 .am. Check http://seenqueen.com/web/clubs for more info.
“Work” @ Hidden – Patrick Lilley’s award winning wonderment returns for another weekly whirl, a club night for those either into men & women of colour or are men & women of coulour themselves. D.J.’s including Big John Freeman, Philly & Biggy C spin R&B, soul, old skool classics & vogue pop. Check out http://hiddenclub.co.uk for venue info.
Thursday 28th April
“Room Service” @ Diu – Without doubt THE place to be, not just on a Thursday but any day of the week, Jodie Harsh’s cavorting creation going from strength to strength. With a rotating D.J. line up that includes Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Fat Tony, Severino, & Kris Di Angelis, lits Mikey & Kris that do the business this week. Doors open at 10.30 p.m. so if you want to get in be there then! More info at http://clubroomservice.com
“Best Of British” @ Fire – Prowess of production Edna takes on promotional duties again as this very British bash returns for another outing ahead of the biggest British day of the year, welcoming the likes of Paul Heron, Fat Tony, Guy Williams, Nick Tcherniak, Hifi Sean & heaps more to the decks, while the incomparable Chrissy Darling hosts, no doubt decked in union jack splendour! Doors open at 10 p.m. running through till 5 a.m. with more info at http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
“The Shack” @ East Bloc – A new night looking to grip the east end for sure as instigator Guy Williams draws in the talents of Faze Action, DRW, Severino, Ben Jamin & Ronnie King over two rooms of fun. Expect bucket loads of future house mixed in with classic tunes rehashed, with doors opening at 10.30 p.m. Check out http://eastbloc.com for more details.
Now for some “Winning Wish-listers To Watch” coming up in the next few days & weeks, well worth noting in your diaries
Friday 29th April – Onyx “Rockstar” – Pagano’s birthday bash,
Saturday 30th April – A:M “Kings & Queens” – with Lizzat & Voltaxx (A MUST!)
Saturday 30th April – Lovechild @ Red & Blue Antwerp – A Queen’s Day special
Sunday 1st May – Beyond meets La Demence – guests Ben Manson & Phil Romano.
Sunday 1st May – Lovelife @ Cafe De Paris – Alex Erfan’s Europride pre-party VIP smash
Sunday 1st May – WE “Broadway” – Victor Pallas’ Spanish sensation returns
Monday 2nd May – Orange Trade “Royal Rumble” – the dynamic afterhours duo reform.
Sunday 29th May – As One – this colossal combo returns to pole Sunday position.
Saturday 11th June – Hustlaball – this horny happening returns to London & to a new home.
Right, that’s our rundown of those weekly winners hitting our wish-list and parties that should be making yours too and as this new post in our “Recommends” family takes shape, we hope to include more options for you. So, calling all promoters, bar managers etc, should you want your club event or outing mentioned, then drop us a line at email@example.com, or check us out on Facebook at either http://facebook.com/discomattlondon or via our page & group there (links http://facebook.com/pages/Disco-Matt/112730602119746 & http://facebook.com/group.php?gid=96540615424) and if you want us to feature you as a Best Bite or even a full on Focus, get those press releases onto our mailing list. (DISCO MATT)
We can hardly believe just how quickly Easter has arrived and we find ourselves having just about recovered from five days of partying with the drop dead gorgeous Delice boys at their delightful “Dream Festival” in Barcelona, about to repeat the affair with a hectic weekend of activity across London’s clubland. So, in a slight departure from our usual format, plus given the amount of parties on to tempt you out across this extended weekend, we take a bite sized look at what’s on offer across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere, day by day, pointing you to websites & event pages, yet giving you our choice picks of where to be & be seen on the scene.
So, let’s crack on and look at Soho first, our Best Bite going to Profile & Lo-Profile, the Wardour Street combo that is very much THE place to escape from the madding crowds on Soho’s streets as the gorge Easter weather looks like filling our favourite gay village to capacity. And Profile will be in pole position to serve those thirsty boys & girls as the cool down from the heat of the day, although resident D.J. Craig Daniels will surely keep temperatures rising with a truck load of terrific tunes tonight (Fri 22nd Apr), while Jamie Head will be masterminding the music tomorrow (Sat 23rd), both kicking off proceedings from 8 p.m., while the bar’s happy hour from 4 till 7 remains a delightful daily draw, as is the new food menu that looks fantastic. More details on Profile can be found by going to http://profilesho.com.
Moving downstairs and Lo-Profile continues to soar in the popularity stakes, their new night “Society” launching to critical acclaim last Friday and returning this with the dynamic duo that is Nick Evans & Paul Heron, Nick getting this social cum clubbing splendour off to a dance-tastic start from 10 p.m., while Mr Heron’s heaps of heavenly house kick in from 1 a.m., the two surely to pack out the place from start to finish. Then on Saturday the action will be as hot as the music as Nathan Six & D’Johnny serve up the sizzling sounds, Nathan on first & then Johnny carries you cavorting into the early hours & a date with beyond, Lo-Profile being the “official” pre-party for this awesome afterhours audacity. For further info on this hip hop Soho hangout, go to http://loprofile.com.
So to our Soho short shouts and first up is The Shadow Lounge who have a weekend full of eggtravagant events, the winning Friday formula of “Therapy”, followed by “Inferno” on Saturday & the return of Steve Elliot’s (of Salvation fame) “Scandal on Sunday. With D.J.’s on duty that include Mis-White, Mix, Andrew Elmore, Paul Coals & more, check out http://theshadowlounge.co.uk for more details.
Next up is Rupert Street, the Soho sophisiticate that is sure to pack a punch this extended weekend, as it sports the most extensive outside space of any venue in this tight nit West End hotspot, but with a fantastic threesome of delightful D.J.’s across the 3 days, the music should pull in the punters too, Brent Nicholls funking up the frolicking on Friday, while Paul heron hones the house on Saturday, Sicilian splendour Alessandro elevating the atmosphere on Sunday. More details on Rupert St can be found by going to http://rupertstreet.com.
Our third & final Short Shout goes to award winning Ku-Bar on Lisle St who focus in on St George’s Day tomorrow (Sat 23rd Apr) with a special party headlined by D.J.’s P & Shariff, while the cute Ku Bar boys sort just an aptly place St George flag to help celebrate England’s national day, the backdrop of pop & chart topping tunes sure to fulfil the fancies of the young party crowd the bar & club always attracts. Then on Sunday it’s a Hit Factory “Easter Special” with Lady Lloyd choosing pop & commercial chunks, while the hunks of Ku Bar boys will be swapping flags for ears & tails (of the bunny variety), serving up free chocolate shots (yum, yum). With Friday’s also proving popular, go to http://ku-bar.co.uk for more info.
Right and onwards to Vauxhall which is a hive of activity right across the weekend, The Orange Group surely to dominate proceedings from Friday through Monday with no less than 8 separate stunning events to tempt you in, two that look like being the real hits of this long weekend, so much so that we are devoting two separate Extra Bites posts to As One & Orange “Ascension”, which take place on Sat (23rd) & Mon (25th) respectively. As for the rest, well while their weekend started early yesterday with first Revolver at Area & then Gravity at Fire, it’s Onyx that really gets things going tonight (Fri 22nd Apr) at Area, with superstar guest P.A. Peyton, like us, fresh from his exploits at Delice Dream in Barcelona and sure to be as much as a hit here in London with his brand new Spanish smash which we were lucky to get a sneak preview of at Delice. With D.J.’s on duty including Lee Harris, Jc Christopher, Ariel & Hifi Sean, the special LED Crucifix tops off this terrific turn, neatly followed by A:M at Fire. The second slice of The Orange weekend includes a double doze of Later on Sunday & Monday, while Beyond is sure to attract one of the biggest crowds of the year with all the usual incredible ingredients that make this one of the most popular clubs we know. Then rounding off this incredible package of parties is Booster, which celebrates its 1st birthday this coming Monday (25th Apr) with Miss Crazy D, Ferno & Sharon O Love on the decks, plus plenty of special surprises & give-aways. More details of all these events can be found by going to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
Now to our selection Short Shouts, first being the return of Gay City Rollers this Sunday (24th Apr) for their “Royal Wedding Special”, with special guest Michael Farley from Starlight Express on hand to provide coaching for the less adept skaters (like us!) With The Very Miss Dusty O & Stewart Who providing the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s pop-tastic tunes to spin around the rink to, more fun simply cannot be had anywhere else (just see our review of GCR’s return at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/04/reviews-hot-pants-take-a-hit-gay-city-rollers-sunday-10th-april/) with more details of this entertaining event available at http://alexerfan.com.
Next up is Barcode Vauxhall, soon to be THE Barcode of London as their Soho sister waves farewell to the scene next weekend. As for this south of the river hotspot, this weekend looks like being a busy one, tonight seeing storming Swede Mattias Dabo perform an extended set in the club bar, while up front a selection of guest D.J.’s take their turn with the tunes. Then our man from Malmo returns for another stint, mixing it up with Marco Gee, Andrei Stan, Paul Coals & Mario Uleri. Then on Sunday its new night “United” which sees the first of many collaborations with The Orange Grp, this one a pre-party for Ascension, a link up with Booster & another Music Is The Answer session, all rolled in with Barcode, so one not to be missed. For further details of the goings on at Barcode go to http://bar-code.co.uk.
Our final short shout goes to The Eagle which crowns its weekend with the opening of their extensive beer garden, so a space to be a sure-fire hit with the forecast hot weather, while the action inside will also raise the temperatures, Tonker tonight (Fri 22nd) holding their “Big Bear Easter Bash” with special NYC guest D.J. Malcolm Jackson joining Tonker’s Tim Jones. Then on Saturday Luke Howard spearheads the sound spinning while the P.A. performance comes from vocalist Lee Thomas, while Sunday’s just wouldn’t be the same with the Horse Meat Disco team shenanigans, Jim Stanton, James Hillier & Severino spinning the super & hip hop house hits, making this a mash-up not to be missed. With a weeklong list of events go check out all the details at http://eaglelondon.com.
So, now it’s time to take a walk on the alternative side out our Best Bite has to go to Circus which returns this Sunday (24th Apr) for an event of biblical proportions as “Religion” takes centre stage at Centrepoint, well Paramount 31 floors up to be precise, Jodie Harsh’s colourful creation sure to attract an excitingly eclectic crowd of cavorters like no other. And as Miss Harsh quite rightly say’s “…Jesus, Mary & Joseph, it’s a good thing Monday is a Bank Holiday…” as after sampling the stunning & spectacular sounds from special guest D.J. French-Soler, who joins Jodie, Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis & Joshyou Are on the decks, along with another way-out & whacky show from none other than Scottee, who will be lying in state for the entirety of the evening while partner in wackiness Angel Rose will be putting the fun into this farfetched funeral. With hosts, the decadent Daniel Lismore, Alexis Knox, La Pequena & Medusa, all running the floor, while down 31 on terra firmer Laurent Chaumet will make sure entry to Circus runs smoothly, events don’t get any more alternative & debaucherous than this, more details on Circus available at http://thisiscircus.com.
Now to two short shouts and first goes to East Bloc, the Shoreditch spot that is really stealing the out east show at the mo, tonight (Fri 22nd Apr) seeing the usual “Disco Fag Bar” going up against “Gossip” with a D.J. jam that includes Jerry Bouthier, John Sizzle, Princess Julia & Holestar, while “The Face” is the face of East Bloc’s Saturday, special guest Kevin Rowland of Dexy’s Midnight Runners hitting the decks. Plus with Sunday seeing new night “Vagabond” roll into town, more details of this happening hit of a hotspot can be found by going to http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Our other Short Shout goes to The Dalston Superstore (DSS) up in, well yes, Dalston, their usual jam packed weekends being no different this one, tonight (Fri 22nd Apr) seeing alternative night “Boy Dem” steer you into Saturday with Erol Sabadosh joined on the turntables by E-Man & Kusa Kubi, while on Saturday (23rd) “Hot Boy Dancing Spot” definitely fills the DSS spot with The Lovely Jonjo, Rory Phillips & Nadia Ksaiba spinning the sounds. Then, to round of their weekend, the fabulous “Dick & Fanny” sees DSS boys Dan Beaumont & Rokk D.J. mastermind the music with, we are told, a surprise guest!. With much more happening across the week & month, catch more details on DSS at http://dalstonsuperstore.com.
Now, just some quick news about Barcode Soho which closes its doors next weekend, the original news being that it was being turned into a restaurant. However, our latest insider story is that it will be retained as a bar and not just any old bar, but a gay one! So, with “Circa Soho” set to take the scene by storm, watch this space for details on the launch coming v soon.
Right, we are just about done in this shortened Best Bites & Short Shouts recommends report, although hope to be back to full strength by next week. In the meantime, why not check out what & where is hot this Easter weekend, well in the SeenQueen stakes at least, by checking out London’s clubbing bible choices for this weekend, a mixture of music, clubs & scene events which they have, “…filtered, picked & streamlined…” in a special post available at http://seenqueen.com/updates, while there is plenty more to see on their superb site, so well worth a visit.
So, that’s it for us, although our weekend starts right here with a trip into town tonight for a date of delectable dancing to the funk-tastic tunes of Brent Nicholls at Rupert Street, while on Saturday it’s As One, then Beyond on Sunday, Gay City Rollers after that, a “Blast Off” at SuperMartXe on Sunday night, Orange “Ascension” on Monday morning & finally Booster’s birthday on Monday night. So, if you see us out come say hi, but whatever you do, have an eggstatic Easter weekend and as we always say…..”Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
So here we are at fifth & final bite sized reflection of the Delice Dream Festival of events and our last night in the hands of Anthony Lille & his captivating crew, our curtain call being the Muccassassina party, which proved to be the best way to end our stay in Calella. Why?, well this is why…..
Onto our home stretch of a decadent & debaucherous five days in the grip of the first ever Delice Dream Festival and we were hopeful of a right royal send off, Diego Longobardi & his tight knot Muccassassina team taking hold of the reigns to show the rest how it is done. And they certainly did that from the off, resident D.J. back in Rome, Danny Verde, kicked off the night at Zillion in scintillating style, gloriously gathering an ever increasing crowd with a solid string of superb sounds, some Verde classics, others new tough tech & progressive beats that won him even more fans than he already had. But then enter from stage left the Mucca dancers, dressed provocatively in erotic black tight pants, g-strings & the like, immediately pushing the mercury off the scale with the best stage show of the week, Danny’s musical mastery matching the men’s movements magnificently. With the atmosphere elevated beyond expectation, Mr Verde’s performance, like Mucca’s show, proved to be the set of the festival, although Mr Mola took up the mantle majestically, keeping the party pumping well past the 5 a.m. finish, cries & clamours for more from a packed out stage & dancefloor the ultimate crescendo on a truly captivating clubbing night. Having thought Mr Lombardi would pull of something quite special, we were right on the money with our estimation of this euphoric event, the company of Guy Scheiman, Elof De Neve, J.d. Cerronez & co a delight, while the drop dead gorgeous Mourad was at his breathtaking & brilliant best, making our ecstatic evening complete. So, with so much more to say, its “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)