Archive for May 2011
We really do adore a t-dance style soiree, but Salvation’s “The Future” event was always going to be more than that, this second foray at Koko in Camden, on the cards at least, looking like a smash as well as creating a splash on the spring bank holiday scene, meaning it simply had to be on our schedule, especially given the history of this heavenly happening. So, despite our thoughts being miles away on matters in South Africa, we made our way up to this Sunday soiree and a liaison with cougar clubbing pal Stephen, along with close companion Brent Nicholls, but with both of them running late (as usual) we headed into Salvation on our tod, entering Koko’s main arena to a warming welcome from Industri mates Jeremy & Andrew, we immediately catching up on news before our cougar clubber arrived, the four of us sinking into the Salvation splendour just in advance if the stunning stage show to come. And from our elevated spot on one of the many tiers to this Koko venue, we had a brilliant view of proceedings below, the dancefloor brimming but not packed, but the tremendous tunes from pint sized Salvation resident Miswhite, packing a considerable punch, her uplifting beats & euphoric energy eruptions definitely hitting the mark with the considerate crowd.
But it was the stage show & the exceptional effects that was going to really make this Salvation something extra special, three massive LED displays dominating Koko’s stage, a huge Stargate style ring of steel surrounding the centre, together with some simply stunning laser lighting, exploding into action after a planned few moments silence that grabbed everyone’s attention perfectly. And with the reveal over, the drop dead gorgeous go-go dancers delighted, dressed in Tron style costumes that certainly caught the eye, not least ours when we got a sneak post show look backstage, while upfront incumbent D.J. Paul Coals continued where Miswhite had left off serving up some superb Salvation style sounds, very fitting for this galactic gathering that, with that stunning stage setting, very much lived up to its 22nd century billing. Finding ourselves back out front, we returned to our lofty spot, where a succession of familiar faces frolicked with us, including the marvellous Minty with pals David & Stuart, D.J.’s Joe Publik, Andrei Stan & Oliver M and the natty Naomi, who’s “Emperor” adorations in our direction left us gasping with laughter & others in amazement of her continual approaches, all this while Brent Nicholls snapped whole slugs of this Salvation splendour in his wonderful way. So with more still to share on the stunning stage dominated Salvation showing, its “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
In any given weekend it would be fair to say that all roads tend to lead to Beyond, although come this Spring Bank Holiday, the meaning in this saying was all the more explicit, as with Spanish giants SuperMartXe & WE Party playing out beforehand, not to mention other happenings around the capital emptying out just before the supersized start at 6 a.m., Area was THE place to be come Sunday morning. So, having recharged our batteries following our fabulous but full-on fling in Rome, our planned arrival at Beyond slipping slightly, it was 8 a.m. when we were whisked into the club by colourful & delectable door host, Chrissy Darling, the place simply packed with party heads who were intent on taking in the full extent of this unique unison between Beyond & Barcode, the joining of forces of the two club venues doubling the size of both inside & out. And it was clear this “Supersize” event needed it, as it took us close on 30 minutes to squeeze our way down through to the main room, on our journey tripping into tons of familiar faces, not least Jamie Head who was weaving his wonderful musical magic on the cavorting crowd in The Terrace room, Minty also attracting our attention for a chunky chat, while when we found ourselves close to our destination, it was Tom Fuller who filled us in on the WE party bits we had missed in advance of this latest Beyond brilliance.
So, having finally arrived on our spot at this “Supersize” shindig, just in time for the start of what turned out to be a super sized Steve Pitron set, we found ourselves in floods of joyful tears within minutes, the build up to this bountiful Beyond spilling out of us, yet matched by the floods of mailer faces passing by & saying hi, not least Jonny Marsh who was pleased as punch to see us in our spot, our beaut of a Brazilian, Celso who was in close call for much of our morning, as was the adorable Andrea, who’s energy & vitality soon pulled us out of our tearful trips, heaps of hilarious happenings helping us on our wonderful way, not least when she moved in motion to the magnificent music, mouthing loads of lyrics at us. And it wasn’t too long before we were addicted to this Beyond “Supersize” party, anthem after Steve Pitron anthem sending us offshore with excitement, the miracle of his music seeing us release all our emotional tears in favour of spinning on our spot, not least to our “Doing The Disco Matt” theme, “Release Me” invoking similar reactions by all around.
Having taken a quick snap from our spot, it was not one or two, but three trips up into the D.J. booth upon the request of Mr Pitron that proved the heavenly highlights of our morning, we being joined on one occasion by Beyond beau Paul Vlad & belle Naomi Ruiz, we soaking up the splendour of this superb “Supersize” smash & Steve’s scintillating set, the crowning glory on our joyful emotional rollercoaster ride, being the tearful triumph, “Here Comes The Rain, onlookers to our lofty position including the delectable Delice top cheese, Anthony Aureal & the bountiful Ben Kaye. But with, first DouGuim & then Gonzalo Rivas also entering the fray, we were allowed our exit from the booth to party with Mr Pitron down on the dancefloor, but not before taking stock of the rest of this “Supersize” sensation, it very much living up to its name, as each & every inch was packed & pumping, Barcode also having their say on this superb spectacle. However, our morning was far from over, the calls by Steve & Andrea finding us back in the main room ix, Celso with us too, we also gyrating resplendently to the sounds of Gonzalo Rivas and loving being with this little Pitron posse, the Beyond lighting & effects at full tilt & the atmosphere amazing.
But, with the morning melting away before our eyes and the heat of this happening beginning to take its toll, we found ourselves ending up this “Supersize” stormer where we always finish our Beyond bravado brilliance, in The Terrace Room in the hands of Fat Tony & in the company of the face of the club, Tom Fuller, comparing notes on this colossal clubbing, meaning that, with so much more to super sized shout about, it’s “…ready steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
To mark the huge highlights of this heavenly happening, we couldn’t finish without making mention for the latest podcast offering from the one & only Steve Pitron, “Summer 2011 Vol 1” having been released just hours before this “Supersize” party & racking up super sized download figures too. With this 80 minute marvel including a handful of tracks played out at Beyond “Supersize”, if you haven’t yet grabbed your copy of this piece of Pitron perfection best you go now to http://stevepitronsessions/podomatic.com and sink into “Supersize” splendour as if you were back in Beyond, BRILLIANT!!!
Having been literally on the go since the early hours of Friday morning with all things Muccassassina & Rome dominating the next 36 hours, it was well past midnight on Saturday that we landed back in London, pretty much laying to waste the first leg of our Spring Bank Holiday partying plans in the capital. So, with to head down to Pulse for the latest SuperMartXe meet very much sidelined due to flight & foray fatigue, the most we could manage was a cameo appearance at WE “Candy” at The Coronet, our arm having been severely twisted by a close D.J. pal of ours, who’s insistent messages throughout the day & just minutes after our London landing, saw us arrive at WE’s doors just before 1 a.m., although safe in the knowledge that our “Secret Scripting Squirrel ” (SSS) was on hand to take over our place in reviewing the club. So, with the usual wonderful welcome from door hosts & organisers Ben Kaye & Tom Fuller over, both who incidentally had their hands full managing probably THE biggest set of queues we had seen at this venue, we were into WE in a jot, heading straight for a liaison with our pal Mr Pitron who was waiting for us at the VIP entrance and eager to party & socialise with us at what already looked like the sweet smell of success for this “Candy” event, The Coronet crammed with clubbers, occupying virtually every spot below our privileged position on the VIP balcony.
With energy boosting refreshments in hand to fight off our fatigue, Steve lead us into the milling crowd where we hooked up with his significant other, our Brazilian beaut Celso, along with a list of lovelies that included Jamie Feldman, our cougar clubber Stephen, the fabulous Frenchman & Delice head honcho Anthony Aureal, plus loads more who, like us, were vying for a view of the impending stage show. And, squeezing into a spot with Steve & co on the dancefloor done, we watched as this captivating “Candy” opening appearance by the drop dead gorgeous go-go guys & girls was played out prolifically, the huge trio of LED screen’s swinging into action, the lasers doing their wonderful work & a succession of pyrotechnic displays leaving us completely wowed by WE, very much back to where it was when it lavishly launched in London some seven months ago. Plus, with D’Johnny having delivered a delight of an opening set, Paul Heron was now ascertaining his authority on the action, pulling out a prolific performance that saw even incumbent WE resident Carlos Gallardo literally bow at his feet, before both he & P.A. perfectionist Peyton showered this sweetest of shindigs with their own spectacular showings, we doing our own bowing along with Steve just before, both of us in need of battery recharging in advance of the next leg of our weekends. So, leaving much of the latter action to be scooped up by our “SSS”, yet with much more to say on this captivating “Candy” club collective, it’s “…ready steady go, for the “terrabite” review…” (DISCO MATT)
From the very first time we saw Muccassassina’s magnificence in the flesh, we have adored everything about this brilliant Italian brand, having seen it out & about on tour both for the massive London Global Dance Festival & then at Delice Dream in Barcelona, the opportunity, however, to see it in its natural home in Rome a dream in itself. But with the added ingredients of two brilliant Bello’s in Danny Verde & Micky Galliano, along with a reunion with Mucca’s (the affectionate term) creative director Diego Longobardi & his terrific team, the opportunity to head to the Italian capital for this monumental meet up was too much to resist. So, with an in & out schedule sorted, we took a flight down to Rome on the Friday, hooking up at our nearby hotel with both Danny & Micky for a pre-club bite to eat, we showered & shooshed ourselves up for the short hope down to Mucca’s host venue, Qube, arriving at just before 11.30 p.m., in plenty of time to see the whole of this voluptuous venue in its pre-opening state. In the capable hands of Mr Verde, we were shown each of the three floors in sequence, Danny explaining the different musical concepts associated with the individual & very different spaces, the ground floor reserved for V.J. style classic nineties & noughties pop music, a huge back of video screens the focal point, while the first more mirrored & expansive space housing R&B, although it was the top floor that was the icing on the Mucca cake, a huge square shaped room encased by an upper viewing balcony, a massive stage at one end, with the D.J. booth up even higher behind, a truly spectacular space with the biggest mirrorball as a centre piece we had ever seen. Plus, to make the stat of this magnificent Mucca experience more magical, we got to kick back while the drop dead gorgeous dancers dress rehearsed the main stage show, Diego in the thick of the action, masterminding the whole operation with his usual flair & flamboyance.
But we were here for the Mucca proper and it wasn’t long before the club was swinging into action, a sortie down to the ground floor finding that a large number of clubbers had already descended on Qube, a marvellous mixture of guys & girls, the expected Italiano trendy set very much out in force, as were the muscle mary’s but not overpoweringly so, regular club kids just as if not more plentiful, the one thing everyone having in common was to have the best time possible. And that’s exactly what we did, first lapping up every tiny morsel of the impressive & uplifting scorcher of a set from Mr Verde, who wowed us from start to finish of his superb stint, a performance packed with favourite anthems among newer tracks, treating us tremendously. Then, we enjoyed equal pleasure from the tougher yet still amazingly accessible accomplishments from Micky Galliano, very much giving Mucca’s main room the vroom we had expected & now adored. Plus, with stage showing after showing by those magnificent Mucca go-go dancers, resplendent in blond bob wigs in celebration of the “Raffaella” theme of this event, we hardly needed to leave the main room space, such was our complete captivation for this colourful & complete clubbing colossus. So, with a massive thank you to Diego, his top draw team, to our Bello’s Danny & Micky & to everyone involved in this Mucca magnificence that delivered resplendent rapture in Rome, with yet more to say, its “ready steady, go for the terrabite review”. (DISCO MATT)
In any given weekend there is always one club that pretty much guarantees a reasonable turnout, even when there isn’t much else on to feed it, such is its popularity. Plus there has been a penchant for Sunday morning shindigs since the days of Trade and we have always loved that feeling of decadence & naughtiness that comes with clubbing when the vast majority of the rest of the world are either still tucked up in bed or going about the mundane normalities of life. But when a Bank Holiday lands, it seems that the conformist guard is well & truly dropped, people taking the opportunity to let their hair down & push the boundaries more than they would on a regular weekend. So, as a result the Sunday morning slot becomes a favourite, some partying on room the night (or nights) before, while for others, it’s the start of their clubbing cavorting. Yet, whichever camp you fall into, you can pretty much expect of roadblock of revellers descending on, in this case Vauxhall and the awesome afterhours that is Beyond.
With the last two bank holiday’s at the end of April & the beginning of May proving the fact that Beyond remains a popular choice on these extended weekends, home venue Area packed to the rafters with revellers on both occasions, rising thought to the need for additional capacity to cope with the extra clubbing crowd that is sure to swarm the scene this coming Spring break. So, as a result the team behind our most favourite club of all time, decided it was time to expand the Beyond boundaries a bit, sizing up the offer, not just by the level of D.J. talent, not just by the added attraction of P.A. performances, but by the literal square footage. However, with the option of spreading into the former Crash no longer at their disposal, the only other way was to expand on the opposite side, creating a historical link up with Barcode and, in the process, breaking down some of boundaries that had existed during the reign of the bars previous top management.
With the Barcode alliance a signed & sealed deal, Beyond “Supersize” became very much became a reality and this coming Sunday (29th May) will see this compelling combination play out for the clubbing community, the joining of forces of two of Vauxhalls most prolific venues, the ideal antidote to the roadblock issues of Beyond bank holidays of old. So, how will this venue combination work? Well, having spoken to the man in the know, Tom Fuller, this will be the deal. Whilst there is a link between the two towards the bottom end of Area’s main room, Tom has advised us that is cannot be used, so there will be no link to Barcode from within Beyond. However, with the expanse of outside space extending to both Area & Barcode opened up, this will make for a supersized alfresco space, with access to both sides (that is Area & Barcode) gained through their traditional entrances. Initial entry to this Beyond “Supersize” event will be controlled from one point through Area’s Embankment Bar, and for those of you attending Barcode beforehand, be aware that they will be closing in advance of the 6 a.m. Beyond start, so as to pave the way for this brilliant binding of the two brands.
So that kind of deals with the logistics of this “Supersize” splendour kind of laid out, what can you expect in terms of musical entertainment? Well, the usual three rooms will be expanded into five; the usual D.J. compliment increased accordingly, a massive 18 on duty across this super sized event. Now, naturally you can expect all the Beyond superstar residents, Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Jamie Head, The Sharp Boys, Gonzalo Rivas, Hifi Sean, Paul Christian, Fat Tony, The Oli & D’Johnny, but additional names in the frame include Oliver M, Jonny M (will they be the M&M’s?!?!) David Jimenez, Saki, DougUim, Leandro Kloppel, plus special guest D.J., Xlsior’s GSP (must be short for something we guess), Beyond teaming up with this Mykonos festival at the end of August, the music completely top draw & a surprise couple of “back-to-back” sessions up their sleeves (could be Steve & Mikey, David & D’Johnny, Oliver & Jonny (has to be the M&M’s!!) as well as some other surprise guests spinning some sounds, the choice of where to be in either Area or Barcode will be very difficult indeed. And, with Xlsior very much present for this “Supersize” party, expect the Greek influence, which will go for the visuals as well as the drop dead gorgeous dancers, new additions to the Beyond team having caught our eyes over the last couple of events & the beautiful Naomi back in the fold too. Plus, keep your eyes peeled the Xlsoir boys who will tell you all about winning free festival passes, while Area’s main room stage will be in full use, as will a number of additions next door in Barcode. Then if all that isn’t enough, the queen of the lighting scene is back, so Smalls will be waving her magical wand on the whole expanse of this “Supersize” party, the pyrotechnics & effects better than ever for sure. Add to that, the organisational might that includes Tom Fuller & his merry men, Philippe & of course, hostess Chrissy Darling and this Beyond will have it all, so simply cannot be missed!
Now to the all important detail and this Beyond “Supersize” event takes place this coming spring bank holiday Sunday at Area & Barcode in Vauxhall, doors (remember the Area Embankment entrance only) opening at 6 a.m. & this megaclub running through until an extended 2 p.m.. Advance tickets we suspect are a must and can be grabbed online at http://clubtickets.com or by popping into Prowler, Clone Zone, 50, or Rupert Street in Soho and Barcode in Vauxhall, priced at £15. However, if you fancy making your weekend, like Beyond, “Supersize”, why not go for the big ticket option, £40 getting you access to WE “Candy”, As One & (naturally) Beyond, the early bird £30 options having gone, but the regular ones still available at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-05/28/the-big-ticket. Plus, special discount entry will be available for Later, which takes place at Fire, straight after Beyond, so keep your eyes peeled for those.
So, as the official blurb quite rightly say’s, it seems that this coming weekend, “…all roads lead to Beyond…” and with SuperMartXe, WE “Candy” & all the other parties around town bowing out before this “Supersize” event kicks off, expect the expanded space to be packed & pumping. Naturally we will be there on “terrabite” review duty, but will also be “nibble sized review tweeting”, which you can catch at http://twitter.com/discomatt, both from our usual spot & around this super sized location, so if you see us, come say hi, but make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)owever, if you fancy making aH
With the fourth Bank Holiday (the third in a month) right on our doorstep, we thought we would depart slightly from our usual Weekend Best Bites & Short Shouts format, by extending it right across what is actually five days of frolicking, as, if like us, your weekend looks like starting tomorrow night (Thurs 26th May). Plus, with so much on & we finding it difficult to single out Best Bites for Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere, we thought we would run down our choice picks by the day rather than the area, the good news being that, with the recent tensions very much eased, we have re-engaged our promotion of events brought to you by The Orange Group.
So, with lots to cover lets kick off with Thursday first and two devotions that get equal exposure, the first being Jodie Harsh’s Room Service which hosts the first of three SuperMartXe pre-parties, Room Service of course also hosting the second room at SMX’s “Moulin Rouge” event on Saturday (28th May), but for Room Service proper, naturally being at its heavenly home Diu on Greek Street. Now, whilst this latest superb soiree will have a definite SMX theme, Jodie has pulled on the D.J. resources of a trio that have much more of a meaty feel to them, the monthly meet “Meat”, of East Bloc fame, also part of Jodie’s Room Service off-shoot, Downtown (more on that in a bit). And tomorrow night will see “Meat” main man Tom Stephan on the decks, along with fellow East Bloc boy Jim Warboy (probably still celebrating his birthday), while new boy on the block, Matt Bogarde (no relation to Dirk or Humphrey) will be joining the fray. With Jodie ever present along with Logan & his team of Schmitzel’s, this should be yet another roadblock, so get there early folks, as doors open at 10 p.m… Plus, if you are, like us, a Room Service key holder, make sure you give it a flash as it will get you priority entry, that priced at £5 before 11 p.m. & £10 after. More info is available at http://clubroomservice.com.
Getting equal Best Bite attention is the other superb Soho social society soiree, Gigolo, which launched to amazing accolade last week and returns with another corker this. And the deal is in the title as it’s a “Pop Up Disco” week, D.J. Holestar kicking proceedings off with some alternative electro disco, while scene favourite Brent Nicholls then takes over to serve up delightful dollops of nu-funk/disco & favourite floor fillers to rock host venue Lo-Profile right through till the 3 a.m. finish (yikes we have a plane to catch!). And in terms of hosting, L.a. has plenty of help this week, as Jonny Woo will be sweeping in, together with David Masters Do Rape, both taking a turn on the stage, while gorge girls Naomi & Suzana will be shimmying & shaking their booties along with those equally gorge g-go’s Padraig & Sandro (time to drool!) who will be flexing their perfectly toned muscles. Plus, with David clicking his camera in all the right places, it’s certainly another week when you need to dress to impress. So, Gigolo’s doors open at Lo-Profile on Wardour St at 10 p.m., with entrance priced at £8 (or £4 with a Gigolo or QX ad) and for more details, go check their website at http://gigolodisco.com or search on http://shootmeup.co.uk.
So to a selection of Short Shouts and The RVT in Vauxhall have a great alternative night to the smart & stylish Soho set, as the ever entertaining David Hoyle takes an alternative look at life through the wonder of avant garde with guest Piff The Magic Dragon, & Drag Christ (you can just imagine!), while for the more conformist there is the late starting Gravity at Fire (actually into Friday but we’re not counting!), The Eagle getting down & dirty with their “Triga Thursday’s night, where porn flicks & porn stars are the name of the game, the three sites to visit to get more info being http://thervt.org.uk, http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties & http://eaglelondon.com.
To Friday (27th May) & our Best Bite goes to “Society” at Lo-Profile, who entertain Logan Schmitz & SuperMartXe, for the second of SMX’s pre-parties and given how popular “Society” has become, teaming up with SMX is sure to make this Soho sophisticate even busier. Plus, the D.J. duo is delectably dynamic as Profile favourite Nathan Six moves downstairs to take charge of the early session of superb Spanish influenced sounds and given the form he has been on recently, his set should prove a scorcher. Then, to add more of that SMX Euro-beat & Spanish slant is Tony English, SMX’s resident D.J. who also sorts Logan’s monthly podcast, so without doubt the safest hands for the most superb sounds, plus his performance at the last Society we made, was pitch perfect, Mr English seemingly coming into his own at Lo-Profile, so is sure to sock a superb set. Plus, with Logan & his Schmitzel’s dusting “Society” with a healthy dose of SMX “Moulin Rouge” magic, this should prove the most stylish place to be seen on the scene for this first true weekend evening of the Spring Bank Holiday break. With doors opening at 10 p.m. & the club running till 4 a.m., check out http://loprofile.com for further details
To a selection of Short Shouts & the other big Weekend player, WE Party, get their own pre-party in also on Friday, a stone’s throw away at Rupert St, Brent Nicholls on the decks, while down in Vauxhall, Onyx get all hot under the collar with their “Heatwave” party with a beachwear theme, while new scene player, The Brixton Clubhouse kick off their weekend launch with D.J. Ben Jamin & guests spinning the alfresco sound action. Check out http://rupertstreet.com, http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties & http://thebrixtionclubhouse.com for more info.
Onwards to Saturday (28th May) & it’s very much a Spanish Armada night, with both SuperMartXe & WE Party vying for your attention, we having brought you most (if not all) the detail in out special preview “Pitting Their Wits” (well worth a read at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/05/previews-pitting-their-wits-supermartxe-moulin-rouge-we-party-london-candy-saturday-28th-may-special-preview/) while SMX’s “Moulin Rouge” event looks like being their most successful yet, at their new home Pulse that is. With Spanish resident AB Garcia being joined by Tony English, Per Q.X., & Jamie Hammond in the main room, while Room Service take over the second space, Kris Di Angelis & guests sorting the sounds, expect all the usual SMX spectacle, along with a special P.A. performance that is still under wraps (come on Logan, spill the beans!). As for the other detail, Pulse (1 Invicta Plaza off Southwark St., Blackfriars), is definitely one of THE places to be seen on the scene this Saturday (28th Mays), doors opening at 10.30 p.m. and the club running till 6.30 a.m. Advance £16 tickets are still available at http://supermartxe.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-05/28/supermartxe-london-moulin-rouge, while “hard” options can be grabbed at Prowler, Clone Zone & Solarstation in Soho. More detail on this “Moulin Rouge” event can be found by going to http://loganpresents.com.
So what about the other, WE Party? Well, they are serving up something quite special this Saturday (28th May) at their London home, The Coronet in Elephant & Castle, this welicious “Candy” themed event bursting at the seams with the sweetest of selections musically, as one of Spain’s finest, Carlos Gallardo makes a welcome return to the capital, as does prolific P.A. Peyton, the duo rolling out their latest single release, among a veritable feast of other treacle coated treats. And with a supporting cast that includes Paul Heron, Gonzalo Rivas & D’Johnny, plus that amazing WE lighting, staging & effects, “Candy” should definitely hit your sweet spots (shame we can’t be there!). The WE doors open at 11 p.m. with the event running through until 6 a.m, while advance tickets at £18 (sorry all those special £10 ones have gone) are still available online at http://weparty.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-05/28/we-party-london-we-candy, while “hard” ones can be sourced from Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone, Solarstation & 50 (all in Soho). More info on this exceptional event can be found by going to http://wepartylondon.com.
So to a selection of Short Shouts and completing the trio of pre-parties for SuperMartXe is host venue Rupert St, with Alessandro Londra on the decks, while Lo-Profile offer some escape from all things Spanish as Brent Nicholls kicks off their Saturday night, while Mr Londra follows up. But for the way out & whacky, it’s a Gutterslut weekend out east, at East Bloc to be precise, the GS crew sure to pack out the place, while down Vauxhall way, Queer Nation welcome special guest Beverley Knight to stoke up the atmosphere at this hip & happening event at Area. Check out http://rupertstreet.com, http://lorofile.com, http://myspace.com/gutterslutuk & http://patricklilley.com for respective info.
Onwards to Sunday and first & foremost, the morning will clearly be dominated by what looks like THE gathering of the whole weekend, as Beyond goes “Supersize” on us, joining forces with Barcode Vauxhall add that much needed extra capacity to this real highlight happening. So, despite our recent reports on the club (we believe quite constructive & positive), we will be throwing the full DM weight behind this historic meeting of Vauxhall minds with a special Focus post, “Bigger Is Better”, covering everything you need to know & more, so watch this space for that.
In the meantime, like Saturday, we pour joint Best Bite recommends to two other parties, first “Downtown” which returns for another audacious outing at the Brixton Clubhouse in, yes, Brixton. Presented by Jodie Harsh’s Room Service, along with the magnificent East end endeavour “Meat”, this Sunday afternoon/evening soiree in the sun (hopefully) will see the likes of “Meat” men Tom Stephan & Kris Di Angelis fly that clubs D.J.’ing flags, while Miss Harsh herself will be spinning some sounds, along with newcomers to “Downtown”, Tom Davey & Russia’s hottest export, Dimitri Strigun, who steps off the go-go podium to bang out some beats. With dancefloor hosts including Munroe Bergdorf & Maria Fernanda in delectable duty, The Brixton Clubhouse team keeping the refreshments flowing in fine style, the “peepshow” theme to this outing will see it spread beyond the two outside decks into the inside too, as the sexual & seductive stage shows will draw the clamouring crowds “Downtown” to peek at the pervy & porn pumped action. So, it’s all gets going at The Brixton Clubhouse from 3 p.m. this Sunday (29th May), with “Downtown” running until midnight, advance £10 tickets available at http://ticketweb.co.uk, while more will be available on the door & info up for grabs at http://clubroomservice.com.
Our second Sunday best Bite goes, of course, to Salvation, which makes a welcome return to the capital & to Koko in Camden, which played host to promoter Steve Elliot’s hugely successful NYD bash. And this latest outing promises to “…reboot clubbing & tale you into the 22nd Century…”, we having covered much of the detail in our preview “Saviour On Sunday”, will worth another peek at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/05/preview-saviour-on-sunday-salvation-the-future-sunday-29th-may/, although with a D.J. line up that includes Miswhite, Pier Morrocco, Paul Coals, Oliver M & Phil Marriot, with some surprises yet to be spilled, with promised lighting, stage shows, dancers & other additions expected to completely wow, this is one party out of the rick weekend pickings that you won’t want to miss out on. So much so, that we advise you grab your advance tickets, priced at £20 while you can by going online at http://gaypartix.com or in person at Prowler, Profile Bar & Barcode in Soho, as well as the latter’s sister venue in Vauxhall, along with the Camden, Clapham & Covent Garden branches of Soho Gyms. And if you fancy the royal treatment, why not upgrade by a mere fiver for the VIP option, which includes a separate entrance, free coatcheck & access to the exclusive VIP area (bargain we say!). More info on this outstanding outing can be found at http://salvation-london.com, while a short email to email@example.com will answer any VIP questions you may have.
So to some Sunday Short Shouts and As One makes a welcome return to this slot, fitting neatly into the Spring Bank Holiday schedule, so sure to be extremely popular, Fire full to capacity we are sure, while Soho have their say, Shadow Lounge hosting another “Scandal” event. But if it’s more way-out wackiness you’re after, then Trailer Trash should be right up your Street, well Rivington Street in Shoreditch to be precise, although no Sunday would be complete without The RVT’s “S.LA.G.S./Chill-out”, which double doses too, an extra Monday session fitting in very nicely, websites http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties, http://theshadowlounge.co.uk, http://clubtrailertrash.com & http://thervt.org.uk the places to go for further details.
Then finally to Monday (30th May) and it seems that the clubbing steam has very much run out of the scene, with no Orange and just the usual clubs like “Popcorn” at Heaven & “Citric” at Ku-Bar. So it seems that the day will be very much a wind down from the hectic previous four days, although two worth more than a look are both Later, which holds their Bank Holiday special at Area, following on from As One which finishes at midday Monday, so is sure to be packed, while it BBQ time down at The Brixton Clubhouse, this more sedate way to wave farewell to this Spring Bank Holiday sounding much more up our street, especially after the weekend we will had. But don’t forget that the “grassy knoll” is sure to be filled with Bank Holiday party goers ready for that second session of “S.LA.G.S./Chill-out” at The RVT, all the applicable websites already having been given a mention.
However, one website we haven’t mentioned yet is tip top clubbing & London bible, SeenQueen, who have their own take on what’s hot this Spring Bank Holiday, with a special section devoted to just that, http://seenqueen.com/web packed out with further fabulous features that will keep your eyes glued & you entertained for hours, so go take a look. While, if you want to be looking your golden brown best, then why not top up that tan, or indeed get one, by taking the quick & easy way of a sunbed at the best spot in town, Solarstation on Soho’s Archer Street. Run by the most charming & friendly man in the capital, Hassan, have a look at http://solarstation.co.uk before you pay a visit or just pop along & Hassan will do the rest.
Well that’s it for this special Spring Bank Holiday Best Bites & Short Shouts in what looks like a really busy one for London and a busy one for us which starts with Room Service tomorrow night (Thurs 26th May), then a quick jaunt to Gigolo before we head to Heathrow & our flight to Rome for Muccassassina’s season finale. But we will be back in London just in time for SuperMartXe’s “Moulin Rouge” and then, naturally, will be finding our spot at Beyond for “Supersize”, then, after a quick disco nap, will be off to Kings Cross for The Sunday club, before rounding off our weekend at Salvation’s “The Future” event. So, if you see us out come say hi, but don’t forget that you can now also follow our activity as we “nibble size review tweet” our way through the weekend at http://twitter.com/discomatt.
Next week we will be back to our usual format, so if you fancy a mention then get e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or plaster our Facebook walls, the best entry being http://facebook.com/discomattlondon which will then get you access to our other two pages. In the meantime, whatever you are up to & wherever it may find you, have a fantastic Spring Bank Holiday weekend, nut please make sure that you, “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
There is no doubt in our minds that we have a penchant for all things Latin, our base here in London having seen a veritable feast of flamboyant forays in recent times, the so called Spanish Armada of clubs that have included Matinee, Space, SuperMartXe, having paved the way for others, Brazil having their say with The Week, while Spain hit back with WE Party, all very much grabbing our attention and playing a major role in our clubbing calendar. However, when a club from another Latin country made a huge impression on us last May here in the capital, the love affair with Italy’s biggest & best gay club & party, truly captivated us, Muccassassina (affectionately known as “Mucca”) pretty much stealing the show at the multi evented London Global Dance Festival, although it would be a further eleven months before we savoured a second superb showing by this impressive Italian outfit, this time at Delice Dream in Barcelona, creative director Diego Longobardi & his terrific team, once again dazzling us with a scintillating showing that crowned a captivating few days in Callela.
However, as good as Mucca has been for us both in London & Barcelona, there is no real substitute for seeing this incredible Italian institution in its natural home, so when the opportunity presented itself for us to do just that, we jumped with both feet, the dream of making it to Rome for their season finale quickly turning from a dream to a reality. And looking at this curtain call to Mucca’s spring season, it looks like we couldn’t have chosen a better party, as not only will two of our very dear D.J. friends we playing out on the night, not only will the whole Mucca team be out in force, a handful we have already met in both London & Barcelona, some forming special relationships with, and not only will the Euro Pride fever ahead of the big festival on 11th June be pitching perfectly, but for this spring showstopper will be just that, as the theme, a tribute to one of Italy’s most well known & famous female singers, will mean that our terrific trip this coming Friday (27th May) will definitely prove to be “Raffaella Rapture In Rome”.
But more on the coming party in a moment, what do we know about Mucca, its history & its standing? Well, giving this colossal club its full title for a minute, Muccassassina in without doubt Italy’s most flamboyant & glamorous gay clubbing event, which takes place every Friday at Club Qube in Rome, boasting the most cosmopolitan crowd of ardent clubbers in search of some of the finest music that this Italian capital has on offer, as the glitterati of the city’s gay scene mix in splendour with their uber chic & straight clubbing cousins, as well as a dazzling doze of head turning transgenders & an intriguing injection of inquisitive queens that give this weekly event a truly awe inspiring atmosphere and has often been summarised as being “very sexy, having a definite circuit party feel & offering a complete experience”.
Having celebrated its 20th Anniversary back in November 2009, Muccassissina has established a firm reputation for putting on the most splendid events, speaking massive volumes through the music offering which is unbeatable, thus attracting some of the world’s biggest D.J. names to play, including Junior Vasquez, Mike Kelly, Max Morel, Taito Tikaro & Pablo Kapanos, but also draws in the cream of the London talent, names such as Paul Heron, Per Q.X., Guy Williams, Brent Nicholls, The Sharp Boys & Gonzalo Rivas to mention just a few, although linking in with Italian D.J. talent always seems to go down very well, Pagano & Severino having graced the clubs decks on many occasions and both Danny Verde & Phil Romano being firm favourites, complimenting the strong resident D.J. line up that includes Claudio Di Rocco, Micky Galliano, Luigi Rossi, Gianluca Pacinni, & Fabio Lanzone.
Spread across three floors, the club event hosts three distinct genres of sound, from uplifting & commercial house, through to more progressive, tribal & electro genres, also serving up a taste of hip hop & New York style underground sounds that offer an enticing blend of music styles catering for a wide variety of tastes. Add to that the stunning array of performers, whether it be muscled go-go dancers, resident drag queens that include Fuzia, Alba & Tsunami, along with extrovert vocal talents Mark & Matthew as well as Miss Mandengo, all draw together magnificently by the musical & performing direction of the flamboyant Diego Longobardi and you can just imagine why Muccassissina is not just the talk of Rome & of Italy but has a global reputation for its stunning shows & extravagant events, testament to that fact being the collection of club brands that have collaborated with Muccassissina, in the past like global sensations Salvation & Space of Sound as well as London favourites Crash & DTPM, attracting an international audience as well as cementing its impeccable reputation in its homeland.
So, come this Friday, we can certainly expect all of those magnificent Mucca attributes to be played out in scintillating style, the main room D.J. line up an absolute peach, as both Danny Verde & Micky Galliano will be gracing the decks and two better Bello’s we couldn’t have wished for. Danny will be taking the short trip from his home in Milan, although arrives at Mucca fresh from his exploits in far away Hawaii, so will be full of beans & ready to rock Rome with his trademark octane fuelled vocal drenched house hits & dancefloor delights, his towering toolbox of tunes including his latest studio work, his remix of “Ashes”, which we absolutely love & you can check out via http://soundcloud.com/eva-15/ashes-danny-verde-remix, while his “Pushin To The Top 2001 remix” will also surely feature, as well as a possible airing of his hot off the press Ellie Goulding “Starry Eyed”
remix, along with a veritable feast of others including “Express Yourself”, “Till We See The Sun” & maybe even our all time fave, “Trapped”. So, having supported Mr Verde & his work from the early stages, this is one performance we will be revelling in, plus to mark the occasion, we have commissioned the third in our special D.J. focuses, this one tilted “Magnifico Milano Man”.
As for Mr Galliano, we expect a slightly tougher collection of tunes, although with enough vocals & uplifting beats to keep those rapturous Roman’s excitingly entertained, Micky being one of Mucca’s favourite resident D.J.’s and so is sure to delight with drenches of dynamic dance delectations. And in his podcast devoted to the recent London event “Lovelife”, we have a perfect example the style of sounds to expect from him at this Mucca season closer, while other releases of his also give a hint towards the tunes he will be turning out, his compilation collections well worth a listen at http://mickygalliano.podomatic.com/, while his new track (yes he produces too!) “Every Gender” pretty much sums up Mucca in just two words and we hope will get airplay too, this six minute smash up on his Soundcloud page at http://soundcloud.com/micky-galliano. As for the rest, well it’s a drove of dynamic D.J.’s with the likes of Joao, Easy Squeaky, Fabio Tuzz, Sisco Electrofamatik & Ricky, while Diego will be drawing on the talents of his top dancers, artists & hostesses, including Fuxia, Shemale, Tsumami, Miss Tia, Alba & Texemaya, plus we are pretty much guaranteed to be blown away by the flamboyant & show stopping stage appearances throughout the night.
So, if you happen to find yourselves in Rome this coming Friday (27th may), then Muccassassina is a must, the club located at Via di Portonaccio 212 (we will be Google mapping it) with doors opening at 110.30 p.m. and the club running through until a planned 6 a.m. with entry on the door priced at 25 Euro’s, we understand advance tickets available by checking out their website at http://muccassassina.com/, where further details of this season finale party spread over three floors, can be found. And if you do make it to Mucca on Friday (which we think you should), you will no doubt find us in our favoured spot, yes you guessed, just left of the main room D.J. booth, most likely in the company of either Danny, Diego or Micky (amongst many others), so if you see us, come say hi, but make sure, you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Of the two new Soho social soiree’s that we said would soar, the latter launch was the one than very much captured the imagination of the capitals clubbing crowd, as Gigolo opened its door for the first time and were aghast by the huge response that saw host venue Lo-Profile packed to the rafters within the first hour of this new kid on the block. Indeed arriving at the hectic door in the company of close friend Brent Nicholls, along with cougar clubber Stephen & international playboy D.J. Paul Heron, we were lucky we were spotted by David Hart’s significant other, L.a. (as he is known) already having his hands full managing the masses who wanted a piece of this prolific party opener, we being ushered through the entrance & escorted straight into the club. And were we to be blown away by the promised transformation, the Lo-Profile space having been given the Gigolo stamp, with an ample stage area constructed, resplendent Gigolo signage shouting a smart & stylish statement, while soft seating & other additions gave this Wardour Street sophisticate an even more sumptuous feel. And the crowd were certainly lapping up this launch, a veritable feast for familiar & scene faces all making for the who’s who or the social society scene, the swarms of socialites just coming & coming, the list of lovelies now endless leaving us to exclaim “where do we start?”.
With that list saved for the full review, our attention was now drawn to the music and the cute yet capable Zach Burns, who was treating the classy crowd to tons of terrific tunes, a magical mixture of old classics re-made, intertwined with up to date floor fillers, the pace & pitch of his performance perfect for this superb Soho society social soiree that was definitely soaring by the minute. And we were soon in seventh heaven when Zach pulled out our favourite tune of now, the awesome “Stupiddisco 2011 Original Mix” by King Richard & Danny Thomas, we finding our favoured spot by the D.J. booth to invoke a mini “Doing The Disco Matt” routine, with others soon joining us in our jovial jaunts, while the gorgeous Gigolo go-go’s were also in full swing, we soon finding ourselves standing right next to one, who was shaking his thang at us, something substantial waggling in his tight shorts, very much eye popping excitement. With our blood pressure reaching boiling point, we sought respite at the bar, the Gigolo cocktails flowing, courtesy of David Hart who was also taking a moment before a catalogue of camera clicking, while great pal Tom Fuller had his hands full with his harem of Brazilian boys, we never been ceased to be amazed by all the cute guys he attracts, asking ourselves “are we jealous?”, you betcha!!, while yet more jealously overspilled when we caught female friend Andrea snogging so many more gorge men than us.
But the night was going from strength to strength, the way out & whacky show by Jeyjon hitting the mark, while incumbent D.J. Luke Howard’s music was pointing this pulsating party in a decidedly different direction, while we found ourselves in an a pseudo D.J. corner, as the likes of Guy Williams, Ben Jamin, Paul Heron, Mikey D & Brent Nicholls were all in close call, even the star of our Gigolo show, Zach Burns swinging by to say hi. So, with the super cool sounds matching the super stylish crowd of the good looking kind which continued to pack out Gigolo’s launch and our captivating company carrying us well into Friday morning, with so much more to say on this spectacular start to the Hart’s heavenly happening, its “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
We couldn’t finish this bite sized reflection without two mentions, first for ShootMeUp, the photography outfit that is the driving force behind this new Soho society soiree and for stacks of sizzling shots of the scene, which you can take a good look at http://shootmeup.co.uk, while our man of the Gigolo match, Zach Burns, has not just laid down a corker of a compilation to mark the launch of Gigolo, but has also pressed his podcast page with a copy of his live set from the launch, both available at http://djburns.podomatic.com/ & essential musts for your collection.
It is almost a week since we made our wonderful way across London to the O2 Arena to witness what can only be described as THE best concert EVER in our lives (we we have been to a few) and while these days have passed, the memories of all the magnificent moments of music we found ourselves immersed in are as clear as crystal, meaning it’s time for another of our now infamous bite sized reflections, as we bring you our Preview The Review, catching a short sequence of some of the most memorable minutes of our life.
Ever since we began to talk about it, not long after landed from the truly epic Jean Michel Jarre concert last October, we have been wondering exactly what it would be like to actually see another of our all-time greats in the flesh, not that we would be getting that close, but through the music of Pink Floyd certainly feeling the full effects of the sights & sounds that were a major part of our formative music years. And when close & damn fine friend Tom Fuller confirmed, on our birthday in fact (that’s 20th Dec), that the tickets to see Roger Waters, he of Pink Floyd fame, in concert, the build up began, one that was to reach a colossal crescendo & climax five months later, as we once again found ourselves on the river boat, speeding our way to the O2 Arena, comfortably numb with excitement & anticipation of this captivating concert to come. But before all that was a surprise we could never have imagined, as having sipped our way through a bottle of champagne (what a great way to start!), upon arrival at this incredible arena, we were greeted by our second concert companion, one Paul Vlad, we being shocked to the point of losing our breath at his presence,, the only words emitted being “Hey You”, although a better person to be with us in one of the happiest days of our lives, we could have wished for.
So, the start to what would be a truly scintillating showing by Pink Floyd’s Mr Waters was underway and after short refreshments when we were still soaking up the superb shock of seeing Paul in our presence, we found our seats in the massive auditorium and waited, patiently, for the main man to arrive centre-stage. Now, to capture the sequence of events that led to what we have described as THE best concert EVER will be difficult to cram into this small bite sized reflection, but the first roar of the crowd was the catalyst for the next three captivating hours, as the visuals, the effects, the lighting and, moreover, the music, simply blew us away. Naturally the theme & inspiration of this live 2011 tour was the incredible Pink Floyd album, “The Wall” and as the minutes ticked by, the physical feature of a huge white wall grew, brick by brick on the stage, the first highlight being a life size plane zooming through the air and crashing into the stage side in an explosive pyrotechnic prolification. But the effects were going to just get better & better, the view from our seats perfect & with Paul next to our side glued on the action like us, while Tom was in pure heaven a seat further away, we were treated to all the best bits from “The Wall”, including “Mother”, “Empty Spaces”, “Goodbye Cruel World”, “Is There Anybody Out There”, “Bring The Boys Back Home”, “Vera” and, of course “Another Brick In The Wall”, that wall at the final moments of the concert, naturally, tumbling down in scintillating style. So, with so much more to reflection of this colossal concert and still, a week later, feeling comfortably numb for having seen Roger waters in the flesh, we simply say that “it’s ready, steady go for the review”. (DISCO MATT)
It is no secret that when we took a trip down to Gay City Rollers 2nd birthday bash back in April, that our trip was exactly that, we falling on our dignity more than once, our tumbles even having been caught on camera. But despite having a pretty torrid time balancing on four wheels to begin with, having soon got the hang of it all, we had an absolutely terrific time, laughing & giggling our way around the specially converted Renaissance Rooms club. Indeed lamenting on it all, we putting prolific pen to paper, reviewing the whole event which you can still check out via direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/04/reviews-hot-pants-take-a-hit-gay-city-rollers-sunday-10th-april/, giving you an insight as to just what an entertaining evening Gay City Rollers is.
Since our last escapades, Alex Erfan & his team have rolled out (no pun intended\) a further event, a “Royal Wedding Special” that slotted into the May Day Bank Holiday clubbing schedule, although with Gay City Rollers (GCR) returning to its regular slot, all roller disco eyes are now pointing towards the next event which takes place tomorrow evening, Sunday 22nd May. And for this latest episode in the GCR sequence of events, Alex has teamed up with Ku Bar to bring a “Ku-GCR Special” in which the Ku Bar team not so much steam roll the event, but roll out their best bits in the form of three of their resident D.J.’s, as well as the cute & curvaceous bubble but Ku boys, while The Renaissance Rooms do their bit too, opening up the outside terrace to compliment the two massive skating rinks, the plentiful seating areas & two bars as well as food points, all making for one hell of a happening. And Ku Bar’s head poncho Gary Henshaw is very much looking forward to this even, having told us that “…I am delighted to be working with Alex on Gay City Rollers, as it really is a fun event & all the Ku-Bar boys love it…”
So what’s the deal? Well, as we said, it’s a Ku Bar collective of a night, with resident D.J.’s The Very Miss Dusty O, DMS Sam & Vicky Vivacious sorting the sounds, those sounds being very much in the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s disco drenched dance theme, we highly suspect “Xanadu” being thrown in for good measure at least once, while those delicious Ku Bar boys will be mixing in with the skating socialites to add enough eye candy to make yours pop. And with a complete mix of boy & girl gyrators, from the very experienced to the rank amateurs like us, you don’t have to be an expert on four wheels to “Strictly Come Roller Disco-ing”, not at all, as you can watch from the sides, get involved full on or, like us, take the middle road & build your confidence comfortably. Plus, with one of the friendliest crowds we have seen anywhere, with absolutely NO attitude (you know what we mean!). Plus, with the timing, it’s not a late night out, meaning that if you have work the following day, then it won’t leave you missing your alarm clock, even if you have stretched some muscles you forgot you had. Mind you, rumour has it that the clubbing will continue at Ku-Klub afterwards with Lady Lloyd’s “Hit Factory”, so if you don’t have to get up, you know where to be.
Now to the devil in the detail and this “Ku-Gay City Rollers Special” takes place tomorrow evening, Sunday 22nd May at The Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall. Entrance is via the Wandsworth Road end of Miles Street, so make sure you don’t enter from the top end, rather walk into Wandsworth Road itself. Doors open at 6 p.m., GCR running though till 11 p.m., with entry at a mere £8 before 7 p.m., then jumping to £12.50 after (so get there early basically), although that includes the skate hire as well as your first drink free. Plus we are told, if you bring your own skates the entry price will be reduced, while extra special priced tickets at £6 are available in advance by popping into Ku Bar. Plus the Ku Kollective will be heading down to GCR from Ku Kamp at 6 p.m., so if you’re central, then join them for the jaunt, if not then join us as we hit GCR nice & early.
So, it’s time to get roller disco skating again and who knows who you will bump into, we suspect possibly many, but having the best laugh while you do it. And if you see us or indeed bump into us then definitely say hi, but whatever you do, make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)