Archive for November 2011
Virtually a year ago to the day, we devoted a special report to World AIDS Day, our “Fight The Good Fight” post at http://discomattpreview.blogspot.com/2010/12/fight-good-fight-dm-reports-world-aids.html not just a personal reflection of HIV & AIDS, but a look back across the history of the fight against this global epidemic, we also expressing our views on the issues, so on the anniversary of our first devotion to the subject, we felt it only appropriate to once again report, not just on World AIDS Day, but add to that special post last year, more information, more personal reflections & more recommendations on how, like us, you can play your part in this special day in our lives.
So, where do we start?, well with another year approaching its final month, mark twelve more months that we, along with many, continue to live with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, commonly abbreviated as HIV, this condition rather than a disease, in our case, very much under control by a cocktail of powerful drugs under the label of combination therapy. Having been diagnosed back in 1996, we have become used to living with HIV, our daily medication regime the only infringement on carrying on with our life as normal, while we made a conscious decision to be open about the subject, both in terms of disclosure to friends, to family & even to employers, the stigma that HIV carries nowhere near as heightened as it was when the virus emerged back in the 1980’s. Indeed, the understanding around the condition among the wider world has improved no end since those dreaded days when AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) was taking so many lives, the realisation that this was not simply a “…gay disease…” rather a sexually transmitted virus that can also be spread through the blood stream, or at least HIV infected blood, allowing the medical world to react so much better to the issue than they could when those thousands of deaths were baffling them.
Since then, science has continued to evolve in the HIV world and the combination therapy (also known as antiretroviral treatment) available to those infected by the virus has improved no end, an ever increasing amount of drugs now on the market to suit individuals & their reactions to this invasive medication which, like all similar style drugs, can have alarming side effects. Yet, being given a comparable life expectancy to the person next to you, having HIV doesn’t now signal a death sentence as it did 30 years ago, although we in the developed world can count ourselves extremely lucky that access to this combination in an affordable, but moreover, accessible option, this not always the case across Africa & in other third world states on this earth. But without the science, without the organisations & without the support of the public, the huge strides made in combating the spread of HIV &, as a result, the threat of AIDS, could be in serious jeopardy, the quest to quell what is now recognised as the world’s biggest epidemic, the statistics pretty baffling, just one example reflecting those living with HIV increasing from 8 million in 1990 to a staggering 33 million in 2009, this figure looking like reaching 40 million by the end of this year. That said, through the understanding of the virus, the medical world is armed to treat HIV in a much more effective way and, while that singular figure comparison is quite shocking, digging deeper we find that in actual fact the annual number of new HIV infections has steadily declined and, due to more people in receipt of antiretroviral drugs, the number of AIDS related deaths has also declined, year on year.
Yet while the understanding around both HIV & AIDS has improved dramatically & the epidemic appears to be under control, there still remains a fear in many, not just of contracting HIV but being tested, late diagnosis only this morning hitting the headlines in news shows on the capital’s television stations, this fear & reluctance sometimes sacrificing precious time in which to treat & control the virus without the need to complex & invasive drug regimes. So, as World Aids Day arrives, organisations are naturally urging those, especially within the gay community here in the capital, a community where late diagnosis is become a big problem, to get tested & if necessary receive the available support both in terms of treatment & advice. Indeed, with the wealth of clinics available around London, access to this much need support is very much on tap, we being able to count ourselves lucky compared to other parts of the world were this is either not free at the point of service or worse, is not available at all. Therefore, if you are either thinking of getting tested, or want support & advice on making this, what can be for some, bold decision, then make now, either by choosing a clinic available at many of the major hospitals in the capital, including St Mary’s in Paddington, The Royal Free in Hampstead & The Chelsea & Westminster on Fulham Rd. However, if you are not bold enough to pitch up to a hospital, then there are a wide variety of small clinics dotted around the capital that can provide you with that discreet feeling that the hospitals may not, a great example being “56 Dean Street” in Soho, its locale very much speaking for itself in this respect. Plus, the added benefit of this small & unobtrusive clinic is that it has the full medical might of The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital behind it, without that implied stigma of walking into a huge hospital, so come highly recommended.
Another option is to decide to get tested this coming Thursday (1st Dec) by helping towards the attempt by 56 Dean Street Clinic & G.A.Y. Bar to set a Guinness World Record for administering the most HIV tests in 8 hours and in doing so be part of the process that raises much needed funds for HIV & AIDS charities. So how does it work? Well, you can literally pitch up at G.A.Y. Bar on Old Compton St anytime from 2 till 10 p.m. on Thursday, where an expert team from 56 Dean St Clinic will be on hand to provide entirely discreet testing & support services at each of the nine HIV testing stations throughout the venue, while advance forms are available from the bar &/or in this week’s copy of QX magazine. And as part of G.A.Y.’s commitment to this process, they will be donating £10 for every person tested to The Elton John AIDS Foundation, G.A.Y.’s owner Jeremy Joseph quoted as saying “…give us two minutes of your time on Thursday and we will do the donating…” he adding that “…if 1000 people get tested that’s £10, 000 for charity…”. Over & above that, remember that G.A.Y. Bar offers testing in their basement bar every Wednesday, Jeremy saying of this initiative “…the idea is to normalise getting an HIV test & take the stigma away from it…” Mr Joseph a strong believer that “…Getting tested should be as natural & regular as going to the dentist…” and when you consider that medical experts say that the most common reason for people that die from AIDS related illnesses is due to late diagnosis, taking that two minutes out of your day to get tested could not just prolong but save your life.
Now back to this Thursday1st December, this date in the diary now recognised around the globe as World Aids Day (WAD for short), a whole host of events taking place here in the capital to mark the occasion, our choice picks covered off in an Extra Bites recommends post “Red Ribbon Day Devotions” coming up. But events aside, this is a day & a date that has powerful meaning for those from the generation that lost close friends & loved ones to AIDS during the 1980’s, the wearing of a red ribbon a small gesture of support for the onward fight against HIV & AIDS. That said, maybe fight is too strong a word, although despite the huge advances in medical science, that illusive cure for HIV remains a goal yet to be achieved, although the unrelenting medical research that takes place around the world each & every day has this sole achievement in mind, that along with yet further increasing the understanding of HIV & its effects, along with the treatment of the virus & of AIDS. However, all this research doesn’t come cheap and the long list of charities around the globe look to donations from the public to help support this whole process, although choosing a charity is perhaps a matter of personal consideration. That said, let’s give you just a handful of choices & recommendations from the wave of charities both here in the UK & internationally, The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) one of the most well known & established HIV & AIDS charity in the UK and one that provides a whole range of services & support, further details out at http://www.tht.org.uk/, while The Elton John AIDS Foundation is one we have already mentioned & was launched in the USA in 1992 by Sir Elton John, like THT, offering a wide range of services & support more information on their services out at http://www.ejaf.org/. Then there is The Albert Kennedy Trust, one launched here in London but now UK wide, offering support to young LGBT (that’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) people who have been made homeless or are living in hostile environments, while Avert is one based here in the UK but is recognised internationally, not least for its information based services, so well worth a visit at http://www.avert.org/, even if you are not inclined to donate to their or any of these charities’ causes.
But let’s get back to the title of our special report, “Red Ribbon Day” being our simple synopsis of this coming Thursday, World AIDS Day, when hundreds & thousands of people will show their support by wearing their ribbon with pride, while the theme of this year’s WAD has much deeper meaning, “Getting To Zero” aiming to, after 30 years of the fight (yes we use that word again) against HIV & AIDS, the global community has committed to focussing on three targets, that being zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination & zero AIDS related deaths, targets that are pretty challenging to say the least. However, progress towards meeting these targets has already started, as, statically, annual new HIV infections have dropped by 15% since 2001 and AIDS related deaths have declined from 2.2 million in 2005 to 1.8 million in 2010. Stats aside, the achievements of individuals, communities and political leaders over the last 30 years in reducing discrimination & stigma towards those living with or affected by HIV has been remarkable & are very much reflected in the impressive forward strides that are evident around the world today. However, getting to zero requires the global community to continue its commitment to universal access to antiretroviral treatment, to delivering HIV and AIDS education and to eliminating all forms of stigma and discrimination and why charities like those we have listed above, are vital components in achieving these goals. Now if that isn’t a powerful enough statement to encourage donations, we don’t know what is, but in joining us by merely buying & then wearing a red ribbon with pride on Thursday, you can not just show that you are positively aware, but can also be making a difference & doing your part. (DISCO MATT)
Having been drawn by the charms of Cape Town from the first day we stepped foot in the mother city many moons ago, we always feel truly excited about making a return, it very much feeling more like a home coming rather than just a holiday when we sweep in around Table mountain , land on terra firmer & then find ourselves within the captivating cradle that this mother city of South Africa serves up spectacularly. And like all great holiday hotspots, Cape Town offers a broad spectrum of accommodation for the tourist, in locations as stunning as any on the planet, whether it be in the shadow of that magnificent mountain in Gardens, further down in the delectable De Waterkant district, or onward round the city’s peninsula in Camps Bay, there is a colossus of choices of where to lay your vacation hat. However, it is in the suburb of Seapoint where you find the lion’s share of accommodation for the travelling tourist, visitors keen search out a brilliant base from which explore the city & beyond, while offering the comforts of home in a relaxed & uncomplicated environment, yet with a style that exudes quality but not one that will break the bank.
So, choosing a Cape Town guest house was our preferred choice this time round, as having sampled some of the high end hotels the city has to offer in both De Waterkant & Gardens, we were keen to see what Seapoint would serve up, in particular the guest house Villa Costa Rose a seven roomed house conversion in the heart of this select suburb, nestled under Signal hill yet just a hop skip & jump away from the seafront, Cape Town a mere 10 minute drive away and the attractions of Camps Bay & the waterfront well within reach. And with a location like that, this glorious guest house proved the perfect point from which to not only follow the usual tourist trails, but to also make the most of the nightlife in nearby De Waterkant, regular minibuses literally ten to the minute at less than £1 (yes can you believe it!), even private cabs a mere £4/£5. Add to that plenty of local conveniences just a stones through away from the guest house, a smart selection of restaurants, shops & cafe’s and Seapoint is, without doubt, one of the best spots to stay in this wonderful city on the southernmost tip of South Africa.
With Seapoint our desired destination for our three week stay in Cape Town, choosing Villa Costa Rose was a pretty straightforward option, this despite a wide variety of options both in terms of guest houses & hotels. Having been established just over two years ago, from the outset, this modern & stylish conversion of a typical Capetonian four story property has gained a solid reputation for quality & comfort along with one of the warmest receptions from its proprietors you could ever wish for. Offering a choice of seven rooms of varying size & budget within the house itself, the Villa Costa Rose package also includes the option to hire out an apartment in central Cape Town, a location ideal for either the business person looking for a base close to the office or for the tourist that prefers to be right in the thick of the city action. As we were travelling alone, we opted for the “Standard Queen” (quite appropriate really), while for the more extravagant the range increases through “Superior” options with either a terrace or private balcony, to the “Luxury” (and it is!!) room, the Villa even offering a gorgeous “Garden” suite. And talking of the garden, the owners have painstakingly restored the whole grounds to include sumptuous evergreens, exotic South African plants & even a sparking water feature, that on top of the mandatory plunge pool, just the right size for a refreshing dip after a day on the tourist trail, the provision of sunbathers & other garden comforts also allowing the guest to simply relax in this outstanding calming & tranquil oasis, thus escaping from the hustle & bustle of one of the busiest cities on the African continent.
So to our stay and a more comfortable room we could not have wished for after arriving from our short flight from Durban, also having been met at the airport by co-owner Neil Rose (a private perk!), although with regular airport transfers available & organised direct from Villa Costa Rose, travelling to the guest house couldn’t be easier. In terms of room facilities, the usual TV, hot refreshments making, lockable safe & mini bar are standard in each room, the addition of Wi-Fi internet (at no extra cost) an added luxury in a country that is still woefully behind the developed world in this respect, so hats off to Villa Costa Rose in providing this necessity in our lives. As for the decor, smart understated pastels on the walls are contrasted yet complimented by dark slate floors & colourful art on the walls, many the inspiration of the villa’s co-owner Rob Costa, while the bed could not have been any more comfortable, white Egyptian cotton & colossal pillows all aiding a truly restful sleep, the air conditioning in the rooms a welcome if but mandatory requirement temper the hot conditions that prevail for ten out of twelve months in the Cape Town year. And with the rooms serviced daily by the two strong team of housekeepers, yet this never being intrusive to your stay in any way, as can be the case with some sterile hotel environments, we could not fault the room at all, the cleanliness levels impeccable & the walk in shower come wet room always left spotless.
Looking at the other excellent elements of Villa Costa Rose, even for the fully imitated to Cape Town, the check-in arrangements are pretty comprehensive & thorough; yes the customary details regarding the accommodation itself, but much much more than that, both Neil & Rob being as obliging as you could want. Covering details including local restaurants, transport facilities, landmark tourist sites & plenty more, their hospitable welcome is complemented by the pretty extensive guides left in each room. Then there is the breakfast and what a spread they provide, a vast assortment of fresh fruits, breads & meats that would put many a European continental breakfast to absolute shame, a host of juices, bottomless coffee, tea & other refreshments on tap, the choice extending to include hot food prepared to order along with a host of South African delicacies that certainly arm even the most energetic tourist with all the fuel they need to get through the day. And the lounge come dining area is simply stunning, the modernity theme that is so characteristic of this prolific property extending to this space too, a massive mirror the welcoming centre-piece as you walk in, the view onto the garden a delight and the tasteful furniture adding to the amazing ambiance, the crowning glory being the very impressive polished slate floor which looks like something out of a five star hotel. But as if all that wasn’t exceptional enough, since our visit back in March, the Villa Costa Rose proprietors have installed a bespoke & dedicated post check-out storage & shower facility which gives guests the opportunity to securely store their luggage in case of afternoon, evening or even night flights, as is often the case & need for international travellers like us.
So, summing up our choice to stay in Seapoint & to choose Villa Costa Rose, we couldn’t have been any further satisfied, as virtually every aspect of the accommodation proved perfect, the location, the convenience, the service, the style, the facilities & more than anything else, the relaxed atmosphere along with the engagingly friendly welcome from Neil, Rob & their two terrific housekeepers. As a seasoned traveller to Cape Town we didn’t need to make full use of the information & advice that Messrs Costa & Rose can impart, but clearly they are both extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the city, their personalised service one of the key aspects to the success of this guest house business & testament to the superb reputation they have established in the relatively short time the business has been operating. Yes, if you want the hotel feeling with a full range of facilities thrown in, then maybe the guest house option isn’t for you, but for us and many like us, having a comfortable base & the ability to come & go as you please, exactly when you please, this along with a feeling that you are right at home even though you are on the other side of the world, makes for an unbeatable combination & package in our books. So, if you are planning a trip to Cape Town and are looking for a conveniently located, competitively priced & comfortable place to stay, then look no further than Villa Costa Rose as we cannot recommend it as a first rate choice enough. (DISCO MATT)
Three years down the line and there is little doubt in anyone’s minds that since its launch at The Coronet in November 2009, SuperMartXe London has rarely been out of the spotlight, whether it be for good or for bad & sometimes ugly reasons, issues of coatcheck calamities, premises problems & security scandal’s marring what has undoubtedly been a groundbreaking step change in the style of clubbing gracing the capitals circuit. With a long list of prolific parties in the first two years very much dominating the dancefloors, “Under The Sea”, “Wizard Of Oz”, “Hot Wheels” & “Samurai” being just four examples of a score or more of exceptional events, the success story also extended to the full Logan Presents umbrella of brands, Hype Matinee London & UP huge highlights, while the afterhours attempt of M.O.S.T. perhaps signalled a tide change in fortunes for Mr Schmitz & his team. Then, despite finding a new home for SuperMartXe in Pulse, a move that recovered a little ground lost from the debacle of the 2nd Anniversary at Debut, London has not taken to this new home in Southwark anywhere near to how it did at The Coronet (the Logan Presents original venue home), so with WE stealing more than a few strides on its Spanish superclub compatriot, Logan Presents as a proposition had a lot to promise even to their faithful followers when marking three years pushing the clubbing boundaries.
So, Logan very much decided he needed to hit the headlines in a huge way and did with the announcement that one of the world’s biggest pop stars & a gay pop icon to boot, George Michael, would be the headline act for this landmark 3rd SuperMartXe style Anniversary event. And with the thought of seeing George perform live to a gay clubbing audience & at an accessible event like Logan Presents, the subsequent fevered rush to grab a super advanced ticket unsurprisingly ensued, many thinking it would take place at Pulse, all this making for an offering too much to resist. Yet as further trickled updates came our way, we realised that this grand 3rd Anniversary event would in fact be held at Proud 2, the phonenix venue that has risen from the ashes of Matter, this location being within the O2 complex in Greenwich & one chosen to accommodate the expected surge (3000 plus) of numbers, we, like many, considered that the team were taking the michael to think that hoards of clubbers would make this considerable journey jaunt across London, that on top of the tarnished reputation that Matter had left behind.
That said, the draw of George remains (or is that remained?) quite strong for scores, although this has suddenly been put into considerable doubt, not least that just this morning a whisper (some would say careless) has reached Disco Matt H.Q. that the pop star has been forced to cancel ALL remaining dates for his current “Symphonica” tour, this as a result of having been rushed into hospital in Vienna just days ago suffering from a severe case of pneumonia. However, having been pointed to the source of this information, an article in national newspaper, The Daily Mail (online link http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2066278/George-Michael-axes-tour-fears-grown-health.html?ito=feeds-newsxml) it seems that this was far from a whisper, rather a stark reality that the situation for continuance of the tour and likely associated public commitments is very much in serious
doubt, Mr Michael’s publicist being quoted as saying “….To ensure his complete well-being, George Michael’s doctors have advised that he cannot perform the rest of his Symphonica tour and that he instead takes a full and complete rest. As a result, all of the British dates of the Symphonica European tour will be postponed…”. And this is no real surprise as doctors taking care of George in Vienna have stated that he “… has severe community acquired pneumonia and is being treated as an inpatient….” but further add that “…his condition has stabilised and he is responding to treatment….” although they do state that “…from the current point of view, the time until recovery cannot be estimated, but he will not be able to perform the rest of the tour. Besides medical treatment, complete rest and peace and quiet are mandatory…”. Therefore, reading between the lines, it is quite possible George could be out of action for a number of weeks rather than days, we ourselves having suffered from pneumonia three years ago, so painfully aware of how long it can take to recover.
So what does this mean for the Logan Presents 3rd Anniversary event next month? Well, first & foremost, 17th December is a good three weeks away so this does represent a significant period of time in which a sustainable recovery in George’s current health condition could mean that he would be able to commit to his headline appearance at Proud 2. However, given the fact that his “Symphonica” tour dates have, at best, been postponed, we are left wondering whether his appearance is a realistic prospect, especially given our own experiences of this chronic condition. However, we can take heart from the fact that, as part of statement issued by George’s publicist which stated that “…discussions and preparations are currently under way to arrange the rescheduled dates and further announcements will be made at the earliest opportunity…” this giving rise to optimism of a timely recovery, meaning we will definitely be keeping tabs on the announcements as they are made, on top of which we have approached the Logan Presents team for their own view on the situation, one which we are sure is of no comfort to them given the series of setbacks they have encountered in recent months, but one they will take in their substantial stride for sure.
While we wait on further news of the George Michael situation, we can however announce that Rebeka Brown is definitely scheduled to make an appearance for this 3rd Anniversary event, returning to perform for Logan Presents after a two year break, the team shouting that “…as a regular on the Ibiza season Rebeka has been acknowledged throughout the world for her music, winning the Best Track of The Year award at the annual DJ Awards in 2005, 2006 and 2009. Taking a turn away from the conventional electronic root, Rebeka has released a new single, “Big Bad Bitch” which has received critical acclaim throughout the industry…” And with other tracks like “Sun Rising Up”, “Don’t Let This Moment End” &, of course “Offshore”, while she may have been absent from our shores for a while, her music has been a big part of our year, the latter track very much one of our anthems of 2011. Then, add Rebeka to the planned “…transformation of this enormous, custom-built venue (Proud 2) into the biggest display of outrageous entertainment that no club in the country has ever been able to provide…”, the team also adding that “…the event will feature 1 massive dance arena framed dramatically by two mezzanine balconies, with clear stage views from every angle and a second dance space for those looking for something more intimate & steamy…” and the prospect is a party to knock the socks off all previous events.
Now clearly our thoughts are with George Michael at this time, his recovery paramount in our minds, although we cannot help but feel that the realistic prospect of him appearing at the Logan presents 3rd Anniversary is beginning to look remote. However, we will keep the faith, we won’t let the sun go down on the idea and will listen without prejudice to the news as it hits our desks, naturally keeping you informed as developments occur. (DISCO MATT)
We often associate certain brands with certain times, for example Trade is historically & memorably always a Sunday morning meet, Salvation a t-dance style soiree & Room Service will forever be the start of anyone’s weekend on a Thursday, others we can pick on including Onyx that is a firm Friday favourite & Crash which was a Saturday smash hit, this club more than any other paving the way for the vast array of club nights that now grace Vauxhall as the major gay clubbing mecca in the capital. However, the picture of clubbing in this south London suburb could never be complete without the inclusion of a citric splendour that has very much been part of the Sunday night come Monday morning clubbing furniture for over a decade, well thirteen years to be precise, the club’s name also representing the group that continues to push the envelope with exceptional events from their bag full of brilliant brands. Yet, as much as this captivating club, headed up by the superb Steven Sharp is very much an afterhours offering week in week out, for one night only, it is stepping into the Saturday night slot and at a place that holds dear memories for the clubs enthusiastic followers.
Well we couldn’t be talking about any other club than Orange, the Monday morning madcap meet that has been solely responsible for completely sabotaging (in a good way of course) the start to the working week, the thought of partying when others are trudging into the office always a tempting prospect and one we have taken up on many an occasion during the clubs thirteen year history. Yet as much as Orange sits firmly in the afterhours bracket, it also tends to play a prolific part in special occasions, whether it be Easter, Halloween or Christmas, often playing out at times averse to its usual slot, but nevertheless reflecting just how popular a party it is and how it continues to play an important role in the maintenance of the vibrant capital clubbing scene that we found ourselves within. So, it comes as no surprise that, as part of its ongoing program of irregular & one-off events, Orange is moving from Sunday to Saturday this weekend (26th Nov), but more than that, is returning to the venue that has played host to the brands special parties on a number of occasions in the past, formerly The fridge, now called Electric, this iconic Brixton venue having been the home of Love Muscle during the nineties & also sported the launch night for new brand Brava.
So what’s on offer for this “Orange Electric” event? Well, it seems that promoter Steven Sharp has pulled in two heavyweight stars to accompany his resident crew of D.J.’s, firstly Steve Pitron once again swapping his Beyond shoes for Orange ones & headlining the event with a set from 1 till 3 a.m. And while we have been missing in action for a while, indeed missing out a string of Pitron performances, we have already booked our place for this one, Steve always seeming to come up with the goods, so is sure to so o here, not least that we have been privy to parts of his playlist, a mixture of latest hits along with some true classics from Orange’s history, representing the many times & years he has played for the brand. Then there is Paul Heron, another superb star that has graced Orange’s decks in the past & is sure to play a prolific part in this present day party. But with a supporting D.J. cast that includes Orange regulars The Sharp Boys & Fat Tony, the music is sure to be totally top draw from start to finish, both having marked this special one-off party with two podcasts, Fat Tony’s a rare & exclusive mix which is an absolute must for your collection, not least due to its rarity, while The Sharp Boys compilation is packed with classics, so a visit to http://orangenation.podomatic.com/ is definitely in order.
However, the visit you really need to make is to Electric in Brixton tonight and having literally hot footed it back from the venue, we are pleased to report that it is looking a hundred times better than our last visit for Brava at the end of August, the difference quite remarkable, so far removed from the building site it was, to the smart splendour that it is now. Plus with the stage being dressed in preparation for the sparkling stage shows to come from Elektra Paris’ & Shaun Capewell’s teams of delectable dancers, we know that a huge amount of time & effort has gone into the citric style costumes & choreography which we are anticipating with gusto, as we are for the live vocal performance from Orange lady Tonnic, who will be making her citric splash & presence felt throughout this event. And having spoken with the promotions team, they have told us to “get ready to Re-live the past and experience the future…” further adding that “…with special live performances and shows throughout the night, it’ll be nostalgic, anthemic, uplifting, intoxicating house music all night long…” , while we have also been tipped off to expect “…incredible top-end production and watch the sparks fly at this historic venue, with LED screens, lasers, fire shows, and loads more citrus surprises…”.
So to the all important detail and Orange Electric takes place tonight (Saturday 26th Nov) at Electric (formerly The Fridge) on Brixton Hill, doors opening at 11 p.m. and the club running through to a planned 7 a.m. finish. Advance tickets can still be grabbed online priced at just £10 via direct link http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-11/26/orange-nation-the-club-spectacular, although we are told there may still be free entry offers up for grabs by either going to http://tinyurl.com/electricorangenovember, picking out the ad from Q.X. magazine or grabbing an Orange Electric flyer and hot footing it down to the venue before 1 a.m. And with a hosting team that includes three stars of the clubbing scene, Megan Jones making a welcome return to join forces with the magnificent Mauricio Ortiz & the larger than life (she is very tall you know) Chrissy Darling, you are sure to receive a warm welcome & a swift entry into the club, Tom Fuller sure to be on hand too. Plus, don’t forget that Beyond takes over from Orange, starting at 6 a.m., down at Area in Vauxhall and is the “official” Electric afterparty, advance tickets advisable by going to http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-11/27/beyond-afterhours, while entry will be available on the door, but as with Orange, expect to pay more.
All this means that is goes without saying that we cannot recommend this Orange “Electric” enogh and will be making our return to the dancefloor after a six week break, hopefully nibble size reviewing tweeting our way through the whole party. So, if you see us do come up & say hi, but as always simply make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
With the last week or so laid to waste for a number of reasons, our latest brush with ravages of London’s roads leaving us pre-occupied with our personal health, we have once again missed the boat with our weekend recommends newsletter, although with a trio of treats presenting themselves tonight (Saturday 12th November), we couldn’t resist giving you our take on what would, in normal circumstances, be a most tricky choice of where we should be & be seen, the draw of Shoreditch, Southwark & Vauxhall also looking like dividing the capitals clubbing crowd eager for some extra special entertainment. And given just how good all three parties are, the choice will prove a difficult one, yet as each deserve a bite at the proverbial cherry, we given them equal(ish) exposure, state the case for their collective captivation and then leave it to you to decide.
So to our first of the three and to Shoreditch we head, as the magnificence of Meat rolls out another of its monthly meets, that cherry bite reference most appropriate as will become apparent when we delve into the detail. However, before we do, let’s give you a taste of just what Meat is about, this charismatic club being the brainchild of legendary D.J./Producer Tom Stephan along with his occasional recording studio partner, Shoreditch son (so called by us) Kris Di Angelis, this dynamic duo certainly knowing how to pitch a party with over 30 years experience of the capitals clubbing scene under their collective belts. And in Meat they have produced a party that combines elements of old & new, host venue East Bloc on City Rd supplying the underground feel & vibe that Tom was very much part of in the early days of his clubbing career, not least at Crash in Vauxhall. But more than that, with two distinctly different spaces to choose from, the duo also pitch the music to cater for the rich variety of clubbers Meat now attracts, whether they be the East End trendy socialites, the West End whizz kids or even the smatter of scene faces that grace its doors, Meat serves up a pretty unique mix that is difficult to match let alone beat, so one of many reasons why you should give it a go.
Convinced that Meat is for you? Well, this month would be as good a choice as any, as the boys are throwing a “Love At First Bite” themed event, which, given the bawdiness of last month’s “Hanky Panky” meet, looks like re-emulating the raunchiness in every way, both Tom & Kris taking up D.J. duty in the “Meathead” main room alongside fellow resident James Pople, serving up the best in electro twisted beats & underground grooves, while over in the “Mincemeat” second space, gender bender Munroe Bergdorf is joined this month by Tom Washington, the duo delighting with more soul tainted funk & pop. Add to that go-go’s Fer & Claudio performing throughout the night and both stretching the imagination among other things, while plenty of Meat mania gets going in & around the nooks & cranny’s of this East Bloc base, hosts Melvin, Jonathan Bestley & Alex Collins making sure fun will be had by all. As for the entry detail on this “Love At First Bite” Meat meet, doors open at East Bloc at 10.30 p.m. the club running through until a planned 6 a.m. finish and all for just £5 before midnight or £10 thereafter, further details out at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Onwards and to Southwark now, the new base for Alex Erfan’s loveable clubbing brand, Lovechild, which throws its second party of the month tonight. Having established a long run of events across in Vauxhall at Fire, Lovechild has proved one of the most popular & sustainable Saturday night sortie’s in recent times, a whole succession of superb showings firmly establishing its premier position on the capitals clubbing circuit. Plus, having expanded into Europe, Lovechild’s presence has been felt right across the continent, from Amsterdam to Istanbul & Berlin to Barcelona, the marriage of minds seeing associations with clubs like Red & Blue, Delice, & Muccassassina, while back home links with Brighton’s Wild Fruit & London’s As One & Lo-Profile rank among its many achievements in the close on three years of its operation here in the capital. Add to that a dynamic D.J. residency team that includes the likes of London based stars Tony English, Brent Nicholls, Phil Hewson, & Mattias, international names extending to Javier Medina, Guy Scheiman, Johan Khoury & Leomeo, and the musical credentials of Lovechild pretty much speak for themselves. Yet, while having disappeared off our radar during the summer, our loveable brand is back pushing the boundaries at new home Pulse, very much finding its feet in this new environment, but loving every minute of it along with its new found associations with the venue’s owners, & links with the Logan presents promotions machine who also hold their SuperMartXe London events there. And with off-shoot “Superlovers” gathering steam, there is much to shout about in the Lovechild camp, so a club definitely worth a visit or more.
So what’s on offer tonight (Sat 13th Nov)? Well the team are going all Italiano on us with their “Roma” event, a devotion to all things Dolce Vita come Gladiators as it will be the Italian stallions that will be taking over Pulse and racing those pulses with all their rippling olive skin soaked muscles, amazing accents & looks, as well as Latino charm personified, Nik Ripley & his performers definitely meeting & probably exceeding all expectations on the eye candy front. But while our own & original Italian stallion D.J. Pagano will not be present, Alex has called on the services of his remaining Roman residents, Gabriele Cutrano, Micky Galliano, Alessandro Londra & Tony Bruno, all joined by relative newcomer to the Lovechild fold, Marco Gee, each one injecting plenty of Italian passion into their performances, whether it be Sicilian slants, Naples nuances or Piacenza progressions, the musical matches between these dynamic D.J.’s should work like a dream. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, Alex has tempted in this month’s Lovechild cover hunk, Eric De Chavez, who will be hosting & roaming the crowd to add yet more Italian pepperoni to proceedings in what is sure to be a saucy showing to stimulate & seduce. So, no more reasons required to head down to Pulse and while Soho’s ticket outlets doors may be closed, you can still grab an advance ticket for just £12 at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-11/12/love-child-brings-you-roma, while entry is also available on the doors which open at 11 p.m., the club running through till a planned 6 a.m. finish, more info, should you need it, out at http://alexerfan.com.
So to the third in our trio and what a third it is, as Beyond extends its arms to all its adoring fans with yet another extended offering marking the beginning of its winter season. Now, what we have said about this brilliant brand goes without saying, it having ridden a crest wave on the capitals clubbing circuit for most, if not all of its ten year tenure. Having pretty much transformed the afterhours clubbing market, bringing a barnstorming blend of beats from upfront house, to tech, deep, classic & progressive, along with everything in-between, in Beyond there is always something for everyone and everything for someone, while the amazing atmosphere in host venue Area’s main room is truly unbeatable, for us, anywhere in the globe. And talking of the globe, Beyond’s aspirations to become one of the planets biggest players has taken a major leap forward this year, showings in Paris, Mykonos, Ibiza & Sao Paulo , four highlights among a list of others, while back home, offerings in both “Belief” & “Supersize” format have cemented it as the single biggest & best brand on the capitals clubbing circuit. But more than that, Beyond draws on some of the best D.J. talent London has on offer, when you consider the likes of Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Jamie Head, The Sharp Boys, Fat Tony & Gonzalo Rivas among a host of others, you know the music & the magic of this monumentally magnificent meet will always be top draw delight from start to finish and reason why we cannot recommend it enough.
So to this latest exceptional event in the chapter filled catalogue of Beyond bashes, tonight (Saturday 12th Nov) seeing the return of “Ice” the themed event that, as we have said, marks the beginning of the clubs winter season and should re-emulate the impressive outing of the same name twelve months ago. And in the “Midnight” format, this event runs for a full twelve hours, welcoming many of its resident D.J.’s to play in front of a packed out Area of three arena’s of sound, The Chapel space sorted by Hifi Sean, Paul Christian, D’Johnny & special guest Guy Williams, while The Terrace bar remains the domain of Jamie Head, The Oli & Fat Tony, although it is to the main room we look for the best action as “Ice” marks the welcome return of Beyond original & its most resplendent resident, Steve Pitron, who we know is hugely excited about his first set in close on a month, Steve taking up pole position from 8 till 10 a.m., he flanked by The Sharp Boys & Alan K. Then, add in the enticing ingredients of the famed effects & lighting, plus podium showings from Elektra Paris & her crew, “Ice” should have it all this Sunday morning, doors opening at zero o’clock & running through until midday, advance ticket purchases recommended by going to direct link http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-11/13/beyond-afterhours, while if you want to get in quick & for free, get your detail in now at http://tinyurl.com/beyondice. Those options aside, you can always pay on the door, but expect to pay more, although whatever the price to get in, you won’t want to get out anytime soon as you will no doubt absorb the awesome atmosphere that Beyond creates week in week out & should do again this time round.
So there it is, the most tricky choice presenting itself for many a moon, a trio of treats that doesn’t get any better in our books, we happy to lay our hat on any one of the three, although with a certain D.J. (wonder who that could be?!?!) tugging our heart strings & twisting our arms, we will be attempting to brave the dancefloor with our ravaged wrist, although whichever of the trio you choose, maybe all three, just make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
When you look at the wealth of wonderful clubs that have graced the capitals circuit, it has certainly been seen as a rich playing field for some of the biggest names in the business, worldwide brands such as Matinee, SuperMartXe & WE having made London as much a home as back in Spain, while we have our own giants in the form of Beyond, DTPM & Trade, who, like their Spanish contenders, have exported their prolific parties to all corners of the globe. However, in an ever changing landscape here in London, times move very quickly and clubs do come & go, some with alarming regularity, even these huge players not immune to the sometimes fickle nature of the capitals clubbers, DTPM a perfect example, having dominated the Sunday scene for so long, suddenly stopped, virtually without notice, although was back for a brief run just a couple of years ago, although has once again tucked itself under its duvet cover for another period of hibernation. But, having picked on this select six, we should really be making it seven, as there is another brand that has earned its place among this elite, a brand like DTPM that was part & parcel of the Sunday scene in London for so long, but like its counterpart, fell off the regular radar in the capital a while back, but still engenders plenty of excitement & interest whenever it holds an event, this Sunday being no exception.
There is no doubt that Salvation is one of the most well known clubbing brands on the planet, not least due to its impressive & continuing international exposure, the club having thrown parties as close to the capital as Paris & Berlin or as far away as Cape Town & Sydney, although while Salvation’s true success currently sits around the globe, it is London that is & will always remain its historical & nostalgic home. And having launched back in 1998, the brand enjoyed just under a decade of halcyon days cutting a significant stride across the capitals clubbing circuit, but like all great success stories & magnificent marriages, Salvation’s sustainability as a captivating concept, along with its promotional partnership, hit turbulent times, a bitter argument seeing the club splinter into two off-shot operations, this in itself condemning the brand to a hop scotch schedule across venues, its original home out of the picture, while places like The Hippadrome, The Bloomsbury Ballrooms &, more latterly, Koko in Camden playing host to its haphazard happenings. However, for Salvation purists, the only place it should play out, as it did for so many yardstick years, is Cafe De Paris and as it marks thirteen years of eventing excellence, it is to this hollowed turf that promoter Steve Elliot & his team return, one which will no doubt rekindle all the fond memories from those halcyon days, also proving a homecoming well worth waiting for.
So, getting our teeth straight into the detail, what can you expect from this Salvation 13th Anniversary this Sunday 13th November? Well, firstly they couldn’t have timed it better, turning thirteen on the thirteenth is pretty momentous in itself, although with historic home Cafe De Paris as the icing on the birthday cake, the filling is pretty substantial & yummy, the music doing much of the talking as three of the clubs favourite & most popular resident D.J.’s look to shine under the spotlight, MisWhite kicking proceedings off, she also in birthday celebratory mood which will surely show in the energetic, enthusiastic & euphoric set style that she has become renowned, this pint sized powerhouse (& our original foxy female) sure to thrill with tons of terrific hands in the air house heavenly tunes, a listen to her last compilation, “Work It” (out at http://miswhite.podomatic.com/) giving you a good idea of what to expect. Then there is Pier Morrocco, a supremely talented D.J. that has delighted us on scores of occasions over the years, whether at A.M. or Action, Matinee or Trade, although being one of the Salvation original’s it is perhaps this club where most of our fond memories & terrific times lie. But with his international experience standing him in good stead, Pier also represents Salvation abroad & has played in those Paris, Berlin, Cape Town & Sydney destinations among many more, so his is one performance you will definitely not want to miss, while you can warm up for his set by selecting some of his sounds via his podcast page at http://piermorrocco.podomatic.com/. Third of the quartet is Howard Turner, a relative unknown to Salvation followers, although with a D.J.’ing career that spans over 15 years, he comes with no shortage of experience, while keeping a pace with the trends, his sets very much manufactured with the latest technology allowing him to “…make my sets even more interesting by adding vocals & loops, as well as remixing tracks on the fly…”. And to mark his appearance, Howard has laid down a compilation to celebrate Salvation’s 13th anniversary, a podcast packed with electronic inspired grooves & beats, so well worth a listen at http://howardturner.podomatic.com/.
However, the Salvation celebration musical show could not be complete without the inclusion of one Oliver M, a D.J./Producer & club promoter who has hardly been out of the headlines in recent months & years, a solid career base behind the decks seeing him play across most parts of the planet, at the same time notching up scores of associations with the music & clubbing industry contacts & players allowing him to jump feet first into promoting. Having been responsible for the success of Matinee in London, despite the unfortunate end to his connections with the brand, he braved it with Matador & then moved into the lion’s den that became A:M, Oliver’s appetite for club promoting as ravenous now as it was at the height of his Matinee moments. But, wisely, he is currently submerged into his comfort zone which is D.J.’ing and the fruits of his hard working labour in recent months are seeing him play week in week out across Europe as well as back here in the capital, trips to Brazil, Mexico, & even The States on the cards, while brands such as La Demence, GreenKomn & Sexy, the latter two in his homeland Germany, while Paris based Walk Group is also a strong feature of his appearances, particularly of late. That said, Oliver’s involvement with Salvation stretches back a number of years and, like Pier Morrocco, Mr Mohns represents the brand across the world, so it comes as no surprise that promoter Steve Elliot has called upon Oliver’s services for this special celebration, and one we know he is very much looking forward to, having laid down a pumping podcast to mark the occasion which has already seen close on 3500 downloads, so one worth grabbing now at http://djoliverm.podomatic.com/, while his set on Sunday should be a scorcher as he is most definitely back in the D.J.’ing groove.
With the music sorted, what else can you expect from this anniversary outing?, Well, we are sure that the team have plenty of surprises in store, although in true Steve style, Mr Elliot has kept most if not all of them under his hat, although we do know that dance & stage show choreographer Raul Gonzales has plenty in store for this Salvation spectacle, while all Steve has told us is to “…be prepared to make history once again…”, he like many, so excited to see the brand back in its historical Cafe De Paris home. So, if you haven’t already, now is the time to book your place in this so called history making event, advance “silver” £15 tickets available online at http://gaypartix.com/parties/LONDON/Salvation13/, while a trip into Clone Zone & Prowler in Soho will allow you to grab one in person, the much prized VIP “Gold” ticket passes at £20 well worth considering too, especially as they give you queue jumping entry, free cloakroom, access to the VIP balcony & an invitation to the VIP pre-party which starts at 5 p.m. o that neatly moves onto the opening detail, Cafe De Paris’ doors swinging out at 6 p.m. this Sunday (13th Nov) & Salvation running through to a planned 1 a.m. finish, while we understand entry is also available on the door, the “official” afterparty our final piece of the detail ;puzzle, Orange down at Factory in Vauxhall playing host & Salvation D.J. Paul Coals playing alongside Orange main room & RAW residents.
So, need we say more, apart from pointing you to Cafe De Paris & a date with the resurrection rejoicing that will be Salvation & one which looks like being one of the parties of the year, meaning you should not miss out, rather make sure that you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
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It is rare that we find ourselves so much ahead of the game, as generally we end up catching up with just days or even hours to spare, but it seems that two of Spain’s biggest clubbing brands are pointing us towards December and tempting us into shouting about their up-coming events in Christmas month. Plus, with the gloomy days beginning to dig in, even though the temperature is not yet quite winter like, we thought we would not only self indulge by looking ahead to our birthday month but also to two prolific parties, both that have the credentials to round-up the year in sparkling style, giving you the necessary detail to book your attendance place for what will surely be two amazing anniversary acclamations not to be missed.
To the first and with “first” being the optimum word, as WE Party London celebrate their first anniversary, having landed in London literally a year ago to awesome accolade, the Spanish brand having spread its wonderful word beyond its borders to many parts of the world, although clearly acknowledging that London is as close as its gets to WE’s home in Madrid. Yet, while the launch event here in the capital captivated the clubbing crowds, very much stealing the initiative from counterparts Matinee & SuperMartXe, the brand introducing the its London audience to the massive LED installations & prolific production that clearly dazzled the dancing devotees, that initial sparkle faded a little in the early stages of its new found premiership, although with parties “Candy” & “Prison Of Love”, WE found itself back where it had started a few months earlier. Plus, with The Coronet in Elephant & Castle proving a perfect venue fit, very much mirroring the Madrid concept, this together with superstar resident D.J. Carlos Gallardo shining in the spotlight alongside London compatriots such as D’Johnny, Jamie Head, Steve Pitron & Gonzalo Rivas, in it’s relatively short series of stints, WE has established itself as a capital clubbing circuit colossus, very much wooing its capacity crowd of clubbing cavorters.
So, as WE London prepares to celebrate its 1st Anniversary here in the capital and given its status as one of the most prolific parties in town, we thought we would run down just a few details of its “Disco” event that takes place on Saturday 3rd December at The Coronet, as well as linking into the all important ticket purchase site, especially given that all “super advance” tickets have already sold out. To the music first and WE London are drawing on main room residents D’Johnny & Gonzalo Rivas, both who have become favourites of the followers, while international playboy D.J. Paul Heron is called upon to play “…an exclusive set featuring disco classics brought right up to date…”, the Spanish influence coming from Madrid resident Manuel De Diego who flies to in rack up his second London appearance for the brand. But there is a second room too, this time hosted by brilliant boutique club bash Room Service, both Fat Tony & Kris Di Angelis flying the flag here, Jodie Harsh also sure to make an appearance. Then there is the production and we are expecting something quite amazing for this anniversary, not least “…retro disco decor, super hot gogo shows & spectacular birthday surprises…”, no doubt those LED installations sure to thrill as will the amazing atmosphere. As for those all important tickets, you need to move fast, as sales at http://wepartylondon.com are well & truly rocketing and with the price currently held at just £15, you are well advised to secure one now, although should you prefer to grab one in person, then The Orange Group (London promoters of WE Party) have already released batches to Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, two weeks ago to be precise, as well as popping stocks into Ku-Bar & Rupert St, so plenty of purchase places to ensure you make a date with “Disco” & what will surely be the best WE party yet.
Now to our second in the duo of delectable dance diary dates and it’s another anniversary, this time for Logan Presents, both the man & the promotions machine having found themselves on a bit of a rocky road in recent times, the main protagonist being last year’s SuperMartXe 2nd anniversary event at SE One club, a host of problems with the venue & security letting the promoter & his team down desperately, although more importantly, impacting on many of Logan’s loyal London customers. However, if we look back further over the history of this prolific promotions machine we find a wealth of wonderful events & brands within the Logan Presents envelope, Matinee, Hype & Up three of those brands, while events like SMX’s “Alice In Wonderland” at The Brixton Academy & a score of epic’s At The Coronet, Matinee’s “Open Air Summer Party” & Up’s showings at Dex, all great examples, each very much blueprinting the pomp & circumstance for which Logan Presents has become renowned. Then we look to the now and, despite the stiff competition they are facing, there has been a steady warming to the teams new & regular home for SuperMartXe, Pulse, a venue quite different from its original home at The Coronet, so for some purists not the SMX of old, but times they do change, so Logan & his team are certainly moving with them and riding the merry-go-round that is the capitals clubbing circuit, safe in the knowledge that it was Logan Presents that really did transform London’s clubbing environment.
So it will come as no surprise to hear that Logan is looking to push the boundaries even further in celebration of three years promoting some of the most prolific parties, this 3rd Anniversary, on Saturday 17th December, no run of the mill celebration at Pulse or even The Brixton Academy, rather in order to support a very special headlining guest, for one night only Logan, his scxhmitzels & the whole bang caboodle are moving across to The O2 Arena in Greenwich, within which is the newly formed dance venue, Proud (formerly Matter). And given that special guest, you can understand why Logan has chosen this locale, as none other than George Michael will be appearing, performing tracks from his “Catalogue Remixed” collection exclusively for this anniversary event, while for obvious reasons, other details of the event are still under wraps as the focus & spotlight really needs to shine on George who is surely the single most magnificent draw for any gay clubbing event the capital has seen, Logan himself being quoted as saying of this spectacle, “…we are thrilled to welcome London’s clubbing crowd to the biggest show the scene will ever experience, so ensure you are part of the history & not left behind…”. Now, early bird tickets priced at £15 went on sale last Thursday (3rd Nov) and sold out within 48 hours, such was the attraction of this anniversary headline act inclusion, although fear not, as a 2nd phase of early birds priced at £20, have been released and can be grabbed now at http://loganpresents.com, but like the last tranche, you need to be quick, as the standard £25 tickets have also already kicked in. So, like Logan say’s, don’t miss out on this truly monumental meet as it has all the credentials of being THE party of 2011.
Right, there it is, a duo of delectable dance dates to definitely draw into your diary, while we will of course be bringing you much more on both as the events come closer, while you have no excuse to secure your slot for this two superb spectacles by booking your places right now, meaning that you will most definitely “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Well, the news of the temporary closure of one of the capital’s premier & most popular gay venues is now very much broadcast news, the weekly gay magazines having reported on it, London’s clubbing bible website SeenQueen having posted on it and even we having gone into great detail over it, our special report “In The Line Of ….” attempting to quash the rumours & hearsay but to serve up a balanced view of the situation facing Fire in Vauxhall. And while we have to once again stress that the closure is a temporary one, the issues surrounding it covered in our last report at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/11/reports-in-the-line-of-fire-the-closure-the-issues-wednesday-2nd-november/, given the fact that the venue will be out of commission until 15th December, we felt it only appropriate to serve both regular Fire customers & you, our reading public, with news on plans while the venue is closed.
Therefore, with Fire closing from Monday 31st October to Thursday 15th December, very much affecting weekly Orange Group brand regulars Gravity, A:M, Later & Orange, along with a host of Saturday night parties, as well as new club kid on the block Le-Boy at Protocol, the new swish venue within a venue, it was clear the team had to act quickly, not least to maintain the weekly presence of their regulars above, but also to accommodate promoter Patrick Lilley’s Wednesday weekly club, Work. So, within days of the temporary closure being announced exclusively to gay rag Q.X., we became aware of a plan to switch these clubs to a temporary home, while sister venue to Fire, Area, would also play its part in keeping up The Orange Groups prolific profile on the capitals clubbing calendar. And the team didn’t have to look far for their venue knight in shining armour, as it was Factory that came to the rescue of the Fire closure plight, the fit, while a temporary one, looking like a pretty good solution to a prickly problem, one that will get its first test tomorrow afternoon (Sunday 6th Nov).
So, what have The Orange Group brokered in this temporary move?, and what will the revised weekly listing/schedule of parties look like? Well, in terms of Factory, while we haven’t been privy to the detailed negotiations & discussions, it is probable that the Orange Group will look like taking a stake in the venue, not least as a fall-back on some other underlying issues with Fire which keep getting kicked into the long grass, although may be likely to come back & bite the team in the proverbial arse. Therefore, it seems logical, with Area’s position at present relatively secure, that moving in on Factory will give The Orange Group the anchor come bolt hole they need, while the win win situation clearly extends to Factory’s owners & management, who will more than likely see a tenfold increase in footfall through the venue’s doors, as well as increasing its own profile on the clubbing scene landscape. However, with monthly meets like Hard On! , among other commitments Factory need to honour, it looks like being a busy old time on Goding Street over the next few weeks.
Right, so what does the revised weekly schedule look like?, Well, as we have said, Area will be taking up a fair amount of the slack left behind by Fire’s doors being shut, both Patirck Lilley’s “Work” & The Orange Group’s “Gravity” moving there and assuming their regular slots or Wednesday’s & Thursday’s respectively. A:M is the next brand that shouts “All Change Please”, as it fits into the Onyx fold at Area for the next two weeks, just last night having doubled up with its Friday clubbing compatriot to make a massive twelve hour happening & will follow this with another Onyx vs. A:M event next weekend. Then it moves to Factory for the remainder of its situ away from its original home, the Goding St hangout also accommodating Sunday saunter Later from this weekend, so tomorrow (sun 6th Nov) onwards, while Orange is also on the move to Factory & will showcase its first shindig there from 11 p.m. tomorrow night. As for Le-Boy & planned Saturday parties, these have been shelved for now, the likelihood that Beyond will extend its hours in either “Midnight” or “Belief” format, this week’s “Guy Fawkes Special” neatly followed next weekend with this awesome afterhours marking the beginning of their winter season with the return of their “Ice” themed party that was such a great hit last year. In terms of other events on The Orange Group calendar while Fire is closed, well we cannot forget the massive WE “Disco” event on Sat 3rd Dec, marking the 1st Anniversary of this Spanish superclub landing in London, while we cannot overlook Sunday evening bash Booster, which maintains its slot at Area, sandwiching neatly between Later & Orange.
So, with plans very much in place to keep the parties pumping, this should allow the necessary steps to be put in place to ensure a sparkling re-opening of Fire on Friday 16th December, news on that weekend coming your way right here as soon as the details hit our desks, while in the meantime, you can keep abreast of all the developments by going to http://freclub.co.uk/news, any major news sure to come your way as so as we know it. In the meantime, while it is very much “All Change Please”, keep the fire burning bright by checking out the switch to Factory as we are sure to before very long. (DISCO MATT)
With Vauxhall having hit the headlines across the weekly gay magazines, as well as reaching a host of websites around the capital, the focus is very much on this south London clubbing mecca, although while people are throwing their thoughts towards one particular venue in question, we thought we would divert your attention to another, which welcomes back a bear-tastic bash to the scene this coming Saturday (5th November). So, while the jungle drums have definitely been beating about Fire, it is Hidden that finds itself in the spotlight here, not least as brilliant brand Bear Necessity (BN) takes up its London residency at its new home, one which looks like suiting & fitting Europe’s number one club for bears & their admirers very well indeed. And having played host to Megawoof, but also having recently undertaken an extensive refurbishment, Hidden as a venue home should work very well for BN, perhaps much better than previous place Area, especially as this weekend, it brings to London a prolific party that supports Europe’s biggest bear event.
With that backdrop painted, let’s first take a look at Bear Necessity as a brand, so as to give you an idea of what to expect from this happening tomorrow night, BN basing itself in Amsterdam and throwing its regular parties, roughly every month, at the huge Odeon theatre, the size of the venue intrinsic to the success of the parties, such is the draw of its bear fan base, not just within Amsterdam itself but right across Europe, people travelling from nearly Belgium & Germany, or from further afield such as Spain & Italy. Plus having linked in with promoters of other clubs, events & businesses, BN’s name & reputation, particularly on the continent, is as huge as it’s home in Amsterdam, the likes of RoB, Netherbears, Mr B & a host of other organisations in Holland connected with this bear brand, while Italy’s Good Bear group, along with Hungary’s Gay Bear’s club, hold associations with BN, even San Francisco’s Folsom involved. But probably their two biggest links are with both Furball, also based in Amsterdam and Mad Bear in Madrid, the latter taking place in the Spanish capital on 8th December & looking like attracting well over 4000 bears, big men & their admirers, while BN in Amsterdam hold their very popular “Bear World Wide Wood” party just next weekend.
So, what of Bear Necessity’s “Mad Bear” party here in the capital? Well, as we have hinted, it takes place at Hidden this Saturday (5th Nov) and having spoken to London promoter Firas Abiad, he tells us that you can “…expect plenty of fireworks on Saturday when Bear Necessity, comes out to play in its new home Hidden…” adding that we can also expect “…three rooms of music for this special edition of Bear Necessity, promoting Europe’s biggest bear event, MAD BEAR in Madrid…”. And given the popularity of Bear Necessity back home, as well as the draw of Mad Bear, this Saturday looks like been BN’s most lively London event yet, the weight of support from this massive Madrid events head cheese, Andy Garcia (better known as Doctor Woof), sure to help this happening at Hidden along. But it will be the D.J.’s that will take centre stage on Saturday, London’s Louis Lennon kicking off proceedings in BN main room with a progressive come tech turn, while up & coming talent, Pistol Pete, takes charge of room 2 & will be playing his unique blend of house & classic house spliced with hi-nrg and disco.
However, the fabulous evening of fury exploits will be injected with further Madrid assistance in the form of Mad Bear resident D.J. Binomio who headlines this event & brings an accomplished set of credentials with him, not least having featured for BN in Amsterdam, for Furball & for Hustlaball right here in the capital. That said, the list of clubs he has been resident & appeared for back home in Spain is substantial, big brands Space Of Sound & SuperMartXe featuring, while Bear parties seem to be his speciality, he having been part of the original team a Klubb, while his monthly residency at Madrid’s Bearzone has seen him develop a loyal following, some sure to make the trip tomorrow with him. In terms of his music style, from pumping progressive through elegant electro, there is a strong vein of dark tribal & a tinge of trance, Binomio stating of his sound, “…I offer a very personal vision of dance music, through extraordinary melodies & bases that seduce & make the dancefloor vibrate…”, his last podcast lifted from his set at Mad Hunter in March a good example of what to expect on Saturday, so one well worth a listen at http://binomio.podomatic.com/.
Now, with the BN brand embellished, the music masterminded, it down to the devil in the detail of this “Mad Bear” event and re-capping, Bear Necessity takes place this Saturday (5th Nov), tomorrow in fact, host venue Hidden opening its doors at 10 p.m. and the event running through to a planned 5 a.m., serving up three rooms of fun, as well as an area to explore in the dark, where you will surely have a terrific time feeling your fury way around. With the main space & room 2 devoted to dance, the third room provides a chill-out space where, in Farid’s words, “…you can kick back, have a beer or two and eye up the talent….”(we like a bit of that) he also advising that “…In the past Bear Necessity’s MAD BEAR parties have been packed to the rafters as Bear Necessity has been their main partner for the last three years, so avoid disappointment and get your tickets in advance!…”, which neatly moves onto entry details, those advance tickets, priced at £10, available online by going to http://www.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-11/05/bear-necessity-presents-mad-bear or if you prefer, in person at Prowler, Cloze & Comptons in Soho as well as Paris Gym in Vauxhall.
So, this definitely looks like being a bear-tastic gathering to beat them all & one for bears & their admirers not to miss, BN London’s promoter Firas polishing off this post by saying “…This is going to be a night to remember, and if you’re not planning to go to Madrid for Mad Bear, then you can have a taste of this exceptional experience at Bear Necessity this Saturday..” and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves, apart from adding that you should definitely make sure you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)