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)