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)