Archive for December 11, 2011
It may be a good two weeks down the line, but this exceptional event at Electric is as fresh in our minds today as it was when we waved it goodbye in the early hours of that Sunday morning. Were you there? Did you get a mention? Or what did you miss out on? Well there’s only one way to find out….
When we think of afterhours clubbing these days, the one word that tends to spring to mind first is Beyond, the brand that has pretty much dominated Sunday mornings for the last decade, while the real pioneer of afterhours was Trade, although if we were to dig deeper into the afterhours market, there are a whole host that fall into this bracket, whether it be a Friday, a Saturday, a Sunday or even a Monday morning, names that spring to mind including FF & Warriors of old, while Gravity & A:M still push those out of hours boundaries today. That said, it is rare for any of these clubs to successfully switch their format to a regular timing slot, save perhaps for special occasions like bank holidays, Easter & Christmas, although there is one that has bridged that gap & made that successful step on many occasions. Indeed, since its inception a good thirteen years ago now, this brilliant brand has not just played out to party heads on Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays, but has also successfully switched venues, finding its feet wherever it goes, a feat that many a competitor club looks upon with a great deal of envy.
Orange, when it was launched back in 1998 was a pretty small scale club, its first home in Rotherhithe a converted pub, although with advent of the clubbing venue we now know as Fire, this citric splendour really found its feet and became the ruin of many a Monday morning of ours, the decadent feel that we used to get from the halcyon Sunday sessions of Trade, very much being taken over by Orange. However, as times have gone by, our trips to this Monday madcap meet have been pretty much restricted to special occasions, not least when it has switched from its now natural home to sister venue Area for the famed bank holiday specials. But the wonderful clubbing word of Orange has extended further than just Vauxhall, a succession of showings at The Fridge in Brixton in recent years marking brilliant bank holiday bashes that carry magical memories for many. So, when we heard that this mega Monday morning meet would be making a one-off return to the revamped iconic venue in SW2, now known as Electric, we were keen to see what this party prospect would plunder, not least how the venue would shape up after the building site that was Brava.
So, with this in mind, along with headline D.J. Steve Pitron wanting to make sure everything was in place for his performance, we headed down to Brixton, late afternoon on the day of the event, this flying visit allowing us to take a look at Electric in its now finished state, the difference immediately noticeable from the foyer right through the whole space, a quick inspection of the toilets, along with the bar spaces, seeing a tenfold improvement in the place. With Steve also relatively happy with the positioning of the D.J. booth centre stage in the main auditorium, a brief conversation with the promotions management confirming that all the necessary equipment would be in place in time. With our brief pre event visit over, it was now a case of planning our arrival time to soak up the starting segment of this citric Saturday splendour, our arrival back at Electric at just before midnight seeing us greeted by the ever present Tom Fuller who was orchestrating the developing queue magnificently, the larger than life figure of hostess Chrissy Darling, resplendent in an orange coloured outfit, she spotting us & immediately breaking out into her usual song greeting “…I wanna take a ride on the Disco Matt…”, while a flurry of text messages from Mr Pitron were urging us to “…come…”, “…come inside…”, “MAAAAATTT come inside….” although it was his previous message, “…Alyson is here, she could be anywhere…” that was stopping us in our tracks, the thought of “the porridge woman” at large, consuming us with frightful fear, Tom even remarking that Steve had arrived with two females.
However, putting best foot forward we made it inside, immediately heading for the main room bar area, which was already awash with a developing crowd, our steps of trepidation vindicating themselves when we were caught by both Steve & Bel, sending us running & screaming around the club, the looks on the faces of those around us saying it all. However, with no sign of Alyson, we soon calmed down & concentrated on the task in hand, soaking it this citric Saturday splendour, a glance over to the stage seeing The Oli in charge of the tunes, warming up the party brilliantly with his barnstorming beats, proving, yet again what a hot ticket talent he is (and pretty hot in the looks dept too!). Mind you we weren’t the only ones remarking on the impression he was making, Bel seemingly spellbound by his superb set, no surprise as Oli was certainly packing powerful punch with his prolific performance, the dancefloor soon filling with party goers & the atmosphere lifting with every terrific track selection after the next. This distraction pause from the mischievous intentions of a playful Mr Pitron gave us the opportunity to give the venue another once over, the improvement since the building site of Brava noticeable, not least that all the renovations had been finished, the ceiling looking magnificent with a multi-tiered mirrorball as the centre-piece, all the Victorian arcitrading returned to its former glory and, more importantly, all the infrastructure, like toilets, bars, seating areas & corridors completed & decorated.
With Steve having grabbed us a back stage pass, the time was nearing for his set showing, our privileged viewpoint from behind the D.J. booth allowing us to see the full extent of the club in front of us and the view Mr Pitron was getting during his performance. And by golly what another dynamic delivery of dance delectations he delighted us and a now near capacity Electric crowd to, a magnificent mixture of classics, classics rehashed & up to date hits, cleverly interwoven into a scintillating string of sounds, one track after next sending us into a spin behind the stage along with a boisterous Bel and now a handful of photographers, one with a video camera in his hand catching our “Doing The Disco Matt” moves on film. And this was no surprise given the track choices Steve was making, first “Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life” (Mr Pitron was definitely doing this tonight!) followed by “Shine On Me”, these just two examples of the classic tunes both the vent & its headline player had promised. But, these were balanced by more up to date tracks too, crowd pleasers for sure, “Live Your Dreams” one of them and “Pressure” another, both which, as they always do, sent us headlong into that tearful & emotional rollercoaster ride, while our vantage point right behind Steve was the best we could have asked for.
But while we were enjoying & lapping up our select stage spot, we were also keen to mingle with the masses, our trip down onto the dancefloor immediately sending us into the path of the adorable Andrea, her welcome as affectionately hysterical as always, her catchphrase “…you can f*** right off…” hitting that hysterical high. However, what moving down here also did was to put us in pole position for the stage show which was erupting before our eyes, Elektra & her dreamy dancers hitting the Orange Electric stage to plumes of pyro’s & loads of lasers, Steve timing the musical fanfare we had been privy to earlier that evening to perfection. Then, as if we were called to take a further retreated view of proceedings, a timely text from Tom Fuller saw us clamber through the crowd & head to the bar, our liege immediately remarking on our lack of an orange coloured t-shirt (oops) while with all the emotion of the Pitron performance along with the presence of Onyx promoter Verity Mayes, we were pleased with the distraction, at least for this short while.
Mind you, the night was far from over and we had the remaining beats of Steve’s scintillating set to soak up, a return to our privileged position seeing out the remaining moments of his prolific performance, more terrifically classical tunes & more modern mixes, finishing with the incredible “Sunset To Sunrise” our possible replacement for “Offshore”, all this emotion leaving us to cough & splutter like a rusty engine, our iron lung having gotten its first dance workout in weeks. But that workout was far from over, as with Fat Tony now in charge of the Orange Electric decks, the playful chases by both Bel & Steve ensued, chases across the back of the stage and round the bar area which we found ourselves retiring to once again, the looks on peoples & security guards faces as we ran & screamed, an absolute picture, while hiding behind Steve’s beau Celso wasn’t the protection we needed, the playful pranks going on for much of the remainder of our stay. But, the time to leave was now knocking, the host of familiar faces including the delectable Dorin & Kyri, the fabulous Franck, the magnificent Mauricio, the marvelous Minty along with Michael Peacock & plenty more besides, were not enough to hold us, the call to work playing on our minds, meaning a curtain call on the outstanding Orange outing to sink home & reflect on our resplendent return to the clubbing circuit in the hands of this heavenly happening.
Well, we tweeted, we danced & we socialised, there was emotion, there was fun & there were tears and in a strange sort of way that kind of sums up this Orange Electric event, as it pretty much had it all, not least the captivating crowd of friendly & familiar faces that made this, our return to clubbing after a six week absence, the best we could have wished for. But more than that, we have to hand it to the venue management for transforming Electric from the building site it was for Brava to the fantastically finished product we found it this time round, while the promotions team did a sterling job in showcasing Orange in super scale & on a Saturday to boot. That aside, our evening was very much made by a handful of incredible individuals mentioned, top of the prolific pile going to Steve Pitron who played out a scintillating set packed with magical memory making moments that, in combination with that privileged position we were so honoured to have, will remain in our minds eye for a long time to come. So here’s to Orange as a clubbing brand, here’s to everyone involved in this exceptional event and here’s to what was most definitely an evening of “emotionally engrossing euphoria”. (DISCO MATT)
With the confirmation that George Michael will NOT be performing at the Logan Presents 3rd Anniversary plus, amidst claims from a senior scene figure & clubbing site webmaster that we have created speculative gossip and have showed a lack of professionalism & credibility, Disco Matt now sets the record straight for all to see regarding both the Logan Presents event & these awful accusations.
It is no secret that we have been keeping close tabs on the developments with Logan Presents 3rd Anniversary event, one billed as “…a truly historical showcase…” along with “…the biggest show London will ever experience…” for good reason, as given the fact that the party was to feature one of the world’s biggest pop stars (and a gay icon to boot), this was big news indeed. In fact, when we were first made aware of George Michael being booked for this Logan Presents Anniversary, we reported on it, giving the party decent exposure in our recommends post “Delectable Dance Diary Dates Duo” (just check it out at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/11/recommends-delectable-december-dance-diary-dates-duo-we-disco-1st-logan-presents-3rd-anniversaries-saturday-1st-17th-december/), the prospect of this world famous pop star performing for Logan presents a very tempting prospect indeed.
However, when the news came through that George Michael had been taken seriously ill, we felt the need to again report on it, as we always do, giving our opinion on the situation, based on the facts (an important word here) in front of us, this report based on the research we made rather than simply relying on other views or comments. Our report “Headliner In Hospital” at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/11/reports-headliner-in-hospital-logan-presents-3rd-anniversary-saturday-17th-december-newsflash-update/ did however, pose some questions as to the continual claims that George Michael would still be appearing at the Logan Presents 3rd Anniversary, not least that we felt the clubbing & moreover paying public had a right to know. Remember, this event has become & is big news for the scene and, as an investigative journalist and one that has never run away from speaking his mind or telling the truth, plus saying it how he sees it, we felt we were doing no wrong by reporting George’s &, as a result, Logan’s plight as we did.
So, when further news hit our desks of a supposed replacement (she was never billed as an addition!) for George Michael, in X-Factor reject Kitty Brucknall, again seeing that this was big news for this “…history making…” event, we decided to report once again, our post “Here Kitty Kitty” at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/12/reports-here-kitty-kitty-logan-presents-3rd-anniversary-get-well-george-saturday-17th-december-newsflash/, this report having invoked those claims mentioned above, ones implying that we have been unprofessional, have harmed our integrity & credibility, that we have been (and we quote) “…purely speculative bordering on gossip…”. Yet, while we have sought to draw attention to the report through some of the language we have used, the primary aim of both this and our last post on Logan’s 3rd Anniversary, was to get to the truth regarding George Michael’s appearance, one which until today, had still not been confirmed, rather comments on social networking sites & press releases simply referring to the word “hope”, hope that he would be well enough in time, hope that he would appear, rather than the confirmation that the clubbing & paying public, we feel, have the right to know, WILL!!
So, let’s now put the record straight, right here, right now, as following our report yesterday, that senior scene figure & clubbing site webmaster has told us (and we once again quote) “…I contacted Logan for the truth and he can confirm George Michael will not perform…”. Furthermore, this announcement has been made on the clubbing website in question, the extract of which is right here for all to see when it says “…after reading speculative gossip on another website, SeenQueen.com were motivated to get the truth and contacted Logan personally. He replied promptly and we can report the following…”. And that “Truth The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth” is that George Michael will NOT be performing at the 3rd Anniversary event this coming Saturday (17th Dec), as in Logan’s Schmitz’s own words he say’s “…sorry for the confusion, things haven’t been so clear with this unfortunate situation. As George has yet to return to London, I have lost all hope that he will perform this weekend…” Logan adding that “…I do know he hates letting people down and he will be performing next year…”.
Now, as unfortunate this news is both for the Logan Presents 3rd Anniversary event itself and for those paying ticket holder clubbing public expecting George Michael to be part of the £15, £20, £25 or more package, the fact remains that a categorical confirmation as to whether he would be there or not was what people were looking for. Naturally, with the lack of such a confirmation, people, like ourselves, would raise questions & concerns, quite rightly so, this being the basis of our reporting. However, to be somehow accused of speculation & gossip, we feel, has been a step to far by this individual, yes it is his opinion and he has a right to it, but we have never entertained gossip in our reporting, we state our opinions and we also have a right to do that, especially living in the freedom of speech & press society that we find ourselves within. And to further press the point home, we do not think that by reporting in the way we have, we have compromised either intergrity or credibility, rather put out our opinion on, may we say it again, what had been billed as “…a truly historical showcase…” and now, deeply unfortunately, looks like being a prolific party with two P.A. performers rather than one that sported a worldwide pop icon come legend. That said, as we have mentioned before, we do wish George Michael a speedy recovery and we do also feel for Logan, this potentially another setback for him. Yet, we cannot escape the fact that people may now not consider an ex X Factor contestant as a suitable replacement, this (as we said in previous reports) simply being our opinion rather than speculative gossip, as has been claimed. But to put the record completely straight, we have, just today, received confirmation from Jamie Neve of Logan Presents, that Kitty Brucknall was never booked as a replacement, rather the third P.A., effectively one for each of the three years, so we are told.
So, given this record straightening report, we continue to hold our head high, continue to say it how we see it, continue to report based on fact not fiction and continue to stand by our style of reporting. We do not see what we have reported as “…speculative gossip…” and we do not see we have, in any way, compromised our integrity or credibility. (DISCO MATT)