We have seen the return of Gigolo, the launch of Blitz and now Soho prepares for a third protagonist to the social soiree set, as enigmatic individual, Johnny Sparkle brings his dream of promoting a club on the capitals circuit to fruition, Disco Matt biting into the detail on Lush-Moa which storms the scene this Sunday.
February on the capital’s clubbing circuit is usually a month for taking stock and preparing for spring, although like the shift in the global climate, it seems that a handful of individuals are rather using it to bring to budding fruition hopes & plans for long dreamed about creations. So, we have witnessed the weekly return of Gigolo at new home The Shadow Lounge, we have seen the launch of Blitz, a new bar come club at the old stomping ground of Kudos, and now we see a venue on Greek Street which is also getting in on this amazing act, the Soho scene seemingly sparkling like spring, rather than withering like winter. And in Green Carnation, we find this new protagonist within the Soho clubbing circuit, the venue a stylish spot that has been around as long as we can remember, its previous incarnation as Sanctuary pretty much responsible for the vibrant social soiree scene that we see today, Room Service just a block away heading up a long list of adventures that make this niche end of the clubbing market so appealing. But with Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, & Thursday’s pretty much a done deal, new to the London promotions game, Johnny Sparkle, has chosen Sunday as his day of reckoning as be brings us his clubbing concept, Lush-Moi.
So what’s it all about Alfie? Well, the ideology behind the club night is an injection of French chic & fancy to London, Mr Sparkle looking to bring across some special Parisian players to join the band of Brits he has lined up as his D.J. residency team (more on them in a mo). However, more than that, Lush-Moi aims itself at the stylish & sophisticated Soho set, the oasis that is Green Carnation the perfect place to pull in a cosmopolitan yet classy crowd, Johnny explaining of his concept, “…imagine a sophisticated party known for its glamour, sumptuous surroundings and the most eligible crowd and you have Lush-Moi…”, he adding of our expectations, “…As soon as you walk through the doors, the sound and the atmosphere seduce you into the fabulous world of self-indulgence…” and if you have ventured into Green Carnation of late, that is pretty much what the venue offers and a feel that Lush-Moi will be extenuating through an exemplary experience. And Johnny brings a fair amount of experience to the fore in this new venture, he having organised & ran clubs & events both here in London across in France & as far away as Brazil, he being noted as saying in a recent interview, “…I am really excited to bring to the scene a French taste to energise the London 2012 clubbing scene and with the world’s eyes focussing on the capital with the upcoming Olympics, I consider this as the right time to bring the best of London’s clubbing scene to the forefront…”.
Now, with the concept capped, what’s on offer on the music front?, Well, Mr Sparkle has enlisted a team of residents that harp from his “Booster” times, the team including Sharon O Love, a terrific talent that had a huge 2011, tours of Mexico & gigs across Europe showering her schedule, he funky, upfront & tech toned house music sure to fit the Lush-Moi ethos, a selection of her sounds well worth checking out at http://soundcloud.com/dj-sharon-o-love, her music always having an uplifting feel with drenches of vocals, her latest creation for Amsterdam’s “Funhouse” probably as close to the style of sound to expect from Sharon at the launch tonight. Then there is Jc Christopher, a guy in the thick if the music industry, working for agency Milk n Sugar, while in terms of D.J.’ing he has, of course played “Booster”, he has a regular slot with Friday nighter “Onyx” and makes the occasional appearance for Soho’s Rupert St, as well as being accredited to clubbing brands that include As One, Lovechild, Later, & Salvation, while a selection of his podcast pressings, which he titles “House Mix Tapes” out at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/house-mix-tapes/id343071724. With other residents including La Gosse, Dan K (of Barcode & “Booster” fame) & Joz F, while there seems to be a pretty thick “Booster” vein flowing through this team, Lush-Moi & its music is very much a major departure from both Vauxhall & this former Sunday night session, perhaps the seventh day in the week, the only real association.
So that’s the music, what about the detail?, Well, Lush-Moi launches tonight (Sun 5th Feb) at The Green Carnation (4-5 Greek St, Soho), doors opening at 7 p.m. and the club running through to a workable closing time of 1 a.m., the team tempting you in with a happy hour which runs for two, from 7 till 9, while entry is £8 (£6 with flyer, concession or ad), that pretty much summing up all you need to know, while a refresher on the detail is just a click away at http://everysparkle.co.uk/. Therefore, with us wishing Johnny & his team every success for this new Soho soiree splendour, we leave it to Mr Sparkle to sum up the event, when he says of Lush-Moi, “…think provocative, play full and witty, enjoy the experience of a delightful theatrical role play, see and feel everything that is Lush full and fabulous, when you open yourself to fantasy, your Lush-Moi comes to life…” he concluding “…let’s get Sunday’s parties started…” meaning snow or no snow Soho looks set to sparkle when Lush-Moi moseys on down into town, meaning you should definitely “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)