It may have already opened & closed it’s doors, but Disco Matt couldn’t resist pointing his pick of the day finger in the direction of brilliant brand Beyond, this awesome afterhours achiever standing in the DM scrutinising spotlight today (Sunday 21st April), the event/club detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while DM records his own report looking at the recent past, the present & the future for this weekly wonder beneath.
There is absolutely no questioning the brilliance of Beyond, a club in its tenth year having seemingly gone from strength to strength, a succession of prolific parties at home since that birthday bash in October, maintaining the clubs premier position on the weekly clubbing circuit calendar. Plus, in the last 12 months, Beyond has added a whole host of international destinations to its resplendent repertoire, the likes of Paris, Amsterdam & Brussels adding to more sunnier climes that have included Brazil, Ibiza & Mykonos, along with a recent turn in Tel Aviv, added to their riding of the Mediterranean sea of waves on the La Demence cruise last summer, this on top of welcoming international brands & D.J.’s to play right here in London.
But talking of back home, that wave crest our favourite club of all time has certainly come crashing into shore in the last couple of months, the temporary closure of its hallowed turf, Area, the first body blow Beyond has had to endure in 2012, this followed by a head scratching move to dispose prolific promoter Steve Sharp from his seat. Having seen the brand in action across at Fire, it certainly wasn’t the Beyond we have come to love over the years and with Mr Sharp no longer in the promotions picture, the future of Beyond in our eyes remains in the balance, plans for a specialist party, “Berlin”, along with a host of special guest D.J.’s that would have injected a much needed fresh feel to this Sunday morning meet, squandered as a result of Steven’s dismaying departure. And we cannot contain our concern over recent moves against certain D.J.’s whose freedom to play at other parties has been questioned by Beyond’s upper management resulting in their removal from the clubs residency team.
That said, there is little doubt that the “all roads lead to” reputation Beyond has built up over the years remains as forceful as ever, just last week seeing a collision of clubbers from all corners of the capital, making it down to Area on Sunday morning, frolickers from Fire joined by post War party heads & Soho socialites, all soaking up the splendour of this Sunday sensation, Beyond having pushed its offer to a 3 a.m. opening time weekly, perhaps (hopefully) consigning the much maligned “Midnight” format to the history books. So, continuing with that new formula, Beyond opened its doors once again this morning (Sunday 22nd April) at 3 a.m., welcoming residents that included Fat Tony, The Oli, The Sharp Boys, D’Johnny, Alan K & Paulo Moreno, all playing for a party that was billed as the official “This Is Ibiza” afterparty, but with not much else to feed it this weekend, a relative quiet Saturday to Soho & many SOS devotes from Shoreditch staying put.
So, what for Beyond in the coming weeks? Well, with Jonny Marsh once again overseeing the promotion of the club, we suspect it will be a back to basics attitude & direction, the new 3 a.m. format bedding in further next weekend which also sees Beyond follow on from the return of Casa Latina while Gutterslutters are more likely to trip across from Shoreditch & being the last weekend of the month, it should prove pretty packed down Area way. Plus with superstar resident Steve Pitron back, plus the likes of Jamie Head & Paul Christian playing, it should prove to be the place to be, while we are hoping that the captivating changes Steven made, not least re-structuring the music offer in the second space, very much breathing life back into The Chapel Room which always seemed to die on its feet come about 8 a.m., remain in force, although our beloved Terrace room trip about 10 a.m. each Sunday may no longer be on the cards following the recent decision to swing open the doors to the outside space, relegating the music & the D.J.’s to the two other dance arena’s, a move that pretty much killed the amazing atmosphere that Oli was achieving when we arrived at Beyond on Easter Sunday.
However, with this brilliant brand still our firm favourite, while we have once again been forced to step out of the scene due to the loss of a family member to a fatal stroke, Beyond continues to receive our wholehearted support whether it finds us near or far as we will be over the next couple of weeks, further info on upcoming events available to checking out http://orangenation.com &/or http://facebook.com/beyondclub. Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)