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With our heads having been buried in computers & the compilations for well over twenty four hours, our minds are now focused back on the forthcoming weekend and one that looks set to be another purple patch period of partying with two exceptional events on our schedule. However, looking across the scene, there is so much more on offer meaning that it’s time to run through our Best Bites & Short Shouts across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere, as the march towards the middle of the month marks to marvellous meets.
To Soho first and our Best Bite pretty much a foregone conclusion as Profile & Lo-Profile get our choice again this week. But rather than run through the whole offer at these Wardour St. wonders, having visited two weeks in a row, we will let our reviews do the talking, , “I Want My Porridge”, which should probably say “We Got Our Porridge”, looking at Profile (direct link) http://discomatt.com/web/2011/07/reviews-i-want-my-porridge-junior-moura-plays-profile-barcode-friday-1st-saturday-2nd-july-bite-size-review/, while with both Gigolo & Society playing a big part in Lo-Profile’s weekly offer, we combined both into one review which gives you as good a flavour as any recommendation (direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/07/reviews-soho-social-splendour-times-two-gigolo-society-at-lo-profile-thurs-fri-7th-8th-july-bite-size-review/). However, whilst it’s good to reflect, especially when it’s all about good times, it’s also great to look forward and this weekend, both Profile & Lo-Profile give you a lot to look forward to, the former sporting two of its longest serving resident D.J.’s Jamie Head dishing up the dance hits tomorrow (Fri 15th), while the cheeky Craig Daniels does the business on Saturday, both starting from 8 p.m. & carrying you through to the extended 11.30 p.m. curtain call. With a fab food offer, the friendliest staff & the best cocktails in town, check out more info of his sophisticated spot at http://profilesoho.com. As for downstairs in Lo-Profile, with Society steering you into Saturday, the man behind the concept, nu-funk exponent extraordinaire Brent Nicholls kicks off another session of this social come clubbing splendour, while Nick Evans takes up the music mantle till 4 a.m. Then on Saturday, it seems that Lo-Profile can’t get enough of Hugh Stevenson, as he is back for a second weekend, Alessandro Londra polishing off another wonderful Wardour St weekend, more details on Lo-Profile available at http://loprofile.com.
Now to some Short Shouts & Rupert St get first bite, with D.J. Minx in charge on the tunes tomorrow night, while Oliver M, fresh from the La Demence cruise should have tons of terrific tunes up his sleeve on Saturday (16th) both selecting the sounds from 9 p.m. till midnight, details on this popular place out at http://rupertstreet.com.
To Ku-Bar now and having popped in last night, it seems they have had a major makeover (well since we were there last anyway), so definitely a more sophisticated look upstairs, while is business as usual downstairs, the DJ quest comp still in full force tomorrow (Fri 15th), while on Sunday, Lady Lloyd holds another “Hit Factory” happening, also not forgetting “Citric” on Monday (yes not the weekend!!), more info out at http://ku-bar.co.uk.
Finally to The Shadow Lounge, who are right in the middle of a massive makeover in time for their 10th anniversary, this Saturday signalling the last party before they close their doors for the major facelift works. So, with furniture & other Shadow souvenirs up for grabs, Andrew Elmore making sure the sounds are spectacular, this should be a closing party to remember, while the new look is also extending to the website, where you can get all the info you need on what when & where, at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk.
Onto Vauxhall and one event stands out among a sea of others in The Orange Group stable, as Casa Latina makes its second splash on the scene, with their “Super Car Wash” party this Saturday (16th July), we having covered it all in detail with our Weekend Focus “Brazilian Beats Bonanza”, out at direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/07/recommends-brazilian-beats-bonanza-cas-latina-super-car-wash-saturday-16th-july-weekend-focus/, and one prolific party you won’t want to miss. So, whilst Casa is standing in the Saturday spotlight, there is plenty else on offer, starting with Onyx tomorrow night at Area, residents D.J.;s including Lee Harris, Jc Christiopher Ariel & Lisa German, while straight after its another A:M Afterhours at Fire, proving a great excuse to push the euphoric envelope deep into Saturday morning. Then, with all those Latino’s out at Fire on Saturday night, they will definitely be in partying mood, so heading for Beyond on Sunday morning, while the team also party hard in Paris the previous night, The Oli & Paul Heron flying the flag once again. With Later on Sunday afternoon in a purple patch of partying, so should prove a draw, especially for those not heading out to Lovebox, while Booster keeps the clubbing going straight to Orange that carries you deep into Monday morning & a later crawl to the office or workstation. Whilst it is very much business as usual for The Orange Group this weekend, there is a new kid on the block night coming your way very soon, not to mention big plans for August, so here is where to keep your eyes peeled as the news breaks (no phone tapping required for info). But, you could also pay a visit to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties for more information on a full-on week of clubbing that also includes Gravity, Deuces, Open & Work, while to get guest list entries to clubs, clock on to http://gayguestlists.com/ & add your club choice after it (i.e. Onyx, Later, Booster).
Onto some Short Shouts now and never say we shy away from something a little off our usual beaten track, but when a club celebrates a birthday, its 10th no less, then it definitely deserves a mention. And in this case, our shout goes to Bootylicious, marking this milestone with birthday bash that celebrates this clubbing of colour collectives’ coolest raves across a decade that has seen it hop from Crash to Area & then jump to Colosseum, where this party takes place on Saturday (16th), more info on this institution available at http://bootylicious-club.co.uk/.
Next & to a venue who’s Sunday nighter, Horse Meat Disco, will be in the thick of the action at Lovebox in Victoria Park (more on that in a mo), while The Eagle hold a pre-Lovebox celebration with HMD’s Jim Stanton on the decks, while the previous night, Tim Jones’s “Tonker” sees another Jones on the decks, Ross bashing out the beats at this bear-tastic gathering. With HMD back for a post Lovebox mash-up on Sunday night (17th July) and a week full of frolics, go check out the venues website http://eaglelondon.com for more info.
Now to another birthday celebration, as Barcode Vauxhall celebrates 5 years on the clubbing scene this Saturday (16th July), with an extra special party, bringing back some of its favourite D.J. residents to mix up the musical birthday cake recipe, Steven Artis joined by Gonzalo Rivas, Hugh Stevenson, Elliot J Brown & Paul Coals. Now, we will be devoting an Extra Bites post to BCV’s birthday, so keep your eyes peeled for that, but for details on this, the now singular Barcode in the capital, go to http://bar-code.co.uk.
So to our alternatives and Best Bite just had to go to Lovebox, which whilst in the domain of breeder land for most of its three day festival length, has a distinct homo feel to it on Sunday (17th July), when it seems the lion’s share of the gay clubbing scene will be heading out to Victoria Park to give support to the likes of Circus, Horse Meat Disco & Trailer Trash, who will be flying the rainbow flag over the exceptional alfresco event. But when you see the main stage line-up, there is plenty of gay interest too, as headlining are The Scissor Sisters, while big players Robyn, Kelis, Beth Ditto, Blondie & Marc Almond no less, all hit the homo mark, the list of performers stretching deep into double figures (we count 55), both Tensnake & Jonny Woo in the mix, while that Circus stage looks like one not to miss. And having spoken with Kris Di Angelis on the subject a couple of weeks ago, the live performance planned is one you simply won’t want to miss, the Circus top protagonists all involved, including Scottee, Tom Stephan &, of course Jodie Harsh herself. Add to all that a packed park serving up cabaret, circus rides, street theatre, vintage bazaars, art installations & much more and we are just praying the glorious British summer doesn’t let us down. Now, looking at the official website, http://lovebox.net, there are still both standard & VIP tickets on sale via the official suppliers, Ticketmaster & HMV tickets, but be warned, you will need to collect them on the gate as even we, having ordered ours two weeks ago, have to potentially stand in a queue for our VIP ones (not very VIP that is it?!?!). However, tickets aside, this is going to be a fantastic festival and one hell of a day for us, DM being on hand to review it all, while we will also be pushing out an Extra Bites recommends post, giving you the last minute rundown of where to be & be seen.
Right to a couple of Short Shouts to round off this newsletter and we head up to Dalston first, to The Dalston Superstore in fact, who are very much in the Lovebox mood with their “Optimo” party on Saturday (16th) when the Glasgow duo of JD Twitch & JG Wilkes roll up fresh from their Lovebox appearance for the city’s legendary club, that being Optimo of course, while Horse Meat Disco’s Severino rocks upstairs. With “Boydem” on Friday & a very special “Outside The Box” post Lovebox party on Sunday, Trailer Trash, Bodytalk & Hot Boy Dancing Spot combining for one monumental mash-up & The DSS is definitely the place to be, more info available at http://thedalstonsuperstore.com.
Over at East Bloc and the boys are still in recovery mode after a superb Summer Rites festival last weekend, but welcome Fitladz to the fray, this boy on boy bash having uprooted itself from Vauxhall, picks this trendy Shoreditch spot to draw in some of those “aww right” East End ladz tomorrow night (Fri 15th), while it is a case of S.O.S., as this plu populaire night is back, the likes of Jim Warboy, The Lovely Jonjo, Scottee & La Gosse included in the line-up, more details on East Bloc out at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Right folks, we are pretty much there for another weekend, but just time to squeeze in two tiny mentions, first to tip top clubbing site SeenQueen, who have updated their own diary of events right into August, this & much more available at http://seenqueen.com/, while with the weather being what it is, maybe a tan would go a miss, the best place to top up & look beautiful being Solarstation on Archer Street in Soho, full details of offers from Hassan & his team up on their website at http://solarstation.co.uk.
So, with plenty to choose from this weekend and with every hope that the sun will be shining on the righteous this Sunday, all that’s left to do is to wish you a pleasant one, wherever you are & whatever you are doing, but if you find yourselves at Casa Latina on Saturday or Lovebox on Sunday & spot us out, come say hi, but remember what we say, which is simply “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Finding ourselves on the cusp of the final weekend of the month, whilst the weather is not quite flaming as one would expect in June, it seems that the scattering of showers & unseasonal winds will be behind us as we mark the advent of alfresco antics across the capitals clubbing scene, Gay Pride next weekend followed by a succession of festivals including Summer Rites, Lovebox & SW4, although this weekend is very much the domain of Clapham as it rolls out another street party across an afternoon & evening on Saturday that should see the sun shine right through. But, that aside, there is plenty on offer to pull out the party heads this weekend, so we take a look at our choices of where to be & be seen on the scene across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere.
So, to Soho first and we cannot find any other to fill our Best Bite slot than the dynamic duo that is Profile & Lo-Profile, this Wardour St spot still tipping the popularity scales, Profile proving a delight of a distraction from the marauding’s of Compton St & co, especially around lunch time (well 11 till 4 to be exact) when their 2 main courses for £10 offer kicks in, while the bargains continue between 4 & 7, when its happy hour (or is that three!?) with outstanding offers on spirits, wine & beer, plus not forgetting that the bar boasts a considerable cocktail menu for you to plough your way through. However, it is when the clock strikes 8 p.m. each Friday & Saturday that the Profile offer really ups the ante, as a host of resident D.J.’s take their turn spin the sounds & warm you into the weekend in the best possible way. And this week the team draw on two veteran residents to do just that, Brent Nicholls making a welcome return to Profile tonight (Fri 24th), while tomorrow (Sat 25th) it’s the turn of the cheeky Craig Daniels to turn up the volume & the terrific tunes heat. But with much more on offer, why not check out http://profilesoho.com & make sure you book a date with Profile this weekend.
Downstairs and Lo-Profile have another fun filled weekend and are still smarting from a gyrating “Gigolo” last night, this new(ish) Soho social splendour having found its feet among the competition, D.J.’ Nathan Six & Jamie Head very much flying the Lo-Profile flag not least as they are residents of both the bar upstairs & the club down. But it’s the weekend we look to and tonight’s session of “Society” which sports another two favourites of Profile that make the transition downstairs and look like packing in the party heads, Nick Evan’s uplifting & vocal beats sure to get “Society” going swimmingly, while the cute yet capable Zach Burns follows up, this young man having come of D.J.’ing age really quickly & proving himself more than equal amongst his peers. With “Society” very much being the place to be seen on the Soho scene, this should prove another successful night for the Lo-Profile team. Then on Saturday (25th ), its straight forward dynamic dancing, as D.J.’s Rob Sykes & Alessandro Londra spin the supercharged sounds, definitely making this Wardour St hangout a hot ticket, more details on the venue available at http://loprofile.com.
Now to some Short Shouts and first news that after much conjecture & delay, the team behind Freedom that bought Barcode on Archer St back in April, will be making considerable changes at the end of this month and turning the venue into a private members club. So, it seems an era in the Soho social scene is finally coming to an end, although we feel it a real shame that the departing Barcode team couldn’t see their way to throwing a farewell party, especially considering the huge amount of loyal customers that have supported it across the years. However, you can wave a fond farewell to club night Industri this coming Wednesday (29th June), more details on that coming up in our weekly round-up.
But while Barcode may be on the way out, Ku Bar is definitely still packing them in, a full weekend of party including their “D.J. Debut” night tonight (Fr1 24th), hosted by The Very Miss Dusty O, while on Sunday (25th), its Lady Lloyd’s turn to sparkle in the spotlight with her “Hit Factory” party. More details on happenings down at Lisle St can be found by going to http://ku-bar.co.uk.
Back into the centre of Soho and The Shadow Lounge find themselves a week or so away from celebrating ten years in the business and have extensive refit plans ahead of the celebrations, meaning their doors will be closed for a couple of days next week. However, its business as usual this weekend, with favourites “Therapy tonight (Fri 24th) & “Inferno” tomorrow, with more info on this sophisticated spot out at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk.
Right onward to Vauxhall and our Best Bite goes to the Orange Group again this week, not least as they are once again treating us to another freebie, this time a Saturday night shindig at Fire, very much as a warm up for their massive Gay Pride schedule of events next weekend. So this Saturday (25th June), the team throw a special Pride warm up party in association with Ku Bar, all in aid of raising funds to help keep London’s Gay Pride free. And masterminding the music at this pre-pride party will be the might of Mikey D, Paul Heron & Leandro Kloppel turning up the heat in Fire’s main room, while the lounge will be a Ku Bar affair with the delightful DouGuim & guests spinning the sounds. Now, as we said, entry is free, but you need to be in between 11 p.m. & 1 a.m. to benefit from this outstanding offer, but it is a night in benefit of Pride, so suggested donations of £1 will be welcomed and given the fact that special drinks offers including £1 shots & £2 beers will be running throughout the night, this is a event that certainly won’t burn a hole in your pockets. However, Saturday night aside, it’s another busy weekend for all things Orange, with club nights Onyx, A:M, Later, Booster &, of course, Orange rolling out their weekly sessions, while Beyond will surely prove popular again this week, after a spectacular showing last when it joined forces with Pagano’s Deviate club & record label brand. For full details of The Orange Group events & details of guest list offers, go to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties and keep your eyes peeled for our extra special Orange Group focussed Pride preview, covering all the info you need on events stretching from Friday through Monday next weekend.
Now to some Vauxhall Short Shouts and The Eagle have another corker of a weekend, “Tonker” tonight welcoming special guest D.J. Joe Publik to the decks as Tim Jones & his team play homage to all things army with their “Uniform Night”, while they will be making the most of the warming weather with a free bbq in the giant garden space. Then tomorrow (Sat 25th), Eagle takes on a “Carpet Burn” feel with promoter Martyn Fitzgerald headlining a guest list of D.J.’s & performers, while “Horse Meat Disco” is sure to pack them in again this Sunday (26th). More info on The Eagle can be found at http://eaglelondon.com.
Now, the venerable institution that is The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (The RVT) roll out three classics this weekend, the magnificent “Marvellous” back for more tonight (Fri 24th), with D.J. duo Jonny Slut & Dawn Right Nasty serving up a mix of punk, soul, disco & rock rhythms & with Joan Dairy Queen hosting, while on Saturday (25th) Amy Lame is back with the iconic “Duckie”, no weekend being complete without a full-on onslaught of The Dame Edna Experience at “S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out” on Sunday (26th). Further details of these & happenings throughout the week can be found at http://thervt.org.uk.
So to our alternatives and as we hinted at the top of this Recommends report, the attention goes all alfresco for the next few weeks, this coming weekend no exception as The Clapham Street Party takes centre stage tomorrow (Sat 25th)and with the forecast looking quite healthy for, at least, a dry & sunny day if not quite the smeltering Sunday we are expecting, SW4 should see swarms of street party heads make their way down to Edgerley Road, where, if last year is anything to go by, they will be faced with a street bursting at the seams, everyone clamouring to get close to the stage to see a succession of cabaret artists, drag queens & singers perform from the 3 p.m. start through until a dusky 9 p.m. end. And with a line-up that includes Sandra, Rose Garden, Lola Lasagne, Lizzie Drip, Maisie Trollette & Dave Lynn, it will definitely be one for drag queen fans, but with the action actually starting a little earlier than that, as host venue Kazbar opens its doors a 1 p.m., with a list of D.J.’s as long as our arm playing plenty of pop & disco to delight, while the cocktails, Pimms & other refreshments will be flowing from both the bars inside & out. However, this community event, which has slowly grown in stature & is now in its 7th year is also very much about giving, as it supports charity causes The Albert Kennedy & The Eddie Surman Trusts, two HIV causes very close to our hearts, meaning we cannot re-enforce the minimum donation of £1, hoping you will dig even deeper into your pockets, especially given all the exceptional entertainment coming your way for free. With much more to say still, we will be bringing you an Extra Bites post a little later, while for more information you can always visit http://kazbarclapham.com.
Now to some Short Shouts and firstly we have to report that due to issues with inbound guest stars from The States, Circus, which was due to take place tonight (Fri 24th)has had to be postponed. While the team could have found stand-in replacements for Kazaky, who were to headline this hedonistic happening, both Jodie Harsh & Kris Di Angelis agreed that they would prefer to re-schedule in order to get Kazaky across, especially given this will be an extra special party at the super swish Cafe De Paris. So, keep your eyes peeled right here for news on the re-schedule, which as soon as we hear, you will too.
Next up and an alternative spot that sports two new nights in one weekend, The Dalston Superstore never failing to push the envelope of extravertism, especially with “Breed” tonight (Fr 24th) with promoter Rex The Dog introducing two new stars to the scene, Ruff US & Bambi sure to create a Superstore stir, while on Saturday (25th), “Sexy Dogs” welcome the likes of D.J.’s Hunee, Rik Moran & Ian Robinson, serving up synth pop & nu disco, the weekend rounding off with another “Tutti Frutti” Squeaky session. For more details on these Dalston devotions, go take a look at http://thedalstonsuperstore.com.
Our final Short Shout goes to East Bloc who have a real hum dinger of a happening this Saturday (25th June), as the superb S.O.S. returns to its regular monthly slot and this month runs a “Divas To The Dancefloor Party” with a D.J. line up that picks the cream of the alternative scene, Jim Warboy & Andy Blake masterminding the main room music but joined by special guest Tasty Tim, while Jack France makes his rubberised clad debut in room two. With the fabulous “Disco Fag Bar” also back tonight (Fr1 24th), East Bloc is the Shoreditch showstopper for sure and well worth a visit, as is their website http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Right that’s just about it for us for another weekend and one that will see us resting our still fragile & repairing bones, so as to make sure we are fighting fit for London’s massive Gay Pride, although we get the sneaking suspicion that Beyond may be beckoning, as long as we take it nice & easy. But we will be using our rest periods to post plenty of reports, including that Extra Bites shout for The Clapham Street Party & a full-on Orange Group inspired Pride preview, so watch out for those. As for your weekend’s, with the sun looking to shine & with plenty of prolific parties to plunder, we hope you make the most of this last one in June, so whatever you do & wherever it finds you, we hope you have a terrific time, leaving us to simply say, “Go There Be There! (DISCO MATT)
It would be fair to say that for us, as well as a whole host of others, that our favourite outing, Beyond, was always the pot of gold at the end of the clubbing rainbow, or at least the pinnacle of any weekend of activity, this Sunday morning outing having become pretty much an institution for us and recent weeks having seen some of the best times we have had ever. Yet with issues still unresolved, we face our second weekend without this awesome afterhours in our schedule, a situation that makes us very sad indeed, the tears of joy we used to shed from our now absent spot, turned to tears of the other kind. These tears have been further spilled as a result of the messages of support we have received, the questions regarding our absence & the fact that this Sunday (22nd May), is a particularly special Beyond, yet is one that we will miss.
However, whilst our weekend may be in tatters, your weekends must go on, so we take a look at life beyond Beyond, picking our Best Bites & Short Shouts across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere.
So to Soho first and top of our tree & Best Bite is Profile & Lo-Profile, the cavorting combo that continues to cut an impressive stride of the Soho socialite scene, not least Profile itself which we took big advantage of just last night (Thurs 19th May), sampling some of the delicious new additions to their food menu and taking a spot of supper with a very dear friend. And with this new menu now in full force, there couldn’t be a better place to eat, drink & be merry, the music at the weekends also an amazing attraction, this one looking every bit as good, with Gaydar Radio’s very own Alex Baker on the decks tonight (Fri 20th May), while, on Saturday its favourite Profile resident & cheeky monkey D.J. Craig Daniels tipping your scales with terrific tunes, the boys with the beats kicking off at 8 pm. Each night, Profile open through till 11.30 p.m. Further details of events, food offers & plenty more are a mere click away at http://profilesoho.com.
That neatly moves on to Lo-Profile, which was the heavenly host for that Gigolo launch last night, which saw an unprecedented response from you all, the venue absolutely rammo from the off at 10 p.m., sporting the who’s who of the social scene. With the bar staff pushed beyond capacity, yet the atmosphere amazing, they will be back for more this weekend, as new smash “Society” stakes its place in your clubbing calendar tonight with Nick Evans & D’Johnny sorting the sounds, the podiums sure to be filled with those gorge go-go’s we eye popped at a couple of weeks ago, while the whole night is hosted by porn star Jay Roberts (gives you a feel for the action!) Then, after a truly stunning set at Gigolo’s launch party last night, Zach Burns takes charge of the tunes tomorrow night (Sat 21st May) and one which is, for us at least a MUST (shame we can’t be there), followed by international playboy D.J. Paul Heron who is on fantastic form at the mo, so a major draw for sure. With Lo-Profile swinging open its doors at 10 p.m. & running through till 4 a.m., reduced entry offers for Profile customers & concessions available too, it’s definitely THE place to be in Soho, more info out at http://loprofile.com.
So to some quick Short Shouts and two that extend out of the weekend really, as it is Tuesday & Thursday we take a look at, three “Soho Society Scene” soiree’s, the first being G&T (Glamour & Trash) that takes place at Diu on Greek St, with hosts Aubrey Dobson of “Salon” fame, THE hostess with the mostest, Minty & D.J. Brent Nicholls, who spins the sounds too. Then on Thursday, it’s the clash of the titans, as new night, Gigolo, goes head-to-head with Room Service, both having been packed out last week, perhaps proving the penchant for these stylish shindigs, Jodie & her lot teaming up with SuperMartXe for their pre-party, while David Hart & co have the dynamic duo of Zach Burns & Brent Nicholls (twice in two days, fab!!!) on their decks. While we can’t yet point you in a website direction for G&T, we can for the other two, more info on both Gigolo & Room Service available at http://gigolodisco.com & http://clubroomservice.com.
Now, before we head down to Vauxhall (as many of you do!), just a mention for the latest on Barcode, the news on the ground being that it will remain a bar (yippee), but is likely to also now offer food, open up the front & maybe even have some outside tables (wow). However, plans have been pushed back into June, so in the meantime, its business as usual.
So to Vauxhall and top of our tree here & Best Bite is for The Eagle (oops what happened to The Orange Group?!?!) who have another corker of a weekend with two of their best joined by a third celebration. So, tonight (Fri 20th May) it’s the turn of Tonker to triumph, promoter & dynamic D.J. Tim Jones being joined on the decks by special guest Paul Coals (he of Salvation fame) this testosterone tipped treat kicking off at an early 8 p.m., & running through till 3 a.m., with the Tonker boys having their own website at http://tonker.co.uk where more details of upcoming events can be obtained. Then tomorrow (Sat 21st), porn star & playboy Ashley Ryder celebrates his birthday, his 30th no less, this “Monsters Ball/Club Kids” themed party sure to attract a truly eclectic yet gorge mix of scene faces, clubbers, Eagle regulars & artists of all kinds, the whole event getting underway from 9 p.m. & running through till 4 a.m., with drinks offers for early birds & plenty of saucy stage shows throughout. Then, no Sunday would be the same without Horse Meat Disco, as Jim Stanton, James Hillard & the boys host another of their whacky wonderments, James being joined by Luke Howard who both sort the sounds, HMD’s popularity speaking for itself with queues round the corner every week, meaning you need to get there early guys, doors opening at 9 p.m.. More info on all these three vents & others at The Eagle can be found by going to http://eaglelondon.com.
So to some short shouts and first for the fetish in you as Hard On! returns tomorrow (Sat 21st May), although at their new venue Factory. Now, if like us you missed the launch last month, hopefully the free coatcheck & shots will come as a nice surprise, while plenty of the usual action will also be on offer, D.J.’s on duty including Brent Nicholls (he gets about!), Zack Hadley & Halo-is, the mezzanine balcony, playroom & more fitting the new style Hard On! like a glove. More info on this event, including membership details & dresscode, can be found at http://hardonclub.co.uk.
Then if you fancy a laugh and something really different, then Gay City Rollers is a must on Sunday (22nd May), as promoter Alex Erfan re-unites with Ku-Bar to present this Xanadu style showstopper, when four wheels rather than two feet are the name of the disco dancing game & disco is definitely the word , with D.J.’s The Very Miss Dusty O , DMS Sam & Vicky Vivacious vroom up the room, the fun & frivolity kicking off at host home The Renaissance Rooms from 6 p.m. & running through till 11 p.m.. More info on this and a host of other events promoted by Alex Erfan, can be found at http://alexerfan.com while watch this space for our Extra Bites post on this exceptional event, coming right up.
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We also want to mention Beyond (again!) which for a few & in reality many, will be some special this Sunday morning, as the queen of the lighting scene, Smalls, returns to her rightful position in change of the main room effects. So, whilst we won’t be there on our spot, we reckon you should be, this awesome afterhours kicking off at Area in Vauxhall at 6 a.m. & running through until 1 p.m., more info on this prolific party available at http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
So to our alternatives & Shoreditch is doing it again for us this weekend, as it did last, East Bloc very much the talk of this side of the town and no surprise, as having paid the place a first visit for the mesmeric “Meat” last Saturday (check our bite sized devotion at direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/05/reports-monumental-mash-up-meat-east-bloc-saturday-14th-may-preview-the-review/) its seems that this Saturday should be every bit as good. Why?, well it’s another birthday celebration, but here for Jim Warboy, the Gemini boy inspiring the “Twins” theme of this month’s “SOS” outing and their press release is an absolute corker and very much sets the scene, as they say “…Have you ever wondered what it would be like to shag someone who looked just like you? Or been at a party when some drunk stranger keeps harping on about you being the spitting image of another friend of theirs? Or even woken up the next morning to your latest pick up thinking how come you always go for guys who look and dress like you?…”. And this pretty much sums up what to expect at “SOS”, although with the birthday boy bashing out the beats along with fellow Gemini & Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis, as well as Tom Davey in the so called “catwalk” room, serving up plenty of electro disco, while in the “backroom” D.J’s Squeaky (of DSS Tutti Frutti fame) & Liz Bisoux select some more soul inspired sounds, while with a “snap catwalk show” matching looks & synchronising styles will be the centrefold double page of action to match the double ended dancing, the added allure of “brotherly love” porn film flicks will definitely seal the deal on this queer London, meets NYC underground, meets Berlin sleaze shindig. “SOS’s” doors open at 10.30 p.m. & the club runs through till 6 a.m. entry just £5 before midnight and more details out at http://sosnow.co.uk, while for info on other East Bloc events, including tonight’s “Disco Fag Bar”, go to http://eastbloc.co.uk.
To our Short Shouts and The Dalston Superstore (DSS) are still fighting off their birthday hangover from last weekend, but are back this with a full-on threesome, tonight (Fri 20th May) seeing “Boy Dem” do it, while tomorrow (Sat 21st), it’s the turn of “Body Talk” to treat you to tons of tunes, Sunday at The Superstore in safe hands with “Tutti Frutti”, more info on these & all other delights at DSS available at http://thedalstonsuperstore.com.
Then for something delectably different, why not head down to the gastronomic giant of the South East London clubbing scene, as The Cambria in Camberwell hosts another of its Sunday soiree’s “Upstairs”, with the incomparable Mzz Kimberley in charge of proceedings & welcoming show star Ophelia Bitz who takes the spotlight, while the gastro gems come in the form of a smashing Sunday carvery, served from 3 till 5, then meze snacks after the show which kicks off a 5 p.m. More details on the Cambria can be found at http://thecambrialondon.com.
So, that’s our Best Bites & Short Shouts recommendations for outings this weekend, but just time to mention two other visits of a different kind, the first being to tip top clubbing website SeenQueen, which is crammed full of features, listings & reports, nit least their “Spring Bank Holiday” guide, all out at http://seenqueen.com/web, while if the summer like sun we are enjoying at the moment isn’t enough for you, then why not top up that tan or indeed get one, by paying a visit to the most friendly tanning shop around, Solarstation owner Hassan’s un-paralleled service truly unbeatable, as are some of the package deals on offer, a look at http://solarstation.co.uk will give you all the dynamic detail you need to make a trip to Archer Street in Soho a must.
Right that’s it, leaving us to say; whatever you are up to this weekend have a great one. Sadly, we won’t be out & about meaning you can’t come & say hi as you all do in droves (something we really appreciate), but you can check our Bank Holiday plans at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/05/reports-may-movements-disco-matt-dance-diary-saturday-14th-may/ but in the meantime, make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Having gotten caught up in the raptures and romance of Paris last week, the run up to our weekend was full with sightseeing & socialising, meaning that precious little time was available to share our usual Best Bite shouts back here in the capital, although judging by pictures in the press, it was a reasonably sedate start to the shortest month of the year. However, with Valentine’s Day on our doorsteps, this weekend should prove that love is in the air & clubbing takes charge, with some special parties coming up. So, in our “more choice & less chat” style of Best Bites, as well as new addition, Short Shouts, let’s take a look at what’s on offer across Soho, Vauxhall and elsewhere.
To Soho first and Profile/Lo-Profile the winning combo on Wardour Street, Profile the ideal spot to start with socialising splendour, tomorrow (Fri 11th) seeing rising star Zach Burns spin the sounds, while favourite tearaway Craig Daniels dishes up the delectable dance & house hits on Saturday, the revised layout of Profile going down a treat & the place getting busier by the week. With a fabulous food offer, including a new roasts option launching this Sunday & drinks selections to match, not to mention probably THE friendliest team around, Profile is our popular pick, with more info on this bright & beautiful bar at http://profilesoho.com/. Downstairs in Lo-Profile, it’s all systems go this weekend with a true Beyond flavour to it, why? well all four D.J’s rank in the clubs heavenly history, current Beyond main rooms stars Steve Pitron & Mikey D sure to be a huge hits tomorrow, while on Saturday, Beyond original Brent Nicholls takes the early slot, followed by our favourite (are we allowed?!) Jamie Head, making for a quad of stars that prove an unbeatable combination in our books, more details at http://loprofile.com.
Over at The Shadow Lounge it is very much a “Weekend Of Love”, as Friday sees a special party as the drop dead gorgeous Delice Boys (yum yum) land in London and play host to a special pre-party for their very own “Dream Festival” which takes place in Barcelona in April. So, expect plenty of eye candy & the sweetest of sounds to match, while on Saturday, the equally appealing Andrew Elmore delves into his dance & pop collection to inspire a real “Inferno”. And as part of this “Weekend Of Love” the team are loving you with each night offering 100 free entry offers those first on the guest list, with free entry until 11 p.m. then £5 thereafter for the rest, now that is what we call spreading the love. More details on Shadow Lounge can be found at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk/
Our other Best Bite in Soho goes to Ku Bar on Lisle St, which is very much rocking & rolling the scene & one of the places to be seen this weekend, not least tomorrow (Fri 11th) as they host the “Mr London Escort Of The Year” comp, as NYC outfit Rentboy.com chose the hottest hunk to represent the capital in the big final back in New York later in the year, sounds selected by Alessandro Londra & Dusty O. Then on Saturday resident D.J’s P & Shariff select the pop-tastic tunes downstairs in Ku Klub, while we spill over into Monday (oops!) as the team celebrate four years in Lisle St with a Ku Club Citrus Valentine’s special, Brazilian dream DougUim on the decks. With goodie bags & Valentines shots a-plenty, more info on this event & other at Ku Bar can be found at http://ku-bar.co.uk.
Short Shouts in Soho go to Barcode on Friday’s with The Cave & co, upstairs proving just as much a hot as downstairs with Jo Publik on the ground floor decks, details on this Soho award winner at http://bar-code.co.uk, while Rupert St serve up a roving residency D.J. team on Friday & Saturday, with Alessandro steering your Sunday, more info on the bar at http://rupertstreet.com. One other short shout has to go to Lucky Bitches (remember French & Saunders?!) at No 5 Club on Cavendish Sq, with legendary Tasty Tim playing big 80’s hits & the equally legendary Hazel Dean the special PA, more info on this club & event available at http://no5ltd.com/.
Moving on to Vauxhall and love is definitely in the air at The Orange Group, who have a foursome to fall in love with, the pick of the bunch for us being Lovechild which celebrates its 2nd Birthday at Fire this Saturday, all the detail & much more out in our Focus Special “Second Season Of Love” at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/02/dm-recommends-second-season-of-love-lovechild-the-birthday-saturday-12th-febraury-weekend-focus-special/. Preceding that is Onyx, who go a little anti-valentine (boo hoo!) tomorrow (Fri 11th) with the likes of Dusty O, Lisa German & Ariel Jc Christopher & Jonny M dropping a range of house from dance & uplifting through tech & progressive, across three rooms of fun. Plus with live shows, Gaydar promo goodies and hostess Chrissy Darling dishing out free shots, Onyx entry is the deal of the century at £1 before midnight & £6 thereafter, terms & guest list inclusions available at http://gayguestlists.com/onyx.
Looking at the other half of the foursome, naturally Beyond had to be in the package with their “I Love…” party and it continues the dream package with the likes of Mikey D, Gonzalo Rivas & Alan K (where’s Steve P?!) in the main room, while hard edged sounds are on offer courtesy of Hifi Sean, Paul Christian & D’Johnny across both The Chapel & Sunrise Terrace rooms, the gorge DouGuim kicking everything off in rip roaring fashion. Beyond is sure to be packed & pumping, meaning, save for a treasured discount pass, advance tickets are advisable from http://clubtickets.com. Then Orange go all out later on Sunday, well Monday more like, with their “Language Of Love” party, D.J.’s including Paul Martin, The Oli, Fat Tony & The Sharp Boys in the main room, while RAW residents David Jimenez, Hifi Sean & Gonzalo Rivas rip up the Mirrorarch space with a truck load of tough tech tunes. Offering their very popular “2 People 4 £10” entry before 1 a.m. (single customers £5), love is definitely in mind at this citric splendour.
Forging the foursome together is a special “Love Ticket” offer and one well worth grabbing as it gives you entry to Onyx, Lovechild, Beyond & Orange for just £25, a great deal and one available at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-02/11/the-love-ticket while other parties in The Orange Group stable include Gravity (Thurs), A:M (Sat Morning), and Later & Booster (Sun), more details on all eight can be found at to http://fireclub.co.uk/fire-nightclub-london-gay-parties.php.
So, with all that happening we have room for just one other Best Bite in Vauxhall and it is The Eagle, who on Saturday celebrate their 7th birthday with a special “Valentine Ball”, welcoming back the love him or hate him Liverpudlian, who will perform (surely outrageously?!) live, while D.J. Martyn Fitzgerald & Johnny Kalifornia will make sure the atmosphere of magical mayhem that always exists in this homo haunt should exceed expectations. Add to that the usual doses of Tonker tomorrow (Fri 11th), the hanky panky of Horse Meat Disco on Sunday and The Eagle proves a brilliant alternative to the big club options, so is well worth a look in, more details available at http://eaglelondon.com.
As for our Short Shouts, well it’s all change in top management at Barcode Vauxhall, although the magnificent music & brilliant bar/club feel is just the same, Saturday the scorcher, more details out at http://bar-code.co.uk, while The RVT never fails to delight with Kimono Krush on Friday, Duckie on Saturday & S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out on Sunday, no more needing to be said apart from heading to http://thervt.org.uk for details Finally, Union gets its say with the very ladish Fitladz on Friday & Epic on Saturday, two highlights in a full weekend of frolicking, with more info at http://clubunion/co/uk.
Looking elsewhere and out East to be precise, our first Best Bite has to be the fantastic East Bloc, which continues to create a real stir on the scene, this hip & happening hangout very much the place to be and be seen. And like last Saturday, this (12th Feb) looks hot, hot, hot, as out of this world, The Men Who Fell To Earth crew land on City Rd and open up an extra second room for their “Boy” version for Valentine’s, where you can bring your boyfriend or leave him at home, hosts The Forget Me Knots looking after you regardless. With dirty disco & remixed rock ‘n’ roll from the MWFTE men in the main room, as well as a special PA from Ireland export Bitches With Wolves, this is one alternative & audacious action fest you won’t want to miss, Friday’s illustrious Disco Fag Bar a sure fire certainly too, both combining to make East Bloc a brilliant choice to step out of the norm, more details on what’s occurring available at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
For our other alternative, we head up the road and to The Dalston Superstore (DSS), in, yes you guessed it, Dalston, Dan, Matt & the gang serving which have the usual hot bed of manic madness from Friday through Sunday, this weekend being no exception. So, Feel My Bicep is first up tomorrow (Fri 11th), this monthly popular party back for more with guest D.J. Neville Watson joining regulars John & On and Nasty McQuaid, brining funk, disco & Chicago house to this corner of London. Then on Saturday the hip hop Happy Shopper (a Dale Winton free zone!) outing stands under the DSS spotlight, with the likes of Prince Nelly, Ma Butcher & the Sink The Pink D.J’s in the house, meaning that literally anything goes in this madcap melay or a meet, while Tutti Frutti seals the deal on a whacky weekend, with D.J. Squeaky sorting the sounds on Sunday. And with news that the boys have a new website for all the info on this jewel in the Dalston crown, go check out all the DSS details at http://dalstonsuperstore.com.
As for our alternative Short Shouts, well we don’t actually have any for this week, but there must be some out there, along with more for Soho & Vauxhall, so if you want your bar, club or event included here or even as a Best Bite, then get emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook via http://facebook.com/discomattlondon &/or http://facebook.com/pages/Disco-Matt/112730602119746 where you can plaster our wall(s) or pop us a message and we will do our best to include you.
Right , nearly it, save for our usual mention for clubbing website SeenQueen, who have plenty of their own recommendations for where to be and be seen on the scene, watching out for their “just seen” posts on Facebook and grabbing music & video links, interviews & features plus a whole load more by going to http://seenqueen.com,
So, with Valentine’s day on Monday, but with much more to look forward to before, whatever you are up to and wherever it finds you (maybe finding love – who knows), we wish you a wonderful weekend when hopefully love is in the air, leaving us to say, “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Well, January is speeding along at a right old pace, although having been laid low since day three, we haven’t been indulging quite as much as we should or could have done anyway, although with Wednesday just gone was one of a few outings for us , plus an occurrence standing for B, on this occasion, birthday’s, as we indulged at Industri, joining in a right old knees up & good time for Minty’s, Paul Heron’s & Industri’s birthday(s), plus it seems regular Terry’s & guest D.J. Chris Brogan’s too. But with that enthralling event under our belts, but our ear infection yet to be banished, we once again tackle our Best Bites post at the 11th hour, bringing you our top choices in Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere, extending our choices a little & equalling out the exposure too.
Starting with Soho, we get straight to the point, Profile & Lo-Profile topping out pile, Friday (21st Jan) seeing an influx of new blood upstairs, as Room Services & up-coming hot shot Zack Black takes to the decks, firing up your Friday in full-on fashion from 7 p.m, while downstairs in Lo-Profile, Nathan Six makes a welcome return, kicking the macho & muscular music, while espaniol lover Tony English sets you steaming into Saturday with a storming selection of sounds. Talking of which, Saturday sees main Profile man Craig Daniels start off the night, then it’s another Beyond pre-party in Lo-Profile, with Nick Evans & D’Johnny trading up the tunes, while fab hostess Chrissy Darling tempts & woos you to Vauxhall with those sort after discount entry vouchers. With fantastic food upstairs & to die for drinks downstairs, Profile & Lo-Profile offer a weekend package that takes a lot of beating, further details available at http://profilesho.com & http://loprofile.com.
Over at the Shadow Lounge, its busy weekend business as usual, the discounted entry for guests on the list still operating, that means if you’re on the list it’s a fiver to get in, but if you’re OFF the list its as much as £10, maybe even more. So, before we tell you what’s on, go join their Facebook group at http://facebook.com/theshadowlounge & message Angel with your details. Now as for tonight (Fri 21st), it’s another “Therapy” sesh, with D.J.’s Minx & Mis-White mixing up classic hits with the latest sounds, while the ever popular “Inferno” takes hold on Saturday, resident D.J. & popular playboy (musically of course) Andrew Elmore selecting the pop-tastic tunes. Plus, having had our ears to the ground, it seems the team at this select spot in Soho have a new night up their sleeves, so with our finger on the pulse, watch this space for more news, although if it’s current Shadow Lounge news you need, then log onto their website, http://theshadowlounge.co.uk for details of these events & much more.
Two other quick mentions go first to Rupert St, who have D.J’s Jc Christopher & Alessandro Londra masterminding the music on Friday & Saturday respectively, while Barcode have another of their hugely successful “The Cave” nights tonight (Fri 21st) downstairs in the club, with Megawoof’s Tim Mcloone on the decks, while upstairs resident new boy Dilmar Brito is joined by the legend that is Jo Publik on the decks, the whole night being free of charge, wow!, as is entry to Rupert St. More details on both bars can be found by going to http://rupertstreet.com & http://bar-code.co.uk
Moving on & down to Vauxhall and its, yet again, another busy weekend for The Orange Group, with theirs already having started with Gravity last night, continues tonight (Fri 21st Jan) at Area with the overhauled Onyx, D.J.’s on duty including Oliver M, Lee Harris, Tasty Tim, & Paul Christian, then switching to Fire for A:M, seeing the return (although as a guest on the main floor), scene favourite D.J. Jamie Head. Saturday & Sunday in the Orange Group world definitely has B as the biggest ingredient, B on Saturday standing for “Birthday”, Queer Nations’ 20th at Fire to be exact, “Bear” as Amsterdam club brand Bear Necessity rolls out at Area, while on Sunday, B stands not just for “Beyond”, but for “Booster” too, Area really taking centre stage for the weekend as both clubs play out there. Now, we have already covered Bear Necessity & Beyond in a special Weekend Focus & our devotion to Queer Nation is coming right up. As for the rest, which also includes Later & Orange, more details are available at, at http://fireclub.co.uk/fire-nightclub-london-gay-parties.php, while guest list inclusions can be sorted by going to http://gayguestlits.com/ & then adding your favoured club after the forward slash, got it?!
Over at The Eagle, it’s a reasonably regular weekend, with Tim Jones & this Tonker tribe are back for more muscular manfest action tonight (Fri 21st), with special guest Alan X turning up the musical volume, while tomorrow (Sat 22nd), the venue takes hold, keeping it simple but saucy, with plenty of men on men marauding but with a fun & friendly feel to it all, music being of the old skool classic variety. Then Sunday sees a right old shindig, as the Horse Meat Disco crew wrap up the weekend with yet more dollops of horsing around action, the dollops not of the manure kind, rather of the mash-up musical sort, with the likes of Jim Stanton, James Hillard & Severino selecting the sounds. Plus, don’t forget that Tim & his Tonker tribe host the second room at Bear Necessity on Saturday, details of Mr Jones’ club available at http://tonker.co.uk while for The Eagle, go to http://eaglelondon.com.
Two other quick Vauxhall mentions go the The RVT for tonight (Fri 21st), when Boogaloo Stu takes over this venerable institution, creating another madcap melay, “Pop Kraft”, as only he knows how, helpers including Sparklemtion & Size Zero Albino (say’s it all), while on Saturday (22nd Jan), Barcode delves into all things “Deviate”, the brand going banana’s on us (literally!), this apparently being their favourite fruit, our Italian stallion, Pagano ruling the musical waves in the main space, while the front bar has Daz Saund along with Bills & Hurr hitting the house heaven. For details on these & other events at the venues, go to http://rvt.org.uk & http://bar-code.co.uk.
Right to our alternatives and first up & back with a bang is The Dalston Superstore (DSS), which hits the ground running tonight (Fri 21st Jan), with the re-launch of “Boy Dem” with D.J’s E-Man, Erol Sabadosh, Oliver Rant & Laurence Matthew, which looks like being a blast, while tomorrow (Sat 21st), Dan, Matt & co have a special night to mark the launch of the SMS (that stands for “Stop Making Sense”) festival in Croatia, which takes place this coming August, the DSS boys starting early (and why not!) with Marcus Wongul, Nadia Ksaiba, Mikki Most & Rokk joining DSS’s Dan Beaumont on the decks, all five a feature of the SMS festival in Petrcane. Then, to polish of the weekend, D.J. Squeaky selects the sounds at the madcap “Tutti Frutti”, on Sunday (23rd Jan) joining the disco dots with a bit of soul & classic house to slide you into next week. Further info on happenings at DSS, can be found by, by following the boys’ tweets at http://twitter.com/dsuperstore, joining their Facebook group, or by dropping them a quick ask at email@example.com.
Back towards Shoreditch, City Road to be exact and it’s the enthralling & entertaining East Bloc that struts its stuff, tonight (Fri 21st) seeing another “Disco Fag Bar” roll into town, the DFB boys very much be ruling the roost as they welcome back both John Sizzle & Luke Howard to the disco decks, the duo being joined by special guest & Gutterslutter, our super Swede Per Q.X., while door hosts Kristoffer Chapman & Diego keep the entrance in order, Wayne Shires & Laurent Chaumet doing the opposite inside (but we like a load of naughtiness Shires style don’t we!?!). Then on Saturday (22nd Jan), it’s monthly night “Dare!”, with resident D.J. guest John Pleased Wimmin & special guest Jon Marsh (he from Beloved) & ASBO’s Alivin C, with a music policy that ensures only “the best new electronic dance sounds alongside those that inspired it”, sounds excitingly electrical in a past, present & future way. With news of a special night next Saturday (29th Jan) which includes the appearance of Shoreditch sons Tom Stephan & Kris De Angelis, both fresh out of the recording studio on a joint production, go check out these & more details about East Bloc at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Finally, a quick alternative attention goes to The Cambria in Camberwell, a typical traditional pub that has been given the classy as opposed to ghastly “Gastro” treatment and plays host to an afternoon of song & socialising with extra entertainment from hostess, the legendary Mz Kimberley & her special guests. Plus, Sunday wouldn’t be Sunday without a roast, the Cambria team serving carvery style between 3 & 5 p.m., with meze style snacks afterwards, making this “Upstairs” alternate affair a successful certainty, more details on the venue to be found at http://thecambrialondon.com/.
Right, with a little less fuss & a few more best bites, that’s just about it for our weekend round-up, but just time to mention our clubbing website friends SeenQueen, who have a hefty weekend weight on their shoulders, as Sunday sees the release of the “Your Disco Needs You Poll”. Now if you are reading this tonight (Fr 21st Jan), then we urge you to check your junk e-mails in case your vote needs verifying, as with the comp as close as can be, your vote could make all the difference. However, if your conscience is clear & you just want to know what’s hot & where to be seen on the scene, check out their new(ish) look website for their choice picks, by going to http://seenqueen.com.
So, all that’s left to say is, have yourselves a wonderful weekend, wherever you are & whatever you are up to, although if you find yourselves at Bear Necessity & Beyond, come say hi, as we plan to be there (ear plug inserted of course) too and as we always say…..”Go There! Be There!”. (DISCO MATT)
Having literally recovered from one hectic weekend, a very special one as it turned out, we absorbing everything that the breathtaking Berlin had to throw up on us, we find ourselves hurtling straight into another, this time back in blighty & London to be precise. And being Halloween, it seems that the world & his wife in the capital are getting in on the act, with a myriad of parties on offer in all corners of the city. So, to try & do some justice to the choices out there, we pick out our Best Bites giving some extra detail of what you can expect in Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere this weekend, these being our picks of where to be & be seen.
So, without further ado let’s get on & look what Soho is serving up, Profile & Lo-Profile heading our list with their “Final Destination” weekend, Friday (tonight) seeing Jamie Head & Tony English serve up the sounds downstairs, while Phil Marriot belts out the club nation beats upstairs in profile, kicking off your evening from 7 p.m. & broadcasting his set live on Gaydar Radio. Then Saturday (30th Oct) see’s Lo-Profile entertain Latino’s Gonzalo Rivas & Alessandro Londra on the decks, adding their own spooky sounds to speed you into the day itself, while Craig Daniel’s hints to Halloween with plenty of house hits to get you in the mood. More info on both venues can be found at http://profilesoho.com & http://loprofile.com.
Turning to The Shadow Lounge, and without doubt it’s feature party is on Halloween itself, when they present the fabulous “Nightmare On Brewer Street” party, with a line-up on the decks that includes Pier Morrocco, Mis-White, Lee Harris & Phil Hewson, very much repeating the dream team that made promoter Les Johnson’s Cowboy private party so special last month. Whilst we are told there is no real dresscode, you are welcome to come dressed to impress, although the team have “…sexy & well as scary is the order of the day…”, Shadow Lounge suitably decked out for the occasion, support coming from sponsors Rio beach & Aware. Tickets are on sale at http://clubtickets.com as well as at outlets Prowler, Clone Zone, DV8 & (of Course) Rio Beach in Covent Garden, with special £10 entry discounts to Shadow Lounge members. Further info on other events at Shadow Lounge across the weekend, plus details of VIP table bookings can be found at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk.
Now, just before we head to Vauxhall, a quick mention to Ku Bar, who have a full-on Halloween weekend of fun at both the Frith St & Lisle St, with the talents of Lady Lloyd, Tasty Tim & Dusty O on display, with plenty of wicked yet wonderful offers across all three days, further details available at http://ku-bar.com, while Rupert Street throw everything into 31st October with their Halloween special “The Haunted Night”, the place suitably decked out to dazzle & resident D.J. Alessandro Londra serving up the spine chilling tunes. More info on the venue can be found at http://rupertstreet.com.
O.K., to Vauxhall we go and what a weekend The Orange Group have lined up, it having stared already with Gravity’s “Ghostbusters’s” party, with tonight (Fri 29th) seeing the turn of Onyx, who hold their “Apocalypse” party, with special PA guest Abigail Bailey & D.J. residents including Phil Marriot, JC Christopher, lee Harris, Tasty Tim, Lisa German, Ariel & more, then giving way to A:M “Asylum” with a three mausoleums of music including D.J.’s Pier Morrocco, D’Johnny, Fat Tony, Gonzalo Rivas, Alessandro Londra & special guest Andrei Stan. On Saturday, it’s their headline event “Vauxhall Chainsaw Massacre” which has already got our full focus at http://discomattweekend.blogspot.com/2010/10/penn-pumpkin-party-vauxhall-chainsaw, which is followed by Beyond “Hell” with the dream team of main room residents, Steve Pitron, Mikey D & Alan K, joined by the likes of Hifi Sean, D’Johnny & David Jimenez, plus special guest Lisa German & the return of resident Gonzalo Rivas, Plus with a P.A. from Eliotte Williams (of “Touch me” & “Get Busy” fame) the brilliant Beyond party will easily glide into then Later’s “Horrorfair” which will feature a giant haunted house & a murder motel (we love it), the spooky sounds coming from residents The Oli, Paul Martin & terry Bryan, joined by guests Gonzalo Rivas & D’Johnny. But the Halloween happenings are far from over, as Booster will be back with a special “Demon’s Ball”, D.J’s included being Miss Crazy D, La Gosse & Dan K, this followed at Area with a special Orange “Omen” party, featuring three rooms of red hot action, D.J.’; s including special guest Paul Heron who will join the 6-6-6 strong resident team of jocks. Now, each party has a specific event page on social networking site Facebook, plus further info can be found via the following sites, http://evolvedevents.co.uk & http://gayguestlists.com, plus via the respective pages at http://clubtickets.com where you can get tickets for all Orange group events.
Orange Group aside, The Eagle are pulling out the Halloween stops, with three absolute hooters, tonight (Fri 29th) seeing Tonker hold their “OKtoBear Fest”, welcoming special guest D.J. and ex Erasure member, Andy Bell, to the decks, while centre stage goes to Carpet Burn on Saturday, with their “Halloween Scream” event welcoming Dave Kendrick & Paul Burston to the decks, plus the team have their “Carpet Madness Sale” with entry at just £2.99 until midnight & a whole load of drinks offers too. Then, on Sunday Jim Stanton, James Hillard & co roll out another gymkana-tastic Horse Meat Disco, seeing you right into Monday morning in style, with full details of all the Halloween happenings at the Eagle, plus plenty more, available at their website http://eaglelodon.com.
Two quick Vauxhall mentions also go to Suzi Krueger’s (what a perfect name for Halloween) Hard On! which is back for its monthly fetish frolic at Hidden this Sat (30th Oct), with a special guest appearance by hunky American porn star, Samuel Colt, plus drinks offers to boot (no pun intended) and also 100 free Beyond tickets up for grabs. More details on this members meet can be found at http://hardonclub.co.uk. Then, on Sunday, all pumpkins point to The RVT who are holding their own homage to Halloween, with plenty of witches & warlocks promised (and that’s just Simon le Vans & The D.E. Experience!) more details of this & other RVT events, including the fabulous “Queer Question Time”, which takes place tonight & his hosted by Stewart Whoo, can be found at http://rvt.org.uk.
Right, moving on swiftly and our alternative antics are down to two main protagonists, first & foremost the great Gutterslut, which is back with a bang for a special Halloween party on Saturday (30th Oct), choosing the fabulous East Bloc (host to Disco Fag Bar) as the venue and this looks like being a hum dinger of a happening, as the team are flying in super sexy guest D.J. Miss Dilemma straight from Sweden, who will join residents Per QX, Elliot J Brown & Nic Fischer, while the “Discoslut” second room will have the usual reprobates in charge of the tunes. Plus with Miss MC Crystal doing her stuff & all the Halloween hosting coming from Ingenue St John & A Man To Pet, this whacky & wonderful event is likely to be yet another sell-out, especially after the huge success of last month’s “Gutterball” event, more details available by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. But it doesn’t stop there, as the team are hosting room 2 at Trade’s 20th Birthday, special guest Mikki Most (of Trailer Trash) joining Per, Nic & Elliot who will be keeping the Gutterslutery going deep into Sunday daytime, yippee.
But if all that is a bit too much, then you can always head for The Dalston Superstore, who have a whole weekend of wonderment, kicking off tonight (Fri 29th) with “Techno In My Fridge – Fright Night!”, featuring the talents of Hannah Holland, Mikki Most, Alexander parade & inbound Gutterslut guest, Sweden’s Miss Dilemma, with upstairs action from Eka & Scott Webster. Then, on Saturday, “Hot Boy Dancing Spot” returns for their own Halloween Ball, starring The Lovely Jonjo, Matthew Stone, Hello Mozart & Dean Mayo’s gang, while on Halloween itself, “Tootie Frutti” is back after the venue hosts Jonny Woo’s Gay Bingo, Jeffrey Hinton joining resident D.J. Squeaky for a fun filled yet freaky end to your weekend. Now, the boys, Matt Tucker, Dan Beaumont & Rook Deejay do most of their promotions through Facebook, so it’s worth joining the Dalston Superstore group there, although you can always follow the boys on twitter at http://twitter.com/dsuperstore, or get further information by mailing email@example.com.
Right, we are nearly there, save for three shouts to Black Rabbit Circus & New, two that have the Guy Williams stamp all over them & the third looking like an extra special event not to be missed. First up is Black Rabbit, who celebrate their 4th birthday with their “Halloween Thang” bash out at The Masons Arms, featuring special guest D.J. Matthew Bushwacka, joining Guy, Bones, Severino & Sophie Lloyd on the decks, more details available via the ticket link https://ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=412004, while on Sunday new club, New, have their own hint to Halloween, featuring live band the Little Nigh Terrors & a special D.J. set from guest Rachael Starr. But Sunday is looking special back in central London, as Jodie Harsh’s Circus rolls back into town on the 31st floor of Paramount, with special guest D.J. Tom Stephan & other special attendees to this “Nightmare In New York” themed event, being Amanda Lepore & Ruby Goe.
So, that’s our picks for this special Halloween weekend but if there is nothing that quite tickles your fancy here, you could always wade through the pages of the popular press or the events listings on social networking site Facebook. Then, there is clubbing website SeenQueen, which has their own homage to Halloween, which you can find (dare we quote the link) at http://seenqueen.com.
As for our weekend, well having fought off a 24 hour bug, we are heading into town for a Profile rendezvous with Phil Marriot, then will take a short respite before A;M’s “Asylum”. On Saturday, we start the birthday celebrations with Guy Williams’ Black Rabbit, then it’s the big two zero, as we head to Arcadia for Trade. Sunday sees us continue the partying at Lee Freeman’s DTPM “Eastbenders” event & energy permitting we hope to 666 it at Orange’s “Omen” outing. So, if you see you out come say hi, but whatever you do, have a fantastic Halloween weekend that is full of treats not treats, don’t forget that the clocks go back an hour on Sunday morning & finally, as we always say….Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Well, what a weekend we had, having succumbed to something nasty following our trip to Paris, what looked like a hectic one, ended up being rather sedate, although our trip to TTD certainly made up for missing out on A:M’s re-launch, Reactivate & B2B. We will, of course, be reporting on our experiences at Sound, so keep your eyes peeled for our review, “Truly Tremendous Dancing” coming up in due course.
In the meantime we look forward to a weekend with improved fortunes, with some splendid parties lined up, making this yet another hectic one for many, us included (fingers crossed), focuses already having gone out on SuperMartXe’s “Porno Star” event & the whacky yet wonderful Gutterball. But those two besides, there are plenty more offerings on the cards to tempt you out and with the weather looking to be very summer-like, there will be no excuse to be a couch potato.
So, as usual we serve up our best bites look at the weekend, kicking off as we do in Soho, and Profile & Lo-Profile heading the list of attractions, starting as they mean to go on with hosting SuperMartXe’s “Porn Pre-Party” which kick starts in profile tomorrow (Fri 8th Oct), Mauricio making sure everything is looking spic & SMX spam & Logan ensuring the gorgeous X rated go-go’s show just about enough in the bar’s windows for onlookers & expectant customers. As of going to press, Phil Marriot will be on duty behind the decks up in Profile, also broadcasting live on Gaydar’s clubnation radio show, the SuperMartXe team then moving downstairs where the brilliant Beyond duo of Steve Pitron & Mikey D will be playing it large.. But the pace doesn’t really change on Saturday, as its Craig Daniels who will get the party going in profile, while Nathan 6, then Nick Evans will steer the charismatic Lo-Profile crowd deep into Sunday with plenty of scintillating sounds. Further details of both venues on Wardour Street, including the latest food & drinks offers can be found by going to http://profilesoho.com & http://lo-profile.com.
Over on Brewer Street and The Shadow Lounge have just about recovered from their “Winter Warmer” weekend, that included the launch of the venues new look & that retro disco lighted new dancefloor. However, there is no rest for the wicked as they say and those naughty boys & girls at your favourite swanky sophisticate have a weekend full of fun & frivolity, Friday seeing the delightful duo of D.J. Minx & Mis-White conduct another “Therapy” music session, although the theme will be much more on the man & women hunt, as cruising site Grindr host the evenings other entertainment. Saturday (9th Oct) sees favourite Andrew Elmore return to the decks for another immense “Inferno” night of uplifting & heavenly house and don’t forget that if you want to grab a place on the free guest list, which is open until midnight both nights, then email firstname.lastname@example.org to be received no later than 7 p.m.
As for the best of the best, well Rupert Street is right up there, extending their D.J. entertainment back to include Friday’s, the lady herself, D.J. Minx, securing to slot, starting from tomorrow, while on Saturday, it’s the turn of , well your guess is as good as ours actually, maybe its Alessandro to select some superb sounds. However, recent news worth noting is that the grand master of ceremonies at that famous old boozer, Compton’s, is back in charge & knocking the place back into shape. So with Neil back where he belongs, it won’t be long before things are back to the way they were & this veteran venue on the scene makes t into our listings more often, welcome back Neil.
Down in Vauxhall and The Orange Group have yet another exhausting schedule (when don’t they have), starting tonight (Thurs 7th) with Gravity at Fire, and ending with The Wig Afterparty at Area on Sunday, which, unbeknownst to the popular press, will be extending deep into Monday morning, as Steven Sharp’s citric splendour, Orange moves over to join in the wigtastic fun. So, whilst this looks like being the highlight of many, the likes of Rob Sykes, Paul Heron & Alan X D.J.’ing, followed by the Orange residents that include The Oli & Paul Martin, other big events over the weekend include the much awaited Beyond “Tokyo” at Area on Sunday morning, both Steve Pitron & Mikey D back in the driving seat (phew), while Queer Nation also plays it large at Area on Sat night, co hosts Fierce Angels taking a slot in the main room & Katherine Ellis performing some classic heavenly house tunes while ex Hed Kandi poncho Mark Doyle spins the sounds. Plus, with a second P.A. in the form of Sam Oberniek & the Queer Nation resident faves including Micky Galliano, Supadon, Pierre Nedd & Fredi Dimanche, this should be a corker of a party. Other parties completing the full-on line up include Onyx, Later & Booster, further details available through the plethora of Facebook group pages or via http://fireclub.co.uk. Oh, and how could we forget A:M, which takes a further step in it new direction, welcoming faces Paul Heron, Zach Burns Leonardo Glovibes & Micky Galliano to the ranks, long standing resident D’Johnny squeezing in an appearance.
Other big shot south of the river this weekend is The Eagle who have a threesome to reckon with, Friday (8th Oct) seeing tough macho night, Tonker, go even harder with a special “Hotwired” party night, dedicated to the new club of the same name, which takes place the following night in Southwark (more on that in a bit), promoter Tim Jones being joined on the decks by Italian guest D.J. Roberto Varano. On Saturday, its Carpet Burn’s 2nd birthday, so should be a special night with lots of surprises in store, not least from PA for the night, the outrageous Pete Burns, while the magnificent Mark Moore keeps the 80’s, 80’s glam & hi-nrg pop sounds in synch. The, of course, Sunday would not be Sunday without a gymkhana end to the weekend, as Lim Stanton, James Hillard & co take you through another hip-tastic Horse meat Disco, counting more than twenty hands high with plenty of hypnotic house music. More info on these, other events & going’s on at the Eagle can be found by going to http://eaglelondon.com.
As for our best of the rest, well, The RVT gets our Vauxhall vote, but more for Friday than Sunday, even though the S.LA.G.S./Chill-out session has become an institution. No, Friday sees another 2nd birthday, this time the audacious & outrageous Kimino Krush, when Al Dente, The Sugarlow Boys & The Duchess Of Pork spin plenty of 80’s & 90’s favourites, plus will no doubt throw in a handful of noughties smash hits for good measure, plus with entertainment from the wild & whacky Jonny Woo, warming up for the Gutterball, & from the larger than life drag artist, le Gateau Chocolat, plenty of fun will be had at this venerable boozer.
Turning to our alternative choices, with Gutterball getting our full focus, it’s down to The Dalston Superstore to lead the way and what another busy weekend have the boys got for you. Friday gets off in superb style as the Do It crew return after a summer break to present their fabulous night “Idiot Proof” with the electro synth & nu-disco style tunes courtesy of D.J’s We’re Not Cool, Not Shy &, of course, Idiot Proof, while upstairs both Liz Bisoux & Cathal with plenty of “Lick My Bass” beats. Then on Saturday, it a scorcher, as “Severino & Friends” returns for another scintillating Saturday of Italio nu-disco, electro funk & cutting edge beats, although in guest, Terry Farley, expect plenty of NYC & American house, the man one of the first UK exponents of this unique sound and through his own record label to boot. Severino is also welcoming Dave Kendrick, Borja Pena & Seb Patene, the three holding the fort upstairs with some top notch electro & twisted tech and a packed out DSS for sure, so make sure you get there nice & early. Then on Sunday, the boys ease the thought that it’s the end of the weekend, with another “Tutti Frutti” session of smooth & soothing sounds from resident jock Squeaky plus friends. Now, further information on events at the DSS can be found on their FB page, which gets updated at least weekly (well done guys) or by mailing the team at email@example.com, plus you can follow them on twitter at http://twitter.com/dsuperstore.
Other quick alternative mentions go to “Caligula” at Basing House on Friday, as always full of cute boys, glammed up girls & plenty of electrifying sounds, while a hop, skip & jump across Shoreditch will find you at Wayne Sires’ amazing “Disco Fag Bar” at East Bloc on City Road, which is well worth the short trip, as the super sounds will come from residents Laurent C, Jeffrey Hinton, Gibson & Ganio. As for Saturday, The Green up in Islington looks like a good choice as both Munroe Burgdorf & the fabulous Rosella host for new(ish) night “Runway”, so expect plenty of uplifting eats & plenty of fun. Finally, Sunday is all about wigs for sure as the annual Wig Party returns to Cafe De Paris, although as the event is already sold out, we won’t ponder on it here, but will bring you an extra bites post with all the last minute info for excited attendees.
Now, just a very quick mention goes to SeenQueen, who not only have a brand spanking new look, but have been ultra busy with updating their club diary, which now stretches deep into November. So, to catch this & many more features, posts, blogs, interviews, etc, go now to http://seenqueen.com.
Right, that’s it for another week folks, but keep your eyes peeled for a Weekend Focus special on Hotwired, which should be out shortly, as well as our review of TTD from last Sunday & lots more posts (hopefully). As for our coming weekend, well we have SuperMartXe’s pre & main party(ies) on the agenda, as well as Hotwired & Beyond. However, with lots on our plate away from the scene, we are going to be taking everything over the next few days, step by step & day by day. However, whatever you are up to, have a brilliant one and as we always say….Go There! Be There!