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We can hardly believe just how quickly Easter has arrived and we find ourselves having just about recovered from five days of partying with the drop dead gorgeous Delice boys at their delightful “Dream Festival” in Barcelona, about to repeat the affair with a hectic weekend of activity across London’s clubland. So, in a slight departure from our usual format, plus given the amount of parties on to tempt you out across this extended weekend, we take a bite sized look at what’s on offer across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere, day by day, pointing you to websites & event pages, yet giving you our choice picks of where to be & be seen on the scene.
So, let’s crack on and look at Soho first, our Best Bite going to Profile & Lo-Profile, the Wardour Street combo that is very much THE place to escape from the madding crowds on Soho’s streets as the gorge Easter weather looks like filling our favourite gay village to capacity. And Profile will be in pole position to serve those thirsty boys & girls as the cool down from the heat of the day, although resident D.J. Craig Daniels will surely keep temperatures rising with a truck load of terrific tunes tonight (Fri 22nd Apr), while Jamie Head will be masterminding the music tomorrow (Sat 23rd), both kicking off proceedings from 8 p.m., while the bar’s happy hour from 4 till 7 remains a delightful daily draw, as is the new food menu that looks fantastic. More details on Profile can be found by going to http://profilesho.com.
Moving downstairs and Lo-Profile continues to soar in the popularity stakes, their new night “Society” launching to critical acclaim last Friday and returning this with the dynamic duo that is Nick Evans & Paul Heron, Nick getting this social cum clubbing splendour off to a dance-tastic start from 10 p.m., while Mr Heron’s heaps of heavenly house kick in from 1 a.m., the two surely to pack out the place from start to finish. Then on Saturday the action will be as hot as the music as Nathan Six & D’Johnny serve up the sizzling sounds, Nathan on first & then Johnny carries you cavorting into the early hours & a date with beyond, Lo-Profile being the “official” pre-party for this awesome afterhours audacity. For further info on this hip hop Soho hangout, go to http://loprofile.com.
So to our Soho short shouts and first up is The Shadow Lounge who have a weekend full of eggtravagant events, the winning Friday formula of “Therapy”, followed by “Inferno” on Saturday & the return of Steve Elliot’s (of Salvation fame) “Scandal on Sunday. With D.J.’s on duty that include Mis-White, Mix, Andrew Elmore, Paul Coals & more, check out http://theshadowlounge.co.uk for more details.
Next up is Rupert Street, the Soho sophisiticate that is sure to pack a punch this extended weekend, as it sports the most extensive outside space of any venue in this tight nit West End hotspot, but with a fantastic threesome of delightful D.J.’s across the 3 days, the music should pull in the punters too, Brent Nicholls funking up the frolicking on Friday, while Paul heron hones the house on Saturday, Sicilian splendour Alessandro elevating the atmosphere on Sunday. More details on Rupert St can be found by going to http://rupertstreet.com.
Our third & final Short Shout goes to award winning Ku-Bar on Lisle St who focus in on St George’s Day tomorrow (Sat 23rd Apr) with a special party headlined by D.J.’s P & Shariff, while the cute Ku Bar boys sort just an aptly place St George flag to help celebrate England’s national day, the backdrop of pop & chart topping tunes sure to fulfil the fancies of the young party crowd the bar & club always attracts. Then on Sunday it’s a Hit Factory “Easter Special” with Lady Lloyd choosing pop & commercial chunks, while the hunks of Ku Bar boys will be swapping flags for ears & tails (of the bunny variety), serving up free chocolate shots (yum, yum). With Friday’s also proving popular, go to http://ku-bar.co.uk for more info.
Right and onwards to Vauxhall which is a hive of activity right across the weekend, The Orange Group surely to dominate proceedings from Friday through Monday with no less than 8 separate stunning events to tempt you in, two that look like being the real hits of this long weekend, so much so that we are devoting two separate Extra Bites posts to As One & Orange “Ascension”, which take place on Sat (23rd) & Mon (25th) respectively. As for the rest, well while their weekend started early yesterday with first Revolver at Area & then Gravity at Fire, it’s Onyx that really gets things going tonight (Fri 22nd Apr) at Area, with superstar guest P.A. Peyton, like us, fresh from his exploits at Delice Dream in Barcelona and sure to be as much as a hit here in London with his brand new Spanish smash which we were lucky to get a sneak preview of at Delice. With D.J.’s on duty including Lee Harris, Jc Christopher, Ariel & Hifi Sean, the special LED Crucifix tops off this terrific turn, neatly followed by A:M at Fire. The second slice of The Orange weekend includes a double doze of Later on Sunday & Monday, while Beyond is sure to attract one of the biggest crowds of the year with all the usual incredible ingredients that make this one of the most popular clubs we know. Then rounding off this incredible package of parties is Booster, which celebrates its 1st birthday this coming Monday (25th Apr) with Miss Crazy D, Ferno & Sharon O Love on the decks, plus plenty of special surprises & give-aways. More details of all these events can be found by going to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
Now to our selection Short Shouts, first being the return of Gay City Rollers this Sunday (24th Apr) for their “Royal Wedding Special”, with special guest Michael Farley from Starlight Express on hand to provide coaching for the less adept skaters (like us!) With The Very Miss Dusty O & Stewart Who providing the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s pop-tastic tunes to spin around the rink to, more fun simply cannot be had anywhere else (just see our review of GCR’s return at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/04/reviews-hot-pants-take-a-hit-gay-city-rollers-sunday-10th-april/) with more details of this entertaining event available at http://alexerfan.com.
Next up is Barcode Vauxhall, soon to be THE Barcode of London as their Soho sister waves farewell to the scene next weekend. As for this south of the river hotspot, this weekend looks like being a busy one, tonight seeing storming Swede Mattias Dabo perform an extended set in the club bar, while up front a selection of guest D.J.’s take their turn with the tunes. Then our man from Malmo returns for another stint, mixing it up with Marco Gee, Andrei Stan, Paul Coals & Mario Uleri. Then on Sunday its new night “United” which sees the first of many collaborations with The Orange Grp, this one a pre-party for Ascension, a link up with Booster & another Music Is The Answer session, all rolled in with Barcode, so one not to be missed. For further details of the goings on at Barcode go to http://bar-code.co.uk.
Our final short shout goes to The Eagle which crowns its weekend with the opening of their extensive beer garden, so a space to be a sure-fire hit with the forecast hot weather, while the action inside will also raise the temperatures, Tonker tonight (Fri 22nd) holding their “Big Bear Easter Bash” with special NYC guest D.J. Malcolm Jackson joining Tonker’s Tim Jones. Then on Saturday Luke Howard spearheads the sound spinning while the P.A. performance comes from vocalist Lee Thomas, while Sunday’s just wouldn’t be the same with the Horse Meat Disco team shenanigans, Jim Stanton, James Hillier & Severino spinning the super & hip hop house hits, making this a mash-up not to be missed. With a weeklong list of events go check out all the details at http://eaglelondon.com.
So, now it’s time to take a walk on the alternative side out our Best Bite has to go to Circus which returns this Sunday (24th Apr) for an event of biblical proportions as “Religion” takes centre stage at Centrepoint, well Paramount 31 floors up to be precise, Jodie Harsh’s colourful creation sure to attract an excitingly eclectic crowd of cavorters like no other. And as Miss Harsh quite rightly say’s “…Jesus, Mary & Joseph, it’s a good thing Monday is a Bank Holiday…” as after sampling the stunning & spectacular sounds from special guest D.J. French-Soler, who joins Jodie, Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis & Joshyou Are on the decks, along with another way-out & whacky show from none other than Scottee, who will be lying in state for the entirety of the evening while partner in wackiness Angel Rose will be putting the fun into this farfetched funeral. With hosts, the decadent Daniel Lismore, Alexis Knox, La Pequena & Medusa, all running the floor, while down 31 on terra firmer Laurent Chaumet will make sure entry to Circus runs smoothly, events don’t get any more alternative & debaucherous than this, more details on Circus available at http://thisiscircus.com.
Now to two short shouts and first goes to East Bloc, the Shoreditch spot that is really stealing the out east show at the mo, tonight (Fri 22nd Apr) seeing the usual “Disco Fag Bar” going up against “Gossip” with a D.J. jam that includes Jerry Bouthier, John Sizzle, Princess Julia & Holestar, while “The Face” is the face of East Bloc’s Saturday, special guest Kevin Rowland of Dexy’s Midnight Runners hitting the decks. Plus with Sunday seeing new night “Vagabond” roll into town, more details of this happening hit of a hotspot can be found by going to http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Our other Short Shout goes to The Dalston Superstore (DSS) up in, well yes, Dalston, their usual jam packed weekends being no different this one, tonight (Fri 22nd Apr) seeing alternative night “Boy Dem” steer you into Saturday with Erol Sabadosh joined on the turntables by E-Man & Kusa Kubi, while on Saturday (23rd) “Hot Boy Dancing Spot” definitely fills the DSS spot with The Lovely Jonjo, Rory Phillips & Nadia Ksaiba spinning the sounds. Then, to round of their weekend, the fabulous “Dick & Fanny” sees DSS boys Dan Beaumont & Rokk D.J. mastermind the music with, we are told, a surprise guest!. With much more happening across the week & month, catch more details on DSS at http://dalstonsuperstore.com.
Now, just some quick news about Barcode Soho which closes its doors next weekend, the original news being that it was being turned into a restaurant. However, our latest insider story is that it will be retained as a bar and not just any old bar, but a gay one! So, with “Circa Soho” set to take the scene by storm, watch this space for details on the launch coming v soon.
Right, we are just about done in this shortened Best Bites & Short Shouts recommends report, although hope to be back to full strength by next week. In the meantime, why not check out what & where is hot this Easter weekend, well in the SeenQueen stakes at least, by checking out London’s clubbing bible choices for this weekend, a mixture of music, clubs & scene events which they have, “…filtered, picked & streamlined…” in a special post available at http://seenqueen.com/updates, while there is plenty more to see on their superb site, so well worth a visit.
So, that’s it for us, although our weekend starts right here with a trip into town tonight for a date of delectable dancing to the funk-tastic tunes of Brent Nicholls at Rupert Street, while on Saturday it’s As One, then Beyond on Sunday, Gay City Rollers after that, a “Blast Off” at SuperMartXe on Sunday night, Orange “Ascension” on Monday morning & finally Booster’s birthday on Monday night. So, if you see us out come say hi, but whatever you do, have an eggstatic Easter weekend and as we always say…..”Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Having hop, skipped & jumped a week since we returned from our trip to South Africa, the clocks going forward and the very spring like weather has put a similar spring in our step, indeed with our peddling around London now back into full gear, our energy levels are such that we are raring to go with our Best Bites & Short Shouts for the coming weekend. So, for the unmitigated, here we dissect the offerings on the scene, picking our best choices across Soho Vauxhall & elsewhere, also then routing for a handful of others in mini.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at Soho and top of our tree & our Best Bite simply has to go to Profile & Lo-Profile, the duo of delights on Wardour Street that seem to be cutting the biggest stride on the West End scene at the moment, the popularity of Profile particularly going from strength to strength. So, checking out upstairs first, Profile’s weekend kicks off tonight (Fri 8th Apr) with the first of two of its young(er) guns, as D.J. Zach Burns takes to the decks, triumphant after his appearance for The Circuit Festival pre-party in Brighton last week and is sure to serve up some spectacular sounds, while on Saturday, one of Profile’s & our faves, Nathan Six revs up the rhythms blending up to date banging beats with classic Hed Kandi style house that makes him an irresistible draw. Add to that the weekly sell-out Sunday roast mixed in with a tasty daily food menu, a drinks offer to rival any, a happy hour to beat most (daily from 4 till 7) & even free wifi and it is no surprise that ticks plenty of boxes where others struggle to, more info available by going to http://profilesoho.com/.
Moving downstairs to Lo-Profile and it’s another one of those wonderful weekends with the cream of the D.J. scene turning up and turning out a truck load of terrific tunes. And by golly does it have a Beyond feel or what, as all four stars have either featured in our favourite afterhours in the past or are still cutting at stride come Sunday morning in the present. So, Lo-Profile’s weekend starts as it means to go on with the dynamic duo that is Steve Pitron & Mikey D, sadly not going back-to-back, but surely treating us to Beyond-esque sets for sure, while on Saturday it’s the turn of Hugh Stevenson & Paul Heron to haul out the heavenly hits, Mr Heron very much warming up for his appearance at the mammoth Beyond Midnight down in Vauxhall(more on that in a bit), Lo-Profile acting as the “official” pre-party venue for our favourite afterhours. With early boys Steve on Friday (8th Apr) & Huh on Saturday kicking off proceedings from 10 p.m., Lo-Profile runs through to a neat finish time of 4 a.m., both Mikey & D coming on song from 1 a.m., more details on this hot ticket in town out at http://loprofile.com.
So to some short shouts and with the rife rumours having turned into reality, the news is out that Barcode (http://bar-code.co.uk) has been sold, although conjecture is still flying around as to whether it will become another bar (probably straight) or, as we believe, a restaurant. However with the switch imminent, the lady in the know, Hrh Minty, has called a meeting with us this weekend, so once we know of the fate of nights like Industri & Comedy Club as well as news of a closing bash, you will know too.
Rupert Street (http://rupertstreet.com) , just around the corner, is likely to take advantage of the loss of Barcode from the Soho scene and continues with its three day weekly roving residents of D.J.’s, and having met with main man Alessandro Londra just yesterday, he has promised to send us the schedule, meaning we can share the necessary with you, although with those residents including names like Brent Nicholls, Fat Tony, Oliver M, Chris Brogan, Minx & more, this extremely popular watering hold remains a delightful draw.
Our final short shout goes to Ku-Bar (http://ku-bar.co.uk) and hearty congrats for their scoop of a host of Boyz awards, the combo of upstairs & down proving ever more popular, especially with pre-parties aplenty & bags of Brazilian beauts around, probably draw in by the delectable DouGuim, so is a impressive alternative to the regular Soho strip & well worth a look in.
Right with no time to dilly dally, it’s off down to Vauxhall and in pole position for a weekend of wonderment is The Orange Grp with the family tree of terrific turns, theirs already into audacious action with Gravity, this Thurday night come Friday morning affair really finding its feet again. But the weekend proper starts with Onyx which keeps things simple yet will surely draw in a considerable crowd, especially as their discount entry of just £2 before midnight remains a huge hit. And with rotational D.J.’s on duty that include new resident Mikey D, alongside the likes of Lee Harris, Jc Christopher, Lisa German, Aerial, Tasty Tim & Jason Prince, there’s plenty of house, pop & tech to tantalise. With Saturday looking pretty vacant, it comes as no surprise that beyond will be cashing in with a twelve hour special, as the name suggest, kicking off at midnight, details of which we will bring you in a full-on Weekend Focus post, while Sunday into Monday sees the trio of Later, Booster & the mother of them all, Orange, steer you into the working week, Steven Sharp’s Monday morning madness of an affair gaining even more popularity of late, all in advance of what looks like one of their best ever bashes “Ascension” over Easter (more info on that coming). For further details of happenings can be found by going to http://fireclub.co.uk
Now, for the eagle eyed of you, you may have spotted one club from that family missing, any ideas? Well, its A:M of course, the Saturday morning shenanigan that has been breathed new life on by promoter Oliver M. Recent events between us and The German have been well documented, (more like played out by him on Facebook), although while the seas have not yet calmed completely, we have come to the conclusion that life is too short to argue & wrangle, especially as our favourite hostess Minty is intrinsically linked with the club and has been craving our coming for a while now. So, it looks like we may be entering the lion’s den tomorrow morning (Sat 9th Apr), not east as the D.J. line up looks as good as it could be, Fat Tony, Gonzalo Rivas, D’Johnny & Paul Heron masterminding the main room, while Severino serves up future & Italio house in the lounge. Plus, with reports that the night seems to get better & better b the week and Facebook postings quoting it as “rocking” appearing with alarming regularity, we want to see it all for ourselves. So, if like us, you are intrigued as to just what a difference Mr Mohns has made, then A;M should be for you, more info available through The Orange Group website (above) or via http://evolvedevents.co.uk.
Now to our Short Shouts and first news of the return of the disco delight on four wheels that is Gay City Rollers, which swings back into action this Sunday (10th Apr) at The Renaissance Rooms. Now, we covered all the nitty gritty & more in our Weekend Focus post “Do The Xanadu” (direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/04/recommends-do-the-xanadu-gay-city-rollers-2nd-birthday-sunday-10th-april-weekend-focus/) which simply leaves us to say, get your skates on this Sunday as this is going to be one superb soiree for sure.
Our other Short Shout for Vauxhall goes to Barcode, which is going through a small little revamp lately, not that the works are stopping them from business as usual activity, Friday’s through Sunday’s especially busy, the highlight of the weekend surely being Patrick Lilley’s “Music Is The Answer” (knew we should have got copyright!), an offshoot from Queer Nation that brings disco & R&B to the masses, with D.J’s John Freeman Jeffrey Hinton & Mista Pierre. Plus, a date to watch is Deviate which hits you with a heavenly happening next Saturday, more details of this & much more available at http://bar-code.co.uk.
Right moving on swiftly and we head out east for our alternative Best Bite, which goes to The Dalston Superstore (DSS) in, yes you guessed it Dalston, a suburban spot nestling just north of the hotbed that is Shoreditch. And it’s quite a big weekend for the boys at DSS as the whole three days (well four actually) are dominated by “Fringe/Outsiders” film screenings, a whole host of video clips and short length films being shot on location at the venue. So, the usual tight knit schedule of events has been somewhat turned on its head, as a veritable feast of alternative D.J.’s & artists appear, Friday (8th Apr) seeing the “BackToBack” crew storm the Superstore, D.J.’s on duty including Not Shy, Kezokichi, Bi-Bop, Mr F, Press Play & Sigmund Krafwerk, all serving up piles of throbbing techno & sleazy electro, while the fringe filming catches them in action. Then on Sat (9th Apr) the specialist screening starts at 4 p.m. with “Gays On YouTube” with much more following before “Sink The Pink” steal the show at 10 p.m. with special guest D.J.’s Azari III performing a two hour set, while Attack, Attack, Attack (yes that’s the D.J’s name!) and Hoelstar fill the holes in this 6 hour happening, the night aptly called “Happy Shopper” and is one of the most popular in the whole DSS schedule. Then rounding off the film screening weekend on Sunday (10th Apr) is “Tutti Frutti” with D.J. Squeaky & guests spinning the sounds. So if its way out alternative you are looking for, look no further than the DSS, Dan Matt & the boys pushing out further info on the venue & its events at http://dalstonsuperstore.com.
Right, to a couple of Short Shouts and first is a new night tonight (Fri 8th Apr) at The Apothecary in Kings Cross intriguingly called “Stripped” which rather than stripping the performers, strips down the music, editing out pop, disco & house, and pushing the boundaries with more challenging electro, tech & trance, think Depeche Mode meets Placebo, Daft Punk meets Moby and much more in between, the sounds coming from the massive Neurotic Mass Movement who go live at 12 midnight, while Frankie D, Jason H & Johnegoth complete the line-up.
But Shoreditch gets its say as the hot ticket that is East Bloc roll out another “Disco Fag Bar” night tonight (Fri 8th Apr), D.J.’s on duty including main man Wayne Shires & the iconic Princess Julia, while on Saturday (9th Apr) it’s the turn of “Dare” to do just that, with sounds supplied by John Pleased Wimmin, & extra special guest Mark Moore, more info on East Bloc & its events available at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Now, with it being a quietish weekend, these are just the sort of opportunities to get your bar, club or event noticed with an inclusion in our posts, so if you want us to consider you as a Short Shout or even a Best Bite, you know what to do, either drop us a line at email@example.com or get on Facebook and plaster our walls with your info, either on our personal page via http://facebook.com/discomattlondon or http://facebook.com/pages/Disco-Matt/112730602119746 and we will do our best to include you.
That said, if you are looking for what’s hot & happening, plus where to be seen on the scene, you can also visit our friends SeenQueen, London’s clubbing bible that picks out what they love to call the gAylist events with neat & tidy posts picking up event pages, info & other detail, all available at the click of a button by going to http://seenqueen.com/web which will lead you to their home page & all the latest servings.
So that’s it for another weekend, well apart from that Focus on Beyond “Midnight” which is coming up shortly. Talking of which, Beyond will be playing a prolific part in our partying, a pop into Lo-Profile tonight to hook up with Mr Pitron & crew, being repeated Sunday morning before we get our skates on for Gay City Rollers & no doubt fall arse over tip in the process. So, if you see us out (on our feet or otherwise) come say hi, but whatever you do and wherever you are have a great weekend, enjoy the Spring Has Sprung weather and remember to Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
As a whole raft of D.J.’s, club promoters, scene faces & party heads begin to make their way down to Alpe d’Huez for the European Gay Ski week, the last thought on our minds is sliding down snow covered slopes, having recently returned from South Africa, soaking up the sun. So if like us, your idea of a good time is NOT being cold halfway up a mountain & falling on your arse constantly, then staying in the relative normality of London seems a far better option this weekend, especially given that there is much celebrating to do, both on the alternative & the fetish side. So, as we shake of those magical memories of our holiday in South Africa, yet bask in some very welcome sunshine here in the capital, what’s on offer to tempt you out this weekend in Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere.
To Soho first and our single and Best Bite goes to Profile & Lo-Profile, a duo of a combination that are striding ahead of the competition in terms of both offer & experience, the ground floor bar gaining popularity by the week, serving fantastic food, superb socialising and masterful music, this weekend the sounds supplied by two true stars of the D.J. scene, Jamie Head steering you into the weekend with bags of brilliant beats on Friday (25th March), while on Saturday, Berlin based D’Johnny flies into London to stoke up your Saturday with a truck load of terrific tunes. Plus, if like us, you didn’t realise what offers those lovely peeps at Profile are serving up, well get yourselves down early (like from 4 till 7), as their happy hour is really pleasing to the pocket, while the food offer is simply delicious & the best way to fuel any party head for the night to come, their Sunday roast offer also proving as popular as the place. Full & further details of this hip & happening hangout can be found at http://profilesoho.com.
Downstairs and the action is hot, hot hot, and when in Soho, there is not really anywhere else you need to be come Friday of Saturday, this weekend being no exception as, yet again, the team have cracked it with a line up that some of the larger clubs in the capital would be proud to sport. Friday sees a combination that will definitely draw a crowd, Nathan Six kicking off proceedings from 10 pm and if his set upstairs we witnessed a few weeks ago is anything to go by, Lo-Profile will explode into action from the off, while D’Johnny takes up the mantle from 1 a.m., sorting the sounds & maintaining the magnificent music as only he knows best. Then on Saturday (26th March), Beyond classic resident D.J. Hugh Stevenson makes a welcome return to this characterful club on Wardour St, revving up the rhythms from 10 p.m., while international playboy & globetrotting guy Paul Heron makes the most of a busy weekend before heading off to the ski slopes with the second of three gigs, masterminding the music from 1 a.m. With lighting & effects that would put some other venues to shame, along with a stylish & sophisticated crowd of cavorters, Lo-Profile has it all with full details of opening times etc available at http://loprofile.com.
To our Soho short shouts and first off is news that Barcode has been sold and is likely to be turned into a restaurant, this change certainly set to affect some, while until the ownership swap happens, it’s business as usual for club events like Industri on a Wednesday’s & Comedy Club on Tuesday’s, while the weekend activity remains as vibrant as always, details of what’s happening available at http://bar-code.co.uk.
That said, there are plenty of other venues around Soho serving up plenty of entertaining action, not least Shadow Lounge that has a week long list of events, a quick visit to their website at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk/ revealing all the detail you need to know, while other Soho strongholds include Rupert St and Compton’s, the latter back in the hands of its best ever manager, Neil, and enjoying a much needed resurgence in popularity, so well worth a look in.
Onto Vauxhall and The Orange Group look set to dominate the weekend again with a whole host of parties starting with Gravity tonight (Thurs 24th) through to Orange on Monday (27th March), while the shining stars of their show remain both Onyx & Beyond, corner stoning the weekend at Area and indeed it is Area that gets much of the focus here, not least as the venue hosts the first ever Black Party in London this Saturday, details of which we will bring you in a special extra bites post. As for the other two, well at Onyx, it’s the new look business as usual tomorrow, while the strong resident D.J. team is set to get even stronger as the team announce that Mikey D will be boosting the beats in the main room, while Tasty Tim orchestrates the more pop plumped anthems theme in the second space. With price busting entry at just £1 before midnight, plus NUS & other concession offers, you can also gain discount entry via http://gayguestlists.com/onyx.
As for Beyond, well the fairytale continues, despite a whole load of tinkering of late and this awesome afterhours sees the likes of Paul Heron, Hifi Sean, Paul Christian, Fat Tony & birthday(ish) boy Gonzalo Rivas joining the maestro that is Steve Pitron, who stormed back into pole position last week after his holiday’s, treating us to one of the most emotionally charged yet thrillingly entertaining sets that also marked our return to our spot in Area. Acting as the afterparty for The Black Party, Beyond is sure to be another amazing affair & kicks off Sunday morning (26th March) at the winter clock time of 4 a.m. rather the seasonally adjusted one. Mind you, Fire also gets its say in The Orange Group weekend, A:M, spearheading the time change with their farewell to winter, “Ice” seeing stars similar to Beyond’s to be honest, but when Fat Tony, Gonzalo Rivas & Paul Heron join forces in the main room, who can argue with that. Details of Beyond, A:M and all other clubs/events, go to http://fireclub.co.uk
Our other Best Bite in Vauxhall goes to The Eagle, who continue to offer a macho alternative to the mainstream clubbing of The Orange Group, it also having a birthday feel to things this weekend, as Friday nighter Tonker celebrates its 8th year in business with a fabulous theme entitled “Brute Fabearge – The Friday Night Fragrance”, Tim Jones & his team welcoming special guests for a champagne reception from 8 p.m., while for us uninvited the main party kicks off from 10 p.m., entertainment coming from Dr Woof! (sounds intriguing) while D.J’s Simon Le Vans & Ross Jones (no relation to Tim) take up the tunes, more info on this special event available direct at http://tonker.co.uk. Then the fun continues on Saturday (26th March) with the “Mister Eagle London 2011” final, hosted by none other than Dorian Black & supported by Tonker, with head poncho Tim Jones steering the sounds. With the winner not only lifting this prestigious title, but pocketing a £1000 prize, even the runner up bagging a made to measure garment from sponsor Expectations, the testosterone will be oozing out of Eagle for sure. Plus, with Sunday sporting another gymkhana gyration that is Horse meat Disco, this is definitely a place to more than just pop into, full details of happenings available by going to http://eaglelondon.com.
Our short shouts go, like Soho, first to Barcode, the management change beginning to bear positive fruit as it seems at long last there could be a marriage of minds between them & Area for certain events, all in the benefit of the clubbing community (hooray!), while events like Deviate & Music Is The Answer, bolster the regular nights of music across the two rooms, this intrinsic part of the Vauxhall scene very much the lynch pin to partying. So, with all these positive vibes we hope to have it ascend to Best Bite status soon, although in the meantime, more details on happenings can be found at http://bar-code.co.uk.
Then, we have to shout for the venerable institution that is The RVT and with nights like Marvellous on Friday (25th March), Duckie on Saturday & S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out on Sunday, the reputation of this long running venue is difficult to match, details of these & other happenings out at http://thervt.org.uk. But, it will be the fetish side that grabs our attention as Hard On! this Saturday host a special reunion (dare we say it, oh what the heck) as Fist returns for a one-off, labelled for the wider press as “F*** Re-Union”, cousin Crisco Matt bringing you the all important detail in a special extra bites post, so watch out for that.
Onward to our alternatives and it’s a rich picking this weekend with three looking like Best Bite offerings, so let’s revel in this glory by first looking to Jodie Harsh’s Circus, which returns for a monthly spectacular shindig at the Paramount on the 31st floor of Centrepoint on Saturday (26th March), this latest event titled “Venus” calling you to embrace your feminine side (we do that all the time!) and also marks Circus approaching five full-on & fantastic years pushing the envelope that is the London polysexual clubbing scene. And the gathering looks gigantic, not least as the sound spinning stars include Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis, the original gender-bender Tasty Tim and a special set from Jodie herself, no Circus event being complete without the bizarre, twisted yet thoroughly entertaining cabaret show from the icon that is Scottee. But that’s not all, as the team welcome the might of Ladytron whose massive worldwide following from hits “Seventeen” & “Destroy Everything You Touch”, as well as remix credentials that extend to works by Blondie, should see him/her make some monstrous musical machinations. We could say much more, but THE single most important message is, don’t miss this one as its is set to be a brilliant biggie for sure, full details of this event & Circus in general available at http://thisiscircus.com.
Sharing Best Bite status and looking every bit as good (oh the choice!), is Gutterslut, the way out & whacky wonderment that has been strutting its stuff across London’s East End for a handful of years now, but comes slightly closer into town, returning to its new home, East Bloc on Old Street, this Saturday (26th March), but holds a special celebration as it is Gutterslut original, Per Q.X.’s birthday, the main man flying back from a break in Sweden in time for this exceptional event. And with a cast that includes Nic Fischer, Ralf Obergal, M.C. Crystal and Ma Butcher, all spinning the sounds across the two rooms, Ma also playing host for the evening, this is one birthday bash that you don’t want to miss (see what we mean about choice!?!). With more detail and concession entry available by dropping the gang an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, if, like us, you can’t make it to this magnificent mash-up, fear not as Per has recorded a special birthday mix to show you exactly what you will be missing, this colossal compilation available for download at http://soundcloud.com/perqx/. As for host venue East Bloc, don’t forget the Friday night naughtiness that is Disco Fag Bar, info on this and other events at this Old Street operation available by going to http://eastbloc.co.uk.
To our final of three at The Dalston Superstore signs off this show with another corker of a weekend, centre-staged by yet another birthday bash, this time for Guy Williams’ Paradise 45 which celebrates its first this Friday (25th March), with a dream worthy line-up of D.J’s including Ben Jamin whose jams at Crash have legendary status, the fabulous Faze Action who completely wowed us at Guy’s other club night Reverse, last spring, while the main man also takes to the decks downstairs, while upstairs Paul Dragoni & guests duck & dive the disco. And talking of disco, it’s this all the way, whether it be of the future variety, the old skool 80’s classic slant, or the Italio style, Paradise 45 by name alone shouts disco, disco disco & we love it!! But what we love even more is that’s its all free of charge, yes free folks, but be warned as guy rightfully say’s “…please arrive early disco troops as its gonna be a heavin!…” early being before the 10 p.m. start. As for the rest of the DSS weekend, Saturday sees the return of Paris On Acid, with the likes of Hannah Holland, Dan Beaumont & Squeaky sorting the sounds, while on Sunday (27th March), that man Squeaky returns for his own serenade to the end of the 7th day with another Tutti Frutti social soiree splendour, more of the detail on this and other DSS happenings available at http://dalstonsuperstore.com.
Right, well we have ranted on for long enough, although it is good to be back doing our Best Biting & Short Shouting after a good 4 weeks, so if you fancy being included in future posts, a reminder that if you want your bar, club or event included, then get emailing us at email@example.com 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.
So, the weekend is here and it’s time to paaaarty, we kicking off with a trip up to Dalston for Paradise 45 tomorrow (Friday 25th March), while Saturday sees us join forces with cousin Crisco, he heading to hard On!, while we pop into The Black party, Sunday morning seeing us both brave Beyond and, hopefully, another scintillating set from Steve Pitron. So, if you see us out, come say hi, although wherever you are & whatever you are up to, have a great time, don’t forget those clocks go forward on Sunday (early), but remember what we love to say, “…Go There! Be There!…” (DISCO MATT)
Its definitely feeling like a short month compared to January, as we already find ourselves at the penultimate weekend of February and one that will see us running around in final preparations for our three week trip to South Africa, with more of that international reporting that is figuring in our lifestyle right now. Now, while we will be indulging in a just little bit of bar hopping & clubbing activity before heading to Heathrow, there is plenty on offer to tempt you all out this weekend, so let’s crack on with our choices of where to be & been seen in Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere.
Soho get’s our attention to start and Profile/Lo-Profile our first Best Bite, as it is without doubt becoming a firm favourite on the scene, Profile particularly finding very busy legs of late, tonight (Fri 18th) looking like a packed out affair as Nathan Six returns to the bar’s decks to rev up your weekend with some rip roaring beats, while on Saturday the cheeky Craig Daniels sorts the sounds. With a full-on American diner style food offering & that new Sunday roast option that launched last week & proved a sell-out, Profile is definitely the place to eat, drink & socialise, more details out at http://profilesoho.com, especially as its clubbing sister is just below, Lo-Profile turning up the dancefloor heat this weekend with a terrific line up. On Friday, it’s the friendly duo of Nick Evans & Paul Heron, both sure to pack out the place, while on Saturday D’Johnny & Alessandro have their musical say and with the revised & improved laser & LED lighting, along with the cream of the Soho scene choosing this hip & happening hangout as their destination, Lo-Profile is a winner, with more info available by going to http://loprofile.com.
Our other Best Bite goes to The Shadow Lounge and its Friday that seems to be getting much focus at the mo, last week’s Delice Dream’s pre-party, followed this week by a special shindig for the Miami Winter Party Festival, welcoming rising star D.J. Sonathaq to the decks who joins regular Miswhite, playing plenty of vocal house & pop remixes. With a special comp draw to win gold passes to Miami’s biggest gay party, plus exclusive Winter Party t-shirt giveaways, as well as free Attitude Magazine’s to every entrant, this looks like being a brilliant bash and well worth a visit, while Saturday is just as hot, as Inferno returns with the equally hot Andrew Elmore on the decks. Now, just a quick mention for Thursday’s as Glitz & Glamour now has The Very Miss Dusty O in charge and with Mark Bambach also on the decks, this looks like yet another night to hail the return of Soho as THE place to be & be seen on the scene, more details of this and all of Shadow Lounge’s events available by going to http://theshadowlounge.co.uk.
Now for some Short Shouts and Rupert Street is a worthwhile call-in with D.J.’s on from Friday to Sunday, Minx on duty tonight (Fri 18th), while Alessandro double heads on Saturday & Sunday, more info on this brilliant bar available at http://rupertstrett.com., while Ku-Bar tips the other end of the Soho scale, a good choice for the young set, Saturday’s the busiest with D.J’s P & Sharif dishing up dance disco to delight, but with a full week of activity & details a mere click away at http://ku-bar.co.uk
Barcode is also a great place to pop in & pop out, Friday’s as good early as late, especially with the dynamic duo of Joe Publik & Dilmar Brito on rotational residency, while Industri on Wednesday’s is finding its Soho feet, Minty always attracting a crowd & boys Brent Nicholls & Paul Heron switching sound selection duties each week, further details on this captivating club/bar out at http://bar-code.co.uk.
Onward to Vauxhall and The Orange Group gets our sole Best Bite pick, not least as it sports all the major clubbing events in town this weekend, from Gravity on Thursday to Orange on Monday morning & much in between. Of the nine offerings, two get our attention, Megawoof finding a new slot in the calendar, tomorrow (Sat 19th) to be exact, promoters Daz & Diddy now using Fire as the host home for the muscle-bear bravado of a bash, this latest affair looking like being a packed out one, with the new “Hardware” theme getting a second showing & the legendary Tom Stephan (aka Superchumbo) ruling the roost in the main room, with a supporting cast of Tim Mcloone, Daz Saund, Rob & Massimo across two spaces of sound. Then, Beyond continues the party action deep into Sunday, with a special “Erotica” themed event which should serve up plenty of sexual spice, with scintillating sounds to match, Steve Pitron confirmed in the main room line-up along with special guest D.J. Paul Heron, while Alan K completes the magnificence here, another special guest, D.J. Hawthorne figuring in proceedings, we suspect in The Chapel Room. Add to that Queer Nation in Area on Saturday night running straight into Beyond and “Erotica” will definitely be the place to be, while Onyx, A:M, Later, Booster & Orange will also get their say , further details out at http://fireclub.co.uk/fire-nightclub-london-gay-parties.php.
So to some Short Shouts and first The Eagle, Tonker tonight (Fri 18th) and Horse Meat Disco on Sunday the bread & butter in the sandwich, Luke Howard providing the filling on Saturday as he is welcomed as guest D.J., more info on this horny hangout’s happenings available at http://eaglelondon.com.
The RVT have plenty to tempt you in this weekend, S.L.A.G.S/Chill-out on Sunday spearheading a line-up that also includes Duckie on Saturday, as well as something quite special tonight (Fri 18th) as “Anthem” returns with the Love Muscle-esque might of Marc Andrews, Sean Sirrs & Rich B rolling back time with musical memories from those Halcyon days at the Fridge, details this exceptional event & much more to be found by going to http://thervt.org.uk
Two final Short Shouts go to Barcode which always proves a hotbed of activity, particularly on Saturday’s, info on the action available at http://bar-code.co.uk, while Union is a great alternative to the Orange Group outings, with plenty of action right through the weekend, Epic on Saturday’s headlining their extensive offerings, details out at http://clubunion/co/uk.
So to our alternative antics and The Dalston Superstore (DSS) tops of Best Bite pile this weekend, with a scorcher of a schedule, as tonight (Fri 18th) sees one on the biggest D.J. line-ups anywhere with a massive eight on duty across two floors of frenetic fun, “Back To Back” the event and electro/techno the name of the musical game, special guest John Roman flying in from Toronto to start his UK tour in the heart of the DSS action, while another notable inclusion in the eight is Caligula’s Sigmund Kraftwerk, the back-to-back nature of the D.J. sets serving up stacks of surprises for sure. Then tomorrow (Sat 19th) sees the ever popular “Body Talk” return, keeping it, as the boys say, “…oh so real…”, special guest Dave Kendrick of Macho City delving into plenty of Nu Disco, & 80’s/80’s groove & soul remixed, along with DSS’s own Rokk D.J., while “Oh So Real” residents Marky Mark & Tristan Reed do the business upstairs. Add to all that a new Sunday nighter called “Paris’ Acid Ball”, with Hannah Holland, Dan Beaumont & D.J. Squeaky serving up loads of NYC house, DSS is definitely the place to be out East this weekend, full details of all these events & more a click away at http://dalstonsuperstore.com.
Now to some alternative Short Shouts and to East Bloc first who have both “Disco Fag Bar” on tonight, then new night, “The House Of Fun” tomorrow (Sat 19th) on offer, the latter sporting the fabulous Smokin Jo in the D.J. line up, ore info on East Bloc & its events available at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
While in Shoreditch, you may want to check out Friday night frolic “Haute Vs Shabba Dabba” at Concrete on the High St. there, D.J.’s on duty including Erol Sabadosh, Jim Warboy & Larry tee, plus Shoreditch’s original son, Kris Di Angelis, so the music should be top draw, more details on the venue out via their website at http://concretespace.co.uk/.
Right, well that pretty much about it in this slim-line Best Bites & Short Shouts for another weekend and with our trip to the southern hemisphere kicking off on Sunday, we may well be off-line for the next week or so, re-surfacing in Cape Town at the beginning of March. So, while we are out of reach, the best place to see what’s hot & happening is by going to London’s clubbing bible SeenQueen, who have plenty of events listed & lots of options up to take you to the end of the month & beyond, a whole load of more features, music, pics, video & other links well worth checking out at http://seenqueen.com.
That said and just before we go, here are a selection of our what would be our Best Bite picks for next weekend, WE Party returning to London with their “Paparazzi” offering at the Coronet in E&C on Sat (26th Feb), this being the first of a trio of Orange Group outings , Beyond hosting the “official” afterparty, then Later celebrating its 8th birthday on Sunday afternoon (27th Feb), all three well worth a visit. Then, for the fetish in you, Hard On! at Hidden is a must, this monthly event taking place next Saturday, while another real alternative & another birthday to boot, comes your way courtesy of Gutterslut at The Rhythm Factory in Whitechapel, again next Saturday (26th Feb) and will be a packed out affair for sure.
So, that’s it from us, whatever apart from saying if you are out & about in the scene, you may well catch us hopping around Soho for a while tonight, over in Angel for SuperMartXe’s pre-party “Saturday Night Love’s London t Lola’s”, and then at Beyond “Erotica” on Sunday morning, all which will definitely leave us shouting “get us to the plane on time”. So, if you see us out come say hi, but whatever you are up to and wherever you may be, have a fantastic weekend and as we always say “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Well, what a month it has been in Disco Matt land, first the flu & then a nasty ear infection that has left us most out of sorts, although it hasn’t stopped us getting out & about on the scene, and when we haven’t, recommending the places to be & be seen. So as the first month of 2011 draws to a close, it’s time to once again look at what’s on offer in Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere to tempt you out on what is (for many we suspect) the first payday of the month.
So, spotlighting Soho, Profile & Lo-Profile get our first shout, another wonderful weekend in prospect that takes off upstairs tomorrow (Fri 28th Jan) in Profile from 7 p.m. with Nathan Six on the decks, while down in Lo-Profile, Brent Nicholls serves up the funky & Latin flavoured fun from 10 p.m., followed by Latino Gonzalo Rivas, who takes you deep into Saturday morning, till 4 a.m. Then on Saturday, Profile gets going with the grooves, courtesy of Craig Daniels, while downstairs the duo of Jamie Head & Alessandro Londra should ensure two sets full of stupendous sounds, percussionist David H adding his own spice to this Saturday shindig. Now, in our books, both Profile & Lo-Profile still sit as the best package in Soho for a complete evening of socialising & clubbing, plus môn-congrats to Profile for their runner up slot in the SeenQueen (SQ) Best Bar poll category, more details of both venues available at http://profileshoho.com & http://loprofile.com.
Down at The Shadow Lounge, news is still brewing of a new night, our ears (at least our good one) still close to the ground, while the weekend winning format currently stays the same, Friday seeing another “Therapy” session with the boy girl combo of Miswhite & Paul Heron spinning the dance worthy discs, while on Saturday, the ever popular & adorable Andrew Elmore injects a whole load of “Inferno” into the occasion, pop-tastic tunes being the order of the day. Now, just a quick couple of dates for your diaries, next Thurs (3rd Feb) seeing the return of house hit “Hola” with Terry Vietheer & Bodytalk’s DJ Rokk, while the following Friday (11th Feb) it’s the Delice Dream pre-party (more details right here next week). Further info on these & all other events can be found by going to http://theshadowlounge.co.uk/ or connecting with their group at http://facebook.com/theshadowlounge.
Now a furtherl Soho shout for Barcode, who must surely be in celebratory mood, having scooped the crown for Best Bar in the SQ “Your Disco Needs You” poll, Friday (28th) kick starting the celebrations with another “The Cave” club night downstairs, special guest Hifi Sean selecting the sounds, , while regulars Dilmar Brito & Jo Publik pick the hits upstairs. Plus, don’t forget Industri, which now has its residency here in Soho & takes place at Barcode each & every Wednesday, D.J.’s Brent Nicholls & Paul Heron on weekly rotation, but Minty always there to steer this social splendour in the right direction. More details of happenings at Barcode can be found by going to http://bar-code.co.uk.
Rupert St & Ku Bar are our last best bites, Rupert St seeing D.J. Minx mastermind the music on Friday, while on Saturday, the legend that is Fat Tony makes his indelible impression of this Soho sophisticate, info on the bar available at http://rupertstreet.com. Over at Ku Bar & Club on Lisle St, its Brazilian beats a-plenty, as they host the “official “The Week” pre-party tomorrow (Fri 28th), with the delectable DouGuim on the decks & a carival collective sure to gather, more news on Ku available at http://ku-bar.co.uk.
Right moving over the river and south to Vauxhall, we capture another weekend of jam packed activity at Fire & Area, The Orange Group cast of clubs & highlights including Onyx, who hold a stylish “Burlesque Ball” this tomorrow (Fri 28th) which includes contemporary choreographed dance performances & a special P.A. performance, the team clearly keen to pack out the place as there is an inflation busting entry offer of just £1 before midnight with a flyer, ad or concession g/list entry. Following that is afterhours A:M, another SQ award winner, clinching second spot in Best Weekly Club category, so Oliver & the team will be in party mood, welcoming guest D.J. Paul Heron to the decks. Back over at Area & probably the biggest celebration will be at Beyond this Sunday (30th), as they lifted the big SQ crown as Best Overall, as well as adding another SQ Best Weekly Club award to their trophy cabinet. Add to that their “The Week” afterparty with the likes of D’Johnny, Steve Pitron & Alan K, and this will be THE place to be for sure. With a clubbing cast that also includes Gravity, Later, Booster & Orange , you can literally party from Thursday right through till Monday, bouncing between both venues, although The Coronet will surely be a diversion on Sat (29th) when Brazil’s best is back, The Week landing back in London (more in a min). For more info on All Things Orange, go to http://fireclub.co.uk/fire-nightclub-london-gay-parties.php, while guest list inclusions can be sorted by going to http://gayguestlits.com/.
With a Weekend Focus Extra coming up on fetish club Hard On! which will be the other Vauxhall victor on the club scene this Saturday, we wind up our shouts in the Soho of the south, with two quick mentions, first for The RVT, who have a fabulous threesome, Friday seeing the return fabulous night “Marvellous”, while the ever popular “Duckie” stands proud on Saturday & then no Sunday would be the same without a S.LA.G.S./Chill-out session with the majesty that is The Dame Edna Experience. Details of these & other events at this legendary boozer can be found by going to http://thervt.org.uk.
Our other shout goes to two new clubs from ex Onyx promoter Steve Geller, who is now firmly in bed with the team at Union (formerly Crash) and sets this Saturday (29th Jan) alight with new club night, “Epic”, Mr G being joined in the main room by D.J. Daniel Stone, while Barbara Bush & Robbie Keats pop it up in room 2. Then on Tuesday, Steven is back for more, this time an afterhours style event called “Desire” which kicks off at 4 a.m. with our the multi mixing Steven taking charge & thrilling with four decks at once. More details of both events & more can be found by going to http://clubunion/co/uk.
Moving onto all things elsewhere, our first best bite goes to The Week which, whilst an a-typical big club choice, does fall outside the premise of Vauxhall, as the London team have chosen to move it from Fire to The Coronet in Elephant & Castle, & having spoken with the teams head poncho, he explained of the move “…we are stepping up the pace to & increasing the space to showcase the best Brazilian carnival feel to the London crowd…” further adding that “…The Coronet will allow us to display the extravagant production and the array of dancers &performers to their absolute best…” And with costumes finalised, the stage settings complete & the choreography crafted, The Week is ready to take London by storm again, this 2nd event taking place on Sat (29th Jan), full details avaiable in our Weekend Focus post via direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/01/dm-recommends-brazils-best-is-back-the-week-saturday-29th-january-weekend-focus/.
As for our real alternatives, The Dalston Superstore (DSS) takes our top choice slot, their weekend starting with the return of night “Revive Her” this Fri (28th Jann) with a cast of D.J.’s that include Lovefingers, Jonny Nash, Minkioni, Dan Hill & Nicholas Fee, all mixing up classic house sounds with future dosco & much more, surely making for bucket loads thumping fun, although Saturday looks like being even better, as “Phat Bitch” takes DSS by storm, hosted by the iconic Tasty Tim, who welcomes an array of guests to share the decks downstairs, while the sweet sounds of Eka Browdny & Scott Webster steer the satisfying sounds upstairs. And with no weekend complete without a “Tutti Frutti” session on Sunday, Dalston & the DSS is the hip happening place, with more details out via their Facebook page or by following the boys at http://twitter.com/dsuperstore.
Next we hone in on Saturday night (29th Jan) as there is something quite special going on at East Bloc, Wayne Shires & Laurent Chaumet’s Shoreditch hangout that is making many waves in this part of the world, their event “Meat” sure to do that & much more. Billed as “…The sexiest party to hit East London ever…”, this all out underground man fest welcomes the might of internationally renowned D.J./Producer Tom Stephan (aka Superchumbo), the original underground rocker of Wayne’s first clubbing love, Crash, Tom being backed up by Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis, who has been strutting it in the studio with Tom of late, so we are expecting them to share the fruits of their labour with us. With plenty more besides, this is going to be one major mash-up, the team having extended the opening hours until a brave 6 a.m., more details of this & other events (incl. the fab Disco Fag Bar on Friday’s) out at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Our other alternative is new venture The Sunday Club takes which place this, yes you guessed it, Sunday (30th Jan) at The Kings Cross Social, a new venue on Britannia St, the Farringdon end of this trendy & rejuvenated area of London. Headed up by the legendary Trade D.J. Steve (Janet) Thomas, The Sunday Club is sure to sport plenty of brilliant beats in the tech & progressive style, the emphasis as much on the chat as the tunes, and as Steve aptly puts it, “pop in, unwind, kick back, chit chat, boogie down, drink up, then…….”. Joining Steve on the decks will be a selection of special guests (rumour has it Nick Tcherniak may take his turn too), the club kicking off at 4 p.m. & running through until 10 p.m., entry free until 6, then £5 thereafter and if you fancy a sneak preview, check out their video at http://youtube.com/watch?v=HBmA3CzQZNY, while venue details are available at http://kingscrosssocialclub.com.
Right thats it, our best bites choices up for another week, just leaving us time to point you in the direction of tip top clubbing website, SeenQueen, who have their own hot & happening tips for the places to be seen on the scene, plus much more besides. Indeed, why not go check out how your favourite bar, club or event faired in their “Your Disco Needs You” poll, this & a whole load more available a mere click away at http://seenqueen.com.
Back to http://discomatt.com and watch this space for that focus on Hard On!, plus a feature on the re-launch of Open as well as Gravity Gold, before we hit the European trail next week, this upcoming weekend seeing us get away from it all in Brighton, as Danny Verde flies in for a gig and then Nick Tcherniak, Steve Thomas & Lizzie France star in a special music Industryparty, all seeing us do a bit of DM networking.
However, here in London it definitely looks like being a carnival collective of a weekend as The Week dominates with that pre-party at Ku, the main event at The Coronet & the afterparty at Beyond, so if you are going Brazilian & shaking those samba moves, have a brilliant time, but, wherever you are & whatever you are up to, have a wonderful weekend and as we always say, “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Well, what a truly amazing New Year weekend we had, kicking off with a house party that we will savour for a long time to come, perhaps for more reasons than we would like, but a more brilliant way to see in 2011 we couldn’t have asked for. Then, with an exhaustive schedule that caught up Salvation, As One, Beyond, WE Attacks & Orange we came away extremely satisfied with our lot if but finding ourselves very much in the recovery position and in need of huge doses Benecol to propel us forward into January. So, feeling the need to ease ourselves in, not least as we fend off a nasty bout of flu, we thought we would do the same with our first weekend nod of the year, simply by picking out our choice cuts & best bites in Soho Vauxhall & elsewhere, then hinting towards some tip top events later in the month.
Right to Soho first and top of our pile is the cracking combo of Profile & Lo-Profile on Wardour Street, which whilst clearly topped our own 2010 poll, Profile hitting number one in our Best bar category, while Lo-Profile was recognised as best bar/club venue, it seems you think so too, as Profile has made incredible strides in the SeenQueen 2010 poll, currently running to an amazing 3rd overall so far. And this comes as Profile, since launching 18 months ago, has made considerable strides and now represents one of the best hotspots to kick-start a weekend of madness & mayhem, generally a mere short journey downstairs in Lo-Profile, plus, with recent improvements to the layout of the bar, including a new bespoke D.J. booth, extra standing & dancing space, building on the fantastic food & drink offer, virtually unrivalled by any other competitor, Profile was definitely the mover & shaker of 2010 and looks set to continue that well into 2011. So, Profile & Lo-Profile should definitely be on your radar this weekend, tonight (Fri 8th Jan) seeing the return of resident & Clubnation king Phil Marriott, spinning all the smart & latest dance house tracks from 7 p.m., paving the way for Mikey D & then Brent Nicholls to see you swinging into Saturday with stacks of superb sounds. As for Saturday, well Profile plays host to the mischievous music meister Craig Daniels who looks set to treat you to tons of terrific tunes, while it’s the turn of Jamie Head & Alessandro Londra to tip the musical scales downstairs in Lo-Profile at the “official” Beyond pre-party, more details of both venues being available at both http://profilesoho.com & http://loprofile.com.
Other quick best bite shouts go to The Shadow Lounge which have their own version of the January sales, with half price’s on guest list door entry, table bookings & membership renewals, plus with favourites “Therapy” & “Inferno” back, is well worth a visit this Friday/Saturday. Rupert Street is another hip hop hangout worth a call, as Friday favourite Brent Nicholls returns tonight and then tomorrow (Sat 8th Jan) A:M promoter & D.J. Oliver M gets the party going. Information on events at Shadow Lounge, which is open seven days a week, can be found at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk while Rupert Street also has its own website at http://rupertstreet.com.
Down to Vauxhall and the biggest news is the Megawoof move to Fire, which we covered in our Weekend Focus post “Musclebear Moves” and their “Hardware” event looks set to dominate Saturday, although it is The Orange Group itself that will have the lion’s share of activity across the weekend. And it comes as no surprises as with brands from Gravity of Thursday, Onyx on Friday, A:M on Saturday, Beyond on Sunday & Orange on Monday, but with much more, there is no shortage of parties at either Fire or Area this weekend. So, wading through their choices our best bites have to go first ton Onyx, which holds one of its now infamous “Recovery” parties tonight (Fri 7th Jan) when Italian stallion Pagano storms back to London after a New year weekend jetting around the globe, landing on Vauxhall to perform a special five hour set in the main room, while the superb supporting cast includes Lisa German, Paul Christian, Lee Harris & Tasty Tim, all hosted by the fabulous Chrissy “Onyx” Darling. Plus, as a thank you to Onyx customers over the festive season, the team are offering free entry which you can claim via http://gayguestlits.com/onyx or by arriving armed with a flyer or ad before midnight, the club open from 10 p.m. through till 5 a.m. Then, not surprisingly, Beyond is sure to prove a winner, it certainly riding high in the SeenQueen poll, currently topping everything else at the moment & indeed scooped three awards in our own 2010 poll, achieving best club brand, best weekly club and best afterhours club, beating off some fierce competition. And, in true recovery style, Beyond will be extending its trading to a massive 12 hours, kicking off at midnight this Saturday (8th Jan) and running through till beyond midday on Sunday morning & sporting no less than 12 Beyond all-stars & newcomers, including Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Alan K, Hifi Sean & Jamie Head, as well as The Oli, Jc Christopher & Oliver M. Now, it’s well worth grabbing a ticket in advance, which you can do at http://clubtickets.com or by popping into Prowler, Clone Zone, or even over the counter at Rupert St, all priced at £12, whereas discounted £8 passes are available at the “official” pre-party at Lo-Profile, although entry will be available on the door but for more. As for other events on the Orange Group calendar this weekend, go check out info via http://fireclub.co.uk/fire-nightclub-london-gay-parties.php.
Other best bite shouts go to The Eagle, who have a trio of treats, starting with “Tonker” tonight (Fri 7th Jan), cashing in on the bear-tastic feel to the weekend, while on Saturday “Carpet Burn” rules the roost, welcoming the might of Kym Mazelle who will definitely add her own hi-NRG twist to a night that has 80’s, 90’s & handbag house as its make-up, special guest D.J. Dave Kendrick delving deep into his musical archives to make this a party night to remember. Then what weekend would be complete without a bit of “horsin around”, as Horse Meat Disco comes at ya again this Sunday (9th Jan), Jim Stanton & his crew whipping up some whacky wonderment to catapult you into the new week as well as the new year. For further details of these events as well as opening times etc, go to http://tonker.co.uk, http://eaglelondon.com & http://myspace.com/horsemeatdiscolondon.
Right, so what about elsewhere?, well it simply had to be our big front runner of alternatives in 2010 that would stride ahead again in 2011, welcoming back two firm favourites that have made The Dalston Superstore the popular place it was throughout last year and a venue that impressed us from the minute we stepped in, from the laid back & relaxing atmosphere, to the traditional fabric & furniture that is so welcoming & warming, yet with groundbreaking music & entertainment that have definitely made the place a hot ticket. Plus, with brands like Paradise 45, Trailer Trash, & Gutterslut, making the most of this East London gem, as well as sporting nights like Hott Mess, Tutti Frutti, & Bodytalk among a host of others, there is no shortage of alternative action to amaze. So, this Friday (7th Jan), sees the welcome return of “Do It”, labelled by the team as “…a nonstop party for party people…” and is sure to be just that, with special guest D.J., Stop Making Me (where do these names come from) joining the band of Do It residents downstairs, while Liz & Cathal spearhead the sounds upstairs, Fridays normally see the DSS rammed and given the mood & the popularity of Do It, tonight should be no exception. Then on Sat (8th Jan), Dan Beaumont’s special house night, “Soundstage” takes centre stage in Dalston, Dan & co welcoming a host of special D.J. guests to play out choice house music filled with tunes of now & then, but definitely no mainstream, but much more groundbreaking beats, while Macho City muscles in on the action upstairs to put to mucho into macho with magnificent music. And Sunday sees Tutti Frutti round off another superb DSS weekend, D.J. Squeaky & friends making sure it’s a smooth landing from the highs of Friday & Saturday & a safe entry into Monday, further details of all the shenanigans available by following the boys at http://twittwer.com/dsuperstore or by checking out their regularly updated Facebook group.
Our other & final best bite mention goes to East Bloc on City Road in Shoreditch, the hip hop NYC style venue that sports the brilliant “Disco Fag Bar” on Friday’s, this week seeing a special treat as Wayne Shires hits the decks, alongside Laurent C & Borja Pena, while on Saturday , the hit of 2010, “The Men Who Fell 2 Earth” returns, with gravity defying sounds from across the galaxy of heavenly house to surely pack out the place. More details of these & other events at East Bloc can be found by going to http://eastbloc.co.uk
Right, now taking a brief look forward and grabbing our diaries, here are a couple of dates that should definitely be filling yours this January, as hit monthly happening Lovechild returns with a very special “Snowball” event next Saturday (15th Jan), neatly followed by the first big birthday bash of the year, as Minty celebrates another social soiree splendour of a year with Industri on Wednesday (19th Jan), while Bear Necessity moves from Fire to Area the following Saturday (22nd Jan), the month rounding off with the return of Brazilian carnival style club The Week, which graces The Coronet on Saturday 29th January. We will be bringing you the all important details on these in special focuses/previews, so keeps your eyes peeled but note down the dates, as these will be party’s not to be missed.
So, that’s our first weekend of 2011 pretty much wrapped up and just time to say, whatever you are up to and wherever you are, have a brilliant one. As for us, well having been plagued with a bad flu bug since Tuesday, we will probably be lying low for this one, rather catching up on our NY reviews, although if a certain D.J. has his way, you may find us in our spot, “Doing The Disco Matt”, yes you guessed it, in the Beyond main room on Sunday morning, so if we make it & you see us out, come say hi, but as we always say….Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Well, having gotten well &truly back into gear with our regular reporting, this week has been one very busy one with the launch of our new look website, a one-stop shop for our whole family of posts. So, with our feet very much under the table in that respect, we return to a sense of normality with our look forward to what’s hot & happening this coming weekend, looking here at our best bites & a quick few rest bites, while we develop the latter separate post fully, plus, we are being strict on ourselves & picking just one best bite per area, so as to give a little more room for more mentions.
So, let’s press on and point our focus first at Soho with tip top Wardour street wonders Profile & Lo-Profile tipping our scales once again & getting our best bite, and for good reason as this is very much the hottest place to be & be seen at the moment, the combination of both the bar & the club serving as a delightful destination that is hard to beat. And this weekend looks like being no different as Profile will be setting you off in style with Phil Marriot back to bag the brilliant beats, and given his performance last Friday, it should be wall to wall entertainment, although for heaven’s sake can the bar staff please lock the Jaegermeister & Sambuca away!! But the entertainment doesn’t stop there, as Profile welcome a special party, as “Men At Play” go all porn on us (yummy) as part of their DVD launch, stars of the their fornicatory flick “Gentlemen” on tap, as will be 20 DVD’s up for grabs in a special competition. Mind you these men are no slouches, as it’s an early start, pornographic proceedings kicking off from 6 p.m., although they will be playing downstairs too, talking of which, it’s the dynamic duo of Messrs Dower & Pitron this Friday, filling you with fantastic & fulfilling music, possibly ala beyond style which we love, so beware boys, we may have to assume our spot. Saturday is no slouch either, as upstairs in Profile its Nick Evans, while down below Italy meets Spain with Alessandro Londra trading tunes with Gonzalo Rivas. Plus, don’t forget those gorgeous guys on Wardour St have given profile a bit of a nip & tuck, adding extra standing space & moving the D.J. booth, all to help with the ambiance & ease of movement. So you need more info?, well you can safely search at their two websites, http://profilesoho.com & http://loprofile.com both confirming opening times, and much more.
So, what about the rest? Well Shadow Lounge is right there, continuing their freezing December, freezing the door & drink prices that is, as well as sporting its two most popular, hence regular nights, “Therapy on Fri (10th Dec) with D.J.’s Minx & Mis-White, and “Inferno” on Saturday, with Andrew Elmore, spinning the sounds, plus don’t forget the club on Saturday is open until 5 a.m. Over on Lisle Street, Ku Bar celebrate their 15th birthday and time has literally flown since Gary Henshaw opened his latest emporium, testament to a great business & bar and having moved into their latest destination some 4 years ago, the team haven’t looked back, even opening up a little baby sister on Frith St. So, tomorrow (Fri 10th) will be party time a-plenty with free drinks following, the odd bite or two, plenty of gorge men (& that’s just the bar staff) and lots more, both spots are well worth a visit. Mind you, Rupert St gets our nod as Brent Nicholls entertains on Friday with his fulsome funky house, so looks like we will be in da house for sure.
Right moving on south of the river and Vauxhall once again seems to be in the grip of Orange as opposed to yellow fever, as The Orange Group once again get our best bite slot, with a hectic schedule of parties, although we are amazingly mystified about a certain 10th birthday bash (it should be February boys!), but given all the other humongous happenings, we will forgive them on this count. Sitting squarely in the centre of their weekend proceedings is Alex Erfan’s Lovechild, which got our full focus at http://discomatt.com/web/2010/12/dm-recommends-shiny-disco-balls-lovechild-mirrorballs-saturday-11th-december-weekend-focus/, although this slice on Saturday is only a smidgen of the overall action, as Onyx kick starts everything on Friday, going back to basics as they take a breather before their full-on festive season of parties at Area, but it looking like a madcap night as Jason Prince celebrates his birthday in his inimitable over the top style, so should be a hoot. Then, the same venue also plays host to our favourite afterhours, Beyond, on Sunday morning (12th Dec), when they throw another futuristic party with the likes of Steve Pitron, Mikey D & Alan K in the main room, Hifi Sean & special guest Severino saying your prayers with pumping house in the Chapel, while D’Johnny makes a welcome return, joining Fat Tony in the “Sunrise” terrace room. Later seems to be continuing its crest of a wave ride at the moment and remains the place for nonstop party heads to dance away their Sunday afternoon, Booster filling the gap between that & Steven Sharp’s Orange-tastic Monday morning gathering that is also in its own purple patch at the moment (or is that orange patch). Now those lovely people peeps over at Fire headquarters have given us a link to share with you for info on all their events which is http://fireclub.co.uk/fire-nightclub-london-gay-parties.php (sounds very posh) so need we say more.
Right to the rest & The Eagle are up to their usual tricks with “Tonker” on Friday, while “Carpet Burn” has a special shindig on Saturday, when promoter Martyn celebrates his birthday, the whole night having an 80’s theme to it, with guest PA Rozella (remember “Everybody’s Free”?) and D.J.’s Dave Kendrick & Johnny Kalifronia. Then on Sunday it’s the turn of Horse Meat Disco to paint the Eagle red with their horsing around wonderment, the likes of Jim Stanton, James Hillard & Severino in situ to round of your weekend with a whizz. The RVT have a pretty busy one too, as it’s another cavorting “Kimono Krush” on Friday, with Al dente, The Sugarlow Boys & The Duchess Of Pork (we love those names), while their other highlight has to be the institution that is “S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out” with the venerable Dame Edna on stage at 5 p.m. (ish). Our other quick shout goes to barcode, who have another “Funkarama” night on Friday (10th Dec) with Daz Saund & Leonardo Glovibes on the decks, so is well worth considering.
Onto our alternatives, and it pretty much a dead heat for us in the Best Bites stakes here, so both get equal attention, first focus going to The Dalston Superstore, who like all our other entrants, seems to have Friday as their busiest & best night of the three, this one looking like a roadblock event, as Guterslut & Trailer Trash hold their chrimbo cracker of a party, “Frosty’s Snow Explosion”, with all your favourites on the decks, including Per Q.X., Nick Fischer & Ralf O flying the Gutterslut flag, while Mikki Most & Ian Robinson do it for Trailer Trash. Now, we have been asked to remind you that it is essential you get there early, as it is likely to be absolutely jam packed, and whilst the party doesn’t get into full swing until about 10 p.m., the early bird, in this case red robin, catches the worm, or probably all the snow spurting out of the super snow machine. Saturday (11th Dec) is slightly more sedate, yet has just as good musical credentials, as Severino returns with his friends, in this case Jim Stanton & James Hillard in a pseudo Horse meat Disco gymkhana out east, this, like the previous night, having a distinctly Christmassy theme. Then on Sunday, the pace eases a little, although the atmosphere remains just as brilliant, when resident D.J. Squeaky holds another Tuitti Frutti night. Further information can be obtained by mailing Matt or Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or by following them at http://twitter.com/dsuperstore.
Our other & final Best Bite of this weekend post goes to the fabulous East Bloc, a venue out on City Road that has a real NYC underground meets industrial vibe to it and has been going from strength to strength under the direction of one of our favourite promoters of all time, Wayne Shires, along with the fabulous Frenchman, Laurent Chaumet and, whist having missed our radar up till now, will certainly be getting a visit in the early new year once our hectic festive & birthday season schedule has died down. As for their weekend, Friday (10th Dec) has the magnificent & hip hop trendy night, “Disco Fag Bar” centre stages, this night best known for its trendy crowd, dancing the night away to electro disco, synth pop & the odd influx of NYC style house & hi-nrg in glorious homosocialsm, this week calling on special guest Kevin Funkfunkt to spice up the sounds, joining regular D.J.’s Squeaky, Easy & Borja Pena. But, it’s Saturday that looks like setting the East Bloc weekend well & truly alight, as wicked event “The Men Who Fell To Earth” land in Shoreditch to stun, the promotions team welcoming special guest D.J. Vic Voltaire of Popstarz fame, serving up plenty of punk funk, dirty disco & remixed rock-n-roll. With yet another Christmas feel, cosmic by name & stratospheric by nature as these guys really know how to paaarty, as this talk of the town terrific turn runs into the wee hours of Sunday morning. For a hint of the music on offer at this extra special splash, can be found by going to http://soundcloud.com/menwhofell2earth,
while more information on this event & others at East Bloc, is best tracked through their groups on Facebook, while we press the promoters for further contact points.
Now, we want to give friends SeenQueen a well deserved mention, as not only does their superb site offer the most extensive features, articles & information points, but did an absolutely sterling job covering our tracks while we were off air. So, we cannot recommend this site enough for finding out what is hot, hot , hot across the capitals gat clubbing scene, plus having an extensive listing of their favourite hangouts. So see to where to be and been seen, go to SeenQueen at http://seenqueen.com.
Right, that’s about it from us for another week, although watch this space for our Extra Bites shouts for events over the weekend & into next week, not least our focus on Industri, which moves from a Thursday to a Wednesday & from Vauxhall to Soho, kicking off next Wednesday (15th Dec). Plus, we have issued our review commitments for the upcoming festive season now on our doorstep, out at http://discomatt.com/web/2010/12/dm-reports-festive-froliking-disco-matt-reviews-2/ and hot on its heels will be the first of two special previews, running down our top tips for Christmas & the New Year.
So that just leaves us to wish you a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to & wherever you may be, while our weekend starts with a return trip to Rupert St on Friday with Brent Nicholls behind the decks, swinging across to Profile for some “Men At Play” action, then down to Lo-Profile to rub shoulders with Mikey D & Steve Pitron. On Saturday it’s all about our “Shiny Discoballs” as we hit Lovechild’s “Mirrorball” charity event, which will (obviously) be followed by Beyond. So, if you see us out, come say hi and as we always love to 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
Having missed out on two parties, weren’t we just glad we made the third last weekend, as Beyond “Tokyo” as a truly amazing event, probably one of the best this year so far, so it goes without saying that we gave it our full review treatment, which you can check out now at direct link http://discomatt.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post & don’t forget to check the postscript link to three fabulous podcasts.
Right, moving on and the week seems to have flow by, meaning that another weekend is on our doorsteps, so it’s time once again, to weed through the offerings & pick our Best Bites for the weekend across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere. But before we do, this post is due to take on a new look & we will also be including a Rest Bites post too, so if you want your event, club or bar mentioned, then get your details across to email@example.com.
Now to Soho and what can you expect this weekend in the capital’s premier gay hotspot? Well, Rupert Street comes top of our choices this week as the team are expanding their D.J. offer to all three nights, last Friday having seen a spectacular showing from D.J. Minx, who went down an absolute storm, even the unusually warm October weather that night not tearing them away from inside for out. This Friday (15th Oct) should see a repeat, as the team welcome Terry Vietheer to the D.J. decks, this amiable Aussie sure to serve up plenty of cool house cuts to satisfy Rupert Street discerning crowd that like their weekends warmed up with accessible house & pop. Then, Saturday sees new A:M promoter Oliver M play, he very much familiar with this slot at Soho’s premier bar & will no doubt have the place pumping all night, while resident Alessandro Londra makes it back from Istanbul just in time for a Sunday session from 8 p.m. As for Friday’s & Saturday’s, the D.J.’s get down to it from 9 p.m. & don’t forget the bar closes at midnight, further information available either via the Rupert Street Facebook page or at http://rupertstreet.com.
Our other best bite goes to Profile & Lo-Profile, although those naughty boys & girls on Wardour Street very much led us & many astray with their advert last week, we expecting the dynamic duo of Mikey D & Steve Pitron on Friday, although, with SuperMartXe holding their pre-party at this ever increasingly popular Soho destination, a last minute change to the D.J. line up was made, Leandro Kloppel & Tony English doing their bit for Logan Schmitz & his team. So to avoid a repeat this week, we have checked out direct with the venue & can confirm Lo-Profile’s line up as Jamie Head & Paul Heron on Friday & Gonzalo Rivas & Brent Nicholls on Sat (16th Oct), the former duo also being joined by ace percussionist David H. Up in Profile & things are much more orderly, Gaydar radio’s Phil Marriot in regular situ, fizzing up your Friday’s with some heavenly house hits & latest sounds, his set being transmitted live on radio music show clubnation, while on Saturday & after a scorching show at the annual wig party, Rob Sykes selects the sounds in this funky bar, not forgetting that Profile is now open until 11.30 p.m. Plus, the team are pleased to introduce some tasty new dishes to their fabulous Autumn two for £10 food menu, which is well worth a look, especially if you need a fill after or even before a West End shopping spree. Further details of this great menu & much more can be found at http://profilesoho.com.
Other shouts go to Shadow Lounge who on Friday have a special performance from one of New York’s greatest drag queens, Peppermint, joining “Therapy” foxy female D.J.’s Miswhite & Minx, while favourite Andrew Elmore returns on Saturday for a hot “Inferno” session. But Barcode also have their say as it’s the manly “Cave” night on Friday, guest D.J. Daz Saund joining the team of residents, while the busy Brent Nicholls looks after Saturday down in the club bar.
Onto Vauxhall and The Orange Group once again hit the high notes in our Best Bites, their unstoppable juggernaut of jaunts leaving us breathless even now. “Onyx” starts your weekend as it should mean to go on with another ostentatious outing at Area, resident D.J’s Phil Marriot, Lee Harris, Lisa German, Ariel & Jason Prince mixing it up across three rooms of frolicking, new boy DouG’uim also getting in on the act with some superb sounds, this leading onto A:M at Fire on Saturday morning, new(ish) D.J. talent Norbert M celebrating his big break on the main floor, the shakeup in resident jocks seemingly going down well in some quarters, not in others, although undoubtedly the fresh new approach has been received positively. Saturday night means only one thing and that is “Hot Muscle”, this latest Lovechild outing getting out full focus at http://discomattweekend.blogspot.com/2010/10/weekend-focus-lovechild-hot-muscle, while after a truly awesome Beyond “Tokyo” last Sunday (check our review at http://discomatt.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post) it simply has to be on the cards again, especially having gotten all hot with those gorgeous body builders at Fire beforehand. “Later” & “Booster” do their usual thing on Sunday early, but the rest of the weekend has to go to Orange, who have a very special celebration, as it’s “RAW’s” fourth birthday, meaning the whole night will be given away to the tougher side of citric splendour. We will be honing in on the event in full, so watch this space for our upcoming Weekend Focus, although in the meantime, further info & guest list offers can be found via the following sites, http://tinyurl.com/onyxguestlists, http://evolvedevents.co.uk (A;M), http://alexerfan.com (Lovechild) http://tunyurl.com/laterguestlist & http://romainlopez.com (Booster).
With so much domination south of the river, you would be forgiven that Vauxhall isn’t offering up much more, although there you would be wrong as The Eagle makes a fantastic alternative, Friday being sewn up with another testosterone trip with “Tonker”, special guest D.J. Mr Jones, joining the other Jones, Tim that is, for some tough muscular tunes, while on Saturday (16th Oct) “Carpet Burn” roll up for more, this week entertaining guest D.J. Prince Nelly alongside regular Martyn Fitzgerald, with Sunday never being Sunday without the horsin around antics of Horse Meat Disco, Jim Stanton & co making sure Monday remains as distant a thought as possible. More info on The Eagle & its events throughout the week can be found at http://eaglelondon.com.
So, it’s now down to the alternatives to extend the options and The Dalston Superstore once again rises to the top like the cream in the milk, kicking off the weekend with the fabulous “Snap Crackle & Pop” on Friday (15th Oct) with a superb blend of beats, eclectic music, banging bands & delectable D.J’s, guests for this monthly outing being bands, Stop Making Me & O Children, while Harry Jones does his bit on the decks alongside some DSS regulars. Then on Saturday, resident D.J. Dan Beaumont steps into promoter boots with his new outing “Soundstage”, which showcases some of the best alternative D.J.’s on the London scene, this first outing including talents Dave Kendrick, Charlie Trevor & extra special attendee Luke Howard, all taking charge of the basement, while upstairs Jonny Woo & John Sizzle re-enact a mini Gutterball gathering, this looking like being one splendid affair indeed & was it not for our planned trip to Lovechild, we know where we would be for sure with Sunday seeing another “Tutti Frutti” session with W/Squeaky & friends sliding into the following week with consummate ease. Now, whilst there is no official website, the boys are always posting up stuff on Twitter, so why not follow them at http://twitter.com/dsuperstore plus watch this space for an Extra Bites post on upcoming birthday bash for “Body Talk” which takes place next Saturday (23rd Oct).
Our other alternative Best Bite goes to East Bloc, who entertain yet again with “Disco Fag Bar” this Friday, the club gaining an increasing following week on week and no surprise, as not only is the name chic & cool, but the setting at East Bloc is superb, matched by the D.J’s, this week Laurent C, John Sizzle & Borja Pena sharing the plaudits, while the door is masterminded by the delights that are Kristoffer & Diego. Then, on Saturday, this Shoreditch hangout entertains night “Nancy” which tempts in the fashion end of fetishism & fancy dress who want to flirt & flaunt their wares across the three rooms of fun, the sounds served up by David TG of Torture Garden fame, Hot Mess’s Holestar & Scally DanDan in the main space, while the wild & whacky Scottee sorts out the second space with special guests & vintage pop & skool disco is the name of the game in the third room with Princess Julia in charge, Felicity Hayward adding her own vintage colour to the whole affair.
So that’s our Best Bites picks across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere, further details available either via the direct web links in our post, on the events pages on social networking site Facebook, or failing that in the popular weekly press rags.
Now, just a quick mention, as always, to tip top clubbing website SeenQueen, which has further complemented its new look with a new “What’s Hot” section detailing the hot happenings across the gAylist world, RAW’s 4th birthday & Lovechild “Hot Muscle” getting focus, plus much more. And with plenty more features besides, go check out the new look site & all its fab features at http://seenqueen.com.
Right, that’s about it for this week and as always we wish each & every one of you a splendid weekend, whatever you are up to & wherever you are. As for us, it’s a relatively pedestrian one as we still have much to mull over away from the scene, but all being well, we will make Lovechild, Beyond & Orange, although day by day is our maxim at the moment. But if we make it out, come say hi and as we always say……Go There! Be There!