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Well the now Mayan myth about the end of the world may have come & gone but Beyond is sticking with its guns and celebrating this fabled finale with their “End Of The World” party which is under way right now, we landing on it as our “Pick of The Day”, all the event detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we Extra Bite on bits from our Weekend Focus beneath.
Well what a year it has been for us and in some ways with the woes that have troubled us, we may well have been grateful to the Mayan’s if the end of the world had actually happened. However, we sit here some fifty hours after this ancient forecast failed to materialise looking at our favourite club of all time which survives this fabled finale of mother earth yet pokes in the eye of this now clear pie in the sky theory with its “End Of The World” party. And as the promotions team behind Beyond told us, “…the fun is only just getting started…”, having rolled out another of their infamous “Midnight” format frolics, the fun is actually well under way, the clubs ex promoter & also ex director of Orange Nation events, Jonny Marsh due to start his last ever U.K. set (yes he is a D.J. too), joined by some of Beyond’s all star residents, Jamie Head, Fat Tony, D’Johnny & David Jimenez, while as Mr Marsh bows out, this global apocalypse get together marks the resplendent return of one Paul Christian. So, having devoted a full Weekend Focus, our “Fabled Finale”, we thought we would pick out some best bits, tweak them a little and then put them into this special Extra Bites post and in so doing re-affirm our decision to make Beyond our “Pick of The Day today (Sun 23rd Dec).
So, here of some chunky bites from our Weekend Focus for you to chew on….
Having breathed a sigh of relief that the Maylan’s were wrong, we also having gotten in one of the best birthday’s in years, including that brilliant & best present EVER, the reality of our continued 2012 health woes has hit hard, meaning that we won’t be joining the clubbing celebration train this morning, although we know there will be plenty of you doing so within the wonderful walls of our favourite & most brilliant brand, Beyond striking a chord when it says of its “End Of The World” event today (Sun 23rd Dec) that “…the fun is just beginning…” the question they having posed “…if the world ends, where would you want to be?…” the answer surely being Beyond and to be honest, if the world had been ending, then we couldn’t think of a better place to go out with a bang.
Now, if you’re one of the lucky ones that are off until January, but even if you’re not, this is definitely the last Beyond before Christmas, so is likely to be a jam packed affair as everyone gets firmly into some festive frolicking with a dance work out to make room for all that Christmas Day chow. And having ruled the capitals clubbing circuit waves for the whole of 2012, Beyond is certainly not holding back with this final fling before Christmas, as they roll out one of their now infamous “Midnight” affairs, hence why it’s billed as a Saturday start (even though we all know it’s actually Sunday when the doors open). Plus, with the possibility that the club will run extra late being as certain as death & taxes, not least given how popular its parties have been this month alone, the “all roads lead to” reputation should play out to exceptional effect as both Soho & Shoreditch shindigs empty out and their party heads forge a path to Vauxhall.
So, with a Sunday lunchtime finish on the cards and a glittering line up of resident D.J.’s to keep you dancing way past dawn, who could resist taking in the full extent of this “End Of The World” event, Beyond’s main room sporting Jamie Head & Fat Tony, both having established a presence in this premier pitch during 2012 and should rock the main room to its fabulous finale fable foundations, while finale is very much the byword of what will be the last ever (so we are reliably informed) set from Beyond’s former promoter Jonny Marsh. Having recently spread his wings of the jet packed variety, sowing new rooting seeds in Australia, Mr Marsh will be saying bye to his old backyard Beyond, Jonny “…opening the main room personally…” performing his last set in London (and the UK) before flying back out to Oz, the whole Beyond family present to wave him a fond farewell, so is one bon voyage you won’t want to miss, whichever side of the Marsh fence you sit on.
However, the biggest and best news for us and we think for Beyond under the current premiership of Mr Kaye is the wonderfully welcome & resounding return of Paul Christian who has, in our view been sorely missed, Paul synonymous with The Chapel space and the start up D.J. to beat them all, even Hifi Sean whom we were also pleased to see back last weekend after protracted problems following a hernia operation. So there should be a real buzz about Beyond’s second space on Saturday (or is that Sunday!?!), Paul one of we hope many moves to restore our faith it what has become a brand that, despite its continued popularity, has been losing its way. So as good as Paul’s return is and as good as the inclusion of D’Johnny & David Jimenez in the Chapel this weekend are, it is our beloved Terrace room that is desperate for corrective attention, the lack of the likes of The Sharp Boys, The Oli & others that have, like us, adored the atmosphere & electricity of this special space, recent times seeing the dynamic duo of Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters (who are on deck duty this morning) having played to a mere handful of hedonists.
That said, this Beyond “End Of The World” bash gets our full recommendation (goes without saying surely), this “Midnight” event already underway as we go to press, doors having opened at midnight and the club running through to a billed late, late finish which we suspect could be midday,. advance tickets very much the way to go as always, having been a foregone conclusion, remembering that, £10 tickets are available for all Beyond events online at http://orangenation.co.uk/, while a trips to Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone (both stores) & 50 Dean, as well as at Comptons, Rupert St & Lo-Profile will gain you a similar priced pass. However, if you are pitching up in the next few hours, then paying on the door is your only option, but expect to pay more, while concessions are available with an ad or flyer at £12 till 7 a.m., the last words going to Beyond’s promoter Ben Kaye who takes the opportunity to send “…you all the best Xmas wishes and hope 2013 is all you want for and more. I want to personally say thank you for making 2012 such a great Beyond year for me, while to see everyone having so much fun week in week out really makes all the hard work worth it…”. (DISCO MATT)
Entering the final month of the year with a flourish, there can be no doubt that all Sunday morning roads will be leading to Beyond, which multi tasks magnificently this Sunday, combining the official WE “Formula 2” afterparty with a World AIDS Day fundraiser, entertaining a special D.J. guest from the USA, Brett Henrichsen headlining this brilliant brand’s bash with a brimming bag of heavenly house hits, we focusing in on the finite with a extra Weekend feature.
If there was ever a club to gather more of our attention than any other it is the brilliant brand that is Beyond, no surprise when you consider that we were right there for the launch back in 2001 and have been crossing its threshold virtually weekly ever since. Indeed, while we have a certain sentimentality towards the Colosseum days, even travelling in from Essex to succumb to its splendours, it is in the amazing Area that Beyond holds the most magical memories and is, without doubt the place where our infamous “spot” surfaced, yes that position just left to the main room D.J. booth that tends to get re-emulated at other events in other venues. Yet, Beyond is about so much more, the music, the lighting, the atmosphere, the effects, the people, the promoters, the D.J.’s, the dancers, the organisers & the guests, and having traversed continental Europe, experiencing a host of club brands & venues, nothing can quite compare to the ballistic brand that is Beyond. But there is more, it also having spread its wonderful word continentally, as near as Paris, as far as Mykonos, across in Brussels & down in Barcelona, it’s even been on a Mediterranean cruise, hit the holy land in Israel and stormed the Ibiza sun terraces with its terrific treats, while back home in London, it has lifted award after award and remains the single most popular party on the capitals clubbing circuit by far.
So all this means that the Beyond ticket in any weekend is a wonderful one, indeed, despite recent constant changes to its running format, the side-lining of long time resident D.J.’s and enjoyable elements of the club having seemingly been lost forever, Beyond still remains at the top of its game. But when these WE weekends come along, Beyond makes heavenly hay, serving up special parties with equally special guests, this Sunday (2nd Dec) being no exception to the un-written rule. But this is a particularly special weekend, for us as well as many others, as World AIDS Day falls on the Saturday (1st) and so the organisation behind Beyond, Orange Nation, have decided to mark this occasion by combining the WE after-party with a WAD fundraiser, while for us this Beyond marks a run of events that will lead to our birthday, so is one we will definitely be making, this post a WE Party that starts our birth month of with a breathtaking bang. There is more however, as on top of this multi tasking theme setting, Beyond promoter Ben Kaye is pleased to present a special guest D.J. to compliment the prolific pick he has made from the strongest roving residency team in the capital, Brett Henrichsen jetting in from The US to headline this hypnotic happening.
So what do we know about Brett?, well to be honest, until now we had not come across him at all, although Ben tells us that he “…has played at almost every major circuit event in the United States, including Gay Days Orlando, New York Pride Pier Dance, San Diego Zoo Party, Cherry 8, White Party Palm Springs and White Party Miami, Masterbeat New Year’s Los Angeles, Miami New Year’s and many more. Brett has headlined international events including WE Party Madrid, Circuit Barcelona and Sydney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras…” that WE Party connection providing the continuity here, while the Masterbeat link is actually much stronger than Ben makes out, as Brett is the founder of thus US music brand and continues to drive the label as their Chief Creative Officer, having stepped back as the corporations CEO in February this year, a role he held since the brand was born. This has allowed Brett to pursue his D.J.’ing career, which always played second fiddle while he was CEO, he now able to hold down regular residencies in clubs across the US, from New York to San Francisco & Los Angeles, while more international appearances are now possible too, while music making the Master beat way is still the cornerstone of his commitments, launching his own podcast series last year, the collection up to number 4 which is probably the closest to his residency clubbing style, while we suspect that number 3 will be closer to what we will experience in his set at Beyond on Sunday. But all four are worthy additions to your collection by going to http://bretthenrichsen.podomatic.com/.
Well that kind of leads us to the rest of the pack & also the detail of the party, Beyond boasting some of the residency best, as Jamie Head & Mikey D sandwich Brett in the main room, while David Jimenez,, D’Johnny & then Fat Tony keep the clubbers cavorting in The Chapel, Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters going back-to-back (again, yawn!) in The Terrace, a word in Ben’s ear possibly required as this was always the heartbeat of Beyond for us but has been sadly lacking of late. D.J.’s aside, there will be the usual delectation of delightful dancers headed up by Elektra Paris, all surely given us a feel of WE “Formula 2” bridges Beyond, while the decor will lean in a definite red direction to remind us that this is a World AIDS Day fundraiser, all donations going to the worthy cause that is The Terrence Higgins Trust. As for the detail?, well this Beyond bash takes place on Sunday (2nd Dec) at Area in Vauxhall, doors opening at 5 a.m. and the club running through till midday, advance tickets available online at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/beyond-afterhours–4/ priced at £15, while Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & 50 Dean have them on sale too, news in that bars Ku, Comptons & Rupert St also have stocks, while a deal has just been secured to sell them from Lo-Profile very Sunday morning from 3 a.m.. Now, advance tickets of definitely the way to go, as this looks like being another roadblock event, but if you can’t make it into Soho or can’t get online, then you can pay on the door but expect to pay more, more info on this party & other Beyond happenings out at http://facebook.com/beyondclub or, if you can work out where, on the not that impressive Orange Nation website, http://orangenation.co.uk.
As for us, well you will find us spinning on our spot as usual, intermixed with some pre & post birthday celebrations with fab friend Tom Fuller, so if you see us come say hi, but make sure you don’t miss out on this Beyond bash as its looking like being one very special shindig and in doing so, make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
As we approach one of the most momentous & meaningful weekends in our year, we thought it wholly appropriate to re-launch our weekly recommends newsletters, this “Best Bites” the first half of the posting picture, where we pick out our three top of the tree event choices of where to be & be seen on the scene in Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch, along with mini mentions for two other hot shots that have featured in our full on focuses.
Well, it’s been a while, not just a few weeks, but a few months, although it feels good to be back in the “Best Bites” recommendations driving seat, that last analogy pretty apt this weekend as one of the hot shot mentions has a driving format of shorts. But the weekend is also momentous & meaningful as Saturday (1st Dec) marks two occasions, first & foremost, World AIDS Day, a cause that is extremely close to our heart, it also marks the first day in our birth month. For others however, while for others, December 1st is the first day of advent, meaning Christmas is, from here on in, very much in focus. However, it is this weekend we are focussing on, picking out our three top choices, one each from Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch, while those two hot shots also get a little look in.
So to our first and to Soho first, as it is the wonder on Wardour Street that steals that top of the tree crown this weekend, the crowning glory for us being Friday frolic PLAY>TIME, the award winning & outstanding outing that has become a firm favourite of ours & many more, promoter jay Roberts having very much made Friday the new Saturday in Soho, even toppling the might of another award winner that was the darling of the clubbing circuit scene on Friday’s, Onyx having gone by the wayside. But PLAY>TIME forges ahead with its fabulousness, this Friday no exception, as the team welcome two terrific talents to the D.J. decks, Kris Di Angelis making his debut for this brilliant brand, while Mikey D makes a welcome return on the back of his prolific new(ish) podcast “House Music All Night Long”. But no PLAY>TIME would be the same without a that significant slice of sexy seduction, Jay introducing Daniel Dias to the PLAY>TIME podium, Mr Roberts also gyrating his booty to the beats, not least that he & Daniel have recently “shot a scene” (you know the sort we mean) together, this along adding to the allure & excitement of this enthralling event. So naturally, with all that on offer, PLAY>TIME is one hot ticket & well deserved of our top of the tree choice, proceedings kicking off this Friday (30th Nov) from 10 p.m., entry a mere £8 before midnight or £10 thereafter, the club running through to a planned 4 a.m. finish, more details available the events page at http://facebook.com/events/498999320134205/.
Now while we are on the subject of Soho & this wonder on Wardour Street, Profile/Lo-Profile’s GM Kerry Chapman & her terrific team are marking World AIDS Day on Saturday with the return of their very popular “strip-a-thon”, the bevy of beauties behind the bar getting the strip down balls (no pun intending) rolling, your donations to charities The Food Chain & National AIDS Trust part of the process, as the more you put in the pot, the more the barmen reveal, while D.J.’s Alessandro Londra, Rob Sykes & Nathan Six will be sharing deck duty, possibly entering into a topless track turn or two. And with red ribbons available along with plenty more to tempt you in from the cold, check out the events page at http://facebook.com/events/295765387202385/ while more info on Profile & its offers can be found at http://facebook.com/profilebar &/or http://profilesoho.com.
Onward to Vauxhall and there has been much change down Orange Nation way recently, a lot of news we need to fill you in on which will have to wait a while, although what cannot wait is our top of the tree choice we have picked form the multi leaved ON offering, A:M having gone “Ultra” on us recently, taking the Friday night helm vacated by a departing Onyx, this amazing afterhours having moved forward its opening time into Friday nights, but still running deep into Saturday morning. Still currently based at Fire, A:M “Ultra” is, however, on the move this weekend, switching to smaller sister venue Covert, although in our view is the smarter sister as it offers two delightful dancefloors, an accessible upstairs space, all sure to fit A:M like a glove. And for the first of a three week run here, promoter Steven Sharp introduces young blood beatmaster Matt Bogard to the D.J. decks, he joined in another A:M newbie, Ania, while the continuity is cornerstoned by A:M favourites Paul Heron & D’Johnny, while Onyx, having given away to its afterhours associate, remains in the picture, hosting the second space, D.J.’s on pop-tastic duty including Tasty Tim & Little Rob. So, while this new “Ultra” format is very much about the music, it’s also about the hosting, the terrific team of Hrh Minty, Danny Boyce & Louise Port making sure your entry & then enjoyment is expedited exceedingly well, that entrance available this coming Friday (30th Nov) from 11 p.m., the club running through till 7 a.m., advance tickets available online at http://orangenation.co.uk, while entry on the door is priced, with flyer/ad discount, a mere £3 before midnight, £6 before 3 a.m., then £8, while for others its £10 before midnight, then £12 (you know what to do!), more detail up at http://facebook.com/events/283665795070260/ while watch this space for news on the new A:M pre-parties at Rupert St coming soon.
Now for that hot shot mention and returning to the World AIDS Day cause and it is Beyond that will be flying the fundraiser flag this Sunday (2nd Dec), this “all roads lead to” audacious afterhours sure to be packed to the rafters, not least that it is the official WE “Formula 2” (more on that in a bit) afterparty. But more than that, promoter Ben Kaye is thrilled to welcome special D.J. guest Brett Henrichsen for the US, joining Beyond all-star roving residents Jamie head, Mikey D, Fat Tony, D’Johnny, David Jimenez & more, while AIDS charity The Terrence Higgins Trust is the donation benefactor, we devoting a Weekend Focus Extra “Brett’s Bag Of Beats” to this beyond event, advance tickets for this awesome afterhours outing a must by hitting on http://orangenation.co.uk , popping into Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & 50 Dean, while bars Ku, Comptons & Rupert St have a stock too, more detail on Beyond & this event out at http://facebook.com/beyondclub.
So we head out to Shoreditch and it is East Bloc that covets our top of the tree choice crown this weekend, Saturday sporting a second birthday bash as TheMenWhoFell2Earth (MWF2E) mark this momentous occasion with a pulsating package that includes special guest D.J. Luke Howard (of Horse Meat Disco, Paradise 45 & Lovebox fame), he joining MWF2E regulars Amp & Deck and Hits&Mrs in the main room, while the second space is sorted by D.J. duo Push The Button, all this hinting towards wayout & alternative action with a capital W & A, this branded party very much for decernists of tech, nu disco & electro. But the bravado doesn’t end at the D.J.’s, oh no, as “…the man with the plan…” host Oly is back and my does he know how to host (to be seen to be believed) while as it’s a MWF2E birthday bash, they have the infamous act Bother Boys back, taking to the stage to serve up “…song beauty & the ridiculous…” meaning that anything could happen here and it probably will. Plus, while the focus with be on birthday, the team recognise that they share their Saturday with World AIDS day, so will be raising funds for the Terrence Higgins Trust, a slice of the door plus bucket donations going to this very worthy cause. Now talking of the door, the MWF2E one opens this Saturday (1st Dec) from 10.30 p.m., the club running through till 6 a.m. entry just £6 before midnight, £9 thereafter, East Bloc at 217/219 City Road, EC1 (nearest tube Old St), directions available at http://eastbloc.co.uk, while a visit to http://themenwhofell2earth.co.uk &/or the events page at http://facebook.com/events/524256870936413/ while fill you out in the info herein. Plus with news just in from the team, they tell us that “…As our special Birthday present to you, we’ll be exclusively screening the new Radio Soulwax / 2ManyDJ’s film ‘Dave’. It’s their usual mash up brilliance, only this time it’s all Bowie records set to a custom made film. We’ll be transforming the mirror ball lounge into Dave’s cinema for the night in conjunction with our friends at Caviar films and it won’t cost you a penny extra…” while check out the MWF2E video clip at http://facebook.com/photo.php?v=572328689207 which completes this recommendation package.
Now for that second hot shot, second an appropriate word as WE party London celebrates its 2nd Anniversary here in the capital on Saturday (1st Dec) and is very much THE place to be & be seen on the scene (unless you’re a MWF2E fanatic of course) this, fabulous “Formula 2” sprinting off the starting grid at the Coronet, D.J. drivers vying for pole position including the Fernando Alonso of WE, Carlos Gallardo, who speeds in from Spain especially for the event, he surely having a task on his hands with the Sebastian Vettel of the London scene, Steve Pitron, while other runners in the race include Paul Heron, & D’Johnny in the main room, the Room Service second space sported by Jodie Harsh, Fat Tony & Ariel. But with much more of this fabulous “Formula 2” foray out in our feature, “Chequered Flag celebration” (direct link http://discomatt.com/web/?p=6114) as well as at http://wepartylondon.com, this is one 2nd birthday you won’t want to miss.
So, that’s it for our re-launched “Best Bites” newsletter for this time, three top of the tree choices & two sure fire hot shots to tantalise your tastebuds, while we will be serving up our “Short Shouts” shortly too, a whole host of other getting a mini mention, all meaning that this weekend is one that you will definitely want to be & be seen on the scene by making sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
From the backwater of Bermondsey to the vibrancy of Vauxhall, the scene’s longest running & surviving weekly marks fourteen years of citric clubbing splendour tonight (Sun 11th Nov) meaning that the orbicular outing that is Orange simply had to make it to our “Pick Of The Day” choice, all the event detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we mark this outstanding occasion with our own overture beneath.
What started out as an alternative to DTPM and amidst a time in the capitals clubbing history when partying outside the usual Friday or Saturday night parameters was very much vogue, the then cavorting minnow that today is not just the longest running weekly club on the scene, but is undoubtedly the recognised & symbolic starter of the clubbing organisation we now know as Orange Nation (formerly The Orange Group). And while the beginnings were very humble indeed, Bermondsey the initial backwater choice and a traditional pub at that, the switch of suburbs proved the crowning glory & catalyst for Orange and all the other club brands that were soon to follow, A:M, Beyond, Gravity & Later, like their citric commandant, surviving while many others have fallen by the wayside, the likes of Salvation, Factor 25, Sherbert & Warriors all having made their Sunday mark but have disaperead into complete capital clubbing circuit obscurity. Yet through passionate promotion, a fervent & faithful following plus an indelible list of incredible ingredients that have remained part of the clubs award winning recipe through its history, Orange has not only survived, but for a substantial slice of its existence, thrived, meaning by marking its 14th birthday, there is much cause for citric champers celebration.
So, having adopted the name for his now considerable conglomerate, the Nation’s head cheese, Craig Elder, remains as fond of the brilliant clubbing brand that is Orange as he was when it all started fourteen years ago, Craig remarking that “…Orange is very special to me, it’s where it all started, back in a small pub in Rotherhithe called the Prince of Orange…” this clearly the inspiration for the club’s name, while he continues, “…I am very proud that it is now London’s longest running weekly party and although it has evolved so much over the years Orange remains at the forefront of cutting edge house music, and even in these days of economic crisis it just amazes me how our loyal crowd just keep coming every Monday morning, proving that London is indeed a 24 hour city…”. And Craig is spot on, both with his reference to the music of Orange and that, more than any other afterhours on the capital’s circuit today, it exemplifies everything that is indulgently addictive about a club that week in week out re-writes the rules to the conformist start to the working week. Indeed, having succumbed to the club’s citric splendour on a score or more of Sunday’s, it has been Monday morning, sometimes afternoon before the routine reality has taken over, Orange still being able to achieve this fabulous feeling fourteen years down the line.
Therefore, it seems wholly appropriate for us to sing the clubs praises from the rooftops as well as make it our pick of the day, and in so doing, share some of the event detail with you here, this “14 Glorious Years” event cracking open the celebratory champagne from 11 p.m. tonight at Fire, the home that is the cornerstone of it & its owning organisation Orange Nation. And while we could go into our own oratory Orange event detail, there is surely no-one better than its most prolific promoter to date, the superb Steven Sharp, to let you in on what this captivating club means & what this exceptional event will deliver when he say’s “…Orange is an incredible thing, a perfect combination of people and house music, love and history, future, friendship and fierceness that has proved its place in people’s hearts and as a founding father of the London scene. This Sunday brings together true DJ legends that we are proud to call our residents, representing this city with that unique, forward thinking and uplifting Fire main room soundtrack that has put Vauxhall on the map. Celebrate 14 years with all of the Orange family including Tonnic on live vocals, historic hosts and promoters, and most importantly – you, the children of this fine fruit!…”
And those D.J. legends, well it’s The Sharp Boys, Fat Tony, & The Oli, George & Steven playing a classics set, special guest Paul Heron joining forces with Oli for a one-off back-to-back set, while no Orange celebration of this stature would be complete without the iconic playing & performing partnership that is Tony & Tonnic. But it doesn’t stop there, oh no, as RAW returns with one half of its founding duo, David Jimenez, he joined for another back-to-back set showing by D’Johnny, while we are sure the thoughts & well wishes of all the team, Orange customers & cavorters, as well as ourselves, reach out to Hifi Sean who was very much looking forward to being part of partying proceedings tonight, but remains laid up in hospital following operation complications, you surely joining us in wishing him a speedy recovery. While Sean will be sadly missed, other fabulous & familiar faces from within the Orange family will be there, hosts Hrh Minty, Louise Port & Danny Boyce looking after you both inside & out, while the terrific Tom Fuller masterminds the Orange operation including the door, which as we said, opens at 11 p.m., the club running through till a planned finish of 7 a.m. Monday morning, entrance on the door just £5 before 1 a.m. (£10 after). And with special birthday presents for the Orange faithful (are you one?!), drinks priced at just £2.90, shots at £1, and an exclusive membership offer that includes free entry to all Orange Nation clubs during January, all up for grabs before 1 a.m., early is definitely better than later, more info if you need it out at http://orangenation.co.uk.
So, with a resounding attendance recommendation as well as wishing Orange a very happy 14th birthday, we both concur with as well as leave some of the last words to Craig Elder who say’s “…I want to thank all the DJs and loyal fans that have supported us over the last 14 years, making Orange the Monday morning phenomenon it is. Here’s to the next 14!…”, definitely hip hip hooraying that & finishing by simply saying, miss this birthday bash and you will definitely miss out, so make sure you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
In celebration of the outstanding Orange occasion, two of the clubs original resident D.J.’s Steven React Sharp & George Sharp Mitchell, better & more simply known as The Sharp Boys, have laid down a special podcast production that gives more than a hint of what to expect from their equally special “classics” set tonight, so one not just for your collection, but a wonderful way to get you into musical mood for tonight’s birthday bash, download/stream options a click away at http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/2012-11-07T10_18_51-08_00. Music Is The Answer! Go There!
Despite a complete lack of PR and serious question marks over the D.J. line up, we throw our Weekend Focus attention on Matinee, which returns to London this Saturday, once again going head to head with Beyond in a towering ten hour happening that, however, leaves us asking lots of blending or buckling brand questions, this along with other issues that also leave us luke warm rather than piping hot in recommendation
When we look back across the recent times we have been stepping out on the capitals clubbing circuit, we have been blessed with witnessing some of the globe’s biggest brands doing the same, La Demence, Muccassassina, SuperMartXe, Space, The Week, La Troya, Cafe Ole, Scream, & Delice being just a handful of happenings, while we have also been fortunate to have played out in home grown brands that have, like their international counterparts, made a splash abroad, Trade, Orange, Salvation & Lovechild four fabulous examples. Yet there are two names missing from each clubbing category here, the former collection being a Spanish superclub & the latter an awesome afterhours achiever, the global giant that is Matinee belonging to those international imported, while it could only be Beyond that is the home grown clubbing colossus that has made it big on the international stage, the recent relationship between the two here in London being not quite so rosy, as the team behind Beyond always used to see Matinee as not just direct competition but a forceful threat, often extending the usual afterhours into either eight or twelve hours affairs in an attempt to de-rail the position & popularity of Matinee.
However, 2012 has seen an about turn on this rocky relationship, as, having taken a short break from the scene, Matinee not only returned to the capital, but its bounce back was very much orchestrated by those same organisers of Beyond, Orange Nation, while were considerable question marks over Matinee re-emerging in London within the same clubbing corporation that promotes Spanish brand WE Party in London, not to mention the once considered advisory of Matinee, Beyond. But times they do change the saying “…if the cloak fits…” very appropriate in the case of these two brands as this coming Saturday marks the second occasion in just three months that Matinee & Beyond have joined forces, the last outing, by all accounts being a roadblock affair (not sure how we missed it). Yet with the feeling running around regular clubbers on the Vauxhall scene that it is fast becoming same old same old, there is a nagging thought in our minds that this latest collaboration between two of the biggest named brands on the capital’s scene is just that, not least when you take a glance at the D.J. line-up which virtually mirrors the last, save for J. Louis who makes his third appearance for Matinee London this year alone, while looking at some of the names in the frames, the promotions team have seemingly heavily weighed the event in favour of Matinee rather than Beyond, despite it being in the latter’s own backyard, Area.
So what of the D.J. line up and other event detail? Well, with a noticeable absence of the usual press releases we have needed to resort to social networking research to find the necessary information and, according to the “official” event page which, despite given the size & magnitude of the party, was only released three days ago, we find that joining J Louis are London based D.J.’s that have played for every single Matinee party this year, Massimo Paramour, Guy Williams & Rob Sykes, not that awe inspiring to be honest, while we are assuming that D’Johnny, Alan K, Paulo Moreno, Verity Mayes, Bryony Masters & David Jimenez are flying the Beyond flag. However, given that this is a twelve hour event spread across three rooms, we cannot help but think that the D.J. team is spread pretty thinly, while despite assurances to the contrary, we find a bunch of spinning stars that were not only playing Beyond last weekend, but do pretty much every week, while others that would normally expect to be rotational, have been left out completely. Moreover, we are left a little confused by the promotional teams choices of D.J.’s as, if we are not mistaken, Guy Williams & Rob Sykes are part of the Beyond rotational residency team, so which flag are they flying on Saturday/Sunday, we hardly having to mention the names that are missing, the absence of one duo not just this weekend it seems, we having been reliably informed that they were told that their music style “…does not fit with Beyond…” despite them having be residents for the brand since 2005, all this leaving us deeply concerned that, particularly Beyond, is being badly buckled rather than brilliantly blended in this latest collaboration.
So what of the event theme “Ghetto Fabulous”? Well with no PR to go we, we are scratching our heads to be honest, the event info stating “…who’s got the most bling?, who’s rocking the latest high tops?, who’s new era snapback is freshest and who’s six pack is the hardest?…” they going on to say that “…all the hottest boys will be out to see at two global super-brands go head to head…” we still not sure about the Ghetto part of the event theme, unless they mean it’s going to have the feel of the Ghetto (let’s hope not!!). But it goes on when they say “…we’re pulling out all the stops at the follow up to our ‘Summer Blowout’, an 80’s throwback where the circuit boys get their inspiration. Expect the biggest possible production, the hottest possible gogo’s, the most talented DJs and of course the most up for it crowd in London…”. So maybe the 80’s throwback part refers to Ghetto, while the “the most talented D.J.’s” claim quite frankly doesn’t hold much water, although perhaps we are going a little far there as, collectively, there is well over 70 years of experience behind the decks, albeit that this Matinee vs. Beyond event is missing some of its most high profile & experienced hands, enough said. But one thing is for sure, the production & the dancers should be top notch, not least that the organisers confirm that “…the dancers & dance shows are choreographed by our sensational in-house superstars Shaun Capewell & Elektra Paris…” their pedigree for putting on spectacular shows extending to prolific WE, CasaLatina, & A:M events, as well as both Beyond & Matinee, Area’s stages & podiums sure to be propelled to their fullest potential.
Having said our piece (or is that pieces) with regard to this latest Beyond Matinee affair, lets, for a minute, concentrate on the all important detail, this “Ghetto Fabulous” event taking place this coming Saturday (10th November) at Area in Vauxhall, doors opening at midnight & the event running till 10.am. in a slightly reduced running time to the previous party , advance tickets very much the way to go as, despite what we have said, this is sure to be a roadblock affair, very much like the last outing that we missed, these tickets out online at direct link http://orangenation.co.uk/events/beyond-vs-matinee-ghetto-fabulous/ priced at £15, while you can always venture into Soho to stores Prowler, Clone Zone & 50 Dean St, or by asking over the bar(s) at Comptons & Ku. However, should you prefer to risk simply paying on the door then expect to pay more, while if you get hold of one the special Matinee vs. Beyond flyers or ads, then this will entitle you to entry for £10 before 3 a.m., the team of flyer boys out & about in Soho & Vauxhall both on Friday & Saturday handing out these & other discounted passes/wristbands. Plus with door host JJ Clark & the marvellous Maurico Ortiz inside the club, you are in heavenly hands, while we are sure that the terrific Tom Fuller will be making sure only the best & friendliest bar & coatcheck staff are on duty to make your first impression experience all the more pleasurable, allowing to soak up this Matinee & Beyond bash to the fullest extent.
So what about us?, well, as of going to press, it looks like we have too many other events on our plate to give “Ghetto Fabulous” sufficient justice, but this doesn’t mean you should miss out and while our recommendation may be a warm one, we are pretty sure the action will be hot, hot hot down at Area this Saturday, meaning you should make a date with Matinee vs. Beyond & in doing so “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
For over nine years it’s been storming Saturday mornings, pushing the mid to late A.M. boundaries, but the club of the same name is about to embark of the biggest change its history, shifting into Friday as well as Saturday, A:M going all “Ultra” on us from tonight (Fri 2nd Nov), meaning it not only makes our “Pick Of The Day” but gives us reason to “Focus Extra” on the event, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we cast our own eye on this dynamic development beneath
When we look across the diverse & dynamic gay scene’s across the near continent, there are a few brands that tend to stick out, many that have been pushing the boundaries for well over ten years, there’s La Demence in Brussels, celebrating 23 years in business this weekend, , Muccassassina in Rome equally as established, finding itself into its 23rd season, while the resplendent Red & Blue in Antwerp is not that far behind, cracking open the champagne on 1st December, marking its 14th anniversary, although what all these have in common is that they are the single most outstanding brands in their respective cities.. However, here in the capital, the prolific clubbing picture is somewhat more significant, as we have a whole host of brands that have notched up that double figure in business landmark, just last weekend seeing Trade celebrate its 22nd birthday, while Orange is, in just two weeks, marking its 14th, Beyond already deep into its 11th year storming the scene, all three not only iconic come legendary here in London, but are brilliant brands both known & active right around the globe. But there is a fourth, one that sits very much in the afterhours bracket like all the other three, yet just three months ahead of its 11th birthday, this club is about to embark the most dynamic & dramatic development in his history.
So which brilliant capital clubbing brand are we talking about?, well A:M of course, the club that has, singlehandedly been responsible for changing the Saturday mornings of masses of clubbers in the 10 years it has been pushing the boundaries of normality, as while the majority of men & women in the land consider heading out for the Saturday morning shop, A:M devotees week in week out trade the supermarket aisles for the dancefloor, partying deep into the sixth day of the week to the banging beats of a bevy of A:M resident stars. And during its 10 year history, we too have been found within the captivating confines of Fire on a Saturday morning, our most recent trip taking in the special guest splendours of Lottie, while many a moon ago, we would fall into A:M from our West London base with weekly regularity, that afterhours feel that we have adored since the days of Trade & then Beyond being replicated in its own wonderful way by the amazing A:M. Yet all this is set to change (or is it?) as the brand prepares itself to shift from just being a Saturday morning event to a full blown 10/12 hour happening each & every week, A:M embracing both Friday & Saturday in what the team ate calling an “Ultra” make-over come look and in doing so, introducing some exciting additions to the A:M package.
Now, before we make our own analysis & judgement on the changes afoot with A:M, perhaps its best to share what the promotions team have to say about this dramatic development in the A:M branding, they beginning by saying “…new beginnings are always something to celebrate, and with clubbing pedigree like ‘A:M’ it means something very exciting indeed…” the first exciting change being the incorporation of another brand into the A:M fold, the Friday night award winning club Onyx captured under this new “Ultra” umbrella, the team saying of this addition and how this new clubbing combination will look, “…bringing in a hot new line up and harnessing the strength of another Friday institution ‘Onyx’, A:M Ultra will revolutionise the start of the weekend with a super-size, super-production event from Friday night into the not-so-early hours of Saturday morning…”. But hold it right there, as did we read this right, A:M will, in its new “Ultra” form be a “not-so-early hours of Saturday morning” club?!?! And what does this mean for this much beloved Saturday morning mash-up?, well we will tackle that shortly, while back to the team talk, as they let us in on some of the new D.J. stars of this clubbing combo, “…our headline resident is none other than superstar producer Pagano, joined by D.J.’s including Severino, Paul Heron, Ariel, Matt Bogard & D’Johnny, delivering turbocharged house to Fire’s main floor. In room two it’s an Onyx takeover with the all star D.J.’s pumping out dirty pop anthems including Lady Lloyd, Adam Turner, DMS & Tasty Tim…” while there is more as “…Raul Gonzalez returns to the A:M fold bringing his stunning dance troupe and injecting some Spanish glamour to the weekend, alongside the freshest hosts and special performers…” while the team are launching a “…hot new VIP space the Skylounge, hosted by JJ Clark, offering a place to sip Champagne and oversee the dancefloor of Fire’s rocking main room…” as well as promising “…regular pop up clubs, incredible drinks deals, massive smoking area, hot new décor and loads more…”.
So exciting times for A:M for sure and in the hands of a man who we easily describe as THE most capable & competent club promoters on the capitals circuit, Steven Sharp, A:M in this new “Ultra” format is sure to go from strength to strength. Indeed, since taking over the brand just under a year ago, Steven has made subtle changes to A:m that has seen it rekindle the purple patch years of its earlier times, the club very much about the music, he having brought some superb special guests, Paul Harris, Smokin Jo & (of course) Lottie just three examples, while with residents such as Jamie Head, Paul Heron, David Jimenez & D’Johnny, the music is on the tougher side of house but clearly continues to hit the mark with A:M’ers far & wide. Therefore this marvellous music policy can only get even better with the introduction of stars such as Pagano & Severino, while with a totally different poptastic feel in the newly formed Onyx second space, there should genuinely be something for everyone, whether Friday frolick’ers or Saturday shimmy’ers. That said, we have to note a caution concern as, for us, A:M was always about that decadent feel of clubbing deep into Saturday morning, pushing those normality boundaries & having a resultant feel of fabulous naughtiness, while in this new format and being a “…not-so-early hours…” club, we fear that that is a real danger that A:M will lose that exciting edge and rather become a mainstream & conformist club, although flipping the analytic coin, we have to concede that in these times of austerity, the team have reacted by not quite landing the downward spiralling Onyx on its sword, but giving it a new lease of life by combining it with a brand that has been on the up & up & bucking the trend of the former.
With our analysis not yet complete, lets pause to run through the detail of this A;M “Ultra” which takes place tonight (Fri 2nd Nov) at Fire in Vauxhall, doors opening at 11 p.m. and the club running through to the advertised “Superlate” timing which we hope means the usual 11 a.m. finish but suspect sadly that it may be a little earlier. While we are told advance tickets are available via the new Orange Nation website at http://orangenation.co.uk, entry on the door is still the best way to go with A:m, especially when you pick up a flyer or ad as the team are offering free (yes FREE!) entry before midnight, while the same flyer or ad will get you discounted £6 entry before 3a.m., otherwise it £10/£12 during these times. Plus, with the A:M promotions team out in force across Soho & Vauxhall, we reckon that some special entry offers will be up for grabs, especially if the terrific Tom Fuller is masterminding the flyer team (as we are reliably informed he is tonight), while those drinks offers mentioned earlier mean it’s never an expensive affair for your A:M trip, the added bonus of hosts Hrh Minty, Danny Boyce Louise Port & JJ Clark mean you will be in heavenly & charming clubbing hands from start to finish, more info available by visiting the Orange Nation website, by hitting promoter Steve Sharp’s page at http://facebook.com/steven.r.sharp.1 or by checking out the event page at http://facebook.com/events/296615937120263/. As for that analysis of ours, well while there is definitely loads of positives to draw on, the combo of Onyx into A:M one, the introduction of new resident D.J.’s as a result another, the potentially extended hours of the A:M ethos an exciting prospect, given that this new “Ultra” format has been labelled as a “Friday revolution”, we fear the emphasis will be taken away from Saturday meaning that A:M is we have known & loved it will be no more, meaning the DM jury is out on this new format although the proof of the pudding will be in the eating, meaning, despite this reservation, the new look A:M receives our rapturous recommendation meaning we can simply say that to eat that prolific “Ultra” pudding you need to “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
We may have been dazzled by the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, but what is making us truly excited is the much prized Beyond membership key fob that will be handed out during the massive 12 hour “Summer Blowout” event which takes place tonight/tomorrow morning, DM delving into the detail of this & some last minute news of THE happening of the weekend.
The 2012 Olympics may have Danny Boyle creating all the spectacle & drama, but as our favourite club brand & awesome afterhours enters a new era on this Olympic weekend, it is new promoter Ben Kaye that is pressing all our excitement buttons, as not only is he taking the helm at a pivotal moment, joining two blockbusters brands together for a one-off outing, but he is launching (or should we say re-launching) the much prized & sought after Beyond membership, this time coming our way by a very smart little key fob. But while this is much cause for excitement (more info on that shortly), there is much more to tempt you into Area’s doors tonight/tomorrow morning, not least an all-star cast of D.J.’s from both the Beyond & the Matinee camps, the latter flying in their latest star turn, Javier Medina, while there are some real back-to-back set treats in store.
So, we propelled all the P.R. in our post “Brand Match Magnificence” (check it out at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=5636) but as we missed out on devoting a full focus to the vent, we will take you through some of the highlights of this masterful meet & then run back through that all important detail. But naturally we have to start with the wonderful news that Beyond has a new promoter in the form of one Ben Kaye and a better choice the Orange Nation top brass couldn’t have made, as Ben brings with him a wealth of talent, experience & contacts from his clubbing exploits both here in the capital & across the globe. Indeed, Ben is kind of a global guy in terms of some of the brands he has been connected with, not least the massive Spanish sensation that is WE Party, Ben having been heavily involved with events both here in London & in Madrid, while he has also been hopping around the world with WE head cheese Victor Pallas & his team on what seems a never-ending & enthralling “On Tour” series of meets.
However, back here in London, Ben has also been connected & involved in the biggest charity clubbing event on the calendar, The Wig Party, an annual party that has grown in stature & status each year in the last five, now attracting scores of A list celebrities as well as expanding the offer into a second outing, Match seeing “The Masked Ball” launch to amazing accolade, Ben at the centre of it all & contributing considerably. So, he brings to Beyond all this experience as well as a catalogue full of contacts, his face one of the more familiar on the capitals clubbing circuit and, as a result should prove an accomplished asset to this awesome afterhours which is very much on the up & up. And, as a first feather in his cap, Ben finds himself promoting & re-launching that membership we mentioned earlier, a pass that has plenty of benefits, not least fast track entry, preferential coatcheck facilities & access to the two VIP balconies, the new one at the front of Area’s main room very impressive indeed, so, this much sought after membership key fob being a major reason why an early arrival at tonight’s event is advisable.
However, there are plenty of other reasons to make a date with this “Summer Blowout” event, not least the enormous D.J. line-up, the promotions team patching together players from both brands, although, unsurprisingly, there is a considerable weighting towards Beyond, perhaps reflective of the fact that is it’s this brilliant brands backyard that is hosting the joint event. That said, Matinee get more than a look in as inbound to London especially for this party is our Barca boy, Javier Medina, a terrific talent who’s musical genre origins lean towards tribal & tech, although, having represented Matinee across Europe & in the US over the last twelve months, has evolved his sound to include more vocal infusions in his performances, while staying true to his roots. And having commissioned a special podcast to celebrate his inaugural for Matinee (& Beyond of course) here in London, it is clear that those tribal roots come through from the off, while the in & out injections of vocals keeps the Matinee style of sound honest enough to indicate that Javier will find favour with the “Summer Blowout” main room of revellers, his compilation well worth a listen &/or download by going to http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/2012-07-19T03_57_39-07_00.
But in true Beyond style, there will be three rooms of sound and that all-star cast of residents deployed in familiar format, so The Chapel space sporting the likes of David Jimenez, Paul Christian, & D’Johnny, while The Terrace room boasts Jonny M, Rob Sykes & two of the special back-to-back set performers, lovely lady’s Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters mixing up plenty of tech & tribal, while the more upfront & euphoric house sounds that The Sharp Boys have in their armoury will surely be one of the highlight performances not to be missed here. However, all eyes will be on the main room for the meaty part of this meet, Javier set to star between 5 & 7 a.m., following on from the first back-to-back D.J. performance from Alan K & Paulo Moreno, while for us it is the headline set from 7 till 10 a.m. that is exciting us the most, as the recently formed duo team of Steve Pitron & Jamie Head come together again to surely lift the roof off this “Summer Blowout” bash, Mr Pitron ready & waiting to storm the show with a score or more of sounds, many lifted from his recently released double podcast production “Summer 2012”, both essential additions to your compilation collection by going to http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com. And while the exact line-up & timings have not been confirmed, we reckon that Fat Tony will round of the main room action from 10 till midday tomorrow morning, meaning a music fest to match the might of Matinee & Beyond combined.
So let’s recap on some of the detail we propelled in our picks post earlier this week, this Beyond vs. Matinee “Summer Blowout” event now less than eight hours away, host venue Area’s doors opening at midnight tonight (Sat 28th July) and the event running the full twelve hours to midday tomorrow (Sun 29th July), advance tickets still surely the way to go and available online via http://orangenation.co.uk or at the usual Soho outlets, Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, as well as bars Comptons & Ku, priced at £10 (booking fees apply), while discounted entry is also still available by application to http://tinyurl.com/beyondmatinee. However, if you want to risk entry on the door, then do so at your peril & expect to pay much more, this surely becoming another roadblock event, particularly as other events spill out at that rubicon time of between 4 & 7 a.m. and dare we again remind you to keep your eyes out for those much prized beyond membership’s it sure to be a key fob frenzy for new promoter Ben Kaye to manage as word spreads round the club as to who has managed to land this much prized possession. Naturally we will be in the thick of the action, nibble size tweeting from our usual spot, all the action available by going to http://twitter.com/discomatt, so if you see us, do come say hi, but make sure you make a date with Beyond vs. Matinee & in so doing, “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
We may have missed out this morning, but we couldn’t resist landing on Beyond for our “Pick of The Day” today (Sun 22nd July), as we look forward to the huge Beyond vs. Matinee party next Sunday, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we propel the promoters PR beneath, all this in advance of DM’s full-on Weekend Focus due out shortly.
In a revision to our usual format, we have decided to devote our “Pick of The Day” choices from Sunday’s through Tuesday’s each week to events upcoming, landing our first pick on what looks like being a massive summer smash as brilliant brands Beyond & Matinee join formidable forces this coming Saturday/Sunday for a twelve hour spectacular. And while we will be devoting a full-on Weekend Focus in the next couple of day, we couldn’t resist sharing the organisers PR along with some exciting news about a new promoter for our favourite afterhours.
Current Beyond promoter & director of events at Orange Nation, Jonny Marsh, say’s of this event….
We’re very excited to announce a brand new collaboration featuring two of the biggest gay brands in the world – Beyond & Matinee.
Taking place on Saturday 28th July, this event will showcase the best of London and international DJs, with incredible production and dance shows.
Plus we are pleased to announce a new promoter for Beyond, as Ben Kaye takes the helm from this week onwards, bringing fresh ideas and concepts into the fold
And this is the P.R. release from the event’s organisers, Orange Nation….
BEYOND VS MATINEE LONDON: THE SUMMER BLOWOUT
Saturday night / Sunday morning 28th July 12 Midnight – super late @ Area
When two heavyweights collide, things are changed for ever. And so when the world’s number 1 afterhours and UK’s undisputed king of the gay scene goes head to head with probably the biggest gay super-brand in the world, the result will be nothing short of spectacular
Taking place at London’s cutting edge Area nightclub in Vauxhall, the original home of Matinee London, ‘Beyond vs Matinee: The Summer Blowout’ is a supersized, super-production, super party, with an incredible line up of international and London DJs rocking out across three pumping arenas of mind blowing lighting and lasers.
Special guest DJ from the Matinee Group is JAVIER MEDINA – the newest addition the roster, Javier is the busiest of all the Matinee all-star DJs, travelling the world and spinning at the world’ best clubs.
Joining him on the decks are DJs including Steve Pitron, Jamie Head, The Sharp Boys, Alan K , Fat Tony, Rob Sykes, D’Johnny, Paul Christian, David Jimenez, Paulo Moreno, Verity Mayes, Bryony Masters, plus more to be announced!
Plus, with two brand new VIP spaces at Area, the Beyond Crew will be offering out free Beyond membership key fobs giving exclusive access to the private spaces, including VIP toilets and bar, to the first 500 clubbers through the doors. So hurry on down as this is a one off special deal.
Orange Nation and all the Beyond Team are pleased to announce that they are now working with Ben Kaye as their new promoter. With a wealth of experience from his involvement WE Party in Madrid & London, as well as with the massive WIG Party, Ben is coming on board to help freshen up the brand, combining his own concepts & ideas with the existing Beyond magic and hopes to re-enforce the Beyond brand not only here in the UK but all over the world.
The 29th July sees the start of a new era at the club – so there are exciting times ahead. So be part of the start of something new.
Admission – Exclusive FREE ENTRY offer 12 midnight-1am with flyer, ad or online guestlist, otherwise £10 advance tickets from http://orangenation.co.uk &/or the usual outlets, while it’s more on the door, but for more!
From A.M. to WE, Boylesque to Beyond, Onyx to Orange, plus Gravity, Later & newbie Infamous too, there is no doubt that Orange Nation is a superb Vauxhall & Southwark clubbing torre de force this “World Pride” weekend, also holding sway in Soho with an exclusive outdoor event, Disco Matt dishing up the detail of a superb sequence of showings courtesy of this capital clubbing conglomerate.
As we sit on the scene sidelines swinging in & out of our summer sabbatical, we are quite horrified by the sound bites we are seeing over what is clearly a shocking shambles of a so called World Pride event, the latest statement from Pride London which includes this “…our sincerest apologies, Pride London deeply regrets the situation we have found ourselves in …” issued following a wave of criticism of their handling of World Pride, clear evidence that not only will this year’s London Pride festival be nothing short of a flop, but when the capital sees itself in the global spotlight, it is a damning disgrace that the both committee presiding over Pride in London & the powers that be holding the purse strings, have failed the community at such a late stage. However, with no such committee & commitment problems, it comes as a huge sigh of relief that from the ashes of cancelled dance stages & arenas comes the saviour that will be Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch in the hands of Orange Nation, who have no less than eight clubbing parties across the latter two districts & one huge pre-party come party planned for Soho.
So putting World Pride to one side, let’s take you through the whole Orange Nation offer, including that planned Soho party, first up being Gravity this Friday morning (6th Jul) which (quite tongue in cheek to Pride London) has been called “It’s Definitely Happening”, although we do wonder how long looking into the morning mirror that title took, although in all fairness the team do say, “…it’s Pride weekend, so start as you mean to go on…”, Gravity certainly the place to do that, especially if you want your weekend to start early on Friday morning, doors opening to this event at 2 a.m. & the club running to a “v late” timing. And with D.J.’s on duty including Fat Tony & Verity Mayes, plus with host JJ Clark zooming across from Room Service, no doubt with plenty of followers in his tracks, while Gravity’s promoter Danny Boyce will be sure to give you the warmest of welcomes, this is the best place to be at the start of your weekend, especially if its starts on Friday. Plus, with entry on offer at just £5 before 3 a.m. with a flyer or pass, these being handed out by a bevy of boys around Soho on Thursday night, as well as being available from JJ at Room Service, while its £8 thereafter or £10 on the door, more info available at http://facebook.com/gravitythursdays.
Into Friday we find ourselves and usually it would be Onyx at Area neatly followed by A:M at Fire, although as has been the trend in recent months, when it comes to the big weekends (& this is one such weekend), the clubs combine to make one huge happening stretching close on twelve hours, an equally towering team of D.J.’s flying the respective club flags. So, kicking off at 11 p.m. & Fire playing host, this “Pride Warm Up” party sees the two club D.J. camps collide, in the Onyx corner we finding Matt Bogard & Jonny M playing upfront & energetic house with plenty of vocal intentions in the main room, while is pop & dance anthems from gender benders Tasty Tim & Lady Lloyd in the lounge, while packing a powerful punch in the A:M corner are all star residents Fat Tony D’Johnny, Jamie Head, Alan K, Paulo Moreno & David Jimenez, very much cementing the character of this amazing afterhours club which promoter Steven Sharp is always clear to stress, “…it’s all about the music…”. Mind you, with the amount of hosts on duty you may be forgiven for thinking otherwise, Nick Adams Byam ability assisting the delightful Chrissy Darling (could he be a pretty young thing?!?!) while A:M wise, it’s the dynamic duo of Danny Boyce & Minty, Chrissy presiding over the door duty early on, while Minty takes over later. And talking of the door, entry packages are pretty reasonable, as a wee trip to http://gayguestlists.com/onyx could get you in gratis, while for others & those with a flyer it’s a mere £6 before 3 a.m., rising to £8 before 5 a.m. & then £10 thereafter, while if you don’t want to go foraging for a flyer, then you can rather click on http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-07/06/onyx-vs-a-m-fire-pride-warm-up for that £8 price tag while entry on the door is £12 after 3 a.m.
So onward to Saturday and with both the parade & the “official” World Pride after events covered in confusion, Soho will no doubt be playing host to the lion’s share of the action, Orange Nation in the thick of the action, or should we say in the middle of it, having secured Comptons who will be playing host to the WE “Players” pre-party. Now, naturally we have been digging for details and with plans to have an outside stage very much in the balance, we can nevertheless confirm that, as of going to press, this pre-party will happen, whether inside or out, D.J.’s on duty confirmed as Paul Heron, Matt Bogard & Fat Tony, while if the green light for an outside stage goes ahead, then the whole Orange Nation residency team will be rolled out in back-to-back form, so Steve Pitron & Jamie Head, Alan K & Paulo Moreno, Jonny M & The Oli, D’Johnny & David Jimenez and Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters. However, with Westminster council crying wolf on issues of policing, safety & funding, as well as having supposedly issued a licensing edict to all venues, the final decision on this outside stage will not be made until after a major meeting which takes place tomorrow, so watch this space for a “hot off the press” newsflash as the decision hits our desk. Mind you, whichever way it goes, Comptons is always the biggest & best Pride melting pot & with Orange nation plus WE Party involved, it will be even more so.
Now talking of WE, if time allows, we will be delivering a full on focus & devotion to what will undoubtedly be the biggest party of the whole Pride weekend, The Coronet in Elephant & Castle once again playing host this Saturday (7th July), while the D.J. line-up is mighty & impressive as the place, WE’s very own resident roving D.J. Carlos Gallardo back to London by popular demand & sure to thrill with tons of towering tunes neatly balanced between those benchmark euro-beats & uplifting vocal injections, while it will be an all out progressive assault from our Italian stallion, Pagano, the tones turning tech when Paul Heron & D’Johnny take to the decks. But with Room Service’s Kris Di Angelis & Matt Bogard going back-to-back in the second space, there will certainly be an alternative electro twisted trip to be made, Munroe Bergdorf playing host upstairs, while the main arena will be in the very capable hands both Ben Kaye & JJ Clark. So, let’s rattle through the rest of the detail which goes like this, doors opening at 10 p.m. & the club running through till 6.am., advance tickets available online via http://wepartylondon.com &/or http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-07/07/we-party-london-we-players-pride-party, at the standard £18 price tag (yes those £10 &£15 super advance ones went really quickly), while outlets Prowler, Clone Zone, 50 & Solarstation are your Soho sources, along with Comptons & Ku-Bar, entry we believe available on the door, but expect to pay more.
But for those that may be WE’d out or are in search of something a little more intimate compared to the full on theatre size experience, the Orange Nation team have come up trumps with “Boylesque”, in what has been labelled as “…the alternative pride party…” although is likely to have massive mainstream appeal, not least that international gay icon, pop star, D.J. & altogether good egg, superstar Boy George is at the centre of, not only the title of this club night, but the entertainment too. And having announced that he will be performing live for the first time in over two years, while we have been sworn to secrecy, the is one stunningly spectacular surprise up his sleeve, meaning that you will be far from disappointed if you trade your W & E for a B & G. But more than that, we are told that artists flown in especially for this event (we really cannot say, sorry) performing both D.J. sets & songs (itching to tell!!), okay just two then, Jeremy Healy & Jon Pleased, but all we will say is that it’s not to be missed. So what more can we say, well apart from George & co?, well, the “alternative” burlesque (see what they did with the title?!) theme will be extenuated by a score of sexy boys & girls on stage, while the second space will be a “Fire” room showcasing some of the clubs finest D.J.’s (naturally those not on duty elsewhere!), Fat Tony (B G’s best buddy), Jamie Head & Verity Mayes on decks duty, while the third room will be given away to Walt Utz & Madame Jojo’s who will present a show spectacle with a line up of London’s most notorious stars from the cabaret circuit. Now we really cannot say anymore (stop it!!!) apart from dipping through the detail, “Boylesque” kicking off at Fire from 11 p.m. this Saturday (7th July) & running through to a planned 6 a.m. finish, advance tickets priced at just £10 (absolute bargain!) still available at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-07/07/boylesque-boy-george-s-alternative-pride-party, while you can check-in at the usual Soho outlets for handpicked passes.
Onwards we go and to Beyond and like WE, if time permits we will be devoting a special feature to it as this looks like being every bit the roadblock events that is always is come big weekends, and some we say, not least when you consider that the team have “…pulled out all the stops to bring one of the world’s best D.J.’s to London…” NYC’s Hector Fonseca bringing with him a resounding repertoire of remixes, no less than 5 having reached number one in the billboard charts last year alone, hence we are chomping at the bit to feature him is this special focus. But with Tel Aviv’s FFF Group also jetting in their own package of players in the form of D.J. Tal Cohen & international drag performer K Long, both who featured in the FFF party at Fire last year, Beyond certainly has the global feel that that only WE Party & Hustlaball can match this weekend. Add to that London all star cast including Steve Pitron, The Sharp Boys, Hifi Sean, Fat Tony, D’Johnny & Paul Christian, together with back-to-back sets from Alan K & Paulo Moreno and Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters, so if there was ever a club that was about the music for us, then it is Beyond & not least this “World Pride” spectacular. So, skipping through the detail, it’s a 3 a.m. start at Area this Sunday (8th July) with entry simply £15 in advance (the best commodore you will spend this weekend) either online at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012/07/08/beyond-world-pride-2012 or at those Soho outlets, while entry will be available on the door but expect to pay more & probably wait even longer, Ben Kaye & JJ Clark teaming up gain, as they did for WE, while no special Beyond would ever be the same without the tremendous Tom Fuller.
So, on the home straight (ish) and Later comes next, the team rolling out yet another fun filled frolic in the form of the now infamous “Funfair” format, the Later garden a hot bed of happy happenings with rides & games stalls, while a fortune teller will be sitting on his /her corner ready to tell you what is around your corner. Plus with the pool filled up if the weather permits & the bbq, an indelible ingredient of any Later party, stacked with sausages & brimming with burgers, that along with some other surprises in store and out will be the new clubbing in. That said, inside the musical heat will be turned right up full, resident D.J.’s Jamie Head, D’Johnny & Paul Heron cooking on tunes gas mark nine, while hostess Andrea & her boys (yes she has a bevy of them) will be causing enough madness & mayhem to make this a party to remember. And with host venue Fire’s doors opening at 11.30 a.m. this Sunday (8th July), the club running through to 8 p.m., with discount wristbands/stamps available at Beyond, standard entry is available online at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-07/08/later-funfair or on the door, priced at £10, we are pretty sure you will be walking away come 8 p.m. with the biggest smile on your face, candy floss round your lips & a shiny bum from all that sliding, not to mention sore feet from dancing.
Now we would normally finish with Orange (which we will), but will quickly mention new club “Infamous” which launches at Covert on Sunday night from 6 p.m. details coming your way via our extra bites post “Princely Sum of A Soiree”, which paves the way for the “From Orange With Pride”, the organisers saying of the Pride closing event saying “…you’ve had the world, now get a true taste of London & the biggest last dance of Pride 2012…” as it is sure to be with not just the “Orange Family” of D.J.’s that include The Oli, Fat Tony & the Sharp Boys, but Hifi Sean is back too, starring in Fire’s main room alongside guest slot guy Paul heron (my he is a busy boy this weekend, we count five gigs at least!), while the event also boats the newly named RAW Future Heroes space with Lee Yeomans in charge of the tunes. But it’s Pride and so we all know what track/record that means, “A Deeper Love” among a handful of other hits performed by special PA Elliotte Williams, very much crowning this citric colossus which kick starts at 11 p.m. on Sunday (8th July) & carries you deep into Monday morning & a date with your day off diary, http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-07/08/from-orange-with-pride-london-s-biggest-pride-closing-party the place to go for advance tickets, priced at just £10, while its half that price with a flyer before 1 a.m., door hosts Chrissy Darling & Minty managing your efficient entry & them cheerful cavorting ala citric style.
So that’s the Orange Nation World Pride package and what an enthrallingly extensive one it is too, we finishing by reminding you that advance tickets are very much the way (especially for WE & Beyond), Solarstation not just a superb source, but also an opportunity for you to soak up some sun, of the sun-bed variety of course, as we all want to look at our best for World Pride, a quick visit to http://solarstation.co.uk revealing all you need to know before revealing yourselves to some bronzing brightness. That just leaves us to wish you a very happy World Pride, even if the event itself looks like being a bit of a wash-out, as there is always the league of Orange Nation clubs to turn & to take to. (DISCO MATT)
Continuing his special series devoted to the diamond jubilee weekend, Disco Matt once again looks to fabulous Friday for his next “Diamond Pick”, when Onyx joins forces with A:M to bring you their “Queen Of DiA:Monds” event, the queen with the crown being headline D.J. Smokin Jo, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while DM deals out his card pack prologue beneath.
When we look at Friday’s on the capitals clubbing circuit across the years there have been a handful of brands & names that have become synonymous with this traditional start to the weekend, there was & still is “Camp Attack”, brought to you from the promoters of G.A.Y., while who can forget Fiction, the cavorting club that reigned supreme over The Cross for a purple patch period, while more recently, one looks to Vauxhall for another prolific party that very much hit the ground running when it launched some three years ago & has continued to drawn in a fervent following ranking it at least equal & sometimes exceptional to its peer brands. Yes, we can only be talking about Onyx, the fabulous Friday frolic that has not only ridden the storm that has faced the scene during its history, a succession of promoters having taken it in different directions, both visually & musically, but with a whole host of specialist events, such as “Neon”, “Resolution”, “Recovery” & “Digital Generation”, it’s popularity has been propelled, while with the assistance of afterhours club A;M, Onyx’s appeal has been accentuated, particularly on recent big bank holiday weekends & when its backyard, Area, was closed for refurbishment.
And as we find ourselves on the precipice of another huge weekend in clubland, the promotional powers of these two clubs have once again joined forces to serve up a spectacle stretching a full ten hours, the best bots of both brands being merged into one end to end event that will see D.J. stars take turns to serve up a superb selection of sounds that showcase both the Onyx & A:M style. So from the Onyx camp we have ex-promoter of the club Jonny M & new terrific talent Matt Bogard take up the main room reigns, they joined by A:M regular residents Fat Tony, D’Johnny & David Jimenez, while the rich vein of Onyx runs through room two, The Chapel being all about pop music with none other than gender benders Tasty Tim & Lady Lloyd dishing out the dance delectations. Then with the terrace space given away to the alternative antics of “Obey”, the club kid feel of this space spearheaded by Mark-Ashley Dupe & his gang, in the traditions of Onyx, there is a delightfully different feel to each space, the added A;M ingredient sure to carry revellers partying deep into Saturday morning,
This will surely especially be the case when the legend that is Smokin Jo hits the decks, she very much the queen bee of this “Queen Of DiA:Monds” event, A:M’s promoter Steven Sharp thrilled to be welcoming her back to the decks following her appearance for the brand back in March & this simply stunning set at As One on NYD when she held sway in the Orange room, taking us back to those halcyon days when she trounced Trade with her terrific tunes. But having played at gigs right across the globe & attracted amazing accolades as a result, career highlights have to include scooping the industry’s biggest mag D.J. of year award, Jo still the only female to have lifted this coveted crown, while club brands she has played for stretch to mainstream clubs Puscha, Tribal Gathering, Cream & Full Circle, while she still plays to gay audiences across the capital, recent appearances for Paris Acid Ball & Fat Tony’s club Deelooded, notable highlights, the latter re-forming a working relationship & friendship that goes back to those groundbreaking days of Trade. Gigs aside, Smokin Jo is pretty productive in the recording studio, a current album project close to fruition while a host of track releases & remixes scatter a discography that stretches to well over 30, a small selection available by following the Beatport link at http://smokinjo.com/music/, plenty there to get you in the mood for what will surely be another prolific performance form this quintessential queen of the D.J. scene.
As for the detail on this “Queen Of DiA:Mond’s” A:M & Onyx amalgam, just click on the super sized image above, while we leave you by simply saying, to be seen on the scene you need to “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)