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Continuing to find a new niche for our Best Bites within our weekend newsletter, this time we have decided to ditch the former format further, simplifying our selections into our top three choices of where to be & be seen on the scene, whether in London or internationally, we then squeezing in a small selection of short shouts along with news nibbles of some more February frolics to look forward to.
Well, the closure of Profile & Lo-Profile continues to leave us at sea with sustaining our former newsletter format of bringing you our Weekend Best Bites choices one each from Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch, last week seeing us introduce an international flavour, one we are keen to keep up. And a week on finds us with another fresh pair of eyes on the recommendations prize, deciding to ditch the former format further, making it as simply as possible, picking our top or the tree three from wherever they may be, the question remaining, will Vauxhall sweep the board or will our continental cousins get a look in?
So let’s get to answer that question, our first choice from Vauxhall, A:M making it here two weeks in a row, not least that there is big news on the promotions front, although for us mixed emotions as it seems that Steven Sharp, in our books the best in the game, is no longer the clubs promoter, this news having passed right under our radar save for an inkling when we saw this week’s events page. And as if we had already had enough bad news following those sudden Profile/Lo-Profile closures, this is a major blow both for the club and for the scene in general, Mr Sharp, without doubt, the most adept in PR, in artwork ideas, in networking, well in all aspects of promotion really, while its was Steven that turned the fortunes of A:M around, cleaning up its crowd act, focusing on the music and bringing in some big named guests to propel AM’s profile. So, it is a sad day indeed for us and we wish Steven well with his further promotional aspirations, while we are sure he will throw himself into his D.J.’ing & production with studio & playing partner George Sharp who together, naturally, make up The Sharp Boys.
With Steven gone , who has taken over?, Well by all accounts the marvellous Mauricio Ortiz has stepped into the breach and will, at least, be holding the fort while a fully fledged promoter can be found. That said, Mauricio’s experience n & around the promotions game speaks for itself, from SuperMartXe to Beyond, CasaLatina to Matinee, our brilliant Brazilian has seasoned promotional hands, while he is a real grafter, often being the one that puts in the hard work while others bask in the glory, so we feel that A:M is certainly in a safe pair of hands. So that’s the news, what about tomorrow’s (Fri 25th Jan) event?, well it is quite a special one, as it marks the long awaited & much anticipated return to the capitals clubbing circuit of international playboy D.J. Paul Heron, who had taken a leave of absence to get married & soak up the sun in Southern Africa. But he is back and headlining this event, which takes place at Fire in Vauxhall from 11 p.m., others on duty including D’Johnny, Matt Bogard & (wait for it) The Sharp Boys, while Onyx holds on by the skin of its teeth to the second lounge space, DMS serving the pop, while it’s tech & euphoric house heaven in the main room. Hosted by Andre Hellstrom & Louise Port, entry is free before 4am with a brand new Orange Nation membership card, otherwise with a flyer or ad its £3 before midnight, £6 before 5 a.m. and £10 after, while that full price £10 is for all others, further info out on the events page at https://facebook.com/events/322450467855010/.
One down, two to go and we stay in Vauxhall moving from Saturday to Sunday morning, which can only mean one thing, yes it’s Beyond which, in reality, is never far from our attention, even if NYD was the last time we trod its dancefloor boards. However, with Paris the first weekend, then DISH the second, plus with the prospect of a string of “Midnight” format frolics to contend with, we made it clear that we would give our favourite club of all time a bit of a break. Indeed on the subject of this “Midnight” format, we still can’t quite understand the package, a club that has always been in the amazing afterhours bracket, not once, twice or three times, but six in the last eight stretching an extra 4/5 hours back into Saturday, seems to us quite ludicrous. And it’s not as though the main room is open from that time, not at all, as it’s just the terrace till 3, then the chapel space till 5 or 6 when the sardine like squash forces the promotions team to react and open the main room, this the reality of what clubbers come up against and feel about this format. That said, on the special occasions, like for example a Beyond vs. Matinee party, this “Midnight” format makes inherent sense, but on a dark, dank & cold January Saturday, no, not at all!!, we having made our views perfectly clear to the promotions team on more than one occasions.
So, are we relieved, pleased & ecstatic that Ben Kaye & his crews have woken up and smelt the roses, as Beyond from this week kicks off at a much more reasonable 4 a.m. start, this sure to make all the difference to the D.J.’s, the atmosphere and the whole feel of the club, returning that hedonistic feel that starting your clubbing in the wee early hours brings. And Sunday (26th Jan) also marks the return of Beyond’s all-star resident, a man who has been there since the start and continues to have the pulling power & prolific performance credentials that he had back then, yes of course, its Steve Pitron, an extended 2 ½ hour set from 7 a.m. sure to pack that Area main room to the rafters. As for the rest, well Fat Tony follows Steve until close at midday, while the chapel sports the dynamic duo of David Jimenez & D’Johnny, girl power the name of the game in the terrace, with Ania (still not sure about her music) & the back-to-back Maze & Masters. And as Ben tells us, “…come and see what all the fuss is about as London’s best weekly party takes centre stage. ON memberships are still valid on this the last weekend of January and the Guest List will be open but only for a few hours; so make sure if you are on it…” while advance tickets are on sale online at http://orangenation.co.uk and at Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & Fifty Dean, as well as at both Ku-Bars and at Rupert St which, every Saturday, hosts the Beyond pre-party from 9 p.m. till midnight, more details up at https://facebook.com/events/199497296862075/.
Now how are we doing so far with that answer? Well, Vauxhall gets two, who’s going to get the third, well we stay with London this week as it’s all about Europe for us next, our third Best Bite choice seeing us head out east to the place on City Road that has been a major contributor in transforming the Shoreditch scene into one of the hottest & hip happening hangouts in London. And the same could be said for East Bloc, the brainchild & inspiration of Wayne Shires, the man behind the truly legendary underground club Crash, which itself transformed Vauxhall into the clubbing mecca it quickly became. So it seems this transformation trend runs through Wayne’s veins, as he is virtually replicated what Crash achieved with East Bloc, the club sporting some of the most amazing & alternative clubbing brands on the scene, DISH, Guttersult, TheMenWhoFell2Earth, Songs Of Praise, Super Electro Party Machine &, of course, WAR, while the depth of D.J. talent speaks for itself, Tom Stephan, Borja Pena, Kris Di Angelis, Per Q.X. & Jim Warboy, just five among a fantastic flock, Wayne also keen to push & promote new talent that truly sets East Bloc and its events apart from the same old same old merry-go-round resident regurgitation that all too often plagues Mr Shires’ former playing ground. And having witnessed East Bloc just a couple of weeks ago, we saw the fruits of his labour paying dividends big time, the underground feel of the place emulating Crash, albeit on a smaller scale, while the crowd is delightfully different and gives the place that true club feel that takes us back to the days of our youth.
So that’s the venue, what about our event pick? Well East Bloc pulls in another party to add to its already illustrious list, as the Get With Me! Crew take over this Saturday (26th Jan) with big plans to transform this compact & cavernous club “…into your next holiday destination…” which, in itself, is intriguing enough to draw us right in. But this outing is truly alternative as not only does it combine the musical genres of what the team call, “Dancehall”, “Kpop” & “Reggeaton”, with some good old R&B throw in too, but the cast of D.J.’s are names unfamiliar to us in their entirety, so yet another intriguing draw. But maybe you will recognise the names of Matthew Stone, Theo Adams & Richard Mortimer, while the likes of Chris & Mathew, Anarchic Female, Jonbenet Blonde, Gabriel Gabriel and Sharna & Hermes will, in combination with all the others, spread the super Get With Me! Sound across East Bloc’s three spaces. So it seems that this alternative antic is definitely one to watch and actually indulge in, East Bloc’s doors opening for Get With Me! this Saturday (26th Jan) from 10 p.m., the club running through to a planned 6 a.m. finish, entry on the door a mere £5 before midnight and then £8 after, while with happy hour drinks between 10 & 11 and the fact that this will be yet another event that will pack out Wayne’s place, early arrival is advisable, details on the venue up at http://eastbloc.co.uk and more on the event itself out at https://www.facebook.com/events/472070932828639/
Now, with our plans to re-separate our Short Shouts back out into their own fully fledged newsletter in the next couple of weeks, we have time & space for just a small handful here, a real pick of the bunch, the first going to Delice, who land on London tomorrow night (Fri 25th Jan) at The Shadow Lounge in Soho, for another pre-party for their “Dream” dance festival, more info up at https://facebook.com/events/103722013131480/, this looking to be the hottest Soho ticket in town this weekend.
So, skirting Vauxhall completely, its back to Shoreditch & East Bloc we go, as Friday night frolic, Super Electro Party Machine, grabs our attention, not least that promoter Larry Tee welcomes back Jodie Harsh to proceedings, she joined with superb Room Service sidekick Munroe Bergdorf, while there is a Vauxhall influence as Maze & Masters creep across to spin some sounds too, the free vodka bar another reason why you should head out to City Rd, a summary of this soiree up at https://facebook.com/events/134989263329260/.
Okay, so we head onto the continent now for our two final Short Shouts, flying across to Rome first for Muccassassina, we having pretty much fallen in love with the brand since its showing at the huge LGDF gathering three years ago, while when we visted the club itself, we were blown away. And since that marvellous May with Danny Verde & Micky Galliano, Mucca has benefitted from our weekly support, Friday’s (25th Jan) event, “Porca” right up there, their event page at https://facebook.com/events/276699969122473/ telling the superb story much better than us.
Then, another love affair that we made as recently as three weekends ago was with Scream, the Parisian party that has been cutting a significant stride since 1996 and never fails to hit the mark with its weekly meets, Ludo & his terrific team joining forces with the superb Spyce to bring a specialist celebratory “Circus” event this Saturday (26th Jan), a full-on French feel from a D.J. team that includes Messrs Boumati, Nucci & Triumph, more detail available at http://scream-paris.com &/or https://facebook.com/groups/53427623634/.
Now to those news nibbles of February frolics that are worthy dates into your disco dance dairies, next Saturday (2nd Feb) serving up a splendid selection, Puscha’s “Undercover” party at Brixton Electric heading a London field that includes Matinee “Pervert at Fire & new night “Baked” at Green Carnation in Soho, while for us, it’s all about Propaganda at Red & Blue in Antwerp, this our second European trip of the year. Back in London and to the following day (Sun 3rd Feb) and a slice of Soho moves south, “Society” launching at Area in Vauxhall from 6 p.m., an event an news item that will be covered in an upcoming “Extra Bites” post, as will be Deelooded’s news of its second space line-up, this prolific party also on the move the following Sunday (10th Feb) to a new Shoreditch spot and is already looking like THE place t be & be seen that weekend. Internationally again, and WE Madrid will be in carnival mood the day before (Sat 9th Feb) at La Riviera, Phil Romano joining resident Manuel de Diego, while we zoom back to London for our final piece of clubbing news and a new club launching in Mayfair on Tuesday 5th February with Micky Galliano & Zach Burns, more info on this to come too.
So, that is it for another weekend, these our choices of where to be & be seen on the scene, while a veritable feast of London frolics can be found by heading to the listings in both http://boyz.co.uk & http://qxmagazine.com making for a world is your oyster array of outings, while our “Top Of The Tree Three” along with our short shouts given you plenty to party with. As for us?, well a nasty knew injury looks like confining us to the comfort of our sofa, but with lots of heavenly happenings to hone in on, we trust that this weekend will see you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Now we do like a good party and when the opportunity to sink into a full on festival presents itself, we tend to take to it with gusto, although here in the capital, full length festivals, (i.e. days long) are few & far between, especially those aimed at the gay market, although we did have fun at the London Global Dance Festival last year, albeit that it was quite on the scale of massive events like Circuit in Barcelona, LGDF concentrating more on the clubbing rather than all the extracurricular activity that Circuit offers. However, with our wings well and truly spread into Europe and beyond, when we heard of plans for a spring festival organised by Delice, in Barcelona no less, we kind of jumped at the opportunity, our arm being further twisted by Delice head poncho Anthony Areal & the drop dead gorgeous Mourad, when they visited London for the love-in with Alex Erfan’s Lovechild, literally days before we headed off to South Africa.
So, with our homage home over with, yet with the tug of travel still running through our veins, it didn’t take long for us to affirm our associations with this Delice Dream of a draw, the enticement of meeting up with a whole host of friends & familiar faces from across Europe pretty much sealing the deal on this exceptional expedition. Indeed, having landed in Barcelona literally four hours before the start of this full-on festival, an expedition it turned out to be, the realisation that the host hotel & resort in Barcelona’s Callela, was in fact a jaunt of a journey, the hour or so train journey made much more palatable with the presence of La Demence’s resident pintsized player, Andrei Stan, who, like us, was staying for a sizable chunk of this five day anglo-French foray. So, with our travelling companion linking up with us in central Barcelona, we made our unsure & unsteady way to Callela, eventually arriving at our temporary home with only a few minutes to spare before the first event at host club Zillion, just a hop skip & jump away from our hotel home for this fantabulous frolic with all things Delice.
With the festival theme “No Time To Sleep” very much our feeling too, having been on the go for well over 14 hours already, it was nevertheless all steam ahead for the opulent opener “1001 Nights”, so having slipped into smoothing more appropriate for this first of many parties, we arrived at the club’s doors not long before 1 a.m., being greeted by the ever smiling Delice head honcho Anthony Aureal, who greeted us at the club like a long lost friend, the substantive stresses & strains of masterminding this huge festival undertaking hardly showing on his face, this warming welcome setting us on our way into the sumptuous venue feeling considerably content with our lot. And as we descended into this Calella club, we were very much impressed by the look & feel of the place, the opulent feel reminding us a little of Cafe De Paris back in London, although without the huge sweeping staircase & the bright chandelier lighting. However, with regal seating around, balcony’s encasing the dancefloor below & a stage area at one end, the multi levelled spaces all accessible to the eye, whilst offering select spots from which to soak up the splendour of this delightful Delice Dream opener and the venue was very much shaping up to be the perfect place to hold this first of five main parties.
So it was down onto the dancefloor we went, the space already heaving with handsome hunks, some dressed down to their torso’s, others already aloft of the two podiums gyrating to the brilliant beats, Enrico Arghentini kicking off the musical proceedings with pumping euphoric & vocal house hits that had Zillion alight with audacious action. But the first curtain raiser in a series of stage showings by the drop dead gorgeous Delice Boys, not least the majestic Mourad, all dressed in Arabian costumes & exuding masses of middle eastern mystique & magic, as they flexed their taught muscles & moved to the music magnificently, we were soon completely immersed into the delight of this “1001 nights” naughtiness. And with our camera clicking both pictures & videos, while our supposed relative anonymity having been broken by a handful of familiar faces, a couple from London, one based in Barcelona, by Belgian boy Andrei Stan, but also from a very forward & obliging Diego Lombardi of Muccassassina, our night definitely ended up being a Delice Dream of a four hour frolic, second D.J. Luiggi performing a spectacular set, a good 1001 times better than the last showing we had seen at Red & Blue in Antwerp.
So, with the first event now under our belt, we arose relatively early to take in what daytime delights this Delice Dream festival had to offer, the hotel a little basic for our liking, although taking the whole package into consideration, good value was certainly to be enjoyed if you immersed into all the activities & hospitalities. And that’s what we did, savouring the second of the, as we called them, “before parties” come Sunday evening, we were to pole position to lap up the loveliness of La Demence resident Andrei Stan, who’s set well & truly shone, getting the gorgeous & not so gorgeous looking Delice Dream lot in the mood for more. With rousing renditions that left us & others spinning on our spots, but with disappointment that the planned AussieBum fashion show was postponed for the following afternoon, it was down to a drag queen duo & other WE party enthusiasts to provide the additional entertainment on Andrei’s, this cavorting collective warming us up for the incumbent “Attacks” event which followed in the club.
So, with us well into our Delice Dream “No Time To Sleep” stride, the next instalment in the five strong main party procession beckoned, Spanish smash WE Party taking its turn in the limelight and one we were very much looking forward to, not least as this brand that had pretty much stolen the SuperMartXe show, capturing the imagination right across it’s homeland & beyond, the recent tour of their sequence of parties “Attacks” having hit the shores of London, Paris, Rome, & Miami to mention just a few. And now it was Delice Dream’s turn to feel the WE wonderment in warp speed, the brilliant billing including Madrid based Carlos Gallardo, whose course was set for Calella along with prolific PA Peyton, French fancy D.J. Mister Mola and, naturally, those drop dead gorgeous Delice dancers, although with expectations high, there was much to live up to. That said, with a slow start and the feeling that more than a few festivalers were feeling a tad jaded just two days in (surely not?!), it was a good two hours into this WE inspired second main party leg that we found ourselves still awaiting the much anticipated action on the stage to spellbind host venue Zillion, Mola’s music good but not great, the party lacking the oomph that it so desperately needed.
But all that was set to change when a selection of Delice boys along with WE party dancers hit the stage and the expected octane fuelled audacity commenced, the crowd also suddenly coming to life, getting into the “Attacks” mood, as were we, alongside Antwerp’s Red & Blue finest, D.J. Elof De Neve & close companion J.d. Cerronez adding that all important ingredient of fun & frivolity that very much set our experience alight. And to then add to this now audacious action, incumbent D.J. Carlos Gallardo began to steal the Delice Dream show, taking the initiative, along with prolific P.A. Peyton, who focussed the cavorting crowds attention away from the stage & towards the side of the lofty D.J. booth, from where he performed two tracks, including the tremendous “Trapped” that evoked memories of his magnificent & most magical mastery at the London event on NYD. With the atmosphere now amazing, in the hands of Carlos, the party hit top gear terrifically, track after track wowing the captivating clubbers & seeing us go into “Doing The Disco Matt” overdrive, even the drop dead gorgeous Delice cover boy Mourad dancing in very close quarters, sending our senses skyward, while the night was Mr Gallardo’s who gave the performance of the festival so far, the whole WE party under his steership attacking the minds bodies & souls from start to finish of his simply scintillating set.
So, that night was going to be a task & a half to top, especially given the captivating company we had kept with both Elof & J.d., both in pumping party mode, their energy (especially J.d’s) making the whole experience magnificently memorable. And this same vein would carry through to the Monday evening, when it was Elof’s turn to play at “the before party”, he proving just what a tremendous talent he is, packing in piles of pumping & heavenly house hits that wowed the warm up wonderfully, he probably more deserving of a slot in one of the main parties, but content enough with his lot, partner to crime J.d. entertaining enormously with his audacious antics. But the night was still young and despite feeling a tad jaded, there was definitely no time to sleep as we made a date with Alex Erfan’s loveable London based brand, Lovechild, taking centre stage at host venue Zillion with their “White” themed party, the place decked out to delight with branded banners & balloons, all in white of course, the considerate crowd also entering into the spirit of the theme fantastically.
Arriving with irresistible Israeli D.J. Guy Scheiman in tow, having met him earlier in central Barcelona, then negotiating that long haul of a train journey back to Calella, meant we were definitely back in partying mood, especially with other partners in partying crime, Elof & J.d. in close quarters. And this Lovechild leg of the five day Delice Dream festival wasn’t going to disappoint, although having joined forces with Berlin based club GMF, their resident jock Chris Becker kicked off proceedings, his set very much in the style of that club, a tough tech fuelled set that sat well with some, not with others, we at pains to remind a few that Chris was playing to the GMF music policy, rather than to the style or taste of the Delice Dream crowd, his set finding favour with plenty party heads who filled out Zillion’s dancefloor. However, with our sagging energy levels requiring a more inspired boost, we were to find it in our own Italian Stallion Pagano, who made is prolific presence felt, belting out bag loads of classics including “Loca”, “Digital Generation” & “Back To The Future” mixed in with this Sicilian star’s new style of sounds, techno treats blended with progressive pumps fitting the feel of this third frolic fabulously. Indeed such was his prolific performance, he had the core crowd in awe of his aaamazing set, they eventually swamping the stage & even bowing at his feet as he departed following more than one encore. Added into the mix were the muscular Delice men, mighty in their magnificence, proving the extra lift the party needed, dishing up dollops of drama & drooling on the dancefloor, in delightful decadence.
So, Tuesday dawned with us very much looking forward to another Italian’s arrival, this time Milano man Danny Verde, who we caught briefly as he arrived and we headed into our final “before” bash in advance of returning to London. And we were very much in the mood to let our hair down with our posse of pals, J.d. particularly providing enough satisfying fun & distraction from D.J. Amine’s dour dance deliveries which proved pretty disastrous. while much of the focus was on the Delice boys, who had gathered out in the foyer for a photo shoot, our man Mourad lapping up much of the limelight. But with the hotel party coming to a rather abrupt end, it was now all about Muccassassina, as we headed down to Zillion for the last time, the expectation of Diego’s dream of a team topping off our week in a wonderful way. And we were not be to disappointed in any respect, the right royal send off we had been hoping for very much delivered from the off, resident D.J. back in Rome, Danny Verde, kicking off the night at Zillion in scintillating style, gloriously gathering an ever increasing crowd with a solid string of superb sounds, some Verde classics, others new tough tech & progressive beats that won him even more fans than he already had.
But then enter from stage left the Mucca dancers, dressed provocatively in erotic black tight pants, g-strings & the like, immediately pushing the mercury off the scale with the best stage show of the week, Danny’s musical mastery matching the men’s movements magnificently. With the atmosphere elevated beyond expectation, Mr Verde’s performance, like Mucca’s show, proved to be the set of the festival, very much like they stole the show at The London Global Dance Festival some ten months previously, Diego waving his choreographic wand, casting his spell of style on the whole occasion and Mr Verde’s soundtrack simply spectacular. But, with Mucca gracing their exit & Danny’s superb showing over, the party was far from it, as Mister Mola, representing Paris club Panic Room, took up the mantle majestically, keeping the party pumping well past the 5 a.m. finish, cries & clamours for more from a packed out stage & dancefloor the ultimate crescendo on a truly captivating clubbing night. Having thought Mr Lombardi would pull of something quite special, we were right on the money with our estimation of this euphoric event, the company of Guy Scheiman, Elof De Neve, J.d. Cerronez & co a delight, while the drop dead gorgeous Mourad was at his breathtaking & brilliant best, making our ecstatic evening complete.
With the morning after the night before signalling our final day in the hands of Delice, with a London early evening flight precluding us from soaking up the splendour of the final event down at Zillion, all that was left to do now was to pack up our belongings and head back into central Barcelona for a lunch liaison with our good friend & D.J./producer Javier Medina, making that final lengthy train journey from Calella in the charismatic company of three people that, like so many others, had made this Delice Dream festival an absolute delight, Guy, Elof & especially J.d. making all the difference and leaving us with memories that will last forever. But apart from these fabulous three, we cannot finish this special look at Delice Dream without role calling mentions for all the following, that made us welcome & made us feel special, first to Delice’s head honcho Anthony Aureal, then to promoters Alex Erfan, Diego Longobardi for pulling out perfection personified,, to La Demence’s Thierry for his unforgettable antics, to the D.J.’s Carlos Gallardo, Pagano, & Danny Verde who really tipped our scales, to all the gorge Delice dancers, especially Mourad whom we will never forget, and to everyone else that made this week wonderful, who came & said hi & partied with us with no time to sleep,
In summing up this Delice Dream festival, we can say that, given the magnitude of the organising & the marriage of minds, we walked away really impressed with the whole affair. Yes Calella ended up being a little divorced from Barcelona itself & a tad short of gay life, the hotel accommodation & facilities also a little basic, but when you consider the package value, we had no complaints at all. Bringing together so many people, such a pool of talent & a clubs from across France, Germany, Belgium, Spain & England, Delice Dream offered pretty much everything we could have expected. Naturally some made the comparison with Barcelona’s own circuit festival, but in reality this was something very different, a clubbing vacation rather than a clubbing cacophony, it may have lacked some of the outright flair of its rival, but this Dream festival ticked as many boxes as it could, achieving what it set out to do, capturing over 25 performers, 16 D.J.’s and over 70 hours of clubbing & cavorting in scintillating style, meaning you can’t say fairer than that. So major up & thanks to Anthony & his merry men for this magnificence and here’s to next year, we are told probably in southern Spain, yippee!! (DISCO MATT)
If there is one place where we find the most inspiration & then come with our ideas, it is the clubbing dancefloor, this morning being no exception, as we pondered over the continuance of our “Preview The Review” (PTR) reports. Now, while they have proven really popular and have also given us a vehicle where we can report on our clubbing cavorting much more swiftly than we did with our full reviews, the last two months have seen these PTR’s take the place of our full length versions, which have somewhat fallen by the wayside. Mind you, this is no surprise, as life in Disco Matt land has become incredibly busy in the last few months, the demands on our time stretching substantially, meaning that certain parts of our activity have suffered under the strain, our full length reviews one such area.
So with an overdue list stretching back to Barcelona in April, we thought it was high time to take some action by re-adjusting the balance of our review reporting, thus changing the angle of our PTR style reports to make them more like our full length versions but in mini form and what we will now term as “Bite Size Reviews”. Now, if you have been keeping in touch with our PTR’s, which were devised in February, the bite size phrase will be a familiar one to you and one which we feel ties in well with our nibble size reviews, delivered via Twitter tweets, another invention (thanks to a dear D.J. friend) which has really taken off since we launched it in Beyond on 2nd May. Plus with that full reflection backlog growing by the day, we thought it was high time we gave the bars, clubs & events we cover a little more justice in our fresh felt reflections, rather than having them wait for the full review, a wait which has become far too long for some.
That said, we will be continuing with our traditional length reflections, which we will now term as “Full Size Reviews”, proper service on these being restored as soon as possible, although, as demand dictates, we may need to pick & choose which bars, clubs & events get this full size review coverage, thus the need to up the ante with re-styling our PTR’s. In the meantime, we are committed to delivering the following overdue ones to you, although they will most likely be simple extensions of our existing PTR’s to include those all important intro & outro paragraphs, not least to speed through the delivery of this now considerable backlog.
Delice Dream Festival – “Captivating Clubbing In Calella – 16th to 20th April (feature length)
As One – “Sound Spoils The Show” – 23rd April
Beyond – “All About Steve” – 24th April
Orange Ascension – “Sweet Dreams Of Citric Bliss” – 25th April
Later – “Afternoon Appreciation Times Two” – 25th April & 2nd May (feature length)
Booster – “Braving The Bash” – 25th April
Beyond vs La Demence – “Blended Brilliance” – 1st May
Downtown – “East End Boys Meet West End Girls”– 1st May
WE Broadway – “Wow Factor Wandered” – 1st May
Beyond – “Waiting For You” – 8th May
Meat – “Monumental Mash-up” – 14th May
Gigolo – “Brilliant Burns Beats” – 19th May
Muccassassina – “Rapture In Rome” – 27th May
WE Candy – “Where Were We” – 28th May
Beyond Supersize – “Huge Holiday Highlight” – 29th May
Salvation The Future – “Stunning Stage Sparkles” – 29th May
As One – “Banking Branded Brilliance” – 30th May
Room Service – “Delightful Delectations At Diu – 2nd June
Plus we have two special reviews to still ring you, firstly our full size review of Roger Waters in concert at The O2 Arena from 15th May, plus a feature length full size review of our three day sortie around Soho during the first week of May, this one to be titled “Soho Society Social Soiree Showdown”.
So, we definitely have our review work cut out, this being no better a time to address the backlog, plus re-adjust our reflections and make the flow much more smoother, that flow henceforth being from nibble size, to bite size, to full size, all meaning that our review coverage will be as complete & conformist as can be. And having nibble size review tweeted our way through Beyond this morning, where the inspiration for this change came from, what better way to kick off than with our new style bite size review of Beyond’s “Summer Season Launch” which, like all our reviews from now on, can/will be found in our “Review” section ONLY (makes sense we think). Plus, as if we need to remind you, don’t forget you can follow our nibble size review tweets by going to http://twitter.com/discomatt and tuning in live or even becoming a full on follower & checking at your leisure, leaving us to simply say, make sure to “Go There! Be There! tweet tweet!!! (DISCO MATT)
So here we are at fifth & final bite sized reflection of the Delice Dream Festival of events and our last night in the hands of Anthony Lille & his captivating crew, our curtain call being the Muccassassina party, which proved to be the best way to end our stay in Calella. Why?, well this is why…..
Onto our home stretch of a decadent & debaucherous five days in the grip of the first ever Delice Dream Festival and we were hopeful of a right royal send off, Diego Longobardi & his tight knot Muccassassina team taking hold of the reigns to show the rest how it is done. And they certainly did that from the off, resident D.J. back in Rome, Danny Verde, kicked off the night at Zillion in scintillating style, gloriously gathering an ever increasing crowd with a solid string of superb sounds, some Verde classics, others new tough tech & progressive beats that won him even more fans than he already had. But then enter from stage left the Mucca dancers, dressed provocatively in erotic black tight pants, g-strings & the like, immediately pushing the mercury off the scale with the best stage show of the week, Danny’s musical mastery matching the men’s movements magnificently. With the atmosphere elevated beyond expectation, Mr Verde’s performance, like Mucca’s show, proved to be the set of the festival, although Mr Mola took up the mantle majestically, keeping the party pumping well past the 5 a.m. finish, cries & clamours for more from a packed out stage & dancefloor the ultimate crescendo on a truly captivating clubbing night. Having thought Mr Lombardi would pull of something quite special, we were right on the money with our estimation of this euphoric event, the company of Guy Scheiman, Elof De Neve, J.d. Cerronez & co a delight, while the drop dead gorgeous Mourad was at his breathtaking & brilliant best, making our ecstatic evening complete. So, with so much more to say, its “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
Welcome back to our delectations on the Delice Dream Festival, this fourth of five tasking a look at the “before” parties held in the host Hotel bar, four different nights with four very different D.J.’s, two in particular topping the scales superbly, our bite sized summary going like this….
With the Delice Dream festival daytime focus very much being based around the host hotel, the all-in attraction of boozing & cruising proved irresistible for many, meaning that come 8 p.m. each evening, the place to be was in the bar, soaking up the sounds of the various guest D.J.’s. Mind you, having arrived very late on Saturday, we missed out of the first foray, a fashion show by the BelAmi boys, D.J. Soren mixing the music, although the feedback we received was less than flattering. However, come Sunday, we were to pole position to lap up the loveliness of La Demence resident Andrei Stan, who’s set well & truly shone, getting the gorgeous & not so gorgeous looking lot in the mood for more, with rousing renditions that left us & others spinning on our spots. That said, it was a bit disappointing that the planned AussieBum fashion show was postponed for the following afternoon, although there was plenty of entertainment from a drag queen duo & other WE party enthusiasts warming up for the “Attacks” event which followed in the club. Then on the Monday, it was the turn of Belgium again, this time Red & Blue’s Elof De Neve, who proved just what a tremendous talent he is, packing in piles of pumping & heavenly house hits that wowed the warm up wonderfully, he probably more deserving of a slot in one of the main parties, but content enough with his lot, partner to crime J.d. Cerronez entertaining enormously with his audacious antics. Finally for us came Tuesday and our last “before” bash in advance of heading back to London, we very much in the mood to let our hair down with our posse of pals, J.d. particularly providing enough satisfying fun & distraction from D.J. Amine’s dour dance deliveries which proved pretty disastrous, much of the focus on the Delice boys out in the foyer for a photo shoot, especially our man Mourad who was lapping up much of the limelight. So, with our focus on the two brilliant Belgian’s in our full on reflection, it’s “…ready, steady, go for the review…”. (DISCO MATT)
Well, here we are again, reporting on the third of five mainstream parties in the twelve strong Delice Dream Festival schedule of events down here in Calella, Barcelona and whilst the constant clubbing cavorting was beginning to take its toll, we hit Zillion club last night to report on the rapture in bite sized form as follows…..
With two terrific turns already under our belt on top of plenty of partying with the drop dead gorgeous Delice boys at their inaugural festival in Barcelona, despite feeling a tad jaded, there was definitely no time to sleep as we made a date with Alex Erfan’s loveable London based brand, Lovechild, taking centre stage at host venue Zillion with their “White” themed party, the place decked out to delight with branded banners & balloons, all in white of course, the considerate crowd also entering into the spirit of the theme fantastically. Arriving with irresistible Israeli D.J. Guy Scheiman in two, we were definitely back in partying mood, especially with Red & Blue’s Elof De Neve & J.D. Cerronez in close quarters, GMF resident jock Chris Becker kicking off proceedings with a tough tech fuelled set that sat well with some, not with others, our energy levels requiring a more inspired boost which was to come when our own Italian Stallion Pagano made is prolific presence felt. With bags loads of classics including “Loca”, “Digital Generation” & “Back To The Future” mixed in with this Sicilian star’s new style of sounds, techno treats blended with progressive pumps fitting the feel of this third frolic fabulously and leaving the core crowd in awe of his aaamazing set, they eventually swamping the stage & even bowing at his feet as he departed following more than one encore. Added into the mix were the muscular Delice men, mighty in their magnificence, proving the extra lift the party needed, dishing up dollops of drama & drooling on the dancefloor, in delightful decadence. So, with much more to say, its “…ready steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
Welcome to the second in our series taking a fresh felt & bite sized look at the succession of Delice Dream Festival parties, this time it being the turn of the Spanish & Victor Pallas’ WE Party to take centre stage, but did “Attacks” live up to its billing?, well this is what we had to say……
Well into our Delice Dream “No Time To Sleep” stride, the next instalment in the five strong main party procession was the Spanish smash WE Party, the brand that has pretty much stole the SuperMartXe show, capturing the imagination right across it’s homeland & beyond, the recent tour of their sequence of parties “Attacks” having hit the shores of London, Paris, Rome, & Miami to mention just a few, it being Delice Dream’s turn to feel the WE wonderment in warp speed. So, with a brilliant billing, D.J.’s Mister Mola & Carlos Gallardo’s course set for Calella, along with prolific PA Peyton, there was much to live up to, although with a slow start and the feeling that more than a few festivalers were feeling a tad jaded, a good two hours in, we were still waiting for the action on the stage to spellbind host venue Zillion, Mister Mola’s music good but not great, the party lacking the oomph that it so desperately needed. However, when a selection of Delice boys along with WE party dancers hit the stage, the octane fuelled audacity commenced, the crowd also suddenly coming to life, although it would be incumbent D.J. Carlos Gallardo who would steal the show & take the initiative, first heralding Peyton, performing a couple of tracks including the tremendous “Trapped”, although strangely not from the stage, but up in the D.J. booth gods. But in the hands of Carlos, the party hit top gear terrifically, track after track wowing the cavorting clubbers & seeing us go into “Doing The Disco Matt” overdrive, even the drop dead gorgeous Delice cover boy Mourad dancing in very close quarters, sending our senses skyward. With the captivating company of both Elof De Neve & J.D. Ceronez from Antwerp’s Red & Blue, both in pumping party mode, the night was Mr Gallardo’s who gave the performance of the festival so far, the whole WE party under his steership attacking the minds bodies & souls from start to finish of his simply scintillating set. So, with so much more to say its “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
Welcome to the first of what will be a whole series of our bite sized reflections that will capture each & every party we visit in the twelve strong schedule of events that make up this year’s Delice Dream Festival, the five day gathering in Calella that captures 25 performer, 16 D.J.’s and over 70 hours of clubbing & cavorting, truly evoking the festivals strap line “No Time To Sleep”. And what better way to start but from the beginning, the gatherings first club event “1001 Nights”, which took place at host clubbing venue, Zillion, a mere 10 hours ago, our short sum up going like this……
With certain events having crystallised our decision to make it down to Barcelona’s Calella resort for the five day Delice Dream Festival of events, we landed on the host hotel not long before the start of the first full-on clubbing event, “1001 Nights” kicking off at midnight at club Zillion, just a hop skip & jump away from our home for this, our five day frolic with all things Delice. So, slipping into smoothing more appropriate for this first of many parties, we arrived at the club’s doors not long before 1 a.m., being greeted by the ever smiling Delice head honcho Anthony Lille, the stresses & strains of masterminding this huge festival undertaking hardly showing on his face. With arrival formalities over we were down into the club in a trice, the opulent feel reminding us a little of Cafe De Paris back in London, although without the huge sweeping staircase & the bright chandelier lighting, although with regal seating around, balcony’s encapsulating the dancefloor below & a stage area at one end, the venue was very much shaping up to be the perfect place to hold this first of five main parties. And with Enrico Arghentini kicking off the musical proceedings with pumping euphoric & vocal house, the real curtain raiser was the first a many showings on the stage by the drop dead gorgeous Delice Boys, all dressed in Arabian costumes & exuding masses of middle eastern mystique & magic, as the flexed their taught muscles & moved to the music magnificently. With our supposed relative anonymity being broken within minutes of arriving, first by a handful of familiar faces from London, one based in Barcelona, then by D.J. Andrei Stan, but moreover by a very forward & obliging Diego Lombardi of Muccassassina, our night definitely ended up being a Delice Dream of a four hour frolic, second D.J. Luiggi performing a spectacular set, a good 1001 times better than the last showing we had seen at Red & Blue in Antwerp. So, with so much more to say, it’s “…Ready Steady, Go For The Review…” (DISCO MATT)
It seems that not a month goes by these days without some sort of birthday celebration on the clubbing scene in the capital, some sadly based on dubious intentions to invoke interest in the brand, while others being much more legitimate in the pursuit of marking the momentous occasion of another year in clubland. Having said that, there is no denying that a birthday bash, however big or small, tends to attract plenty of attention, these anniversary style events often meaning that extra effort is made by promoters & organisers alike to make the event that little bit more exciting & enthralling. Indeed looking back to the beginning of the year, there have been celebrations a-plenty, not least an extra special birthday week for social soiree club Industri and its marvellous host Minty, although having had an eye on another since Christmas at least, as February arrived, all eyes were pointed towards club promoter Alex Erfan’s loveable brand.
Lovechild has definitely made an indelible impression on our lives, but has also cut a considerable stride on the scene, the launch at Pacha in Victoria on a Sunday, eventually seeing the brand switch to a Saturday & hop across the river to Fire in Vauxhall. Yet as this monthly outing has become a bit of a tradition, surviving where others have fallen by the wayside, it hardly seems two years since Alex’s brilliant brand made its first moves on the capital’s clubbing circuit, although as they say, time does tend to fly by when you are enjoying yourself and we have certainly done that. Plus with club brand birthday bashes appearing with monotonous regularity, Lovechild’s 2nd had a much more distinctly exciting prospect about it, not least as this second Saturday in the month meant that Valentine’s weekend love was definitely in the air and the prospect of a rendezvous or two very much on the cards, all adding to an enticing & exciting recipe of rapture.
With plans to meet up with Industri & now clubbing companion Stephen, aka The Cougar, we made the short journey down to Vauxhall and a rendezvous at not too long after midnight, our pal a little late as usual, although with plenty of people around the entrance it didn’t matter that much. Head honcho Alex Erfan was present, looking a little worse for wear after the late affair with Rentboy.com’s Jeffrey David’s the previous night, but waiting as we did, gave us the opportunity to catch up with him along with a stream of familiar faces that were part of the steady trickle heading into the club. Having bought our own ticket on this occasion, with Stephen now arrived, we got our name checked off the on-line list and were then inside to negotiate a rather lengthy coatcheck queue, the recent efficiency of the Fire team seeming to have slipped somewhat, although with mature & seasoned heads on our shoulders these days, our patience was rewarded with a resultant fuss free start to this special birthday bash.
Grabbing refreshments at the bar, we turned to look down the expanse of the main room which was shrouded with smoke effects accentuating the laser lighting and the shimmering of the massive LED neon display down at the far end, Stephen now by our side as we headed up onto the elevated walkway that would lead us towards the stage for our first investigatory wander around this Lovechild love weekend love-in. And as we arrived back down on the level we bumped into the cheerful & chirpy South African, Peter, whom we had not seen since last lauding it at his base in Brighton for their pride weekend in August, he keen to catch up on news as well as introduce us to his new partner, the excitement of love written all over this face, we retreating into the lounge space for a moment or two to complete the catch up. But a rapidly filling main room soon draw us back, we finding feet in our usual spot just left of the D.J. to witness a sparkling opening set from resident D.J. , the hunk of a Hungarian, Isavin, a mix of tech house & uplifting beats hitting a high with a rendition of our classic doing the Disco Matt tune “Release Me”, which exploded the atmosphere in an instant, even Mr Cougar strutting his stuff superbly. More arrivals soon saw the main room quite busy, our Polish boys Mariusz & Norbert adding to our enjoyment, although our excitement was about to get aroused even more as the drop dead gorgeous Delice boys made their way, not out onto the stage in front of the D.J. booth as usual, but into a line of extended podiums in the middle of the main room, signalling a shift from our spot as we hankered to snap shots of these muscled men moving to the music.
Now the party was in full swing, although the new styled ambient come progressive lounge, looked after by Tony Bruno & Gabriele Cutrano, was receiving a more muted reaction, the crowd of cavorters preferring to stick with the main room machinations which were now in the hands of rousing resident Tony English, he kicking off his substantial set & setting the standard with a brilliant opener, Rebeka Brown’s “Offshore”, following it up with some scorching selections. And with other incumbent D.J.’s Chris Bekker & then Brent Nicholls arriving, with the Delice dancers very much delighting and with our posse of people filling our spot, we were set fair to soak up the splendour of this birthday bash, our cake icing completed with an introduction to P.A. Kaysee, who was making a welcome return following her last showing for Lovechild back in June. This time she preparing to perform the new “Lovechild” track she & Tony English had produced and was getting its exclusive first showing right here in the main space of Fire, a space that had been given the Lovechild production treatment, hearts & other mobiles hanging from the ceiling, Alan X’s vibrant visuals adding to the package prolifically.
With the mirroarch and contact room about to commence duty, our attention was diverted from Tony English’s terrific ton of tunes in favour of Brent Nicholls brilliant beats, a switch from our spot left of the D.J. booth in the main room, mirrored by own new found position next door, we being sent into a spin straight away with the fabulous David Penn tune “Miracle Of Love”, quickly followed by others like “Trapped” & “Souk”. But it was when he selected the truly awesome track, “Now Or Never”, the Tom Novy classic cleverly ramped up in a remix treatment by the fabulous Lizzat & Valotaxx, that we really got into our stride, very much doing the Disco Matt and declaring that this was our new theme tune, Brent even pointing his phone camera in our direction to catch us in video shot. With Stephen in “cougar” impression mode (hence the name), the burly Bruno Knight in close call and the mirrorarch now rammed with revellers, Lovechild’s birthday bash wasn’t going to get better than this, Mr Nicholls clearly loving his slot in this second space and putting up a prolific performance that truly deserved his presence.
So good had been this slot in the second space that we almost missed Kaysee performing in the main room, darting back to catch the last few bars of the new “Lovechild” single, the place pumping, the Delice dancers still delighting and the atmosphere quite amazing, even if the sound seemed a little too loud. But with Brent still to finish his stint, we headed back to our spot, just in time to greet an arriving Eduardo De La Torre, the second special guest D.J. for this celebratory Lovechild love-in, he bounding up to say hello, a huge hug and kiss confirming the bond between us, one that stretches back a few years and further cemented with our recent visit to his base in Berlin. So, with Edu now in charge of the tunes, although the crowd melting away before our very eyes, Brent was released for a bit of his own r&r, we choosing to accompany each other into the main room to catch a little piece of another Berliner, this time guest jock Chris Bekker, who was playing what we described as a light & fluffy version of his usual GMF sets, but what Brent braved was a little too G.A.Y.-esque, although we didn’t stomach it long, not because of the music, but due to the unbearably loud sound, our infected ear beginning to hurt considerably and even Mr Nicholls complaining it was turned up too loud. So, with a collective decision to retire, we picked up our belongings, headed back through to the mirrorarch to say a fond farewell to Edu & to cougar loving companion Stephen, we slipped out of Fire and home to treat our thumping ear and lament on this latest Lovechild event
So, what was our verdict on this terrific turns times two? Looking at the highlights first, undoubtedly Brent Nicholls stood the tallest for us, his pulsating performance in the mirrorarch room superb, hitting our musical sweet spots from start to finish, while Isavin’s rouser of an opener did the business & Tony English also proved a hit with us and the ample audience. As for the two guest D.J.’s, well they did their bit for sure and it was great to see both Chris & Edu, reminding us of good times gone by, while we have a question mark over whether the new ambient space of sound actually found sufficient favour & following. As for the birthday element, to be honest felt more like just a regular Lovechild rather than a special celebration, indeed given it was a birthday, there wasn’t much evidence of it being so, either in the production or in the delivery and we have seen Lovechild’s of old busier, perhaps an indication of how tough Saturdays have become in the capital. That said, the thoroughly enjoyed ourselves from start to finish with the possible exception of the piercing sound in the main room which resigned us to an early bath, the dreamy Delice boys another heavenly highlight, very much tempting us to join these French based fancies promoting their forthcoming festival in Barcelona, where Lovechild will feature. (DISCO MATT)
Continuing what is fast becoming the norm for us now, we step into another “Preview The Review”, this time taking our fresh felt & bite sized look at Lovechild, which celebrated its 2nd birthday last night (Sat 12th Feb) at Fire in Vauxhall.
With club brand birthday bashes appearing with monotonous regularity, Lovechild’s 2nd had a much more distinctly exciting prospect about it, not least as Valentine’s weekend love was definitely in the air, Fire in Vauxhall playing host across three rooms of fun. A rapidly filling main room saw a sparkling opening set from D.J. Savin, a mix of tech house & uplifting beats hitting a high with “Release Me”, then Tony English set the standard with a brilliant opener, Rebeka Brown’s “Offshore”, following it up with some scorching selections, although the new styled ambient come progressive lounge, looked after by Tony Bruno & Gabriele Cutrano, received a more muted reaction. With lighting & pyrotechnic effects a-plenty, plus the injection of the drop dead gorgeous Delice Boys on the podiums, the main room was a hard act to follow, but Brent Nicholls took up the mantle in the Mirrorarch brilliantly, with a prolific performance that saw the space packed for the whole of his scintillating set, a string of successive octane fuelled house hits finding favour, heavenly highlights being “The Miracle Of Love”, “Trapped” & our new Doing The Disco Matt track “Now Or Never”, sending us into a spinning frenzy. With the infamous contact room seeing plenty of audacious action, the amazing atmosphere added to by special Berlin boy guest D.J.’s Chris Bekker & Eduardo De La Torre, as well as PA Kaysee, who treated us to her latest smash hit “Lovechild”, this was a birthday celebration complete. However, we have seen Lovechild’s of old busier, perhaps an indication of how tough Saturdays have become in the capital and the piecing sound in the main room resigned us to an earlier than expected bath, although with so much more to lament on, “…its ready steady go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)