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In a Soho scene that has seen a whole host of swanky soiree’s come & go, some staying the distance, while others struggling to sustain a significant string of showings, ones that spring to mind including Sanctuary, Salon & Sweet Suite, there is definitely a new breed of scene setters proving that Thursday’s are becoming the new Friday’s, not least “Soho Chic” which launched just last week, which is looking to savour a slice of this substantial soiree scoop. However, there is no doubt that it will have some way to go to match the mark that Room Service has made, this wonderful weekend warmer actually proving to be one of the hottest tickets in town, having quickly established itself as the place to be & be seen on the scene, we hardly believing that Jodie Harsh & her terrific team having been checking in considerable crowds for a good nine months already. Yet not wishing to lay on its laurels, the crew behind the club that very much talks & the talk & walks the walk, have not only extended their offer to a weekly pre-party at nearby Circa, but down at Diu they have teamed up with some of the biggest brands across the capitals clubbing scene, that added to off-shoot “Downtown” & an international presence across in Ibiza, leaving much of their competition in admiration of Room Service’s amazing achievements in such a short space of time.
So, having sampled our own superb slices of Room Service on quite a few occasions since our first check-in some three months ago, when we heard that WE Party was to hold its “Heroes” pre-party with Jodie & co, that combined with Messrs Pitron & Di Angelis sorting the sounds, along with Victor Pallas’ WE London lot sampling their own slice of the Room Service top draw treatment, we simply couldn’t say no, heading for Soho in good time to avoid the inevitable queue & wait that have met us on previous occasions. And we were to be rewarded with our early(ish) arrival, although the usual hiccup with negotiating the overzealous Dui management & security was not the start we wanted, fortunately the ever smiling, obliging & all-round magnificent man, JJ, smoothed over the venue cracks in an instant, stamping our hand as we decided on a brief look in at Room Services pre-party at Circa, a visit that was to leave us both impressed with this new bar kid on the block, as well as a superb set from James Pople, he having made a mark on our minds at Meat a few weeks previously, but definitely proved his worth at this sophisticated spot. But, while we had made ourselves more than comfortable in Circa’s surroundings, a message from Room Service starter Steve was beckoning us back to Greek St and our further check-in for this Jodie jaunt.
Bumping into Brazilian beaut’s Bel & Celso, we paused for a moment to catch up, although the draw of Diu & Steve supercharged sounds wasn’t going to keep us out for long, our arrival downstairs met with a wonderful Naomi welcome, the now usual “emperor” curtsey leaving us laughing out way to the D.J. booth & a beaming Mr Pitron who was already delving into his delightful dance tune collection which was to see us being treated to one tremendous track after the next, pretty much for the whole two hours of his prolific performance. So, finding a spot adjacent to the D.J. booth, we soon bumped into familiar faces a-plenty, not least our fierce partner in crime Lexi, we bringing him up to speed with our recent trauma’s, including the infamous iron lung which had impeded us from soaking up scores of scene splendours in the three weeks we had been out of action. But with many of the Pitron posse now in place, including the smashing Sophie along with the Brazilian bunch, it was “Offshore” that started the floods of emotions that have become our trademark when Steve is on D.J. duty, Bel then adding repeated moments of hilarity with her tweeting advances leaving that iron lung of ours struggling to cope, her playful prances very much egged on by the naughty Mr Pitron. Then with further towering tracks including “So Much Love”, the lyrics, I am so glad I came, most appropriate to this occasion, as well the Mark Knight 2011 remix of “You’ve Got The Love” & Danny Verde’s version of “Starry Eyed” left us hardly wanting for more, yet with first “Release Me” invoking a mini “Doing The Disco Matt” routine its was finally the Pitron/DM anthem “Stronger” that totally consumed us, Bel’s tweeting, Sophie’s whistles, Celso’s glances & Steve’s smiles leaving us in an emotional yet joyful wreck.
But this prolific party was as much about WE as Room Service, the London lot including Ben Kaye, Naomi Ruiz & Mauricio Ortiz all present & correct, yet the hard work the man out of the social spotlight, Paul Vlad, clear for all to see, as not only had he done a sterling job with the pre Room Service promotion around town, but his selection of costume clad super heroes including Batman & Robin was very much in tune with the theme of this latest WE event to storm the scene. Plus, looking around Diu, there were flyers a-plenty pushing the Pride night party, although the Diu management were apparently insistent that the WE team could not further promote by way of posters, another example of the pompous nature of the Room Service venue hosts. That said, as the night wore on, we realised that we were witnessing yet another superb soiree in these sumptuous surroundings, Kris Di Angelis having taken over & sending out scores of those Shoreditch style sounds for which he has become famed for, we even getting a monetary audience with Jodie Harsh herself, a brief boogie making our night pretty much complete and leaving us to wend our way home to reflect on another amazing night of tip top Room Service socialising splendour.
Having just the previous night walked away from Soho with bitter sweet emotions on the curtain call closure of one social soiree, it was incredible to see what a difference a day & a crowd makes, Room Service proving what a dynamic draw it has become & remains, Diu pretty much bursting at the seams within minutes of our arrival, the captivating & good looking crowd standing it apart from its bowing out competitor, Jodie Harsh’s networking skills evident from the scene faces & glitterati that were gracing Room Services doors, very much elevating it into the upper echelons of our most favourite clubbing brands. And with their launch in Ibiza just days before having gone extremely smoothly, host venue Aura reporting similar responses to their London counterpart, the summer season on the white isle looks set to turn many heads & attract plenty of party people, while back in the capital, Room Service remains as popular as ever, showing no signs of slowing down. So, we raise our glass to the continuing success of this social soiree in the sunshine spotlight both home & abroad and cannot wait to check in down Diu or even Aura way very soon. (DISCO MATT)
When the Soho scene jungle drums began to beat late last year, it was clear that there was a new kid on the block that was going to steal loads of the limelight, not just from competing clubs in the area, but the scene in general, Jodie Harsh’s Room Service quickly making an immense impression on a social scene that seemed desperate for something fresh & new but with an air of quality that seemed to have been lacking in London in recent times. And whilst it took us a while to actually pay a visit to Room Service, a number of false starts down to health & other issues, nothing was stopping us when we made it in March, co-promoter Kris Di Angelis aghast that we had actually fulfilled on a promise, yet that visit proving to us just how popular Room Service had become, vindicating everything that had been said in the press & around the scene, not that we disbelieved, but it was good to see exactly what all the buzz was about.
Indeed, Room Service, while being very 22nd century in its clubbing structure, has echoes of the 90’s to it, that air of exclusivity that used to come hand in hand with running a great event & club night, very much in evidence. And whist Room Service’s doors are open for everyone, you cannot escape the fact that that air of exclusivity does make it a truly splendid Soho social soiree that is hard to beat, attracting the cream of the scene set, along with sporting a resident D.J. team that puts many a club to shame, scene stars such as Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Paul Heron, Fat Tony, Ariel, Severino, & Smokin Jo complimenting the east end set headed by Kris Di Angelis & including Tom Stephan, Munroe Bergdorf & James Pople. Plus, when you can boast the likes of Debbie Harry, The Pet Shop Boys & Rosin Murphy (to mention a few) through the doors, you realise that the networking skills of Jodie Harsh have an intrinsic part to play in Room Service’s success, very much the cornerstone of why & where Room Service is today, which has also seen off-shoot “Downtown” attract similar amazing attention & following with a mere two parties under its belt.
So, the story of Room Service is very much one of success and it seems that the buzz of this brilliant bash continues, not just here in London, but over in Ibiza as this superb social soiree takes up weekly residence at the white isle equivalent of Diu, a select & sophisticated spot that, unlike its London counterpart however, boasts luxurious outside areas as well as in, an alfresco bar & restaurant where you can eat & drink under the stars before moving inside where the real party action takes place. And looking at their official website, http://auraibiza.com/, you can see that the venue is going to fit the Room Service offer like a glove, the style that has become synonymous with its set up in Soho, sure to be replicated in San Lorenc, the district of Ibiza where Aura is located, definitely a destination venue, but one well away from the more colourful elements that sometimes give the island its ropey reputation. Plus who can argue with this as an all-round exceptional evenings experience, when they say, “…eat in our magical garden restaurant or in our private dining area, drink fabulous cocktails under the stars, then come inside to party to the sounds of world class D.J.’s…”, meaning Aura has Room Service written all over it.
With the venue scene very much set, what can you expect from Room Service in Ibiza? Well, pretty much the same as in Soho we suspect, so all the style , sophistication & splendour that makes it the most talked about party in town. And launching this coming Monday (27th June), both Jodie Harsh & Kris Di Angelis will be heading out to Ibiza to host & D.J., each amazingly accomplished at both skills, the duo joining a team already established out on the white isle, they having promoted & placed the event in front of the glitterati of the Ibiza social set which should see the cream of the crop make their way for Aura for this lavish launch. Kicking off at 10 p.m. and running through until 3 a.m., expect all the style, sex & seduction that comes with the Soho soiree, plus with special guest Therese performing live throughout proceedings & with entry free all night, this will surely be the hottest ticket on the island. Having lunched with Mr Di Angelis just two days ago, we know how excited both he & Jodie are about this social splendour summer season in the sun, as Room Service Ibiza will be a weekly event taking place each Monday at Aura and, during its run, will see London residents Steve Pitron, Paul Heron, Fat Tony & James Pople flying out to Ibiza and joining local stars & special guests that should make Room Service one of the Ibiza hotspots. Plus, with the smart calling cards that have been circulating the island, as well as back here in London, there is no doubting that the efficient & influential marketing machine that is a trademark of this brilliant brand, which has placed Room Service well and will surely see it being the summer season smash it deserves to be.
Back in London and the team will be marking the launch on the white isle with a special party at tomorrow night (Thursday 23rd June) and welcoming two towering talents to the Diu decks in the form of Fat Tony & Ariel, two legends of the scene who bring a wealth of experience to this exceptional event. Add to that a gaggle of gorgeous go-go dancers supplied by sponsors Manhunt, the team on hand to pass out plenty of merchandise give-aways, while the Room Service crew will be handing out their own goodies in the form of Ibiza t-shirts & hats, although you will need to be nice to Jodie to get your hands on one. And, clearly, the focus will be on all things Ibiza, both Jodie & Kris with one foot each in their suitcases, will still be on hand to mastermind the usual madcap proceedings that make Room Service the prolific party it is, ably assisted this week by hosts & scene aces Biagio, Petter T Breen, Ryan Clifford & Andrew Bannister, while Munroe Bergdorf will also be on hand to help with the heavenly happenings, that extra dollop of lapdance filth added into the mix of deep, dirty, soulful, sexy & chunky house that those naughty boys Tony & Ariel will be dishing up. Add to that, photo snapper supreme, Dimitris Theocharis, who will be pointing his lens at anything gorge that moves, meaning you couldn’t have a better excuse to pump up those muscles & wear something hot for the shoot. Plus, make sure you give the lovely JJ a smile, this magnificent man masterminding Room Service Soho’s check-in which commences from 10 p.m. tonight (Thursday 24th June), the club running through till 3 a.m., entry being a mere £5 before 11 p.m. & £10 afterwards, with the first 20 guests to flash their “Manhunt iPhone app” to JJ getting in for free.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, you can now get your complete Soho pre-party fill at Circa on Frith St (two blocks away from Diu) with the busy as a bee Munroe Bergdorf hosting from 9 p.m. till midnight, Room Service resident Mikey D spinning the sounds, while discount entry passes to the main event are up for grabs, as are the newly created “Serviced” cocktails, yum yum. So, if you fancy a pit stop before the full check-in, then Circa is the spot to savour another slice of superb & spectacular Service, Room style.
So, it’s very much all steam ahead for a Room Service summer season that will surely see this social splendour shine in the sun, with Jodie & her team devoting as much attention to Ibiza as London & back again. And we can’t wait to get our further fill of this most stylish of sophisticates in Soho, even being sorely tempted to trip out to Ibiza too. So, make sure you turn up for check-in tonight & that your reservations at Aura are confirmed, leaving us to simply say, “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Having ventured forth to this, one of the clubbing scene’s hottest tickets, back in March, we pretty much haven’t looked back, Room Service filling our weekly schedule of showings with increasing regularity and despite competition in the form of Gigolo having sprung up in Soho, it seems that the penchant for Jodie Harsh’s prolific Thursday party has not dampened at all. Indeed, as we arrived at what we thought was a very reasonable & queue avoiding time of 10.30 pm., we were faced with close on a 30 minute wait as more privileged others streamed into the club, plus with no JJ on duty, for good reason as he was celebrating his birthday downstairs, we simply had to sit it out, guestlist guy Jack clearly having his hands full managing the situation. So, it was down to Steve Pitron to rescue this our latest Room Service session, he popping up between tracks to fish us out of the queue, Jack’s surprised look saying it all, but our fortunes quickly switching as we were ushered into Diu’s downstairs in an instant, right behind D.J. legend Tom Stephan & prominent promoter Laurent Chaumet, both here to savour a little French sauciness courtesy of host porn star Francois Sagat.
So, with our trip back on track, we headed straight for the Diu D.J. booth where Mr Pitron was spinning some serious & uplifting sounds, his beaming smile evidence of his pleasure we had joined his & friend Jess’s company, our live nibble sized tweeting already into full swing as we headed to the bar for refreshments, weaving our way through the tightly packed party people already gracing this Room Service romp with their presence. Back by the booth & it was clear Steve was in a playful mood, picking out terrific track after track that were already sending our emotions racing, that now infamous rollercoaster ride playing out in front of Jess & everyone around, first “Waiting For You” striking poignant resonance with our plight a little earlier, then the outstanding “Offshore” adding to our emotions. But with Diu’s dedicated but overzealous security guard standing next to the D.J. booth like a centurion, short of holding Mr Pitron hostage, there was plenty to keep our trademark tears in check, not least the captivating company of Jess, soon joined by the marvellous Minty, fierce partner in crime Lexi and then by Room Service’s scenestress supreme, Jodie Harsh, French fancy Francois Sagat in close call.
With Steve’s superb set over, his curtain call to our cavorting being the brilliant “You Will Remember”, it was now the turn of Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis to select the sounds and he started superbly, treating us to a tech house twist of the disco dipped “Acapella”, neatly followed by a brilliant Beyonce bootleg, “run the world” a rapturous re-work by the tremendous Tom Stephan who popped up to tell us all as we bopped to the tracks bouncy beats. And it seemed the whole of Room Service, like they had for Steve’s set, were having a terrific time in the hands of Mr Di Angelis, the party alight with action & showing no signs of relenting. Plus having held court with Jodie for a while, along with an intro to the impressive in the flesh Francois, not to mention catching up with birthday boy J.J., our exemplary evening couldn’t have been more complete, the regal treatment by Room Service’s royalty sealing the deal on our delightful delectations at Diu, leaving us to say, “…it’s ready, steady go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
For as long as we can remember, Soho has always been the centre of excellence when it comes to a sophistcated social soiree, indeed the list of club events & venues that have cut a stride in the niche sector over the years is pretty extensive, think Salon, Sweet Suite, Soho Revue Bar & Sanctury, to name but a few. That said Industri seemed to break the Soho mould, setting up shop in Vauxhall, although the inevitable draw has even seen it plant its routes in the capitals first & favourite gay village.
That said, recent tough times have limited the former extravagant choices & responses to such social soirees, although with the advent of Room Service, the tide has definitely changed direction, host venue Diu packed out each & every Thursday with a heady mix of sophisticates, scene faces, off duty go-go’s, D.J.’s & the like, the current ream of Jodie Harsh, Kris Di Angelis & crew, doing an absolutely marvellous job in setting & maintaining their stall on this splendid social soiree. And if you haven’t yet been to Room Service, check out what you’re missing by glancing at our recent review via http://discomatt.com/web/2011/03/review-glorious-greek-st-gathering-room-service-thursday-17th-march/
But the Soho social soiree scene is set to soar with two new kids on the block emerging to take a piece of the Room Service action, or at least try to emulate its runaway success, one pitched at the same venue on but on a different night and the other, pitting its wits in direction competition, but across the other side of this West End social hotspot at Lo-Profile. Both have reasonable pedigree’s in the talent of the individual promotions machines, yet both are braving a market that is teetering on the edge of tough times, yet both take their turns this coming week to shout out their social soiree splendour to the Soho society & beyond.
So, the first new kid up on the block is G&T (Glamour & Trash) which launches this coming Tuesday (17th May) at Diu on Greek Street (yes where Room Service is held), brought to the Soho social scene by two veterans of the soiree game and both who spearheaded the substantial success of Salon, hostess with the mostest Minty (that’s Hrh to you!) & Aubrey Dobson who, for this latest venture, have drawn on the talents & equal experience of scene favourite D.J. & clubbing website master Brent Nicholls. Born out of an off the cuff remark about a well known scene celebrity, “…oh her, yes she lives not far from the corner of Glamour & Trash…” and the name became an instant hit with the threesome that have joined forces to create the latest social soiree in Soho and one set to titillate your Tuesday’s.
G&T is a gathering of majestic minds to create a night of fun, it’s about fun first & foremost, but it’s also about funky & disco house and it’s also about being glamorous while teetering ever so close to the edge of being trash, but still keeping your dignity & exposure. Plus it’s about clubbing & socialising with your friends, peers and those you want to club with. Yes, there may be an air of exclusivity around, but we love a bit of that and know you do too. And in host venue Diu, G&T has found the perfect bedfellow, a smart & sophisticated spot on Greet St in the heart of Soho’s smart set, the place oozing glamour from the minute you step into the opulent entrance, then gliding down the stairs you are met with 3D illusionary lighting, plenty of alcoves, seating area’s & dancing spots to compliment the powerful sound system & the mandatory refreshments point.
With the G&T scene set, here comes the devil in the detail, this new social soiree starting this Tuesday (17th May) at Dui (12 -14 Greek St., Soho), doors opening at 9 a.m., hosted by Minty & her masterful man, with free entry before 10 p.m. (you know what to do!) and with Brent Nicholls supplying the funk-tastic, disco drenched & soul fulfilling sounds right through till the 3 a.m. finish. For more info on G&T’s launch, check out the following link, http://seenqueen.com/web/2011/clubbing-there-is-a-thin-line-between-glamour-trash/ and make sure Tuesday at Diu is in your diary.
The other new kid up on the block and one set to create a bit of a storm, having already attracted a buzz of attention, is “Gigolo”, which storms into Soho this coming Thursday (19th May) at host venue Lo-Profile on Wardour Street. The creation of scene photographer David Hart & co of ShootMeUp (http://shootmeup.co.uk), “Gigolo” promises a fusion of the hottest D.J. talent who will set out to spin a heady concoction of retro disco uplifting house & dirty nu-funk beats, while a plethora of go-go stars will pump their parts on the Lo-Profile podiums to please, all added to by show stopping performances & selected audio visual sensations, sounds superb don’t you think?
With the ShootMeUp boys pleased as punch to be returning to the social soiree scene, their aim is most definitely to serve up prolific pieces of their unique sexy & iconic club photography for which they have become famed for (just look at this latest artwork!) and in choosing Lo-Profile as a host, the promise to totally transform this top notch & hip happening hangout into a “…pop-up basement boutique of a discotheque, where you can disco hard on the throbbing dancefloor with Soho’s finest as the flashbulbs pop…” (couldn’t have said it better ourselves), while this latest offering by Mr Hart & co looks set to attract the cream of the social scene, from the East end arty swingers, through the West End society set, with a few gay celebs thrown into the mix for good measure.
Right, what’s the score for Thursday? Well, the list of entertainers & entertainment is enormous, first & foremost the magnificent music being supplied by the cute & competent D.J. Zach Burns, who, in advance of his showing, has laid down a podcast to mark the occasion, this well worth a listen at http://djburns.podomatic.com/entry/2011-05-11T12_00_38-07_00. Zach is joined by a double header of disco dance drenching as Horse Meat Disco boys James Hillard & Luke Howard who are sure to please as they go back-to-back on the decks, while eyes will be averted towards the podiums on those gorgeous go-go’s Petar & Tristan, with live performances by Jeyjon, A Man To Pet & Nando Messias. All this is hosted by international gay porn star icon Jonathan Agassi (yum, yum!), while door slut (not our word!) Constantinos Moustakas will be looking to be impressed by your most outrageous outfit which could get you through what will be a considerable queue, toot sweet, plus, you will want to be looking your best with those ShootMeUp lens pointed on you, so definitely a time to dress to dare!
Now to the all important detail and “Gigolo” takes place this Thursday (19th May) at Lo-Profile in Soho, doors opening at 10 p.m. and the club running through until 3 a.m. Entrance is priced at £8 with concessions at £4 (that’s a flyer, Gigolo or QX ad), table booking also available by e-mailing your requirements to email@example.com, while more info , should you need it, can be found by going to either to http://shootmeup.co.uk or http://gigolodisco.com.
So, the Soho Social Soiree scene certainly looks set to soar from this week, G&T & Gigolo upping the stakes substantially and in the process putting paid to a quite week for us, as we will be n review duty at both launches. So, if you see us, come up and say hi, although if you don’t, you can always follow the action via our “nibble sized review tweets” at http://twitter.com/discomatt. But all that aside, we finish by saying, make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
If there was ever a club review of ours that was more anticipated it was going to be Room Service’s, the creation formed in association with the peeps behind photography company “Shootmeup” and currently steered by Circus’s Jodie Harsh along with Kris Di Angelis, that made wonderful waves right from the first innings a good six months ago, yet until this day had somehow missed our cavorting calendar. But with the bit between our teeth following a fulsome trip to South Africa & intent on catching up with fellow holiday maker & Room Service resident D.J. Steve Pitron, Diu on Greek St was a date and we weren’t to be disappointed. Arriving at a neat time of 10.30 pm, the place was already pulsating with the most beautiful bunch of the best lookers you could imagine, a more stylish set & cosmopolitan collective you couldn’t have wished for, with scene faces a-plenty and many familiar to even our three week absent eye, making us feel right at home & in the groove from the start. With the man in charge delivering a delectable drench of terrific tunes through the whole of his spot on set, especially THE/our tune, yes that “Release Me” anthem, in amongst many other classics, the night was Mr Pitron’s, although the incumbent spinner Severino took up the reins superbly, serving a staggering selection of future, old skool & much in-between disco that had Room Service rocking right through till the 3 a.m. finish. Having been left in total admiration of this Soho social sophisticate, there is absolutely no surprise that this Thursday frolic is not just the talk of the town, but walk’s every bit of the walk that we imagined, so with so much more stupendous superlatives to splash out, it’s “ready steady go for the review”. (DISCO MATT)