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With spring having finally sprung, it seems the scene is also springing into action this weekend, a champion choice of a marvellous set of Saturday meets seeing us extend our Best Bites from three to four, we offering ample alternatives to what will no doubt be the most dynamic draw & most popular party of the day.
Having been plagued with a serious viral illness along with other health complications, we have been pretty much out of action for a good few weeks, but with a determination to do what we do best, we thought we would kick start our return with our Weekend Recommends newsletter, picking out our Best Bites of where to be & be seen on the scene this weekend, we acknowledging that one party looks like being the most dynamic draw, while the other three offer ample alternatives for those looking for something a little different.
So let’s get to it and to our first Best Bite, which goes to DISH, which returns this Saturday (13th Sept) at East Bloc for its fourth outing of the year, this brilliant brand having celebrated its birthday back in January and has continued to ride a wave crest that has seen both the February & March events packed to the rafters. Indeed part of the draw of DISH is that amazing atmosphere that host venue East Bloc engenders, the underground & cavernous nature of the club harping back to the decadent feel of the nineties, yet with an up to date & modern twist, many party goers of that era making comparisons with Crash. AS for DISH itself, in the twelve of so months that it has been running, promoters Tom Stephan & Borja Pena have benefitted from a loyal following while also attracting one of the most stylishly mixed crowds we have seen in a long while, DISH’s forefather, MEAT, also having cemented the latter as one of the hip, hot & happening events on the capitals clubbing calendar. AS for this month’s event, well the team seem to be sticking with that winning formula, which thirty neatly explain by saying “…Here at DISH we follow a very simple recipe, quality beats served by London’s finest chefs…” the chefs clearly the D.J.’s, no less than six serving up scores of scintillating sounds across three rooms of fun, the aptly named “Main Dish” room brimming with “…hearty beats to satisfy!…” from both Tom & Borja, while the “Side Dish” second space sees Mark-Ashley Dupé & Daniel Delay will keep the room jumping & pumping with “…familiar favourites we all know and love!…”. But it doesn’t stop there as the compact & bijou “Tapas” third room where Cathal & Franx De Crystal will “…tease your appetite with a bit of spice!…” translating to tons of terrific tunes, proceedings helped along by hosts La Pequeña, Andrew Moore & Tomino, doors opening at East Bloc this Saturday (14th Apr) from 10.30 p.m., with DISH running to a planned 6 a.m. finish, entry £7 before midnight, £10 thereafter, the team urging you to arrive early to guarantee entry, more detail should you need it out at https://facebook.com/DISHLONDON &/or https://facebook.com/events/553122601387843/.
So onto our second Best Bite and we stick with Shoreditch, moving slightly further round to Hoxton in fact and to The Hoxton Pony, a venue that was very much at the forefront of the explosion of this area as the new hip, happening & trendsetting spot in London a small handful of years ago and while Hoxton may have been absorbed into the expanse that we known as Shoreditch, it remains at the epicentre of metrosexual clubbing activity. Indeed, The Hoxton Pony, having firmly established its niche yet stylish clubbing & socialising set following its launch in 2009, can also be proud as being part of the expansion of the Shoreditch scene which today sees one of the biggest concentration of club venues in the whole of London. Famed for its decadence and a smidgen of anarchy, The Hoxton Pony is particularly popular with locals on a Friday night, a whole host of D.J.’s from across the capital landing on this jewel in the Hoxton clubbing crown, names such as Zach Burns & Tony English adding their own brand of upfront house music to the more electro tech beats of the Pony’s resident D.J.’s. However, it is Saturday’s and particularly the venue’s new night, Rapture, that is turning heads & drawing the crowds, the promoters saying of this night, “…Rapture delivers the ultimate night of mayhem and despicable party antics with a mixed crowd…”, this Saturday (13th April) seeing one The Hoxton Pony’s favourite D.J.’s hit the decks for a specially extended 6 hour set and one that will surely showcase Tony’s diverse genre styles which range from electro through upfront vocal house to more eurostyle beats that belie his indistinct links with Spain & Ibiza. Indeed, having played out to capacity crowds for polysexual clubbing brand Puscha, for whom he has been a resident for close on 10 years, his repertoire also extends to familiar gay territory parties including Lovechild, Hustlaball, Popcorn at Heaven and the recent launched club collaboration, This Is Prohibition, while Spanish clubbing brand SuperMartXe is among a number of other mainland & Ibiza based clubs he has played for, while he was the creator of Gaydar Radio’s very popular Saturday night show, Club Nation & has hosted a number of other radio shows in his time. As for Rapture itself, well it takes place at The Hoxton Pony this coming Saturday (13th April) from an early start of 8 p.m., running through till 2.a.m, the team hinting that you should “…dress to impress, we’re the most glamorous and best night out in Shoreditch. No other night will offer you the opportunity to mix fashion, hedonism and exhibitionism…”, entry £8 while its £6 for guestlist entrants before 10 p.m., further info including dresscode policy out at https://www.facebook.com/events/145455472299619/.
To our third Best Bite now and we head into Soho for monthly meet BakeBox which plays out for the third time at the Green Carnation this Saturday (13th April), no doubt building on the success of the launch back in February when it was known as Baked. However, a shift in the name change has only served to attract even more attention and last month’s meet was every bit as popular, the blend of house classics & anthems with more upfront & current house tunes, with a dollop of disco for good measure, really hitting the mark with followers of the BakeBox beats recipe. And promoters Chris Brogan & Jay Jaymen have very much created a brand that offers something delightfully different to the norm, the light & fluffy music policy setting it aside for its clubbing compatriots, both boys say of BakeBox, “…this is our Box. It’s not just any Box. It’s a Box full of YOUR favourites. And by favourites, we mean all those tracks that get your feet tapping, hands clapping, divas singing and men jigging…” adding “…we are bringing back more fun, more frolics and more floor fillers for those who love their classic, vocal and disco house and a whole lot of anthems. BakeBox has been mixed and prepared by the very best DJs, bringing Soho something fresh and new!…”, guest D.J. Nathan Six fitting in with the formula really well. Indeed, having seen more than a handful of prolific performances from the talent individual, Nathan having played for the likes of Beyond, Matinee & SuperMartXe, while he was a staple resident ingredient for the sadly demised Profile & Lo-Profile where his sounds selections showed just why the BakeBox team have chosen him for this next party, his sets nothing short of spectacular on all the occasions we have seen him play. As for the BakeBox event detail, well its takes place this Saturday (13th April) at The Green Carnation from 9 p.m., entry on the door just £8 with a special concessions price of £5 before midnight, while once inside there are a number of drinks deals exclusive to “BakeBoxers”, which include £10 bottles of house red/white wine, £3.50 on Becks & Corona and £4.50 house double spirits & mixers, further info out & available at https://facebook.com/events/456356457765905/ &/or https://facebook.com/bakeboxsoho.
So, we reach our fourth Best Bite and, surprisingly for some, land on Matinee which returns to London this Saturday (13th April) with its “Starship” party, surely set to see host venue Fire a complete roadblock and, potentially, uncomfortable with it. Indeed, we have stated our case against the venue as the right place for this Spanish superclub & global brand giant, not least that Matinee is famed for its flamboyant & huge production, the arched nature of Fire just not right. But it seems that the London promotions team are intent on continuing the matinee story here and one thing that we cannot deny is its sheer popularity, hence that we felt it should be included here. And, true to form with the matinee top brass, they are flying across one of their main resident super star D.J.’s to headline this London event, Lydia Sanz very much part of a team that has recently expanded, Lydia having become more popular across Europe in recent months, hence why she is being used more & more often as part of the touring team. But the list of D.J.’s extend much further, Matinee London landing some of its top residents for this “Starship” event, D’Johnny, Gonzalo Rivas and Jamie Head joining Lydia in the Fire main room, while Massimo Paramour and Maze & Masters sort he sounds in the second Mirrorarch space, while across in the third, lounge room, its Rob Sykes, Zach Burns & Fabio Luigi that offer something delightfully different to the full-on main room. As for the production/, well expect the usual Matinee thrills & spills, even if the stage has nowhere near that impact “Starship” deserves, while we are sure the dancers with be dressed to the high nines in space themed costumes to make up for the lack of stage space. In terms of the event detail, Matinee “Starship” takes place this coming Saturday (13th April) at Fire in Vauxhall, doors opening at 11 p.m. and the party running through to a planned 7 a.m. finish, although with Beyond (the official “Starship” afterparty) opening its doors at the early time of 3.am., we reckon it may drain Fire earlier than the Matinee team would like. In terms of tickets, you can grab yours online at http://orangenation.co.uk priced at a hefty £15, while Soho outlets Prowler & Clone Zone are also selling, the advance way the best way to go, as queues to get in are likely to be lengthy & slow, while keep your eyes peeled once in for special entry passes to Beyond, further info & the latest news on Matinee “Starship” up at https://facebook.com/matineelondon.
Well, that’s just about it for this our first Best Bites newsletter in a number of weeks and while we remain too unwell to step out, we hope we have given you a diverse enough choice of where to lay your hat this Saturday particularly. But whatever you do and wherever it finds you, have a great weekend and remember, to “Be There!” you need to Go There!”. (DISCO MATT)
After a break of just over five months, Matinee makes its mark on the capitals clubbing circuit once again with its “Pervert – The Beauty Of Darkness” themed event, a host of stars from the international scene landing on London as the brand prepares to storm into 2013, bigger & better than before, we delving into the detail, propelling the P.R. & giving our preview position on this potentially prolific party.
Like shopping in the supermarket which is brimming with brands covering every kind of foodstuff, the capitals clubbing circuit has its own bounty to boast, the list of clubs both past & present engulfing and extensive, whether north, south, east, west or central, while we could name enough to cram full a catalogue. Yet, like the cream in a traditional bottle of milk, there are certain clubs & brands that float to the top, past parties in this bracket including Crash, Action, Factor 25 & DTPM, while ones that are still surviving or relatively new to the circuit, extending to cream of the crop clubs Beyond, Orange, Room Service & WAR. However, what all these examples have in common, is that they are what we would call, home-grown brands, ones born in London and very much about London, while in the case of Beyond and (to a lesser degree) Room Service, they have made an impact internationally, although when we look to the so called cream of the clubbing block, there are a handful of international clubs that have made their mark on the capital, SuperMartXe was one, while its stunning successor, WE Party, is a prolific other, the Spanish more than any other of our continental cousins, having viewed London as a rich playing field for their forays. But wait a moment we hear you cry, there is one name missing from that list, a Spanish super club that has been cutting a stride right across the world for the combined amount of years of its compatriots and was part of the first wave of what was affectionately called the Spanish Armada invasion of London.
Naturally we are talking about Matinee, the brilliant brand that has been spreading its rays of sunshine on the global clubbing scene for well over ten years from its base in Barcelona, touching virtually every continent with its captivating club events, while it is the driving force behind the now colossal Circuit Festival which takes place each August. And, during its time, Matinee has attracted the crème of the Spanish D.J./Producer crop, names such as Taito Tikaro, G Martin, J Louis, Jordi Lights & Hugo Sanchez, some of which have since switched ship, while Mr Tikaro remains, without doubt, the brands biggest star, headlining scores of events both home & abroad, his name inextricably linked with the now famous La-Leche parties, not least in Paris, where he will star in the first 2013 outing on Easter Sunday. But the names connected with Matinee also extend to vocal divas, Rebeka Brown & Vanessa Klein two of the biggest and who have recording scores of tracks, many with the aforementioned D.J.’s/Producers, while also starring in Matinee shows across the length & breadth of the brands significant schedule. Indeed, Matinee continues to move with the times & the trends, having recently propelled a D.J./Producer whose music genre would not normally be associated with the style of this super club, yet he is firmly in the Matinee World Tour spotlight and will be next Saturday when this brilliant brand lands on London for its “Pervert” party.
But before we focus on this latest frolic, let’s take a whistle-stop tour of our own, through Matinee’s history of compelling clubbers on the capitals circuit, 2006 the first time it landed on London’s scene shores, dazzling us & a roadblock turnout with an absolutely pulsating party at Area in Vauxhall, a short sequence from this brilliant base following. However, the then promoter, Oliver Mohns along with his artistic director, Logan Schmitz, saw an opportunity to massively increase the staging & spectacle of this Spanish super club in London, a switch from Saturday to Sunday and across to Fabric in Farringdon producing some of the most eye catching & iconic parties in its time, “Knockout” particularly memorable, not least for the massive boxing ring imported & taking centre stage (literally) on the main dancefloor. That said, the Sunday winds soon stalled in Matinee’s sails, meaning it was all change again, a move back to what would prove at the lion’s den for this dance delectation, Vauxhall, plus a second switch of days back to Saturday’s, pitting it against The Orange Group, which would ultimately prove its demise. The Colloseum nevertheless scored a string of successes for Oliver, while a split from his co-promoter Logan Schmitz saw SuperMartXe enter the fray, which, coupled with extended Beyond parties & other Orange Group offerings, would knock Matinee right off its popularity perch, even a move to the hi-tech venue, Cable in London Bridge only serving to sink a further nail into its coffin.
Then the final straw that broke the Oliver Mohns back, was the announcement on NYD 2010 that Matinee had decided to award the London franchise to Logan, although the euphoria the man of the moment Mr Schmitz was soaked in would be short lived, as six months on the scene is a long time & the winds of change saw The Orange Group deal further fateful blows to Matinee meaning that by 2011, it had retreated its armada away from London’s shores. So, isn’t it interesting and ironic that the very same group that seemingly masterminded its demise, announced early in 2012 that Matinee would return to London under their steership, one that received a mixed reaction at best, while some like us, looked on the Spanish brands decisions as nothing short of suspicious, although we were hearted by the possible prospect that Matinee would return to its original host home, the amazing Area. But that pie in the sky dream of ours was short lived , as the first foray would be at Fire, one we opted out of, reports coming in the venue was just not right for Matinee, the shows for which it is renowned, a shadow of their former self. So, given this, we decided to brave the second 2012 showing, the saving grace of this gathering being a scintillating set from Steve Pitron, the impropriator that was Fire playing out before our very eyes. Yet while Matinee went on to score more successes both at Brixton Electric & at Fire, it would be the Matinee vs. Beyond 12 hour extravaganza at Area in the summer that would re-engage us, our Barca buddy Javier Medina showing a superb set hand, but Mr Pitron yet again stealing the show, Matinee finishing its 2012 tour on London on a real high with the gigantic “Ghetto” gathering, also linking in with Beyond at Area.
So, given our remarks about the marriage of Matinee with the venue that is Fire, it will come as no surprise that we are depressingly disappointed with the decision to house the first foray of 2013 in this arched arena, the ceiling height just one of many restrictions that, in our view, make Fire a small size glove that simply doesn’t fit the massive Matinee hand. That said, with the brand having decided to go “…dark & dirty…” (the London promotions teams words not ours), maybe Fire does fit Matinee like a glove, this meant in a positive way given the theme of the party, the dark & secluded spaces of the venue perfect for the portrayal of this “Pervert – The Beauty Of Darkness” event. Indeed, delving deep into the promotional team PR, these snippets suggest that the Matinee magic may well manifest itself magnificently, not least that their plans ask us to “…get dark & dirty with the planet’s biggest gay clubbing brand, as it gets bigger and better for 2013 with spectacular new themes and world class production direct from Spain…”, adding “…we are set to transform the main room with never-before-seen effects on a specially installed stage, Matinee Spain & Elektra Paris create ‘The Beauty of Darkness’ with a stage performance of your wildest dreams, packed full of the hottest perverted dancers…”. And all this is possibly plausible given the fact that the marvellous Mauricio Ortiz is back at the helm of the Matinee London team, this capable chap having been the right hand man to Logan Schmitz during those spectacular SuperMartXe seasons, who has steered a successful string of CasaLatina parties and was a breath of fresh air to Beyond recently too. So, we have every confidence that he will deliver on those PR proposals for “Pervert”, the P.A. addition of Vanesa Klein to proceedings adding foundation to our faith in this foray, despite that niggling doubt in our minds over Fire, Matinee Spain nevertheless weighing in wonderfully with this dynamic diva, whose vocals helped Taito Tikaro’s towering track, “My World” storm into our top ten chart of 2012
That neatly moves onto our delving deep into the dark that is the D.J. line-up, we once again dejected that Taito Tikaro will not be making a trip to London to represent the brand, this despite appearances at virtually every other destination in the Matinee World Tour, while being a major feature of parties in the clubs home country. However, we are graciously gratified that Javier Medina will be the one flying the Matinee Spain flag at “Pervert”, although this is one of a number of indications that the music policy of the London incarnation is very much more tribal & tech than uplifting, vocal & euphoric. Indeed, with our Italian stallion Pagano a late entry into the line-up, along with London stars that include Lee Yeomans, Massimo Paramour & D’Johnny, for those of you familiar with their musical genre styles, the words uplifting & vocal hardly come into their playlist equation, the saving grace on this occasion not Steve Pitron, but Pier Morrocco, who we hope will feature in the main room rather than mirrorarch proceedings. Yet, we are ever hopeful that selections come close to the wonderful “Perfect World”, Pagano’s track neatly remixed here by Ralphi Rosario, although we suspect Javier Medina’s remix, featured in the video a little later, will be closer to the mark.
So why are we casting doubt over the shift in music policy?, well while we have to acknowledge that Europe has turned more tribal, our love for Matinee has always been manifested in the uplifting, vocal & euphoric sounds it was always well known for, while a trip to http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/index/2013-01-10T04_42_31-08_00 will give you a flavour of what we are talking about and what to expect at “Pervert” next Saturday, perhaps a soundtrack that suits the dark & dirty direction the brand is digging itself into. However, more light relief will surely come in the form of Doug Silva & Fabio Luigi, who will be masterminding the music in Fire’s little lounge space, a room that, hands down does it the most for us and by a country mile, even over our spot next to the D.J. booth in the mirorarch.
Now, with just over a week to go, it seems appropriate to move to the event detail, Matinee “Pervert” taking place next Saturday (2nd February) at Fire in Vauxhall, advance tickets very much the way to go, as we expect this to be a roadblock rendition, that on top of being the first full-on foray at Fire since Orange on NYD. But if you are thinking early birds, then think again, as this £10 offer expired last Friday, although fear not, as £15 advance ones are still very much up for grabs by heading to Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone (both shops), Fifty Dean, Ku-Bar (Frith & Lisle St’s) and Rupert St, as well as at all Orange Nation events between now & then (just ask at the bar). But if you prefer the convenience of going online, then head to http://orangenation.co.uk/events/matinee-pervert/ and click on the “buy tickets” option, while should you wish to pay on the door, then be warned to expect to pay more. Then, for those of you that really want to indulge, why not go the whole hog and book a VIP table, the deals as follows; from £250 for 5-7 people (including entry – one bottle of spirit, one bottle of bubbly, cake, balloons, VIP area overseeing the main floor & queue jump), or from £375 for 8-10 people (including entry- 2 bottles of spirit, one bottle of bubbly, cake, balloons, VIP area overseeing the main floor & queue jump), enquires to be directed to 02078206752 or 07789996378 where further details including the minimum 25% deposit will be advised. Plus, with hosts JJ Clark & Alfonso Cinique looking after your every whim, there is much to marvel at with this Matinee meet, not least that we know the team a truly excited to have a massive Saturday party in Fire’s main room, mirrorarch and lounge, more detail up on the events page at http://facebook.com/events/122467604587638/, while this is a flavour of what to expect from “Pervert” next Saturday, of course overlooking the shots used from the vs. Beyond bash at Area!!!!
So, does Matinee get our thumbs up, well in some ways yes, others no, so perhaps a horizontal thumb rather than a vertical one, although we are certain sure it will be a stunning success, we sadly unable to attend as prior commitments will find us partying with Propaganda at Red & Blue in Antwerp. However, as this Matinee “Pervert” is sure to be one of THE places to be & be seen on the scene next Saturday, we reckon that you should more than consider to “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
First there was the shock news of the closure of Gaydar Radio and now, owners QSoft Consulting, have delivered a second crushing blow to the gay scene, this time with the sudden ceasing of trading of its Bar Soho Limited business, meaning that, as of immediate effect, both Profile & Lo-Profile will be no more. So, amidst no warning & no opportunity for its staff, key players & customers to say a fond farewell, we find ourselves picking up the pieces of this pack of cards closure announcement & trying to put them together into a special report reflecting the mood of many for whom this is new news even bigger a shock than the last.
As the collation issues its mid-term report in a period of austerity that is now predicted to grip the UK for an extra four years, it seems that the tough economic times will continue to have an impact of our lives for a long while yet, although with a determination to make 2013 our year of “Positivity”, from day one, a real sense of optimism of bigger better & brighter things to come was sweeping across us, a definite new DM dawn on the near horizon, with the first weekend of 2013 encompassing Paris & PLAY>TIME. However, with the news of Gaydar Radio’s closure having shocked us, we had an inkling that this may be followed by another announcement, our report at the time saying “…this decision that will see Gaydar Radio close its door today, possibly having a knock on effect for QSoft’s bar & restaurant arm, Bar Profile Limited, which has been reported to be carrying a pre-tax loss of £2,195,581 in 2011 and so, purely in financial terms, could also be in danger of a rug pull closure..” we adding, “…however, we guess that announcement is for another day…”. But that other day has come, just four after the shocking news of Gaydar Radio, we find ourselves soaking us the not so shocking but stunningly sudden closure of Profile & Lo-Profile.
Yes you heard us right, Profile & Lo-Profile, as of today Monday 7th January, have ceased trading, the news, as it did with Gaydar Radio, filtering through on Facebook, while it wasn’t long before the official announcement was e-mailed to us, QSoft’s chairman, Henry Badenhorst, saying this, “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Profile & Lo-Profile will be permanently closed from 7th January 2013…” he going on to explain that “…the building is undergoing major refurbishments required by the landlord and an agreement was reached for the lease to be surrendered back to the landlord after various problem areas could not be resolved…”. So, taking this on face value, we can understand that there has clearly been a dispute over the tenancy agreement, although what is not clear is whether that agreement was due for renewal, or whether the landlord had sought a review under the terms of the lease, given those extensive refurbishments that, if you have visited Profile in recent months has been all too evident given the scaffolding that has shrouded the entrance. However, that word “surrender” seems to be key here, as, if we are reading this correctly, it looks like there has been little attempt to fight these agreement complications tooth & nail in defence of a business that has not only become a cornerstone of the Soho scene, but is one over six years established, rather the towel was thrown in for that greater or lesser, whichever side of the fence you sit on, evil of life.
So, lease issues or not, it seems that, as with Gardar Radio, our beloved Wardour Street wonder, the creative combo that is (or was) Profile & Lo-Profile, has lost its fight for survival down to that evil word money, the figures speaking for themselves as that considerable debit the holding company, Bar Profile Limited, was carrying, we suspect too much to continue to bear. Plus, the raw facts are that, save for PLAY>TIME on Friday’s & a sizable chunk of Saturday’s, Lo-Profile was not a viable turnover proposition, one also under continual licensing pressures/issues, while the seven day bar come restaurant operation upstairs, Profile, was surely a real cash drain on QSoft. Indeed, the grandiose plans to push the food side of the business, the first few months seeing it open early doors & serve breakfast, the American diner style menu finding initial favour and it soon outshining many of its round the corner food serving competitors, was all relatively short lived. Indeed, with so much of the bar’s floor plan given over to dining space, must have found itself battling to cover costs, while, like its sister below, Friday’s & Saturday’s proved the singular popular nights of the week in what was always going to be an ever decreasing circle of its fight for survival. Yet, all that said, what Profile as a bar achieved during its now short 3 ¾ years on Wardour St., is something the team can be proud off, raising the Soho sophistication stakes substantially and providing a platform for some amazing D.J.’s tout their talents, who can forget the “ClubNation” Friday’s with Phil Marriott, the Zach Burns sessions & the likes of Nathan Six & Jamie Head, who always seemed to excel in this smart space.
No, it has not shocked us that Profile & Lo-Profile are no more, but what has truly shocked & stunned us is the speed & suddenness that it has both happened & been announced, our trip to PLAY>TIME last Friday now sadly proving to be our last, as with the immediate closure, there has been no opportunity to say a fond farewell to the place, in what would surely have been a much more gracefully & gracious departure from the scene than this. And, that is what has actually angered us, as surely QSoft were aware sometime in advance of today’s announcement, that this day would arrive and so, surely, for the sake of so many fervent fans, loyal customers, key players & staff members old & new, would want to have left on some sort of a, if but sadden tinged, high, a final Friday or Saturday fling surely the fitting end to a brand that has made a huge impact of the social & clubbing lives for many in Soho. Indeed, we would go as far to say that QSoft owe a debt of gratitude to the scores of stars that have helped line its pockets, bringing their wealth of talents to the fore, many of which you would associate with the big boy clubs in London & internationally, the likes of Steve Pitron, Paul Heron, Pagano, D’Johnny, Tony English, Jodie Harsh, Jamie Head, Mikey D, Brent Nicholls & Oliver M, while scores more made Lo-Profile a prolific playing ground, some developing & nurturing terrific talents, Zach Burns forever linked with the place. Then there are the clubbing connections, Gigolo having been born there, SuperMartXe, Lovechild & Salvation having used it as a pre-party platform, while it would feed others, A:M & Beyond always benefactors, although Soho was made so richer by it very presence, meaning that to bow out so ungraciously & without any kind of generous goodbye is nothing short of scandalous.
As for the reactions, well they speak the biggest volumes in terms of the magnitude of the loss that Profile & Lo-Profile’s closure has caused, Facebook having gone viral on the subject, this just a small collection of reactions, the first from one of the clubs Managers’ who spoke out first by saying “…Life is hard and most of the time I feel I’m struggling to get through every day. Today made me look back at my life and see that I have been blessed to have worked with the greatest team of people I could ever have asked for — life is hard and sometimes the happiness you were searching for was right with you the whole time I will miss you all…”, this causing a floodgate, tributes & comments pouring in, this from Zach Burns, “…Sad news, very sad to hear off Profile & Lo Profile closing today. Must thank Paul Beardshaw & Raphael Goes for giving me the chance to join the venue & team of DJs, Lo Profile was one of my favourite clubs, every time spent there has been amazing & a massive boost for me. Over the time there I met many great people from the team, It’s been truly awesome, you won’t be missed because I’ll still see you all but wish you all the best for whatever’s to come next…” while one of its biggest supporters & also a key player there, Seenqueen’s webmaster & scene D.J. Brent Nicholls saying, “…I can’t believe one of London’s best clubs and bars Profile & Lo Profile are closed. I loved djing there, it had a touch of the old school glamour clubbing and was one of the few quality crowds and venues London had. Why are all the ‘great’ places closing? Although there are other quality venues, there is also a lot of sub standard clubs and venues…this is a sad reflection of a gay scene in decline…this is also an opportunity for other venues to step up to the plate, when one door closes another one opens…but there will never be a door like Profile/LoProfile…we were a family that had a home in the heart of vibrant Soho. Goodbye Profile/LoProfile and thank you to all those that made it the fantastic place it was…”.
But with so many more like this from one of its heavenly hosts Andrea Drudikova, “…Such a shame Profile and Lo Profile closed down. Sending good vibes to all the staff. It was a fab place where we always had lots of fun…” and this from one of its most well known Manager’s, Raphael Goes, “…It’s a very very sad day, spent a big part of my time in London inside that venue, so many good moments, so many new friends, can’t believe I won’t be able to go back there to see everyone and have a tequila shot!!!! I’m so sorry guys, hope you are all well, miss you all very much and hope to be able to see you guys somewhere else now… Goodbye Lo-Profile…” sent all the way from Brazil, it is clear that this news is far reaching & affecting so many, meaning we could easily devote another post to the comments along, while what we will be commissioning, is a special review, not just capturing that last PLAY>TIME from Friday, but sharing snippets from reviews across the years in celebration of what D.J. & pal Mikey D exclaimed as “…one of the most fun and exciting places to DJ on the scene…” and one “…sorely missed in Soho…”, while, pictorially, Seenqueen have already come up trumps with their own tribute and one well worth taking a look by going to direct link. http://seenqueen.com/web/club-pix-profile-lo-profile-memories/ while watch this space for some exclusive shots taken just this afternoon, when we were given an opportunity to step inside the venue for the last time ahead of the builders bulldoze, a special few minutes that gave us the chance to say bye to team members & toast what had become our favourite Soho spot ever, a fond farewell.
So while we remain ravaged by mixed emotions over this awful announcement, anger swinging to sadness & back again, we are determined, even if QSoft aren’t, to mark the moment of Profile & Lo-Profile’s passing with that promised reflective review tribute “Final Lo-Pro Fling” which we aim to publish on Saturday, while you too can say a fond farewell to these Soho splendours, Saturday the day, 7 p.m. the time, & The Yard the place to do it, details up at http://facebook.com/events/244194319045789/, raising a glass to the future to the team, but all toasting that farewell to a brilliant bar/club brand that, just a day after meeting its maker, is so sadly & sorely missed. (DISCO MATT)
As the song goes, “…It’s called a dance floor and here’s what it’s for, so come on…”, these lyrics very appropriate for WE Party London’s “Vogue” NYD Tea-Dance event which has landed our first “Pick of The Day” for 2013, WE Spanish resident D.J. Carlos Gallardo heading a London main room team that includes Jamie Head, Gonzalo Rivas & D’Johnny, but excludes a scene star player, while Fat Tony’s club, Deelooded, hosts the second space, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we orate our own opinion on this outing before delivery the dinky detail beneath.
From the “A New Formula” launch right up till last month’s 2nd Anniversary event, aptly named “Formula 2”, hardly a WE Party here in London have we missed, the only two in 2012 being “Pharaoh” and “Players”, we having fallen head over heels for this happening every since the scintillating “Safari” a year ago to the day. Indeed, WE has been part of our New Year’s Day partying picture for the last two seasons, January 1st 2011 sporting the amazing “Attacks” outing, while NYD aside, we can count ourselves both privileged & blessed to have witnessed both the “Fast Food” & “Fluro” forays from the stage, “Safari” the first time we were allowed this amazing advantage, while we marvelled on the mesmeric “Formula 2” meet from here too. But while we have been fortunate on all these occasions, WE has been & is about much more in our books, the party people, the exceptional effects, the magnificent music and the prolific players that deliver these delightful dance delectations, two real stars of the show in recent times having been WE Spanish resident Carlos Gallardo and London superstar Steve Pitron, both have played a huge part in making “Safari” & “Formula 2” the fourth best & best events in our 2012 club review round-up.
Yet, despite all of that, we sit here on our sofa on this New Year’s Day 2013 disillusioned, as we were shocked, no let’s get it right, disgusted to discover that Steve had not been booked for this WE party, the season opening soiree that, in our humble opinion, should have his name written all over it. But interestingly, when we study the poster PR, Mr Pitron is in clear print, so it seems, on the face of it at least, that is was considered when the line-up was originally agreed, after all, the posters would have gone to print a good three weeks ago at least, meaning that there has been a monumental mix up, a chronic organisational catastrophe, or, as we suspect, too many facilitating fingers in the promotional pie exacerbated by a significant shortage in communication, the phrase, “the left hand doesn’t know what the right is doing”. And before we drop the subject, given this inexcusable error, as let’s face it Steve Pitron is by far the biggest draw on the capitals clubbing circuit, there will be scores, nay hundreds of party goers heading to The Coronet tonight, expecting to see their main man play, only to be severely disappointed, as we are. But, we are confident that the team behind WE in London, will make best endeavours to put this situation right in time for the next event, as failure to do so could alienate more followers than they had bargained for.
So, safe in the knowledge that one of WE’s star players will not be playing, what can you expect from this “Vogue” inspired tea dance delectation?. Well, this is the dinky Pr come event detail…..
Strike a pose!
After the roadblock WE FORMULA 2nd Anniversary WE are raring to go and have an almighty first party of 2013 lined up, kick starting the year as we mean to go on, that is to say jam packed tight with thousands of London’s finest in the Coronet Theatre!
Ladies with an attitude let the battle commence, as WE take the action up a level with our supersized stage production to the theme of VOGUE. Legendary WE theming embraces fashion and fury with posing outfits and staging direct from Madrid, but adding a London edge bringing that realness that make WE your favourite UK party.
Already the biggest club dance production in the city, WE are set to make it even bigger and better as the super-hot gogos are joined by dance stars to create the HOUSE OF WE for the most rulin’ dance battles live on stage, and this time, we’re bringing it to the crowd! Plus pyrotechnics, co2 cannons and live visual shows in true We London style.
D.J.’s: Carlos Gallardo, Gonzalo Rivas, D’Johnny, Jamie Head
WERK! London’s coolest new clubbing brand DEELOODED takes over room 2, bringing fierceness of attitude and sound to the monumental We Party.
D.J.’s: Fat Tony / Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters
With further information, including door entry fees, opening times & venue direction available through http://orangenation.co.uk, http://wepartylondon.com & on the events page at http://www.facebook.com/events/462705037106251/, despite the notable absence, WE will always receive our resounding recommendation as it is, far & away, the biggest & busiest bash this bank holiday and while we will be missing WE too, the first on NYD, we are sure that you will want to “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Sales shopping sorted, sporting activities accomplished and Christmas leftovers lapped up, there’s only one thing that should be on your roster radar this spiritual St Stephen’s sacrament, as A:M Ultra rolls out its “Boxing Day Blowout” tonight (Wed 26th Dec), a prolific party which wrestled our “Pick of the Day” choice from the Popcorn & Gigolo competition, all the event detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we fill out our Festive Focus Extra beneath.
Having suffered our own knockout blow following a mugging on the way to Orange “The Christmas Day Institution” event at Fire last night, while our Boxing Day may be on the back burner, there is a place that will be making the most of this final bank holiday of 2012, Area in Vauxhall entertaining A:M Ultra, which holds its “Boxing Day Blowout” bash tonight (Wed 26th Dec), moving across Vauxhall from its historical Fire home to the amazing & atmospheric Area. And with A:M’s tip top promoter, Steven Sharp, and his team pulling out all the showcase stops, this brilliant bash has all the hallmarks of the most heavenly festive happening of the season, this blowout bash having beaten off the Popcorn & Gigolo completion to make it to our premier “Pick of The Day” position. So, it simply wouldn’t do just to post a picture, but rather wax lyrically and bestow a Festive Focus Extra on this enthralling event, we sharing the slices from our special Orange Nation Christmas week focus, which serves up all the detail of his dance delight.
So, without further ado, this is what we had to say of A:M Ultra’s “Boxing Day Blowout”, our original devotion slightly edited to fit this Pick Of The Day & Festive Focus Extra, post, we kicking off by looking at the transformation of A:M, as well as sharing promoter Steven Sharp’s view on Boxing Day clubbing…..
“….Tonight (Wed 26th Dec) an afterhours institution that has gone through a significant transformation during 2012, holds its “Boxing Day Blowout”, A:M Ultra flying the Orange Nation flag, given that it’s a Wednesday and Onyx, which would normally occupy this slot, has all but disappeared from the capitals clubbing circuit, in a way a victim of its own success, like a tormented city trader having burnt itself out after a hectic three seasons at the top of the Friday tree. However, while to the naked eye, Onyx is no more, with an inside track along with informed information, Onyx has actually been absorbed by A:M, which under the superb steership of none other than prolific promoter Steven Sharp, has gone all “Ultra” on us, shifting & extending is previous afterhours status into the realms of nightime clubbing too, this traditional Saturday morning meet becoming a Friday frolic as well. And given the souped up size & substantial standing with the Orange Nation weekly clubbing/event schedule, it seems wholly appropriate that A:M “Ultra” has been granted this much prized Boxing Day slot, Mr Sharp pleased as punch that he has landed this cracking Christmas schedule stocking filler for his club, he remarking to us that “…Boxing Day has always been a traditional favourite party night to celebrate with friends and an excellent opportunity to dance and burn off any inches from Christmas Day excess!…” especially for those that didn’t make it to Orange last night…”
Then, we honed in on the detail of this “Boxing Day Blowout” bash, propelling the party PR, the D.J. & host line-up and then pointing you to the all important ticket & event info…..
“…As for the event, the first big “Blowout” piece of news is that A:M “Ultra” once again switches from his native home Fire, moving across to splendid sister (and in our opinion the much better suited) Area, Steven also revealing that the venue “…will be transformed into a snow setting, with all new decor, new visuals & loads of pyrotechnics to make the party GO BANG!…” we concurring that there is no better place than Area with its superior lighting, layout & atmosphere to push these plans to prolific prominence. And Steven is pulling out all the team stops, hostess with the mostest HRH Minty, with her little elf helpers Danny Boyce & Louise Port all on duty & handing out mince pies and Xmas sweets, while the D.J. line up oozes A:M from its main room pores, the star studded line up including Jamie Head, Gonzalo Rivas, D’Johnny and newish resident players Matt Bogard & Ania, all playing “…playing the contemporary supercharged house…”, the sounds extending to a second space where Onyx takes pop music charge in the heavenly hands of Tasty Tim & DMS. So, with a line up like that, this is sure to be the billed “Boxing Day Blowout With A Bang”, Area’s doors opening this coming Wednesday (26th Dec) at 10 p.m. and the vent running through to a planned 8 a.m. finish, advance tickets available online at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/m-3-2-2-2-2-2/ priced at an early bird (still available) £10 or the standard £12, while with an ad/flyer it’s that same standard price on the door till midnight or £15 without & after, this surely an Xmas disco diary must, especially if (unlike us) you have Thursday off…”
Well, what more can we add, apart from sharing event page with you, a click on http://facebook.com/events/448638455184127/, while we leave some of the last words to Steven when he say’s “…so why not dance off those Christmas Day excesses with the team at we transform Boxing Day Night clubbing and take it to a new level and remember this special event is at Area not Fire and the doors open at 10pm…” he rounding off by saying “…see you on the Boxing Day dancefloor…”. And as this brilliant blowout bash gets our full thumbs up, we reap a recommendation reckon that you should “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
If there was ever an organisation to come up trumps over Christmas, it is Orange Nation, a superb selection of spectacular showings that sparkle & shine bright throughout the coming Christmas week, we focussing on Orange “The Christmas Day Institution” & A:M Ultra’s “Boxing Day Blowout”, while short shouting for no less than six other glorious gathering’s, a New Year Golden Ticket touting and an Orange Nation Christmas present of free clubbing in January mini mention.
As we find ourselves on the cusp of Christmas week 2012, we look back to the same time last year and a calendar of events that was every bit as plump as the turkeys that will no doubt be making it to dinner tables across the land come Tuesday, although with Christmas falling during the week this year rather than over the weekend like last, the 2012 festive season reality is that the lack of two additional bank holiday’s means that for some (like us) it’s just two days off from work making for leaner clubbing cavorting. Yet there will be plenty of others that will have either been granted or will be taking the whole week off, meaning there will be a penchant for partying, the clubbing circuit in the capital certainly not failing to deliver, especially if you head into the world of Orange Nation, the clubbing conglomerate that is responsible for brands such as A:M, Beyond, Gravity, Later & Orange, a host of events carrying you from Christmas Day to N.Y.E. meaning we thought it only right to propel their parties in a specially devoted festive focus which we have aptly called, “Christmas Cracker Of Continuous Clubbing”, honing in on two of the big Christmas events, but also giving a mini mention to the myriad of others. And with 2013 just over a week away, we will also take the opportunity to hint towards 1st January in what will once again prove one of the biggest clubbing days of the year, while we cannot forget the special Orange Nation Christmas present of free clubbing in January, no scrooge at large here.
So let’s crack (or is that cracker) on and head to Christmas Day (or night actually) as the institution that is Orange swings open its doors, flying in the face of conformity, dragging you away from the comedy repeats on the Beeb and giving you an outstanding opportunity to work off the excesses of the day. And while the promotions team claim “…let’s face it, you’ve been very bad this year so Santa won’t be coming anywhere near your chimney, so screw the turkey, let’s go to Fire!…” perhaps an excessive amount of clubbing during 2012 being their point, although we doubt you have been that naughty but will want to indulge in a little post dinner decadence while others fall asleep over that traditional Christmas supper. But we much prefer the promotions tack when they say “…Join together under the shining star of Orange with your London family this Christmas Day at our annual institution, and live the alternative nativity scene that didn’t make the gospel. Kings (& queens) travel far and wide to the stable of Fire where it all began, for a festive celebration like no other…” and if previous year’s experiences are anything to go by, then it will be a pumping & prolific party to plunder, Orange standing on its own two feet this year rather than previous Chrimbo combo’s with that other Christmas institution Trade.
So what’s on offer? Well citric sound splendour from start to finish as the D.J. line-up is pure Orange old school, The Sharp Boys, & Fat Tony on deck duty, while another original resident makes a special festive appearance, Gonzalo Rivas jetting in from his home & base of Valencia in what will be the first of a string of showings that include Beyond, A:M & WE Party, although he cannot contain his excitement for being back behind the Orange (potentially RAW) decks on Christmas night, so much so that he has laid down a special compilation to mark the occasion and one you should go grab without delay by clicking on http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/index/2012-12-20T08_37_46-08_00 while his set will definitely be one to savour. However, with the party kicking off at Fire this Tuesday (25th Dec) at 11 p.m. and the event running through till 7 a.m., plus with the potential of not just one but two rooms of fun, the D.J. set length maths dictate that the so called “…special guests…” will be required for duty, likely includee’s being Verity Mayes & playing partner Bryony Masters, while if they are in town, both The Oli & Paul Martin may be called up, the prospect of all these spinning stars sorting the Christmas night sounds surely too much to resist. So, having netted your hook, line & sinker, all we now need to say is go grab your advance tickets now, online at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/orange-2-2-2-2-2-2/ still priced at just £10 or you can pay on the door although expect to pay more, further event info, should you need it, out at http://www.facebook.com/events/424553537610538/.
Then, the following night, another afterhours institution that has gone through a significant transformation during 2012, holds its “Boxing Day Blowout”, A:M Ultra flying the Orange Nation flag, given that it’s a Wednesday and Onyx, which would normally occupy this slot, has all but disappeared from the capitals clubbing circuit, in a way a victim of its own success, like a tormented city trader having burnt itself out after a hectic three seasons at the top of the Friday tree. However, while to the naked eye, Onyx is no more, with an inside track along with informed information, Onyx has actually been absorbed by A:M, which under the superb steership of none other than prolific promoter Steven Sharp, has gone all “Ultra” on us, shifting & extending is previous afterhours status into the realms of nightime clubbing too, this traditional Saturday morning meet becoming a Friday frolic aswell. And given the souped up size & substantial standing with the Orange Nation weekly clubbing/event schedule, it seems wholly appropriate that A:M “Ultra” has been granted this much prized Boxing Day slot, Mr Sharp pleased as punch that he has landed this cracking Christmas schedule stocking filler for his club, he remarking to us that “…Boxing Day has always been a traditional favourite party night to celebrate with friends and an excellent opportunity to dance and burn off any inches from Christmas Day excess!…” especially for those that didn’t make it to Orange the previous night.
As for the event, the first big “Blowout” piece of news is that A:M “Ultra” once again switches from his native home Fire, moving across to splendid sister (and in our opinion the much better suited) Area, Steven also revealing that the venue “…will be transformed into a snow setting, with all new decor, new visuals & loads of pyrotechnics to make the party GO BANG!…” we concurring that there is no better place than Area with its superior lighting, layout & atmosphere to push these plans to prolific prominence. And Steven is pulling out all the team stops, hostess with the mostest HRH Minty, with her little elf helpers Danny Boyce & Louise Port all on duty & handing out mince pies and Xmas sweets, while the D.J. line up oozes A:M from its main room pores, the star studded line up including Jamie Head, Gonzalo Rivas, D’Johnny and newish resident players Matt Bogard & Ania, all playing “…playing the contemporary supercharged house…”, the sounds extending to a second space where Onyx takes pop music charge in the heavenly hands of Tasty Tim & DMS. So, with a line up like that, this is sure to be the billed “Boxing Day Blowout With A Bag”, Area’s doors opening this coming Wednesday (26th Dec) at 10 p.m. and the vent running through to a planned 8 a.m. finish, advance tickets available online at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/m-3-2-2-2-2-2/ priced at an early bird (still available) £10 or the standard £12, while with an ad/flyer it’s that same standard price on the door till midnight or £15 without & after, this surely an Xmas disco diary must, especially if (unlike us) you have Thursday off.
So those are the two Orange Nation Christmas week headline events, but what about the rest? Well on Thursday (27th Dec), the team point you in the direction of Room Service who hold a pre-party for WE “Vogue which takes place on N.Y.D., this followed by Gravity at Covert from midnight until 8.am. Then moving to Friday (28th Dec) A;M “Ultra is back and back at its home Fire, doors opening at 11 p.m. & the club running superlate (translated as post Saturday morning dawn), while just fifteen or so hours later, awesome afterhours Beyond rolls out yet another of its infamous “Midnight” meets, that is from zero o’clock on Sunday 30th Dec) running through till another superlate billing, we suspect 10 or 11 a.m. Then completing the Christmas week picture is Later, which itself is on the move for a one-off Sunday daytime disco dervish at Covert, making this a perfect hop, skip & jump from Beyond at next door Area, proceedings kicking off at 11.30 a.m. & the club running through till 7/8 p.m. details of all these events due out at http://orangenation.co.uk. Then, after a resting respite on New Year’s Eve, the “Golden Ticket” trio takes charge, Beyond NYD, WE “Vogue” & Orange “WE Afterhours” the £40 combined ticket package which is brilliant value so worth a mini mention now, this terrific ticket combo available online now at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/new-years/ while details of what it offers is up at http://facebook.com/events/128980950589187/, while watch this space for special New Year Focus features on Beyond, WE & Orange, as well as an Extra Bites post on Beyond “Midnight”, all coming up later this week.
So, spending Christmas week on the Orange Nation dancfloors is truly a seven day prospect & affair for some, while work commitments look like restricting us to that institutional tradition that is Fire on Christmas night, although we wholeheartedly support all seven soiree’s as prominent places to be seen on the scene this festive season, meaning you should “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
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)
Just twenty four hours after the end of the world, Beyond looks set to prove that the fun is only just beginning as it celebrates the end of the end of the world myth with a magnificent midnight meet which does mark the end for a former resident D.J. & promoter of this brilliant brand, DM delving into the detail, propelling the P.R., but also casting a constructively critical eye over some missing jigsaw pieces in the Beyond party package.
As we entered the last month of what has been an anus horribilus for us on many fronts, there was however one particular calendar that we were keeping our eyes upon, the tradition of an advent calendar very much a celebration of the countdown to Christmas and, for us, to our birthday which we celebrate just five days before. However, if you have had your eyes on another calendar, the Mayan version that is, it is not Christmas you will have been focussing on, but the end of the world, which they predict as hitting home in no uncertain terms this Friday, the 21st December 2012, a day that also marks the winter solstice which normally points us here in the northern hemisphere to brighter & longer (literally) days ahead. Yet as part of Russia & most of the new age world are gripped by this so called global cataclysm which will likely to be merely a “consciousness shift” for those believers of this end of the world event, it seems that the clubbing community are marking this momentous occasion with not commiseration but, in the realisation that there will be post 21/12/12, have decided that celebration is the name of this global ending game.
So, while we breathe a sigh of relief that if the Mayan’s are right, we will at least have got our birthday in, the reality is that we will be joining the clubbing celebration train this weekend, not least within the wonderful walls of our favourite & most brilliant brand, Beyond striking a chord when it says of its “End Of The World” event on Saturday (22nd Dec) that “…the fun is just beginning…” the question they then pose “…if the world ends, where would you want to be?…” begging the answer to be Beyond and to be honest, if the world is ending we couldn’t think of a better place to go out with a bang. And while we all know that the world is not going to end (do we or will it?) given that the likes of Muccassasina, Red & Blue and many others besides are celebrating this fabled finale, why not Beyond too, promoter Ben Kaye clearly with his eye on this brilliant brand rather than the apocalyptic armageddon when his premonition of reactions come Saturday night suggest this of our favourite clubbing followers, “..no way, shut up!, did the world just end?!! I didn’t even notice – excuse me can you turn that tune up please, my name is on the list; I’ve got some good times to be had and I haven’t got time for the world to be ending right now…”
Well by now you get the gist of this latest Beyond bash, very much a tongue in cheek poke at the ludicrous suggestion that he world is going to end and while some say that Friday may the last day of your life, it is probably just the last working day of the year, well 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), the possibility that the club will run extra late as certain as death & taxes, especially 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. But do beware folks as while the Beyond boys & girls may be in festive mode, the touch of scrooge means that as part of door entry revision rules, those on the guestlist need to be in by 4 a.m., as Ben tells us “…them are the rules, no exceptions!…” (even us it seems), while he also tells us that we are gonna give you go-go heaven with a little end of the world naughtiness, the production is being pimped as we speak…” although we did feel the need to put him straight about his claim “…there is no work on Monday…. whets your excuse…” ours & many others being that here in the UK, Christmas Eve is a working day and not a public holiday Mr Kaye, savvy!!!
That said it’s still a Sunday lunchtime finish, even with that death & taxes certainty and with 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, having graduated from the terrace space where, in actual fact, we feel they both perform much better. However, given the quality of their set showings this year, we can pretty much guarantee that they will 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, who has recently spread his wings of the jet packed variety having taken a well earned break from Orange Nation director of events duties to sow new rooting seeds in the southern hemisphere, Australia to be exact. But not having properly said farewell to his old backyard Beyond, Jonny will be “…opening the main room personally…” performing his last set in London 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 has, despite its continued popularity, has been losing its way. Yet as good as Paul’s return is, 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 having played to a mere handful of hedonists. And when you see that the P.R. doesn’t even mention the word “Terrace” rather refers the room to “The Embankment”, there remains much for Ben & his team to do to rekindle the magic that made this the heart beat that pumped the blood into the vibrant veins of the Beyond body that is the main room & second space, the terrace always the place we would retreat to after an intensive main room work out to the likes of Steve Pitron, Mikey D & Alan K, our Tom Fuller catch-up’s sorely missed and one of a few reasons why we tend to have taken an early Beyond bath throughout 2012.
With soap box shouts over and one with, lets hone in on the detail of this Beyond “End Of The World” bash, we reiterating that this is a “Midnight” event meaning it is billed as starting on Saturday (22nd Dec), Area’s doors opening at midnight and the club running through to a billed late, late finish which we suspect could be 10 or even 11 a.m. advance tickets very much the way to go as always, £10 tickets available online at http://orangenation.co.uk/events/beyond-5-2-2/ and clicking on the ticket icon, while a trip to Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone (both stores) & 50 Dean, as well as at Comptons, Rupert St & Lo-Profile, while you can pay on the door but expect to play more. Plus it is worth reminding guestlist hopefuls that door host JJ Clark will close the list at 4 a.m. (he will be inside hosting the VIP area afterwards), while Concessions are available with an ad or flyer and its just £5 before 1a.m, but then sharply increasing to £12 till 7 a.m., while you won’t need to worry about a long wait to get in as we cannot contain our pleasure & relief in saying that Tom Fuller is back masterminding the queues and your smooth entry. Add to that the amazing Area lighting & effects, plus that pimped up production that been has promised and we reckon there will be no better place to celebrate the end of the myth that is the end of the world, we leaving some of the last few words of this special focus to Mr 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…”.
And what better way to return those thanks than seeping out on the scene on Saturday and heading to Beyond for this fabulous finale fable, safe in the knowledge that the world hasn’t ended but you can rather “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
The build up was mind boggling, the anticipation was at fever pitch and our emotions were on a knife edge, but as the reality & then enormity of WE Party London’s “Formula 2” event began to play out, we were totally amazed by this awesome anniversary, but what made this WE the best ever?!?
When it comes colossal & captivating clubbing and to staging spectacular shows, creating that wow factor, it seems the Spanish have it down to a fine art, a whole host of brands both well established & relatively new to the game, proving that no other nation can touch them in terms of size, spectacle & theatre. Yes the Brazilians have a good crack, The Week an excellent example, while Italy’s Muccassassina has a reputation for eye catching entertainment. But, for us especially, it is the likes of Matinee, SuperMartXe, La Troya, Cafe Ole & Space that have held and (in some cases) continue to hold the key when it comes to what has become an amazing addition to the clubbers experience on the capitals circuit. Indeed, who can forget the significant splash that Matinee made when it first landed in London back in 2006, a subsequent five season stint seeing it pretty much transform the style of what we would term as super size clubbing, opening a floodgate for others to follow, SuperMartXe then stepping up showtime yet another level, who can forget “Under The Sea”, “Hot Wheels” & Samurai”, each showcasing spectacular effects & props that set that standard bar higher than any other club before it.
But there was to come a new pretender to this colossus clubbing crown, a brand born out of the desire for something quite daring, dynamic & different and one that from the minute it marked its first meet on the capital’s clubbing circuit calendar, not only turned heads but got tongues wagging with it’s simple yet striking name & its first party theme, both which would set it on the road to not only succeeding SuperMartXe to the top of the London clubbing tree, but knocking into virtual oblivion as it wooed & wowed clubbers with its “New Formula” of fun. Yes, it was December 2010 and WE Party had landed in London, nothing short of pulling the rug from under SuperMartXe’s feet, leaving it floundering in the wings while WE stood smartly in the spotlight, its USB, the now infamous LED displays on a more gigantic scale than had ever seen before, while that formula of fun has exuded from every single event since that London launch, WE not scared of poking fun at itself, themed events such as “Attacks”, drawn from the Mars Attacks film & “Candy” very much a parody of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, while “Fast Food” was seen as some as quite tacky but that was exactly the point.
Yet while WE may have been born & bred in Madrid, in London and venue The Coronet, it had a set up that virtually mirrored La Riviera both in size and stature, while in the two years WE Party has been captivating clubbers in the capital, they have been fortunate to see no less than a dozen premiere’s of successive event themes, just 2012 along seeing “Safari”, “Pharaoh”, “Fast Food” & “Hi Japan” all splash their splendour in London first, while “Fluro” remains an exclusive event that has yet to be shown elsewhere. However, the wonder of WE has achieved so much more than its predecessor which, while championing cutting edge clubbing, had a serious style & uncomfortable attitude to it, while Victor Pallas & his team have been at pains to propel that fun element, not just through the themes, the stage shows & those now instinctive LED displays, but also through the music, lightening the mood with more vocal injections & less of the tough tech & tribal that had begun to dominate the euro-style clubbing sound. And with Spanish superstar Carlos Gallardo on board, they had the perfect protagonist of this new lighter & more upbeat musical movement, while the capital’s ace in the playing card pack, Steve Pitron, proved as much of a heavenly house music hand as his Balearic buddy, these two incredible individuals more than any others, making an unbeatable WE combination that would further propel London as the premier place to purvey these prolific parties. So, with the 2nd anniversary looming, it came as no surprise that the capital would once again show the way for Spain to follow, the fevered anticipation for & expectation of WE’s birthday bash “Formula 2” totally consuming us for not just hours or days, but weeks before that actual night itself.
However that night was with us, a liaison with the mini Pitron posse before arriving at The Coronet only served to heighten that fevered anticipation and, now, excitement, that what we had told ourselves would be the best WE party yet, had the feeling that it was going to be just that, beautiful Brazilian Bel’s nerves worse than ours, while our new found friend and disco babe, James, was the calming influence amidst this clatter of pre-clubbing cacophony. However, with a hop, a skip & a jump (or rather a car sprint) we found ourselves revving our valves at the doors of this “Formula 2” event, the warming welcome of both JJ Clark & Tom Fuller serving to further calm our emotional engine that was ready to roar into action. And it wasn’t long before we were in, both AAA & VIP passes in hand, heading for the stage which was to prove our primary stomping ground for the majority of this superb 2nd anniversary spectacle. And on the stage in his own pole playing position was D’Johnny, who had already set the early “Formula 2” race rhythm pace, sprinting off the sound starting line akin to Michael Schumacher, weaving in & out and up & down his tech infused track of tunes with exceptional effect, a crowd that was building before our very eyes, lapping up his twists & turns as he shot through a captivating chicane of sound choices including his ultimate WE track pick, his own bootleg of Michael Gray, Damism & Rae’s “You Will Remember”.
However, it was the VIP balcony that was our next destination, although we steering ourselves towards to front bar first to pick up our firm friend James, at the same time bumping into familiar faces aplenty, not least old Industri pal Chris Wilcox who was making his first foray to WE in a while and was keen to catch up on lost time. So, having completed our own little catch up with Chris, it was our first pit stop for refreshments that was the order of the marshalled moment, the VIP balcony already brimming with boys & girls eager to let their party hair down, Mark’s McKenzie & Williams amongst them, while Verity Mayes was in our midst too, although it would be Mr Pitron & his tickling pranks that was play out for the next part of this engrossing event, Steve chasing & goading us as well as employing the services of strangers to surprise & trap us into ticking squirms & squeals, much to the delightful hilarity of both Mark’s & many around. But while we were distracted by these Pitron pranks, The Coronet was filling out like never seen before, a glance of the dancefloor seeing wall to wall bodies, spinning & swaying to D’Johnny’s superb sounds, the stage & LED displays still to fire into full-on action, although the atmosphere was already amazing, a real buzz about the place, very much akin to an F1 circuit, shimmering as the score of racing cars circulate with stunning speed.
But the already significant sound speed of this “Formula 2” was about to substantial shot in the heavenly house music arm from scene superstar Steve Pitron who, behind our back, had sprinted across to the stage ready for his set and was waving us over, text messages calling for our company vibrating in our pocket and before we could grab our own pole position next to our premier player, Mr Pitron had swept aside his Schumacher podium player, D’Johnny heading for a race retirement, while, like Sebastian Vettel, our man hit the front with a bonanza of beats that starting with the crowd pleasing “Somebody I Used To Know”, while the enormity of this all-encompassing experience was already beginning to erupt our emotions, both Bel & Steven Galo by our side, through no fault of their own, making tear tumbling matters worse. But it was Steve Pitron’s perfectly positioned picks that would prove the trademark tears catalyst, first “Timebomb” hitting us hard, then “Can’t Stop Me” living up to its title, as our joyful tears were now on constant tap, the lengthy build up to this “Formula 2” event manifesting itself in a release never seen on this scale ever before. But the magic of the music & our privileged pole position on stage had left our disco babe James bereft on the dancefloor we checking in to make sure he was okay, before allowing ourselves to further sink into the splendour of what would prove yet another pitch perfect Pitron performance of a scintillating set.
Now we were ready for the stage shows to commence, the drop dead gorgeous dancers, all scantily dressed, passing by us within touching distance as they sought to assume their positions, although this would prove one of a couple of false starts, drive through penalties served while Steve’s sound selections continued to erupt our emotions. With Bel’s favourite tune of now, “To The Moon & Back” one, we succumbed to “Symphony”, galloped to “Gotta Be You” & dived into “I Do”. But as if all this activity wasn’t exciting & enthralling enough, a tap on our shoulder saw Balearic beatmaster Carlos Gallardo appear, this one of the huge highlights we had been looking forward to, he giving us a huge hug & then falling into an impromptu dance with us as well as catching up ahead of his own spectacular set. But with the dancers back, including Elektra Paris & Le Menor, who, just like Carlos & Steve, are intrinsic individuals without whom WE in London is never the same, while we remarking to ourselves that our vocation at this pivotal point in “Formula 2” proceedings, that our vocation doesn’t get any better, to be on stage with all these stars, now including P.A. Soraya Naoyin, while camera clickers Nico Montenegro & Chris Jepson were also on hand shoot all these stars of the simply superb show & spectacle that has already become the best WE party in London yet.
With the first of two Soraya P.A. performances over, it was back to those trademark tumbling tears for us, as further Steve selections would erupt our emotions, so much so that we needed to take our leave of the stage, having soaking up the unfolding fabulous string of “Formula 2” inspired visuals, these without doubt the best we have seen at a WE party yet, our retreat away from the stage only serving to substantiate that claim, the while chequered flag effect in front of the D.J. booth & the expanse of multi faceted formula style imagery impressive to say the least. But with a complete calamity with ordering a drink for the prolific disco spinning Steve, sending us to & fro between the main & VIP bars dampening our stratospheric spirits that had been speeding Scuderia style, a simply stupid stocking slip up leaving us lacking the lemonade for our D.J.’s drink, although all that was to be forgotten in an instant as the next Pitron pick sent us soaring again, the towering Taito Tikaro track “Not Alone” brandishing us breathless with its brilliance, this the first time it had captivated us in a club. And it seemed we weren’t alone, the sea of revellers below us on the dancefloor reacting resplendently, as they had for his whole set. However, there was still more to come, an what a track it would be, Steve’s own ultimate WE choice a recent find that had spellbound us from the moment its majesty marauded us, “Beautiful Lie” the perfect curtain call to an equally perfect performance, while the last Steve sound shout would go to “Must Be The Feeling” another towering & tear tumbling tune.
So, it was now Carlos Gallardo’s turn to try & set the “Formula 2” sound lap record that had be scored by Steve with each successive superb selection, although not before Soraya had completed her second stint on stage, her anthem, the Albert Neve classic “She Loves” a sure-fire inclusion certainty. But the spotlight was on the Fernando Alonso of the WE Party “Formula 2” package, as our Spanish superstar D.J. set about delivering a dance dream of a drive that would have made his F1 comparable proud, a brilliant blend of tech infused treats & uplifting vocal injections, a string of Adele choices playing into the capacity cavorting clubbing crowds hands, not least our disco babe James, whom we had joined down on the main floor and who was showing his dancing dexterity to dynamic effect, outstripping many of those performing on stage & certainly impressing us immensely. But with Steve in close call & hardly room to swing a cat in a space that was crammed with cavorters including Celso & plenty more of the Brazilian bunch, Mhardeen spotting us from afar, while Luis was flying, it would be the Pitron tickling pranks that would leave us cowering in the corner, even James piling in, one amusing attack after the other leaving us sunk in submission. Our antics aside, Carlos was still the centre of attention, his set showing at “Formula 2” akin to that Fernando Alonso comparable, the words brilliance, character, consistency, excellence, exuberance & flair, exemplifying what was a solid & sterling set that captivated the capacity crowd from start to finish, cementing him as a capital & Coronet clubbing crowd favourite.
With the action far from over, there was still plenty to savour as Carlos ploughed deep into his set showing, the Room Service second space having pulled in a considerable crowd of its own, Jodie Harsh’s deck turn complimented by resident regulars Fat Tony & Ariel, while hardly a space or spot was left untouched or filled throughout the venue, “Formula 2” without doubt the most popular WE event in London so far. And with the usual respite relax on the VIP balcony leaving us clambering for room to breathe, while back down on the dancefloor we were struggling to find our dancing feet due to simple lack of space, a sudden question mark hanging over whether there were too many people packed into the place to make it an enjoyable enough experience, having called time on this resplendent race, our retirement down to an agonising back, on seeing D.J. pal Pier Morrocco out front, we got the full perspective of the dreaded coatcheck issues, the lengthy lavatorial queues & the extended waits at the bar, all a product of the packed out popularity of this WE wonder. However, as we sunk into a sub zero Sunday morning to wend our way home, our overriding thoughts feelings were of appreciation into adoration, excellence to exhilaration & satisfaction to subliminity.
So what else can we say about this WE 2nd anniversary event that we haven’t already said? Well, having experienced virtually every single outing here in London since the launch back in 2010, we can say with confident qualification that this best by a long shot in comparison to the pack of parties, some of which we mentioned earlier. Yet while we acknowledge that “Formula 2” had some way to go to top “Safari” as our favourite & most fabulous WE party in London, it did so in leaps & bounds and in virtually every department, from visuals, to dance displays, from lighting effects to the magnificent music, all these indelible ingredients combining to make one enthralling event that has pushed the partying pedestal this brilliant brand already finds itself on in the capital, to new dizzy heights. And with so many people playing their part, we couldn’t conclude without sending major thanks to Victor Pallas & the whole of his Spanish crew, to Aaron Elder, Ben Kaye, Tom Fuller & the whole Orange Nation team in London, all who made both this gigantic gathering and all the others before it possible, along, of course, with the capacity crowd of clubbers, many faces familiar, others not so, that are also part of this prolific partying picture, special mentions to Bel, to, Celso, Steven Galo, Julia, Fabio, Mhardeen, and to Luis, but especially to our disco babe James who has breathed new life into this old dog in more ways than one and who proved captivating company even if we remain guilty for deserting him for our privileged position on the stage.
But with spectacular stage show performances also acknowledged, it is the D.J.’s who get the lion’s share of our plaudits, some sets we missed, while others we savoured, Paul Heron apparently playing out to a packed audience till close, while those Room Service spinners played the second space part to perfection. Indeed, such was the impression made upon us but the “Formula 2” D.J. drivers come players, we only thought it appropriate to celebrate the sounds from this stunning spectacle in a special feature and while we gave proportionate attention to each of the three, we remained reluctant to place them on that players podium, the temptation to nominate positions one, two & three tempered until now. And so, akin to their F1 comparables, for fans & followers of the 2012 season, it will come as no surprise that we find D’Johnny in third, while a superb set from Carlos Gallardo, in any other company would have made it to that premier podium position, he once again proving to us why we hold him in such high regard compared to his Spanish compatriots, not to mention his countryman Fernando Alonso. But it was Steve Pitron, the Sebastian Vettel of this “Formula 2” foray who crossed the chequered flag first, a simply stunning set that left us emotionally enthralled throughout, his choice picks hitting every heavenly house music mark we could mention, highlight ones without doubt “Not Alone” & Beautiful Lie”, while we would go as far to say that, just like this wonderful latest WE event & like his specially devoted podcast, this was the most phenomenal Pitron performance we have witnessed, no more to say. (DISCO MATT)
A capacity crowd of clubbers came cavorted & were captivated by what is already being hailed as the best WE Party in London yet, stunning stage show visuals, matched by an amazing atmosphere & exceptional entertainment which was masterminded by the mesmeric music from a podium position pack of players, meaning we simply had to serenade these stunning sounds in a special feature ahead of our resplendent event review.
With the most awesome anniversary on the 2012 capital clubbing circuit mere hours old, WE Party celebrated two years of triumphant turns with their “Formula 2” event at The Coronet last night (Sat 1st Dec), boasting a main room D.J. line-up that matched the towering talent found on the front rows of a grand prix grid. And so given the magnitude of the mesmeric music delivered by this “Formula 2” dream team of dynamic drivers, we couldn’t let these magical music memory making moments pass without sharing some of those scintillating sounds, while also focussing on the fabulous three fella’s that, from our privileged position on stage, each stormed off the starting grid with their wonderful WE music making . We will naturally make reference to their set showings, while also pointing you to podcast pages & video clips, although while no proper Grand Prix podium position is right without a first, second & third slot, we will leave it to your imagination as to who we placed where in our WE “Formula 2” ranking, while for those followers of F1, some of our references may possibly give the game away.
So we come to our first podium position contender and the D.J. that set the early race rhythm pace, Berlin based D’Johnny sprinting off the sound starting line akin to Michael Schumacher, weaving in & out and up & down his tech infused track of tunes with exceptional effect, a crowd that built before our very eyes lapping up his twists & turns and he shot through a captivating chicane of sound choices. Indeed, with his experience playing for WE party akin to his F1 comparable, D’Johnny having played at virtually all the London events and having represented the brand in Madrid for the last two years, he has become part & parcel of Victor Pallas promotional & player pack, although with a career behind the decks that has seen him play for brands such as A:M, Beyond, A:M, Later, Matinee, Salvation, SuperMartXe & UP, while a multitude of venues across the capital have played witness to his magnificent music, his long standing friendship with fellow Swede Per QX manifesting mounds of magical memories from the Barcode days as well as a recent appearance for Per’s party Gutterslut.
But the D’Johnny sound story stretches much further afield, he having played out in countries across the near continent, city stop offs including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris & Rome, while Egypt, Ibiza, Israel, Miami, New York, Rio, Shanghai & Sydney all mean that his music has been much marvelled across the globe. That aside, D’Johnny hit the club promotions trail a few months ago, masterminding the re-launch of iconic underground club brand, Detox, and while to received a mixed reception on its first outing, the second showing was much stronger which has set it on a capital clubbing circuit calendar return in the early New Year. All that aside, having moved from the capital a couple of years ago, from his base in Berlin, D’Johnny also dips his toe into the recording studio from time to time, many of the podcasts produced re-pressings of his performances at many of the clubs mentioned above, a considerable collection available through his podcast page at http://djohnny.podomatic.com/, each one symptomatic of his style of sound so well worth a listen. In addition, he has a soundcloud site where you will find two podcast pressings developed straight from the studio, “Deep Pool Mix” & “Winter Warmer Chill Deep” both accomplished & appetising additions to his live sets, so well worth adding to your collection by going to http://soundcloud.com/djohnny.
But back to last night as like his other two podium position players, to mark WE’s 2nd Anniversary, D’Johnny was asked to nominate his ultimate WE track, he plumping for his own bootleg of one of our favourite tracks from last year, the Michael Gray, Damism & Rae “You Will Remember”, here in main mix form
while Johnny’s version neatly samples in another favourite of ours which, for quite a while was simply known as “track 3” but was eventually revealed as the towering tune “I Really Want To Say”, one produced by the studio partnership of Etienne Ozborne & Zolton Kontes, featuring the vocals of Polina and one sure to feature in our 2012 top 40 track chart
D’Johnny cleverly combining the two, both which have vocal infusions that seem to stamp mark the WE formula of fun through uplifting & euphoric sounds. And it went down an absolute storm last night, for us probably the highlight of this superb Swede’s set, so is a sound well worth sorting into your stack by going to his soundcloud site or by clicking on direct link http://soundcloud.com/djohnny/michael-gray-danism-rae-you.
Onto the second set showing at this WE “Formula 2” event and one we had been anticipating with accelerated excitement from the day his inclusion was announced to the actual day of his appearance, the pressing of a specially devoted podcast only serving to heighten the unbelievable build up & emotional entrapment that had completely consumed us. Indeed, it would be fair to say that 2012, musically & otherwise, has been dominated by one Steve Pitron, a towering talent for whom we have been following for a over a baker’s dozen of years, the early days bookmarked by our weekly cavorting to his magnificent music at uber cool underground club Crash, while more latterly it is Beyond for which we are indelibly linked, the connection between us on our spot & him in the D.J. something quite unique & special. But Steve’s gig repertoire is much more varied & extensive than that, the likes of Horizon, Juicy, Matinee, Orange, PLAY>TIME, PSP, Room Service & SuperMartXe among others, he having pretty much been at the top of his game since making the short switch from homeland Essex to London, the crowds reactions to his sets, his popularity among party heads & his solid reputation for always coming up with the goods, lifting a drab party & commanding a fabulous following incomparable with any other D.J. on the capitals clubbing circuit we could wish to mention.
But as much as Steve’s live sets are nothing short of scintillating each & every time he plays, without exception, it is his podcast productions, particularly this year, that attract amazing attention, the walls of social networking sites lighting up with fevered activity as either the anticipation of or the actual release of his podcasts make headline house music news. Indeed, like that fabulous following the download figures on his productions speak volumes more than any other, “Jan 2012” for example attaining a number exceeding 63,000, while the following three releases combined with the former exceed 178,000, this from a podiatric database he was forced to build from scratch last year, previous numbers way in excess of this. However, while each & every Pitron podcast production mesmerises us with its magical music, his mixing simply sensational & seamless, it is this “WE Formula 2” compilation that has, unequivocally comprehensively consumed us since its release on 18th November, this towering twenty one track triumph erupting our emotions, tumbling our tears & shivering our spine with its spectacular sound selections with the same magnitude now, some fifteen days down the line. With a stunning remix of “Symphony”, the scintillation of “Strange Fruit”, the magic of “Murder The Dancefloor” & the soaring “Stand Alone” showing a deep & delirious size to Steve’s sounds, the balances it beautifully with uplifting vocal tracks that engulf our emotions, “Finally I”, “Can’t Stop Me”, “Naturally” & “Let The Sunshine” right up there, while there are two which are something extra special which we will come to shortly, this masterful mix an absolute must addition to your collection by hitting on his podcast page http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/ & heading for the download button.
But we haven’t talked about his set last night yet and while we were expecting a prolific performance we could never have imagined just how incredible it would be, Steve sending the crowd senseless from the start, racing off his own starting grid position like Sebastian Vettel, “hitting them with “Somebody I Used To Know” as we sped to our privileged position on the stage, our arrival simultaneously hitting us with the realisation that, after all the anticipation of the previous weeks, it was actually happening. So as tracks unfolded, our tears tumbled like never before, “Timebomb”, “Can’t Stop Me”, “To The Moon & Back” & a 2012 remix of “Gotta Be You” all having the same effect. But the best (how could it get better) was yet to come as, out of the blue came “Not Alone” the DHP dance dream featuring the vocals of Sunday Girl given the terrific remix treatment by Taito Tikaro, along with studio partner Flavio Zarzi
the first of those two extra special tracks from Mr Pitron’s podcast we deluded to. Indeed, with Taito having ascended in our estimations beyond belief this year, “Lady Luck”, “Lift Me Up” & My World” three exceptional examples of this truly dynamic D.J./Producer’s wonderful work, while “Not Alone” is without doubt off the scale in comparison. However, we were to be hit by another heavenly house hit that, until the production of this WE podcast, was heading for a top three spot in our Y.E. chart, Nero’s “Must Be The Feeling given the Funkagenda remix treatment,
and one that may still make it in, despite the stiff competition. However, there would be one track that would dominate Steve spectacular set and it was the one he selected when asked to name his ultimate WE track, he saying of “Beautiful Lie” in Keemo re-release format, featuring the vocals of Cosmo Klein, “…I think it is great for WE, a quality cover version of the Yaov classic from a few years ago and I cannot wait to play it…”, his choice of the Dick-Ray remix
that second extra special track selection from his WE podcast and one that totally stopped us in our tracks with its brilliance when we first heard it two weeks. And as you can imagine it has erupted our emotions ever since, not least on stage with Steve last night and has every chance of wrestling that Y.E. chart topping spot from the equally emotionally enthralling “Take Me Higher”.
So that was Steve’s set but there was another podium position contender in The Coronet “Formula 2” anniversary event circuit last night and it was Spanish superstar Carlos Gallardo, without doubt the D.J. face of WE both home & abroad, having been on board since the brand launched in December 2010, he in the thick of the action at the first “A New Formula” outing here in London. But having been fortunate to see Carlos play in Barcelona for WE, as well as here in the capital, we can also count ourselves extremely honoured to have made a connection with him & his marvellous music at a number of WE events this year, “Safari” a purple patch moment in time when we dived into an impromptu “doing the Disco Matt” dance with him on stage, while subsequent showings have seen us support his sets from the stage, he always appreciative of our encouragement and actually admirably modest when it comes to his stature & standing with WE. But we have said before and will say again, no WE party is quite the same without him, his set showing at “Formula 2” akin to Fernando Alonso’s 2012 grand prix season, brilliance, character, consistency, excellence, exuberance & flair, all words to exemplify what was a solid & sterling set that captivated the capacity crowd from start to finish, cementing Carlos as a capital & Coronet clubbing crowd favourite.
His set showing yesterday aside, Mr Gallardo flies the WE flag fabulously, being an intrinsic ingredient in their “On Tour” programme, while he is known right across his homeland Spain, particularly the Balearics, his involvement with radio show, Clubbing Is Moving, having made him a household airwave name with many and from which he has laid down a series of compilations, currently extending to thirteen. And while his recording studio activity is generally centred around track production, through his Mixcloud site, Carlos, in addition to the above series, has composed another series of “World Tour Sessions” the first inspired by his trip to London for WE “Fast Food”, while Mexico & Tel Aviv are two other destinations in Carlos’s globetrotting that have been captured in compilations, the latter marking his gig alongside the D.J. darling of Israeli’s, Offer Nissam, each & every one worthy additions to your collection by heading to http://mixcloud.com/djcarlosgallardo/. But the podcast picture doesn’t end there, as there is a minicast out there from WE “Candy” the theme that set a significant standard that subsequent parties have aimed themselves at, one still available at http://wepartylondon.podomatic.com/player/web/2011-05-16T06_26_59-07_00, while before they days of WE, club promoter Logan Schmitz featured Carlos on a couple of his “Presents” podcasts, marking his appearances for SuperMartXe.
But what of those tracks?, well, while there had been a host of track productions before it, the one that would really put Carlos on the production podium, especially in terms of WE, was “We (Eloise)”, a track adopted by the brand as its original anthem for the “A New Formula” launch & successive parties into 2011, Mr Gallardo employing the vocal services of Bobby Alexander for the 2010 release
although it would be PA Peyton that would perform the track at WE parties across the “on tour” programme, his performance at “Attacks” in London on NYD 2011 probably the singular best we have seen at any club or event EVER, that is how good it was. And this impromptu collaboration has since led to a number of projects between the two, the first full-on track production being “Let It Go”, while it would be the latest recording creation that our Mr Gallardo would name as his ultimate WE track, “Desert Rose” having centred stage his set last night
and one sure to signal further collaborations between the two. But if we were to choose our ultimate Carlos Gallardo track, it would be the superbly spectacular “Feel It Inside” which, for us, shouts his Spanish roots from every orifice and with the vocals of diva icon Rebeka Brown making this a tune worthy of our Y.E. top 40 track chart rundown, although as fabulous it is, it does face some stiff competition, 2012 having been a great year for music, particular from Spain, Carlos very much in the hunting pack of prolific Espaniol players.
So, that’s it for our special feature on our WE podium position pick of players, three marvellous men whose set performances were a pleasure to behold and who certainly proved to us that, in their heavenly house hits hands, Music Is The Answer! (DISCO MATT)