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Always wishing to show our support to all corners of the capital’s clubbing circuit & push the various press releases we receive; it’s the turn of Manbar to stand in our supports spotlight, we propelling the details of their February schedule of shindigs, after giving our own tiny take on this sexy Soho spot.

 

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Manbar - Image 1 Soho as a spot on the scene has changed considerably in recent years, a plethora of places having come & gone, think Profile/Lo-Profile as just two, while many more remain to make this a desirable destination, Room Service, Circa & the Edge right up there, while Rupert St & The Shadow Lounge keep the Soho flag well & truly flying. However, despite a decadent & debaucherous past, a venue on Charing Cross Road has certainly cleaned up its act & come of age with a seven day schedule that speaks vitalitous volumes and draws in a spree of scene stalwarts come favourites, party hosts including Elektra Paris, Johnny Hooley & Chrissy Darling, while with D.J. names such as Hifi Sean, Brent Nicholls & Lee Harris, Manbar very much makes for a many meet. And, with a pack of parties that include “Record Box”, “Hombre” & “Spunk” plus with new nights “Babylon” & “Genre” there is much going on, making this hotspot on the Soho scene well worth a visit, we sharing the rundown from Saturday to Friday plus all the contact & other details you need to know below. (DISCO MATT)

 

 

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HOMBRE: BEYOND PRE-PARTY

Opening times: 5pm – 3.30am. Free before 11pm after £3 entry.

Every week the UK’s biggest club brand Beyond teams up with Manbar for the ultimate Pre-Party. Cheap £2.80 drink deals on Foster’s, Strongbow, house spirits and mixers before 11pm. Hosts include Electra Paris, Johnny Hooley,  with resident DJ Gretta Gargola joined by guests that include Jamie Head along with a jaw dropping performances from pole dancer Ray.

 

Sunday’s

GENRE (launching 2nd Feb)

From 5pm until 11pm. Free Entry & Popcorn!

The London Gay FIlm Club brings to Manbar a Sunday evening movie-inspired event that will bring London’s film lovers together each week. For the launch they are screening the Oscar nominated Best Film Philomena starring Judi Dench. Just turn up from 5pm to watch short films and trailers. With the main feature screening at 8pm. Free admission + popcorn! With cheap £2.80 drink deals all day on pints of Foster’s & Strongbow, house spirits + mixers. Other film highlights for February include Rush & Captain Phillips.

 

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BEARTRAP

Stop your horsing around and get down to Soho’s biggest Bear party starring Beartrap’s resident DJ Gretta Gargola (La Urbana, Bearbie, Gula Gula). Hosted by Kurt Hoffman who will feed ALL of the bears up close and personal. Super cheap £3 pints of Foster’s & Strongbow all night long. Dates include their Chinese New Year party on 3rd Feb, their 1st Birthday on 10th Feb & their “Traffic Light” party on 17th Feb.

 

Tuesday’s

SPOTLIGHT SOHO

Hosted by West End star Topsie Redfern and produced by delicious Duncan Day with three guests acts each week! DJ Keyth David keeps the party vibe going all night until 3.30am. £12 bottles of house wine. Highlights include their Voice 2nd Semi Final on 11th Feb and the final on 18th Feb.

 

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RECORD BOX

From 5pm – 3.30am. Free Entry.

DJ legend Hifi Sean presents an eclectic mix of music with anthems, rare and special, B-side and other gems of musical delight. Hosted by the one and only Glendora, expect gossip galore with a bit of camp slung. From disco, new wave, indie or northern soul to rock’n’roll.

 

Thursday’s

BABYLON (launching 13th Feb)

From 5pm – 3.30am. Free Entry

The new home of gay burlesque in London. Expect show-stopping performances from aerialists, acrobats, bendy bone people and much more. Ease your way into madness that is Babylon with Happy Hour £2.80 drinks deal before 11pm on pints of Foster’s, Strongbow, house spirits and mixers. With resident House Nation DJ Lee Harris spinning commercial remixes.

 

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SPUNK

From 5pm – 3.30am. Free Entry b4 11pm, after £3 entry.

Hosted by the towering legend Chrissy Darling, Manbar brings the party to Soho every Friday with Spunk. Hot gogo guys and special acts, the bar is packed every Friday. Expect nothing but the latest commercial dance remixes from resident DJs and Brent Nicholls from 8pm with cheap £2.80 drink deals before 11pm on pints of Foster’s & Strongbow, house spirits + mixers.

 

 

For more details contact General Manager Chris Amos on

Office: 020 7434 2567

Mobile: 07879 816369

Or visit the Manbar website at www.manbarsoho.com

 

Entering the final month of the year with a flourish, there can be no doubt that all Sunday morning roads will be leading to Beyond, which multi tasks magnificently this Sunday, combining the official WE “Formula 2” afterparty with a World AIDS Day fundraiser, entertaining a special D.J. guest from the USA, Brett Henrichsen headlining this brilliant brand’s bash with a brimming bag of heavenly house hits, we focusing in on the finite with a extra Weekend feature.

 

 

If there was ever a club to gather more of our attention than any other it is the brilliant brand that is Beyond, no surprise when you consider that we were right there for the launch back in 2001 and have been crossing its threshold virtually weekly ever since. Indeed, while we have a certain sentimentality towards the Colosseum days, even travelling in from Essex to succumb to its splendours, it is in the amazing Area that Beyond holds the most magical memories and is, without doubt the place where our infamous “spot” surfaced, yes that position just left to the main room D.J. booth that tends to get re-emulated at other events in other venues. Yet, Beyond is about so much more, the music, the lighting, the atmosphere, the effects, the people, the promoters, the D.J.’s, the dancers, the organisers & the guests, and having traversed continental Europe, experiencing a host of  club brands & venues, nothing can quite compare to the ballistic brand that is Beyond. But there is more, it also having spread its wonderful word continentally, as near as Paris, as far as Mykonos, across in Brussels & down in Barcelona, it’s even been on a Mediterranean cruise, hit the holy land in Israel and stormed the Ibiza sun terraces with its terrific treats, while back home in London, it has lifted award after award and remains the single most popular party on the capitals clubbing circuit by far.

 

So all this means that the Beyond ticket in any weekend is a wonderful one, indeed, despite recent constant changes to its running format, the side-lining of long time resident D.J.’s and enjoyable elements of the club having seemingly been lost forever, Beyond still remains at the top of its game. But when these WE weekends come along, Beyond makes heavenly hay, serving up special parties with equally special guests, this Sunday (2nd Dec) being no exception to the un-written rule. But this is a particularly special weekend, for us as well as many others, as World AIDS Day falls on the Saturday (1st) and so the organisation behind Beyond, Orange Nation, have decided to mark this occasion by combining the WE after-party with a WAD fundraiser, while for us this Beyond marks a run of events that will lead to our birthday, so is one we will definitely be making, this post a WE Party that starts our birth month of with a breathtaking bang. There is more however, as on top of this multi tasking theme setting, Beyond promoter Ben Kaye is pleased to present a special guest D.J. to compliment the prolific pick he has made from the strongest roving residency team in the capital, Brett Henrichsen jetting in from The US to headline this hypnotic happening.

 

So what do we know about Brett?, well to be honest, until now we had not come across him at all, although Ben tells us that he “…has played at almost every major circuit event in the United States, including Gay Days Orlando, New York Pride Pier Dance, San Diego Zoo Party, Cherry 8, White Party Palm Springs and White Party Miami, Masterbeat New Year’s Los Angeles, Miami New Year’s and many more. Brett has headlined international events including WE Party Madrid, Circuit Barcelona and Sydney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras…” that WE Party connection providing the continuity here, while the Masterbeat link is actually much stronger than Ben makes out, as Brett is the founder of thus US music brand and continues to drive the label as their Chief Creative Officer, having stepped back as the corporations CEO in February this year, a role he held since the brand was born. This has allowed Brett to pursue his D.J.’ing career, which always played second fiddle while he was CEO, he now able to hold down regular residencies in clubs across the US, from New York to San Francisco & Los Angeles, while more international appearances are now possible too, while music making the Master beat way is still the cornerstone of his commitments, launching his own podcast series last year, the collection up to number 4 which is probably the closest to his residency clubbing style, while we suspect that number 3 will be closer to what we will experience in his set at Beyond on Sunday. But all four are worthy additions to your collection by going to http://bretthenrichsen.podomatic.com/.

 

Well that kind of leads us to the rest of the pack & also the detail of the party, Beyond boasting some of the residency best, as Jamie Head & Mikey D sandwich Brett in the main room, while David Jimenez,, D’Johnny & then Fat Tony keep the clubbers cavorting in The Chapel, Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters going back-to-back (again, yawn!) in The Terrace, a word in Ben’s ear possibly required as this was always the heartbeat of Beyond for us but has been sadly lacking of late. D.J.’s aside, there will be the usual delectation of delightful dancers headed up by Elektra Paris, all surely given us a feel of  WE “Formula 2” bridges Beyond, while the decor will lean in a definite red direction to remind us that this is a World AIDS Day fundraiser, all donations going to the worthy cause that is The Terrence Higgins Trust. As for the detail?, well this Beyond bash takes place on Sunday (2nd Dec) at Area in Vauxhall, doors opening at 5 a.m. and the club running through till midday, advance tickets available online at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/beyond-afterhours–4/ priced at £15, while Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & 50 Dean have them on sale too, news in that bars Ku, Comptons & Rupert St also have stocks, while a deal has just been secured to sell them from Lo-Profile very Sunday morning from 3 a.m.. Now, advance tickets of definitely the way to go, as this looks like being another roadblock event, but if you can’t make it into Soho or can’t get online, then you can pay on the door but expect to pay more, more info on this party & other Beyond happenings out at http://facebook.com/beyondclub or, if you can work out where, on the not that impressive Orange Nation website, http://orangenation.co.uk.

 

As for us, well you will find us spinning on our spot as usual, intermixed with some pre & post birthday celebrations with fab friend Tom Fuller, so if you see us come say hi, but make sure you don’t miss out on this Beyond bash as its looking like being one very special shindig and in doing so, make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)  

 

As the scene shakes off the hangover resulting from the biggest weekend of the year so far, some sporting the spoils of success, others simply reflecting on what could have been, time rests for no man, victorious or defeated, so the scene steps forward into April, Disco Matt picking out his top of the tree three places to be stepping out on the scene in Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch.

 

 

What an Easter weekend that was, a whole host of parties & events recording terrific turnouts, some very much against the form book, while others that had promised so much, failed to deliver, our own weekend reflecting that situation a thrilling Thursday followed by a phenomenal Friday, led a superb Saturday night  come Sunday morning , then turned into a soggy rest of a Sunday & a manically depressive Monday (and we aren’t talking weather here folks), Room Service, Society, Play>time, A:M & Beyond our real winners, while WE “Fluro” & As One ended up condemning what could have been a brilliant “big” weekend to our own review rubbish heap. But with the winners still to reap our reflections, it’s our coming weekend recommendations that get our immediate attention, our top of tree three places to be seen on the scene this weekend, our brief look at a trio of best bites across Soho Vauxhall & Shoreditch.

 

So, let’s get to it and to Soho first, it coming as little or no surprise to you regular readers of our recommendations, that it is Profile & Lo-Profile that gets our Best Bite pick here, having served us superbly well not just last weekend, but for much of March (well the whole year so far to be honest), the captivating combination of bar above & club below, very hard to beat, especially as both venues continue to draw in some of the scene top D.J. names, along with fresh new talent to tantalise & tickle your musical taste buds, while with now firmly established brands that include “Society”, “Play>Time”, “ClubNation” & “Beartrap”, that along with the might of Gaydar behind them, this delightful duo look set to, once again, prove to be the places to be & be seen on the Soho scene this weekend. So, with D.J. regulars Rob Sykes tonight (Fri 13th) and Jamie Head tomorrow (Sat 14th) upstairs in Profile, both kicking off the music from 8.30 p.m. through till the 11.30 p.m. finish, it is downstairs that gets our full if but briefer best bite attention, the award winning “Play>Time” up first, prolific promoter Jay Roberts back after (it has to be said0 probably THE best event in the brands history so far, but will be pulling out all the stops to top last week, not least that he welcomes fellow award winning D.J/producer & all round good egg Steve Pitron to the decks, along with cheeky chappy & a damn fine D.J. in his own right, Steven Artis. Add to that an ashes style porn star shoot out, as Brit boy Marco Sessions squares up to Aussie hunk Tate Ryder in a go-go dance off & back room play off, Jay your referee & you ((if you’re the luck one) caught in this sexy & seductive man hunk of a scrum, further details up in our “Pick Of The Day” post at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=5087. Then, tomorrow (Sat 14th) sees the return of “ClubNation” & also the return of Lee Harris, who will be performing a specially extended five hour set very much in the vein of his similarly named House Nation podcasts, which means you can expect plenty of uplifting, chunky & euphoric house hits, Lo-Profile swinging open its doors on both nights at 10.30 p.m. & running through until 4 a.m., entry & other details available by going to http://loprofile.com.

 

Onto Vauxhall now and there is lots going in within The Orange Group (or is that Orange Nation?!?) who grab our Best Bites slot this weekend, not least the breaking news that Onyx has been put out to grass for a while, so leaving a pretty vacant gap in the usually hectic schedule, although very much paving the way for A;M to possibly extend its opening hours, although more news on that to follow. However, one club that is definitely extending its hours this weekend & then henceforth, is Beyond, the new starting time of 3 a.m. every week looking like a pretty popular move, although only time will tell how successful a move this will actually be, our hope however, is that it consigns the all too often “Midnight” format to just the occasional & special scheduling. Add to the a mini shake up within the team of resident D.J.’s and as of going to press, we are not sure who will be playing come this Sunday morning (15th Apr), but reckon The Sharp Boys, Alan K, Fat Tony, The Oli & Paul Christian will surely be in situ, while Steve Pitron is taking a rest this weekend after his colossal classics set last, which pretty much stole the “XLsior” show. However, one party that we can be confident about when picking the D.J. & other line up, is the “Easter Thank-You” party at Fire tomorrow night (Sat 14th), as it’s all about award winners, D.J.’s The Sharp Boys, Junior Moura & (naturally) Steve Pitron, stepping into the spotlight, while there will be plenty of other guests, including D’Johnny & Paulo Moreno, to fill out the two rooms of fun, similarly award winning hosts Chrissy Darling & Elektra Paris sharing the duty plaudits, further details on this event out at http://facebook.com/events/356254587759955/, including opening times, door prices & guest list opportunities. But with Later & Orange completing the partying picture, it is another hectic weekend of activity in both Fire & Area, whiles the new jewel in the Orange Nation crown, Covert, prepares for its launch party in three weeks, more on that coming up in a special feature.

 

So to the third in our trio of top of the tree choices, this time seeing us head across to Shoreditch & to East Bloc, the hip & happening hangout on City Road, masterminded by the one & only Wayne Shires, he, the venue & all the brands its sports very much flying the alternative clubbing scene flag, a stable of showings including Gutterslut, SOS, The Men Who Fell 2 Earth, Paradise 45 & Dish, while regular Friday nighter, Super Electro Party Machine, which once again opens its doors tonight (Fri 13th Apr) from 10 p.m., is a great way to get your weekend going. However, our main focus of attention goes to Saturday night (14th Apr), when our very own Shoreditch son, Kris Di Angelis, rolls out a further instalment in the already soaring success story that is his new venture, “War”, a club that has pretty much be born out of the sad passing of “Meat”, the former club collaboration between Kris & Tom Stephan. And while Tom’s new prolific project, “Dish”, was in the Shoreditch spotlight last weekend, it’s the turn of “War “ this, Kris being joined in the “Warzone” main room by Severino & Joshyouare, while over in the “Battlefield” second space, its Jodie Harsh, Munroe Bergdorf & Kingsley shooting off the sounds. Plus with hosts JJ Clark, Jonathan Beastley, Ben Kaye & Alex Palemo, not only doesn’t it have a pseudo Room Service feel about it, be you can bet your bottom dollar that of cream of the east end girl to west end boy scene set will be out to wage wonderful clubbing & socialising war tomorrow night, doors at East Bloc (217 City Rd, nearest tube Old St.)  opening at 10.30 p.m. & the club running through to a planned 6 a.m. finish, entry £8 before midnight & then £12 thereafter (so get there early folks), while free entry passes will be up for grabs at the “War” pre-party at Circa in Soho tonight (Fri 13th), more details on that coming up in our Short Shouts, while further info on “war” itself can be found by going to http://facebook.com/events/404481699576795/.

 

Now just before we go we thought, having not yet fully paid our respects to the sad loss to the scene of the gentle giant of the club promotions game, Steve Elliot, we would mention our upcoming tribute, “Salvation Star Much Missed”, to the man behind the international success of this brilliant brand in recent years, we looking back on his clubbing career & including fellow friend’s own tributes to this untimely & premature passing. Plus, with news this week that iconic drag queen Adrella has also been taken from us, our thoughts are very much with the families of both of these much treasured & already much missed pillars of the scene and we send our sincere wishes during what can only be the most difficult time for those that were close & dear to both Steve & Peter.

 

Right, that’s just about it for this Best Bites newsletter, but watch out for our Short Shouts part, “Shimmering Scene Seven”, while if you happen to lay your hat on one of our three here, then it is likely you may catch us too, “Play>Time” definitely on our schedule, while we are currently clearing the decks for either Fire or “War”, so keep your eyes peeled at http://twitter.com/discomatt for the live action as it happens & as we Go There! Be There!. (DISCO MATT)

 



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The History.......

Disco Matt had a reputation for being London’s original party boy & independent journalist who gained a reputation for supporting & promoting one of the world’s most prolific clubbing scenes. Through a series of reports, he previewed, reviewed & recommended London gay clubs, as well as the diverse gay/metrosexual London club/bar culture, linking to & reviewing the scene top D.J.’s and generally covering the gay scene including international gay events.

Regularly reporting on the top events across the scene, Disco Matt’s reviews, over the years, developed a strong following, not just by clubbers, D.J’s, promoters & scene faces, but people far and wide that were looking for an insight to the incredible scene that is London. He also previewed upcoming events that signalled, either a major change or update of existing clubs, new ventures on the gAylist/metrosexual scene, or where he considered events that deserved more comprehensive coverage to that provided in other posts.

And of these other posts, these included his "recommends" issues, covering events during the calendar week & month, compiled as "Weekend Focuses" which detailed specific events, "Best Bites" which ran down his top choices in any given weekend, "Rest Bites" giving mention to other hot spots & "Extra Bites" which covered hot off the press & last minute news that deserved an extra shout. All these posts aimed to guide his readers through what was best on offer in gAylist/land London as well as ground breaking new clubs where metrosexuality was the name of the game and thus acted as additions not replacements to his full previews.

Then there were his reports & features on the latest news to hit the scene, whether it was music, clubbing or otherwise. Here he aimed to tackle burning issues affecting the clubbing world, as well as reporting on topical news that escapes his "review", "preview" &/or "recommends" posts.

Plus, having a keen ear for a great sound & an in-depth knowledge of the D.J. scene in London & beyond, Disco Matt regularly recommended, through his “Music Is The Answer” posts, the latest tracks that were either hitting or about to hit the dance floors, as well as compilation works worth more than just a listen, focussing on D.J’s careers & profiles, as well as promoting new talent.

The Present.....

Disco Matt, after a long lay-off, has decided change the focus of his activity, diversifying into to other forms of media, including film, theatre, radio & television where his reviewing, recommending & reporting will be replicated & resurrected while he will also point his promotions through banner visuals & video's linked to all these areas along with his core activities/passions.

Disco Matt is therefore undergoing a period of transition where the "old" will merge with the "new", his aim to continue with many of the elements from his history, while the focus is shifting away from clubbing towards his main passion, music. However, the activity for which he was best known & famed, his reviews, will span the full range of the media areas he will be covering henceforth, his recommending & reporting complimenting his event coverage which, through visual banners on his website & social media pages, aims to broaden his appeal to a much wider audience interested in the latest most cutting edge areas of media & entertainment he will be covering, film, theatre, radio, television, video and of course, music.

Exciting times are ahead, so watch this space.....

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