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It will be starting 2013 as it means to go on and is ended 2012 as it has done for the whole of the year, at the top of the capitals clubbing circuit game, Beyond once again making it to our “Pick Of The Day” choice for today (Sun 30th Dec), all the party promo a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we edit the event info after ticking the turntable troops beats boxes beneath.
While we cannot wait to wave goodbye to 2012, ringing the New Year in with our traditional trip to what has, without question, become our favourite club of all time, given the circumstances that condemned our Christmas Day clubbing plans, we had decided to cancel all commitments until our trip to Paris for Scream on 5th January, a mound of messages of support, some positive thinking & the world wise words from a fellow clubber, all combined to chase away our down in the dumps disposition. Then when we realised we could end 2102 on a heavenly house music high, a terrific team of turntable troops barnstorming Beyond, no doubt with a bevy of brilliant beats, we quickly came to the conclusion that to stick to our cancelled clubbing schedule plans & principles were doomed to dissolve into thin air. So who has swayed us so?, the simple & honest answer to that question being the dream team of D.J.’s on duty at this latest Beyond bash, Hifi Sean sorting the superb sounds in the chapel from 1 .am., while a switch to the terrace at 3 finds Jamie Head in his preferred Beyond place, no doubt serving up another scintillating set to follow on outstanding one last week. But it will be our spot and a three hour Steve Pitron main room performance that will further lift our sagging seasonal spirits, he sure to tickle our tunes tastebuds with a ton of terrific tracks, many that will tumble those trademark tears, while we reckon come 9 a.m., there may be actual tickles to add to the showings of “the cups”, all this while The Sharp Boys steer the Beyond supporters & soundtrack through till the midday finish.
So, in the knowledge that we have put forward a convincing case for you to join us on the Area dancefloor, here is what Beyond’s promoter Ben Kaye has to say about this “Music Is All You Need” event…
“…I really hope everyone had a great Christmas, ate enough over the holidays, got all the gifts they wanted and everyone’s stockings were suitably filled – one way or another; and if by going by my own past experiences are some of you getting a little bored, contemplating going out before NYE especially if you are off work?! Well….. This Sunday Beyond is open at Midnight; regular as clockwork for our regulars; or a great excuse to burn off the calories you possibly gained over xmas…” he adding “…I personally love the atmosphere at this particular Beyond so if you are in London, come and experience the Beyond magic, we are open from 12 midnight and the lady at the door will be Hrh Minty while Elektra and her delectable dancing team are working hard preparing for our NYD superparty, so have been given way to the music on this one occasion…”
And given both Ben’s & our boosting of this Beyond bash, all that’s left to say & do is to share the events page with you, http://facebook.com/events/191006581037940/, the clubs page, http://facebook.com/beyondclub and the official website, http://orangenation.co.uk, while if we can cancel our cancelled plans, you can too, so see you on the dancefloor shortly, safe in the knowledge that you will “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
While most of us will be tucked up in bed preparing for the forthcoming working week, there are a collective of citric clubbers that are preparing to push the normality boundaries, dancing & partying deep into Monday morning in celebration of the return of their adorable & audacious afterhours after an Easter break. So the selection was simple, Disco Matt choosing Orange, which takes place tonight/tomorrow (Sun/Mon 15th/16th April) at Fire in Vauxhall, as his pick of the day, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while DM drills down on the dinky detail beneath.
Disco Matt declares of this dance delight…..
Orange – The “original” Monday morning bender returns after its Easter break….tonight (Sun 15th April)……
…….with D.J.’s on rotation including, The Sharp Boys, Fat Tony & The Oli in the “citric” main room, spinning upliftlting & upfront house, while David Jimenez, Hifi Sean & guests go deep & RAW in the second space……
…..plus, with prolific promoter Steven Sharp, dynamic door mistress Hrh Minty & heavenly inside host Danny Boyce, you couldn’t be in better hands…..
…..added to which there are, new drinks deals, new visuals & new decor….spring has sprung, the clocks are forward, so time to step forward……
…., FORGET & FORGO A MUNDANE MONDAY……PUT A SPRING INTO YOUR DISCO STEP….&….. JUMP, JUMP, JUMP, KEEP ON JUMPIN’ TO THE CITRIC ORANGE BEAT…..
Orange @ Fire, South Lambeth Rd, Vauxhall
Sunday 15th April
Doors open 11 p.m. till superlate
Entry £5 with flyer/ad/Facebook invite b4 1 a.m.,
Otherwise £10 till midnight, £12 thereafter
BREAKING ORANGE NEWS – Steven Sharp has announced an extended £5 concession list for Orange tonight & say’s – “…hit me back through my Facebook inbox to get your name on the disco list! Sx…”
ORANGE….BLOW NORMALITY, BE NAUGHTY & RAIN-CHECK MONDAY!!!
GO THERE! BE THERE!
With all roads not only leading but looking to start here, Disco Matt chooses Beyond “Midnight” which takes place tonight/tomorrow (Sat/Sun 7th/8th April) at Area in Vauxhall, as his pick of the day, not least as DM’s premier player, Steve Pitron, will be delivering a captivating catalogue of classics in his showstopper of a set, all the detail a supporting banner selection away opposite, an image click away below, or an Orange Group event explanation beneath.
The Orange Group say of this event…
BEYOND MIDNIGHT – XLSIOR PRE PARTY
Easter Saturday 7th April Midnight – Midday Sunday @ AREA
The UK’s leading clubbing brand throws a special Bank Holiday Saturday Midnight party serving up 12 hours of turbocharged house music to an up for it crowd celebrating the Easter Weekend.
Plus, as Beyond will host the official afterhours party at XLsior Festival Mykonos for the third consecutive year, we’re thrilled to host the official pre party for the 4 day gay dance event which takes later this year. We welcome their main resident DJ GSP to the decks, who’s played at fantastic clubs all over the world, including guest spots at Fire and WE Party.
As usual the Beyond all star DJ team rocks the house across all three rooms, with incredible production and massive gogo shows from Shaun Capewell and Elektra Paris.
Free entry before 1am with online guestlist, flyer or ad
Advance tickets £10 at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com. &/or via usual Soho outlets
Otherwise £12 before 3am, £15 after
It captivated the capitals clubbers when it launched two years ago, since when the colossal collaboration that brought both promotional & branding minds together has continued to attract considerable crowds. But with the former promoter bowing out, who would the amazing As One fair in the hands of its new director, one Steven Sharp?
If there is one day in the year that we never fail to find ourselves delighting in dancefloor devotions, it is the first, New Years Day holding higher regard than any other in our season of festive frolicking, Beyond a brand that has entertained us enthrallingly for the last decade, while Trade also played its part, the odd collaboration with Crash & afterhours Ultra resulting in “Essential” which rocked our world back in 2006. But when it comes to club combinations, we have seen plenty of others, the likes of “Famous Five”, & “Universal” immediately springing to mind, although there can be no doubt that, following its launch on New Year’s Day 2009, the amalgamation that is As One has seen a succession of successes, building on that first foray that saw host venue Fire packed to the rafters and brought together brands that included Orange, Lovechild, Megawoof & Lo-Profile, to mention just four. And with the bank holiday weekends of Easter, Spring & Summer sporting As One outings, this colossal combo has found a popular perch in the cavorting of the capitals clubbers, although with the original promoter & driving force behind the concept having gracefully bowed out, As One dipped off the radar for a while, leaving us to wonder whether, like it’s former fellows, it would return. But with the news coming through loud & clear that it would do just that, plus be in the hands of one of the capital clubbing circuit’s most prominent promoters, we looked forward to As One “NYD 2012” with eager anticipation.
So, have succumbed to the stunning scintillation of a spectacular “Safari” session with WE Party, we were definitely raring to go for more, a quick homeward bound refresher setting us fair for this latest As One outing, making haste for Fire at not long after midnight, the whole place already buzzing with activity and that was just the outside. However, with three different entrances to negotiate, while we were clear which queue to stand in, some were finding it a little confusion as to which one was which, although with the terrific Tom Fuller never far away, order was quickly restored and our smooth entry assured, the marvellous Minty paving our way with another of her trademark warming welcomes. That said, the next hurdle proved as high as beeches brook, the negation of the considerable coatcheck queue leaving us thing “…oh no not again…”, As One, particularly on New Year’s Day seemingly plagued by this problem, no amount of pre event organising (which had clearly be orchestrated) able to cope with the colossal numbers that had descended on Fire. And with WE, Salvation & other parties all emptying out at once, As One was a natural next move, meaning patience was required before we could see ourselves released into the already amazing action inside.
But were we in for a treat or what, new prolific promoter Steven Sharp having given this As One amalgam a fresh new feel, not least with the teaming up with the mothership of clubbing, Trade, along with the alternative brilliance of “The MenWhoFell2Earth”, this added to regular includee Megawoof, along with the Orange RAW influence, all making for a combo that was to serve Steven well. Mind you, with Trade in the Fire’s mirrorarch space & Orange in the main room, we did have a slight sense of déjà vu as it was this dynamic duo that had delighted us on Christmas day in the same place & pretty much at the same time. However, we were far from complaining, neither were the party goers packing out both rooms, Lee Yeomans trading tons of tunes in the mirrorarch, while one Orange resident was handing over to another in the main room, The Oli having really got this colossal combo going in scintillating style, George Sharp grasping with both of his brilliant hands the musical torch which was burning as bright as the lighting & effects that saw the space jam packed. So, negotiating the various spaces was a tricky affair, although in doing so, we bumped into scores of familiar faces, Simon Patrick & the delectable Dorin among them, while such was the crammed state of the various rooms, we couldn’t get close to Hifi Sean in the RAW lounge, or TheMenWhoFell2Earth boys across the other side of Fire, we eventually settling on our favoured spot in the mirrorarch and lovely liaisons with incumbent D.J. Nick Tcherniak & finished duty disc spinner The Oli.
So it was the Trade room where we decided to lay our hat for a while, the adorable Andrea bouncing up and quizzing us over our absence at Salvation, although even her advances weren’t going to dampen our spirits as Nick Tcherniak, having assumed the decks, was serving up a simply scintillating set, the room filling out even further as he showered scores of superb sounds on an adoring audience. And with the podiums packed with party goers, Trade’s Mark Mace looking on in amazement and our favoured spot by the D.J. booth brimming with bodies, we couldn’t have been happier with our As One lot. Mind you, if there was ever going to be one person that would drag us away from Mr Tcherniak’s terrific tech treats, it would be Tom Fuller, another (and our own) face of Trade who, by now, had masterminded the smooth entry of a capacity crowd and was ready to let his hair down. So, having missed out on our usual catch up at Beyond earlier in the day, it was to the bar for a we headed to toast with Tom, this magnificent meet and, of course, the beginning of 2012, catching up on happenings from the last few hours, including his notable absence from WE, “Safari”, a phenomenal party that had highlighted one of the best starts to a new year we could remember.
With this brief respite over, it was back to the action and the remainder of Nick’s prolific performance, we hardly able to believe that he could have improved on the perfection that was his Christmas Day set for Orange/Trade, although that was exactly what he was doing, so much so that he left an uphill task for incumbent D.J., an apparent techno legend who, for us would not come close to the magnificent music from the maestro before him. This meant we were off on our As One travels again, first dipping into the Megawoof room to spin to the sounds from our Italian friend, Micky Galliano, this a brief stay as we got wind of a set we really wanted to savour, Smokin Jo firing on all cylinders in the Orange main room. And arriving to catch her in full flow, we soon sank into her splendours, the space fuller than we had ever seen it before, the tunes she was turning out akin to a Trade lite lounge rather than an Orange session. Plus, with, Fat Tony and Steven Sharp up behind the decks in support, it very much felt like a lite lounge reunion, this Trade from Turnmills days trio very much the focus of attention, Smokin Jo’s superb sounds leaving us breathless with admiration, spinning on our tightly squeezed spot with gusto.
And with the amazing As One atmosphere getting better by the minute, it would be no surprise that Fat Tony would feed off this lite lounge style frenzy, taking up where Jo had left off, the whole place continuing to erupt in ecstatic excitement, while we were now very much torn between his dynamic deliveries and the equally enthralling exhibition that was unfolding in the Trade room, Gonzalo in charge of the tunes and lifting the vibe & feel of this sagging space in an instant. Seeing these Trade men of old in fabulous form, the appreciative audiences lapping up every tender musical morsel from both, our dilemma as to where to deliver our devotions ended up in a split decision & division, bouncing between the two like a boomerang on a never ending circular cycle, Gonzalo gripping us with heaps of heavy yet hedonistic house, while the fluffier feel of Fat Tony’s tunes were also hitting our high notes, the heady concoction of this majestic musical mixture sending us stratospheric with satisfaction. But all this incredible indulgence was running our battery levels low, the hectic schedule of the last 36 hours beginning to take its toll, so rather than running ourselves into the ground, we decided an exit on a high was the order of the day, both beatmasters delivering on cue, Fat Tony’s selection of “Enjoy The Ride” seeing us dive into a Doing The Disco Matt frenzy with our Brazilian beat Jeovanne. And so with our rapturous ride coming close to an end, we waved our farewells, to Nick, Tom, to Andrea & Stephen, our cougar loving clubbing companion having braved the extraordinary heat of this event dressed from head to toe in an officer & a gentleman style suit, but like us was also running out of steam.
So, having savoured a significant slice of this latest As One outing, what did we think of the whole event?, and did it live up to the fabulousness of the first? Well, without doubt the injection of Trade into the As One combination of clubs gave this latest incarnation a fantastic feel, the marriage of minds with Orange from a week previously, repeated with rapturous results, Steven Sharp’s influence and inclination to point this colossal collaboration in a dynamically different direction a gamble that paid off & with decisive dividends. With each room bringing their own fan base of followers, that on top of a clubbing crowd who simply didn’t want their New Year’s Day celebrations to end, this was, without doubt the busiest as well as the best As One yet and, the coatcheck hiccup aside, one we thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. And while each & every D.J., performer & As One team member played their part in this pulsating party, in the hands of Nick Tcherniak & Gonzalo Rivas in the Trade room and Smokin Jo & Fat Tony in the Orange room, we had a quartet of quintessentially prolific performances that, like the closest of photo finishes, resulted in a terrific top of the tree tie between all four. So, while it may be over a month since we savoured their scintillating sets, they remain as fresh in our minds now as they were fabulous then, the final word, however, having to go to Steven Sharp who, through his passion, his vision, his hard work & his devotion, dealt us an As One party that delivered in virtually every department and more wonderfully than our wildest dreams could have imagined. (DISCO MATT)
For some, Christmas is about the treats under the tree, for others it’s about the turkey on the table, but for us? well it’s about the traditional turn with Trade and while Turnmills may just be a memory in our minds, this Christmas night we were given the next best thing, a Chrimbo combo that proved a sweet sensation that was well worth swapping the dessert for the dancefloor.
We have always been a bit of a stickler for tradition, we always give up something for lent, not an Easter goes by without indulging on the proverbial egg, of the chocolate kind of course, while come our birthday a bottle of our favourite South African Beyerskloof is an essential inclusion in our sometimes singular celebrations. So when it comes to Christmas, we have plenty of traditions too, those that have known us over the years realising that Xmas Eve is never the same without the mandatory gammon & mash along with the classic film “Oliver”, while on the day itself, smoked salmon & champagne is a morning must while watching another classic, “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang”. Yet while in more recent times we can take or leave the tradition of Turkey, not least that in the sunnier climbs of our South African home, the heat of the summer doesn’t necessarily mix with the daytime feast that festoons the masses in the northern hemisphere, one thing we have grown to adore & pursue with a passion, is a little dancefloor debauchery. So, while last year it was Lovechild at Red & Blue in Antwerp, the previous handful had always been about the mother of all clubs, without whom no Christmas is quite the same, a club that always reigned supreme on Sunday’s although for on this occasion would step out in the night rather than the day.
Trade is a name that had always been synonymous with another T, namely Turnmills and while many a Sunday morning during the 90’s saw us cutting a stride on this clubbing equivalent of churches, no less than eight occasions seeing us working off our Christmas lunch on the dancefloor of this infamous clubbing mecca, the debauchery & decadent feel that we always used to succumb to on a Sunday heightened even more in the knowledge that the vast majority of London, on this one night of the year, would be rather sleeping off theirs! So there was always something extra special about the Trade Christmas nights and, even when Turnmills was no more, there was always The Egg to fall back on, while the post Farringdon days also had another home for this mothership of Christmas day clubbing, namely Fire in Vauxhall, this venue choice not only proving a popular one, but opened up the opportunity for Trade to join forces with another amazing afterhours clubbing brand, in the case of Christmas, being none other than Orange, the outing that started Fire way back when & is the name behind the mighty organisation that now runs this Vauxhall venue.
So, with Orange & Trade once again joining forces and asking us to “…enter the realm of The Snow Queen…” and with a line up that included Steve Thomas, Nick Tcherniak, Pagano, Paul Heron & Fat Tony, how could we resist, even the lack of public transport & triple taxi fares nowhere near enough to retain us from making the 20 minute jaunt from Clapham to Vauxhall and a meet with our Christmas night maker. And arriving at Fire’s doors at not long before midnight, it was clear that many had the same thing in mind, the queue already considerable, yet managed with the usual dexterity we have come to expect from our very own face of Trade (and many more clubs for that matter), Tom Fuller, the mandatory pause and catch-up stalling us in time to be greeted by Aaron Elder and our promoter of the year, Steven Sharp, the man behind Orange & the driving force behind this “Snow Queen” affair. But with the club beckoning as well as an expectant Chrissy Darling waiting for her Christmas kiss, we negotiated a rather overzealous security guard who went as far as feeling our crotch (how dare he!), is was Miss Darling that was doing the now acceptable feeling and having spent the previous Christmas day in her company, clubbing in Antwerp, it felt extremely appropriate that she was here too. But while all these entrance greetings love-in’s were welcome enough, well apart from that naughty crotch feel of course, it was Orange/Trade we were here for, the pounding music of the main room grabbing our immediate attention as we disrobed at the coatcheck & prepared ourselves for the decadent chrimbo cavorting ahead.
And it got right off to a brilliant start, Orange RAW man Hifi Sean in charge of the tunes, entertaining an already considerable crowd to a ton of tech & deep house beats, the lighting & effects already in full flow as we found out to our sudden surprise as the snaky Smalls hit the go button on the special snow cannon installed for this exceptional event, a shower of the white stuff flying over our heads in our selected spot, this time to the right of the D.J. booth (shock horror) & covering our hair & shoulders making us look like a south pole penguin. But with “Mr DiscoBalls” Sean sorting some sensational sounds, w soon shook off our snow covering, our dextrous “Doing The Disco Matt” moves shifting the last remnants of snow, while there were plenty others getting into the Orange/Trade groove too, one guy next to us even putting our extravert dancing to shame. Mind you, while this RAW element was doing it for us, it was the Trade treats we were very much looking forward, a peek into the mirrorarch, the space set aside for our mothership of clubbing captivation, spotting the screens being pulled back & the room swinging into action. So, it wasn’t long before we found ourselves up in our favoured spot (yes you guessed it, just left of the D.J. booth, the one & only Steve (Janet to his friends) Thomas masterminding the music, immediate Turnmills memories flooding back in our minds, as he set about scoring a succession of bulls-eye’s with his brilliant beats.
Now we were well into this classic Chrimbo combo meet, the influence of Steven Sharp, not just a prolific promoter, but one half of The Sharp Boys who had been Trade residents themselves, clearly working like a dream, that other half in the form of George due on in the Orange room, although not before international playboy D.J. Paul Heron had his turn, our momentary pause from the thrills of Mr Thomas in the Trade room seeing us stall our return a little longer than we had planned. And for good reason as not only did someone wearing a straw in their ear as a Madonna like microphone that immediately reminded us of our beautiful Brazilian babe Bel, but another female close to our hears made her actual presence felt, Andrea bounding up to give us the customary welcome that never fails to reduce us to fits of laughter, “…you can f*** right off…”, while a flood of other familiar faces came walking by, Nick Tcherniak, Tom Marchant & Ariel Mayer among them, while another Nick, Mr Evans to be precise, was on close call having kindly transported his close pal Paul to Fire in time for his slot at this “Snow Queen” happening. Indeed Mr Heron was heaping hoards of heavenly house upon us, tracks such as “Souk” making us shout out in our minds, “where are you Steve & Celso”, while the delightful dancers now on stage were discerning distractions enough to keep us concentrated on the Orange/Trade task in hand.
But Trade was to show the most hypnotic hand of the night, the club brands resident Nick Tcherniak the D.J. disciple to do it, a simply stunning set from start to finish enthralling the now packed to the rafters mirrorarch space, a hoard of Trade babies in attendance to witness this master mixer at his wonderful work. So, it was no surprise that we totally succumbed to this superb showing, spinning on our spot like a good un, even Trade’s Mark Mace mystified by a monstrous moves, while the arrival of Pagano for his turn at playing on our musical heart strings, did slightly stop us in our tracks, although such was the exhilarating energy being poured on us by the terrific Mr Tcherniak, we were soon back in the zone soaking up what was to be our performance of the party. Yet with so much more to enjoy and, as a result our nibble size tweeting pretty much grinding to a halt, it was Pagano who first thrilled us with a mound of magnificent music in the Trade space, including a new production of his that had a distinct nod towards a Bond theme of the OHMSS variety, while George Sharp kept drawing us into the Orange room, Tom Marchant’s new track also enthralling our ears. But the morning’s madcap melay for us was crowned by a prolific performance from Fat Tony, this Trade lite lounge legend very much sealing our satisfaction deal on this “Snow Queen” splendour, Tonnic’s vocals and Tony’s selection’s sending us skyward with every beat, our anthem of old, “Release Me”, even halting our exit, rather ensuring we reassumed our spinning spot in the Orange/Trade main room which marked our final focus on this fantastic foray.
So what did we think of the latest chapter in our catalogue of chrimbo cavorting?, and who rocked our world in the eight or so hours we sank into this “Snow Queen” quest? Well, first & foremost, the combining of forces between Orange & Trade worked like a dream, this the third time the duo have collaborated over Christmas and we loved the way the two differing styles of beats & bodies merged as one and whilst it may have not quite had the overtly decadent feel of the Turnmills Xmas nights, the sensation that we were pushing the boundaries of normality were certainly evident. As for those that rocked our eight hour world, well, pretty much every D.J. did their bit in tantalising our musical taste-buds, from the deep tech house of Hifi Sean through the more uplifting citric beats of Paul Heron & George Sharp in the main room, to the Trade tipped tunes from Steve Thomas & Pagano in the mirrorarch, our trips back & forth between the two spaces were evident that each & every one of them were hitting the mark. However, we have to single out Nick Tcherniak for his simply stunning set in the Trade room, we lapping up every tasty morsel of his magnificent music, while our hats very much also go off to Fat Tony for his splendid set in the Orange space, it being extremely rare for a D.J. to actually pull us back from the brink of an exit and he did it in spectacular style. So hearty congratulations to all involved from start to finish, to everyone that said hi but especially to Steven Sharp, our promoter of 2011, for masterminding this classic chrimbo combo, you did both Orange & Trade proud, well done. (DISCO MATT)
There can be no disputing the fact that Sunday nights & Monday mornings in clubland London now pretty much belong to just one brand, especially as the likes of DTPM, FF, PSP & Warriors are long gone from our schedules. And whist many of us find ourselves committed to the start of the working week, there are hoards of others that simply don’t need to or don’t know when to stop clubbing, the time being midnight on Sunday & the place being Fire, indicating that it can mean only one thing, an outing with Orange. But while we struggle to find the legs & commitment to devote our attention to regular Sunday night sessions with the clubs promoter Steven Sharp & his collective crew, this coming weekend looks very different, as we will be helping the brand celebrate its birthday, marking a whole thirteen years in operation, a feat rarely achieved these days, the only weekly club coming close being A:M which reaches its 11th year next February.
So how has Orange attained this outstanding achievement?, and what can you expect from this 13th birthday bash? Well, to answer the first question, we first need to take you on a brief journey back to its origins, the club’s life beginning back in 1998 in the depths of south east London when the likes of Melt & DT were the clubs competition, the minnow like Orange outfit often extending to three floors in its former home for specialist parties, not least over the millennium. But it was in 2001, virtually to the week that Orange first opened its doors, that it found new life in the new clubbing civilisation that was Vauxhall, the venue we now know & love as Fire, then known simply as The Viaduct, playing host to the Orange Monday morning mayhem & magnificence, the essence of Orange being fun & decadence that made it so popular when it launched and just as popular thirteen years down its resplendent road. And whilst the home for this captivating club that was affectingly termed at the time of its creation as “…that arch somewhere in Vauxhall…” has seen a score or more of clubs come & go, Orange has stood the test of time tremendously, whether standing on its own tall two feet or joining forces with others, most notably Trade, its status has surely reached equally legendary status as its most worthy clubbing compatriot.
That pretty much paints the picture of this prolific weekly party and why it finds itself celebrating the lucky for some figure of thirteen years in operation, but what of the celebration itself? Well, first & foremost this momentous event has been named “Clockwork Orange”, we highly suspecting the iconic film theme will run a thread through the party production, while the tried & tested formula of the club where fun is central to its existence will clearly have a big part to play in this special celebration. However, no Orange birthday would be complete without a performance here & there, the “Clockwork Orange” theme extending to the team of dancers dressed in the style of the infamous cult 1971 Stanley Kubrick classic. But more than that, Orange promoter Steven Sharp is proud to welcome back the vocal vitality that is Tonnic, this female performance powerhouse very much part of the clubs recent history, having played a part in the last few birthday’s, as well as on a host of other special parties. Adding exciting vocal elements to the main room music, she will be in the thick of the action throughout the event, but particularly during Fat Tony’s set, heralding a performing partnership that has lasted for as long as we can remember.
So that neatly moves on to the music, all the usual Orange residents in place, Paul Martin our first mini focus and a name that has been synonymous with Orange for most of its existence at Fire, his uplifting, accessible yet cutting edge house music style always finding favour with the clubs faithful as well as occasional visitors like us. With experience stretching back to the vinyl years, Paul nevertheless keeps bang up to date with trends, his latest podcast, “August Summer Groove”, testament to that and one that is well worth a listen/download by going to http://web.me.com/northerntzar/PAULMARTIN/Podcast/Entries/2011/8/11_The_sound_of_now. Then
there is The Oli, another Orange veteran who has been gracing the clubs decks for the vast majority of its time in Vauxhall, the club marking his first ever London residency, Oli being noted as saying “…it is one of my favourite clubs to play…” a compilation mix from last year his last dedication to the brand, while we are sure another one will be on its way soon. With a sound style we would describe as magically mixed in genre, Oli has an incredible talent for playing to his audience in a wonderful way that only a few other peers can achieve and with a repertoire of rhythms in his colossal collection, it is no surprise he is a regular feature at other parties including A:M, Beyond & Later, while you can see what we mean by grabbing one of many podcasts available at http://theoli.podomatic.com/.
But that is only part of the picture as other main room birthday beats will be provided by The Sharp Boys along with Fat Tony, all three individuals having worked together for years before Orange was created, they being an intrinsic part of the phenomenon that was the Trade Lite Lounge, while Tony has been part of the Orange furniture from the outset, playing at for the club in the Rotherhithe days, as well as during the infamous Viaduct period, as well a virtually weekly since. And with the man & his music part & parcel of the Orange package, he is joined by The Sharp Boys who are also intrinsic to the Orange was of life, between them sporting over 30 years experience in the industry and having played as a D.J. duo for much of that time. Plus with a discography list of releases that stretch longer than your arm, they are as iconic, nay legendary as Orange is itself, a selection of their “Sharpcast” releases available at http://sharpboys.podomatic.com/ ,while their vitality behind the decks is always a pleasurable sight and one we will look forward to come this Sunday night/Monday morning.
However, that is just one half of the music picture, as the RAW room will be swinging into action, regulars & instigators of this tough tech & deep house honed space, Gonzalo Rivas & David Jimenez, present & correct, Mr Rivas back in the groove after a similar summer siesta to ours, marking his welcome return with a compilation mix entitled “cums deep & penetrating” (ooh err missus!!), the Freudian reference more to the style of music to which his RAW followers have become accustomed, so well worth a listen in advance of Sunday by going to http://soundcloud.com/gonzalo-rivas. And there you will find a remix of the David Jimenez track “Inside My Soul”, the man behind this 2003 creation, like Gonzalo & all the main room residents, a virtual Orange institution, so his set one we certainly won’t be missing on Monday morning, David having entertained us expertly right from the halcyon days of Crash, Beyond & A:M.
But evidence that music is central to this celebration as well as our special devotion to its 13th birthday event, is the inclusion of special guest Paul Heron, a man who is truly at the top of his game at present, our affectionate term of “International Playboy D.J.” hinting very much towards his appearances for a whole variety of clubs & events that take him to all corners of the globe, recent exploits in Brazil, & Ibiza framing his intrinsic involvement in the La Demence cruise, this on top of other gigs across Europe and right here at home in London. And just looking at the capital, Paul has regular residency slots for nearly all the major players in town, A:M, Beyond, Later, Lo-Profile, Lovechild & Room Service featuring large, while a storming performance at new club launch Brava, as well recently for Brighton Pride’s dance tent are just two among a whole host of highlights. But on top of that, a more enthusiastic entertainer when behind the decks, we cannot imagine, Paul’s incredible energy translating into spectacular sets that never fail to hit our heavenly mark. Mind you, given his jetsetting schedule, dives into the studio are nowhere near as often as he would like, but evidence of both that Brava brilliant set & a soulful side to his musical penchant make up his most recent releases, both worthy collectables from http://soundcloud.com/djpaulheron/. As for his RAW set, expect a Heron-tastic tech & deep house peach of a performance not to be missed.
Well, that all kind of neatly leads onto the detail of this “Clockwork Orange” inspired event which takes place this coming Sunday (11th Sept) doors opening at 11 p.m. and the event running through till a superlate but yet unconfirmed time of 9 a.m. Entry on the door is priced at a mere £6 when accompanied with an flyer, ad, or Facebook printed invite, while for others its £12 before midnight and then a special 13th birthday price of, yes you guessed it, £13 thereafter. But the celebratory offers don’t end there, as the ever popular birthday bubbly is back, where the first 13 paying customers through the doors will have a bottle of champagne at their disposal for just £13 (one per customer), this on top of the usual spirit & shots discounts, as well as the very reasonable & bar beating Fire drinks prices. And the icing on the Orange birthday cake will be fabulous door hostess Glendora who will surely make her usual citric splash, no doubt dressed perfectly for the occasion too (we can’t wait to see her outfit), more details on this exceptional event available at http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
Now, as we have hinted, we have cleared our Monday morning schedule to ensure that Orange rather than London’s roads start our week, but will be hot footing it down to Fire long before that, so we can take in the full extent of this birthday bash & reckon you should do, making sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
It seems an absolute age since we tripped across to Fire on a Sunday afternoon, the host venue for the craziness that is Later, the natural follow on from Beyond, serving up the option of dancing in the dark (ish) or socialising in the sunshine, well at least when the sun is shining! But with the Easter weekend weather being nothing less than glorious (what a fabulous change!) the thought of combing stints of spinning to some scintillating sounds with that superb sunshine socialising was too much to resist, although we decided on the Monday option, being the second Later outing of the weekend & right after an outstanding Orange event that kept us enticed right till the end. So, having popped home for a quick refresh, we landed on Fire at just turned 3 a.m. to find an outside area brimming with party people soaking up the wonderful weather, while inside the dancefloor was also rammed, Paul Heron perfecting plumes of pumping progressive house hits that were going down a storm. However, searching for our Cougar clubbing pal Stephen, we eventually found him slumped on a seat outside, the ravages of an exceptionally hot SuparMartXe having taken its toll on him, although after lots of chit chat & meeting with friends & familiar faces, including Orange’s exceptional promoter Steven Sharp, we gathered ourselves for a more lengthy boogie, this time to the genius of George Sharp who, like he did in Orange earlier, delivered a dream of a set, old classics mixed in with new beats that kept us cavorting in our spot by the D.J. booth for the majority of his set. Mind you with the outside still teaming with tottie, a further respite was in order before the final foray which proved the most fruitful as Gonzalo was on spectacular song, hitting our sweet musical spots with track after tremendous track, the finale of “Here Comes The Rain” receiving resounding raptures, not least from female friend Sophie Pearson who had us in stitches with a couple of classic lines, while Cougar Stephen was also on claw clenching form too. So, with so much more to lament about Later, its “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)
If there are two events in our clubbing calendar that are made to go together, it’s an extended weekend & the citric colossus that is Orange, the Monday morning bender that can put paid to the start of a working week, yet on a Bank Holiday when it shouldn’t feel as decadent, it ends up being just as so, sometimes even more, especially when promoter Stephen Sharp moves the operation to Area, when without a shadow of a doubt, sweet dreams are made of citric bliss. And this Monday morning was no exception, as arriving at just turned 6.30 a.m. the queue was stretching past Chariots and inside was already pumping & packed, Paul Martin mesmerizingly magnificent in the Terrace room, while the dream of a duo, Hifi Sean & Severino nailed it in The Chapel with some of the most fabulous & funky future house to be heard anywhere. But, as brilliant both rooms were, when it comes to us in Area, the main room is the place where we always find our stride and, not 24 hours since spinning on our spot to Steve Pitron at Beyond, we found ourselves doing it all again, although not before The Oli had treated us to a catalogue of classic tunes, a sign of what was to come. Then, arriving on cue and catching a few moments with us, it was then the turn of the man himself to set our emotions alight, we immediately finding our eyes awash with water as he, Steve Pitron, pulled out one amazing & awesome track after the next, like Oli before, consummate classics but brilliantly blended with up to date delights, “Offshore” once again sending us into floods and “Right Here Waiting For You” effecting the same rollercoaster reaction, these among 90 minutes of magical music from this magnificent maestro that would be oh so hard to match. But with Steve’s stint over & the delectably different stage show setting the tone, headliners Boy George & Fat Tony followed & had Area’s main room rocking right through their back-to-back performance, leaving George Sharp to polish off another prolific & perfect Orange bank Holiday bash, the dynamic duo of David Jimenez & D’Johnny having plenty to say & share through their terrific tech tunes in The Chapel. With a huge bunny, a dwarf, Chrissy Darling, Glendora & co all dressed to dare, plus dancers to delight, Orange had it all, so hat’s off to the whole team for a pulsating party that saw us stay till the bitter end, the hard work of Steven harp shining through spectacularly. So with much more to say about this citric splendour it’s “…ready, steady, go for the review…” (DISCO MATT)