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While we make no secret that Beyond has become our favourite club of all-time, having wowed our world for over ten years now, recent developments have left us in dismay over some of the mixed messages that are marring its magnificence, while come Sunday (3rd Feb) all that will be brushed under the carpet as Beyond’s first big bash since NYD looks set to be a sell-out success, we reporting on then recommending this brand & it’s “Pervert” party.
Having devoted reports, features, recommendations & reviews to this brilliant brand, pretty much speaks for itself, while we have propelled related podcasts, music and the clubs resident D.J.’s on scores of occasions in our time, all an indication of the love and passion we have for this awesome afterhours (we use that word for good reason), as since day one back in 2001, we have been probably one of the biggest & longest lasting supporters, fans, fervent followers of this Sunday morning (also used for purpose) meet. Indeed, having formed friendships with flocks of D.J.’s, scene faces, scene workers and pure party people, this captivating club, for much of its history, stood for everything that was great about clubbing. From the Colloseum period, through to its current reign over Area (and no other brand or event feels the same here for us), a purple patch period between 2009 & 2011 chalking up tons of terrific turns, during 2012 and particularly in the last two to three months of the year, it seems to have lost some of its spark, So, our once weekly visits have become far less often and when we do make it down,, they are short & sweet (for some far too short), no one’s fault but ours, we just seem to be finding our favour faltering. But more than that, what was recognised from the off as a pure afterhours party, has shifted its timings as often as the wind changes direction, leaving us scratching our head as to what the promotions team are attempting to achieve.
Beyond, without doubt remains at the top of the capitals gay clubbing circuit pile, it having built on the solid foundation of its early years competing against Trade, quickly becoming THE place to go after the previous parties pale, this “all roads lead to” reputation played out virtually weekly, Area having proved the perfect venue for this awesome afterhours. And our clubbing memory banks are brimmed with magical moments, not least from the band of superstar resident D.J.’s that have graced the club’s decks over the years, The Oli, Jamie Head, Hifi Sean, Fat Tony & The Sharp Boys right up there as considerable contributors, while that purple patch period we talked about was pretty much dominated by Alan K, Mikey D & Steve Pitron, Alan always playing the final main room set, while Mikey & Steve would swap around, we & masses of other never getting tired of seeing the same trio week in, week out, it was monotonous, it was simply magically stunning to soak up their scintillating sets. And when you look at Trade for example, their main room line up hardly changed each week, Malcolm Duffy starting, Steve Thomas next then Alan Thompson, Ian M, Tony De Vit & Pete Wardman, while as a couple of the characters fell out their places were filled, but the D.J. format hardly ever fiddled with.
Yet in the last couple of years and in 2012 particularly, the Beyond powers that be have insisted on messing with the magic, introducing an effective rolling D.J. roster, while the year also saw Alan K finally throw in the towel, for reasons we won’t yet go into detail on, while poor Hifi Sean, who for us, was the epitome of everything the was charismatic & compelling about the chapel space, was ditched due to inter promoter politics. But the upheaval didn’t stop there, oh no, The Sharp Boys removed from the roster by the current promoter, they being told “…their music didn’t fit with Beyond…”, shocking in the extreme, especially when you take into consideration that they were playing the club in the Colloseum days and, with the exception of Steve Pitron, are (or is that were) the longest surviving residents. Indeed, talking of promoters, very much like the club timings, they have changed like the wind over the last three years, we’ve had Steven Sharp twice (the best in our opinion), Jonny Marsh, Mauricio Ortiz & most recently Ben Kaye, while as we go to press with this post, our ear to the ground information (not confirmed we must stress) is that Ben is due to be replaced by JJ Clark. And as for these “Midnight” parties, which in late 2012 & for nearly the whole of January became the norm, well they are the single most confounding contributor’s to the mixed messages that are marring the magnificence of Beyond, The Orange Group seemingly falling back on the brand to fill a gaping gap in their Saturday schedule, rather than launch a new night, a move that may perhaps re-emulate those heady & hypnotic days of Juicy & Horizon.
Yet, all that said, we feel that Beyond has been the savour of the nation of clubbing brands that make up Orange (Orange Nation – The Orange Group), as 2012 has seen virtually all of them falter, some more significantly than others. Onyx has all but disappeared & As One has gone into hibernation, CasaLatina seems to have ceased to be, while A:M has been subject to what we see as a muddled make-over affecting numbers, Orange a place on its prolific past. Even Gravity has seen a switch of venues, in effect downsizing form his former home Fire, Later’s “Nu Direction” promising, well until the promoter that made all the marvellous changes was, once again, sidelined, Beyond however remaining buoyant, often brimming, its popularity seemingly unblemished despite a distinct movement away from Vauxhall. So, as much as we have our own issues, one thing is for sure, this awesome (and it truly is) afterhours beats every other club we know in London & on the continent hands down, meaning that while we remain uneasy with recent developments, Beyond simply cannot escape our positive spin, our resounding recommendation and, more than anything else, our acknowledgement that, clubbing in the capital, when this brilliant brand is on fantastic form, doesn’t get any better. And we highlight suspect it will be at its best this weekend, when it entertains Matinee goers & many many more for sure, with its “Pervert” party.
So what can you expect from this spectacle? Well, we concur with the promoter, Ben Kaye, when he say’s “…this is biggest weekend on the gay scene calendar since NYD…” and given the explosion of events, Beyond looks like it will have rich pickings as there are at least three other big events apart from Matinee, that will no doubt converge on Area on Sunday morning, although with it being the official afterhours for the Spanish superclub’s latest London outing, Beyond sharing the “Pervert” pin for its party, so will probably also replicate some of the production & dancers from the Fire foray. However, the D.J. line-up is pure Beyond, the main room looking good (well great actually) as it seems the team may have sensed some of our discord, Steve Pitron & Mikey D appearing consecutively from 6 through till 10 a.m., while The Oli is back in the terrace too, the full line-up picture completed by Rob Sykes, David Jimenez, Maze & Masters and (sharp intake of breath) Anina. Plus, the promoter tells us that the team are “…welcoming back JJ Clark to Beyond, who you will be seeing a lot more of in the coming months…” perhaps deluding to what we said earlier, while a whole host of others, including James Marsh on the door & the amazing Altina Ha on VIP duty and new addition John Brooks who, following the sudden closure of Profile/Lo-Profile, switched swiftly and now seems to be involved in Gravity, Beyond, Later & A:M, while he has brought brand Society with him, one that launches in Area this very Sunday evening from 6 p.m. As for Beyond’s doors, well they open at 4 a.m. this Sunday (3rd Feb), advance tickets available online at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/beyond-official-mati/ as well as at the usual Soho outlets, all at an inflation busting £10, while entry will be available on the door, but expect to pay more, further info available via https://facebook.com/beyondclub and on the events page at https://facebook.com/events/203328906476042/.
Now, given our pre-Christmas planned commitments, we won’t be back at Beyond, our stay of absence extending and almost unheard of six weeks, while we leave it to Ben Kaye to round off our recommendation when he says, “…don’t miss the best after hours in London on the weekend that the whole of London seems to be going to…”. (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)
Bucking the trend & still pulling in the punters, WE Party London’s organisers, having hosted yet another party premiere here in the capital, should be pleased as punch with the terrific turnout, The Coronet once again packed out & witnessed another WE wonder, but what did we think of this “Bitches On The Beach” bash?
In a period in the capitals clubland that is, without doubt, one of the toughest we have seen in the many moons we have been treading its dancefloor boards, it is a relief to see that when it comes to the big events, the is still a penchant for pitching to a party. And while some brands have faltered, Salvation one example, where turnout for their 14th birthday was at all all-time low, Matinee, having made it back to London already looking as though it has hit a partying plateau, others such as Onyx having downsized, the boutique brands such as Room Service, WAR & SOS reaping the benefits of a shrinkage in the scene. Yet, while there are parties that have dropped off the clubbing circuits calendar’s completely, Circus, Lovechild & SuperMartXe springing immediately to mind, more than a handful struggling to pull in sufficient punters, conversely there is one big brand that, like its boutique brethren, continues to sail strongly against the wind of change that has hit London in recent months. And that brand?, well WE of course, the Spanish super club that pretty much stole the show from SMX just over two years ago and, some 12 or so parties in, still manages to attract a considerable crowd, the element of fun, the luminous LED stage shows & the marvellous mix of music just three of many more draws, London continued to be rated second only to the brands home in Madrid, despite WE having toured to all four corners of the globe in its short but spectacular two year history.
Indeed with London placed on such a prominent pedestal by WE’s promoter Victor Pallas, the capital, The Coronet & London organisers The Orange Group have benefitted from staging no less than five premiere’s of new themed events this year alone, “Safari” the first, then “Pharaoh”, “Fluro”, “Fast Food” & “Hi Japan” and now they have added “Bitches On The Beach”, to their feathered cap. However, “Safari” set the showcase standard very high indeed, both visuals & costumes the most impressive we have seen of any WE yet, while having missed out on “Pharaoh” which, we were told exceed even the previous party, it would be fair to say that, in our eyes at least “Fluro” was a bit of a flop, technical issues with both the Spanish D.J. & the stage shows themselves causing frustrating delays which, from our privileged position on the stage had us caught up in it all, the result & consequence denting our enthusiasm for the brand. As a consequence we missed out on “Players”, our stay at “Fast Food” was pretty brief and were somewhat bemused by “Hi Japan”, yes we had a brilliant time, probably one of the best at WE yet, not least due to the company we were keeping & yet another privileged position on the stage next to Steve Pitron & then Carlos Gallardo, we couldn’t have asked for more, yet the theme left us confused as we couldn’t really see it apart from a handful of LED visuals.
So, if we were honest, were weren’t that enthused about “Bitches On The Beach” although with the prospect of another privileged position perch, albeit towards the end of the event, Steve Pitron taking up the final set of the night, we put best foot forward, heading for The Coronet for a fashionably late arrival of 1 a.m., the chilling breeze blowing up out short jeans far from the beach weather befitting this bash, while we weren’t in the best frames of mind, all that shortly to change with the warmest of welcomes from Ben Kaye & co on the door, even the usual overzealous security fabulously friendly, a better start we couldn’t have wished for. But it was to get even better as, after just a short wait to drop off our coat, despite the long queue which was managed extremely efficiently, we were inside & straight onto the VIP deck vantage point, a flock of familiar faces saying hi & a champagne glass pushed into our hands, we weren’t going to say no, those faces including Jonny Marsh, Jay Roberts, JJ Clark, well a load of J’s really, we looking over a packed main room dancefloor, swathes of bare torso’s swaying to the brilliant beats of D’Johnny.
So down to the dancefloor we went, although wiggling our way through the WE crowd was quite a task, although one familiar face after the next caught us on our trail to our now usual Coronet spot, yes you guessed it, D.J./stage left where the welcoming arms of Celso, Peter & Fabio were waiting to greet us, the playful & excited Jeovane ready to rock & roll with us in extrovert dancing style, not 24 hours after we had caused a rapturous riot at PLAY>TIME, we being chased from top to bottom of the club by our Brazilian buddy & Mr Pitron. But Jeovane wasn’t the only one in playful mood, as Peter was raring to repeat his performance at beyond the previous week, although unlike our spot there then, there was barely room to swing a cat here, so the leg pole dancing had to wait till later. But what didn’t wait were the continual appearances of a flock of friends including Steven Galo, little Nilsson Junior and more while the stage was ready to burst into action too, we catching the dancers preparing with the corner of our eye, D’Johnny’s trademark euro tech beats intermixed with vocal injections & classics rehashed set the scene superbly.
Now “Bitches On The Beach” was alight, the pyrotechnics pluming from the front of the stage doing just that, while well over a dozen bronzed beauties adorned the stage in the skimpiest of swin & underwear revealing pretty much all, even if the stage dressing & production had no real resemblance to either bitches or beaches. However, the spectacular statement the LED displays were shouting was, once again, the focal point of this latest WE outing, our cameras snapping at every opportunity possible, while we, unlike any event this year so far, were determined to take it in from all angles, a tour of the club ensuing, catching up with more familiar faces, Chris Jepson, James Marsh, Vinson Chee, Summer Doll Nguyen, even taking in the Toybox second space for a short while. But the inevitable draw of the main space saw us back before long, Manuel De Diego in charge of the tunes now and serving up a much more accessible & pleasing to the ear performance than the last we witnessed, our attention diverted by Jamie Head, whose set we had sadly missed although his company we were to keep for much of the remainder of this party. That said, our tour of review duty was not over yet & outside we went too, catching up with further friends Luis & Michele before calls for us to return our spot eventually dragged us away.
Back down on the dancefloor and Jeovane came to our dancing rescue although we were feeling a little club rusty by now, close on five hours already chalked up and with the usual retreat stalled by the prospect of a Steve Pitron set performance that would, for us, once again steal the show, it would be the VIP balcony where we would lay our “Bitches On The Beach Hat” for the remainder of our stay, Jamie joining us, as did Fabio & Peter, that leg pole dancing never far away, while Mr Pitron was in close call too, our privileged stage position however off the cards, this a great opportunity to see the master at work & his adoring audiences reactions from this VIP vantage point. And he didn’t disappoint, a clutch of new tracks kicking off what would be a fabulous finish to the WE party, crowd pleasers “Spectrum”, “Someone I Used To Know”, & “Turn Up The Radio” among many others that had the remaining revellers reaping the benefits of his brilliant beats, while it would be a new rendition of “Time & Time Again” followed by Nero’s “Must be The Feeling” that erupted our trademark tearful emotions, by which time we were close on seven hours WE deep, our steam having virtually run out, meaning it was a swift exit in the cold of this October Sunday morning, requests to be at Beyond turned down in favour of our duvet, although not before a final WE surprise & thrill sharing some lovely moments with delectable dancer Le Menor on our way home.
So what was our verdict on “Bitches On the Beach” and had did it compare to previous 2012 WE parties? Well, there was no denying that the crowd once again made this an enjoyable & entertaining experience, although with our mindset really not right from the start, it simply couldn’t compare with the sheer splendour of “Safari”, for us the best one yet, while “Hi Japan” also exceeded this outing in virtually all respects. That said, taking in the views of many as we duty toured around the club, combined with our observations of the audience, everyone seemed to be having a terrific time, although with yet another theme lacking the production of identity that always used to be a feature of WE, it leaves us thinking whether, like we did towards the end, the brand is losing its head of steam. Perhaps, like so many clubs & events in recent months, perhaps WE is feeling the austerity effect and so has its own budget issues to deal with, but that lack of stage production save for the visuals which, if we were to be honest, were brilliant as simply WE, made little or no reference to the “Bitch On the Beach” theme, while it was the music that made a stronger statement this time round, sterling sets & performances from each & every D.J. from Messrs Head to Pitron, Steve ticking our beats boxes the best and so leaving us to conclude that while we walked away thinking WE could have been more wonderful, it was the music the was the answer & the antidote to the missing magic. (DISCO MATT)
Having led the way with incarnations, Safari & Fluro this year alone, London does it again as it plays host to the premiere of WE party’s latest themed incarnation “Bitch On The Beach”, DM delivering a revised recommends format feature, including press release extracts, video clips & images, while also delivering his dinky detail in this exceptional event taking place this coming Saturday.
There can be no doubt that the Spanish influence on the capitals clubbing circuit has been considerable in recent years, brands such as Matinee, Space, SuperMartXe & La Troya all making their mark to some degree or another, while the wonderment that is WE has, in our eyes, had the most momentous impact for a number of reasons, the formula of fun having caught clubbers imaginations from that first outing in London back in December 2010. And since that time, the Spanish promotions team have rated the capital & host venue The Coronet as second only to La Riviera in Madrid, no mean feat considering WE as a brand has touched four continents in its relatively short history, taking in a veritable feast of venues & cities in its now famed “On Tour” programme of which London is a part although is now recognised as one of the major playing fields for WE outside of Spain. So, choosing the capital to launch new party themes has come easy to WE promoter Victor Pallas & his team, this Saturday once again proving another premiere feather in the London cap and one the Orange group, organisers of events here & behind brands such as Beyond, A:M, Later, Gravity & Onyx, while Latino hit Casalatina is another in a substantial stable that also includes the franchise for Matinee, one which to some has a conflict of interest taint, but seems to sit comfortably with these Spanish compatriot clubbing conglomerations.
So with the prelude painted the link to the Orange Group leads neatly to their published PR on this latest WE event in London, the team saying of “Bitch On The Beach” of the latest incarnation “…The WE Bitches are back with another high production party ready to tear up London’s massive Coronet Theatre with a trashy and fabulously over the top party. WE Is THE biggest clubbing brand in London and one of the biggest in the world – packing out the biggest and best festivals, clubs and parties in every major city. The WE special guest DJ will be joined by our all star WE London DJ team, plus an army of gogos on stage, in custom outfits fresh from Madrid and Barcelona, plus all the special FX, visuals, LED screens and more that you’ve come to expect from WE. So come and re-live the summer festival days with our in-door beach party spectacular..”. And since that initial press release, D.J.’s on duty have been confirmed as Spanish WE resident Manuel de Diego, headlining, joined by London all-stars Jamie Head, D’Johnny & Steve Pitron, while as usual, the team are keep much of the production detail tucked up their sleeves, although rocket science aside, we would think that beach wear will be the order of the day, while the now trademark LED displays will be the most prominent feature of the stage shows.
Now, for those of you that haven’t yet taken in a WE Party here in London (just where have you been), this tempting teaser of a video should give you a flavour of what host venue The Coronet has to offer, one very much at the top of the capitals clubbing circuit tree in terms of sheer size & splendour.
Plus, as of going to press we can confirm that, as of going to press, branded event Toybox, originally launched in Sydney but also now featuring on the capitals clubbing circuit calendar, will be hosting room two, residents Verity Mayes & bryony Masters going b2b in a specially extended set, the space decked out in Toybox production, the music style much more funky & funfilled than the euro-style & tech tones of the WE main room. Indeed, why not grab a slice of the Toybox sound by going to http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/2012-08-15T09_30_27-07_00, a podcast produced by Bryony Masters for the lasts Toybox outing, “3D” in August. But seeing as we are also talking main room music here, it will come as no surprise that another podcast production published within the Orange Nation podomatic stable is available, this one recorded & produced by D’Johnny, who will be taking up the second slot on Saturday, his magnificent mix very much hinting towards what to expect in his set and one worthy of adding to your collection by going to http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/2012-10-05T07_22_58-07_00. And to fill the podcast sandwich, Bryony has produced another Toybox inspired mix along with here playing partner Verity Mayes, so another well worth a listen at http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/2012-08-15T09_30_27-07_00.
So, there’s not much more to cover apart from the dinky detail, WE “Bitches On the beach” taking place this coming Saturday (6th October) at the Cornet Theatre in Elephant & castle, doors opening at 11 p.m. & the club running through to a planned 7 a.m. finish. Advance tickets have been on sale for a good while now, meaning all the early birds priced at £10 went ages ago, while the super advance £15 ones are gone too, perhaps hinting to another sell-out event. However you can still get your hands on an £18 ticket by going online to http://wepartylondon.com & or http://oranagenationclubtickets.com, while a trip into Soho to Prowler, Clone Zone, or 50 Dean St, while get you one in your hands, tickets also being sold over the counter at Comptons & Ku Bar. That said, if you do manage to pitch without a ticket & you’re not on the guestlist, managed by Ben Kaye & his terrific team, then you can pay on the door but expect to pay more, while once inside, JJ Clark & Mauricio Ortiz are your hosts, we understanding that Jonny marsh will be masterminding proceedings while Victor Pallas is back in Spain preparing for WE’s huge anniversary event next weekend. Further details on the vent can be found by going to http://wepartylondon.com or by clicking on the Facebook events page at http://facebook.com/events/458049814239559/.
As for us, well we are planning to be there of course, although with plans a little fluid due to Steve Pitron’s set timings, our arrival may be later rather than sooner, but you can be sure we will be nibble size tweeting from a number of spots, ones you can follow by going to http://twitter.com/discomatt. So, if you see us come say hi, if not, then tune in or, preferably make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
We can’t quite believe its three years since Onyx emerged on the capitals clubbing circuit, having pretty much taken the scene by storm from day one, it riding the rollercoaster of unbelievable up’s & dinky doses of downs that has been the last thirty six months, tonight (Fri 14th Sept) seeing this captivating club uncork the celebratory champagne, we landing our “Pick Of The Day” choice at Onyx’s doors, all the event detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we reflect the clubs past, present & future beneath.
Has it really been just three years since Onyx opened its doors? Well, if the event PR is anything to go by then yes it has, although if we are honest it seems that this colourful & captivating club has been around for much longer, perhaps as it is now very much part of the capital’s circuit Friday furniture, it having captured the clubbing public’s imagination pretty much from the off, in its first year alone scooping a cupboard full of awards from the scene’s top brass press publications & websites. Yet under the veneer of this shiny spectacle Onyx has also had its fair share of upheavals, the club having changed promotional hands no less than three times, its original helm head falling from grace in a pretty dramatic fashion, his replacement soaring skyward in the eyes of the scene, while Onyx’s third pair of hands has had to cope with the club’s most turbulent period yet, its crowing popularity having been wrestled away by a Soho bit hitter in the form of the very popular Play>Time.
That said, along with its Orange Nation stable of running mates, brands such as Beyond, A:M, Gravity, Later & (of course) Orange, Onyx is now very much an indelible part of weekly clubbing life, surely its most notable achievement to date being the transformation of Friday frolicking and setting the standard that many others have followed. Onyx has also attracted is fair share of the cream of the gay D.J/Producer scene, figures including our Italian Stallion Pagano, super Swede Per Q.X., Gaydar Radio’s Club Nation host Phil Marriott, shining stars Jamie Hammond, Jc Christopher & Lee Harris, all gracing historic home Area’s main room decks. But moreover, the brilliant blend of upfront house into pop & commercial through tech & tribal across three spaces has been the clubs most formidable force to be reckoned with, scene icons Tasty Tim & Miss Dusty O spearheading that pop cultural revolution in Onyx’s second space, while an assortment of others including Lisa German, Ariel, Paul Christian & David Jimenez have turned the terrace room tech-tastic in Onyx’s three year time.
Then there have been the new kids on the Onyx & D.J. scene block, names such as Adam Turner & Matt Bogard, who have kept the offer fresh, while each promotional hand has played his & her part in creating a Friday phenomenon which, at its height, has knocked very hard on the door of Beyond as the biggest & best weekly around. So who have been those promotional hands? Well for much of Onyx’s history it has been Jonny marsh steering the ship, while more recently his Brighton bred sidekick Verity Mayes has held the helm, she having taken over at a pivotal moment in Onyx’s relatively short history and sees its moving from that historical home Area to the newer more compact club next door, Covert. Yet while this is a pretty substantial shift for the club, in some ways Onyx has come full circle as it marks its third birthday, as original promoter Steve Geller is very much back in the picture, heading up the main room D.J. line-up for this special celebration while we have a sneaking suspicion that he will also be re-arresting the promotional reigns back as the club sets sail into its fourth year, Mr Geller surely the one to return Onyx to the top of the Friday clubbing pile.
With that bite size reflection on the past present & future of Onyx done & dusted, let’s fill you in on a little detail of tonight’s third birthday bash which, if you have been paying attention, takes place at new home Covert, the club having waved a fond farewell to Area with its “Last Dance” affair one week ago. So, with a determined step into the future, Onyx rings in the new from 10 p.m. tonight, advance tickets priced at just £6 available online via direct link http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-09/14/onyx-the-third-birthday, while joint entry to A:M is just a further £6 via the same link, entry on the door a similar price while by going to http://gayguestlists.com/onyx, you can get yourselves discounted entry, a flyer also a discount option, entry before midnight having already been advertised as free (you know what to do). And in terms on the music, the Onyx team welcome special guest D.J. DMS to the new second space at Covert, alongside Tasty Tim & Lady Lloyd, while Steven Geller spins a special headline guest slot set in the main room, ability abetted by Jonny M & Matt Bogard. Plus, the go-go boys are back too and we suspect (although not in the PR) the tallest & most welcoming hostess in the land, Chrissy Darling, will be taking centre stage as usual, more info, should you need it, out via http://facebook.com/onyxlondon.
So, suffice to say, its looks like Onyx will be rocking & rolling tonight at Covert and is definitely a brilliant place to be & be seen on the scene on Friday, we hoping to make our inaugural visit to this Vauxhall venue & celebrate with Steven, Chrissy, Jonny & The Onyx crew, not forgetting the one & only Tom Fuller, so if you see us come say hi, but if not then keep your eyes peeled at http://twitter.com/discomatt for our live nibble size review tweets. (DISCO MATT)
We may have missed out this morning, but we couldn’t resist landing on Beyond for our “Pick of The Day” today (Sun 22nd July), as we look forward to the huge Beyond vs. Matinee party next Sunday, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we propel the promoters PR beneath, all this in advance of DM’s full-on Weekend Focus due out shortly.
In a revision to our usual format, we have decided to devote our “Pick of The Day” choices from Sunday’s through Tuesday’s each week to events upcoming, landing our first pick on what looks like being a massive summer smash as brilliant brands Beyond & Matinee join formidable forces this coming Saturday/Sunday for a twelve hour spectacular. And while we will be devoting a full-on Weekend Focus in the next couple of day, we couldn’t resist sharing the organisers PR along with some exciting news about a new promoter for our favourite afterhours.
Current Beyond promoter & director of events at Orange Nation, Jonny Marsh, say’s of this event….
We’re very excited to announce a brand new collaboration featuring two of the biggest gay brands in the world – Beyond & Matinee.
Taking place on Saturday 28th July, this event will showcase the best of London and international DJs, with incredible production and dance shows.
Plus we are pleased to announce a new promoter for Beyond, as Ben Kaye takes the helm from this week onwards, bringing fresh ideas and concepts into the fold
And this is the P.R. release from the event’s organisers, Orange Nation….
BEYOND VS MATINEE LONDON: THE SUMMER BLOWOUT
Saturday night / Sunday morning 28th July 12 Midnight – super late @ Area
When two heavyweights collide, things are changed for ever. And so when the world’s number 1 afterhours and UK’s undisputed king of the gay scene goes head to head with probably the biggest gay super-brand in the world, the result will be nothing short of spectacular
Taking place at London’s cutting edge Area nightclub in Vauxhall, the original home of Matinee London, ‘Beyond vs Matinee: The Summer Blowout’ is a supersized, super-production, super party, with an incredible line up of international and London DJs rocking out across three pumping arenas of mind blowing lighting and lasers.
Special guest DJ from the Matinee Group is JAVIER MEDINA – the newest addition the roster, Javier is the busiest of all the Matinee all-star DJs, travelling the world and spinning at the world’ best clubs.
Joining him on the decks are DJs including Steve Pitron, Jamie Head, The Sharp Boys, Alan K , Fat Tony, Rob Sykes, D’Johnny, Paul Christian, David Jimenez, Paulo Moreno, Verity Mayes, Bryony Masters, plus more to be announced!
Plus, with two brand new VIP spaces at Area, the Beyond Crew will be offering out free Beyond membership key fobs giving exclusive access to the private spaces, including VIP toilets and bar, to the first 500 clubbers through the doors. So hurry on down as this is a one off special deal.
Orange Nation and all the Beyond Team are pleased to announce that they are now working with Ben Kaye as their new promoter. With a wealth of experience from his involvement WE Party in Madrid & London, as well as with the massive WIG Party, Ben is coming on board to help freshen up the brand, combining his own concepts & ideas with the existing Beyond magic and hopes to re-enforce the Beyond brand not only here in the UK but all over the world.
The 29th July sees the start of a new era at the club – so there are exciting times ahead. So be part of the start of something new.
Admission – Exclusive FREE ENTRY offer 12 midnight-1am with flyer, ad or online guestlist, otherwise £10 advance tickets from http://orangenation.co.uk &/or the usual outlets, while it’s more on the door, but for more!
From A.M. to WE, Boylesque to Beyond, Onyx to Orange, plus Gravity, Later & newbie Infamous too, there is no doubt that Orange Nation is a superb Vauxhall & Southwark clubbing torre de force this “World Pride” weekend, also holding sway in Soho with an exclusive outdoor event, Disco Matt dishing up the detail of a superb sequence of showings courtesy of this capital clubbing conglomerate.
As we sit on the scene sidelines swinging in & out of our summer sabbatical, we are quite horrified by the sound bites we are seeing over what is clearly a shocking shambles of a so called World Pride event, the latest statement from Pride London which includes this “…our sincerest apologies, Pride London deeply regrets the situation we have found ourselves in …” issued following a wave of criticism of their handling of World Pride, clear evidence that not only will this year’s London Pride festival be nothing short of a flop, but when the capital sees itself in the global spotlight, it is a damning disgrace that the both committee presiding over Pride in London & the powers that be holding the purse strings, have failed the community at such a late stage. However, with no such committee & commitment problems, it comes as a huge sigh of relief that from the ashes of cancelled dance stages & arenas comes the saviour that will be Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch in the hands of Orange Nation, who have no less than eight clubbing parties across the latter two districts & one huge pre-party come party planned for Soho.
So putting World Pride to one side, let’s take you through the whole Orange Nation offer, including that planned Soho party, first up being Gravity this Friday morning (6th Jul) which (quite tongue in cheek to Pride London) has been called “It’s Definitely Happening”, although we do wonder how long looking into the morning mirror that title took, although in all fairness the team do say, “…it’s Pride weekend, so start as you mean to go on…”, Gravity certainly the place to do that, especially if you want your weekend to start early on Friday morning, doors opening to this event at 2 a.m. & the club running to a “v late” timing. And with D.J.’s on duty including Fat Tony & Verity Mayes, plus with host JJ Clark zooming across from Room Service, no doubt with plenty of followers in his tracks, while Gravity’s promoter Danny Boyce will be sure to give you the warmest of welcomes, this is the best place to be at the start of your weekend, especially if its starts on Friday. Plus, with entry on offer at just £5 before 3 a.m. with a flyer or pass, these being handed out by a bevy of boys around Soho on Thursday night, as well as being available from JJ at Room Service, while its £8 thereafter or £10 on the door, more info available at http://facebook.com/gravitythursdays.
Into Friday we find ourselves and usually it would be Onyx at Area neatly followed by A:M at Fire, although as has been the trend in recent months, when it comes to the big weekends (& this is one such weekend), the clubs combine to make one huge happening stretching close on twelve hours, an equally towering team of D.J.’s flying the respective club flags. So, kicking off at 11 p.m. & Fire playing host, this “Pride Warm Up” party sees the two club D.J. camps collide, in the Onyx corner we finding Matt Bogard & Jonny M playing upfront & energetic house with plenty of vocal intentions in the main room, while is pop & dance anthems from gender benders Tasty Tim & Lady Lloyd in the lounge, while packing a powerful punch in the A:M corner are all star residents Fat Tony D’Johnny, Jamie Head, Alan K, Paulo Moreno & David Jimenez, very much cementing the character of this amazing afterhours club which promoter Steven Sharp is always clear to stress, “…it’s all about the music…”. Mind you, with the amount of hosts on duty you may be forgiven for thinking otherwise, Nick Adams Byam ability assisting the delightful Chrissy Darling (could he be a pretty young thing?!?!) while A:M wise, it’s the dynamic duo of Danny Boyce & Minty, Chrissy presiding over the door duty early on, while Minty takes over later. And talking of the door, entry packages are pretty reasonable, as a wee trip to http://gayguestlists.com/onyx could get you in gratis, while for others & those with a flyer it’s a mere £6 before 3 a.m., rising to £8 before 5 a.m. & then £10 thereafter, while if you don’t want to go foraging for a flyer, then you can rather click on http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-07/06/onyx-vs-a-m-fire-pride-warm-up for that £8 price tag while entry on the door is £12 after 3 a.m.
So onward to Saturday and with both the parade & the “official” World Pride after events covered in confusion, Soho will no doubt be playing host to the lion’s share of the action, Orange Nation in the thick of the action, or should we say in the middle of it, having secured Comptons who will be playing host to the WE “Players” pre-party. Now, naturally we have been digging for details and with plans to have an outside stage very much in the balance, we can nevertheless confirm that, as of going to press, this pre-party will happen, whether inside or out, D.J.’s on duty confirmed as Paul Heron, Matt Bogard & Fat Tony, while if the green light for an outside stage goes ahead, then the whole Orange Nation residency team will be rolled out in back-to-back form, so Steve Pitron & Jamie Head, Alan K & Paulo Moreno, Jonny M & The Oli, D’Johnny & David Jimenez and Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters. However, with Westminster council crying wolf on issues of policing, safety & funding, as well as having supposedly issued a licensing edict to all venues, the final decision on this outside stage will not be made until after a major meeting which takes place tomorrow, so watch this space for a “hot off the press” newsflash as the decision hits our desk. Mind you, whichever way it goes, Comptons is always the biggest & best Pride melting pot & with Orange nation plus WE Party involved, it will be even more so.
Now talking of WE, if time allows, we will be delivering a full on focus & devotion to what will undoubtedly be the biggest party of the whole Pride weekend, The Coronet in Elephant & Castle once again playing host this Saturday (7th July), while the D.J. line-up is mighty & impressive as the place, WE’s very own resident roving D.J. Carlos Gallardo back to London by popular demand & sure to thrill with tons of towering tunes neatly balanced between those benchmark euro-beats & uplifting vocal injections, while it will be an all out progressive assault from our Italian stallion, Pagano, the tones turning tech when Paul Heron & D’Johnny take to the decks. But with Room Service’s Kris Di Angelis & Matt Bogard going back-to-back in the second space, there will certainly be an alternative electro twisted trip to be made, Munroe Bergdorf playing host upstairs, while the main arena will be in the very capable hands both Ben Kaye & JJ Clark. So, let’s rattle through the rest of the detail which goes like this, doors opening at 10 p.m. & the club running through till 6.am., advance tickets available online via http://wepartylondon.com &/or http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-07/07/we-party-london-we-players-pride-party, at the standard £18 price tag (yes those £10 &£15 super advance ones went really quickly), while outlets Prowler, Clone Zone, 50 & Solarstation are your Soho sources, along with Comptons & Ku-Bar, entry we believe available on the door, but expect to pay more.
But for those that may be WE’d out or are in search of something a little more intimate compared to the full on theatre size experience, the Orange Nation team have come up trumps with “Boylesque”, in what has been labelled as “…the alternative pride party…” although is likely to have massive mainstream appeal, not least that international gay icon, pop star, D.J. & altogether good egg, superstar Boy George is at the centre of, not only the title of this club night, but the entertainment too. And having announced that he will be performing live for the first time in over two years, while we have been sworn to secrecy, the is one stunningly spectacular surprise up his sleeve, meaning that you will be far from disappointed if you trade your W & E for a B & G. But more than that, we are told that artists flown in especially for this event (we really cannot say, sorry) performing both D.J. sets & songs (itching to tell!!), okay just two then, Jeremy Healy & Jon Pleased, but all we will say is that it’s not to be missed. So what more can we say, well apart from George & co?, well, the “alternative” burlesque (see what they did with the title?!) theme will be extenuated by a score of sexy boys & girls on stage, while the second space will be a “Fire” room showcasing some of the clubs finest D.J.’s (naturally those not on duty elsewhere!), Fat Tony (B G’s best buddy), Jamie Head & Verity Mayes on decks duty, while the third room will be given away to Walt Utz & Madame Jojo’s who will present a show spectacle with a line up of London’s most notorious stars from the cabaret circuit. Now we really cannot say anymore (stop it!!!) apart from dipping through the detail, “Boylesque” kicking off at Fire from 11 p.m. this Saturday (7th July) & running through to a planned 6 a.m. finish, advance tickets priced at just £10 (absolute bargain!) still available at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-07/07/boylesque-boy-george-s-alternative-pride-party, while you can check-in at the usual Soho outlets for handpicked passes.
Onwards we go and to Beyond and like WE, if time permits we will be devoting a special feature to it as this looks like being every bit the roadblock events that is always is come big weekends, and some we say, not least when you consider that the team have “…pulled out all the stops to bring one of the world’s best D.J.’s to London…” NYC’s Hector Fonseca bringing with him a resounding repertoire of remixes, no less than 5 having reached number one in the billboard charts last year alone, hence we are chomping at the bit to feature him is this special focus. But with Tel Aviv’s FFF Group also jetting in their own package of players in the form of D.J. Tal Cohen & international drag performer K Long, both who featured in the FFF party at Fire last year, Beyond certainly has the global feel that that only WE Party & Hustlaball can match this weekend. Add to that London all star cast including Steve Pitron, The Sharp Boys, Hifi Sean, Fat Tony, D’Johnny & Paul Christian, together with back-to-back sets from Alan K & Paulo Moreno and Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters, so if there was ever a club that was about the music for us, then it is Beyond & not least this “World Pride” spectacular. So, skipping through the detail, it’s a 3 a.m. start at Area this Sunday (8th July) with entry simply £15 in advance (the best commodore you will spend this weekend) either online at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012/07/08/beyond-world-pride-2012 or at those Soho outlets, while entry will be available on the door but expect to pay more & probably wait even longer, Ben Kaye & JJ Clark teaming up gain, as they did for WE, while no special Beyond would ever be the same without the tremendous Tom Fuller.
So, on the home straight (ish) and Later comes next, the team rolling out yet another fun filled frolic in the form of the now infamous “Funfair” format, the Later garden a hot bed of happy happenings with rides & games stalls, while a fortune teller will be sitting on his /her corner ready to tell you what is around your corner. Plus with the pool filled up if the weather permits & the bbq, an indelible ingredient of any Later party, stacked with sausages & brimming with burgers, that along with some other surprises in store and out will be the new clubbing in. That said, inside the musical heat will be turned right up full, resident D.J.’s Jamie Head, D’Johnny & Paul Heron cooking on tunes gas mark nine, while hostess Andrea & her boys (yes she has a bevy of them) will be causing enough madness & mayhem to make this a party to remember. And with host venue Fire’s doors opening at 11.30 a.m. this Sunday (8th July), the club running through to 8 p.m., with discount wristbands/stamps available at Beyond, standard entry is available online at http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-07/08/later-funfair or on the door, priced at £10, we are pretty sure you will be walking away come 8 p.m. with the biggest smile on your face, candy floss round your lips & a shiny bum from all that sliding, not to mention sore feet from dancing.
Now we would normally finish with Orange (which we will), but will quickly mention new club “Infamous” which launches at Covert on Sunday night from 6 p.m. details coming your way via our extra bites post “Princely Sum of A Soiree”, which paves the way for the “From Orange With Pride”, the organisers saying of the Pride closing event saying “…you’ve had the world, now get a true taste of London & the biggest last dance of Pride 2012…” as it is sure to be with not just the “Orange Family” of D.J.’s that include The Oli, Fat Tony & the Sharp Boys, but Hifi Sean is back too, starring in Fire’s main room alongside guest slot guy Paul heron (my he is a busy boy this weekend, we count five gigs at least!), while the event also boats the newly named RAW Future Heroes space with Lee Yeomans in charge of the tunes. But it’s Pride and so we all know what track/record that means, “A Deeper Love” among a handful of other hits performed by special PA Elliotte Williams, very much crowning this citric colossus which kick starts at 11 p.m. on Sunday (8th July) & carries you deep into Monday morning & a date with your day off diary, http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-07/08/from-orange-with-pride-london-s-biggest-pride-closing-party the place to go for advance tickets, priced at just £10, while its half that price with a flyer before 1 a.m., door hosts Chrissy Darling & Minty managing your efficient entry & them cheerful cavorting ala citric style.
So that’s the Orange Nation World Pride package and what an enthrallingly extensive one it is too, we finishing by reminding you that advance tickets are very much the way (especially for WE & Beyond), Solarstation not just a superb source, but also an opportunity for you to soak up some sun, of the sun-bed variety of course, as we all want to look at our best for World Pride, a quick visit to http://solarstation.co.uk revealing all you need to know before revealing yourselves to some bronzing brightness. That just leaves us to wish you a very happy World Pride, even if the event itself looks like being a bit of a wash-out, as there is always the league of Orange Nation clubs to turn & to take to. (DISCO MATT)
We may have announced our summer sabbatical, but as a new day dawned & Beyond beckoned, our charge rushed to our door, delivered us to the dancefloor, right back to our spot and in so doing, sank our sabbatical to the tiniest of traces. So having got up in the morning, we not only tried but we triumphed, we celebrated the changes we charged ourselves with, maximising the markers of our maxim, resonating in this resplendent review result.
It is no secret that we have been a little off form, off colour & out of sorts lately and in a year that has seen far too many downs and nowhere near enough ups, the future has not been looking that bright. That said, when those quite rare ups come, we definitely need to celebrate them, shout them from the rooftops and share them with the wider world, yet that sharing of ours, which was always commonplace, has been miserably missing in 2012 so far. But with a new day dawning & a bright new future in prospect, what better time than the present to scale up rather than scale down our sharing, especially when we find ourselves in the hands of a brilliant brand married with the morning & with majestic music. So summer sabbatical or not and finding ourselves in a prolific place, exuding an amazing atmosphere, intermixed with fabulous friends & a stack full of surprises, shirking our sharing simply just wouldn’t do, that prolific place proving a risk worth taking, the medicine worth swallowing & the feel good factor worth fulfilling. And as we cast our minds back across the year so far, the lion’s share of ups can be attributed to one prolific place & one terrific time, the place being Beyond & the time being a Sunday morning, anything between 3 a.m. & midday, although this time from 6 till 9.
So, cutting to the chase and in the knowledge that what we have said about the brilliance of Beyond in the past goes without saying, with all good intentions to take time out laid pretty much to waste, how was it put to us a couple of days previously, “…Matt, – Summer Sabbatical – cancelled!!!…”, we cast aside our health inflicted woes & worries, safe in the knowledge that in the capable hands of this captivating club, a charming collection of chums & a catalogue of cheering tunes, the worst we could do was to have a good time. And it couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, our charge arriving at our door in time for a 6 a.m. arrival at Area, we delivered to the dancefloor, ready to soak up what would prove another stunning Steve Pitron performance, although it would first be a trip through the second space & then into the terrace that would consume our first few moments of this meet. Indeed, with Beyond having already been open for six hours, we found both rooms rammed with revellers, the harder house heads hitting on chapel chap Paul Christian, while it was the more upfront & & uplifting terrace tunes that we turned to, the dynamic duo that is The Sharp Boys, Steven & George, the deliverers of delightful doses of dance delectations, both clearly pleased as punch to see us, as we were them.
But with Punch being an optimum word and one included in another phrase pervaded by the same protagonist as previously, how did he aptly put it “…there’s no show without Punch…”, it was to the freshly opened main room that we now headed, the place already pumping with party heads ready to sink into successive slices of Pitron perfection. And with a flock of familiar faces already having gathered, Celso, Bel, Mateausz, Sophie, & Neda close by, Craig Elder, Ben Kaye & Steven Galo also making us feel right at home, while one Michele Attardi made us feel quite special, his greeting stirring more than just our emotions (thank heavens for tight undies!), although amidst all this excitement, it was the Pitron performance we were already sinking into, we hardly believing what our eyes were seeing & what our ears were hearing, our supposed summer sabbatical sunk to a tiny trace & our determination to dance away our woes willing us on. And to add to all this, while we were not particularly struck on the oversized speakers framing the main room D.J. booth, they did give our now rather secluded spot a fabulously select feel, that along with the noticeably lovely lick of paint it was smarting, no real need for the imaginary red tape cordon as we cavorted to brilliant beats in the hands of Beyond’s best. With the master at work already giving us those now trademark looks in-between selections, “Bitch Lady” an intrinsic selection ingredient clearly intended to hook us, it was a new towering track that proved the line & sinker in the equation, “Heat Of The Night” firing up our morning like a fierce furnace, sending us skyward & spellbound by this prolific Pitron pick. Indeed, talking of fierce & of intrinsic ingredients, spotting Smalls next to Steve confirmed our suspicions that the exceptional Area lighting & effects were in the most capable of hands, all the new additions the clubs chief Craig Elder had gone to pains to show us on another occasion, employed by Smalls superbly, every inch of her wonderful work matching the music masterminded by our main room maestro magnificently.
Now we were into our stride, those summer sabbatical thoughts pushed to the back of our minds, plenty more majestic moments about to maraud our morning, the beautiful Bel’s bounces in & around our spot, then neatly followed by heavenly hugs from the charming Celso, Steven Galo’s intentions on including us in the thick of the action dragging us willingly into Mr Moura’s manacles. And so finding ourselves at the front of the D.J. booth, we once again fell into the eyeshot of both Steve & Smalls, who immediately played to us & the crowd hilariously, just like a seasoned comedy duo on stage, the eruptions & excitement of the faces around plain enough to see, the dancers now atop the podiums adding to the amazing atmosphere that was becoming this most brilliant of Beyond’s. But could it get even better?, you betcha, as a stunning surprise in the form of an old pal & flame Joel brightened our foray further, while Andrea’s arrival completed a prolific picture of pals that couldn’t have been more perfect, well excepting the much missed Tom Fuller, as well as the lovely Luis. And with others amassing, including Alan K, Paulo Moreno & Jonny Marsh, it was also clear the Orange Nation influence was out in force, Verity Mayes on the terrace D.J. decks, even the attentive Aaron Elder adding to our joy, like Tom, a chap that carries considerable charisma both in & out of the confines of this colossal club.
But all that said, we were here to soak up & sink into scores of scintillating sounds, as we had done throughout so many Steve sets, a score or more this year alone , this the medicine for our mind, our body & our soul, the track selection of the same name saying it all, this morning music masterclass simply mind-blowing, the space on our spot now seeing us delight ourselves with definitive “Doing The Disco Matt” ducks & dives, while the show from the stage that was the D.J. booth continued, another indelible ingredient in any Pitron performance, “the cups”, showing their hand, leaving us laughing uncontrollably and pushing our already over excited emotions to the brink. And, as he had predicted, the mix of music between old & new tracks would be decisive in our destruction, continual burying of our head into our hands the proof of that pudding, this Pitron performance potently pulsating in its precision & its premeditation, while we were not the only ones in awe of his achievements, as the room was in rapture of his renditions, a true musical magician turning out one tantalising track after the next in what we would hope would be a never-ending episode of sounds. However, as with so many occasions before, Steve’s set was over all too soon, although not before he treated us to the new “Track 3”, one which is still under wraps but has fast become yet another Pitron/DM anthem & is sure to be prominent on his upcoming podcast production, our sunken summer sabbatical satisfaction now convincingly complete, not even the attraction of an Alan K or a Fat Tony turn enough to keep us from gracing an excitable exit, swiftly shot to our steed by a now characteristic Bel, Celso & Steve chase.
So, sitting back as we are, literally a handful of hours after two hours of heavenly house music, a number of fabulous phrases come lyrics spring to mind, “…what a difference a day makes, 24 little hours…” probably the most apt, as what a difference this new day, a new dawn actually made. Casting our minds back those 24 hours, who would have thought that from the tardy tiredness we were consumed within, we would have sorted such a spring in our step, a pronounced prominence in our prancing, but most notably a remarkable resurgence in our review reflecting. Moreover, having set ourselves a maxim that was to mark our renewed energy & engagement with the scene, one that included many significant sentences, the most significant statement was swift sinking of our sabbatical, a timely timeline reminder that simply said “…Matt is back…” speaking many more volumes than those maxim words could ever wish to say. And so what we will say in just a few more indulgent words is this, if we were to choose one place to sink our sabbatical, it would be Beyond, and if we had to choose one individual to help us do it, it would be Steve Pitron, he not only leading us like a horse to that sabbatical sinking water, but making us drink it with the vigour that we drank the water that was the brilliance of this Beyond bash, he scoring yet another simply stunning goal of a set from start to finish, proving yet again that these two incredible ingredients in the clubbing world go hand in hand, just like bread & butter, ham & eggs and, most appropriate to this occasion, Punch & Judy. (DISCO MATT)
With our reviews in arrears, our previews hardly present, our music devotions derelict and our recommendations rusty, we have decided it is time to take time off, take time to re-charge, take time to re-focus & take time to re-energise, the announcement of our “Scene Summer Sabbatical & Service Scale Down”, deluding to the details of our decision, along with our desires & intentions for a full service resumption/return.
With 2012 already proving to be our own “annus horribilus” on a number of fronts, there can be little or no doubt that the activity that was always the core part of our existence, our reviews, has taken a direct hit, how did we out it?, “…woefully in arrears…”, while it is also true that the year so far has seen a distinct lack of the previews, both in full form & in focus/feature style, along with an absence of our much loved much now maligned recommendations newsletters, ones we used to, devotingly so, issue each |& every week, although this first half of 2012 has seen just half a dozen devotions, hardly the devoting our admiring audiences deserve or indeed expect. But the sorrowful story continues, as one of a major life loves, our music, has also been badly hit, planned special features, D.J. focuses &, yes, our music newsletters, all having pretty much ground to a halt, while there has been a ray of light in the form our newly launched “Picks” section which (well up until the middle of this month that is) has dominated our activity and has proved to be the one inspiration in a year that has been devoid of almost every intrinsic ingredient. So, whether it be recommends, focuses, features or reports, all that have formed part of our success recipe, our package, they have been alarmingly absent, while it is the one element that started it all that remains THE most alarming absentee, that element being our reviews.
So what’s been happening?, Well to put not too fine a point on it, the “Matt” in Disco Matt has been the cause, a whole host of issues that has afflicted Matt, having a knock on effect on Disco Matt (yes we are one & the same), close family illness issues back home in South Africa dominating both January & February, while it is now Matt’s health that is consuming our lives, to the extent that we, all too often, find ourselves so fatigued that there remains little or no energy or dive to pursue our postings with anywhere near the vigour & va va voom of previous times. Then, to compound the problems besieging us, a series of computer failures have influenced our interest & intent to deliver our devotions, we having lurched from one device to the next with little or no resolve or resolution and, in reality, without this essential element/tool, we have been akin to carrying a war wound, a lost limb, or a corroded cog in our writing wheel, a wheel that had become square rather than round and, as the saying goes, has fallen off!! So, those have been the causes and the effects have been plain to see, the figures speaking volumes, a lacklustre six reviews reaped when there should have been four times that, while with just two music newsletters, a handful of recommendations & no previews whatsoever, it certainly is a sad state of affairs we have found ourselves in, while on the positive, our scene step outs have been captured not just in pictures & video’s posted onto social networking sites, but our now infamous “nibble size tweets” have amassed an ever increasing following.
However, the fact remains that, with much of our core activity at a complete standstill and with the heavy weight of expectation of output laying heavily on our, what were, broad shoulders, we have had to look inwardly at the issues that are causing this collapse in our once wondrous writing and in so doing decide to relieve some of that pressure by sending ourselves on a scene summer sabbatical and also scale down our services, the summer sabbatical part of the equation allowing us to “re-charge”, the scaling down of services allowing us to “re-focus” and the two combined allowing us to re-energise & then “re-engage”, hence the title of our report. So what form will all of this take?, Well, as we have hinted, we will be stepping out of the scene spotlight for a few weeks, curtailing our commitments to expectant engagements while possibly continuing to make the odd cameo appearance here & there, these visits seeing a scaling down of our nibble size tweets, which for this summer sabbatical period, will however continue while we re-charge. And the scaling down of services will also impact (it has already) on our website which will hopefully see itself going through some re-charging, with further nip & tuck tweaks and improvements both to the layout & the look, meaning it is possible that the site may go down for this maintenance while we scale down our activity, shifting the focus in the direction of our social networking sites, Tumblr, Twitter & Facebook.
With the re-charging process in place, we will be then re-focussing, predominantly on those core aspects of our activity, so our reviews, our music posts & our regular recommendations, we having already decided to draw a line under the first six months of this “annus horribilus” part of our year and look forward to a remaining six months when we will be re-energised & re-engaged with our writing. So, with the sabbatical period relieving the pressure, the aim will be to roll all these posts back into prominent position, while not forgetting the elements of our activity that have proven quite fruitful in 2012, so our Picks posts & the D.J. focuses & podcast propulsions that have borne fruit through our Pick of The Day” & “Podcast of The Week” choices. But, as the next six months dawn arrives (its 1st July tomorrow) we are determined to re-start all the supporting structure we have been so fervently following in the year so far, so while our website goes through its changes, we will be continuing to update all the banners in our various “Supports” sections, so clubs & events, businesses, publications & music producers, the specialist “Orange Nation” “WE Party” devotions continuing. Moreover, we have set ourselves a weekly schedule which will kick in following the end of our sabbatical which will mark the start of our re-energising & re-engagement period, elements of this beginning to bed in from as early as tomorrow, while we remain determined to under promise on our postings and so over deliver as a result.
So the question remains, when will this summer sabbatical & service scale down end?, Well, as we go to press on our decision, its remains pretty open ended, although we expect to be fully back on stream by the beginning of September, so a sabbatical period of eight or so weeks, we taking this opportunity to apologise to those clubs & club promoters for our absence from a elongated list of events, clubs included (some benefitting from a smattering of showings) being A:M, Beyond, CasaLatina, Dish, Gigolo, Hard On!, Later, Matinee, Orange, PlayTime, Room Service, Salvation, Trade & War, while to club promoters, particularly Craig Elder, Jonny Marsh, Jodie Harsh, Suzi Kruegar, David & L.a. Hart, Tom Stephan and Kris Di Angelis, we will be back supporting but more importantly, reviewing your events as it is our reviews that is the real core of our activity and what we have become famed for & are all about. In addition, to the venues, such as The Shadow Lounge, Profile & East Bloc, we will be continuing (and in places) ramping up our support & our showings from September, while some will benefit from short steps into the scene spotlight during our summer sabbatical, Beyond one such benefactor as soon as tomorrow, while we are sure others will follow.
Well, that’s where we are, while what we have also done, not least following the inspiration drawn from a recent cinema trip, is to mastermind a Disco Matt maxim, one which will underpin the re-charging, re-focusing, re-energising & re-engagement period we now find ourselves in, it seemingly appropriate to end our report by sharing it with you, it chronicling, where we have been, where we are, and where we want to be, and it goes like this
“…The person, who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, but nothing happens unless we first dream. So we came, we dreamed & we tried in our different ways, but now tired, we simply get up in the morning & we try, as nothing else matters. Can we be blamed for feeling too tired to change, too scared of failure to start it all again? Well the only real failure is the failure to try and the measure of our success is how we cope with our failings, as we always must. All we know about the future is that it will be different, but perhaps what we fear is that it will be the same. So we must celebrate the changes, because everything will be alright in the end, and if it’s not alright, then trust us, it’s not yet the end…”
So here’s to our summer sabbatical serenading a new & renewed enthusiasm for what we do & how we do it, here’s to the decided mobilisation of our music devotions, the resumption of our recommendations and, most importantly, the return of our reviews. (DISCO MATT)