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While the shock of the sad news of Gaydar Radio’s demise may have diminished, the tons of tributes to what was a gay institution still keep flooding in, so having shared the facts, the figures & the feelings in our special report, we thought it only appropriate to add an epilogue to exemplify the emotions felt by thousands, through the messages of a few, which reflect just how much heartfelt sentiment there is for this splendid station & it’s terrific team.
It sometimes takes a lot to shock & surprise, well apart from a Pitron tickling pounce, the very sad news of the demise of nothing short of an institution, Gaydar Radio, catching us completely unaware when the announcement came trickling through Facebook feeds & other social network mediums, the size & scale of the shock leaving us totally floored when the realisation hit us hard yesterday morning. So we had to mark the occasion with a special report looking into the facts, the figures the feelings surrounding the DAB radio stations owners’ decision to close shop on this eleven year old broadcast medium that attracted over 750,000 listeners a month. Yet, at the time of our post, what we soon saw was an overwhelming outpour of emotion, love & loss for what will be a void left by its closure when the Gaydar Radio airwaves finish their final broadcast today (Sat 5th Jan), so we thought it only right & proper, having shifted through scores of tributes & posts, to share just a few in the epilogue to our special report and with the news having sunk in, the shock having subsided and some reassuring words from a couple of people at PLAY>TIME last night, we will pop in some brief but pertinent points relating to the comments included.
So, let’s get straight to it and, as he was such a key player, the first few words go to Quentin Neild, who was there right from the start & will be there at the end this morning, he having worked tirelessly to build, promote & make Gaydar Radio what it became, a range of emotions shown in the following posts, very much reflective of the passion he had for this gay institution, this his first reaction as the news hit home, “…Just had the best New Years of my life ruined by the news about the radio station I built, and spent 10 years nurturing…”, Quentin at the centre of the station’s operation from day one, his reaction unsurprising given just how close he became to Gaydar Radio & the people involved. And so it would be inevitable that he would want to say thank you to the mound of messages, posts & calls that came flooding in, this sent out on Twitter, “…thanks to EVERYONE who sent messages of support over the last 24 hours. I am truly touched by the outpouring of love for Gaydar Radio…”, while his Facebook posts were pretty brief, many others comments shared on his wall, although he himself had this short but sweet sentence to steer in Steve Pitron’s direction, “…“…Just wanted to say thank you from everyone at Gaydar Radio for the fab music you and Max Sanna have given us – you were a big part of our sound…”. So, we can only imagine the range of emotions he is going through right now, partly the reason why we are gutted we won’t be able to say a fond farewell to Gaydar Radio with him & a whole load of others this afternoon, although the magical memories (not least all his tweets) from last year’s Lovebox, will live with us forever.
But there were other presenters that wanted to say their thanks too, a cornerstone colossus for the stations “ClubNation” show, who had worked for Gaydar Radio, on & off, for over six years and whom, like Quentin, we are privileged to call a friend, Phil Marriott, had this to say to listeners yesterday, “….“…My mind has been blown today. I have had such an amazing 6 years at GaydarRadio, and have many important people to thank for influencing me and supporting me during my time here. I will attempt to do a full shout out on my show tonight, but in case I miss anyone in my show, I’d like you to know that I am extremely grateful. You know who you are…”, while another long standing member of the presenting team, Simon Le Vans, showed his gratitude to both colleagues & listeners alike when he said “…The amount of posts and comments on Facebook about today’s news has overwhelmed me. Thank you so much for taking the time to say so many lovely things about me and the rest of the amazing team. It’s been a real privilege to work with such talented, dedicated and lovely people. Without you listening there would have been no station so let me take this opportunity to thank all you for your support over the years. It means a huge amount to all of us…”
And the news certainly rocked the world of many D.J.’s & music producers, not just in London, but around the globe, Danny Verde one of the first to send in this tribute, “…“…I want to thank all the Gaydar Radio D.J.’s presenters & speakers who supported all my productions for years and gave me the chance to spread my music with hundreds & thousands of people all around the world. This is the end of something great but I wish it will be a start of an even better brand new experience…”., other D.J./producer friends soon following, Adam Turner remarking “…Tuned into my studio partner and very good mate Simon Le Vans on Gaydar Radio for the last time! As a late night DJ myself, he’s always been my breakfast show. Thanks for all the advice, tips, and inspiration to get back into radio myself, Simon – without your show, I doubt I would have been motivated to make the move back to radio. The airwaves just won’t be the same without you…” while Kris Di Angelis posted this,“…Just thought I’d take a moment to say goodbye and thank you to Gaydar Radio. Robin Crowley you were bloody brilliant, involving only the most likeable people on your cutting edge commercial radio station. Thanks for Lovebox, thanks for the radio training, thanks for the memories…”, we also holding lasting memories of Lovebox from the last two years, our nibble size tweets followed & replied to right through the day by Quentin, terrific times we will never forget.
But while there were scores, no hundreds of well wishing comments we could have shared here, Wayne Horne’s reflective of the feelings many were going through when he said, “…“…Emotional wreck today. I have listened to Gaydar Radio every day for a few years. Getting ready for work with N-Debz, having lunch with Simon Le Vans and working out at the gym with Phil Marriott. As from Monday, that won’t happen anymore…”it was perhaps the amazing article published by Pink News & former Gaydar Radio news editor, Scott Roberts, that was the most comprehensive & reflective of all we have seen, his devotion including “…I am dismayed and saddened to learn of the demise of my former station, Gaydar Radio. Its impending removal from the airwaves is a huge loss to the radio industry and also the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community…” plus “…before I crossed over the fence to edit Pink News – a publication that took me on because of my time at Gaydar – I had worked at eight different radio stations. Gaydar, where I was news editor until July 2012, will always be the favourite, and taught me a lot about myself as a gay man…” and “…When I left, I always knew that no other commercial station in Britain would be such a creative and vibrant place to work…”. But there is much more in his Pink News published piece, other snippets including “…Gaydar represented a DAB jewel in a frequently sparse and autonomous radio sector. Content-heavy, with generous links that were actually live; freedom for presenters to have personality and a rant – doing so out of the news was a much-loved feature of lunchtime presenter Simon Le Vans…” and “…People also listened into the station from all over the world and especially in the US, where Phil Marriott’s evening show was their “morning” show. But I often saw emails from people listening in from countries with appalling LGBT rights records, even one in Kazakhstan. Gaydar truly was an international station…”, he ending the article with a tribute to Robin Cowley by saying, “…My former boss, Robin Crowley, once told me that radio would always survive because it was a valued “friend” for the listener – well I have lost a great bunch of friends on the airwaves…”
And that is where we end this special report epilogue, the final last few words going to Robin himself, who, amongst many other messages, posted this “…“…With all this thank youing going on, I forgot to thank a couple of men who made it all happen, who’s belief in Gaydar Radio was unwavering! Thank you Henry Badenhorst and Trevor Martin We have had a lot of fun, laughs and produced something that will carry on servicing the LGBT community. Good luck Gadio…”, we, on reflection and despite some of the remarks in our report, what a tough decision Gaydar Radio’s owners were faced with & had to make, one which has affected the lives of very close & dear friends of theirs. As for us, well we remain deeply saddened by this end of an enthralling era monumental mound of moments and while not a regular listener, we will never forget how it helped us through our five day hospital confinement, bringing joy & laughter into our days, as it did for many thousands more. So, as the team say a fond farewell in a gathering in Rupert Street, Soho, this afternoon, we will be raising a toast from our Paris point, to both friends & everyone connected with this already much missed gay icon institution, cheers everybody, here’s to new & brighter beginnings. (DISCO MATT)
It may have had the WE Vogue second space rug pulled from under it, but the cool & trendy Thursday nighter boutique clubbing bash Room Service plays host to the pre-party for this NYD scene show stopper, Jodie’s jaunt sweeping aside Shadow Lounge & Society our “Pick Of The Day” today (Thurs 27th Dec), all the event detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we strike a pose with our picture of the PR beneath.
With Thursday’s having gained a reputation for being the new Friday’s for many cavorting clubbers, there is no doubt that Room Service, the swish & stylish Soho soiree that also spearheaded the trend towards boutique clubbing, has been a considerably contributor in making Thursday nights so popular on the scene. Indeed, with the likes of Gigolo (now a Wednesday meet), Society & a series of Shadow Lounge shindigs following suit, these along with Soho watering holes such at Circa, Profile & Ku Bar making hay of this increasingly popular night on the weekly clubbing circuit calendar, Room Service has very much transformed this fourth night of the week, itself still as popular as it was when it launched just over two years ago. And its success has to be down to the networking brilliance of promoters Jodie Harsh & Kris Di Angelis, this along with a winning formula that continues to be terrifically tweaked to keep the offer fresh, while it is very much the place to be & be seen on the scene, Room Service attracting one of the trendiest & good looking crowds or any club night we know, its compact yet classy setting in Maibella on Greek Street suiting this superb soiree’s fervent followers down to the ground.
However, Room Service has also gained a reputation for sporting a whole load of pre-parties, joining forces with a myriad of meets such as East End clubbing brands WAR, Tramp & DISH, while big hitters Matinee, WE, CasaLatina, & As One have all held pre-party bashes at Jodie’s jaunt, tonight’s get together down Greek Street way seeing the team roll out the pre-party red carpet for WE’s NYD extravaganza “Vogue”, there sure to be plenty of pose striking and bodies moving to the music. And while the likes of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, & Ginger Rogers danced on air in Madonna’s track vocals, there will surely be lots & lots of dancing to the superb soundtracks supplied by a dream team D.J. line of our Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis, along with one of our protégé players, Adam Turner, both sure to hit the heavenly house music mark, Mr Turner’s uplifting, progressive & pop-tastic house compulsively contrasting with Kris’s electro twisted tech & nu funk that make an irresistible combination hard to beat. Plus with Jodie in full hosting mode along with the majestic Munroe Bergdorf & the marvellous Mark Ashley Dupe, not to mention the charming JJ Clark managing the door and handing out the most warming welcome we can imagine and if you haven’t yet be pampered by the Room Service show (where have you been) then tonight is the night to do it.
And if you don’t believe us, then just take a look at the compelling PR evidence below which should leave you in no doubt that stepping out & being seen on the scene at Room Service is very much the Thursday way to go, this what Jodie & her team have to say of their soiree…..
“…Last Thursday was one of craziest parties to date, so go on… treat yourself to a few days lounging in your silk robe and nibbling on mince pies as you’ll need all the energy you can get for this post-Christmas Service – we’re going at you hard this week.
We’ll be helping the boys from WE Party get warmed up for their January 1st blowout with the official pre-party for WE London’s “Vogue NYD T-dance”, while this week’s beats are provided by Room Service residents Kris Di Angelis & Adam Turner.
Plus,let our hosts Jodie Harsh, Munroe Bergdorf & Mark-Ashley Dupe lead you astray, over to their table and onto the dance floor. No one parties like Room Service, this is the real deal, the full package, the fuckin’ best…”
…..while this is the dinky detail on this marvellous WE pre-party meet……
@Maibella, -13 Greek Street, Soho, W1 4DJ.
Open 10pm – 3am
Door Prices £6 before 11pm, £10 until 1am
(It gets busy. Realllllll busy. Don’t be left out in the cold – rock up before 11:30pm)
TABLE SERVICE – Book via email@example.com
More info out at
So, what more can we say apart from, if you want to be & be seen on the scene, rubbing shoulders with the Soho stylish set, then Room Service is THE pace, meaning you should not hesitate, procrastinate or cogitate, but rather simply, “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
As we approach one of the most momentous & meaningful weekends in our year, we thought it wholly appropriate to re-launch our weekly recommends newsletters, this “Best Bites” the first half of the posting picture, where we pick out our three top of the tree event choices of where to be & be seen on the scene in Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch, along with mini mentions for two other hot shots that have featured in our full on focuses.
Well, it’s been a while, not just a few weeks, but a few months, although it feels good to be back in the “Best Bites” recommendations driving seat, that last analogy pretty apt this weekend as one of the hot shot mentions has a driving format of shorts. But the weekend is also momentous & meaningful as Saturday (1st Dec) marks two occasions, first & foremost, World AIDS Day, a cause that is extremely close to our heart, it also marks the first day in our birth month. For others however, while for others, December 1st is the first day of advent, meaning Christmas is, from here on in, very much in focus. However, it is this weekend we are focussing on, picking out our three top choices, one each from Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch, while those two hot shots also get a little look in.
So to our first and to Soho first, as it is the wonder on Wardour Street that steals that top of the tree crown this weekend, the crowning glory for us being Friday frolic PLAY>TIME, the award winning & outstanding outing that has become a firm favourite of ours & many more, promoter jay Roberts having very much made Friday the new Saturday in Soho, even toppling the might of another award winner that was the darling of the clubbing circuit scene on Friday’s, Onyx having gone by the wayside. But PLAY>TIME forges ahead with its fabulousness, this Friday no exception, as the team welcome two terrific talents to the D.J. decks, Kris Di Angelis making his debut for this brilliant brand, while Mikey D makes a welcome return on the back of his prolific new(ish) podcast “House Music All Night Long”. But no PLAY>TIME would be the same without a that significant slice of sexy seduction, Jay introducing Daniel Dias to the PLAY>TIME podium, Mr Roberts also gyrating his booty to the beats, not least that he & Daniel have recently “shot a scene” (you know the sort we mean) together, this along adding to the allure & excitement of this enthralling event. So naturally, with all that on offer, PLAY>TIME is one hot ticket & well deserved of our top of the tree choice, proceedings kicking off this Friday (30th Nov) from 10 p.m., entry a mere £8 before midnight or £10 thereafter, the club running through to a planned 4 a.m. finish, more details available the events page at http://facebook.com/events/498999320134205/.
Now while we are on the subject of Soho & this wonder on Wardour Street, Profile/Lo-Profile’s GM Kerry Chapman & her terrific team are marking World AIDS Day on Saturday with the return of their very popular “strip-a-thon”, the bevy of beauties behind the bar getting the strip down balls (no pun intending) rolling, your donations to charities The Food Chain & National AIDS Trust part of the process, as the more you put in the pot, the more the barmen reveal, while D.J.’s Alessandro Londra, Rob Sykes & Nathan Six will be sharing deck duty, possibly entering into a topless track turn or two. And with red ribbons available along with plenty more to tempt you in from the cold, check out the events page at http://facebook.com/events/295765387202385/ while more info on Profile & its offers can be found at http://facebook.com/profilebar &/or http://profilesoho.com.
Onward to Vauxhall and there has been much change down Orange Nation way recently, a lot of news we need to fill you in on which will have to wait a while, although what cannot wait is our top of the tree choice we have picked form the multi leaved ON offering, A:M having gone “Ultra” on us recently, taking the Friday night helm vacated by a departing Onyx, this amazing afterhours having moved forward its opening time into Friday nights, but still running deep into Saturday morning. Still currently based at Fire, A:M “Ultra” is, however, on the move this weekend, switching to smaller sister venue Covert, although in our view is the smarter sister as it offers two delightful dancefloors, an accessible upstairs space, all sure to fit A:M like a glove. And for the first of a three week run here, promoter Steven Sharp introduces young blood beatmaster Matt Bogard to the D.J. decks, he joined in another A:M newbie, Ania, while the continuity is cornerstoned by A:M favourites Paul Heron & D’Johnny, while Onyx, having given away to its afterhours associate, remains in the picture, hosting the second space, D.J.’s on pop-tastic duty including Tasty Tim & Little Rob. So, while this new “Ultra” format is very much about the music, it’s also about the hosting, the terrific team of Hrh Minty, Danny Boyce & Louise Port making sure your entry & then enjoyment is expedited exceedingly well, that entrance available this coming Friday (30th Nov) from 11 p.m., the club running through till 7 a.m., advance tickets available online at http://orangenation.co.uk, while entry on the door is priced, with flyer/ad discount, a mere £3 before midnight, £6 before 3 a.m., then £8, while for others its £10 before midnight, then £12 (you know what to do!), more detail up at http://facebook.com/events/283665795070260/ while watch this space for news on the new A:M pre-parties at Rupert St coming soon.
Now for that hot shot mention and returning to the World AIDS Day cause and it is Beyond that will be flying the fundraiser flag this Sunday (2nd Dec), this “all roads lead to” audacious afterhours sure to be packed to the rafters, not least that it is the official WE “Formula 2” (more on that in a bit) afterparty. But more than that, promoter Ben Kaye is thrilled to welcome special D.J. guest Brett Henrichsen for the US, joining Beyond all-star roving residents Jamie head, Mikey D, Fat Tony, D’Johnny, David Jimenez & more, while AIDS charity The Terrence Higgins Trust is the donation benefactor, we devoting a Weekend Focus Extra “Brett’s Bag Of Beats” to this beyond event, advance tickets for this awesome afterhours outing a must by hitting on http://orangenation.co.uk , popping into Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & 50 Dean, while bars Ku, Comptons & Rupert St have a stock too, more detail on Beyond & this event out at http://facebook.com/beyondclub.
So we head out to Shoreditch and it is East Bloc that covets our top of the tree choice crown this weekend, Saturday sporting a second birthday bash as TheMenWhoFell2Earth (MWF2E) mark this momentous occasion with a pulsating package that includes special guest D.J. Luke Howard (of Horse Meat Disco, Paradise 45 & Lovebox fame), he joining MWF2E regulars Amp & Deck and Hits&Mrs in the main room, while the second space is sorted by D.J. duo Push The Button, all this hinting towards wayout & alternative action with a capital W & A, this branded party very much for decernists of tech, nu disco & electro. But the bravado doesn’t end at the D.J.’s, oh no, as “…the man with the plan…” host Oly is back and my does he know how to host (to be seen to be believed) while as it’s a MWF2E birthday bash, they have the infamous act Bother Boys back, taking to the stage to serve up “…song beauty & the ridiculous…” meaning that anything could happen here and it probably will. Plus, while the focus with be on birthday, the team recognise that they share their Saturday with World AIDS day, so will be raising funds for the Terrence Higgins Trust, a slice of the door plus bucket donations going to this very worthy cause. Now talking of the door, the MWF2E one opens this Saturday (1st Dec) from 10.30 p.m., the club running through till 6 a.m. entry just £6 before midnight, £9 thereafter, East Bloc at 217/219 City Road, EC1 (nearest tube Old St), directions available at http://eastbloc.co.uk, while a visit to http://themenwhofell2earth.co.uk &/or the events page at http://facebook.com/events/524256870936413/ while fill you out in the info herein. Plus with news just in from the team, they tell us that “…As our special Birthday present to you, we’ll be exclusively screening the new Radio Soulwax / 2ManyDJ’s film ‘Dave’. It’s their usual mash up brilliance, only this time it’s all Bowie records set to a custom made film. We’ll be transforming the mirror ball lounge into Dave’s cinema for the night in conjunction with our friends at Caviar films and it won’t cost you a penny extra…” while check out the MWF2E video clip at http://facebook.com/photo.php?v=572328689207 which completes this recommendation package.
Now for that second hot shot, second an appropriate word as WE party London celebrates its 2nd Anniversary here in the capital on Saturday (1st Dec) and is very much THE place to be & be seen on the scene (unless you’re a MWF2E fanatic of course) this, fabulous “Formula 2” sprinting off the starting grid at the Coronet, D.J. drivers vying for pole position including the Fernando Alonso of WE, Carlos Gallardo, who speeds in from Spain especially for the event, he surely having a task on his hands with the Sebastian Vettel of the London scene, Steve Pitron, while other runners in the race include Paul Heron, & D’Johnny in the main room, the Room Service second space sported by Jodie Harsh, Fat Tony & Ariel. But with much more of this fabulous “Formula 2” foray out in our feature, “Chequered Flag celebration” (direct link http://discomatt.com/web/?p=6114) as well as at http://wepartylondon.com, this is one 2nd birthday you won’t want to miss.
So, that’s it for our re-launched “Best Bites” newsletter for this time, three top of the tree choices & two sure fire hot shots to tantalise your tastebuds, while we will be serving up our “Short Shouts” shortly too, a whole host of other getting a mini mention, all meaning that this weekend is one that you will definitely want to be & be seen on the scene by making sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Having been sunning himself in paradise, our Shoreditch son makes a welcome return to Soho, Room Service’s very own Kris Di Angelis standing in the D.J. spotlight while young blood Matt Bogard also gets his beats say, a bevy of beauties come hosts including Jodie Harsh, Munroe Bergdorf, Daniel Lismore &, of course JJ Clark looking after your every whim & fancy, meaning it simply had to be our “Pick Of The Day”, all the event detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while to indent the important detail beneath.
There’s only one way to get served….week by week we Serve it hot!!. This is everything… Room Service started as a little fag party in a Soho basement club and has broadened its hot appeal to reach party boys internationally, from Las Vegas to New York City, Ibiza to Rome. We’ve launched our record label and will keep your ears ringing with the unmistakable sound of Room Service – underground house with a nasty bassline and a sexy rhythm, and a hint or two of vocals deliciously served up.
Tonight, D.J.’s KRIS Kris Di Angelis & Matt Bogard spin underground, sexy house. Tough boy-beats, deep grooves and horny beats, while our hosts JJ Clark, Munroe Bergdorf, Kane Luke, Daniel Lismore &, of course, the one the only Jodie Harsh lead you astray over to their tables and onto the dance floor…
Only at Room Service do you KNOW you’re guaranteed a good night – This is the “Deluxe Gay Dance Party” created by the dream-team of London nightlife. Plus we team up with Circa, Soho’s drinking hotspot, to bring you the “Late Check-In Pass”. Go down and buy a drink at our favourite neighborhood bar and you will get a pass which gives you £5 entry between 1am and 2am. Even more reason to keep the party going into the early hours of Friday morning….
Room Service is at Miabella – 12-13 Greek Street, Soho, W1 4DJ. And it’s good
Door & Taxes
10pm – 3am
£6 before 11pm
£10 until 1am
While our summer sabbatical backs have been turned, the week day night wonder that is Room Service reached a landmark 100 parties, this majestic marker also resulting in a mini design make-over. And as it enters its own room 101 (event wise) tonight (Thurs 13th Sept), its a second celebratory week in a row, as host Munroe Bergdorf celebrates her birthday, this just one of many reasons why Room Service yet again scoops up our “Pick Of The Day” choice, all the event detail a banner click away opposite or an image click below, while DM expands on the event beneath.
There can be no doubt in our minds that Room Service has been very much responsible for the shift in the soiree scene, the switch from the big club events to the more boutqie style of clubbing championed by this brilliant brands two shining stars, Jodie Harsh & Kris Di Angelis and while many have tried to follow, some imitate & others simply look on with envy, Room Service has carved its own niche in the capital’s clubbing circuit calendar as one of THE places to be & be seen on the scene. So it will come as no surprise that, where others have faltered & failed, Room Service continues to exude success with a capital S, having just last week celebrated a landmark 100 parties, proving that is is every bit the delectable draw that it was when it opened its doors back in Sept 2010, while the promotions team acknowledging that they need to keep up with the ever changing moods of even its most ardent of followers, a nip & tuck makeover on its advertising just one sign that from 101 onwards, Room Service is endeavouring to freshen up its appeal & offer.
And, having celebrated that magic one hundred, the celebration mode continues tonight (Thurs 13th) as magnificent hostess Munroe Bergdorf celebrates her (we never ask a Lady her age) birthday, well continues celebrating, she having painted the town red for most of yesterday & last night with her partner in champagne cocktail crime, our very own Shoreditch son, Kris Di Angelis, but in a-typical Munroe style will be looking a fresh as a button when she greets you inside Maibella tonight, that after getting warmed up & well into the birthday groove at Circa, the compact & bijou bar that also serves as Room Service’s pre-party place to be. Furthermore, we guess our Kris will be looking fine & dandy too, this being his penultimate Room Service D.J. gig before heading off into the sunset for a couple of months, tonight also seeing the incomparable Jodie Harsh on the decks. So it looks like a knees up from start to finish, the club no doubt packed to the usual rafters right up until the 3 a.m. closing, while early doors at Maibella is always a good idea, those doors opening from 10 p.m., Jodie surely bringing plenty across from London Fashion week, meaning that early arrival is very much advisable. As for the detail of this event, well just check below, while a click on http://clubroomservice.com will also get to to the necessary event action.
This week’s event detail goes like this…..
ROOM SERVICE : The Fashion Week Kiki
We’re 101 weeks old and we’ve got a hot new look to show off over Fashion Week.
There is only one way to get Served….Week by week we Serve it HOT.
DJs JODIE HARSH and KRIS I ANGELIS spin underground, sexy house. Tough boy-beats, deep grooves and horny basslines. All killer, no filler, zero tolerance to dairy.
Let our hosts JOSIAS SOUZA, MUNROE BERGDORF and JJ CLARK lead you astray, over to their table and onto the dance floor… It’s our favourite queen Munroe’s birthday so bring that bitch a gift and don’t expect her to share her bottle.
Room Service is London’s coolest gay party, the sexiest night out in town, the hottest guys in the city and the Number 1 club night according to…everyone! We’re here to Serve you.
Only at Room Service do you KNOW you’re guaranteed a good night – This is the Deluxe Gay Dance Party created by the dream-team of London nightlife. We hate to brag, but here we really do serve up the best DJ’s playing underground house, the craziest hosts, the dirtiest pornstars on the GoGo box and our crowd (that’s you!) be looking fiiiiine!
ROOM SERVICE is where your weekend KICKS OFF, and where you GET OFF to the best house music on offer. This is Attitude magazine’s number 1 UK club night. This is Boyz magazine’s best weekday party. This is Room Service, and we are pretty much officially London’s hottest gay night out. You’ve heard the buzz…check in and get involved.
PERSONAL SERVICE BY YOUR RESIDENT HOSTS:
We team up with Circa, Soho’s drinking hotspot, to bring you the Late Check-In Pass. Go down and buy a drink at our favourite neighborhood bar and you will get a pass which gives you £5 entry between 1am and 2am. Even more reason to keep the party going into the early hours of Friday morning….
TABLE SERVICE – Book via firstname.lastname@example.org
10pm – 3am
£6 before 11pm
£10 until 1am
The queue outside gets big so arrive early unless you’re up for hanging out on Greek Street. Don’t be lame and complain…you know we open at 10!
Despite a captivating choice of club events to choose from, both here in London & across in Barcelona, we decide to dip our “Pick of The Day” toe into the wonderful waters of WAR, the party that not only breaks all boundaries but has broken attendance records month in month out, & it’s “Gangbang” event taking place tonight at East Bloc, WAR’s promoter & our Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis welcoming a wealth of D.J.’s & hosts to make this THE place to be & be seen on the scene this Saturday, all detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we re-propel the PR beneath
With a strap-line that shouts “…Fuck Love, Make War…” you could easily be forgiven that this is a club of confrontation rather that cheerfulness, but in reality WAR is one of the most captivating clubs to hit the scene for a score or more of months, creator & promoter of WAR, our own Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis having born the club out of the success that was MEAT, bringing many of the followers of the former with him, along with a handful of helpers come clubbing cogs that give the brand a familiar feel yet with some new & exciting additions that add an individual identity to that marvellous meet.
So with that mini intro done, let’s hand over to Kris to propel the WAR promo info, he saying of his club & tonight’s event…
WAR “Gangbang”; let’s come together for the heavyweight champion of all parties at host venue, East Bloc. Plus now we are bigger, stronger & hotter as we have got ourselves a new room, new guests, new sounds & new boys.
Firstly the main room features not only the established talents of WAR residents JoshYouAre (Circus/Your Mum’s House) and me, Kris Di Angelis (Room Service/Tramp) but we’re especially excited to have Jamie Ritchie (Slowpoke/Delirium) play a guest set of boy-banging beats! Fresh from smashing Lovebox on the This is…Circus stage (literally one of THE talking points from the whole day’s line up), the woman proved she’s got bigger balls than all the boys put together. Our dance floor is going to fucking erupt!
Then, in the second space, the R&B room, we’ve got our favourite hot boy Kingsley, who in a short time has become a much respected force of musical knowledge. His unique brand of old school R&B meets 80′s soul is teamed with Munroe Bergdorf’s one woman party machine gun set! This whole town is wrapped up in Munroe Madness! Joining them is me (again!) Kris Di Angelis, this time playing an R&B/UK Garage mini-set, one which has been over two years in the making as it took this long to find the right night, but finally it’s happening so grab it while you can.
And our new third room is going to be based on a Broken Disco/Deep House vibe, for which we’ve conscripted the talents of Tony Dunne (Substation/Decca) and Cathal (Dalston Superstore/Vogue Fabrics). Very few people know their shit musically better than Tony, and Cathal’s talents are well known throughout Shoreditch, regularly playing the best nights with the best taste in music we’ve ever heard. Cathal also produced the visuals for the live show at Lovebox featuring our girl Munroe! This room will be a UV den of inequity, what with all the free shots we’ll be giving out there throughout the night. It’s right next to the laughing gas station where Mad Dan will be ready to make you lose your mind 1 balloon at a time.
Of course we’ll be working hard on host JJ Clark to make sure the crowd is even hotter than it normally is. We’ll apologise in advance for the queues again but we say it every time, when it’s full it’s full. WAR attracts the best crowd from all over London so it’s natural for the door to be crrraaaazzzzyyyyyy! Luckily we have Jasmine from Room Service looking after everyone too so look hot, catch her eye, she’s the gatekeeper
Adam Khadaroo of My Human Activity (http://myhumanactivity.com) will be shooting amazing pictures throughout the night so fix yourself before you leave the house. You know all the hottest looks get the VIP treatment in our photo albums!
And the dinky detail….
Sat 11th Aug
East Bloc (217 City Road, EC1)
10.30 p.m. till 6.00 a.m.
£8 B4Midnight/£12 After
D.J’s :- Kris Di Angelis, JoshYouAre, Jaimie Ritchie, Kingsley, Munroe Bergdorf, Cathal, Tony Dunne
Host :- JJ Clark
Gas Station :- Mad Dan
Door :- Jasmine
Let’s come together! Fuck Love, Make WAR!!
With festival eyes on Barcelona right now, we decide to stick familiar territory, choosing Room Service as our “Pick Of The Day”, today, this superb Soho soiree taking place at Miabella on Greek St. Tonight (Thurs 2nd July), promoter Jodie Harsh joined by Kris Di Angelis & Fat Tony on D.J. deck duty & a heavenly hosting team that includes JJ Clark, Leandro Dias & Craig Nightingale, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we envelope the event beneath
Since its launch just over two years ago, Room Service has continued to attract one of the scene’s most stylish & socially conscious set, promoter Jodie Harsh making the most of a catalogue of contacts to ensure that at night in the hands of the superb Soho soiree is never dull, rather dazzling & delightful, her team of heavenly hosts making your Room Service experience all the more enthralling. And this week is no different, as THE best welcome to a club you could wish for, will be greeting you as you arrive at Miabella’s doors on Greek St, the charming JJ Clark the man with the superb signature smile that sees you soaking up the splendours of this stylish service even before you get down the stairs. But with the equally charming dream team duo of Craig Nightingale & Leandro Dias on hosting duty, you can bet your bottom dollar that every whim & fancy will be somehow fulfilled.
However, Room Service is also very much about the music and promoter Jodie Harsh has a top notch team of talent ranging from experienced scene stars to new & fresh blood, the likes of Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Paul Heron & Fat Tony having graced the decks throughout the clubs history, while new kids such as Matt Bogard, Dimitry Stuigen & James Pople have also featured. Balancing the West End with the East End is also something Room Service does with its D.J.’s our very own Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis waving that East meets West flag fervently, others including the mighty Tom Stephan making sure the feel is always fresh on any given week, other towering talents serving up resplendent Room Service sounds stretching to Severino & Ariel, Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters. And in the hands of both Kris & Fat Tony, this week’s splendid service will be brimming with brilliant beats from uplifting & funky to electronic & indie.
So, why not treat yourself to a slice of Room Service & start your weekend off in superb style, promoter Jodie Harsh welcoming you with open arms from the 10 p.m. start, our advice being to get there early as the place gets packed within minutes & due to demand, the queue can stretch right down Greek St. Plus another great reason to arrival fashionably early is the £6 entry fee which jumps to £10 after 11 p.m., although if you choose to wet your whistle at Circa, the compact yet bijou bar of before Room Service choice, then you can grab a “late check-in” pass which gives you entry for £5 between 1 & 2 a.m. Plus, you can go for the full service once you arrive at Maibella by enjoying your own table which comes with top notch bottles of Vodka & accompaniments, more details & bookings via email@example.com, while more info on tonight’s & all Room Service events/happenings can be found at http://clubroomservice.com, leaving us to simply say, make a date with this Miabella mainstay & in so doing “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Back on usual track also finding familiar territory with our “Pick Of The Day choice, we land on superb Soho soiree Room Service which takes place tonight (Thurs 26th July) at Maibella, with Kris Angelis & Ariel on deck duty, this also being the pre-party for new club night “Tramp”, all the detail a “Pick Of The Day” banner click away at opposite or an image click below, while DM propels the PR for both Room Service & Tramp beneath.
This is the Room Service PR….
ROOM SERVICE: London’s coolest gay party – The sexiest night out in town – The hottest guys in the city and the Number 1 club night according to…everyone!
This is where your weekend KICKS OFF, and where you GET OFF to the best house music on offer. This is Attitude magazine’s number 1 UK club night. This is Boyz magazine’s best weekday party. This is Room Service, and we are pretty much officially London’s hottest gay night out. You’ve heard the buzz…check in and get involved.
Only at Room Service do you KNOW you’re guaranteed a good night – This is the deluxe gay dance party created by the dream-team of London nightlife. We hate to brag, but here we really do serve up the best DJ’s playing underground house, the craziest hosts, the dirtiest porn stars on the go-go box and our crowd (that’s you!) be looking fiiiiine!
There is only one way to get served…. & week by week we Serve it HOT.
…and this week’s hot happening….
Thursday 26th July
This week Room Service residents Kris Di Angelis, and Ariel spin underground, sexy house. tough boy-beats, deep grooves and horny basslines. All killer, no filler!!
Then, let our hosts Munroe Bergdorf, JJ Clark & Kinsley Jordan lead you astray, over to their table and onto the dance floor…while Room Service’s very own Jodie Harsh will be dressed to impress & eager to please as well as party till dawn. Plus, we are holding the official pre-party for the launch of TRAMP, Kris Di Angelis’ new night starting at Dalston Superstore which launches on Saturday (28th of July).
…before your full service…
We team up with Circa, Soho’s drinking hotspot, to bring you the Room Service “Late Check-In Pass”. Go down and buy a drink at our favourite neighborhood bar and you will get a pass which gives you £5 entry between 1am and 2am. Even more reason to keep the party going into the early hours of Friday morning….
…so where & when plus info points?…
Room Service is at Miabella – 12-13 Greek Street, Soho, W1 4DJ. Doors open 10pm – 3am, entry is £6 before 11pm, then £10 until 1am, For table service, book via firstname.lastname@example.org, while for more info go to http://clubroomservice.com &/or
Now to Tramp…
A party at The Dalston Superstore, launching this Saturday (28th July) & housing the largest collection of hot guys and mental trannies in London. If you can hustle your way through any door in this town you’ll get into our party. If you’re hot enough to live by your wits, or shameless enough to not give a shit where you sleep tonight, then welcome home babe….
…so who’s entertaining you?…
Downstairs in the basement features everybody’s favourite Jim Warboy, club promoter (Heroes, SOS, Caligula), record producer and D.J. Nobody can do sexy dance music like this guy. We’re also having Bryony Masters start the party, because anyone that can fuse deep house with UK Garage and get away with it is alright by us. Finishing up is Tramp promoter Kris Di Angelis (also of WAR, Room Service, Circus), the boy with the boys and the beats to back it up. He’ll be premiering a brand new remix tonight of a rather well known ‘Kiki’….
Upstairs will be Munroe Bergdorf hosting the largest collection of Trannie D.J.’s ever under one roof! To get this party started right, we’ve asked some of the most fabulous, crazy, hilarious and downright rude trannies, club kids and generally loud people to come and play their top 10 house party jams to shake a weave to. Plus The Fabulous Russella is gonna takeover early, with a microphone, singing her new single, while her friends rob your wallets. No joke, it’s a tranny crime ring.
…there is more…
On hosting duties is everybody’s favourite man JJ Clark. Our supa-model gentleman knows all the right boys, all the right girlie boys, and all the right D.J.’s. He’s inviting the very best to our house party and we’re gonna spend the night burning holes in his underwear.
Plus, Adam Khadaroo (WAR, XXTRA, Room Service) will be shooting pictures in a way never seen before in clubland. Be prepared, this is some next level shit, so look hot, even if you’re not.
For more detail visit http://facebook.com/events/267089553391723/.
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)
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)