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It may be the weekend after the bank holiday, but it seems the march into May has a real spring in its step with much going on, making our first newsletter in over a month a pretty packed affair, our two “Best Bite” choices boosted by others that get a short shout, as well as some hot shot happenings, one hinting towards summer.
Well, it feels great to be back and while we remain in hospital and with a tough road of recovery still ahead, just like the late start to the spring, we have a similar starting step as we march into May and take a detailed look into two of the fourteen “Best Bites” choices of clubs & events featured right here on our website, happening not just this coming weekend but beyond, a selection of the remaining eleven making up our “Short Shouts” while we also hint towards a small handful of “Hot Shot Happenings” as we get our feet back under our post production table.
So without further ado let’s get to our first “Best Bite” for the coming weekend which goes to PLAY>TIME, this fabulous Friday frolic making a return to the scene tomorrow night (Friday 10th May) at new venue home, the Colosseum in Vauxhall, promoter Jay Roberts truly excited to be back on the London clubbing map and sizing up his brilliant brand to fit the space of PLAY>TIME’s new home. And this switch comes following the shock & sudden closure of Lo-Profile in January, PLAY>TIME’s former home, which left many of us reeling and Mr Roberts & his team without a home for their party, but out of the ashes of that sudden end come the phoenix rise in the form of this more super sized event that with a full blown club venue gives Jay much more scope to develop both the brand and the weekly parties in the direction he has always wanted to, the restrictions that Lo-Profile presented in terms of the porn element of the PLAY>TIME events no longer an issue. Plus, while it may have been absent from the scene for some four or so months, the brand that is PLAY>TIME is as strong as ever and will surely see this re-launch/return prove a huge success despite the (copycat) competition across Vauxhall, District XXX which runs at the same time. So, what of the detail of this resplendent PLAY>TIME return & event?, well, in the word’s of Jay himself, expect a party “…bigger, braver & bolder than anything ever seen in London nightlife…” and what has also been billed as an event that “…will be the most discussed Friday club event of the year so far…”. And with massive (in more ways than one) international porn star Francois Sagat taking centre stage among a bevy of brawn in a succession of saucy & steamy stage shows throughout the night, it seems Jay’s XXX rated desires for PLAY>TIME as a party will be played out to the full & in a superb space to boot, while the music will also be top draw as Mr Roberts pulls in the talents of two of his regular PLAY>TIME residents, both Brent Nicholls & Steven Artis sure to go down a storm. Now, while we cannot quote entry prices, we can confirm that PLAY>TIME kicks off at the Colosseum tomorrow (Fri 10th May) at 10.30 p.m., running through till a planned 5 a.m. finish, a trip to the events page at https://facebook.com/events/451401594952610/ going into more detail about the party itself.
Now to a couple of our other Friday meets featured in our “Best Bites” selections and Super Electro Party Machine is the first, Larry Tee’s madcap meet taking place tomorrow (Fri 10th May) at East Bloc in Shoreditch, Larry welcoming back Room Service’s own Jodie Harsh to the decks alongside Mark-Ashley Dupe & more, further details out at via the East Bloc page at https://facebook.com/EastBlocLondon.
Our other Friday Best Bite come Short Shout mention goes to Rome’s Muccassassina, also taking place tonight and playing host to the first of a string of pre-parties for Europride 2013, which takes place in Marseille this year, the Mucca team rolling out their team of home based D.J. residents, full details of this ever popular & packed out party available by heading to https://facebook.com/events/458447380900220/.
Right, back to our full blown “Best Bite” choices, our second going to DISH, which returns for its fifth outing of the year at East Bloc in Shoreditch on Saturday night (11th May), promoters Tom Stephan & Borja Peña welcoming an extra special guest D.J. for this month’s meet. But before we touch on him, let’s run through the DISH format for those as yet initiated to this, one of the most popular parties on both the East Bloc & the capitals clubbing circuit calendar, DISH evoking its name in much of the set up, with a “mains dish” first room, a “side dish” second space and a neatly named “tapas” third room, all that fits into the uber chic underground space that is East Bloc, DISH’s venue home. And this monthly meet, having been running for over a year has, as we said, firmly established itself as a real star of the scene, meaning that the club runs to capacity and fills out really quickly compared to many of its compatriots, an arrival after midnight finding it full & pumping with action, while the bigger clubs struggle, so an early arrival is always recommended as once DISH is full, its full!! So that’s this brilliant brand what about this month’s meet?, well as we mentioned earlier, Tom & Borja are welcoming a special guest D.J., Avihay Partok jetting in from Tel Aviv for this event, bringing his trademark sound of hot and spicy beats. Partok is one of the resident’s at the infamous PAG parties that have been running for ten years in Tel Aviv, so brings both experience & a special set of sounds to DISH that will really spice up the “mains dish” room, while in the other two spaces, it’s down to regulars Mark-Ashley Dupé, Scott Webster, Cathal & Franx De Crystal to deliver delectable dance, hip hop, & plenty of other genre beats that give DISH its vivacious variety very much akin to a three course meal offering. In terms of further detail, doors open at 10 p.m. on Saturday night (11th May), hosts La Pequeña, Andrew Moore & Kane Luke adding to a warm welcome from Laurent & Benoit, entry £7 before midnight or £10 after, further info up at https://facebook.com/events/592308114114875/, this DISH is set to be a very special one which cannot recommend enough & should not be missed, even if we cannot make it ourselves.
So to some Saturday short shouts that have made our “Best Bites” selections for the weekend, the first going to Tramp which also runs in Shoreditch although further up at The Dalston Superstore, promoter Kris Di Angelis welcoming guest D.J. Bryony Masters to the downstairs decks, while its trans tranny action upstairs with Stacy Dee Collins & Jonathan Bestley, ably abetted by Jonny Woo & Dave Tester, more detail out at https://facebook.com/events/515834591785855/
We head across the channel for our second short shout come best bite, Scream in Paris the destination and their special monthly “Festival” party, which celebrates the clubs home-grown resident D.J. talent, & performers, including Tommy Marcus, David Judge, Nicholas Nucci, Paris Topher & Trippy Gonzalez, this outing one of the most colourful on the Scream calendar, so one to savour for sure, while the partying carries on at Ben Manson’s Wake Up, which runs deep into Sunday morning, more detail on both up at http://scream-paris.com.
Moving up from France we head into Belgium and to Antwerp which can only mean one club, Red & Blue, who entertain a special guest D.J., like DISH here in London, looking to Tel Aviv but in this case, Guy Scheiman, who makes his first appearance here on Saturday night (11thMay), but based on his sound style & productions, is sure to go down a storm, he joined by resident Gust Morris, more detail out at http://redandblue.eu.
Then we head across to Milan for our fourth & final mini mention for the coming weekend, another “Best Bites” selection for Saturday going to the Farm who, like Scream, are also in festival mood, their “Under The Sea” themed party pointing towards summer as they entertain the XLsior festival from Mykonos, D.J. GSP flying the XL flag & a special P.A. performance from Soraya Noayin, more info up at https://facebook.com/events/276694449134324/.
Now, we promised to touch on some of our “Hot Shot Happenings” and we have three to share, the first being next weekend when horny brand Hustlaball meets up with La Demence for a special weekend in Brussels, the former taking place on Friday (17th May) at Fuse, while the on the Sunday, La Demence goes all leather on us, event details on both available via https://facebook.com/pages/LA-DEMENCE/118510491162. Then we come to probably the biggest event of the London clubbing calendar so far this year, the massive festival that is As One In the Park taking place on Sunday 26th May for which we will be devoting a special preview feature in the next few days, while in the meantime, you can trawl through their page at https://facebook.com/AsOneInThePark for details of the massive line-up, clubs involved, ticket details etc. And our third “Hot Shot Happening” very much looks to summer, as its the Matinee Amnesia launch, taking place on Saturday 15th June, the likes of Taito Tikaro, Lydia Sanz, & Flavio Zarza on D.J. duty between the terrace & main room, Vanessa Klein never far away, initial info up at https://www.facebook.com/matineegroup, while you can also head right here for details of Matinee’s first summer festival which takes place at Matinee’s historical home in Barcelona the previous Sunday (9th June), this 12 hour non-stop party one not to be missed, more coverage due up here v soon.
So that’s pretty much it for is weekend, our selection of no less than eight events in London & across Europe and of “Best Bite” quality at that giving you plenty to choose from wherever you find yourselves and while we will be on those hospital sidelines, we wish you all a wonderful weekend of clubbing, remembering that, to be seen on the scene, you need to “Go There! Be There!”. (DISCO MATT)
While we should be soaking up the splendour of sun, sea & sand in South Africa, as we find ourselves rather languishing in London, we swap to snow for our International Special Focus, honing in on The European Gay Ski Week that brings together a bevy of brilliant clubbing brands in a seven day symphony of scintillating sounds.
Having lived in the Southern hemisphere for a sizable slice of our informative teenage & early adult years, we quickly acclimatised ourselves to the heat of the South African Highveld, Johannesburg our home city that, despite not having the sea & the sand on its doorstep, had sun in virtually year round abundance. And on the odd occasions when the weather was wet & inclement, we soon realised that we had an adverse affinity to the damp, the cold and the lack of sunshine, snow not even coming into the equation, we continuing to crave the heat, the sun and, with our folks now based on the natal north coast along with friends of ours in Cape Town, both the sea & the sand. Yet, as we found ourselves laying our hat in London, we have had to endure some pretty awful winters, not least this current one which is fighting off the spring, just last week we suffering snow on our streets and this is March for heaven’s sake. But while we make no secret of our hatred for the cold and everything that comes with it, when it comes to skiing, we accept that many others savour the wonderful white stuff and when on the slopes of the Alps or wherever it may be, not only report back that the sun can shine bright, but with the proper preparation & clothing, it can actually be a warming experience full of excitable enjoyment. However, the thought of spending a day, let alone a week staring at snowy slopes leaves us literally cold, although in casting this adversity aside, we find ourselves not only previewing but recommending the forthcoming European Gay Ski Week.
But before we extol the virtues of this year’s weeklong event which kicks off on the Alpe d’Huez ski resort this Saturday (16th March), marking the 5th Anniversary of the annual event, we thought we would share a slice or two of the history of The European Gay Ski Week (EGSW), the team behind it all telling us that “…founded in 2008, year one of EGSW took place in Tignes, France in March 2009 boasting a promising yet relatively small 200 attendees, artists including Andy Bell from Erasure and Soul II Soul part of proceedings. Proving a popular ski area and resort and with clubbing parties in the evenings upping the offer, guests came back in even larger numbers. Year two almost doubled in numbers to 370 and doubling again in 2010 European Gay Ski Week had become the fastest growing and most popular gay ski week in Europe. By this time its reputation was growing throughout the industry as well and the roll call of clubs and D.J.’s that were participating in the event were beginning to read like who’s who of gay clubbing from Europe and beyond. Amongst those who joined EGSW were internationally renowned D.J./Producers Steven Redant, Leomeo & Pagano, while clubbing brands Trade & La Demence were involved. In 2011, EGSW decided it wanted to treat it’s attendees to a new resort, Alpe d’Huez as this yearly event was becoming such a huge success, with its now 1000+ attendees, and the ever-increasing list of big-named artists. EGSW also knew it had found a resort that could further cater for its revellers needs. Alpe d’Huez transforming itself into a gay-town for one week every year, while in 2012, every club, restaurant, bar, and venue wanted a piece of the EGSW action….”
So that brings you pretty much up to date with EGSW which, this year, looks bigger and better than ever with a bevy of clubbing brands from across Europe getting involved, Spain’s WE Party, Amsterdam amazer Rapido, Brussels based La Demence, London’s Lovechild, Paris’s Scream & associated LAB party, Berlin based Greenkomm, Dutch beefy brand Bear Necessity & NYC founded fetish brand Hustlball all involved, making for the biggest clubbing collective yet, boosted even further by D.J./Producer Psagano’s own club brand Deviate. And the D.J. line up is equally impressive, Steven Redant flying the La Demence flag, Pagano clearly steering Deviate, while other stars of the scene heading to the snowy ski slopes include Paul Heron, Oliver M, Ben Manson, Tony English, Alessandro Londra & Steve Thomas, with plenty more on the cards but yet to be announced, while there will be a host of drag queens, performers & artists involved in this fabulous festival that is fast becoming more about the clubbing which in terms of balance is fast catching up the skiing in the scales stakes. And for those that love either aspects of entertainment, EGSW is certainly an enthralling event & festival, the numbers of attendees this year already considerably higher than last, perhaps an indication of its pluming popularity, while much of the actual detail remains under wraps, with no event pages to refer you to, while having scoured their Facebook page at https://facebook.com/EuropeanGaySkiWeek, it is clear, apart from attendees who will be privy to all the party details, we are left with the artwork jigsaw pieces to try put together the programme, although with no particular dates posted our cause is all but lost.
That said, if you are one of the 1200 heading to the Alpe d’Huez this coming Saturday (16th march), you can be guaranteed both superb skiing & captivating clubbing each day & night of this weeklong festival frolic and EGSW’s eleven strong support team & management members Kevin Millins & Simon Patrick will give you the warmest of welcomes, meaning while we won’t be swapping sun, sea & sand for the ski slopes & snow anytime soon, this 5th anniversary of all things skiing & clubbing gets our fabulous thumbs up. (DISCO MATT)
After one of the quietest January’s on the capitals clubbing circuit we can remember, it seems that February is exploding into action, we sticking with London for our three “Best Bites”, while with plenty still going on internationally, they take prominence in a stack of “Short Shouts”, while some snippets of news & dance diary dates completes our weekend post package.
While our continental compatriots have continued to club & cavort during January without applying any sort of brake, is us, or has there not been much going on here in the capital, well in Vauxhall at least, while closures & a general flat feel may be the fault that leads us to this conclusion. However, there can be little doubt that February is starting as it means to go on, three exceptional events seeing London sweep our “Best Bites” board, while with still such a lot happening abroad, we “Short Shout” for all things international with a couple of mini home mentions too. Plus with news nibbles & diary dates, it’s all go in this our latest & still combined recommends newsletter.
So, to a news nibble first and there has been much confusion today as to where Vauxhall club night Gravity will take place this week, some sources saying it was switching to Area in l, while we can confirm that for this week & beyond, it will remain at its current home, Covert, the event information at https://facebook.com/events/363794247061393/ still standing.
Right to our first “Best Bite” and we head to Electric Brixton, the host venue for Puscha’s “Undercover – Let The Mystery Begin” event, which takes place this Saturday (2nd Feb), a D.J. line up to dream off, while with a distinct 007 theme and the Puscha party pack & faithful notorious for dressing for the occasion, glamour simply isn’t enough to explain just what a flamboyant frolic this is going to be. And having given both Puscha and this event our full preview coverage & exposure just over a week ago, while we shared some of the party detail then, we thought we would elaborate a little more here, first recapping on the D.J. line up which is nothing short of stunning and, as we have said a D.J. dream, each one also prolific music producers in their own right. So when we say that Tom Novy, Paul Gardner & Seamus Haji are three, you can see what we mean, while Tony English is an out & out man for all scene seasons and is on the cusp of a huge record release that we have been sworn to secrecy on, for now at least. As for the rest of the detail, well here it is in a nutshell, “Undercover – Let The Mystery Begin” running from 10 p.m. till 6 a.m., tickets available on the door, while advance ones are too at http://www.clubtickets.com/gb/2013-02/02/pushca-undercover-spy-ball, &.or, http://residentadvisor.net, outlets Prowler & Clone Zone other sources for your standard £20 pass, while for more info, or hit on the Facebook events page at http://facebook.com/events/473672562668215/ or head to the clubs website http://pushca.com. But we can’t let this “Best Bite” mention pass without also propelling the our exclusive interview with Seamus Haji, this enticing insight into his truly compelling & colossal career plus plans for his set on Saturday, all a must read at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=6888, while we are gutting we will be missing him, Tom, Paul & Tony, as prior commitments mean we are away in Antwerp, but if we were in London, this is where we could be and reckon you should be too.
So let’s squeeze in a couple of “Short Shouts” and first that Antwerp attraction that means we can’t be at Puscha, although in Propaganda’s “XL American Dream” event, this Saturday (2nd Feb) at Red & Blue, we have a party that looks like being just as amazing (if not more) than its capital counterpart, gogo’s, drag queens & acrobats creating club theatre like we have never seen before, while with super star D.J./Producer Elof de Neve headlining this exceptional event, the sounds will be simply superb, more info up at https://facebook.com/events/405170699565715/.
Sticking with Saturday we shout out for Scream in Paris, who score a giant goal this Saturday with their “Festival” event, D.J. Ares heading up a team of turntable talent that includes David Judge, Paris Topher & Trippy Gonzales, while with performers on stage pretty much all night, the main room action should be awesome, not forgetting that Scream’s second space propels all out pop and there’s even a naughty room too. And with the festival continuing at official Scream afterparty, Wake Up, with the brilliant Ben Manson, check out either http://scream-paris.com &/or https://facebook.com/groups/53427623634/.
Back to best biting and our next is a new cub that launches this Saturday, the words “Best Bite” fitting Baked like a glove, this planned to be monthly meet throwing its launch this Saturday (2nd Feb) at Green Carnation in Soho, a multi floored venue not dissimilar to The Edge, while we reckon it’s the GC ground floor & basement for Baked on this occasion. That said, we cannot agree more with the PR team when they say “…something is rising in Soho…” which is such good news after that sudden closure notice a few streets away, while we are told the Baked musical recipe is “…200 gram(s) classic house, 300 gram(s) anthems, 1 pinch of disco & 1 extra large dollop of FUN…” , fun clearly the optimum word here, while resident D.J.’s Chris Brogan & Jay Jayman bring plenty of impressive playing ingredients to the Baked music mixing bowl. With Chris having played for big brands Salvation & Love Muscle, while he features regularly for Hed Kandi, Defected & MOS, Jay bringing his residency experience from Bromance, Madhouse, & East Bloc, as well as his own night “Nine Bob Note”, Saturday’s extra D.J. additive comes in the form of special guest Phil Marriott, a man who has anchored a selection of shows for much of the airplay history of the much missed Gaydar Radio, gigs across the UK, but most notably for Popstarz, Onyx & XXL in London, meaning he brings a musical spice variety that should make the Baked mix balloon. Plus with new to the scene host Patrick bringing personality, good time determination & party circuit prominence, there is much to marvel with the already looking brilliant Baked, which kicks off from 9 p.m., entry £8 before midnight, £10 thereafter, while concs are just £5, more info out via this club night’s page at https://facebook.com/bakedsoho as well as at https://facebook.com/events/120509218121845/.
Onwards to some “Short Shouts”, we head over the channel again and back to Belgium as Brussels brilliance La Demence holds its first meet since NYD, celebrating Valentine’s Day early tomorrow night (Fri 1st Feb) with its “Hunting For Love” affair, a dynamic D.J. line up including La D residents Andrei Stan & Steven Redant, while regular guest Paul Heron returns, added to which Dikky Vendetta & Micky Friedman also star, Fuze sure to be packed to the rafters, extensive event info up at https://facebook.com/events/457280457668425/, while head to https://facebook.com/pages/LA-DEMENCE/118510491162 for the clubs March & Easter event disco diary dates, aiming sure you don’t miss the boat on the La Demence cruise either.
Another Friday frolic that gets our “Short Shouts” spotlight is Rome’s Muccassassina which is sure to impress with its “Icon” incarnation, although with a D.J. line up that seems to be missing a little international influence, this is probably a party aimed at resident Romans, while the venue is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular across the global scene, so for that reason alone is well worth a visit. Plus with pop music being the overriding order of this “Icon” day, artistic director Angelo Pellegrino is pandering to his party patriots while for all the detail head to https://facebook.com/events/440879255983991/, while if you happen to be in Rome on 12th Feb (that’s a Tues) Mucca has its extra Carnival caper, so another date for your dance diary.
To our third & final “Best Bite for this weekend and while we still have issues with the venue location, there can be no doubt that on Saturday, the significant talk of the town & one of the hottest places to be & be seen on the scene will be Matinee, which makes a welcome return to London, s short sabbatical seeing its come out of hibernation with its “Pervert” party this Saturday (2nd Feb). Now, we said our piece in our special preview, not least over both host venue Fire not being appropriate and the music policy looking like it will shift significantly with more than a tip of the sound scales slant towards tech & tribal. However, we have today learnt that in addition to Matinee’s Spanish superstar (& fab friend) Javier Medina headlining, Ale Amaral joins a team that also includes a massive name on the global clubbing circuit, Pagano sure to pull considerable crowd, while Lee Yeomans, Massimo Paramour & D’Johnny should also delight, while the set we would have headed for had we have been going, would be Pier Morrocco’s who, like Ale, balances those tech & tribal scales superbly with a more progressive & uplifting bag of beats. Now, the news on the ground is that advance ticket sales have gone crazy in the last few days, so we reckon you need to get in fast by either heading to Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone (both shops), Fifty Dean, Ku-Bar (Frith & Lisle St’s) and Rupert St bar, or going online to http://orangenation.co.uk/events/matinee-pervert/ where the standard £15 options are still available, Plus, the Matinee machine rolls into action tonight at Room Service for their pre-party, the Spanish superclub’s London promoter, Mauricio Ortiz, joined on Greek street by a set of sexy studs in true Matinee style, more info on this out at https://facebook.com/events/531994096822184/, while for the “Pervert” party itself, go to http://facebook.com/events/122467604587638/, Fire sure to be a roadblock on Saturday, so our advice is to get there early & stake your claim close to the main stage as the shows are set to be spectacular, our preview at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=6797 delving deeper into the detail.
So to our final set of “Short Shouts” we aim our arrow, once again, on Rome now and hit the target with Splash which rewards our sharp shooting with its bulls-eye bash, the first 2013, also this Saturday (2nd Feb), the new venue location for this marvellous meet now into its fourth season, the spectacular Saponeria Club, proving popular with the Splash clubbing collective and with regular resident D.J. Simone De Biasio joined by special guest from Madrid, Sredu, plus live acts, acrobats & plenty of performance surprises too, it looks like Splash could be showing off a clean pair of captivating clubbing heels, more detail up at https://www.facebook.com/events/416061151797712/.
Last, but by no means least our weekend recommends blocks is a mini mention for TheMenWhoFell2Earth, we finding ourselves back here in London, east to be precise and East Bloc even for accurate, this barmy bunch returning on Saturday (2nd Feb) too, resplendent resident rhythm reprobates JC Wood, Lil LV Sodomystorm, Cummy Bear joined by special guest, Hard Cock Life’s Rory Phillips, while hosts Oly & Bother got more than a mention in this week’s QX Magazine, TheMenWhoFell2Earth no strangers to press publications either, so certainly a place to hang your alternative happening hat, more detail out at https://facebook.com/events/467328669995719/.
Now just before we sign off, a few dates for your dance diaries, the first being Swallow, another new club launch, although this one taking place this coming Tuesday (5th Feb) in Mayfair, while Deelooded “Eastside” next Sunday (10th Feb) is a must visit event in our books, so should be in yours too. Them the following weekend, it’s time for another new clubbing concept, this time the colossal combo, Prohibition, Saturday 16th Feb the date & brands Lovechild, Bear Necessity, Queer Nation & Butch the game, yet more new blood coming at you the previous night (Fri 15th Feb), The Orange Group launching Manic at Area, although the less said about the “Panic” strap-line the better, while WE “Carnival” in Madrid next Saturday (9th Feb) is surely a must diary date.
Right that is it for another weekend of our recommendations and plenty for you to pick out, while for us is Antwerp, Red & Blue and Propaganda our rounds Saturday/Sunday trip meaning we miss out on all three of our “Best Bites” & those string of other “Short Shouts”, although with so much to choose from we are sure that, sometime over this explosion of events first in February, you will surely “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Having been at sea for a mother hen of days while casting his picks net across a trio of European events, Disco Matt is pleased as punch to be back in the capital clubbing circuit grove, as he lands on Soho, the Shadow Lounge & Gigolo’s “Naked” event as his pick of the day. Taking place tonight (Wed 23rd May), DM delights on the detail of this mid week meet, all just a banner selection opposite or an image click below, while he focuses on guest D.J. Oliver M beneath.
To say that Oliver M is simply a D.J. is doing this genial German a complete injustice, as there are so many strings to this man’s bow, producer & promoter just two, the influences he has & the contacts he has established second to none, all this making him a big name across the global clubbing scene. So, with a propelling prologue like that, what has made Mr Mohns so mighty? Well, let’s look at one of those bow strings for a start, as Oliver was right at the centre of the so-called Spanish Armada invasion of London back in 2006, when Barcelona bred brand Matinee made its first significant splash on the scene here, Oliver at the helm for well close on four years & seeing it through some of its most successful phases, including homes Area, Fabric, Colosseum & Cable. Yet, while his parting with Matinee was a tormented one, he came out the other side, a short season with an own grown brand, matador, spring boarding him to a premiership with Saturday morning afterhours club, A:M, while his promotions credentials have stretched to a whole series of one-off events too, this insatiable appetite for the promotions game still alive & kicking, even if the assumption of the salvation London helm resulted from the untimely & still shocking premature passing of his very close friend Steve Elliot.
But while club promotions is a real passion of his, music remains at the centre of his soul & one that was nurtured from a relatively young age from his born base of Hamburg, his first D.J. gig a favour for a friend, although what a friend, as Oliver stepped into the shoes of one Boris Dlugosh (of Moloko, “Sing It Back” fame) back in 1987 &, as a D.J. has never looked back. With a whole host of parties, residencies & guest slots across Europe, brands he has touched including GreenKomm, NightControl, Muccassassina, &, probably one of his most notable, La Demence, it was his move to Barcelona that developed his associations with The Matinee Group, his connections & his D.J.’ing also extending to La Troya & Space in Ibiza, a transition in his music style from the harder techno trance that were dominating the German clubbing scene of the time, to the more Balearic euro-beat sound that has since brought him world renowned success & status as a D.J./Producer. Indeed, away from the live decks, Oliver’s studio productions have found favour across Europe, his tracks “Paramount” & “Strings of Motion” (one of our favourites & well worth a listen as well as an addition to your collection by going to http://djoliverm.com/news/dj-oliver-m-and-jean-philip-strings-of-motion-original-mix/) were propelled by record label Sorry Shoes, one headed up by close friend Mike Kelly, while his tow latest tracks “Groovebird 2012” & “Restless In Ibiza” are due for release very soon.
So, having very much made a name for himself across Europe, London was always going to play a part in his life & moving here in 2006 brought that switch from full time D.J.’ing to club promotions and one that further enhanced his networking & connections across the global scene, Oliver using his contacts to bring a whole host of internationally renowned D.J.’s to the capitals clubbing circuit, a situation that continued when he held sway with A:M, international names he introduced including Steven Redant, Ben Manson, Danny Verde, & Andrei Stan, while London based stars Brent Nicholls, Paul Heron, Pagano, Pier Morrocco, & Guy Williams were major features of his parties & events. However, while his own D.J. career during the matinee & A:M days was sacrificed, returning to the decks was inevitable & both 2011 & 2012 so far have proven hugely successful for Oliver, dates right across Europe, not least for La Demence & GreenKomm, this complimented by tours dates of Mexico, Brazil & The US, as well as Sydney & a string of upcoming pride events that means he is practically living out of a suitcase, jetting here, there & everywhere. And, his assumption of the Salvation Group promoter position, this brand truly international, is likely to keep that suitcase opening & closing for a long time to come, a glance through his own website at http://djoliverm.com giving you an impressive indication of just how busy Mr Mohns is these days.
But what of London in all this?, Well the capital remains his base and a good one at that, as guest slots for bars Rupert St & Barcode remain a feature, while naturally tonight marks another appearance for Gigolo, Oliver very much part of the roving residency team & an individual that promoters David & L.a. Hart are chuffed to have on board, not least due to his impressive C.V. & credentials above. And with his upcoming involvement with the “Summer Fusion” event in Southwark over the diamond jubilee weekend next, of which Salvation will form a major part, Oliver will be able to, at least temporarily, unpack that suitcase, although not before popping across to his beloved La Demence for their “Tattoo” event this Sunday, all this amounting to a whole host of opportunities to savour a set of his, although for those of you not fortunate enough make it, either down to Gigolo, across to Brussels or over to Shoreditch, then you can do the next best thing & proceed to his podcast page where you will find a whole host of heavenly house mixes that shout the Oliver style of sound, uplifting, euphoric, Euro/Balearic beats that have achieved his status as the most popular D.J. on clubbing website SeenQueen, while also attaining him the prominent position as D.J. of the week this week, for scene magazine Q.X. International. But what mix to choose?, Well, if we were to lay our hat on one, it would be his “Salvation – A Year In Dance”, recorded at the end of 2011 & is jam packed with, as Oliver aptly put it “…anthems & cool happy hands in the air tracks…”, one symptomatic of both his sound style & his delightful demeanour, so one well worth adding to your collection by going to direct link http://djoliverm.podomatic.com/entry/2012-01-05T16_36_23-08_00, while for a flavour of his disco drenched set at Gigolo, sort out their Souncloud site, were you will find his recording from September last at http://soundcloud.com/gigolo-disco/gigolo-disco-sessions-mix-8-dj.
So, with a 2012 that seems to be going from strength to strength for this genial German, the future is certainly looking bright & so O, that in this phrase would normally stand for “Orange, perhaps in fact standing for Oliver, of the Mohns variety. (DISCO MATT)
We have covered our track chart, published our podcast picks, so it just remains for us to share our sets of the year in this, the third part of our music review of 2011. So the wait is over as we countdown, from ten to one, our most prolific players & their scintillating sets, revealing who tipped our musical scales the most.
While there is no doubt that 2011 had its huge highs & large lows, very much reflective of the rollercoaster ride references that were so much a part of our journey from January to December, music continuing to be central to or existence, whether it be the terrific tunes or the captivating compilations that filled our ears throughout the year. However, if it wasn’t for the prolific players across the capital’s clubbing circuit, or indeed those inspirational international spinning stars that entertained us during our expeditions across Europe, what we have termed, musically wise at least, as being our “Best Year Yet”, could not have been complete without the scores of superb sets we were so privileged to be part of in 2011. But while we would love to capture each & every entertainer in our lengthy list of dynamic D.J.’s that sparked us to spin on our spot, whether in London & Antwerp, Barcelona & Brussels or Paris & Rome, we had to slice our set selections down to just ten, devoting five to stars here in the capital & five to those based abroad. So, by giving you a flavour of their storming sets through extracts from reviews of the time, we will hopefully demonstrate why these terrific ten made it into our Y.E. chart, but by also pointing you to their Soundcloud sites, Podcast pages or Website windows, so you too will be able to melt into magical music that amassed in our bountiful memory banks..
So let’s get to it and to our tremendous tenth first, a Parisian player whom we got to meet properly for the first time back in February when we paid a visit to the French capital, although his work had not gone unnoticed before, his inclusion in the massive LGDF dance festival here in the capital a year earlier got our focus. However, we counted ourselves honoured to meet Ben Manson while shopping with our Parisian pal Leomeo in Le Marais, which prompted a visit to the superb Spyce Bar in this delightful district and it was here where we witnessed the brilliant Ben in action, his lofty position above the impressive & striking LED wall & displays adding to the amazing atmosphere he was creating that night. Treating us to a truck load of towering tunes, we included the following in our review of his prolific performance, “…soaking up the brilliant Ben beats and a better set we couldn’t have wanted for, Mr Manson delightfully blending tech tracks, with tribal beats, infusing these with euro style sounds & uplifting vocals, then taking us back again on this magical musical journey he was carrying us away on. Indeed, a better set we couldn’t have wished for, especially when he selected the heavenly “Hide You” by Sami Kivera, then having dived back into a trio of tech tunes, lifted the already amazing atmosphere with another vocal dream, this time “Show Me Your Love”, the crowd reacting accordingly and showing their appreciation with dextrous dance moves coupled with whoops & cheers, we ourselves succumbing to these scintillating sounds, spinning on our spot as though we were cavorting in a club….”. So, it is no surprise that Mr Manson simply had to make it into our top ten with his Spyce set. But, with superb showings for Salvation, SuperMartXe, Scream, as well as La Demence & Beyond (to name just a few), there were plenty of other reasons why Ben won us over, while you can you can too be won over by the man’s musical magnificence when picking on any of the 20 or so podcasts on his page(s) at http://benmanson.podomatic.com/.
With nine out of ten of our set selections so close to call, nominating our noteworthy ninth was a tricky task, but someone had to make it and so it goes to Brent Nicholls who didn’t feature in our year anywhere near as much as in 2010, although that said, on the few occasions he did, he never failed to score significantly with his superb set showings. With Hard On!, Rupert St & Profile/Lo-Profile considerations, Industri was nowhere near the tour de force it had been, a switch to Soho reducing our weekly institutional visits to just a few occasions while trips abroad were other reasons for not appearing as often as we would have liked. But like Industri, Brent’s other playing ground in our clubbing cavorting, Lovechild, pretty much split our year down the middle, the first half much more a feature of our frolicking, Mr Nicholls pretty much the master of the “love lounge” where we land on his most magical memory making masterpiece from January & Lovechild’s “Snowball” event, our reflection of Brent’s showing including “…it was time for us to find safety & solstice in the lounge space, where Mr Nicholls was firing up what would turn out to be our performance of the night…” along with “…Brent was definitely hitting our musical sweet spot, with one favourite track after the next, “Release Me”, Now Or Never”, “Trapped” & even “Stereo Love” all getting airplay, the latter sending us into an emotional state & floating our thoughts across the miles to a Lovechild inspired experience far away…”, he set showing here, like too many we could mention, delivering delightfully, Mr Nicholls’ distinctive nu-funk style never failing to hook, line & sink us into s pinning frenzy. And, there is plenty of that so called “nu-funk” style of his in his plethora of podcast releases in 2011 alone, so if you haven’t sampled a live set, then the next best thing is to go straight to http://djbrennicholls.com & choose any one of the twenty or so releases from the year.
To our enthralling eighth now and we stick to London and a fellow scene star that has been cutting a significant stride for many a year, our first memories of Jamie Head stretching back to those halcyon days of Crash, the club that started the whole Vauxhall clubbing movement around the turn of the century. However, Jamie has remained a feature of the capitals clubbing circuit since, regular appearances at Beyond, Profile/Lo-Profile, A:M, & Later scoring highly in his schedule, while we look back just a couple of months to WE’s 1st Anniversary, when he set us off on our “Disco” dancing dervishes delightfully. Then there was his set at WE “Attacks” at the beginning of the year which also spurned a rare podcast, leaving us with plenty of choices for his inclusion, this along with a handful of Terrace Room treats at Beyond being edged out by his prolific performance when Later took to the high seas of London, well the Thames actually, Jamie nailing a superb set during this aquatic audacity. And having remarked in our review that “…with many still packing the outside deck, we laid our hat inside and for good reason as Jamie Head was now in charge of the tunes, serving up a set to savour, a whole host of classic hits remixed & rehashed hitting the mark with many, we finding a spot to spin not far from the makeshift D.J. booth, our dancing dervishes increasing with every track he picked, the dancefloor erupting when the truly brilliant “Enjoy The Ride” played out & seemed so appropriate for the terrific time we were having, this ride on the waves in the hands of Mr. Head a huge highlight…”. And it seems that, despite all his other amazing London appearances, Later seems to bring out the best in him, next Sunday (28th Jan) a definite date in to put in your diaries, as Mr Head hits the Later decks for an exclusive back-to-back set with Mikey D, while if you haven’t sampled a Jamie set, then you can do a lot worse than checking out his “Tech Head” compilation (which is pretty close to his Later showings) at http://soundcloud.com/jamie-head/tech-head, while his “WE Attacks” podcast remains one of our firm favourites & his still available to download at http://jamiehead2.podomatic.com/.
Onward to our superb seventh and we switch back to an international globetrotting star, the Belgian born but Barcelona based Steven Redant, who impressed us on more than one occasion during 2011, although is a D.J./Producer we have been tracking for much longer, Steven having hit our radar when he landed on London to guest for Matinee when it moved to Cable in London Bridge, Mr Redant also a feature of the massive London Global Dance Festival a couple of years ago. But global is very much a word that sums up Steven’s activity, hardly a weekend passing by when he isn’t jetting to some corner of the globe, he being noted for saying on many an occasion of his travels, “…it’s relaxing after a week in the studio…” Mr Redant also noted for his production work, recording’s with fellow Barca based boy Lenz Garcia & his major playing partner in crime, Phil Romano, a whole string of sounds coming out of this threesome stable. However, we found ourselves incredibly fortunate to witness a simply spectacular set of Steven’s at La Demence back in February 2011, a trip to this long running & popular club part of our mini hop between Paris, Brussels, Antwerp & Amsterdam, our arrival at Fuse & a spot by the D.J. booth made all the better by the warm welcome & hospitality we received from Mr Redant. But it was his magnificent music that truly won over our mind body & soul that night, our review, “Brilliant Brussels Beats” remarking of Steven’s performance, “…And with Mr Redant truly radiant & on fabulous form, delivering an equally dreamy set of dance, house, tech & uplifting tunes, we were sent into seventh heaven with a succession of scintillating sounds, hard edged hits intermixed with uplifting vocal smashes that was leaving us wanting more & more, not least when the awesome “Till We See The Sun” was rolled out, Steven’s prolific performance seemingly going from strength to strength., we now doing the Disco Matt just like we were at Beyond…” we concluding “…Steven Redant pretty much stole the show with a scintillating set that had us spinning on out spot for the duration…”, hence why it & he simply had to make it into our Y.E. set chart. And the great news is that if you weren’t there, fear not, as Steven produced a podcast to mark the occasion and one you can still download by hitting on the direct link at his podcast page, http://stevenredant.podomatic.com/entry/2011-02-10T04_51_37-08_00.
Now as we move to our spectacular sixth, it’s getting tighter & tighter and virtually to close to call between the next two, both who floated our boat while away in Barcelona in April for Delice Dream, although Carlos Gallardo had treated us to some superb sets at WE Party in London during 2011 too, “Attacks” & “Candy” two huge highlights, we being privileged to get an on-stage intro at the NYD party last year, while we simply had to mention our mini “Doing The Disco Matt” moment with Mr Gallardo at this NYD’s “Safari” event, we once again finding ourselves in the privileged position by Steve Pitron’s side on stage when Carlos arrived to take over with another superb set showing. But all that is for our review still to come, while here we are taking you back to April 2011 and when Carlos represented WE at Delice Dream, the following extracts from our review of the whole festival, focussing on Carlos’s exemplary efforts, we first remarking “…And to then add to this now audacious action, incumbent D.J. Carlos Gallardo began to steal the Delice Dream show, taking the initiative…” neatly followed by “…with the atmosphere now amazing, in the hands of Carlos, the party hit top gear terrifically, track after track wowing the captivating clubbers & seeing us go into “Doing The Disco Matt” overdrive, even the drop dead gorgeous Delice cover boy Mourad dancing in very close quarters, sending our senses skyward, while the night was Mr Gallardo’s who gave the performance of the festival so far, the whole WE party under his steership attacking the minds bodies & souls from start to finish of his simply scintillating set…”. Yet, while we can’t share the sounds of this scintillating set with you, a flavour of the man’s magnificent music is available from a rare podcast pressing that Carlos made in advance of WE’s “Candy” event in London at the end of May, so one very much a must for your collection by going to http://wepartylondon.podomatic.com/entry/2011-05-16T06_26_59-07_00, this on top of a year when Mr Gallardo teamed up with prolific P.A. Peyton at a whole host of WE parties, including at Delice Dream, the product of the partnership a superb single, “Let It Go”, a terrific tune full of vivacious vocals & brilliant beats that showcases Mr Gallardo’s studio talents so one well worth picking out via Carlos’s Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/coar/peyton-carlos-gallardo-let-it.
Onward to our fabulous fifth and our fourth international D.J./Producer to pack it in our top set “The Sets” chart, a man from Milan, Danny Verde, who’s 2011 has been, like our musically wise, his best year yet, tours of The USA, Mexico, & Brazil major features, while he has touched virtually every country in Europe during 2011, not least two showings in the U.K., first in Brighton back in January for club “Kinky Dangerous”, a weekend we were privileged to spend in his company, then just two months later in March, he was right here in London, playing for “The Black Party”, joining at the Beyond which immediately followed and making for a morning packed with magical memories. However, it was our turn to hit his turf a little later in the year, May in fact, when we made the trip across to Rome and to the magnificent Muccassassina. And seeing Danny playing in his own back yard (well almost) was an experience we will savour for a long time to come, the whole 24 hour expedition ranking among a handful of heavenly highlights of our year, although it was one of just a few exceptional events that we missed capturing in a full-on review, or even one of the bite size variety, rather a simple preview the review rapture which summed up Danny’s substantial showing at Mucca in May their “Raffaella event, when we simply said of or Milano Man’s showing, “…we lapped up every tiny morsel of the impressive & uplifting scorcher of a set from Mr Verde, who wowed us from start to finish of his superb stint, a performance packed with favourite anthems among newer tracks, treating us tremendously…”. However, with this proving one outstanding outing among a trio of Danny set showing 2011 treats, Delice Dream the when we declared of his performance on behalf of Mucca in Barca “…and we were not be to disappointed in any respect, the right royal send off we had been hoping for very much delivered from the off, resident D.J. back in Rome, Danny Verde, kicking off the night at Zillion in scintillating style, gloriously gathering an ever increasing crowd with a solid string of superb sounds, some Verde classics, others new tough tech & progressive beats that won him even more fans than he already had…”, it is no surprise that he has been included in our terrific ten, that on top of track remix productions a-plenty including Ellie Goulding’s “Starry Eyed” & Lady Gaga’s “You & I”, both ranking highly in our Y.E. chart, a glance at his Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/holabstudio giving you indication of why this man’s studio reputation is of the magnitude it is.
Now we find ourselves at our fantastic fourth and another international D.J./producer who rocked our 2011, he like the two before him, a feature of our fantastic five days out in Barcelona in April and a time when we got an opportunity to really get to know about the enigmatic Belgian & his work. However, it would be his home country where we would draw his set showing and one that sees him top our chart as best international D.J., despite the overall fourth position, this accolade as our best overseas entrant down to a simply scintillating set at Antwerp’s Red & Blue club back in February, when the club played host to Spanish brand “I Wanna F***”, although rather than its own resident shining the brightest, it was our Belgian beatmaster that would stand in the shimmering spotlight with a pulsating performance. So, letting our review of the event do the talking, this is what we had to say of his stellar set, “…a quick glance up confirming we were in the majestic musical hands of resident D.J. Elof De Neve, the man pumping out a superb selection of euro-style beats, uplifting vocal sounds and tech house drenches that had the dancefloor delirious with his selections…” further references including “…, the terrific talent Elof treating us to a storming selection of scintillating sounds, barnstorming beats & vocal infused euphoria that would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame. Indeed, the roof short of lifted off Red & Blue when he picked out one of our favourite tracks of now, Danny Verde’s vivacious remix of Blake Lewis’s smash “Till We See The Sun”, sending us into a spinning frenzy and the atmosphere in this “I Wanna F***” inspired event, stratospheric…” and “…in Elof De Neve, the Red & Blue team have a terrific talent of a resident D.J. and his performance on this occasion once again impressed immensely, definitely further elevating him in our estimation and, as we hinted before, someone who would put many a Matinee D.J. to shame, especially with the truly tremendous set we had the privilege of witnessing…”. So, that pretty much say’s it all for us, we rating Elof as our international equivalent of Steve Pitron, a truly towering talent that should & is going places, 2012 looking even brighter than 2011, while a visit to his Soundcloud site at http://soundcloud.com/elofdeneve/ will allow you to engross in Elof’s excellence.
So we reach our top three and look to London for all of them, two no strangers to our Y.E. music reviews, while our thumping third is a newish kid on the capital’s clubbing circuit block, although one that made the biggest impression on us in 2011, hence his lofty postion in this chart. Plus, being one of our protégé players, Zach Burns’ inclusion having already been confirmed as our best newcomer of the year, ranking very highly in our podcast part of this music review of the year had to make it into our set chart too, although it was well earned as his set at Gigolo’s launch back in May and then a close on pitch perfect performance in December have secured his third overall position here. However, splitting these two sets was too tough a call, so we decided to include them both, our reflection on Gigolo’s launch having very much a Zach theme, the title, “Brilliant Burns Beats” shouting out enough, while our remarks that included “…our attention was now drawn to the music and the cute yet capable Zach Burns, who was treating the classy crowd to tons of terrific tunes, a magical mixture of old classics re-made, intertwined with up to date floor fillers, the pace & pitch of his performance perfect for this superb Soho society social soiree that was definitely soaring by the minute…” as well as “…we were soon in seventh heaven when Zach pulled out our favourite tune of now, the awesome “Stupiddisco 2011 Original Mix” by King Richard & Danny Thomas, we finding our favoured spot by the D.J. booth to invoke a mini “Doing The Disco Matt” routine…”. But we were even more lyrical of his December delight in saying “…it would all pale in comparison to its & our star turn, the cute yet commandingly capable Zach Burns, his arrival & the assumption of the decks the real lift we had been looking for, this terrific talent who had impressed us from the moment we first saw him play, immediately setting about sorting a selection of sounds that would hook us for the whole heavenly two hours of his spectacular showing….” we adding “…with tracks that included “Music In My Soul”, “Last Night A DJ”, & “Here Comes The Rain”, these along with a magical multi mixing moment when Zach chose to combine “Stupdidsco” & “Don’t Go” with mesmeric effect, we were going nowhere, rather glued but spinning on our spot right next to the D.J. booth…” as well as “…with yet more treats in store, Danny Verde’s track “Open Your Heart among them, it was no surprise we were drawing comparisons of the brilliant Mr Burns to our other top draw D.J. Steve Pitron, the duo having played out pulsatingly just a handful of weeks ago at “Playtime”, even the occasional looks Zach was giving us over The Shadow Lounge decks akin to those we get from our other superstar turn…”. And, in essence, there is not much more to add, these two sets with the only exceptions of another two ahead of them, the most stand-out of our 2011, Mr Burns having laid down a podcast pressing lifted from that “launch” party at Lo-Profile which you can still grab by going to direct download link http://djburns.podomatic.com/entry/2011-05-11T12_00_38-07_00, this coincidentally being the compilation that made it into our podcast chart.
So we come to our spectacular second and, as we hinted, an individual how is no stranger to our year end round-up’s, although 2011 was a year when Mikey D’s impact on our music world was not as extensive as previous years, as like football, it was a year of two halves, the first six months seeing him play out plenty of times at Beyond & at Later to exceptional effect, while the latter six saw just the odd appearance here & there, like so many people, Mikey having to devote his energies more & more to his daytime occupation. However, they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and it is perhaps this thought that secured his second place, Mikey’s set & reappearance at Beyond in December making an indelible impression, we remarking in our review “…back being an appropriate word as we couldn’t have been happier to see Mikey D at the decks, our short absence nothing compared to his, although in an instant it felt like he hadn’t been away at all…”. Indeed, such has Mikey become part & parcel of what is so brilliant about Beyond, his return definitely stood out head & shoulders above the other entrants in our set chart so far, we going on to say of this pulsating performance, “a glorious mix of tougher tech tunes intermixed with dancefloor delights, “You Better”, “Souk” & “Pressure” among them, while a look in our direction & then a quick chat over the booth confirming that we were nibble size tweeting, made both of us feel right at home…” along with “…Mikey masterminding mounds of majestic music moments, we knew that Beyond in his hands was once again the place to be…”. But the true depth of this stunning set was just how Mikey managed to lift the atmosphere through his spectacular selections and, like only one other, held us spinning on our spot literally from start to finish. So while we look forward to just next Sunday (28th Jan) when Mikey will be playing back to back with his old Crash sparring partner, Jamie Head, we look back on this set showing at beyond with fond reflection & marvellous memories, which, like the man has done for many a year now, fill us with joy & happiness through his magnificent music making, while his rare 2011 appearances are matched by that rare podcast production, “Heavy Baby” from June & still available at http://soundcloud.com/mikedower/heavy-baby, an exceedingly good example of his music diversity.
So to our phenomenal first, 2011 absolutely littered with prolific performances from one Steve Pitron, magical memory making moments at Beyond, Room Service & Lo-Profile a major feature of our year, while London gay Pride was a day we will never forget, Steve being an intrinsic part of the rollercoaster ride that made up our year of heavenly highs & lousy lows, although his music, perhaps like the place where he was always his most magnificent along with he himself, three of the compelling constants that made 2011, as we have indicated in this massive music review, our “Best Year Yet”. Therefore choosing a set showing of his to make our number one was an extremely difficult task, it could easily have been the porridge ridden Room Service showing in July, it could have been the superb send-off he gave us at Beyond Erotica in February, just hours before we flew home to South Africa, or the Beyond that welcomed us back to London in March, first “Muscle” when we & then “Black” leaving us to remark that “…as much as we were missing South Africa, we knew that right here right now, we were at home, Beyond in the hands of the (we love to say it!) pitch & precision perfect Pitron simply “doesn’t get any better than this”…” But while occasional invites up into the Beyond main room D.J. booth made these & many more very special, after much deliberating, we decided that it was his set showing at Orange Electric in November that would get our vote, it marking our return after a six week break, our absence through October having backed into his in September, meaning it had so much poignancy, highlight comments from our “Emotionally Engrossing Euphoria” review including “…another dynamic delivery of dance delectations he delighted us and a now near capacity Electric crowd to, a magnificent mixture of classics, classics rehashed & up to date hits, cleverly interwoven into a scintillating string of sounds, one track after next sending us into a spin behind the stage…” along with “…the track choices Steve was making, first “Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life” (Mr Pitron was definitely doing this tonight!)…” as well as “…balanced by more up to date tracks too, crowd pleasers for sure, “Live Your Dreams” one of them and “Pressure” another, both which, as they always do, sent us headlong into that tearful & emotional rollercoaster ride, while our vantage point right behind Steve was the best we could have asked for…” much more on this a read away at http://discomatt.com/web/2011/12/reviews-emotionally-engrossing-euphoria-orange-electric-saturday-26th-november-full-size-review/. But, while we cannot share a podcast pressing that comes close to this scintillating set, what Steve has produced in his “Jan 2012 Session” compilation is equally as emotionally engrossing as the euphoria he created back in November, so an absolute must for your collection by going to direct link http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com/entry/2012-01-18T00_07_36-08_00.
Well, that rounds off the most comprehensive music review of ours to date, a three part epic that covered “The Tracks”, “The Podcasts” & “The Sets” that made 2011, musically, our best year yet and with 2012 starting off in a similar vein with that phenomenal podcast we have just mentioned, it’s now time to look forward to a year full of tremendous tracks, captivating compilations, but more than that, stunning sets that are the core of this rapturous part of our review. (DISCO MATT)
Now we do like a good party and when the opportunity to sink into a full on festival presents itself, we tend to take to it with gusto, although here in the capital, full length festivals, (i.e. days long) are few & far between, especially those aimed at the gay market, although we did have fun at the London Global Dance Festival last year, albeit that it was quite on the scale of massive events like Circuit in Barcelona, LGDF concentrating more on the clubbing rather than all the extracurricular activity that Circuit offers. However, with our wings well and truly spread into Europe and beyond, when we heard of plans for a spring festival organised by Delice, in Barcelona no less, we kind of jumped at the opportunity, our arm being further twisted by Delice head poncho Anthony Areal & the drop dead gorgeous Mourad, when they visited London for the love-in with Alex Erfan’s Lovechild, literally days before we headed off to South Africa.
So, with our homage home over with, yet with the tug of travel still running through our veins, it didn’t take long for us to affirm our associations with this Delice Dream of a draw, the enticement of meeting up with a whole host of friends & familiar faces from across Europe pretty much sealing the deal on this exceptional expedition. Indeed, having landed in Barcelona literally four hours before the start of this full-on festival, an expedition it turned out to be, the realisation that the host hotel & resort in Barcelona’s Callela, was in fact a jaunt of a journey, the hour or so train journey made much more palatable with the presence of La Demence’s resident pintsized player, Andrei Stan, who, like us, was staying for a sizable chunk of this five day anglo-French foray. So, with our travelling companion linking up with us in central Barcelona, we made our unsure & unsteady way to Callela, eventually arriving at our temporary home with only a few minutes to spare before the first event at host club Zillion, just a hop skip & jump away from our hotel home for this fantabulous frolic with all things Delice.
With the festival theme “No Time To Sleep” very much our feeling too, having been on the go for well over 14 hours already, it was nevertheless all steam ahead for the opulent opener “1001 Nights”, so having slipped into smoothing more appropriate for this first of many parties, we arrived at the club’s doors not long before 1 a.m., being greeted by the ever smiling Delice head honcho Anthony Aureal, who greeted us at the club like a long lost friend, the substantive stresses & strains of masterminding this huge festival undertaking hardly showing on his face, this warming welcome setting us on our way into the sumptuous venue feeling considerably content with our lot. And as we descended into this Calella club, we were very much impressed by the look & feel of the place, the opulent feel reminding us a little of Cafe De Paris back in London, although without the huge sweeping staircase & the bright chandelier lighting. However, with regal seating around, balcony’s encasing the dancefloor below & a stage area at one end, the multi levelled spaces all accessible to the eye, whilst offering select spots from which to soak up the splendour of this delightful Delice Dream opener and the venue was very much shaping up to be the perfect place to hold this first of five main parties.
So it was down onto the dancefloor we went, the space already heaving with handsome hunks, some dressed down to their torso’s, others already aloft of the two podiums gyrating to the brilliant beats, Enrico Arghentini kicking off the musical proceedings with pumping euphoric & vocal house hits that had Zillion alight with audacious action. But the first curtain raiser in a series of stage showings by the drop dead gorgeous Delice Boys, not least the majestic Mourad, all dressed in Arabian costumes & exuding masses of middle eastern mystique & magic, as they flexed their taught muscles & moved to the music magnificently, we were soon completely immersed into the delight of this “1001 nights” naughtiness. And with our camera clicking both pictures & videos, while our supposed relative anonymity having been broken by a handful of familiar faces, a couple from London, one based in Barcelona, by Belgian boy Andrei Stan, but also from a very forward & obliging Diego Lombardi of Muccassassina, our night definitely ended up being a Delice Dream of a four hour frolic, second D.J. Luiggi performing a spectacular set, a good 1001 times better than the last showing we had seen at Red & Blue in Antwerp.
So, with the first event now under our belt, we arose relatively early to take in what daytime delights this Delice Dream festival had to offer, the hotel a little basic for our liking, although taking the whole package into consideration, good value was certainly to be enjoyed if you immersed into all the activities & hospitalities. And that’s what we did, savouring the second of the, as we called them, “before parties” come Sunday evening, we were to pole position to lap up the loveliness of La Demence resident Andrei Stan, who’s set well & truly shone, getting the gorgeous & not so gorgeous looking Delice Dream lot in the mood for more. With rousing renditions that left us & others spinning on our spots, but with disappointment that the planned AussieBum fashion show was postponed for the following afternoon, it was down to a drag queen duo & other WE party enthusiasts to provide the additional entertainment on Andrei’s, this cavorting collective warming us up for the incumbent “Attacks” event which followed in the club.
So, with us well into our Delice Dream “No Time To Sleep” stride, the next instalment in the five strong main party procession beckoned, Spanish smash WE Party taking its turn in the limelight and one we were very much looking forward to, not least as this brand that had pretty much stolen the SuperMartXe show, capturing the imagination right across it’s homeland & beyond, the recent tour of their sequence of parties “Attacks” having hit the shores of London, Paris, Rome, & Miami to mention just a few. And now it was Delice Dream’s turn to feel the WE wonderment in warp speed, the brilliant billing including Madrid based Carlos Gallardo, whose course was set for Calella along with prolific PA Peyton, French fancy D.J. Mister Mola and, naturally, those drop dead gorgeous Delice dancers, although with expectations high, there was much to live up to. That said, with a slow start and the feeling that more than a few festivalers were feeling a tad jaded just two days in (surely not?!), it was a good two hours into this WE inspired second main party leg that we found ourselves still awaiting the much anticipated action on the stage to spellbind host venue Zillion, Mola’s music good but not great, the party lacking the oomph that it so desperately needed.
But all that was set to change when a selection of Delice boys along with WE party dancers hit the stage and the expected octane fuelled audacity commenced, the crowd also suddenly coming to life, getting into the “Attacks” mood, as were we, alongside Antwerp’s Red & Blue finest, D.J. Elof De Neve & close companion J.d. Cerronez adding that all important ingredient of fun & frivolity that very much set our experience alight. And to then add to this now audacious action, incumbent D.J. Carlos Gallardo began to steal the Delice Dream show, taking the initiative, along with prolific P.A. Peyton, who focussed the cavorting crowds attention away from the stage & towards the side of the lofty D.J. booth, from where he performed two tracks, including the tremendous “Trapped” that evoked memories of his magnificent & most magical mastery at the London event on NYD. With the atmosphere now amazing, in the hands of Carlos, the party hit top gear terrifically, track after track wowing the captivating clubbers & seeing us go into “Doing The Disco Matt” overdrive, even the drop dead gorgeous Delice cover boy Mourad dancing in very close quarters, sending our senses skyward, while the night was Mr Gallardo’s who gave the performance of the festival so far, the whole WE party under his steership attacking the minds bodies & souls from start to finish of his simply scintillating set.
So, that night was going to be a task & a half to top, especially given the captivating company we had kept with both Elof & J.d., both in pumping party mode, their energy (especially J.d’s) making the whole experience magnificently memorable. And this same vein would carry through to the Monday evening, when it was Elof’s turn to play at “the before party”, he proving just what a tremendous talent he is, packing in piles of pumping & heavenly house hits that wowed the warm up wonderfully, he probably more deserving of a slot in one of the main parties, but content enough with his lot, partner to crime J.d. entertaining enormously with his audacious antics. But the night was still young and despite feeling a tad jaded, there was definitely no time to sleep as we made a date with Alex Erfan’s loveable London based brand, Lovechild, taking centre stage at host venue Zillion with their “White” themed party, the place decked out to delight with branded banners & balloons, all in white of course, the considerate crowd also entering into the spirit of the theme fantastically.
Arriving with irresistible Israeli D.J. Guy Scheiman in tow, having met him earlier in central Barcelona, then negotiating that long haul of a train journey back to Calella, meant we were definitely back in partying mood, especially with other partners in partying crime, Elof & J.d. in close quarters. And this Lovechild leg of the five day Delice Dream festival wasn’t going to disappoint, although having joined forces with Berlin based club GMF, their resident jock Chris Becker kicked off proceedings, his set very much in the style of that club, a tough tech fuelled set that sat well with some, not with others, we at pains to remind a few that Chris was playing to the GMF music policy, rather than to the style or taste of the Delice Dream crowd, his set finding favour with plenty party heads who filled out Zillion’s dancefloor. However, with our sagging energy levels requiring a more inspired boost, we were to find it in our own Italian Stallion Pagano, who made is prolific presence felt, belting out bag loads of classics including “Loca”, “Digital Generation” & “Back To The Future” mixed in with this Sicilian star’s new style of sounds, techno treats blended with progressive pumps fitting the feel of this third frolic fabulously. Indeed such was his prolific performance, he had the core crowd in awe of his aaamazing set, they eventually swamping the stage & even bowing at his feet as he departed following more than one encore. Added into the mix were the muscular Delice men, mighty in their magnificence, proving the extra lift the party needed, dishing up dollops of drama & drooling on the dancefloor, in delightful decadence.
So, Tuesday dawned with us very much looking forward to another Italian’s arrival, this time Milano man Danny Verde, who we caught briefly as he arrived and we headed into our final “before” bash in advance of returning to London. And we were very much in the mood to let our hair down with our posse of pals, J.d. particularly providing enough satisfying fun & distraction from D.J. Amine’s dour dance deliveries which proved pretty disastrous. while much of the focus was on the Delice boys, who had gathered out in the foyer for a photo shoot, our man Mourad lapping up much of the limelight. But with the hotel party coming to a rather abrupt end, it was now all about Muccassassina, as we headed down to Zillion for the last time, the expectation of Diego’s dream of a team topping off our week in a wonderful way. And we were not be to disappointed in any respect, the right royal send off we had been hoping for very much delivered from the off, resident D.J. back in Rome, Danny Verde, kicking off the night at Zillion in scintillating style, gloriously gathering an ever increasing crowd with a solid string of superb sounds, some Verde classics, others new tough tech & progressive beats that won him even more fans than he already had.
But then enter from stage left the Mucca dancers, dressed provocatively in erotic black tight pants, g-strings & the like, immediately pushing the mercury off the scale with the best stage show of the week, Danny’s musical mastery matching the men’s movements magnificently. With the atmosphere elevated beyond expectation, Mr Verde’s performance, like Mucca’s show, proved to be the set of the festival, very much like they stole the show at The London Global Dance Festival some ten months previously, Diego waving his choreographic wand, casting his spell of style on the whole occasion and Mr Verde’s soundtrack simply spectacular. But, with Mucca gracing their exit & Danny’s superb showing over, the party was far from it, as Mister Mola, representing Paris club Panic Room, took up the mantle majestically, keeping the party pumping well past the 5 a.m. finish, cries & clamours for more from a packed out stage & dancefloor the ultimate crescendo on a truly captivating clubbing night. Having thought Mr Lombardi would pull of something quite special, we were right on the money with our estimation of this euphoric event, the company of Guy Scheiman, Elof De Neve, J.d. Cerronez & co a delight, while the drop dead gorgeous Mourad was at his breathtaking & brilliant best, making our ecstatic evening complete.
With the morning after the night before signalling our final day in the hands of Delice, with a London early evening flight precluding us from soaking up the splendour of the final event down at Zillion, all that was left to do now was to pack up our belongings and head back into central Barcelona for a lunch liaison with our good friend & D.J./producer Javier Medina, making that final lengthy train journey from Calella in the charismatic company of three people that, like so many others, had made this Delice Dream festival an absolute delight, Guy, Elof & especially J.d. making all the difference and leaving us with memories that will last forever. But apart from these fabulous three, we cannot finish this special look at Delice Dream without role calling mentions for all the following, that made us welcome & made us feel special, first to Delice’s head honcho Anthony Aureal, then to promoters Alex Erfan, Diego Longobardi for pulling out perfection personified,, to La Demence’s Thierry for his unforgettable antics, to the D.J.’s Carlos Gallardo, Pagano, & Danny Verde who really tipped our scales, to all the gorge Delice dancers, especially Mourad whom we will never forget, and to everyone else that made this week wonderful, who came & said hi & partied with us with no time to sleep,
In summing up this Delice Dream festival, we can say that, given the magnitude of the organising & the marriage of minds, we walked away really impressed with the whole affair. Yes Calella ended up being a little divorced from Barcelona itself & a tad short of gay life, the hotel accommodation & facilities also a little basic, but when you consider the package value, we had no complaints at all. Bringing together so many people, such a pool of talent & a clubs from across France, Germany, Belgium, Spain & England, Delice Dream offered pretty much everything we could have expected. Naturally some made the comparison with Barcelona’s own circuit festival, but in reality this was something very different, a clubbing vacation rather than a clubbing cacophony, it may have lacked some of the outright flair of its rival, but this Dream festival ticked as many boxes as it could, achieving what it set out to do, capturing over 25 performers, 16 D.J.’s and over 70 hours of clubbing & cavorting in scintillating style, meaning you can’t say fairer than that. So major up & thanks to Anthony & his merry men for this magnificence and here’s to next year, we are told probably in southern Spain, yippee!! (DISCO MATT)
Following the launch of our new weekly round-up report when we looked that the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, we have given some thought to its positioning and whilst, yes we are reporting on events over the preceding seven days, we are also reviewing them, so henceforth, you will find “That Was The Week That Was” in both our Reports & our Reviews sections.
So, with that cleared up, lets crack on with our review & look back over the last week and it all started on Thursday with a trip down to Room Service at Diu, the now customary queue greeting us, inside justifiably busy & pumping with both Steve Pitron & Kris Di Angelis serving up superb sets. Plus with porn star Francoise Sagat titillating our fancies, along with plenty of familiar faces, check out what we had to say at direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/06/reports-delightful-delectations-at-diu-room-service-thursday-2nd-june-preview-the-review/ . Over at Lo-Profile & Gigolo reported a healthy turnout for their “Get Harder” event, D.J.’s Guy Williams & Terry Vietheer making magical music &, having popped in after Room Service, the fact that we crawled out on closing was testament to a good party had by all.
These social splendours go head-to-head again tonight (Thurs 9th), with Room Service hosting the first of three Hustlaball pre-parties, Jim Stanton & Paul Heron on D.J. duty, while over at Gigolo, the cute yet capable Zach Burns who stormed the launch, while eastender Borja Pena debut’s for David & L.a. Go to http://clubroomservice.com & http://gigolodisco.com for more info.
Moving on to Friday and the scene was definitely in recovery mode after the previous weekend, Onyx in particular rolling out its infamous “Recovery Party” with offers a-plenty to get them in & reports were that they did, Area busy from the off. Round the corner & the men were in a raunchy & playful mood as they packed out Tonker, Chris Brogan nailing a superb set that impressed promoter Tim Jones & will see him back for more soon. Up in Soho & the weather certainly pulled people out, Lo-Profile’s “Society” busier than expected, Nathan 6 really showing his worth for the second week in a row, Hugh Stevenson flying the young guns flag & rocking Wardour St till dawn. But it was also a night for a new launch as Phil Marriot donned the promoter gloves to bring out the independent, imaginary & individual Club I (it’s was all about “I”), this new monthly serving up alternative & indie pop & house.
As for this coming Friday, “Society” is very much upping the ante this week as whilst they host the third of Hustlaball’s pre-parties, with both Steve Pitron & Mikey D on disc spinning duty, it could feel more like Beyond, while Tonker have another legendary D.J. in the form of Wayne G sorting the saucy sounds, this dynamic D.J. then hot footing it across to Area for Onyx’s “Summer Solstice” party. Check http://loprofile.com, http://tonker.co.uk & http://fire.co.uk/gayparties for more details.
With A:M marching us deep into Saturday, Guy Williams was absolutely awesome at A:M’s “Residents” event, proving that experience counts for a lot & while we rested, the clubbing scene didn’t, as Fire opened their doors for a fabulous free party, the likes of Mikey D, Gonzalo Rivas, Jamie Head & D’Johnny entertaining a considerable crowd who took advantage of this special spring bank holiday thank you bash. And speaking to a few individuals that made it a night, they were pleasantly surprised just how the “back to basics” feel of the party worked, perhaps a hint towards a selection of new Saturday outings by The Orange Group to come. Out east, to East Bloc in fact, “The Men Who Fell To Earth” made an out of this world impression on what was a packed out & pulsating place, this Shoreditch spot definitely the place to be right now.
This Saturday A:M have a real Ibiza theme to its party, while Fire entertain the horny Hustlaball. Out east & it’s the magnificent “Meat” at East Bloc, making our decision of where to be & be seen quite a tough one. But you can decide by going to http://alexerfan.com http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties, &/or http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Sunday started with a “Summer Season Launch” at Beyond, which, despite having supersized its way through the previous weekend, was a really busy affair again, and no surprise as with plenty of new additions to the team, as well as a return of old favourites, it proved another hum dinger, we tearing up our spot virtually till the end, Messrs Pitron & Dower hitting the mark the most. So we decided it was review time again for this awesome afterhours, so see what we had to say in our new style bite size review at direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2011/06/reviews-scorcher-of-a-start-beyond-summer-season-launch-sunday-5th-june-bite-size-review/. Other Sunday highlights included Later which benefited from a busy Beyond, while as the weather turned a bit wet, Sunday roasts were suddenly the order of the day, both Profile in Soho & The Cambria in Kennington reporting healthy numbers, traditional drag style cabaret another winner with the weather, all eyes pointing indoors with “S.L.A.G.S. at The RVT, while The Stag in Victoria & Halfway To Heaven of Traf Sq pulled in the punters.
Beyond is back this Sunday for a “Hustlaball” afterparty, Steve Pitron already confirming he will now be playing, while other Sunday bests worth a visit include S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out at The RVT, & Booster at Area, of course followed by Orange. Go to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties & http://thervt.org.uk for more info
Rolling Monday Tuesday & Wednesday into one, the week started with the usual hits, as Ku-Bar’s “Citric” pulled in the young set in advance of the ever popular “Popcorn” at Heaven, that reported another boisterous bash, Compton’s in Soho also packing them in for their infamous £2 a pint night to beat the austerity blues into the following week. Then on Tuesday, it was all about The Shadow Lounge, as “OMFG” ruled the Soho waves, although if it was some bear arsed action you were looking for, Ashley Rider’s “Strip Academy” at The Eagle in Vauxhall was the place to be. As for Wednesday, Industri continued its stay of execution at Barcode, the change of hands of this Soho sophisticate still undetermined, while the chic & alternative “Shinky Shonky” was a rip roaring success, as dance diva Katherine Ellis stormed the show. But tipping the scales in a different was new night “Burger Queen” at The RVT in Vauxhall, Scottee attracting a like minded crowd who, as had been predicted, fought back with their rights to be big, bold & beautiful.
If you fancy some week night action, then Ku-Bar, The Shadow Lounge & The RVT should be on your radar, further details of happenings available at http://ku-bar.co.uk, http://theshadowlounge.co.uk & http://thervt.org.uk, while Popcorn is a must for your party heads that don’t need to work on a Tuesday, this coming Monday (12th June) sporting special Aussie D.J. guest Neroli, with a full-on nude performance by porn star Johnny Anglais, more details out at http://popcorn-heaven.com.
Now to some news of a Pride nature and first to Europirde, which takes place in Rome this weekend, Saturday seeing the main event along with a whole load of peripheral parties, we being reliably informed that Lady Gaga will be making an appearance on the events main stage at some juncture, our man in the know promising to report back on it all, so hopefully we can share the spill in next week’s round-up. Back in London and the news that the dance stage for the capital’s annual Pride event, returns to Soho Square is fabulous news indeed, The Orange Group hosting the space. With a sparkling line-up of D.J’s & entertainers, Say 2nd July is an absolute must for lots of reasons, some of which we have been sworn to secrecy, but will keep you posted & hopefully confirm the full line-up in a planned special preview post coming up in the next week or so.
Onto news of another launch and if you happened to miss out on beyond this last Sunday (4th June), the fear not, as the club hits the radio waves this coming Sat/Sun, the new “Beyond Afterhours Show” launching on Gaydar Radio and beaming out recordings from the live sets we were lucky to witness at this “Summer Season Launch” scorcher. So, expect the likes of Steve Pitron, Mikey D & The Sharp Boys to substantiate the show, which you can tune into from midnight on Saturday through till 7 a.m. Sunday morning, either online at http://gaydarradio.com or via digital radio DAB frequency 11B.
Finally on our news front is another newbie, this time at new bar in Soho, Circa, which can be found on Frith St (No 62 to be exact), who up their own ante as they join forces with Room Service, to present a short series of special pre-parties, we guess to soak up the early demand for space at Diu, proceedings kicking off from 9 p.m. each Thursday for June & July & including D.J.’s James Pople & Mikey D amongst others. Launching tonight (Thurs 9th June), further info can be found at http://clubroomservice.com.
So, that was the week & the news for another one, while before we close, just time to run down our moment, our track & our tweet of the week, the moment yet again involving superstar D.J. Steve Pitron, along with the brilliant Brazilian Bel at Beyond, her whistling & the so called “tweeting” leaving both us & Mr Pitron in hysterics, both during all the main room action & then in the bar afterwards, purely priceless, although you had to be there we guess.
Onto our track of the week and we fell for this record from the minute we heard it, not least as it reminded us of those halcyon days of dancing we used to enjoy at iconic underground club Crash, but one that is every bit 2011 in its making. “You Will Remember” came to our notice first on a prolific podcast & then played a large part in more of those rollercoaster ride events, this time at Room Service last Thursday, a link coming our way the following day & this one giving you the full length version of this tremendous track, which can also be found on a certain D.J.’s “Summer 2011” compilation (you know who we mean, right?!). Check out http://youtube.com/watch?v=jkaZ__QD4CU.
To out tweet of the week and this one goes to Mikey D, who was close on scooping our moment of the week too, when he popped his head over the beyond D.J. booth & exclaimed “Matt, where are your tweets??”, to which we tweeted, “…yes Mikey, we are right here tweeting for you…”, that after one of our tweets at Room Service which included “…as the track “Waiting For You” has set us off on a rollercoaster ride…”. Now don’t forget that you can tune in to our live tweeting by going to http://twitter.com/discomatt, this weekend’s transmissions coming from the floors of Lo-Profile, Hustlaball, Beyond & La Demence.
Right, that’s it for our second “That Was The Week That Was” report/review, but don’t forget, if you want us to shout out for your favourite bar, club or event that rocked & rolled, then drop us a line at email@example.com or link into us via our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/discomattlondon, but keep your eyes peeled for our Weekend Best Bites & Short Shouts recommendations due out later & if you see us out at any of the above events, come say hi. (DISCO MATT)
Not another post devoted to this amazing afterhours we hear you cry!, but when it comes to beyond, we simply cannot help ourselves, as for us, there is no other club that means quite as much as this one does. We have it securing our keys, we choose it as our computer combination, but moreover our working week is full of sounds inspired by the club & our weekend, more often than not leads to or is dominated by its brilliance. So, it therefore comes as no surprise that, of all the clubs we have reported on in our time, Beyond far outstrips any other, whether it be by preview, by review, by report or by, in this case recommends posts. Plus given the number of Beyond parties we have attended, not just at its current home Area, but its previous place Colosseum, but also at outside events & when it has been on tour, Brighton a particular fabulous feature. And talking of tours, Beyond is about to embark on a summer full of trips far & wide, the first being tomorrow night (Sat 4th June) when Scream in Paris feel the fantastic force of this breathtaking brand, while other highlights include their inclusion in the La Demence cruise & the Xlsior Festival in Mykonos, among a host of other European appearances.
But it is back here in London and Sunday (5th June) that we are concentrating on, as Beyond enters its summer season, this weekend also being the first in the meteorological summer calendar, so all timed to perfection. But before we hone down on what to expect from this launch, the really exciting news is a launch of a slightly different kind, as Beyond has teamed up with Gaydar radio to create the ultimate afterhours show, a seven hour spectacular showcasing a selection of sets recorded live from either the previous week’s Beyond in London, or from the host of international gigs that make up the Beyond world tour this summer. Running from midnight every Saturday through till 7 a.m. each Sunday morning for the whole of the summer, in an interview with Boyz magazine, promoter Jonny Marsh was reported as saying “…each week we’ll be recording the best sets of the night at Beyond, which will be compiled into a special radio show over a whopping seven hours. It’s the perfect was to get in the party mood before heading to Beyond each week…” he further adding of the first show which beams out next weekend “…it will be the Beyond dream team residents including Steve Pitron, The Sharp Boys & Gonzalo Rivas…”. So, if its a case of warming up or catching up, Gaydar radio is the place to be each Saturday night/Sunday morning to get your fix of Beyond before Beyond, by tuning in either online by going to http://gaydarradio.com or via digital radio DAB frequency 11B.
So to the summer season launch, which as we said, takes place this Sunday (5th June) at Area in Vauxhall and while the team are very much looking forward, there are some elements from the past that have been re-introduced to the fray, namely the gorgeous Naomi Ruiz who will head up a new hosting team that also includes the lovely Ben Kaye, Beyond regular & glamour puss Altina Ha, as well as Room Service’s, the simply superb J.J., all four taking their turns to manage the various elements that make up this intrinsic part of the club’s operation & something that has been sorely missing inside rather than outside the club in recent times. And the good news continues as the consolidation of those Beyond dream team residents will be a feature of the whole summer, Steve Pitron, The Sharp Boys, Gonzalo Rivas & Paul Heron very much main room men, while Hifi Sean, Paul Christian & D’Johnny will rule the waves in The Chapel room, the newly named “Classix Terrace”, the domain of Jamie Head, The Oli & Fat Tony. But with news that Mikey D will also be back to Beyond where he belongs, we couldn’t be happier, this added to by queen of the lighting scene, Smalls, who will be in her rightful place each & every week from now on, not to mention the addition of the amazing dancer La Menor to the Elektra Paris Beyond pack.
Now to the all important detail of this “Summer Season Launch”, which, if you didn’t already realise, takes place this Sunday (5th June) with Area’s doors opening at 6 a.m. & Beyond running through until its usual 1 p.m. finish. Advance tickets priced at just £10 are available online at direct link http://area.clubtickets.com/gb/2011-06/05/beyond, while you can also get your hands on ones from Soho stores Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, as well as at bars Rupert, St, The Edge (from next week The Yard) & Ku-Bar (Lisle St), again priced at £10 (all subject to a booking/handling fee) while entry is available on the door but for more. And to add spice to this summer launch, the Gaydar radio crew will be on hand, handing out plenty of goodies & special royalty cards getting you discount entry to future Beyond parties, with the even more enticing opportunity to bag a free cabin on the La Demence cruise, which hosts a massive Beyond White Party on day 6, this prize this “cruise cabin giveaway” worth over 1000 euro’s. More info on this & other Orange Group events can be found by going to http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
So, come Sunday & with Steve Pitron starting pumping proceedings in Beyond’s main room, it will take wild horses to keep us away from our spot for this “Summer Season Launch” sizzler, so if you see us then do come & say hi, but make sure you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Now while you may have to wait a week until Gaydar radio beams those live Beyond sets across your airwaves, you can tap into some brilliant Beyond style beats now by picking up Steve Pitron’s new podcast which is the perfect partner for this “Summer Season Launch” party. Why? well it’s called “Summer 2011” for a start, this first volume of two a towering triumph from superb start to fantastic finish, 118 minutes of magical music that is an absolute must to your collection by going to either http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com or by subscribing via iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/steve-pitron-house-sessions/id420879433.
Back in January we issued a brief report publishing our whereabouts, predominately as, during February, we were spending a considerable time out of the capital, so, with an inevitable break in our regular posting transmission, wanted to keep you informed of our whereabouts.
However, as our life seems to be increasingly hectic and with so many different clubs, bars & events craving for our attention, we thought we would get in the habit of keeping you informed of what’s going on in Disco Matt land and where we will be sending out our already infamous “Nibble Sized Review Tweets”, in advance of our very popular bite sized reflections, otherwise known as our “Preview The Reviews”, all of course in advance of where it all began, our full-on reviews of where we have been & been seen.
Now, May has already been a hectic month for us so far, with the first day alone seeing four club visits, Beyond vs La Demence, Downtown, Lovelife & WE Broadway, while we polished it all off on 2nd with Later. The prolific pace continued last week, with a trio of club & event visits which we termed as our “Soho Society Social Soiree Showdown”, taking in Industri, Room Service & Society on 4th, 5th & 6th respectively, rounding off four delightful days with one of the best Beyond’s of the year so far, for us at least. So, with an up-coming Bank Holiday to consider, plus with heaps of review writing to post, we have toned down our dance diary a little, although, with three European trips & some exciting inclusions as well as some stark exclusions, this is how it is shaping up over the next three weeks.
Saturday 14th May Brixton Clubhouse 6 p.m. onwards
“Exclusive Member Preview Weekend
Saturday 14th May East Bloc in Shoreditch 11 p.m. onwards
Tuesday 17th May Diu in Soho 9 p.m. onwards
“Glamour & Trash” launch party
Thursday 19th May Lo-Profile in Soho 9 p.m. onwards
“Gigolo” launch party
Saturday 21st May Factory in Vauxhall 11 p.m. onwards
“Hard On!” (Crisco Matt)
Thursday 26th May Diu in Soho 10 p.m. onwards
“Room Service – SuperMartXe pre-party”
Friday 27th May London To Rome 9 a.m. onwards
“Muccassassina Season Closing Party”
Saturday 28th May Rome To London 5 p.m. onwards
“SuperMartXe – Moulin Rouge”
Sunday 28th May Star Of Kings, Kings Cross 5 p.m. till 8 p.m.
“The Sunday Club”
Sunday 28th May Koko in Camden 9 p.m. onwards “Salvation – The Future”
Friday 3rd June London To Belgium 12 p.m. onwards
3 day tour of Brussels & Antwerp to include
“Red & Blue”
Now, you will see that, whilst there are two European trips included in our diary, this probably the most exciting development in Disco Matt land, (we have La Demence on Sun 12th June too!), there are some notable exclusions, namely Beyond, WE Party, As One & Orange, all who will be rolling out special events for the coming Bank Holiday weekend. However, due to ongoing issues with a member of the management team of The Orange Group, we have taken the painful decision to withdraw our coverage of these clubs/events until further notice. Given the gravity (no pun intended) of the situation, we are not sure where this will lead, although remain satisfied that, with so much else on offer across London, as well as over in Europe, we will not only be just as busy as ever, but will be able to report on a much wider variety of parties. With the re-emergence of promoter Wayne Shires, the collaborations between Jodie Harsh & Logan Schmitz & some exciting new changes on the horizon, both within the clubbing scene & for us, means that our future is looking bright, the future being with or without Orange!
So that’s our dance diary laid out for the rest of May & into June, so all that’s left to say is, if you see us out come say high, but as always, make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)