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With most of the big brands missing, it seems that small is sweet this weekend, we speeding through a string of soirees both home & away that deserve our Short Shouts mini mentions, while we deliver some disco dance dates for your diaries, as well as a cataclysmic change to the capitals clubbing circuit announcement teaser
Despite a boost in the early part of this month with a brace of new brands, it seems the bigger players that used to be around but are no more, having left a gaping hole in the weekly clubbing circuit schedule, this last weekend in February, which should be a brimming with bash one, actually evidence of the lack big player choice. So, it seems it’s down to the “Small Is Sweet” soirees to shine in the spotlight, a string getting our Short Shouts mini mentions, while that very gap in the schedule also gets our teaser announcement attention.
So, let’s head into Soho first and to the Edge, which is always a good bet on Saturday’s, not least that our soon to be released from his Premier Protégé Player title, Zach Burns, sorts the superb sounds, the night kicking off from 10 p.m. with uplifting & chart tunes house, then heading into more dynamic disco & energetic house hits through till 3 a.m., while with three others floors to spread into, The Edge gets our vote every time, more info up at http://edgesoho.co.uk &/or https://facebook.com/groups/edgebarsoho/.
Just a hop, skip & jump away the compact yet charming Circa, a heavenly hangout that attracted one of the most stylish crowds in town, not least that it sports the pre-party for Room Service on Thursday’s, while Munroe Bergdorf’s “Discipline” night on Friday’s is a popular party. However, its Saturday’s that gets our attention here, as our resident Adam Turner’s sets are simply not to be missed, part of the reason why he will be ascending to our Premier Protégé Player position pretty soon, more details on Circa & its happenings out at http://circasoho.com &/or https://facebook.com/pages/Circa/183683868348892.
So one more Soho Short Shout, this going to Manbar, this new(ish) bar situated on the site of the infamous CXR79, while having gone a lot more upmarket with its offer, not least that its attracting some of the top D.J.’s on the London scene, including, Hifi Sean, Severiono, Pier Morrocco, Paul Heron, Brent Nicholls, & Phil Marriott among others, while with event brands “Beartrap”, “Hombre” & “Rednecks”, ex Rupert St manager Cathy Taylor & her team are making their mark, this definitely the up & coming place to be & be seen on the Soho scene, more info up at http://manbarsoho.com &/or https://facebook.com/manbarsoho.
Skirting Vauxhall for now, we head out east and firstly to The Joiners Arms, a venue very much in the ascendency, a string of nights including “Yes” on Friday’s & “SPQR” on Sunday’s, while “Pantastic” on Saturday’s draws in some big stars of the London & international scene, Pagano having played just last weekend, while Paul Heron is also a roving regular, this weekend seeing Julian De Apostate holding the reigns, while with much more going on, take a trip to Shoreditch to see, but have a peek at their page first, by clicking on https://facebook.com/joiners.arms.9.
Just round the corner on Kingsland Road, is a new night “Handsome” at Visions Video Bar, one definitely for officinal’s of deep soulful NYC style house & retro disco, a wonderful whirlwind trip down sound memory lane back to the 80’s, through the 90’s and then right up to date from two true D.J. & scene icons who happen to be best pals too, Guy Williams & Justin Ballard, this Saturday (23rd Feb) the day & 10 p.m. till 5 a.m. the time, entry a mere £5 before midnight, more detail up at http://visionsvideobar.com/.
Swinging further around the Shoreditch Dalston border, we come to The Dalston Superstore (DSS), very much a hip & happening hangout for the trendy east end set, a score of parties have played out there including Paradise 45, & Tramp, while the big news is that Jim Warboy’s SOS makes the switch from East Bloc to DSS from the beginning of next month. As for this weekend, Friday sees the return of “Banjee Boy Realness” , while the ever popular “Hot Boy Dancing Spot” shines on Saturday & “Tutti Frutti” is your Sunday serving, more detail on these & other offerings out at https://facebook.com/groups/dalstonsuperstore/.
So that’s east but before we head south to Vauxhall lets hop over onto the continent, head to Belgium, Antwerp in fact, as this Saturday (24th Feb), it’s quite a special Red & Blue, as our brilliant beatmaster, Elof de Neve, celebrates five years drawing capacity crowds to this amazing jewel in the Belgian clubbing crown, his popularity as strong today as it was when he started out, evidence of this that when Elof is missing, the place just isn’t the same, while it is a club you simply have to visit before your dancing days are over, more detail out at http://redandblue.eu &/or https://facebook.com/redandblue.eu.
Now to Vauxhall and with us struggling to find the positives with the schedule of a certain group that has dominated the scene for so long, we rather head to The Eagle first, home to the legendary “Horse Meat Disco” & manly meat “Tonker”, while this Saturday (23rd Feb) sees special guest D.J. Jack Chang make a welcome return for their night “Club R18”, very much one for the men rather than the boys, but well worth a trip, while for details of the whole Eagle eventing, check out http://eaglelondon.com &/or https://facebook.com/Eagle.London.
Swinging just up Kennington Lane, we find venerable institution venue The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), which always packs them in, this weekend sure to be no different as “Push The Button” does just that tomorrow night (Fri 22nd Feb), while on Saturday it’s the delightful “Duckie”, Sunday simply not being Sunday without a significant slice of “S.L.A.G.S./Chill-out”, more detail on this and the whole seven days shenanigans out at http://thervt.org.uk &/or https://facebook.com/groups/thervt/.
To a former favourite now that may just be swinging back into our favour, Barcode Vauxhall having gone through the mill since the days of “Industri” when not a week would go by without us being there, although a dim & dark period that has seen, particularly on Friday’s, it head in a direction not to our liking, this Saturday (23rd Feb) has actually caught our eye, “Club Tin Tin” sporting terrific Latino talents Borja Pena & Eduardo Herrera in the front room, while Micky Galliano & Kris Di Angelis head up the back club space. So, while Friday’s still don’t sit with us, we reckon BCV is worth a peek, as is their website at http://bar-code.co.uk/.
So, as we get ever closer to that cataclysmic clubbing circuit wind of change announcement teaser, we give that is actually a worthy mention for Sunday daytime disco soiree Later, one now under the green promotional hands of D.J./producer Marco Gee who is clearly keen to follow in some of his peer’s footsteps, while the newsworthy mention is the return this Sunday (24th Feb) or original Later resident Terry Bryan, who, along with other changes Marco has made, is certainly shifting the music policy significantly, while with just two D.J.’s on duty (one of which is Mr Gee), the signs are that Later, like many of its sister brands, continues to struggle, although Terry’s return is some very much to shout about, more event detail out at https://facebook.com/events/523502471026098/.
Right that’s our Short Shouts done, so what of this clubbing change announcement?. Well, as we said at the top of this newsletter, it’s just a teaser for now, although with a venue right in the thick of the Vauxhall circuit driving the changes, its aims & ambitions to restore the London scene to the dynamically diverse yet intrinsically inclusive one that was the solid foundation for its reputation as being one of the best in the world, there are definitely exciting times ahead for capital wide club promoters, owners, venues, D.J.’s and, of course, YOU the clubber. But with competition crushing very much a ghost of clubbing past, the present & the future is looking very bright, the colour certainly not Orange, further detail to come in our next Seventh Day Sermon, “Winds Of Clubbing Change” and a subsequent special feature focus on that Vauxhall venue.
Well, with “Small Is Sweet” very much the way to go this weekend, we hope we have given you (along with our Best Bites) plenty to choose from, while for us, it’s a relatively quiet one, a birthday bash up in Ku Bar followed by a late night meeting of minds to talk turkey on these wind changes, but whatever you get up to and wherever it finds you, have an amazing one and remember, to “Be There!” you need to “Go There!”. (DISCO MATT)
With much happening on the scene this last weekend, the timing of the return of our “That Was The Weekend That Was” review & report couldn’t have been better, we looking at the good, the bad & the ugly new ventures to hit the capitals clubbing circuit, while reporting on other highlight happenings and forthcoming frolics
What a funny old year 2012 was for us, not least the spluttering start on a special weekly feature originally called “That Was the Week That Was”, the intention to report back on events of the day and look forward to ones coming up. But as we struggled to even keep our review head above water, we decided to peg this new features back to just the weekend gone rather than the whole week, although even this proved a tough old task, as did much of our writing if we are honest. However, with the distractions that thwarted our publication progress at least parked and with 2013 very much our year of positivity, we are back with the new look “That Was The Weekend That Was” a punchy post that will pick on highlight happenings, good bad or otherwise from past weekend just while also looking forward to the next.
Right, let’s get on and did right into the detail of what very much proved to be a weekend of new club launches, great news on the surface, but scratching beneath it proving that there was elements of god, bad and (in our view) downright ugly. So to the good first and Saturday (16th Feb) and This Is Prohibition, a new clubbing concept that combined brands Lovechild, Bear Necessity, Queer Nation & Butch, a collaboration of like minded promotional minds similar to the halcyon days of As One, & Famous Five, bringing together a wealth of D.J. talent from both London & internationally and stamping its mark on the scene from The Sidings in Southwark, a venue formerly known as The Arches but now under new management & ownership. And, while we were laid up with a nasty virus, the feedback we got on this “Love Resurrection” first party & launch was extremely positive, the numbers buoyant, well over 100o through the door, while the brands worked together brilliantly, Lovechild the main focus & drive, not least with a prolific performance from P.A. Abigail Bailey, while with a string of superb sets from Oliver M, Tony English & Alan K, as well as pulsating performances in the other rooms, promoters Alex Erfan, Patrick Lilley & Manu Cartagenero were pleased as punch with the result. And while there is still work to do both on the venue & the format, This Is Prohibition will be back, no specific date yet set, but the likelihood is a May or June return, we bringing you news as soon as we get it.
Now to the bad and the ugly and if you saw our preview “Dad’s Army Antics”, you will quickly guess that we are talking about Manic Panic! And District XXX, the latest Friday night frolic twosome to come out of the Orange Nation creative stable. But creative they are not, particularly the latter, a whole host of people both within & outside of these two clubs, feeding back and concurring with our views on these fault filled ventures. You only have to read some of the event detail, a line which never fails to leave us aghast being “…a team of the craziest, limit pushing, disco pumped club kids will be rolling around the club each Friday night to ensure no one leaves without returning hot sweat flashbacks of their time at MANIC. These will be named The Panics…”, it speaking volumes for a club concept which, in the eyes of many is just a complete laughing stock. Yet, with international heavyweight Pagano headlining the vent each week, there is a glimmer of hope within the Manic Panic part of proceedings, while we cannot help but look upon it as a bad bash that puts all the good work of Onyx to shame. And it seems that clubbers agreed, as reports came in that numbers for Friday’s (15th Feb) launch, were not as expected, a figure of 600 being bandied around, this across three rooms, that second space sporting our ugly element as, again in our view, District XXX is a rip-off of the truly terrific PLAY>TIME, which fell afoul of the sudden closure of Lo-Profile in January. However, with hardly a care or a blink of the eye, a number of team members & D.J.’s previously part of the PLAY>TIME package have simply jumped ships and are now imitating this brilliant brand, from what we can see, trying to build a club within a club which is flawed for all sorts of reasons. So, with these reported numbers not good, the Manic Panic concept bad & the District XXX imitating downright ugly, time will tell whether this already maligned meet while last.
To other happenings over the weekend and to Friday again first, out east proving the place to be, as Larry Tee’s Super Electro Party machine not only celebrated London fashion week, but welcoming special guest D.J./Producer, D Ramirez to the decks, they coming back for more on Sunday (17th Feb) with their “Fashion Disaster” party, Jodie Harsh the guest this time. And sticking with East Bloc, the superb SOS was back on Saturday, Jim Warboy and his terrific team proving, yet again, how popular this party is, while with new Thursday edition Butch on the weekly schedule and next Saturday seeing the return of Gutterslut, Wayne Shires’ Shoreditch spot is certainly cooking on gas at the moment. As for Soho, while it is still clearly missing Profile & Lo-Profile, The Edge, Circa, Ku-Bar and new(ish) macho hangout, Manbar are taking the strain and all reported good numbers & atmospheres across the weekend, while Suzie Kruger’s Hard On!, currently based out of Union in Vauxhall, recorded one of their biggest turnouts in well over twelve months on Saturday, giving rise to the fact that the diversity within the scene that has been sadly lacking of late, is beginning to turn around for the good, rather than the bad that a certain group have been driving & diving the capitals clubbing circuit into. That said, Beyond, thank heavens, returned to its age-old format of a Sunday morning start, although while labelled as a “Temptation” event, it didn’t quite tempt enough to make it a roadblock event, despite the flock of frolics feeding it, but, disrobing developments aside, there is no doubt it remains a clubbing & clubber favourite.
Well, that was the weekend just gone, but what about the one coming up? Well, we have already mentioned Gutterslut, which is back to East Bloc with a bang this Saturday (23rd Feb), special guest D.J.’s Femi B & Bryony Masters heading up the rave room, while Princess Julia & Thirsty Kirsty take charge of the tunes in the DiscoSlut space, while alternative antics out east included “Pantastic” at The Joiners Arms and “Handsome” at The Visions Video Bar, both also on Saturday, while another shindig of the same day worth a shout is “Club R18” at the Eagle in Vauxhall, special guest Jack Chang on deck duty. AS for other choices, Soho’s The Edge with Zach Burns and Circa with Adam Turner are always good bets, while if you want bad & ugly, then its Manic Panic & District XXX again this Friday (22nd Feb). And talking of bad, at least creative bad, Beyond goes “Midnight” on us again this week, that’s now a total of five out of the last eight, vindicating our view that the promoter is attempting or at least sending a message that this once brilliant brand is now no longer just an afterhours amazement, but is trying to be a club for all Saturday & Sunday seasons, something it really doesn’t need to or should be. On the Orange Nation positive, Later welcomes back original Terry Bryan, a set you should definitely not miss, while before all that, something you also shouldn’t miss is this Thursday’s (21st Feb) Room Service, Jodie Harsh & co welcoming both Hifi Sean & Pagano to the decks, details of all of these upcoming events (excepting Manic Panic & District XXX) available a banner click away right here at http://discomatt.com/web, while you can also head to the online versions of both Boyz & Q.X. at http://boyz.co.uk & http://qxmagazine.com respectively.
So, that’s our “That Was The Weekend That Was”, good, bad and ugly as it proved for us, while we hope, wherever you had been & seen, it was a good one for you and with a selection of superb soiree’s coming up, that this next weekend is packed with positively pumping parties And, while clubbing is not specifically on our weekend agenda, with a birthday bash & them a meeting of minds, we will have much to share about a more diverse yet inclusive scene that London always used to be famed for, so here’s to a wonderful weekend that will be . (DISCO MATT)
After a lack lustre January that saw us fail to show our hand at any of their happenings and with so many new clubs & events launching elsewhere this month, this coupled with an undercurrent of uncertainty as promoters & key players have been pulled from the picture, we start our new series of “Seventh Day Sermon’s” by entering the lion’s den that is Orange Nation and share our thoughts on why we are finding our favour faltering.
Striking an independent balance is part & parcel of our core aims and achievements when we promote the clubs, events, music producers, businesses & publications that we do, while we also apply plumes of passion as well as conviction, both which have built the reputation we have today for not just spreading the love, but balancing our coverage in terms of reviews, previews, recommends & other posts fairly & consistently. And while many are hugely appreciative of our support, remarks such as “…one of the industry’s most loved columnists…” contributing to a continual stream of gracious gratifications that make our work worthwhile, we are all too often accused of being biased by and to certain quarters of the clubbing circuit, this never having been an issue with the internationals we support, but right here in London. Indeed, if we had a penny for every crumb of criticism, every moaning message, every conflictual comment and every enraged e-mail we have received over the years, our piggy bank would be brimming by now. However, we would be the first to admit that, for persistent periods over the last twenty four months, but particularly in the last twelve, our appearances & our posts have leant too far much in the direction of Orange Nation and its collection of clubs, our excuse, while no real defence, is that in both Beyond and certain key players & promoters in the Orange Nation mix, we have had a favourite frolic & a flock of firm friends.
Indeed, our support for Orange Nation has, in the main, been extremely positive in the last few months, the controversial edge that used to be a feature of our early work, all but disappearing, a casual comment from a D.J. pal on the Beyond dance floor recently confirming this, when part of the conversation included, “…I really miss your controversial posts…”, those so called critical & contentious articles, reviews & features never posted simply to poke & provoke, but based on actual beliefs and witnessing of shortcomings. And we have never been one to skirt issues or avoid tricky matters, while as we said earlier, we have always sought to strike a reasonable balance when faced with the difficult dilemma of saying it as we see it, particularly when recommending clubs & events, recent examples of parties falling into that bracket including Matinee “Pervert”, Beyond & Manic Panic! That said, when great things happen and when really good events come up, we are the first to throw our wholehearted support behind them, in the case of Orange Nation, Deelooded benefitted from one of our most positive previews ever, while we boosted their January Free Clubbing offer, the new February pass and, as recently as this weekend, their As One “In The Park” festival which, on paper at least, looks to be one of the best gay gatherings in years.
However, the phrase, “…what a difference a day makes…” or in this case, a handful of 2013 weeks, has come to bear upon our brow, as we have found ourselves taking off those rose tinted glasses that, in the case of Orange Nation, we have been accused of wearing for far too long and in so doing, clouding our judgement and prejudicing our publications, although with those glasses now off, our eyes have re-opened to a host of other clubs & events that we have been overlooking, we find ourselves, once again, sharing our coverage more evenly & fairly, while naturally picking out those clubs & events we consider deserve our full blown attention, shifting the emphasis away from the Orange Group & their events. Yet while we haven’t turned our back on Orange Nation, far from it, following a disturbing set of developments in recent weeks, we find our favour towards them faltering, a whole set of circumstances changing the way we both view the group and feel we can actively propel & promote some events of theirs in a positive way. And this is manifested in the fact that the mainstay brands, such as Beyond, A:M, Later & Orange, have been subject to constant tampering, many damaged as a result, some irreparably so, while D.J.’s, promoters and organisational individuals within & connected with the organisation have been treated dreadfully, reports of abuse and other shocking incidents & irregularities, many inexcusable in our eyes, leaving us asking questions of our own opinion of the Orange Group. Furthermore, of the spartan new ventures & club concepts Orange Nation has brought to us recently, they have either consisted actually of nothing new, or the idea & concept of the so called new is flawed on so many levels, thus rather than adding to the capitals clubbing circuit choice, they are simply replacing what has been lost with the same old same old, that or doomed for disaster drudgery.
Now, while a whole host of the accounts, claims & stories surrounding the mistreatment of individuals at the hands of Orange Nation leave our skin crawling in disgust, it would serve no purpose to either reveal the details of cases, circumstances, issues or indeed individuals, but rather to highlight this as a significant reason why we have found our favour to this clubbing group faltering. But what we can account for, are those club brands which have fallen prey to either Orange Nation’s greed or their desire to fix something that isn’t broken, Beyond right at the top of our list, not least that we have made no secret of the fact that it attained the status of our favourite club of all time. However, that very status is now in serious danger of dissolving, as we are left bemused by the sheer volume of “Midnight” events in 2013 alone, while the timings continue to chop & change as often as the wind direction, the same being said for the resident team of D.J.’s, some of whom are left off the weekly roster completely, while others are snubbed for their audacity to play for other promoters. So, as a result of this, Beyond, for us, has lost its appeal & draw and while the numbers may not be reflective of our view, the club is nowhere near as great this year, as it was last, the year before last, or the year before that, other examples extending to A:M, which was inappropriately used to fill a Friday clubbing schedule, lost its afterhours appeal as a result and now, having now switched back to its Saturday morning status, looks like struggling to survive, Orange, the emblem of the group, a pale of its former self, like many of the brands, having changed promotional hands as often as hot dinners, while the less we say about Manic Panic & District XXX the better, the concept of the former probably the worst we have ever seen, while the latter is a copycat of what proved to be one of our favourite frolics of 2012.
However, it goes much deeper than all of this, as with the benefit of hindsight, we look back over the last two or so years and see how the scene has changed and not for the better but for the worse, much of this lying at the doors of Orange Nation, how the scene schedule on Saturday’s for example, is not a patch on what it used to be, as promoters & clubs have been squeezed out of the partying picture, certain promoters throwing in the towel on Vauxhall and moving elsewhere, while others have been forced out of business completely. Moreover, with Orange Nation’s seemingly insatiable desire to dominate the capitals clubbing circuit, many of those Saturday scene shindigs are now no more, yet have not been replaced by Orange Nation events, the group’s creativity on what should be the biggest clubbing day of the week being to simply extend the opening hours of Beyond. Indeed, as a result of the crushing of competitors to Orange Nation’s own perceived clubbing crown, what it has simply served to achieve is that Vauxhall is left as the only playing ground for what we would call mainstream &/or big style regular gay clubs, the lack of any decent new brand blood to replace the ones lost, leaving the existing ones both monotone & mundane, for us, verging on the downright boring. But there is more that has dented our demeanour towards Orange Nation, that being the instantaneous & irreverent jumping of ship of many of those involved with Profile/Lo-Profile, moving not just themselves but brands associated with the former, all to Orange Nation and seemingly without a blinking of an eye or with any sort of respect for what has been a genuine loss to the scene, not just in Soho but London wide, the legacy that our Wardour Street wonders could have left, rather simply gobbled up by Orange Nation, the spotlight specifically on Society, while more indiscriminately, PLAY>TIME, which when you look at District XXX, is that copycat clubbing we referred to playing out for all to see.
On the positive, we can breathe a sigh of relief that ventures such as East Bloc in Shoreditch and its clutch of club nights is serving up viable & now very popular alternatives to the Vauxhall same old same old, while real success stories like WAR, DISH, SOS & Heroes, are offering both vitality & variation to Vauxhall. Indeed, it has been pleasing to see previously pushed out promoters returning to the scene, bringing with them fresh new ideas & clubbing concepts, This Is Prohibition one such example, we also finding new blood sprouting up in Soho, Bakebox a couple of weeks away from its second showing, Swallow another newbie and Manbar finding its feet & stride with a whole set of soiree’s sprting some of the biggest D.J. stars on the London scene, while existing parties Room Service & Gigolo remain as popular and packed as ever. And scratching beneath the varnish & veneer of Vauxhall itself, there is much happening to rock that so called dominating world of Orange Nation, Union fighting back with the likes of Booster, Wrong & others, Hard On! (now based there) reporting one of its best ever turnouts just last night, while Barcode looks like it may be coming back into its own, The Eagle having just celebrated its ninth year and still pulling in the numbers now as it did then, clubs such as Tonker, Carpet Burn & Horse Meat Disco major contributors. Plus with a big announcement imminent, one which will pave the way for a fairer, more fun-filled & positive playing field in Vauxhall and beyond, the inclusive nature of the players & performers within the scene the main thrust, it seems that competition crushing is a thing of the past and with this exciting news about to erupt, it may be more than just our favour towards Orange Nation that falters, but a cataclysmic change to the capitals clubbing circuit that sees a future bright and not just one that is Orange. (DISCO MATT)
First there was a month of free clubbing and now there is a month of seventh day deals, Orange Nation following on from their January offer with a February one that focuses on its Sunday soirees, we delve into this deal as well as reporting on the latest news of Later, Orange and new to the group, Society.
When it comes to clubbing, if there is a day in any given weekend that we have always leant towards, it has been a Sunday, the hedonistic days in the nineties when so much was going on, made this seventh day of the week a rich playing field for us party heads that were, still out from Friday. Yet, with so much on offer, the likes of Trade, Sherbert, DTPM, Nutz, Salvation, Factor 25, The L.A., F.F., Warriors, Medikation and many more, you could literally bounce from one party to the next and go from the early hours of Sunday morning right through till Monday lunchtime. Indeed, as the century turned, the offer was still pretty strong, relative new kid on the block, Orange, first setting its stool out in Rotherhithe, but soon moving across to Vauxhall and what was, at the time, nothing more than an empty dusty archway. Yet those early days of Orange in Vauxhall were the epitome of the decadent and naughtiness sensation that came from clubbing on a Sunday and into a Monday, the dusty floors, the makeshift coatcheck, the self built D.J. booth (well hardly a booth) & the basic laser lighting made it quite magical and a period in our clubbing that ranks with some of the best and we will never forget. But Sunday mornings in Trade which filled our early years, evolved to Beyond which has dominated Sunday’s since, the Colloseum days between 2001 & 5 still the most hedonistic, made even better by the advent of Later in the, by then, fully fledged venue Fire, continuing the tradition that the seventh day was all about going clubbing rather than going to church.
Yet while we consider we have seen the best of Sundays in that purple patch period during the nineties & naughties, today’s clubkids can still enjoy their seventh day on the dancefloor to the full, perhaps with less choice than we had, but nevertheless, a chain of clubs that easily sees them party from the early hours of Sunday morning through to late Monday morning, the mini circuit of meets concentrated in Vauxhall. And it will come as no surprise that both Beyond & Later are still in the picture, as is Orange, while relative new kid on the block, Society, completes a quartet of clubs that, under the Orange Nation (ON) umbrella now also make up their newly launched “Sunday Pass”, an offer that runs for the whole of February, fixing the entry price to just £20 for the four clubs or £15 for three. So what exactly is the deal, well the ON team tell us, “…Continuing on from our free clubbing in January, your Orange Nation gives love back to its clubbers as we bring you in February, “The Sunday Pass”. We have long been a firm believer in the rulin nature of Sunday clubbing, after all, we were born on a Sunday night at Orange many years ago!..” adding of the pass itself, “…this incredible February offer will get you a jaw dropping joint entry into your favourite Sunday parties…”. And quite simply, for £20, you get entry to Beyond, Later, Society & Orange, while by dropping Beyond, your Sunday Pass price also drops to £15, pretty good value when you think that standard door charges for the four add up to £38 (at least) and one you can grab each week of February by either upgrading your entry on the door of Beyond or Later, or by going online to http://orangenation.co.uk, it’s as simple as that.
So with “The Sunday Pass” sorted what of the news on Later, Orange & Society. Well, let’s deal with the first two first and we are so pleased to hear that these superb Sunday soiree’s are going back to their roots, returning to the winning formula’s that have made them so popular over the years. Later gets a re-injection of uplifting, chunky & heavenly house with The Oli back every single week and special guests such as Emma J White & Marco Gee brought in to re-ignite the daytime disco energy into this enthralling event. As for Orange, well we reported a while back on Fat Tony taking over the promotion of the club and his desire to bring back the fun and the accessibility that always made Orange so popular, Plus with Glendora back and the RAW room rolled out too, Tony is definitely making his mark on what he considers as his baby, not least that he was involved right back in the Rotherhithe days and has played for the brand ever since. To Society then and many will recognise this as a party from the Profile paddock, although following the sad demise of this Wardour St wonder, a significant slice of the team have switched on ON and Society has now become “The Sunday Society”, having launched just last weekend (Sun 3rd Feb) and returns this with Lee Harris & Zach Burns on the decks and while many t-dance delectations in Area have quickly fallen on their swords, we reckon Society will be given a good go & run, more detail on this new addition to the ON family out at https://facebook.com/SocietyProfile, wile for more news on Later, head to https://.facebook.com/LATER.INFO.
Well, we may still look fondly back on our Sunday’s clubbing back in the 90’s & 00’s, but the one thing we didn’t have was a deal like “The Sunday Pass”, so giving credit where credit is due, we say horary to Orange Nation for serving up this Sunday special offer, one well worth grabbing if, like us, you love your Sunday clubbing. (DISCO MATT)
You’ve heard of the phrase, “…nothing in life is for free…”, well, in the world of Orange Nation, it seems that clubbing in January IS, yes, free clubbing in January, sounds amazing doesn’t it?, we delving into the detail of what they are offering and how you can get your hands on it.
Being a bit of a cynic sometimes, we have to agree with age old adage that nothing in life is for free, a free ride often leading to something else, while the myriads of “free” offers you see advertised in the rags & the internet always have some sort of catch, “…get this free flight for two to Florida…” but then pay over the odds for accommodation & the like. Well, you get our drift, meaning we are always pretty cautious when the word free is banded around, the capitals clubbing circuit as guilty a party as any, some clubs actively advertising free entry when certain licensing restrictions forbid such a practice. Yet we can’t help having noticed the promotion that Orange Nation have been pushing since the middle of November last year, their Free Clubbing In January publicity programme initially catching our eye with that odd poster title “House For Sale”, a slogan that probably achieved exactly what its aim was, to attract attention. Indeed, a source close to the clubbing group told us that, having out up a poster outside one of their venues, Orange Nation was approached on more than one occasions by prospective buyers, clearly not the sort of attention they were seeking. That said, subsequent artwork pieces have been more to the point and so as we find ourselves in the first week of the year, we thought we would investigate this free clubbing offer of theirs a little further and see what all the fuss has been about.
Well, wading through the clubbing PR, a handful of releases sending the same message but in different ways, the latest one to hit our desks has been the most straightforward yet, its short & to the point sentence saying “…To say thank you for all your support in 2012, the Orange Nation are giving away our biggest ever party present to London’s clubbers – free clubbing throughout January! The same great brands, no compromising, for free!…” which sounds pretty good, especially when you consider it has some of the biggest & best known brands on the clubbing calendar at the moment, Beyond, Orange, A:M, Later & Gravity all falling under this January sale of a deal. But what is the deal? Well, pretty much as it says on the tin really, free clubbing at all of these weekly parties for the whole on January, although you have to first read through some of the entry criteria small print to see exactly what you are getting for your money, or not as the case may be, as there are entry times criteria attached to each club, A:M for example, opening at 11 p.m. each Friday, this offer extending on the door until 4 a.m., Orange opening at the same time on Sunday’s although its 2 a.m. that you need to be in by, while for Later on a Sunday, they have been pretty generous with a 2 p.m. cut off on the door. And what has surprised us is that the offer extends to Beyond & not just the regular ones, but the “Midnight” events too, the January free entry offer on the door each week until 5 a.m.
But if you thought it was a case of just rocking up to the door & gaining free entry, then think again, as you will need one of the new Orange Nation membership cards in your possession to benefit from the offer, although January clubbing offer or not, it looks like something well worth getting your hands on, the real incentive to do so sooner rather than later is that the membership currently comes free (something else for free!!). So, let’s whizz through some of the benefits; future discount entry to all Orange Nation events, Q jump at all Orange Nation events, access to members only bars at both Area & Fire, entry to members only events/nights including the new annual “Members Ball”, a special birthday offer where you & 3 guests free entry, with concession entry for 5 other friends for your designated birthday party event (i.e. Beyond, A:M, etc), plus a bottle of bubbly, while there are more, meaning we reckon its definitely one to add to your card collection and we suspect, will be one that won’t get buried deep in your wallet. So how to apply?, well simply log onto the Orange Nation website or hot the direct link http://orangenation.co.uk/membership and as they say, “…we’ll be in touch with information about picking up your card or receiving it in the post in time for you to enjoy FREE clubbing in January, on us!…”. And having applied ourselves today, we can say it’s pretty straight forward although it will be interesting to see how long it will take for them to get in touch (no e-mail yet!)
So that’s the deal and a pretty good one it sounds too, January sometimes proving a bit of a tough month on the wallet, although with this generous free clubbing offer, it could take the strain off those stretched pounds, shillings & pence, leaving you to dance the night away slightly less worried about the bank balance or manager. (DISCO MATT)
If there was ever an organisation to come up trumps over Christmas, it is Orange Nation, a superb selection of spectacular showings that sparkle & shine bright throughout the coming Christmas week, we focussing on Orange “The Christmas Day Institution” & A:M Ultra’s “Boxing Day Blowout”, while short shouting for no less than six other glorious gathering’s, a New Year Golden Ticket touting and an Orange Nation Christmas present of free clubbing in January mini mention.
As we find ourselves on the cusp of Christmas week 2012, we look back to the same time last year and a calendar of events that was every bit as plump as the turkeys that will no doubt be making it to dinner tables across the land come Tuesday, although with Christmas falling during the week this year rather than over the weekend like last, the 2012 festive season reality is that the lack of two additional bank holiday’s means that for some (like us) it’s just two days off from work making for leaner clubbing cavorting. Yet there will be plenty of others that will have either been granted or will be taking the whole week off, meaning there will be a penchant for partying, the clubbing circuit in the capital certainly not failing to deliver, especially if you head into the world of Orange Nation, the clubbing conglomerate that is responsible for brands such as A:M, Beyond, Gravity, Later & Orange, a host of events carrying you from Christmas Day to N.Y.E. meaning we thought it only right to propel their parties in a specially devoted festive focus which we have aptly called, “Christmas Cracker Of Continuous Clubbing”, honing in on two of the big Christmas events, but also giving a mini mention to the myriad of others. And with 2013 just over a week away, we will also take the opportunity to hint towards 1st January in what will once again prove one of the biggest clubbing days of the year, while we cannot forget the special Orange Nation Christmas present of free clubbing in January, no scrooge at large here.
So let’s crack (or is that cracker) on and head to Christmas Day (or night actually) as the institution that is Orange swings open its doors, flying in the face of conformity, dragging you away from the comedy repeats on the Beeb and giving you an outstanding opportunity to work off the excesses of the day. And while the promotions team claim “…let’s face it, you’ve been very bad this year so Santa won’t be coming anywhere near your chimney, so screw the turkey, let’s go to Fire!…” perhaps an excessive amount of clubbing during 2012 being their point, although we doubt you have been that naughty but will want to indulge in a little post dinner decadence while others fall asleep over that traditional Christmas supper. But we much prefer the promotions tack when they say “…Join together under the shining star of Orange with your London family this Christmas Day at our annual institution, and live the alternative nativity scene that didn’t make the gospel. Kings (& queens) travel far and wide to the stable of Fire where it all began, for a festive celebration like no other…” and if previous year’s experiences are anything to go by, then it will be a pumping & prolific party to plunder, Orange standing on its own two feet this year rather than previous Chrimbo combo’s with that other Christmas institution Trade.
So what’s on offer? Well citric sound splendour from start to finish as the D.J. line-up is pure Orange old school, The Sharp Boys, & Fat Tony on deck duty, while another original resident makes a special festive appearance, Gonzalo Rivas jetting in from his home & base of Valencia in what will be the first of a string of showings that include Beyond, A:M & WE Party, although he cannot contain his excitement for being back behind the Orange (potentially RAW) decks on Christmas night, so much so that he has laid down a special compilation to mark the occasion and one you should go grab without delay by clicking on http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/index/2012-12-20T08_37_46-08_00 while his set will definitely be one to savour. However, with the party kicking off at Fire this Tuesday (25th Dec) at 11 p.m. and the event running through till 7 a.m., plus with the potential of not just one but two rooms of fun, the D.J. set length maths dictate that the so called “…special guests…” will be required for duty, likely includee’s being Verity Mayes & playing partner Bryony Masters, while if they are in town, both The Oli & Paul Martin may be called up, the prospect of all these spinning stars sorting the Christmas night sounds surely too much to resist. So, having netted your hook, line & sinker, all we now need to say is go grab your advance tickets now, online at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/orange-2-2-2-2-2-2/ still priced at just £10 or you can pay on the door although expect to pay more, further event info, should you need it, out at http://www.facebook.com/events/424553537610538/.
Then, the following night, another afterhours institution that has gone through a significant transformation during 2012, holds its “Boxing Day Blowout”, A:M Ultra flying the Orange Nation flag, given that it’s a Wednesday and Onyx, which would normally occupy this slot, has all but disappeared from the capitals clubbing circuit, in a way a victim of its own success, like a tormented city trader having burnt itself out after a hectic three seasons at the top of the Friday tree. However, while to the naked eye, Onyx is no more, with an inside track along with informed information, Onyx has actually been absorbed by A:M, which under the superb steership of none other than prolific promoter Steven Sharp, has gone all “Ultra” on us, shifting & extending is previous afterhours status into the realms of nightime clubbing too, this traditional Saturday morning meet becoming a Friday frolic aswell. And given the souped up size & substantial standing with the Orange Nation weekly clubbing/event schedule, it seems wholly appropriate that A:M “Ultra” has been granted this much prized Boxing Day slot, Mr Sharp pleased as punch that he has landed this cracking Christmas schedule stocking filler for his club, he remarking to us that “…Boxing Day has always been a traditional favourite party night to celebrate with friends and an excellent opportunity to dance and burn off any inches from Christmas Day excess!…” especially for those that didn’t make it to Orange the previous night.
As for the event, the first big “Blowout” piece of news is that A:M “Ultra” once again switches from his native home Fire, moving across to splendid sister (and in our opinion the much better suited) Area, Steven also revealing that the venue “…will be transformed into a snow setting, with all new decor, new visuals & loads of pyrotechnics to make the party GO BANG!…” we concurring that there is no better place than Area with its superior lighting, layout & atmosphere to push these plans to prolific prominence. And Steven is pulling out all the team stops, hostess with the mostest HRH Minty, with her little elf helpers Danny Boyce & Louise Port all on duty & handing out mince pies and Xmas sweets, while the D.J. line up oozes A:M from its main room pores, the star studded line up including Jamie Head, Gonzalo Rivas, D’Johnny and newish resident players Matt Bogard & Ania, all playing “…playing the contemporary supercharged house…”, the sounds extending to a second space where Onyx takes pop music charge in the heavenly hands of Tasty Tim & DMS. So, with a line up like that, this is sure to be the billed “Boxing Day Blowout With A Bag”, Area’s doors opening this coming Wednesday (26th Dec) at 10 p.m. and the vent running through to a planned 8 a.m. finish, advance tickets available online at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/m-3-2-2-2-2-2/ priced at an early bird (still available) £10 or the standard £12, while with an ad/flyer it’s that same standard price on the door till midnight or £15 without & after, this surely an Xmas disco diary must, especially if (unlike us) you have Thursday off.
So those are the two Orange Nation Christmas week headline events, but what about the rest? Well on Thursday (27th Dec), the team point you in the direction of Room Service who hold a pre-party for WE “Vogue which takes place on N.Y.D., this followed by Gravity at Covert from midnight until 8.am. Then moving to Friday (28th Dec) A;M “Ultra is back and back at its home Fire, doors opening at 11 p.m. & the club running superlate (translated as post Saturday morning dawn), while just fifteen or so hours later, awesome afterhours Beyond rolls out yet another of its infamous “Midnight” meets, that is from zero o’clock on Sunday 30th Dec) running through till another superlate billing, we suspect 10 or 11 a.m. Then completing the Christmas week picture is Later, which itself is on the move for a one-off Sunday daytime disco dervish at Covert, making this a perfect hop, skip & jump from Beyond at next door Area, proceedings kicking off at 11.30 a.m. & the club running through till 7/8 p.m. details of all these events due out at http://orangenation.co.uk. Then, after a resting respite on New Year’s Eve, the “Golden Ticket” trio takes charge, Beyond NYD, WE “Vogue” & Orange “WE Afterhours” the £40 combined ticket package which is brilliant value so worth a mini mention now, this terrific ticket combo available online now at https://orangenation.ticketabc.com/events/new-years/ while details of what it offers is up at http://facebook.com/events/128980950589187/, while watch this space for special New Year Focus features on Beyond, WE & Orange, as well as an Extra Bites post on Beyond “Midnight”, all coming up later this week.
So, spending Christmas week on the Orange Nation dancfloors is truly a seven day prospect & affair for some, while work commitments look like restricting us to that institutional tradition that is Fire on Christmas night, although we wholeheartedly support all seven soiree’s as prominent places to be seen on the scene this festive season, meaning you should “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Come this weekend, forget the Mayan myth about the end of the world, as it will not just be beginning but will very much be feeling a lot like Christmas, we selecting our own three ships across Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch that make up our best bite choices of where to be & be seen ahead of the eve and the day, DM dipping into the detail of each of his top of the tree trips.
Well, what a barren Best Bites year it has been with a spartan set of newsletters to speak off, although we are determined to end 2012 with a flourish, this our penultimate weekend opportunity to propel our premier picks of where to be & be seen in Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch and while they may not have a specific Christmas feel to them, you can bet your bottom dollar that everyone involved will be very much in fine festive fettle, championing plenty of Christmas cheer and propelling you into magnificent party mood.
So without further ado, lets head to Soho and to Lo-Profile which has a wonderful weekend in store, actually starting tomorrow night (Thurs 20th Dec) as their branded baby “Society” celebrates its first birthday (shares it with us) with Fabio Luigi on deck duty and host John Brooks, with a helping hand from Martin Princess, masterminding this celebratory meet, the vent blurb including Society is the hottest weeknight party bringing you not only the vibrant energy from the heart of Soho but the sexiest mix of hot boys you’ll find. Bringing the freshest mix of some of the best DJ’s in London, playing the funkiest, uplifting house music along with an atmosphere like no other place you’ll find. Attitude free where everyone comes together…”. However, having switched from its original Friday slot, Society gave way to the pulsating PLAY>TIME which has proven one of the success stories of 2012, the night going from strength to strength, this week’s event looking as good as ever, Fabio Luigi back for more, joined by Steven Artis on D.J. duty, while promoter Jay Roberts welcomes gogo’s Jack & Ray who will turn up the horny heat to the muscled max, Jay exclaiming that
“…experienced PLAY>TIME fans know well our porn star PLAY>MATES, but they also worship the mouth-watering go-go boys just as much we presenting, two special boys will be both who are stunners, Jack muscled & chiselled to perfection with penetrating eyes that melt you on contact while Ray has a perfect body, dark features and a smoky attitude…”. Then, as if that was enough, the Lo-Pro team come back at you on Saturday (22nd Dec) with ClubNation and a dynamic D.J. duo that have formed a playing partnership during 2012 having rubbed shoulders in clubs for years before, from Crash to Beyond, Later to Orange and PLAY>TIME too, their back-to-back performance at ClubNation one you won’t want to miss. As for each event, a rundown of opening times across all three nights sees a 10 p.m. start across the board, with 3 & 4 a.m. finishes, while entrance fees vary, details on Society out at http://facebook.com/events/389496144466148/, PLAY>TIME up at http://facebook.com/events/386837734735670/ and ClubNation’s details available through Lo-Profile’s page at http://facebook.com/pages/Lo-Profile/163759593639440 where you also grab the all important info on their NYE party (More on that next week), while for details on VIP table bookings & other offers, take a trip to http://loprofile.com.
Onward to Vauxhall and it will come as no surprise that its’ all about Orange Nation for our top of the tree choice south of the river, the team gearing up for a busy Christmas Day & Boxing Day with an equally busy weekend, a three tier sandwich of shindigs sure to fill your Christmas scene stepping out stocking with plenty of clubbing cheer, from A:M to Beyond to Later, meaning it’s all go from Friday to Sunday night, while Orange takes a Sunday/ Monday (oh my that Christmas Eve) rest as it comes at you on Christmas Day (more on that in an Extra Bites Xmas Special). Now, we have covered Beyond’s “The End Of The World” party in our special Weekend Focus feature and it looks a corker, although the other three fillings in the ON sandwich are pretty damn fine too, A:M “Ultra” is back at Fire, after a short two week tour across to smaller sister Covert, promoter Steven Sharp looking forward to the massive Boxing day event of course, while telling us “… I am so pleased that A:M Ultra returns to its spiritual home this weekend for one final fling before Christmas…” he adding that “…disco doors, that’s Fire’s main entrance, open at 11pm and music powers across 2 rooms of excellence featuring Ania, Matt Bogard, D’Johnny & Fat Tony on the A:M Ultra supercharged main floor and only the finest pop in the Onyx Pop Lounge from Tasty Tim & DMS…”.
Then looking to Later, while we don’t as yet have the confirmed D.J. line up, a little birdie tells us that The Oli & George Sharp will feature, perhaps D’Johnny making up the tune-tastic threesome, while after a storming string of packed out parties following Steven Sharp having successfully steered this Sunday daytime disco in a “Nu Direction”, culminating with a cracking Christmas party last weekend. However, the whole team are still in a Xmas Jamboree mood and ready bring musical joy to your world & rock you around their Christmas tree with Sunday (23rd Dec) from 11 a.m. through till 7 p.m., entry a mere £5 before 1 p.m. then £8 thereafter, more info on both out at http://orangenation.co.uk while you can head to networking pages http://facebook.com/AMafterhours & http://www.facebook.com/LATER.INFO for more event info as it hits. And while we are on the festive event subject, a reminder that A:M goes super ultra on Boxing Day with a blowout bash, super advance tickets still available online at the ON website, while its back to regular “Ultra” format the following Friday (28th Dec). As for Later, they have a superlate event on Sunday 30th Dec, then go large with a NYD spectacular followed by an “Xtra” party on Wednesday 2nd Jan for you lucky ones that have an extra day off.
So to Shoreditch and an easy choice for our Best Bite as it couldn’t go to a more willing & able candidate, East Bloc rising to the top of our tree with two exceptional events that once again cement its reputation as an amazing alternative to its Soho & Vauxhall adversaries with a fabulous family of brilliant brands & parties that sometimes put the other two places to shame, the likes of Gutterslut, Dish, War, SOS, TheMenWhoFell2Earth & Songs Of Praise all regular monthly outings, while Paradise 45 has trodden the East Bloc boards, the marvellous meet that was Meat was founded there and, driven by prolific promoter Wayne Shires, the return of Summer Rites more that turned heads. Indeed, East Bloc has forged a path that has seen it become vogue among the smart set in town, striking a chord with East & West enders alike, Friday’s no exception, especially as Larry Tee’s club night “Super Electro Party Machine” has amazed a loyal following along with bringing some of the scene’s D.J. stars across, Jodie Harsh, Adam Turner & Terry Vietheer just three among a whole host of others, while our own Shoreditch son, Kris Di Angelis spins sounds for Larry from time to time. This Friday (21st Dec), Mr Tee goes a tad further down the alternative route, welcoming Raff Daddy, one half of The 2 Bears, who joins Larry in the main space while taking over the back is Alis Pellischi’s Santa Sluts party with h DJ Boadicea, Serious Thugs, My Panda Shall Fly, Iicarus bringing the best garage, techno and house music to East Bloc, further event info, including opening times & door taxes, out at http://facebook.com/events/135106463313857/.
But on Saturday (22nd Dec) after the end of the world has had its say (or not as the case will be), Wayne welcomes back the brilliant Bloc Party that has stormed Shoreditch on Sunday’s in a string of special parties throughout 2012, turning out for the last time this year, he pleased as punch that it falls on a Saturday for a change, Songs Of Praise pushing back from its usual slot & Dish having taken a December break, creating a space in the schedule, Mr Shires telling us that “…all your favourite D.J.’s will be under one roof for the ultimate pre Xmas Party, each bringing you all those dirty beats to set your Banjee Booty on fire…” he adding “…expect deep, sexy, ratchet beats all night long across 3 rooms…” And judging by the line up, he isn’t wrong as the main room sports brilliant young blood beatmasters Matt Bogard Dmitry Strigun & Frankco Harris &NG, the former two having starred for Room Service, while Mark Ashley Dupe hosts & plays the second “Dupes Den” space, alongside Jeffrey Hinton & Nasty McQuaid, the aptly named “Bixa Booth” seeing Frankie Layd spinning the basement ragga sounds. Add to that, hosts Richard Logins, Yute Belgrave & Nick Adams-Byam and there is an air of alternative audacity running right through this prolific party which kicks off from 10.30 p.m. and runs till 6 a.m., entry a mere £6 before midnight or £10 thereafter, more info should you need it, out at http://facebook.com/events/452236451500695/ , while news on forthcoming Super Electro Party Machine events sees Kris Di Angelis back on the decks next Friday (28th Dec) with Severino sorting the sounds on 4th January. Plus, watch this space for news on NYE at East Bloc, Songs Of Praise making hay with an “Extra” size special & Gutterslut’s Xmas party on Sat 29th Dec.
Well that’s it for this penultimate Best Bites newsletter of 2012, we hoping to bring you our Short Shouts serving by Friday, mini mentions for plenty, while we take this opportunity of wishing you a very merry Christmas, hoping that you make the most of this last weekend before all that festive indulgence on the 25th, perhaps landing on one or more of our choices here and in doing do making sure you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Back in the best biting newsletter driving seat, our short shouts sister follows suit, a host of happenings across Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere that are worth more than a look in this weekend, getting a mini mention, all this with a focus on the fundraising events marking World AIDS day this Saturday.
Well we are back and having broadcasted our best bites of where to be & be seen on the scene, the added addition of a handful of hot shots complimenting our Weekend Focus features, it’s now time to turn to the host of other happenings that warrant a mini mention, or as we prefer to say, a short shout. But with a cause & concern close to our heart falling right in the middle of the weekend, we will be highlighting those clubs, bars & events that are fundraising for World AIDS Day (WAD), while watch this space for our special feature “Acquired African Affectant”, looking at the virus, its effects, the treatments & the charities that have touched & are touching so many lives around the world, but particularly across our home continent & country, Africa & South Africa.
All that said, lets crack on with our Short Shouts, heading to Soho first at The Shadow Lounge who stay true to form with their nights “Therapy” on Fri (30th Nov) & “Inferno” on Saturday, D.J.’s on duty including Tristan Temple, Peter Perovic & Andrew Elmore, while this classy club now opens until 6 a.m. on both nights (wow!). Plus, with the team showing their support for The Elton John AIDS Foundation, they are certainly doing their WAD bit, more info on goings on down Brewer St way out at http://theshadowlounge.com.
Round the corner and Rupert Street are ringing the changes with a re-formed affiliation with Orange Nation (Formerly The Orange Group) who will be support this brilliant bar in its revitalisation with a series of special pre-parties across December & beyond (no pun intended), the first being tomorrow night (Sat 1st Dec) when it will all about WE, this the prelude to the massive “Formula 2” event, The Oli revving up the rhythms, while from next Friday, A:M will be holding pre-parties, more info on tomorrow’s event out at http://facebook.com/events/492976230747619/
Ku-bar is our next Soho stop and having kicked off their WAD weekend last night with the now infamous “Staff Auction” (they are yum!) in aid of The Food Chain, tonight sees Ku-Klub take to spotlight with D.J.’s DMS, Doug Silva & Alvaro on rotation, while Saturday sees Doug returns with his brilliant Brazilian beats, he accompanied by the tasty topless bar boys boasting bags of brawn. While those Food Chain buckets will be out craving for your donations, so did deep, more detail on both bars & the club out at http://ku-bar.co.uk.
Circa is our next Short Shout and a compact yet classy place to be & be seen on the scene, especially on Saturday when terrific talent Adam Turner spins the sounds, his uplifting, euphoric & Steve Pitron-esqe style sure to please, while tonight (Fri 30th Nov), it’s all about “Discipline”, the Munroe Bergdorf way, cool pop & R&B the rapturous rhythms that will beat you into submission, while on Sunday its “Studio Dusty” with the incomparable The Very Miss Dusty O delving into her box of magical pop music beat, also not forgetting that Thursday is a Room Service pre-party down on Frith St, a click on http://circa-soho.com telling you more, while extended opening hours till 4 am run throughout December.
Our final Soho Short Shout goes to The Edge who have not one, two or three, but four floors of space for you to relax, dance, drink & be merry, a roving D.J. team on Friday’s complimented by live vocals from the one the only Tonnic, while on Saturday our “premier protégé player” Zach Burns takes to the decks, sliding into Sunday with a mixture of music that touts his towering talents and, had it not been for WE, we would have been by his side as this is a Saturday showing that ranks as the best in Soho in our books, while more on The Edge can be found at http://theedgesoho.co.uk
Right, down to Vauxhall we go and having already given Beyond a big mention in our feature focus, it does however warrant another, as it is THE event of the weekend south of the river for a number of reasons, that “all roads lead to” reputation sure to play out prolifically on Sunday (2nd Dec), while with our WAD hat on, we are pleased as punch that our favourite club & brand are raising funds for our preferred charity, The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) http://tht.org.uk/) the emphasis very much on fundraising, although with a wonderful WE influence & a special guest D.J., go check out our feature “Brett’s Magnificent Bag Of Masterbeats” at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=6136.
But The Orange Nation picture is prominent with plenty more this weekend, A:M “Ultra” filling out Friday, although is on the move this weekend, a short stay at Covert on the cards, while Later is going stratospheric on Sunday’s, this week entertaining Italian impresser Marco Gee, playing alongside Jamie Head & Paul Heron, no Monday morning quite the same without Orange which welcomes Elliot J Brown back this week. Plus, with a quick mention for Gravity which turns 8 on Thurs (6th Dec), a click on http://orangenation.co.uk will spill the beans on the ON family of brilliant brands & magnificent meets.
Turning to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (The RVT) and the focus in WAD terms is Sunday when the incredible institution that is S.L.A.G.S/Chill-out hold their “Red Ribbon Ball” raising funds in aid of GMFA, THT & The Food Chain, the winning format continuing with Simon le vans on early deck duty, The D.E. Experience stealing all the spotlight with another must see show from 5 p.m. & then Andy Almighty & Sean Sirrs keeping a packed to the rafters RVT going until v late, detail on this & other RVT happenings across the weekend out at http://rvt.org.uk &/or http://facebook.com/groups/thervt/.
Third of our Vauxhall Short Shout three (or was that four?!) is The Eagle which has two brilliant brand nights sandwiching its WAD headline event, Tonker the turn for bears cubs & their admirers, the chunky tunes match the meaty men, promoter Tim Jones welcoming Micky Galliano to the decks, while the second piece of bread in the sandwich is Sunday star Horse Meat Disco, we saying no more of this magnificent meet than it has to be experienced to be believed. But the filling comes in the form of Carpet Burn this Saturday (1st Dec) which holds a “Tastiest Tranny Ball” & welcomes Tasty Tim to the decks, joined by Johnny Kalifornia, donations going to GMFA, more on all this up at http://eaglelondon.com
So let’s head elsewhere and a mixed bag that first comes from Tramp, the Kris Di Angelis promoted party that returns for a special WAD event this Saturday (1st Dec) at The Dalston Superstore. Aptly named “Super Tramp” Kris welcoming guest D.J.’s JonBent Blonde & Jamie Ritchie who play downstairs with Mr Di Angelis, while Munroe Bergdorf takes charge upstairs, WAD fundraising going towards charity Positive East (http://positiveeast.org.uk), Friday at The DSS is all about Hectic with Kris’s old studio recording pal Tom Stephan stretching his own promotional legs in what is a busy old evening for him, more info on DSS stuff at http://facebook.com/dalstonsuperstore, while event details on Tramp are up at http://www.facebook.com/events/178613928945253/.
Down the road at East Bloc and we already gave a Best Bite big up for TheMenWhoFell2Earth who celebrate their second birthday this Saturday, although tonight (Fri 30th Nov) sees Larry Tee’s terrific turn, Super Electro Party Machine take centre stage welcoming Room Service’s very own Jodie Harsh to the decks, joining Larry in what is always a brilliant curtain raiser to the East Bloc weekend, other parties in Dec to watch out for including DISH, SOS & Gutterslut, while a visit to http://eastbloc.co.uk &/or http://facebook.com/groups/255553057341/ will reveal all.
Then we head further south but still out east to new night Mister UK, which launches in London tonight (Fri 30th Nov) at Studio Space, 110 Pennington St, coinciding with the launch of mobile dating/networking app http://misterapp.com in this country, the event entertaining D.J.’s that include Pagano, Tom Stephan, Borja Pena & Dave Kendrick, while extra special guest Boris Of Berghain (aka Boris Dolinski) jets in from Berlin to headline along with our Italian stallion Pagano, meaning the music will be top draw, as will be the men, Mister UK a men only event, details of which are out at http://facebook.com/events/459859484065344/
Back into Shoreditch for our final fourth and we head to the Joiners Arms which is an east end institution and marks WAD with their party “Pantastic” this Saturday (1st Dec) with 50% of the door take going to charity Positive East, the donation sure to be substantial as Paul Heron is on the decks, while the ever popular SPQR spotlights on Sunday, DJ Julian De Apostate sorting the sounds, while tonight, all you have to say is YES, as this weekly outing wets your appetite for more until 4 a.m., that appetite sure to be hungry for more by paying a visit to http://joinershoreditch.com/ where info on all three nights & much more can be found.
Now, with an eye of plenty of other clubs, bars & events marking WAD, here is some tiny touting for those making a fundraising effort this Saturday (1st Dec), Soho’s The Duke Of Welling & The Admiral Duncan two, while north its Central Station in Kings Cross The The Black Cap in Camden that rattle that WAD donator box with special cabaret shows, all raising funds for GMFA (http://gmfa.org.uk) as is The Two Brewers in Clapham who entertain with Angie Brown, more on these & others a click away at http://boyz.co.uk where you can get your hands on a comprehensive listing of events across the scene throughout the whole seven day week from Thursday to Wednesday.
So, having eased our way back in with no less than fourteen Short Shouts, the plan will be to further extend our coverage curtain as the weeks progress, so if you are a club promoter, a venue manager or an event organiser and fancy being included, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or plaster our Facebook group (http://facebook.com/groups/discomatt) & page (http://facebook.com/pages/Disco-Matt/112730602119746) walls at with your event links & other details and we will do our best to include you. As for this WAD weekend, wherever you are & whatever you are up to, have a terrific time, while we hope our choices give you some inspirational ideas of where to be & be seen on the scene, remembering that to do so, you need to “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
We may be months behind with our music newsletters, but we get back on the production pitching road, marking a welcome podcast return by a dynamic D.J. whose magnificent mix, “House Music All Night Long”, shows that the marvellous Mikey D has not lost any of his terrific track choice touch, making selecting it as our “Podcast Of The Week” an easy choice, download stream options an image click below, while we marvel in the mix & Mikey with our special feature beneath
We can count ourselves fortunate to have acquainted a large & lengthy list of D.J.’s & music producers both in our times clubbing at home in South Africa, here in the capital & on our exploits across Europe, a sizable selection we feel privileged to call friends, while if you have tracked our recent exploits, you don’t need to be rocket scientists to realise the even smaller & select set that fall under our now infamous “premier” & premier protégé” player lists, two having played out just a couple of days ago at PLAY>TIME, these two individuals instinctively aware of what tracks & tunes float our musical boat, all too often tumbling those trademark DM tears. But there is another D.J. in this select group of ours that also manages to move us to emotional eruptions, although it would be fair to say, the occasions recent have been few & far between, not least as Mikey D has had his hands full managing his daytime role as Ministry Of Sound’s IT manager, the spectacular sets of his we used to savour every other week at Beyond in recent years, a rarity in 2012, while the handful he has played, including just yesterday, his lastminute.com appearance apparently stealing the show, no real surprise to us, as we rank him as one of the most talented D.J.’s on the capitals clubbing circuit.
So while we missed out on Sunday, we can count ourselves fabulously fortunate that Mr Dower has also turned his time to pressing a new podcast, very much like his recent resurgence out on the scene, is a most welcome return to music making for Mikey, his last mix well over a year old and very much a departure from what we rate as his best compilation to date “Lose Control” which while forever hold magical Parisian memories (a long story). And in his latest mix, “House Music All Night Long” there are definite shades of the former, while there are also genre influences that mirror aspects of his last compilation “Heavy Baby”, so the blending of uplifting vocal with full on tech & progressive beats very much cater for a wide clubbing audience and shows the depth & diversity of Mikey’s sets & sounds. So, analogy wise, while “Lose Control” was very much Beyond and “Heavy Baby” Later, we are pleased as punch with the resplendent result that “House Music All Night Long” has achieved, as it shows those sound skills that we can draw from both clubs & performances from Mr Dower at each.
Starting with one of our favourite tracks of now, a 2012 re-work of the classic ”Let The Sunshine In”, neatly followed by the mix’s title track, Mikey then takes us on a terrific journey come rollercoaster ride of genre dips, twists & turns, elements of funky, uplifting, tech & progressive all coming together to keep us gripped tight right the way through, delicious dollops of classic tracks, like the opener, remixed into 2012 form, while up to date hits are in there too, a particular favourite being Trent Cantrell’s “Naturally”. And while the compilation is only 60 minutes long, he manages to pack a punch, transporting us onto the dancefloor delightfully, shades of Beyond, Later & even PLAY>TIME coming through in leaps & bounds, while it is also a credible cycling compilation too, not many mixes able to produce the kind of pedal power in comparison to the master in this field (do we need to mention his name?!), while it was an easy consideration to mark Mikey’s welcome return to podcast pressing by propelling “House Music All Night Long” to our podcast of the week slot, not just for one week, but three in a row. So, it naturally goes without saying that we thoroughly recommend you add this to your collection which you can do by either heading to his Podomatic page at http://mikeyd.podomatic.com or to his Soundcloud site at http://souncloud.com/mikedower, where both likes & comments would, we are sure, meet with our music maker’s gratitude, while if like us, you missed Mikey’s set at Beyond last weekend, then fear not as he is back again this week and we have it on good authority that there are a couple of Later appearances due this side of the New Year too.
So, it’s great to have Mr Dower back in the groove, both performing live & pressing podcasts in the studio, meaning we hope it won’t be too long before we all have to wait for the next Mikey mix that, just like this latest compilation will surely prove that “Music Is The Answer!” (DISCO MATT)
Sunday afternoon clubbing south of the river has never looked quite so good, as its seems that Later is proving to be one of THE clubs of the moment, the considerably capable promotional hands of Steven Sharp having taken this daytime disco in a wonderfully “Nu Direction”. And with today’s event well under way as we go to press, George Sharp, D’Johnny & Later fave The Oli on the decks, it simply had to make it to our “Pick Of The Day”, all the detail a banner click away opposite or an image click below, while we devote our deliverance on the clubs new promoter & his plans beneath
If there was ever a club that coolly, calmly & collectively has been making its mark week after week, month after month & year after year, its Later, the daytime disco that has been bridging the gap between the brilliance of Beyond & the outstanding Orange, the razzmatazz that these two often exude, tempered by the no fuss rather fabulous fun & frolicking that this afternoon delight has been delivering since it opened its doors back in 2004. And while there have been a handful of occasions when special soirees have splashed the scene, the “Funfair’s, the “Boat Partiers” & the “Birthday’s”, generally Later has just quietly gone about its barnstorming business, for a sizeable chunk in the hands of promoter Jay Sharp Vokins. However, just a handful of events ago, another Sharp assumed control of this disco delight, one Steven React Sharp to be precise, a D.J./Producer & Promoter that has a prolific pedigree behind him and one that has successfully steered a whole host of clubs & brands, let’s see, Orange, Beyond, Royal House, A:M and now Later, Steven’s whole persona & procedure in promoting the most hands on & refreshing we know, meaning that he is considered as possibly the most safest pair on hands in the Orange Nation (the group behind Later) armoury.
So what does Steven have in store for Later? Well, while it is clear he wants the club to head in a “Nu Direction”, we highly suspect that he will be drawing on many of the qualities that have made this daytime disco the delight that it has been for the eight years of its history and while there can be little doubt that Later’s fortunes have pitched & yawed in this time, we have every confidence that, like A:M has responded in his hands, Later’s fortunes will be going only one way and that is up. Indeed, there is a similarity between the two clubs in his hands, that being that Mr Sharp is profoundly passionate about letting the music do the talking, while his keen eye for detail, his unstinting energy in pushing & networking his clubs and that hands on nature he adopts during events, having paid dividends for A:M on so many levels and is sure to do the same for Later too. Plus, we know of no better man when it comes to commissioning creative & eye catching artwork to promote clubs, while his inventiveness for theme ideas, tag lines and capturing the moment is one of many strengths Steven shines, so many examples from Orange, Beyond & more latterly A:M, standing him head & shoulders above his contemporaries.
With music clearly being the focal point of immediate & intermediate plans for Later, Steven is subtly shifting the emphasis towards that, introducing some new names to the clubs residency D.J. team, La Gosse & Marco Gee just two examples, while he is also naturally relying upon individuals that have not only cut their cloth here, but have themselves proficient pedigree for party propulsion, The Oli, Jamie Head, D’Johnny & George Sharp all exceptional exponents and ones that Steven is keen to keep in place, while after the initial few weeks of the “Nu Direction” programme, we have it on pretty good authority that he has some special party events planned, not least with the upcoming festive season which is just a matter of weeks away (scary thought). But within this programme of directional dynamism is a cornerstone of consolidation as well, this week’s event being just that, as Steven welcomes three Later veterans (am sure they won’t mind being called so) to the decks, as of going to press, George Sharp having already kicked off proceedings, while D’Johnny is the filler in the superb D.J. sandwich, although not just a filler but a full on Later favourite, that also being true of The Oli who is one of the clubs originals, having played at the very first party and the vast majority of one’s since. And while the nights are drawing in, the outside temperatures are dipping, you can guarantee that the infamous Later garden will be geared up for the season slide into winter, while inside the dancing action & D.J. deliveries will be as hot, hot, hot as ever.
So, all in all its clear that Later is on that up and is very much becoming a Sunday Soiree Sharp Style and we cannot wait to not just report but get back to review this daytime disco delight with a deluge of delicious delectations. (DISCO MATT