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Having just about a week ago lamenting on the wonders of park festivals passed, we find ourselves in the same boat, looking back & then looking forward as one of our favourite festivals from a good ten years makes its welcome return to the summer scene. But pushing back the clock, when Summer Rites was rocking our world, it seemed that park festivals were going from strength to strength, a whole succession of post Pride parties having been held in Brockwell, Victoria, & Finsbury park(s), while Clapham Common had also featured. And it was the Brockwell days that saw Summer Rites rise to ascendency, the first event still living in our memories, not least when we clubbed & cavorted to the Warriors sounds of Wayne G in the Brockwell park lido with close companion of the time, D.J. Chris Reardon., while the likes of Ultra Nate were performing on the main stage, oh the memories!!
Yet, as good as Summer Rites was, a tide change that saw park parties become less & less popular, not least due to a run of years when the famous British summer reared its rainy head, very much dampening festival organisers’ causes, outdoors was swapped for indoors, while Pride itself ditched the park format in favour of the central London square scenario, perhaps on the strength of Soho Pride which had become the darling of the festival scene in the capital. However, with two years of success under its belt, Lovebox has spurned a resurgence in the penchant for a park party and when news hit our desks that Summer Rites was to return, we suddenly looked forward to a season full of alfresco antics, obviously crossing lots of fingers for that famed weather to hold, serving up plenty of sunshine rather than rainy Sunday’s. But whilst we cannot guarantee the weather this coming Sunday (10th July), what we can promise is a party to re-emulate those halcyon Summer Rites days, with a whole host of dance tents, entertainment & everything else that goes with partying in the park.
So, what’s on the Summer Rites “Remixed” table then? Well, for this “…boutique gay clubbing festival…”, quite a lot actually, as the organisers have gathered some of the big name brands to support the host of locally based Shoreditch showstoppers like Gutterslut, Meat, & Pony Step. And there are some pretty big names in the frame too, international mega club Salvation spearheading an impressive line-up of dance & entertainment tents that also includes bear brand XXL, gender bender brilliance “Trannyshack” & the indie trendsetter, Popstarz, not to mention other supporters that include The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, represented by their night “Kimono Krush”, while Shoreditch bar The Joiners Arms, along with gay boozer The George & Dragon lend their support to the refreshment tents & stands, as well as having their own spaces to flaunt their entertainment wares. But the involvement doesn’t stop there as Shoreditch’s finest & most talked about club of the moment, East Bloc, will play an intrinsic part in proceedings, while Century Club’s “Sunday Happy Day” will lend a helping hand, this on top of a special “Bootyliicious” bus that should prove a real draw.
But, before we drill down on some of the detail, here’s a message from our sponsors, or more appropriately the organisers who say about Summer Rites “Remxied”, “…This is a festival orchestrated by the creators of the authentic gay alternative festival, Summer Rites, and the iconic street party, Soho Pride. Both have kept the London gay community grooving & moving for the last two decades & now the gang are digging deeper for a big balsy summer smash…”, the further adding, “…set in Shoreditch between Old Street, Islington & in part of the historic East End of London, where fashion, music & art combine, it will be right at the heart of a place which is recognised as London’s most vibrant district. The festival will feature dance arenas, an open stage, a boogie bus, multiple bars and much more…”, they concluding that “…form the intimacy yet frivolity of Shoreditch park from midday to 10 p.m., the party doesn’t stop as “Encore” the official Summer Rites afterparty will continue from 10 p.m. to late in a nearby warehouse…”.
Now that gives you a flavour of what to expect, but what about the detail between the lines? Well, first & foremost, Salvation will be hosting that main open stage, the club showing how it’s done with the kind of spectacular production for which they have become famous for. And promoter Steve Elliot together with his terrific team, will be drawing on the dance direction of Raul Gonzalez who will turn out a truck load of performers, artists, acrobats & the like, to compliment the delectable D.J. line up that includes stars covering the clubs 13 year history, Luke Hope, Pier Morrocco, Miswhite & Paul Coals, along with Elliot J Brown & Howard Turner. But it doesn’t stop there as, prolific P.A. (in our view, the best in the business) Peyton will be centre staging the performances, while Andromeda & the Twisted Dreams dance troupe will also feature. However, Trannyshack will also get their main stage say, with the best in worldwide drag artists & off-beat/unusual shows, a D.J. line-up to delight that will include gender benders Tasty Tim, Munroe Bergdorf & Lady Lloyd, along with Trannyshack queen, The very Miss Dusty O, who will be performing a rare live show that simply cannot be missed.
Main stage aside, the other highlights for us look like being the East Bloc tent, where the wayout & whacky Gutterslut will feature, along with Tom Stephan’s magnificent monthly meet, Meat, which will no doubt be riding on a wave crest after their party just hours before. With D.J. stars including Per Q.X. Nic Fisher & Miss MC Crystal flying the Gutterslut flag, while Meat main man Tom Stephan will play an exclusive set alongside East Bloc residents James Phillips & Borja Penna, while the likes of A Man To Pet, Miss Krystilina, Amber Swallows & Ma Butcher will beef up the bravado, all meaning this should prove a dynamic draw. But the boogie bus, hosted by Bootylicious, just has to be sampled, while XXL will definitely have their bear say, although we hope not to hear the phrase of last weekend in there, “I Want My Porridge!”, although we are sure there will be no shortage of bears looking for their goldilocks. However, with so much else on offer, the variety & choice couldn’t be better and very much reflects just how vibrant the Shoreditch scene has become, Summer Rites “Remixed” celebrating this scene diversity in the best possible way, meaning there is a place to lay your clubbing hat, whatever persuasion or whatever type of clubber or cavorter you are.
Right, let’s cover off the detail and remind you that Summer Rites “Remixed” takes place this Sunday (10th July) at Shoreditch Park from midday till 10 p.m. This is a ticketed event, with all the £15 early bird tickets having been sold, so only advance ones priced at £20 now only available online by going to the official website. http://summer-rites.com. However, you can also purchase your entry in advance by popping into Prowler in Soho or across at Expectations on Great Eastern St in Shoreditch, while you can also pay entry on the day, but make sure you have the readies & not the plastic, as they can only accept cash payments. Now, as for directions, visiting the website is your best option, although Shoreditch Park in is the heart of Hoxton, so your nearest tube is Old St, while a whole host of busses can take you close. And if you can’t get online, you can always land on your favourite venue or outlet, who have plentiful stocks of the special Summer Rites programme brochure which, like here, tells you pretty much everything you need to know, including a map of the park & the local vicinity to save you scratching around for an A to Z. And, don’t forget “Encore”, the official afterparty, plus a gathering at East Bloc that will take you deep into Monday morning, all these details also available at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
So, with this brilliant boutique gay clubbing festival looking like THE place to be & be seen on the scene this Sunday, we will be there to report on & review it all, so if you spot us then come say hi, but make sure you don’t miss out on what looks like being the sensation of the summer, making sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Well, what a week we have had, probably one of the most traumatic in our lifetime as a nasty road accident lead onto compilations & hospitalisation, all meaning our usual posts were pretty much laid to waste, yet as we resurface and regain our bearings, it looks like our coming weekend will be one dominated by rest & relaxation. However, with one particular event craving for our attention it seems that we will be getting ribbed for resting from at least one quarter, although as we cast our eyes across the whole offerings, it looks like this weekend should prove a busy & popular one for party goers & the like, whether in Soho, Vauxhall and elsewhere, our choice picks, as usual covering all three.
So, to Soho first and top of the tree of our choices once again goes to Profile & Lo-Profile, the flagship bar/club combo of the Gaydar organisation that have an offer in our favourite gay village in the capital, really hard to beat, Profile proving the ideal place to kick off your weekend of dancing dervishness as both Friday’s & Saturday’s see a range of scene favourite D.J.’s take their turn sorting the sounds and getting you in the mood for the more audacious action below. And this week the team have two favourites filling the Profile partying boots, tomorrow night (Fri 17th) seeing the bold & beautiful Nathan Six take to the decks and this is sure to be a set to savour, as Nathan seems to come into his absolute own in Profile’s surroundings, selecting sounds that capture the mood perfectly, a blend of disco, dance & euro style beats that will have the place rocking for sure. Then on Saturday, man about town & downright delectable D.J. Jamie Head masterminds the music, his ability to turn his hand to the lighter side of dance music and serve up some real disco gems, part of the reason he work so well in this sophisticated Soho spot. And with Profile keeping at the top of the foodie game too with a new style menu to compliment the American diner choices, along with a tasty new bar menu, you couldn’t wish for a better place to eat, drink & be merry, more details on offerings available at http://profilesoho.com.
Then we move downstairs and to Lo-Profile who is really going great guns with their now established Friday nighter “Society”, which rolls up for another session tonight (Fri 17th) with two of its original stars taking to the decks, Brent Nicholls returning to London from a week of r&r and ready to pump the place with his trademark un-funk and a host on new tunes we suspect too. Then it’s down to Tony English to keep the party vibe going through until the 4 a.m. finish and, given his recent “Society” sets, it could be a corker and one well worth sticking around for. Then on Saturday, Lo-Profile has a very Germanic feel to it, as the duo of Oliver M & D’Johnny take to the decks, Oliver of course very much German born & bred, while D’Johnny is a resident of the German capital, although both will be right here in London, setting Lo-Profile alight with some scorching sounds, Oliver taking the early slot and Johnny rounding off another superb Saturday in style. Lo-Profile opens its doors at 10 p.m. each night, with reduced entry until midnight and then £8 thereafter, plus don’t forget they host the uber trendy “Gigolo” each Thursday, making Lo-Profile one of this hippest places to be seen on the scene, further info out at http://loprofile.com.
Now to some short shouts and Ku-Bar on Lisle heads the list with their new D.J. guest night, which launched last week & continues tonight (Fri 17th) with The Very Miss Dusty O (yes her of “Four Rooms” fame!) masterminding proceedings, so well worth a look in, especially as the pedigree of the party, one that found the delightful DouGuim, speaks for itself. Add to that their usual shenanigans across the weekend that includes “Fabulous” on Saturday & “Hit Factory” on Sunday, as well as weekday draws “Citric & “Shinky Shonky” on Monday & Wednesday respectively, & Ku-Bar certainly makes its mark on the Soho scene, if right on the eastern edge of it, more details on Gary Henshaw’s hangout available at http://ku-bar.co.uk.
Now to new bar Circa, that reported a good turnout last night (Thurs 16th) as they continued their Room Service pre-party hosting, the weekend looking on the up & up for this stylish spot up of Frith Street as they gear up for Gay Pride in a couple of weeks that will see them in pole position to lap up the overflow from the dance stage in nearby Soho Sq. Now, if you haven’t popped your head into Circa yet then it’s high time you did, further details of offers etc available at http://circa-bar.co.uk.
Our final Soho Short Shout goes to the venerable institution on Old Compton Street, that is Compton’s, manager Neil very much back in the groove and re-introducing some old favourites that always used to pack in the punters, the infamous “Beach Ball” parties being one of them. And this Saturday it will be all about shorts & sangria and Comptons gets the sand between its toes, D.J’s Paul Heron & Dan Kelly drumming up the dance & house hits, while with Prowler sponsoring the night, you can expect the bar boys to be wearing something quite tight to keep their tackle in check.
Right, onto Vauxhall and our Best Bite couldn’t really go to anyone else at The Orange Group who have a stunning schedule again this weekend, a list of no less than seven outings well worth a look in, although it seems that once again the two parties that will rule the roost this weekend are Onyx & Beyond, the latter, due to its specialised nature getting our attention via a special Extra Bites report. So, it’s Onyx that gets our full attention here and rightfully so, as this week’s “Summer Solstice” event looks like being an absolute hum dinger, not least that the team have employed the services of international D.J. & globetrotter, Wayne G, fresh from a full on season of tours around the southern hemisphere & The States and landing back in London just in time for the longest day of our year (well it’s Monday actually, but close), Wayne heading up a supporting cast on jocks that include Onyx residents Jc Christopher, Lee Harris, Ariel, Lisa German, Tasty Tim & Jason Prince, but will also be welcoming D.J’ing & producer partner in crime, the terrifically talented & funky fantastic Stewart Who, who will not only be spinning some sounds. but will be performing the duo’s new track “Bitch” in an exclusive first for anywhere P.A. performance, along with the highly acclaimed “Back To The Future”. Add to all that one of the best value nights in town you can find, not least through the Onyx special drinks offer that includes shots priced at just £1 & entrance to the club again, just £1 before midnight (ad, flyer or G/list req’d), plus if you’re an Onyx member its free before midnight. So, how do I get on the guestlist we hear you ask, well simply go to http://gayguestlists.com/onyx and follow the easy instructions.
Another reason why you might want to pop into “Summer Solstice” tonight is to catch the announcement of Onyx’s new promoter Verity Mayes, who takes over from current top cheese Jonny Marsh, leaving him to devote his energies into promoting Beyond. Verity joined The Orange Group a few weeks ago, having been cherry picked by Jonny following his associations with her in Brighton for Wild Fruit, she bringing a wealth of talent & experience with her and looking like the fresh injection that Onyx needs, so make sure you get yourselves down to Area from 11 p.m. tonight (Fri 17th June) to give her a hearty welcome. As for that Orange Group supporting cast of parties, A:M definitely sets the scene on Saturday morning (18th June), while Later, Booster & Orange see you right from what looks like being yet another brilliant Beyond, deep into Monday morning, a cast of all-star resident D.J.’s across these prolific parties including Oliver M, Fat Tony, D’Johnny, Gonzalo Rivas, Paul Martin The Oli, Jamie Head, Paul Heron, The Sharp Boys, David Jimenez, Hifi Sean & more. Add to that week day hangouts Open, Deuce & Gravity and it seems that, in the hands of The Orange Group, you can party from dusk till dawn & back again virtually seven days a week, more information on all their offerings available at http://fireclub.co.uk/gayparties.
Right onto some Vauxhall Short Shouts and not a million miles away from The Orange Group is the manly & meaty Megawoof! that pops up on the partying schedule this weekend, tomorrow night (Sat 18th June) in fact, rolling out another exceptional event at host venue Fire. With regulars Tim Mcloone, Leonardo Glovibes, Daz Saund & Massimo Paramour being joined by special guest Rob Brailsford and the aptly named “Hardware” events are for the hunks rather than the chunks, the mach meet attracted the manly muscle & leather bound crowd, more details out at http://megawoof.com.
Now to an institution that equals its Soho comparison Comptons in the venerable stakes, but has a outstanding offering stretched right across the week, although it’s the weekend that gets our shout here, starting with nineties & noughties night “Push The Button” which takes place tonight (Fri 17th June) with an interestingly named D.J. Hits & Mrs on the decks, while tomorrow night, the incomparable “Duckie” reigns supreme again, this long running ever popular party hosted by the one & only Amy Lame. Then, no Sunday would ever be the same without a “S.LA.G.S./Chill-out” session, the irrepressible Dame Edna Experience on stage from 5 p.m. and not to be missed. So, to catch these & more happenings down on Kennington lane, check out http://thervt.org.uk.
Last Short Shout goes to fabulous fetish frolic Hard On!, which returns to new home Factory this Saturday (18th June) and devotes the night to the launch of its own new ultra strong aroma(no not that sort of aroma), we being told there will be plenty of free samples being given away so, in the words of its promoter, “…you can take it deeper…” (what would that be we think?!). Definitely taking it deeper after giving the bottle a sniff will be resident D.J.’s Brent Nicholls, Sharon O Love & Dmak, blasting out some brilliant beats, to draw you away from the considerable playroom area, one which will surely see many strip down from the mandatory dresscode, details of which, along with all the other info you need on this meaty meet, can be found by going to http://hardonclub.co.uk.
Right to our alternatives and Best Bite simply has to go to Gutterslut who have a special party, a birthday one to be precise, this Saturday (18th June) at now established home East Bloc in Shoreditch. Having been running now for close on three years, Gutterslut very much pioneered the alternative & way our whacky scene in the East End, so it seems appropriate that it now finds itself right in the centre of all the action and the venue that is making all the waves right now. But come Saturday, it will be all about one man, as co-promoter Nicholas Fisher celebrates his birthday in style, Gutterslut responding accordingly as they welcome special guest D.J./Producer Ilona International (not to be confused with Dana) who will be celebrating the release of her first single in July, released on Larry Tee’s record label, she having evolved into spinning sounds & making music from shaking her bootie for the famed Jonny Woo experimental dance troupe, Tartazine Dream” and will be heading a line-up of D.J.’s in the “Rave” room that includes Per Q.X. & the birthday boy himself Nic. But the special guests continue, as over in the “DiscoSlut” room is the curly & cuddly Jeffrey Hinton, who you will probably now from the mighty Queer Nation, but a guy that has been a key player across the gay scene for well over two decades, other club highlights including Discotec, Fruit Machine & Bootylicious and is sure to steal to show with his soulful sounds, he being joined by Gutterslut’s own soulman Ralf. But it doesn’t stop there, oh no, as the efferverecent Miss Crystal MC will be doing just that (mastering ceremonies of course!), while the visuals will be provided by Prickimage and the Dalston Gay Mafia, this special birthday inspired Gutterslut kicking off from 11 p.m, & running through to an extra late 6 a.m., entry at just £5 before midnight or £10 thereafter (you know what to do) while the team are running a special concessions guestlist which you can get your name on by emailing the guys at firstname.lastname@example.org, this exceptional event taking place at East Bloc, further details of which you can find at http://eastbloc.co.uk.
Right onto some alternative Short Shouts and first up is The Dalston Superstore, who feel like they have taken a bit of a back seat recently, although this weekend sees them pull out some showstoppers in the form of boy on girl special “Boydem”, tonight (Fri 17th June) the likes of D.J.’s Eman, Oliie Rant, Aymen & Ahmed on the decks, while tomorrow the very popular “Bodytalk” returns with special guest D.J. Joe Hart of London Party Body Hammer provding Detroit & Chicago influenced underground house downstairs, alongside resident Rokk, while up top it’s Kusi Kubi, Tristan Reed Eka Browndy & Scott Webster sorting the sounds. Then it could only be “Tutti Frutti” rounding off the weekend on Sunday (19th June), D.J. Squeaky & guests sending you into the new working week in the best possible way. Check out http://thedalstonsuperstore.com for more details.
Next up is a new night and one for the Shoreditch set, as the team behind S.O.S. bring you “Spit Roast” this Sunday (19th June), a gathering at table venue (modern take on lap dancing) Blush, which brings together some of the best alternative D.J.’s around. Spread over two floors, the like of Jim Warboy, Andy Blake, Liz Bisouk & Ilona International devour the decks with plenty of hiNRG & house classics, while upstairs Shoreditch son Kris Di Angelis is joined by Tom Davey serving up some of those alternative sounds we know them both so well for. Add to the mix a saucy stripper pole looked after by none other than Scottee & this knees up within the confines of East End institution The White Horse, looks like a winner from day one.
Our final Short Shout for this weekend goes to The Brixton Clubhouse in, yes you guessed it, Brixton, which has a weekend of activity including a Terrace party tomorrow night (Sat 18th June) with D.J. Slamma & guests on the decks, while on Sunday its “Sundance” (they may need to looking at the forecast), D.J.’s Paul Coals & Ben Jamin masterminding the music. But it’s the expanding seven days a week trading that we are shouting for here, as when this promised scorching summer weather does actually arrive, the alfresco eating & deck top dancing, not to mention a hot tub dipping, should certainly see this smart spot soar in popularity stakes, other upcoming attractions including outdoor cinema & food theme nights and this outdoor two tiered decking delight is well worth a visit, more info available at http://thebrixtonclubhouse.com.
Right, that’s pretty much it from us, although just time to give our friends at SeenQueen & Solarstation a mention, SQ having their own hot happenings around town, not just for this weekend but stretching deep into July, a wealth of other features, reports & links available at http://seenqueen.com/web, while with the weather looking pretty dreary and the possibility of a natural tan remote, why not go for the next best thing by visiting Hassan & his team at Solarstation and taking ten minutes or so to top up that tan, so you can show off your bronze bits on the dancefloor this weekend, more information on rates, packages & the like, available at http://solarstation.co.uk.
Now that really is it and whist we did have a Saturday & Sunday packed with partying, our untimely accident last week means we will be laying very low this weekend, save for a possible cameo appearance at Beyond. So if you see us there do please come & say hi, but whether you do & wherever it finds you have a wonderful weekend and remember that you make sure you “Go There! Be There!” (DISCO MATT)
Having literally recovered from one hectic weekend, a very special one as it turned out, we absorbing everything that the breathtaking Berlin had to throw up on us, we find ourselves hurtling straight into another, this time back in blighty & London to be precise. And being Halloween, it seems that the world & his wife in the capital are getting in on the act, with a myriad of parties on offer in all corners of the city. So, to try & do some justice to the choices out there, we pick out our Best Bites giving some extra detail of what you can expect in Soho, Vauxhall & elsewhere this weekend, these being our picks of where to be & be seen.
So, without further ado let’s get on & look what Soho is serving up, Profile & Lo-Profile heading our list with their “Final Destination” weekend, Friday (tonight) seeing Jamie Head & Tony English serve up the sounds downstairs, while Phil Marriot belts out the club nation beats upstairs in profile, kicking off your evening from 7 p.m. & broadcasting his set live on Gaydar Radio. Then Saturday (30th Oct) see’s Lo-Profile entertain Latino’s Gonzalo Rivas & Alessandro Londra on the decks, adding their own spooky sounds to speed you into the day itself, while Craig Daniel’s hints to Halloween with plenty of house hits to get you in the mood. More info on both venues can be found at http://profilesoho.com & http://loprofile.com.
Turning to The Shadow Lounge, and without doubt it’s feature party is on Halloween itself, when they present the fabulous “Nightmare On Brewer Street” party, with a line-up on the decks that includes Pier Morrocco, Mis-White, Lee Harris & Phil Hewson, very much repeating the dream team that made promoter Les Johnson’s Cowboy private party so special last month. Whilst we are told there is no real dresscode, you are welcome to come dressed to impress, although the team have “…sexy & well as scary is the order of the day…”, Shadow Lounge suitably decked out for the occasion, support coming from sponsors Rio beach & Aware. Tickets are on sale at http://clubtickets.com as well as at outlets Prowler, Clone Zone, DV8 & (of Course) Rio Beach in Covent Garden, with special £10 entry discounts to Shadow Lounge members. Further info on other events at Shadow Lounge across the weekend, plus details of VIP table bookings can be found at http://theshadowlounge.co.uk.
Now, just before we head to Vauxhall, a quick mention to Ku Bar, who have a full-on Halloween weekend of fun at both the Frith St & Lisle St, with the talents of Lady Lloyd, Tasty Tim & Dusty O on display, with plenty of wicked yet wonderful offers across all three days, further details available at http://ku-bar.com, while Rupert Street throw everything into 31st October with their Halloween special “The Haunted Night”, the place suitably decked out to dazzle & resident D.J. Alessandro Londra serving up the spine chilling tunes. More info on the venue can be found at http://rupertstreet.com.
O.K., to Vauxhall we go and what a weekend The Orange Group have lined up, it having stared already with Gravity’s “Ghostbusters’s” party, with tonight (Fri 29th) seeing the turn of Onyx, who hold their “Apocalypse” party, with special PA guest Abigail Bailey & D.J. residents including Phil Marriot, JC Christopher, lee Harris, Tasty Tim, Lisa German, Ariel & more, then giving way to A:M “Asylum” with a three mausoleums of music including D.J.’s Pier Morrocco, D’Johnny, Fat Tony, Gonzalo Rivas, Alessandro Londra & special guest Andrei Stan. On Saturday, it’s their headline event “Vauxhall Chainsaw Massacre” which has already got our full focus at http://discomattweekend.blogspot.com/2010/10/penn-pumpkin-party-vauxhall-chainsaw, which is followed by Beyond “Hell” with the dream team of main room residents, Steve Pitron, Mikey D & Alan K, joined by the likes of Hifi Sean, D’Johnny & David Jimenez, plus special guest Lisa German & the return of resident Gonzalo Rivas, Plus with a P.A. from Eliotte Williams (of “Touch me” & “Get Busy” fame) the brilliant Beyond party will easily glide into then Later’s “Horrorfair” which will feature a giant haunted house & a murder motel (we love it), the spooky sounds coming from residents The Oli, Paul Martin & terry Bryan, joined by guests Gonzalo Rivas & D’Johnny. But the Halloween happenings are far from over, as Booster will be back with a special “Demon’s Ball”, D.J’s included being Miss Crazy D, La Gosse & Dan K, this followed at Area with a special Orange “Omen” party, featuring three rooms of red hot action, D.J.’; s including special guest Paul Heron who will join the 6-6-6 strong resident team of jocks. Now, each party has a specific event page on social networking site Facebook, plus further info can be found via the following sites, http://evolvedevents.co.uk & http://gayguestlists.com, plus via the respective pages at http://clubtickets.com where you can get tickets for all Orange group events.
Orange Group aside, The Eagle are pulling out the Halloween stops, with three absolute hooters, tonight (Fri 29th) seeing Tonker hold their “OKtoBear Fest”, welcoming special guest D.J. and ex Erasure member, Andy Bell, to the decks, while centre stage goes to Carpet Burn on Saturday, with their “Halloween Scream” event welcoming Dave Kendrick & Paul Burston to the decks, plus the team have their “Carpet Madness Sale” with entry at just £2.99 until midnight & a whole load of drinks offers too. Then, on Sunday Jim Stanton, James Hillard & co roll out another gymkana-tastic Horse Meat Disco, seeing you right into Monday morning in style, with full details of all the Halloween happenings at the Eagle, plus plenty more, available at their website http://eaglelodon.com.
Two quick Vauxhall mentions also go to Suzi Krueger’s (what a perfect name for Halloween) Hard On! which is back for its monthly fetish frolic at Hidden this Sat (30th Oct), with a special guest appearance by hunky American porn star, Samuel Colt, plus drinks offers to boot (no pun intended) and also 100 free Beyond tickets up for grabs. More details on this members meet can be found at http://hardonclub.co.uk. Then, on Sunday, all pumpkins point to The RVT who are holding their own homage to Halloween, with plenty of witches & warlocks promised (and that’s just Simon le Vans & The D.E. Experience!) more details of this & other RVT events, including the fabulous “Queer Question Time”, which takes place tonight & his hosted by Stewart Whoo, can be found at http://rvt.org.uk.
Right, moving on swiftly and our alternative antics are down to two main protagonists, first & foremost the great Gutterslut, which is back with a bang for a special Halloween party on Saturday (30th Oct), choosing the fabulous East Bloc (host to Disco Fag Bar) as the venue and this looks like being a hum dinger of a happening, as the team are flying in super sexy guest D.J. Miss Dilemma straight from Sweden, who will join residents Per QX, Elliot J Brown & Nic Fischer, while the “Discoslut” second room will have the usual reprobates in charge of the tunes. Plus with Miss MC Crystal doing her stuff & all the Halloween hosting coming from Ingenue St John & A Man To Pet, this whacky & wonderful event is likely to be yet another sell-out, especially after the huge success of last month’s “Gutterball” event, more details available by mailing email@example.com. But it doesn’t stop there, as the team are hosting room 2 at Trade’s 20th Birthday, special guest Mikki Most (of Trailer Trash) joining Per, Nic & Elliot who will be keeping the Gutterslutery going deep into Sunday daytime, yippee.
But if all that is a bit too much, then you can always head for The Dalston Superstore, who have a whole weekend of wonderment, kicking off tonight (Fri 29th) with “Techno In My Fridge – Fright Night!”, featuring the talents of Hannah Holland, Mikki Most, Alexander parade & inbound Gutterslut guest, Sweden’s Miss Dilemma, with upstairs action from Eka & Scott Webster. Then, on Saturday, “Hot Boy Dancing Spot” returns for their own Halloween Ball, starring The Lovely Jonjo, Matthew Stone, Hello Mozart & Dean Mayo’s gang, while on Halloween itself, “Tootie Frutti” is back after the venue hosts Jonny Woo’s Gay Bingo, Jeffrey Hinton joining resident D.J. Squeaky for a fun filled yet freaky end to your weekend. Now, the boys, Matt Tucker, Dan Beaumont & Rook Deejay do most of their promotions through Facebook, so it’s worth joining the Dalston Superstore group there, although you can always follow the boys on twitter at http://twitter.com/dsuperstore, or get further information by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Right, we are nearly there, save for three shouts to Black Rabbit Circus & New, two that have the Guy Williams stamp all over them & the third looking like an extra special event not to be missed. First up is Black Rabbit, who celebrate their 4th birthday with their “Halloween Thang” bash out at The Masons Arms, featuring special guest D.J. Matthew Bushwacka, joining Guy, Bones, Severino & Sophie Lloyd on the decks, more details available via the ticket link https://ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=412004, while on Sunday new club, New, have their own hint to Halloween, featuring live band the Little Nigh Terrors & a special D.J. set from guest Rachael Starr. But Sunday is looking special back in central London, as Jodie Harsh’s Circus rolls back into town on the 31st floor of Paramount, with special guest D.J. Tom Stephan & other special attendees to this “Nightmare In New York” themed event, being Amanda Lepore & Ruby Goe.
So, that’s our picks for this special Halloween weekend but if there is nothing that quite tickles your fancy here, you could always wade through the pages of the popular press or the events listings on social networking site Facebook. Then, there is clubbing website SeenQueen, which has their own homage to Halloween, which you can find (dare we quote the link) at http://seenqueen.com.
As for our weekend, well having fought off a 24 hour bug, we are heading into town for a Profile rendezvous with Phil Marriot, then will take a short respite before A;M’s “Asylum”. On Saturday, we start the birthday celebrations with Guy Williams’ Black Rabbit, then it’s the big two zero, as we head to Arcadia for Trade. Sunday sees us continue the partying at Lee Freeman’s DTPM “Eastbenders” event & energy permitting we hope to 666 it at Orange’s “Omen” outing. So, if you see you out come say hi, but whatever you do, have a fantastic Halloween weekend that is full of treats not treats, don’t forget that the clocks go back an hour on Sunday morning & finally, as we always say….Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Now, it kind of goes without saying that we all too often fall into the trap of normality (some would say mundaness) on any given weekend, the trappings of Soho & Vauxhall plus the likes of Matinee, SuperMartXe et all, very much precluding us from venturing forth to pastures more prolific. But if we boldly went where we rarely go, our journeys would take us to the alternative antics that many fill their weekends full in hip hop hangouts that Shoreditch, Hoxton & Dalston and even (yes, we know) Hackney, club nights like Paradise 45, Caligula, Pooldisco & Disco Fag Bar (we love that name) very much up there in the cutting edge stakes. And yet, while a host of venues that have sprung up in the area, supporting this diversity, hang out’s such as The Dalston Superstore, Shoreditch House, East Bloc & Basing House, it is one club that we look to when it comes to way out wackiness at its best, very much standing head & shoulders above all the recent movers & shakers.
Since its launch back in 2007, Gutterslut has been cutting it with the best of the alternative offerings, for a while very much ruling the roost out east, its success bringing on the likes of Trailer Trash & many more, the whole essence of Gutterslut being based on an eclectic mix of gays, transsexuals & metrosexuals, all up for a wonderful time in colourful yet charismatic company, with the underpin of energetic blends electro & disco tech house by D.J.’s known for their explorative sounds & cutting edge beats. Having sampled more than a slice of Gutterslut, we can be witness to just what a fun event & experience it is, the likes of Per Q.X, Elliot J Brown, Nic Fisher & co treating us to some magnificent music, while MC Crystal & the larger than life Jonny Woo entertaining us from start to finish. And all this has very much been the success of Gutterslut as an event, which would inevitably spurn some sort of annual celebration of whacky wonderment, where likeminded people would go that extra mile to dress up in pure slutty fashion, a bit like the east end equivalent of a Mayfair dinner dance, hence, the concept to call this gathering Gutterball became a reality.
So, after a hugely successful first event last year, comes Gutterball “The Second Edition”, in what looks like being a bigger & better affair than before, the team turning out a veritable feast of musical & other entertainment to thrill. Returning to the ever popular Rhythm Factory this coming Saturday (9th October), while all the latin boys may be playing down in Elephant & Castle, anyone with a slight alternative penchant will surely be joining the scores of Hoxton & Shoreditch-ites, who will be stepping put in style in Whitechapel, ready for, as the team most appropriately put it, “…another gang-bang extravaganza of whores in heels & boys on wheels…”, sounds fun before we even start. And making sure that plenty of fun will be had, comes courtesy of the wild & wonderful Jonny Woo, who may still be in recovery mode from a said recent birthday, but will surely be on top form for the troops and if there is a dancing pole anywhere near, treating us to a truck load of twists & turns for good measure. Plus, to add to the merriment, Jonny will be overseeing the annual best, or should we say, trashiest dressed up person in the house, those beady Woo eyes presiding over the judging right through the night, which means it’s time to pull out your craziest, sluttiest & most outrageous outfit to lift that coveted Dalston gay Mafia Gutterball crown.
In terms of the music, it will be equally impressive as the cavorting crowd, with all your favourite Gutterslut residents on duty for this special annual shindig, Per Q.X. no doubt blowing a trumpet or two, Elliot J Brown trading a bit of teaching for plenty of turntable trouncing, both sure to electrify with electro, tantalise with tech & delight with some cutting edge nu-disco. But Nic Fisher will be there too, along with MC Crystal on the mic to make all your Gutterslutters at home, a sample of the style of music Nic will be serving up, available at http://samurai.fm/nic-fisher/nic-does-techno-vol-1, while they will be joined in the “Rave Ballroom” by Trailer Trash’s We’re Not Cool & D.J. Mag credited Joe Roberts, completing a superb line up that will have the superb sounds sorted, signed, sealed & delivered. But, for the slightly lighter hearted in you, there is always the opportunity to check out the “Disco Ballroom” guest D.J. from Carpet Burn, Paul Burston, will join the Discoslut D.J.’s & final Gutterslut resident (amongst many others), Jon Sizzle, both this and the “rave” room awash with live visuals from Prickstrap-On, who certainly wowed the crowd last time round and are sure to repeat their success. However, the team are pleased to announce the addition of a further act to compliment the already incredibly strong line up, the amazing, A Man To Pet, creating plenty of havoc in the “Disco” Ballroom, where we expect large glittery rather that gutterly ones will be on the ball-tastic menu.
Well, all in all, this looks like being one hell of a way-out & whacky event not to be missed for those with an eye & ear for the alternative, the slightly outrageous & the downright flamboyant. So, if this is you, making a date with Gutterball “The Second Edition” should be a given and making it down to The Rhythm Factory on Whitechapel this Saturday (9th October) a done deal. But, if you haven’t secured your advance £8 ticket (bargain) yet, then you better e quick, as the news on the ground is that sales have rocketed this week and not that many are left, meaning a visit to http://ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=410257 should be made sooner rather than later, or failing which & if you find yourselves Dalston way, pop into The Dalston Superstore, where a limited amount will be on sale, a wise move considering the door charge will be £15, such is the demand for this event, especially given the huge turnout last year.
So, forget the black tie & the cocktail dress, as Jonny is expecting much more exuberant & extravagant attire and just to get you in the mood, why not check out the special showreel video laid down by Per Q.X. following Gutterslut’s 2nd birthday at The Rhythm Factory earlier this year (link http://youtube.com/watch?v=BWCryiQUBIY) and get a cop load of the expected action for yourselves, surely tipping the scales that this will be THE place to be for you this Saturday. (DISCO MATT)