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What was a brilliant brand and a fabulous favourite of ours, is fast losing both is brilliance and its favour with the twelve hour “Midnight” mould breaker that is effectively laying this colossal club to a first four waste, we once again, yet for the last time, looking at why & how Beyond is being broken when it needs no fixing.
Of the myriad of meets, the catalogue of clubs and the bounty of brands we have come across in the close on twenty years we have been circulating the clubbing scene, not just here in the capital but across in continental Europe, as well as back home in South Africa, there are of these meets, clubs & brands, a figure that must run into the thousands, just a handful or two that we would class as truly legendary in our clubbing lifetimes. Back home it would have to be Cape Town’s Bronx, while in Europe, Muccassassina in Rome, Red & Blue in Antwerp, La Demence in Brussels & Salvation in Barcelona top our legendary continental tree. And while there are clubs further afield as yet untouched by our visiting hand, we look to the capital for a the rest, Factor 25, DTPM, Action, Fiction & FF, while of all these, there are two that sit above even this pronounced party parapet, both Sunday morning afterhours and both accounting for a seventh day of the week wondrous loss to the normality of straight minded Sunday life, each contributing to a run lasting from 1993 to 2012, with just a year or so break in 2006/7. Naturally, Trade is one of the two, Lawrence Malice’s legendary creation without doubt at its brilliant best in the Turnmills era which stretched from 1990 to 2003, while the other, one that wrestled the magnificent mantle for our mothership of clubbing as THE best club of all-time can only be Beyond, it dominating the 21st century like no other club, yet close on twelve years after its inception, is in serious danger of losing its title back to Trade.
So why this falling in favour and what is causing the brand breakage? Well, to answer those questions with qualification, we need to look back to Beyond, two, three or even four years ago, when having risen like a phoenix from the ashes of the split with former host venue, the Collosseum as well as on the back of a fall out between the then joint promoters. Finding its feet within weeks of securing its new home, the amazing Area, Beyond very much entered its most prolific purple patch period to date, a run of events spanning 2008 through 2010 securing it as not just the most popular outing on the capitals clubbing circuit, but gained a reputation overseas, even though it had yet to play out in continental Europe and further afield. And during this period, the format of Beyond hardly changed, a solid residency of stars ensuring its popularity never waned or the need to change was not an issue. Indeed, with Steve Pitron, Mkey D & Alan K masterminding the main room and David Jimenez, Hifi Sean & Paul Christian sorting the sounds in the second space, Beyond was very much at its brilliant best. However, the real magic for us was in the terrace room, where the delightfully debaucherous & decadent feel of clubbing on a Sunday morning played out the most, The Sharp Boys, The Oli, Jamie Head & Fat Tony often outstaying even the main room revellers right up to the midday finish, while that main room lighting the exceptional effects, the trademark ceiling rockets and scores of sterling sets from Mikey, Alan &, particularly an always precision perfect Mr Pitron, earned Beyond its all-time best club status.
Yet, despite all this, the then new promoter, Jonny Marsh, decided in 2010 that Beyond was destined for bigger and better times, not just in London but overseas, his aims to share the brilliance of the brand not just in other capital cities of the world, but in festivals & tours, this programme marking measured successes in Paris & Mykonos, although not that much more, The Week in Brazil playing host just once, Beyond showing its singular hand at Sydney Mardi Gras, while the La Demence cruise and the XLsior festival will go down as Beyond’s best international expeditions. However, back in London, the virtual constant tampering with the format, swapping and changing the D.J.’s at the drop of a hat, the continual desire to throw special events and the theory that by changing & shifting the show around would keep it fresh, actually put many of its earlier years fervent followers off, while this went virtually unnoticed by the promoter and his team, as for every regular they lost, another transient party goer would replace, meaning the bottom line figures didn’t look much different, but that whole fabulous feel & marvellous magic that had been Beyond, was slipping & sliding significantly. But, with Steven Sharp steering a stormy ship into calmer waters, Beyond, for a while at least, regained some of that magic it had lost, although with knee jerk axing & changing of promoters becoming the norm across the group, like Later & A:M, Beyond was an inevitable victim, a situation that has existed now for the last two years.
So that brings us pretty much up to date, although in 2012, while we continued to support our then most favourite frolic of all, our stays were merely extended to Steve Pitron set performances (which will always remain special for lots of reasons) and not much more, the charge laid at our door that it was only his house music we were interested in, but the true fact being that Beyond was not a patch of the party that it was in the years before. Indeed, another element in this equation was the decimation of the scene Saturday schedule , much of which lays at the doors of Orange Nation, meaning there was little to feed our desire to party before Beyond, even the protagonists of this sad Saturday story not replacing their crushed competition with ample or sufficient alternatives. And that brings us neatly to this “Midnight” format, one that was originally devised, like “Super Size” & “Ice”, as simply specialist & one-off events to satisfy increased clubber demand that bank holidays & the like dictated. However, more deviously, this “Midnight” format was also used as a weapon against brands such as Matinee & SuperMartXe, that competition crushing attempt to pitch this afterhours party right into the thick of the Saturday schedule, a place were Beyond in our view, simply doesn’t belong. But with no competition left and no real big parties remaining, excepting WE, Beyond is now simply being used to fill that very gap its timings switching & fixing created, 2013 already proving that as in the last eight weeks, there have been no less than five “Midnight” events, all the current promoter being able to say on the subject is “…we like to let people party for longer…”, a weak response to our critiscm of how this format is being used & abused, if ever there was one.
What we simply cannot understand with the current use of the “Midnight” muddle, is that rarely is the chapel space open before 3 a.m., while a wait till six or even seven is required before the main room swings into action, leaving just the terrace space which, in the hands of one Anna Iwinska, is tortuous tech house terror that wouldn’t be out of place in Berlin’s Berghain, while this week’s zero o’clock start sees an absolute unknown, Daniel Braggins, kick off this once spectacular show. But the favour faltering & all-time status sinking story of Beyond doesn’t rest just at the door of the now maligned “Midnight” format, but the whole atmosphere & feel of the club, the staff nowhere near as friendly as before, the security imposing & sometimes acutely invasive, while the promoter, who we would expect not only to take charge, show himself throughout and generally be the face of the club, is rarely seen after 8 a.m. And while some order has been restored with the once steady resident star line-up’s, we cannot help but feel (without mentioning names) that square pegs are being pushed into round holes, just one example being that certain D.J.’s can be seen playing in all three rooms, whereas each space always did and should have their own distinct sound, these individual’s styles actually no different from one room to the next. However if we are to believe the bullish banter of the clubs promoter when he say’s “…I’m loving the atmosphere at Beyond this year so let’s all raise the roof, take it to the next level and keep it at the top of its game…” those very words a contradiction in terms, as if Beyond really still is at the top of its game, where is that next level? Plus, while he adds of Beyond, “…not just London’s but the world’s best afterhours…” we are seriously casting doubts as to whether it can still rooftop shout that status.
So, with NYD looking like it was our last Beyond and with the winds of clubbing change about to sweep the scene, thus putting this once awesome afterhours amazement’s home in a pronounced & precarious position, we not only fear for Beyond’s future, but reckon that soon Trade will recapture that title as our top club of all-time it lost back in 2001/2, leaving us to simply lament on the magical memories Beyond brought us, both in those halcyon Colloseum days and that purple patch Area period. (DISCO MATT)
Well the now Mayan myth about the end of the world may have come & gone but Beyond is sticking with its guns and celebrating this fabled finale with their “End Of The World” party which is under way right now, we landing on it as our “Pick of The Day”, all the event detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we Extra Bite on bits from our Weekend Focus beneath.
Well what a year it has been for us and in some ways with the woes that have troubled us, we may well have been grateful to the Mayan’s if the end of the world had actually happened. However, we sit here some fifty hours after this ancient forecast failed to materialise looking at our favourite club of all time which survives this fabled finale of mother earth yet pokes in the eye of this now clear pie in the sky theory with its “End Of The World” party. And as the promotions team behind Beyond told us, “…the fun is only just getting started…”, having rolled out another of their infamous “Midnight” format frolics, the fun is actually well under way, the clubs ex promoter & also ex director of Orange Nation events, Jonny Marsh due to start his last ever U.K. set (yes he is a D.J. too), joined by some of Beyond’s all star residents, Jamie Head, Fat Tony, D’Johnny & David Jimenez, while as Mr Marsh bows out, this global apocalypse get together marks the resplendent return of one Paul Christian. So, having devoted a full Weekend Focus, our “Fabled Finale”, we thought we would pick out some best bits, tweak them a little and then put them into this special Extra Bites post and in so doing re-affirm our decision to make Beyond our “Pick of The Day today (Sun 23rd Dec).
So, here of some chunky bites from our Weekend Focus for you to chew on….
Having breathed a sigh of relief that the Maylan’s were wrong, we also having gotten in one of the best birthday’s in years, including that brilliant & best present EVER, the reality of our continued 2012 health woes has hit hard, meaning that we won’t be joining the clubbing celebration train this morning, although we know there will be plenty of you doing so within the wonderful walls of our favourite & most brilliant brand, Beyond striking a chord when it says of its “End Of The World” event today (Sun 23rd Dec) that “…the fun is just beginning…” the question they having posed “…if the world ends, where would you want to be?…” the answer surely being Beyond and to be honest, if the world had been ending, then we couldn’t think of a better place to go out with a bang.
Now, if you’re one of the lucky ones that are off until January, but even if you’re not, this is definitely the last Beyond before Christmas, so is likely to be a jam packed affair as everyone gets firmly into some festive frolicking with a dance work out to make room for all that Christmas Day chow. And having ruled the capitals clubbing circuit waves for the whole of 2012, Beyond is certainly not holding back with this final fling before Christmas, as they roll out one of their now infamous “Midnight” affairs, hence why it’s billed as a Saturday start (even though we all know it’s actually Sunday when the doors open). Plus, with the possibility that the club will run extra late being as certain as death & taxes, not least given how popular its parties have been this month alone, the “all roads lead to” reputation should play out to exceptional effect as both Soho & Shoreditch shindigs empty out and their party heads forge a path to Vauxhall.
So, with a Sunday lunchtime finish on the cards and a glittering line up of resident D.J.’s to keep you dancing way past dawn, who could resist taking in the full extent of this “End Of The World” event, Beyond’s main room sporting Jamie Head & Fat Tony, both having established a presence in this premier pitch during 2012 and should rock the main room to its fabulous finale fable foundations, while finale is very much the byword of what will be the last ever (so we are reliably informed) set from Beyond’s former promoter Jonny Marsh. Having recently spread his wings of the jet packed variety, sowing new rooting seeds in Australia, Mr Marsh will be saying bye to his old backyard Beyond, Jonny “…opening the main room personally…” performing his last set in London (and the UK) before flying back out to Oz, the whole Beyond family present to wave him a fond farewell, so is one bon voyage you won’t want to miss, whichever side of the Marsh fence you sit on.
However, the biggest and best news for us and we think for Beyond under the current premiership of Mr Kaye is the wonderfully welcome & resounding return of Paul Christian who has, in our view been sorely missed, Paul synonymous with The Chapel space and the start up D.J. to beat them all, even Hifi Sean whom we were also pleased to see back last weekend after protracted problems following a hernia operation. So there should be a real buzz about Beyond’s second space on Saturday (or is that Sunday!?!), Paul one of we hope many moves to restore our faith it what has become a brand that, despite its continued popularity, has been losing its way. So as good as Paul’s return is and as good as the inclusion of D’Johnny & David Jimenez in the Chapel this weekend are, it is our beloved Terrace room that is desperate for corrective attention, the lack of the likes of The Sharp Boys, The Oli & others that have, like us, adored the atmosphere & electricity of this special space, recent times seeing the dynamic duo of Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters (who are on deck duty this morning) having played to a mere handful of hedonists.
That said, this Beyond “End Of The World” bash gets our full recommendation (goes without saying surely), this “Midnight” event already underway as we go to press, doors having opened at midnight and the club running through to a billed late, late finish which we suspect could be midday,. advance tickets very much the way to go as always, having been a foregone conclusion, remembering that, £10 tickets are available for all Beyond events online at http://orangenation.co.uk/, while a trips to Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone (both stores) & 50 Dean, as well as at Comptons, Rupert St & Lo-Profile will gain you a similar priced pass. However, if you are pitching up in the next few hours, then paying on the door is your only option, but expect to pay more, while concessions are available with an ad or flyer at £12 till 7 a.m., the last words going to Beyond’s promoter Ben Kaye who takes the opportunity to send “…you all the best Xmas wishes and hope 2013 is all you want for and more. I want to personally say thank you for making 2012 such a great Beyond year for me, while to see everyone having so much fun week in week out really makes all the hard work worth it…”. (DISCO MATT)
Just twenty four hours after the end of the world, Beyond looks set to prove that the fun is only just beginning as it celebrates the end of the end of the world myth with a magnificent midnight meet which does mark the end for a former resident D.J. & promoter of this brilliant brand, DM delving into the detail, propelling the P.R., but also casting a constructively critical eye over some missing jigsaw pieces in the Beyond party package.
As we entered the last month of what has been an anus horribilus for us on many fronts, there was however one particular calendar that we were keeping our eyes upon, the tradition of an advent calendar very much a celebration of the countdown to Christmas and, for us, to our birthday which we celebrate just five days before. However, if you have had your eyes on another calendar, the Mayan version that is, it is not Christmas you will have been focussing on, but the end of the world, which they predict as hitting home in no uncertain terms this Friday, the 21st December 2012, a day that also marks the winter solstice which normally points us here in the northern hemisphere to brighter & longer (literally) days ahead. Yet as part of Russia & most of the new age world are gripped by this so called global cataclysm which will likely to be merely a “consciousness shift” for those believers of this end of the world event, it seems that the clubbing community are marking this momentous occasion with not commiseration but, in the realisation that there will be post 21/12/12, have decided that celebration is the name of this global ending game.
So, while we breathe a sigh of relief that if the Mayan’s are right, we will at least have got our birthday in, the reality is that we will be joining the clubbing celebration train this weekend, not least within the wonderful walls of our favourite & most brilliant brand, Beyond striking a chord when it says of its “End Of The World” event on Saturday (22nd Dec) that “…the fun is just beginning…” the question they then pose “…if the world ends, where would you want to be?…” begging the answer to be Beyond and to be honest, if the world is ending we couldn’t think of a better place to go out with a bang. And while we all know that the world is not going to end (do we or will it?) given that the likes of Muccassasina, Red & Blue and many others besides are celebrating this fabled finale, why not Beyond too, promoter Ben Kaye clearly with his eye on this brilliant brand rather than the apocalyptic armageddon when his premonition of reactions come Saturday night suggest this of our favourite clubbing followers, “..no way, shut up!, did the world just end?!! I didn’t even notice – excuse me can you turn that tune up please, my name is on the list; I’ve got some good times to be had and I haven’t got time for the world to be ending right now…”
Well by now you get the gist of this latest Beyond bash, very much a tongue in cheek poke at the ludicrous suggestion that he world is going to end and while some say that Friday may the last day of your life, it is probably just the last working day of the year, well if you’re one of the lucky ones that are off until January. But even if you’re not, this is definitely the last Beyond before Christmas, so is likely to be a jam packed affair as everyone gets firmly into some festive frolicking with a dance work out to make room for all that Christmas Day chow. And having ruled the capitals clubbing circuit waves for the whole of 2012, Beyond is certainly not holding back with this final fling before Christmas, as they roll out one of their now infamous “Midnight” affairs, hence why it’s billed as a Saturday start (even though we all know it’s actually Sunday when the doors open), the possibility that the club will run extra late as certain as death & taxes, especially given how popular its parties have been this month alone, the “all roads lead to” reputation should play out to exceptional effect as both Soho & Shoreditch shindigs empty out and their party heads forge a path to Vauxhall. But do beware folks as while the Beyond boys & girls may be in festive mode, the touch of scrooge means that as part of door entry revision rules, those on the guestlist need to be in by 4 a.m., as Ben tells us “…them are the rules, no exceptions!…” (even us it seems), while he also tells us that we are gonna give you go-go heaven with a little end of the world naughtiness, the production is being pimped as we speak…” although we did feel the need to put him straight about his claim “…there is no work on Monday…. whets your excuse…” ours & many others being that here in the UK, Christmas Eve is a working day and not a public holiday Mr Kaye, savvy!!!
That said it’s still a Sunday lunchtime finish, even with that death & taxes certainty and with a glittering line up of resident D.J.’s to keep you dancing way past dawn, who could resist taking in the full extent of this “End Of The World” event, Beyond’s main room sporting Jamie Head & Fat Tony, both having established a presence in this premier pitch during 2012, having graduated from the terrace space where, in actual fact, we feel they both perform much better. However, given the quality of their set showings this year, we can pretty much guarantee that they will rock the main room to its fabulous finale fable foundations, while finale is very much the byword of what will be the last ever (so we are reliably informed) set from Beyond’s former promoter Jonny Marsh, who has recently spread his wings of the jet packed variety having taken a well earned break from Orange Nation director of events duties to sow new rooting seeds in the southern hemisphere, Australia to be exact. But not having properly said farewell to his old backyard Beyond, Jonny will be “…opening the main room personally…” performing his last set in London before flying back out to Oz, the whole Beyond family present to wave him a fond farewell, so is one bon voyage you won’t want to miss, whichever side of the Marsh fence you sit on.
However, the biggest and best news for us and we think for Beyond under the current premiership of Mr Kaye is the wonderfully welcome & resounding return of Paul Christian who has, in our view been sorely missed, Paul synonymous with The Chapel space and the start up D.J. to beat them all, even Hifi Sean whom we were also pleased to see back last weekend after protracted problems following a hernia operation. So there should be a real buzz about Beyond’s second space on Saturday (or is that Sunday!?!), Paul one of we hope many moves to restore our faith it what has become a brand that has, despite its continued popularity, has been losing its way. Yet as good as Paul’s return is, as good as the inclusion of D’Johnny & David Jimenez in the Chapel this weekend are, it is our beloved Terrace room that is desperate for corrective attention, the lack of the likes of The Sharp Boys, The Oli & others that have, like us, adored the atmosphere & electricity of this special space, recent times seeing the dynamic duo of Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters having played to a mere handful of hedonists. And when you see that the P.R. doesn’t even mention the word “Terrace” rather refers the room to “The Embankment”, there remains much for Ben & his team to do to rekindle the magic that made this the heart beat that pumped the blood into the vibrant veins of the Beyond body that is the main room & second space, the terrace always the place we would retreat to after an intensive main room work out to the likes of Steve Pitron, Mikey D & Alan K, our Tom Fuller catch-up’s sorely missed and one of a few reasons why we tend to have taken an early Beyond bath throughout 2012.
With soap box shouts over and one with, lets hone in on the detail of this Beyond “End Of The World” bash, we reiterating that this is a “Midnight” event meaning it is billed as starting on Saturday (22nd Dec), Area’s doors opening at midnight and the club running through to a billed late, late finish which we suspect could be 10 or even 11 a.m. advance tickets very much the way to go as always, £10 tickets available online at http://orangenation.co.uk/events/beyond-5-2-2/ and clicking on the ticket icon, while a trip to Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone (both stores) & 50 Dean, as well as at Comptons, Rupert St & Lo-Profile, while you can pay on the door but expect to play more. Plus it is worth reminding guestlist hopefuls that door host JJ Clark will close the list at 4 a.m. (he will be inside hosting the VIP area afterwards), while Concessions are available with an ad or flyer and its just £5 before 1a.m, but then sharply increasing to £12 till 7 a.m., while you won’t need to worry about a long wait to get in as we cannot contain our pleasure & relief in saying that Tom Fuller is back masterminding the queues and your smooth entry. Add to that the amazing Area lighting & effects, plus that pimped up production that been has promised and we reckon there will be no better place to celebrate the end of the myth that is the end of the world, we leaving some of the last few words of this special focus to Mr Kaye who takes the opportunity to send “…you all the best xmas wishes and hope 2013 is all you want for and more. I want to personally say thank you for making 2012 such a great Beyond year for me, while to see everyone having so much fun week in week out really makes all the hard work worth it…”.
And what better way to return those thanks than seeping out on the scene on Saturday and heading to Beyond for this fabulous finale fable, safe in the knowledge that the world hasn’t ended but you can rather “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
We can’t quite believe its three years since Onyx emerged on the capitals clubbing circuit, having pretty much taken the scene by storm from day one, it riding the rollercoaster of unbelievable up’s & dinky doses of downs that has been the last thirty six months, tonight (Fri 14th Sept) seeing this captivating club uncork the celebratory champagne, we landing our “Pick Of The Day” choice at Onyx’s doors, all the event detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we reflect the clubs past, present & future beneath.
Has it really been just three years since Onyx opened its doors? Well, if the event PR is anything to go by then yes it has, although if we are honest it seems that this colourful & captivating club has been around for much longer, perhaps as it is now very much part of the capital’s circuit Friday furniture, it having captured the clubbing public’s imagination pretty much from the off, in its first year alone scooping a cupboard full of awards from the scene’s top brass press publications & websites. Yet under the veneer of this shiny spectacle Onyx has also had its fair share of upheavals, the club having changed promotional hands no less than three times, its original helm head falling from grace in a pretty dramatic fashion, his replacement soaring skyward in the eyes of the scene, while Onyx’s third pair of hands has had to cope with the club’s most turbulent period yet, its crowing popularity having been wrestled away by a Soho bit hitter in the form of the very popular Play>Time.
That said, along with its Orange Nation stable of running mates, brands such as Beyond, A:M, Gravity, Later & (of course) Orange, Onyx is now very much an indelible part of weekly clubbing life, surely its most notable achievement to date being the transformation of Friday frolicking and setting the standard that many others have followed. Onyx has also attracted is fair share of the cream of the gay D.J/Producer scene, figures including our Italian Stallion Pagano, super Swede Per Q.X., Gaydar Radio’s Club Nation host Phil Marriott, shining stars Jamie Hammond, Jc Christopher & Lee Harris, all gracing historic home Area’s main room decks. But moreover, the brilliant blend of upfront house into pop & commercial through tech & tribal across three spaces has been the clubs most formidable force to be reckoned with, scene icons Tasty Tim & Miss Dusty O spearheading that pop cultural revolution in Onyx’s second space, while an assortment of others including Lisa German, Ariel, Paul Christian & David Jimenez have turned the terrace room tech-tastic in Onyx’s three year time.
Then there have been the new kids on the Onyx & D.J. scene block, names such as Adam Turner & Matt Bogard, who have kept the offer fresh, while each promotional hand has played his & her part in creating a Friday phenomenon which, at its height, has knocked very hard on the door of Beyond as the biggest & best weekly around. So who have been those promotional hands? Well for much of Onyx’s history it has been Jonny marsh steering the ship, while more recently his Brighton bred sidekick Verity Mayes has held the helm, she having taken over at a pivotal moment in Onyx’s relatively short history and sees its moving from that historical home Area to the newer more compact club next door, Covert. Yet while this is a pretty substantial shift for the club, in some ways Onyx has come full circle as it marks its third birthday, as original promoter Steve Geller is very much back in the picture, heading up the main room D.J. line-up for this special celebration while we have a sneaking suspicion that he will also be re-arresting the promotional reigns back as the club sets sail into its fourth year, Mr Geller surely the one to return Onyx to the top of the Friday clubbing pile.
With that bite size reflection on the past present & future of Onyx done & dusted, let’s fill you in on a little detail of tonight’s third birthday bash which, if you have been paying attention, takes place at new home Covert, the club having waved a fond farewell to Area with its “Last Dance” affair one week ago. So, with a determined step into the future, Onyx rings in the new from 10 p.m. tonight, advance tickets priced at just £6 available online via direct link http://orangenation.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-09/14/onyx-the-third-birthday, while joint entry to A:M is just a further £6 via the same link, entry on the door a similar price while by going to http://gayguestlists.com/onyx, you can get yourselves discounted entry, a flyer also a discount option, entry before midnight having already been advertised as free (you know what to do). And in terms on the music, the Onyx team welcome special guest D.J. DMS to the new second space at Covert, alongside Tasty Tim & Lady Lloyd, while Steven Geller spins a special headline guest slot set in the main room, ability abetted by Jonny M & Matt Bogard. Plus, the go-go boys are back too and we suspect (although not in the PR) the tallest & most welcoming hostess in the land, Chrissy Darling, will be taking centre stage as usual, more info, should you need it, out via http://facebook.com/onyxlondon.
So, suffice to say, its looks like Onyx will be rocking & rolling tonight at Covert and is definitely a brilliant place to be & be seen on the scene on Friday, we hoping to make our inaugural visit to this Vauxhall venue & celebrate with Steven, Chrissy, Jonny & The Onyx crew, not forgetting the one & only Tom Fuller, so if you see us come say hi, but if not then keep your eyes peeled at http://twitter.com/discomatt for our live nibble size review tweets. (DISCO MATT)
While we may not be there each & every week, it is pretty much a certainty that when Steve Pitron is playing, we will be right on our spot savouring the enormity of our favourite afterhours, this Sunday having been one such occasion when a terrific two hours of heavenly house music & audacious antics simply had to be review recorded for playful posterity.
There is little doubt in our minds that this has been a desolate year for reviews, our minds having been occupied with all sorts of other matters, both family & personally, meaning our focus on both clubbing & reporting on it, has ground to a virtual stop. Indeed, our stepping out on the scene in 2012 has not been a patch on the previous year (and year’s) although there has been one constant, if not quite so frequent, being a brand that seemingly continues to ride a wonderful wave crest compared with others who have come crashing into shore during this period of austerity we find ourselves within. So, while there has been much doom & gloom to distract us from our duties, come a Sunday in the hands of our favourite clubbing colossus, combined with the music magnificence of the master of this morning make-out, we have been able to escape the entrapments of our woes & worries, sinking ourselves into the brilliance of Beyond and the splendours of a Steve Pitron set on more than a few occasions this year. Plus, with our weekend already having been dominated by horrific happenings just days before, it was definitely time for some enthralling escapism of the dancing dervish kind, this awesome afterhours having outstandingly obliged before and was set to do just that again.
Having missed out on a Friday frolic at The Roof Gardens & a Saturday shindig at Fire, with us sleeping through a similar amount of alarms, it was looking like we were about to make it three, although something stirred us both physically & emotionally to step into Sunday with a sense of satisfaction, knowing that the winning formula of Beyond & Steve Pitron was the lift we were looking for, especially after a nightmare ridden three days of sleep that had left us feeling languid & lacklustre. Plus, with Steve taking the six till eight slot in the main room, we were always going to feel it too tempting a prospect to resists, this on top of a handful of heavenly new house tracks which we were dying to hear play out in Beyond, having witnessed their wonder just the previous Friday at Play>Time, while the gagging order on the details of these dance devotions was strictly in force meaning we would have to be quite guarded with our usual enthusiastic nibble size tweets. But, while we were initially planning to remain incognito, our arrival was greeted by a number of familiar faces, not least Peter & Fabio to took it on themselves to tag our presence, the proverbial cat now very much out of the bag, a further flood of familiar faces including Craig Elder, Ben Kaye, Tom Fuller
However, the one face we were not expecting to see, plus the guy we had let down with our previous club outing absences, was Zach Burns, his arrival on our spot at Beyond catching us a little by surprise, although pleasantly so, his playful antics set to be a big part of our terrific two hours even if there would be one other that would dominate this department. So, with a pitstop for refreshments over & done with, our return was welcomed by Peter who had been summoned by Steve to act as a search party, we seemingly already missed on our spot, even though it was mere minutes. But with the status quo restored & Zach in playful mood, pinning us into the corner, an inadvertent spillage left a considerable puddle to wade through, we remaking that it seemed our waters had broken, perhaps producing twins of the REC kind (you had to be there), while further excitement erupted our emotions as the greeting swung into action and to top it all the much anticipated appearance of the “lady in the loft” left us laughing & splitting our sides, Steve the only one to put two & two together. But it was the music that was to carry us to new & heavenly heights, Mr Pitron in fabulous form, choosing those tunes we had hoped he would, the ace in his pack of playing tricks reducing us to joyful tears, head in hands as its enormity erupted our emotions. But with plenty more on offer, not least the marvellous “My World”, the stupendous “Sun Rising Up” in 2012 remix form, & the hypnotic “Heat Of The Night”, we were certainly being treated to a pseudo Steve “Summer 2012” rundown, although it would be the stunning “Sotto” with its exploding horn effects that would really tip our scales.
Time was now absolutely flying by, such was the terrific time we were having, loads more familiar faces showing themselves on our spot, including the adorable Alfie as well as the D.J.’ing duo of Alan K & Paulo Moreno, both playing straight after Steve, although it was Mr Pitron that was grabbing most of our attention, a barrage of cups & other objects being playfully lobbed over the Beyond main room D.J. booth in our direction, even Peter & Fabio looking surprised at all the tom foolery. Mind you, with screams of MAAAATTTT also coming in our direction, & Bel’s boisterousness overflowing, we were having a wail of a time, even Zach joining in on the fun, grabbing us in an impromptu waltzing dance hold & spinning us around on our spot as the main room master selected the marvellous “My World”, this Taito Tikaro dream of a dancing devotion receiving a rapturous reception, as had the whole of Steve’s set, the lighting in the hands of Smalls at its brilliant best & even a barrel load of exploding effects making this feel much more like the Beyond of old. But like all the best things in life, this terrific two hours came to an end all too soon, Messrs Adams & Moreno taking Beyond on a more intense & full-on banging beats direction, Alan’s new track selections floating our boat for a while, but the Moreno influence not a patch on Mr Pitron’s pulsating performance, meaning it wasn’t long before we called it a day, retiring to the rest & relaxation of our bolt hole home to reflect on yet another magnificent morning in the hands of one of Beyond’s best.
In a year where we have seen plenty of downs & not near enough ups, there is one certainty that is sure to make us feel good about ourselves, at least for a while and it is the brilliance of Beyond and while the club has had its fair share of knocks this year, it continues to lead the way on the capitals clubbing circuit as the most popular & successful brand by a long shot. And in the hands of new promoter Ben Kaye, we look forward to promising times ahead for our most favourite of clubs, the linking up with Deviate just gone & a big bank holiday to come, while Beyond continues to make an impact overseas, having played its part at The Circuit festival in Barcelona & climaxes XLsior in Mykonos this weekend. But its back here in London that Beyond seems at its best and, despite the doom & gloom of the economy, this colossal club continues to pull in the punters, the winning formula that is the magnificent music in the hands of the dream team of D.J.’s, while having been meddled with more than we would like, is still the best of any club we know. With key players that include The Sharp Boys, Paul Christian, Alan K & Fat Tony, Ben has an enormous amount of experience to draw upon, we hoping that the likes of Hifi Sean, The Oli & Jamie Head will once again become the permanent resident fixtures they always were & should be. However, there can be no denying that, regardless of a handful of also ran’s in the weekly line-up, Steve Pitron is one of the most formidable forces to be reckoned with, the crowds reactions to his scintillating sets speaking for themselves, while he never fails to tip our emotional, physical & mental scales superbly, the entertainment he emits enthralling & the feel good factor fabulous, meaning that two more terrific hours, just like the ones this week, we couldn’t ever wish for. (DISCO MATT)
We may have been dazzled by the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, but what is making us truly excited is the much prized Beyond membership key fob that will be handed out during the massive 12 hour “Summer Blowout” event which takes place tonight/tomorrow morning, DM delving into the detail of this & some last minute news of THE happening of the weekend.
The 2012 Olympics may have Danny Boyle creating all the spectacle & drama, but as our favourite club brand & awesome afterhours enters a new era on this Olympic weekend, it is new promoter Ben Kaye that is pressing all our excitement buttons, as not only is he taking the helm at a pivotal moment, joining two blockbusters brands together for a one-off outing, but he is launching (or should we say re-launching) the much prized & sought after Beyond membership, this time coming our way by a very smart little key fob. But while this is much cause for excitement (more info on that shortly), there is much more to tempt you into Area’s doors tonight/tomorrow morning, not least an all-star cast of D.J.’s from both the Beyond & the Matinee camps, the latter flying in their latest star turn, Javier Medina, while there are some real back-to-back set treats in store.
So, we propelled all the P.R. in our post “Brand Match Magnificence” (check it out at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=5636) but as we missed out on devoting a full focus to the vent, we will take you through some of the highlights of this masterful meet & then run back through that all important detail. But naturally we have to start with the wonderful news that Beyond has a new promoter in the form of one Ben Kaye and a better choice the Orange Nation top brass couldn’t have made, as Ben brings with him a wealth of talent, experience & contacts from his clubbing exploits both here in the capital & across the globe. Indeed, Ben is kind of a global guy in terms of some of the brands he has been connected with, not least the massive Spanish sensation that is WE Party, Ben having been heavily involved with events both here in London & in Madrid, while he has also been hopping around the world with WE head cheese Victor Pallas & his team on what seems a never-ending & enthralling “On Tour” series of meets.
However, back here in London, Ben has also been connected & involved in the biggest charity clubbing event on the calendar, The Wig Party, an annual party that has grown in stature & status each year in the last five, now attracting scores of A list celebrities as well as expanding the offer into a second outing, Match seeing “The Masked Ball” launch to amazing accolade, Ben at the centre of it all & contributing considerably. So, he brings to Beyond all this experience as well as a catalogue full of contacts, his face one of the more familiar on the capitals clubbing circuit and, as a result should prove an accomplished asset to this awesome afterhours which is very much on the up & up. And, as a first feather in his cap, Ben finds himself promoting & re-launching that membership we mentioned earlier, a pass that has plenty of benefits, not least fast track entry, preferential coatcheck facilities & access to the two VIP balconies, the new one at the front of Area’s main room very impressive indeed, so, this much sought after membership key fob being a major reason why an early arrival at tonight’s event is advisable.
However, there are plenty of other reasons to make a date with this “Summer Blowout” event, not least the enormous D.J. line-up, the promotions team patching together players from both brands, although, unsurprisingly, there is a considerable weighting towards Beyond, perhaps reflective of the fact that is it’s this brilliant brands backyard that is hosting the joint event. That said, Matinee get more than a look in as inbound to London especially for this party is our Barca boy, Javier Medina, a terrific talent who’s musical genre origins lean towards tribal & tech, although, having represented Matinee across Europe & in the US over the last twelve months, has evolved his sound to include more vocal infusions in his performances, while staying true to his roots. And having commissioned a special podcast to celebrate his inaugural for Matinee (& Beyond of course) here in London, it is clear that those tribal roots come through from the off, while the in & out injections of vocals keeps the Matinee style of sound honest enough to indicate that Javier will find favour with the “Summer Blowout” main room of revellers, his compilation well worth a listen &/or download by going to http://orangenation.podomatic.com/entry/2012-07-19T03_57_39-07_00.
But in true Beyond style, there will be three rooms of sound and that all-star cast of residents deployed in familiar format, so The Chapel space sporting the likes of David Jimenez, Paul Christian, & D’Johnny, while The Terrace room boasts Jonny M, Rob Sykes & two of the special back-to-back set performers, lovely lady’s Verity Mayes & Bryony Masters mixing up plenty of tech & tribal, while the more upfront & euphoric house sounds that The Sharp Boys have in their armoury will surely be one of the highlight performances not to be missed here. However, all eyes will be on the main room for the meaty part of this meet, Javier set to star between 5 & 7 a.m., following on from the first back-to-back D.J. performance from Alan K & Paulo Moreno, while for us it is the headline set from 7 till 10 a.m. that is exciting us the most, as the recently formed duo team of Steve Pitron & Jamie Head come together again to surely lift the roof off this “Summer Blowout” bash, Mr Pitron ready & waiting to storm the show with a score or more of sounds, many lifted from his recently released double podcast production “Summer 2012”, both essential additions to your compilation collection by going to http://stevepitronsessions.podomatic.com. And while the exact line-up & timings have not been confirmed, we reckon that Fat Tony will round of the main room action from 10 till midday tomorrow morning, meaning a music fest to match the might of Matinee & Beyond combined.
So let’s recap on some of the detail we propelled in our picks post earlier this week, this Beyond vs. Matinee “Summer Blowout” event now less than eight hours away, host venue Area’s doors opening at midnight tonight (Sat 28th July) and the event running the full twelve hours to midday tomorrow (Sun 29th July), advance tickets still surely the way to go and available online via http://orangenation.co.uk or at the usual Soho outlets, Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, as well as bars Comptons & Ku, priced at £10 (booking fees apply), while discounted entry is also still available by application to http://tinyurl.com/beyondmatinee. However, if you want to risk entry on the door, then do so at your peril & expect to pay much more, this surely becoming another roadblock event, particularly as other events spill out at that rubicon time of between 4 & 7 a.m. and dare we again remind you to keep your eyes out for those much prized beyond membership’s it sure to be a key fob frenzy for new promoter Ben Kaye to manage as word spreads round the club as to who has managed to land this much prized possession. Naturally we will be in the thick of the action, nibble size tweeting from our usual spot, all the action available by going to http://twitter.com/discomatt, so if you see us, do come say hi, but make sure you make a date with Beyond vs. Matinee & in so doing, “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
We may have missed out this morning, but we couldn’t resist landing on Beyond for our “Pick of The Day” today (Sun 22nd July), as we look forward to the huge Beyond vs. Matinee party next Sunday, all the detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we propel the promoters PR beneath, all this in advance of DM’s full-on Weekend Focus due out shortly.
In a revision to our usual format, we have decided to devote our “Pick of The Day” choices from Sunday’s through Tuesday’s each week to events upcoming, landing our first pick on what looks like being a massive summer smash as brilliant brands Beyond & Matinee join formidable forces this coming Saturday/Sunday for a twelve hour spectacular. And while we will be devoting a full-on Weekend Focus in the next couple of day, we couldn’t resist sharing the organisers PR along with some exciting news about a new promoter for our favourite afterhours.
Current Beyond promoter & director of events at Orange Nation, Jonny Marsh, say’s of this event….
We’re very excited to announce a brand new collaboration featuring two of the biggest gay brands in the world – Beyond & Matinee.
Taking place on Saturday 28th July, this event will showcase the best of London and international DJs, with incredible production and dance shows.
Plus we are pleased to announce a new promoter for Beyond, as Ben Kaye takes the helm from this week onwards, bringing fresh ideas and concepts into the fold
And this is the P.R. release from the event’s organisers, Orange Nation….
BEYOND VS MATINEE LONDON: THE SUMMER BLOWOUT
Saturday night / Sunday morning 28th July 12 Midnight – super late @ Area
When two heavyweights collide, things are changed for ever. And so when the world’s number 1 afterhours and UK’s undisputed king of the gay scene goes head to head with probably the biggest gay super-brand in the world, the result will be nothing short of spectacular
Taking place at London’s cutting edge Area nightclub in Vauxhall, the original home of Matinee London, ‘Beyond vs Matinee: The Summer Blowout’ is a supersized, super-production, super party, with an incredible line up of international and London DJs rocking out across three pumping arenas of mind blowing lighting and lasers.
Special guest DJ from the Matinee Group is JAVIER MEDINA – the newest addition the roster, Javier is the busiest of all the Matinee all-star DJs, travelling the world and spinning at the world’ best clubs.
Joining him on the decks are DJs including Steve Pitron, Jamie Head, The Sharp Boys, Alan K , Fat Tony, Rob Sykes, D’Johnny, Paul Christian, David Jimenez, Paulo Moreno, Verity Mayes, Bryony Masters, plus more to be announced!
Plus, with two brand new VIP spaces at Area, the Beyond Crew will be offering out free Beyond membership key fobs giving exclusive access to the private spaces, including VIP toilets and bar, to the first 500 clubbers through the doors. So hurry on down as this is a one off special deal.
Orange Nation and all the Beyond Team are pleased to announce that they are now working with Ben Kaye as their new promoter. With a wealth of experience from his involvement WE Party in Madrid & London, as well as with the massive WIG Party, Ben is coming on board to help freshen up the brand, combining his own concepts & ideas with the existing Beyond magic and hopes to re-enforce the Beyond brand not only here in the UK but all over the world.
The 29th July sees the start of a new era at the club – so there are exciting times ahead. So be part of the start of something new.
Admission – Exclusive FREE ENTRY offer 12 midnight-1am with flyer, ad or online guestlist, otherwise £10 advance tickets from http://orangenation.co.uk &/or the usual outlets, while it’s more on the door, but for more!
We may have announced our summer sabbatical, but as a new day dawned & Beyond beckoned, our charge rushed to our door, delivered us to the dancefloor, right back to our spot and in so doing, sank our sabbatical to the tiniest of traces. So having got up in the morning, we not only tried but we triumphed, we celebrated the changes we charged ourselves with, maximising the markers of our maxim, resonating in this resplendent review result.
It is no secret that we have been a little off form, off colour & out of sorts lately and in a year that has seen far too many downs and nowhere near enough ups, the future has not been looking that bright. That said, when those quite rare ups come, we definitely need to celebrate them, shout them from the rooftops and share them with the wider world, yet that sharing of ours, which was always commonplace, has been miserably missing in 2012 so far. But with a new day dawning & a bright new future in prospect, what better time than the present to scale up rather than scale down our sharing, especially when we find ourselves in the hands of a brilliant brand married with the morning & with majestic music. So summer sabbatical or not and finding ourselves in a prolific place, exuding an amazing atmosphere, intermixed with fabulous friends & a stack full of surprises, shirking our sharing simply just wouldn’t do, that prolific place proving a risk worth taking, the medicine worth swallowing & the feel good factor worth fulfilling. And as we cast our minds back across the year so far, the lion’s share of ups can be attributed to one prolific place & one terrific time, the place being Beyond & the time being a Sunday morning, anything between 3 a.m. & midday, although this time from 6 till 9.
So, cutting to the chase and in the knowledge that what we have said about the brilliance of Beyond in the past goes without saying, with all good intentions to take time out laid pretty much to waste, how was it put to us a couple of days previously, “…Matt, – Summer Sabbatical – cancelled!!!…”, we cast aside our health inflicted woes & worries, safe in the knowledge that in the capable hands of this captivating club, a charming collection of chums & a catalogue of cheering tunes, the worst we could do was to have a good time. And it couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, our charge arriving at our door in time for a 6 a.m. arrival at Area, we delivered to the dancefloor, ready to soak up what would prove another stunning Steve Pitron performance, although it would first be a trip through the second space & then into the terrace that would consume our first few moments of this meet. Indeed, with Beyond having already been open for six hours, we found both rooms rammed with revellers, the harder house heads hitting on chapel chap Paul Christian, while it was the more upfront & & uplifting terrace tunes that we turned to, the dynamic duo that is The Sharp Boys, Steven & George, the deliverers of delightful doses of dance delectations, both clearly pleased as punch to see us, as we were them.
But with Punch being an optimum word and one included in another phrase pervaded by the same protagonist as previously, how did he aptly put it “…there’s no show without Punch…”, it was to the freshly opened main room that we now headed, the place already pumping with party heads ready to sink into successive slices of Pitron perfection. And with a flock of familiar faces already having gathered, Celso, Bel, Mateausz, Sophie, & Neda close by, Craig Elder, Ben Kaye & Steven Galo also making us feel right at home, while one Michele Attardi made us feel quite special, his greeting stirring more than just our emotions (thank heavens for tight undies!), although amidst all this excitement, it was the Pitron performance we were already sinking into, we hardly believing what our eyes were seeing & what our ears were hearing, our supposed summer sabbatical sunk to a tiny trace & our determination to dance away our woes willing us on. And to add to all this, while we were not particularly struck on the oversized speakers framing the main room D.J. booth, they did give our now rather secluded spot a fabulously select feel, that along with the noticeably lovely lick of paint it was smarting, no real need for the imaginary red tape cordon as we cavorted to brilliant beats in the hands of Beyond’s best. With the master at work already giving us those now trademark looks in-between selections, “Bitch Lady” an intrinsic selection ingredient clearly intended to hook us, it was a new towering track that proved the line & sinker in the equation, “Heat Of The Night” firing up our morning like a fierce furnace, sending us skyward & spellbound by this prolific Pitron pick. Indeed, talking of fierce & of intrinsic ingredients, spotting Smalls next to Steve confirmed our suspicions that the exceptional Area lighting & effects were in the most capable of hands, all the new additions the clubs chief Craig Elder had gone to pains to show us on another occasion, employed by Smalls superbly, every inch of her wonderful work matching the music masterminded by our main room maestro magnificently.
Now we were into our stride, those summer sabbatical thoughts pushed to the back of our minds, plenty more majestic moments about to maraud our morning, the beautiful Bel’s bounces in & around our spot, then neatly followed by heavenly hugs from the charming Celso, Steven Galo’s intentions on including us in the thick of the action dragging us willingly into Mr Moura’s manacles. And so finding ourselves at the front of the D.J. booth, we once again fell into the eyeshot of both Steve & Smalls, who immediately played to us & the crowd hilariously, just like a seasoned comedy duo on stage, the eruptions & excitement of the faces around plain enough to see, the dancers now atop the podiums adding to the amazing atmosphere that was becoming this most brilliant of Beyond’s. But could it get even better?, you betcha, as a stunning surprise in the form of an old pal & flame Joel brightened our foray further, while Andrea’s arrival completed a prolific picture of pals that couldn’t have been more perfect, well excepting the much missed Tom Fuller, as well as the lovely Luis. And with others amassing, including Alan K, Paulo Moreno & Jonny Marsh, it was also clear the Orange Nation influence was out in force, Verity Mayes on the terrace D.J. decks, even the attentive Aaron Elder adding to our joy, like Tom, a chap that carries considerable charisma both in & out of the confines of this colossal club.
But all that said, we were here to soak up & sink into scores of scintillating sounds, as we had done throughout so many Steve sets, a score or more this year alone , this the medicine for our mind, our body & our soul, the track selection of the same name saying it all, this morning music masterclass simply mind-blowing, the space on our spot now seeing us delight ourselves with definitive “Doing The Disco Matt” ducks & dives, while the show from the stage that was the D.J. booth continued, another indelible ingredient in any Pitron performance, “the cups”, showing their hand, leaving us laughing uncontrollably and pushing our already over excited emotions to the brink. And, as he had predicted, the mix of music between old & new tracks would be decisive in our destruction, continual burying of our head into our hands the proof of that pudding, this Pitron performance potently pulsating in its precision & its premeditation, while we were not the only ones in awe of his achievements, as the room was in rapture of his renditions, a true musical magician turning out one tantalising track after the next in what we would hope would be a never-ending episode of sounds. However, as with so many occasions before, Steve’s set was over all too soon, although not before he treated us to the new “Track 3”, one which is still under wraps but has fast become yet another Pitron/DM anthem & is sure to be prominent on his upcoming podcast production, our sunken summer sabbatical satisfaction now convincingly complete, not even the attraction of an Alan K or a Fat Tony turn enough to keep us from gracing an excitable exit, swiftly shot to our steed by a now characteristic Bel, Celso & Steve chase.
So, sitting back as we are, literally a handful of hours after two hours of heavenly house music, a number of fabulous phrases come lyrics spring to mind, “…what a difference a day makes, 24 little hours…” probably the most apt, as what a difference this new day, a new dawn actually made. Casting our minds back those 24 hours, who would have thought that from the tardy tiredness we were consumed within, we would have sorted such a spring in our step, a pronounced prominence in our prancing, but most notably a remarkable resurgence in our review reflecting. Moreover, having set ourselves a maxim that was to mark our renewed energy & engagement with the scene, one that included many significant sentences, the most significant statement was swift sinking of our sabbatical, a timely timeline reminder that simply said “…Matt is back…” speaking many more volumes than those maxim words could ever wish to say. And so what we will say in just a few more indulgent words is this, if we were to choose one place to sink our sabbatical, it would be Beyond, and if we had to choose one individual to help us do it, it would be Steve Pitron, he not only leading us like a horse to that sabbatical sinking water, but making us drink it with the vigour that we drank the water that was the brilliance of this Beyond bash, he scoring yet another simply stunning goal of a set from start to finish, proving yet again that these two incredible ingredients in the clubbing world go hand in hand, just like bread & butter, ham & eggs and, most appropriate to this occasion, Punch & Judy. (DISCO MATT)
It may have already opened & closed it’s doors, but Disco Matt couldn’t resist pointing his pick of the day finger in the direction of brilliant brand Beyond, this awesome afterhours achiever standing in the DM scrutinising spotlight today (Sunday 21st April), the event/club detail a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while DM records his own report looking at the recent past, the present & the future for this weekly wonder beneath.
There is absolutely no questioning the brilliance of Beyond, a club in its tenth year having seemingly gone from strength to strength, a succession of prolific parties at home since that birthday bash in October, maintaining the clubs premier position on the weekly clubbing circuit calendar. Plus, in the last 12 months, Beyond has added a whole host of international destinations to its resplendent repertoire, the likes of Paris, Amsterdam & Brussels adding to more sunnier climes that have included Brazil, Ibiza & Mykonos, along with a recent turn in Tel Aviv, added to their riding of the Mediterranean sea of waves on the La Demence cruise last summer, this on top of welcoming international brands & D.J.’s to play right here in London.
But talking of back home, that wave crest our favourite club of all time has certainly come crashing into shore in the last couple of months, the temporary closure of its hallowed turf, Area, the first body blow Beyond has had to endure in 2012, this followed by a head scratching move to dispose prolific promoter Steve Sharp from his seat. Having seen the brand in action across at Fire, it certainly wasn’t the Beyond we have come to love over the years and with Mr Sharp no longer in the promotions picture, the future of Beyond in our eyes remains in the balance, plans for a specialist party, “Berlin”, along with a host of special guest D.J.’s that would have injected a much needed fresh feel to this Sunday morning meet, squandered as a result of Steven’s dismaying departure. And we cannot contain our concern over recent moves against certain D.J.’s whose freedom to play at other parties has been questioned by Beyond’s upper management resulting in their removal from the clubs residency team.
That said, there is little doubt that the “all roads lead to” reputation Beyond has built up over the years remains as forceful as ever, just last week seeing a collision of clubbers from all corners of the capital, making it down to Area on Sunday morning, frolickers from Fire joined by post War party heads & Soho socialites, all soaking up the splendour of this Sunday sensation, Beyond having pushed its offer to a 3 a.m. opening time weekly, perhaps (hopefully) consigning the much maligned “Midnight” format to the history books. So, continuing with that new formula, Beyond opened its doors once again this morning (Sunday 22nd April) at 3 a.m., welcoming residents that included Fat Tony, The Oli, The Sharp Boys, D’Johnny, Alan K & Paulo Moreno, all playing for a party that was billed as the official “This Is Ibiza” afterparty, but with not much else to feed it this weekend, a relative quiet Saturday to Soho & many SOS devotes from Shoreditch staying put.
So, what for Beyond in the coming weeks? Well, with Jonny Marsh once again overseeing the promotion of the club, we suspect it will be a back to basics attitude & direction, the new 3 a.m. format bedding in further next weekend which also sees Beyond follow on from the return of Casa Latina while Gutterslutters are more likely to trip across from Shoreditch & being the last weekend of the month, it should prove pretty packed down Area way. Plus with superstar resident Steve Pitron back, plus the likes of Jamie Head & Paul Christian playing, it should prove to be the place to be, while we are hoping that the captivating changes Steven made, not least re-structuring the music offer in the second space, very much breathing life back into The Chapel Room which always seemed to die on its feet come about 8 a.m., remain in force, although our beloved Terrace room trip about 10 a.m. each Sunday may no longer be on the cards following the recent decision to swing open the doors to the outside space, relegating the music & the D.J.’s to the two other dance arena’s, a move that pretty much killed the amazing atmosphere that Oli was achieving when we arrived at Beyond on Easter Sunday.
However, with this brilliant brand still our firm favourite, while we have once again been forced to step out of the scene due to the loss of a family member to a fatal stroke, Beyond continues to receive our wholehearted support whether it finds us near or far as we will be over the next couple of weeks, further info on upcoming events available to checking out http://orangenation.com &/or http://facebook.com/beyondclub. Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
As the scene shakes off the hangover resulting from the biggest weekend of the year so far, some sporting the spoils of success, others simply reflecting on what could have been, time rests for no man, victorious or defeated, so the scene steps forward into April, Disco Matt picking out his top of the tree three places to be stepping out on the scene in Soho, Vauxhall & Shoreditch.
What an Easter weekend that was, a whole host of parties & events recording terrific turnouts, some very much against the form book, while others that had promised so much, failed to deliver, our own weekend reflecting that situation a thrilling Thursday followed by a phenomenal Friday, led a superb Saturday night come Sunday morning , then turned into a soggy rest of a Sunday & a manically depressive Monday (and we aren’t talking weather here folks), Room Service, Society, Play>time, A:M & Beyond our real winners, while WE “Fluro” & As One ended up condemning what could have been a brilliant “big” weekend to our own review rubbish heap. But with the winners still to reap our reflections, it’s our coming weekend recommendations that get our immediate attention, our top of tree three places to be seen on the scene this weekend, our brief look at a trio of best bites across Soho Vauxhall & Shoreditch.
So, let’s get to it and to Soho first, it coming as little or no surprise to you regular readers of our recommendations, that it is Profile & Lo-Profile that gets our Best Bite pick here, having served us superbly well not just last weekend, but for much of March (well the whole year so far to be honest), the captivating combination of bar above & club below, very hard to beat, especially as both venues continue to draw in some of the scene top D.J. names, along with fresh new talent to tantalise & tickle your musical taste buds, while with now firmly established brands that include “Society”, “Play>Time”, “ClubNation” & “Beartrap”, that along with the might of Gaydar behind them, this delightful duo look set to, once again, prove to be the places to be & be seen on the Soho scene this weekend. So, with D.J. regulars Rob Sykes tonight (Fri 13th) and Jamie Head tomorrow (Sat 14th) upstairs in Profile, both kicking off the music from 8.30 p.m. through till the 11.30 p.m. finish, it is downstairs that gets our full if but briefer best bite attention, the award winning “Play>Time” up first, prolific promoter Jay Roberts back after (it has to be said0 probably THE best event in the brands history so far, but will be pulling out all the stops to top last week, not least that he welcomes fellow award winning D.J/producer & all round good egg Steve Pitron to the decks, along with cheeky chappy & a damn fine D.J. in his own right, Steven Artis. Add to that an ashes style porn star shoot out, as Brit boy Marco Sessions squares up to Aussie hunk Tate Ryder in a go-go dance off & back room play off, Jay your referee & you ((if you’re the luck one) caught in this sexy & seductive man hunk of a scrum, further details up in our “Pick Of The Day” post at http://discomatt.com/web/?p=5087. Then, tomorrow (Sat 14th) sees the return of “ClubNation” & also the return of Lee Harris, who will be performing a specially extended five hour set very much in the vein of his similarly named House Nation podcasts, which means you can expect plenty of uplifting, chunky & euphoric house hits, Lo-Profile swinging open its doors on both nights at 10.30 p.m. & running through until 4 a.m., entry & other details available by going to http://loprofile.com.
Onto Vauxhall now and there is lots going in within The Orange Group (or is that Orange Nation?!?) who grab our Best Bites slot this weekend, not least the breaking news that Onyx has been put out to grass for a while, so leaving a pretty vacant gap in the usually hectic schedule, although very much paving the way for A;M to possibly extend its opening hours, although more news on that to follow. However, one club that is definitely extending its hours this weekend & then henceforth, is Beyond, the new starting time of 3 a.m. every week looking like a pretty popular move, although only time will tell how successful a move this will actually be, our hope however, is that it consigns the all too often “Midnight” format to just the occasional & special scheduling. Add to the a mini shake up within the team of resident D.J.’s and as of going to press, we are not sure who will be playing come this Sunday morning (15th Apr), but reckon The Sharp Boys, Alan K, Fat Tony, The Oli & Paul Christian will surely be in situ, while Steve Pitron is taking a rest this weekend after his colossal classics set last, which pretty much stole the “XLsior” show. However, one party that we can be confident about when picking the D.J. & other line up, is the “Easter Thank-You” party at Fire tomorrow night (Sat 14th), as it’s all about award winners, D.J.’s The Sharp Boys, Junior Moura & (naturally) Steve Pitron, stepping into the spotlight, while there will be plenty of other guests, including D’Johnny & Paulo Moreno, to fill out the two rooms of fun, similarly award winning hosts Chrissy Darling & Elektra Paris sharing the duty plaudits, further details on this event out at http://facebook.com/events/356254587759955/, including opening times, door prices & guest list opportunities. But with Later & Orange completing the partying picture, it is another hectic weekend of activity in both Fire & Area, whiles the new jewel in the Orange Nation crown, Covert, prepares for its launch party in three weeks, more on that coming up in a special feature.
So to the third in our trio of top of the tree choices, this time seeing us head across to Shoreditch & to East Bloc, the hip & happening hangout on City Road, masterminded by the one & only Wayne Shires, he, the venue & all the brands its sports very much flying the alternative clubbing scene flag, a stable of showings including Gutterslut, SOS, The Men Who Fell 2 Earth, Paradise 45 & Dish, while regular Friday nighter, Super Electro Party Machine, which once again opens its doors tonight (Fri 13th Apr) from 10 p.m., is a great way to get your weekend going. However, our main focus of attention goes to Saturday night (14th Apr), when our very own Shoreditch son, Kris Di Angelis, rolls out a further instalment in the already soaring success story that is his new venture, “War”, a club that has pretty much be born out of the sad passing of “Meat”, the former club collaboration between Kris & Tom Stephan. And while Tom’s new prolific project, “Dish”, was in the Shoreditch spotlight last weekend, it’s the turn of “War “ this, Kris being joined in the “Warzone” main room by Severino & Joshyouare, while over in the “Battlefield” second space, its Jodie Harsh, Munroe Bergdorf & Kingsley shooting off the sounds. Plus with hosts JJ Clark, Jonathan Beastley, Ben Kaye & Alex Palemo, not only doesn’t it have a pseudo Room Service feel about it, be you can bet your bottom dollar that of cream of the east end girl to west end boy scene set will be out to wage wonderful clubbing & socialising war tomorrow night, doors at East Bloc (217 City Rd, nearest tube Old St.) opening at 10.30 p.m. & the club running through to a planned 6 a.m. finish, entry £8 before midnight & then £12 thereafter (so get there early folks), while free entry passes will be up for grabs at the “War” pre-party at Circa in Soho tonight (Fri 13th), more details on that coming up in our Short Shouts, while further info on “war” itself can be found by going to http://facebook.com/events/404481699576795/.
Now just before we go we thought, having not yet fully paid our respects to the sad loss to the scene of the gentle giant of the club promotions game, Steve Elliot, we would mention our upcoming tribute, “Salvation Star Much Missed”, to the man behind the international success of this brilliant brand in recent years, we looking back on his clubbing career & including fellow friend’s own tributes to this untimely & premature passing. Plus, with news this week that iconic drag queen Adrella has also been taken from us, our thoughts are very much with the families of both of these much treasured & already much missed pillars of the scene and we send our sincere wishes during what can only be the most difficult time for those that were close & dear to both Steve & Peter.
Right, that’s just about it for this Best Bites newsletter, but watch out for our Short Shouts part, “Shimmering Scene Seven”, while if you happen to lay your hat on one of our three here, then it is likely you may catch us too, “Play>Time” definitely on our schedule, while we are currently clearing the decks for either Fire or “War”, so keep your eyes peeled at http://twitter.com/discomatt for the live action as it happens & as we Go There! Be There!. (DISCO MATT)