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Now in times gone by, Saturday’s were always filled with a host of clubbing offerings, smaller scale shindigs competing with bigger branded bashes with gay abandon, meaning there were always rich pickings for many in this, the most popular night of the clubbing week. However, how times change and recent months have seen a sharp decline in Saturday’s leaving the committed clubber with little choice of where to lay his or her hat. However, enter stage left Beyond, the big brand that that was seen as a Saturday saviour, especially with the introduction of its “midnight format”, extending six hours of clubbing to twelve , very much filling the gap left by others like Juicy, Matinee, SuperMartXe & Lovechild, that have virtually disappeared form the clubbing calendar. So, in extending its offering, Beyond has, with its midnight parties, changed the dynamic of the brand from a pure afterhours to one that is seen as both a Saturday & a Sunday club and one that has come to be the biggest weekly player of any remaining or current.
But not content with dominating the capitals clubbing scene, Beyond began to set its sights much further, an emerging world tour seeing the brand extend its arms to include destinations in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ibiza Mykonos Paris, Rome & Sao Paulo. And in this process, it has collaborated up with other clubbing brands & events including, La Demence, Muccassassina, Red & Blue, Scream, & XLsior, the most recent captivating combination being with The Week in Brazil, a marriage of minds born out of the London link established last year. So, with Beyond’s name & reputation playing out across the globe, further brand alliances were inevitable, Ibiza holding the next key to the success of these superb synergies, the island’s Cafe Ole party setting sail & weighing anchor in London, bringing with it a slice of Spanish sparkle & style that would surely succeed. But how did this latest marriage of minds work? Was the Spanish influence impressive? And who did it for us the most?
Taking advantage of a disco nap that extended into a disco snooze, more to try & sleep off a nagging stomach ache, it was close on 6 a.m. before we made tracks for Vauxhall and a liaison with Beyond vs Cafe Ole, our original plan to make it much earlier laid to waste by a dose of lethargy, although with our secret squirrel undercover reporter on the scene from 2 a.m., we were safe in the knowledge that he would fill the gaps missed by our false start. And arriving when we did, we were faced with little or no wait, as it seemed we were one of just a few that had left it so late, Area brimming with Beyond followers who had taken advantage of the early start, packing out all three rooms of rapture, we finding Jamie Head in charge of the chunky tunes in the terrace space as we floated in, trying to mingle with the masses as though we had been there for a while, although with our SS bounding up, the game was given away in an instant. However, with the gaps very much filled, a sluggish start having rapidly gained speed from 3 a.m., the likes of Paul Christian, The Oli & Gonzalo Rivas having entertained exceptional with superb sets.
However, as we stepped through the chapel room & then entered the main space, it was clear that this Cafe Ole collaboration was now really stretching its legs and making its magnificent mark, not least in the hands of special guest D.J. D.J. Rafa Madrid, who had mesmerised the main room with a prolific performance from 5 a.m., although was about to hand the reigns over to the dynamic duo of Steve Pitron & Mikey D. And having assumed our spot, this was where our latest Beyond bash was going to start, the combo of these two towering talents simply too much to resist, Mikey arriving right on the stroke of 7 p.m., to a very relieved looking Mr Pitron who had been psyching himself up for a solo set which would have been satisfying enough for us. So the scene was set for another of those back to back performances that had become legendary, these brilliant Beyond boys working together like a dream, Steve’s upfront & uplifting house mixing in perfectly with Mikey’s slighter tougher edged sound, but each other’s style similar in design & dream worthy in delivery. Add to that the usual bunch of Brazilians packing in around our spot, including the beautiful Bel and we felt right at home, Steve’s glances over the D.J. booth adding to the amazing ambience of this awesome afterhours.
So we were now into our usual groove, not least as we could feel that emotional rollercoaster ride beginning to gather steam as Steve played first “Offshore” and then “Live Your Dreams”, erupting a mini burst of tears, although there was enough cheering company in close quarter, clubbing companion Miss Cougar having made her (his) presence felt, the characteristic claw movements perking us up considerably, even helping us push thoughts of our grumbling tummy to the back of our minds. And when terrific track “Bitch Lady” was belted out, tears turned to giggles as memories of our magical & hilarious moments at Room Service just two days ago came flooding back, our uncontrolled laughter met with quizzical looks by the Brazilian bunch, by Miss Cougar & moreover by Mr Pitron who was miming “he’s mad” movements to all the boys around us. But the timing of the Cafe Ole robot couldn’t have been better, this incredible creature even eclipsing the amazing area lighting, a six foot tall monolith of a man decked from head to toe in neon lights & making a sparkling statement as he stepped around Beyond’s main room.
Now this Cafe Ole collaboration was in full flow, the podiums topped with very scantily dressed dancers, some in little more than their birthday suits, while the fun & frivolity was continuing in our corner, not least as Bel & Steve were chasing us around in “porridge” style, our iron lung hardly being able to cope, while when behind the decks, Mr Pitron was testing our emotional resolve with yet more of our summer scorcher sounds, “Stupidisco” the “You’ve Got The Love” hitting their heavenly mark, Mikey D also shining bright like the superstar he is and when at Beyond a man inspired. And with a host of familiar faces coming up to say hi, including the magnificent Mauricio who lauded a massive hug & kiss on us, very much making our morning, even Orange Group manager Philippe charm personified as he greeted us with a warming hello, even treating us to a refreshment pass, an honour indeed. Plus with Jamie Head now in close quarter, as well as an indulgent Paul Heron who set us off on another giggling session following a cheeky tweet of ours (dare we repeat it?!).
With Steve having played his last track as well as entertaining us (yet again) in the Beyond main room D.J. booth, we stepped outside to catch our breath, having congratulated Mikey D on another prolific performance with a drink as well as skirting around the terrace bar which was rocking to the raptures of Fat Tony, we reassumed our spot in the main room for the last leg of this Cafe Ole collaboration, The Sharp Boys having now assumed the decks. However, with first Miss Cougar peeling off, having held sway for a good ten hours, then the beautiful Brazilian Bel retreating to refresh herself before a trip to Later, as good as both George & Steven were, our energy levels were beginning to sag, we too calling it a day about 11.30 a.m., our minds eye also pointing towards the Pimms pool party across at Fire. So, waving farewell to our favourite club, we made our slow but surefooted journey home to reflect on another brilliant Beyond made even better by the dynamic duo of Messrs Dower & Pitron.
Kicking off our clubbing at midnight on a Saturday had always been common place for as long as we can remember, but to spend twelve hours in the same club & same venue is pushing it a bit, even for us. Add to that the fact that we have always considered Beyond as a pure afterhours club, we find it difficult to break with the tradition of arriving from 5 or 6 a.m. onwards, the regularity of these midnight style parties beginning to take away the essence of what Beyond is all about. There seems to be a steadfast rule in clubbing (as in many walks of life) and that is “don’t fix what isn’t broken” and we think there is nothing wrong with keeping with the regular Beyond format, excepting on perhaps special holiday occasions. As for this midnight gathering?, well having landed at 6 a.m., it felt more like a regular Beyond for us, although the Cafe Ole influence did come to bear with the imported dancers & that dazzling robot which certainly dazzled. As for our highlights?, well they had to be the scintillating set from Steve & Mikey, they once again proving that they are the best in the business, while the look on Paul Heron’s face when we showed him our cheeky tweet was a classic moment that will live with us for a long time to come. (DISCO MATT)
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In any given weekend there is always one club that pretty much guarantees a reasonable turnout, even when there isn’t much else on to feed it, such is its popularity. Plus there has been a penchant for Sunday morning shindigs since the days of Trade and we have always loved that feeling of decadence & naughtiness that comes with clubbing when the vast majority of the rest of the world are either still tucked up in bed or going about the mundane normalities of life. But when a Bank Holiday lands, it seems that the conformist guard is well & truly dropped, people taking the opportunity to let their hair down & push the boundaries more than they would on a regular weekend. So, as a result the Sunday morning slot becomes a favourite, some partying on room the night (or nights) before, while for others, it’s the start of their clubbing cavorting. Yet, whichever camp you fall into, you can pretty much expect of roadblock of revellers descending on, in this case Vauxhall and the awesome afterhours that is Beyond.
With the last two bank holiday’s at the end of April & the beginning of May proving the fact that Beyond remains a popular choice on these extended weekends, home venue Area packed to the rafters with revellers on both occasions, rising thought to the need for additional capacity to cope with the extra clubbing crowd that is sure to swarm the scene this coming Spring break. So, as a result the team behind our most favourite club of all time, decided it was time to expand the Beyond boundaries a bit, sizing up the offer, not just by the level of D.J. talent, not just by the added attraction of P.A. performances, but by the literal square footage. However, with the option of spreading into the former Crash no longer at their disposal, the only other way was to expand on the opposite side, creating a historical link up with Barcode and, in the process, breaking down some of boundaries that had existed during the reign of the bars previous top management.
With the Barcode alliance a signed & sealed deal, Beyond “Supersize” became very much became a reality and this coming Sunday (29th May) will see this compelling combination play out for the clubbing community, the joining of forces of two of Vauxhalls most prolific venues, the ideal antidote to the roadblock issues of Beyond bank holidays of old. So, how will this venue combination work? Well, having spoken to the man in the know, Tom Fuller, this will be the deal. Whilst there is a link between the two towards the bottom end of Area’s main room, Tom has advised us that is cannot be used, so there will be no link to Barcode from within Beyond. However, with the expanse of outside space extending to both Area & Barcode opened up, this will make for a supersized alfresco space, with access to both sides (that is Area & Barcode) gained through their traditional entrances. Initial entry to this Beyond “Supersize” event will be controlled from one point through Area’s Embankment Bar, and for those of you attending Barcode beforehand, be aware that they will be closing in advance of the 6 a.m. Beyond start, so as to pave the way for this brilliant binding of the two brands.
So that kind of deals with the logistics of this “Supersize” splendour kind of laid out, what can you expect in terms of musical entertainment? Well, the usual three rooms will be expanded into five; the usual D.J. compliment increased accordingly, a massive 18 on duty across this super sized event. Now, naturally you can expect all the Beyond superstar residents, Steve Pitron, Mikey D, Jamie Head, The Sharp Boys, Gonzalo Rivas, Hifi Sean, Paul Christian, Fat Tony, The Oli & D’Johnny, but additional names in the frame include Oliver M, Jonny M (will they be the M&M’s?!?!) David Jimenez, Saki, DougUim, Leandro Kloppel, plus special guest D.J., Xlsior’s GSP (must be short for something we guess), Beyond teaming up with this Mykonos festival at the end of August, the music completely top draw & a surprise couple of “back-to-back” sessions up their sleeves (could be Steve & Mikey, David & D’Johnny, Oliver & Jonny (has to be the M&M’s!!) as well as some other surprise guests spinning some sounds, the choice of where to be in either Area or Barcode will be very difficult indeed. And, with Xlsior very much present for this “Supersize” party, expect the Greek influence, which will go for the visuals as well as the drop dead gorgeous dancers, new additions to the Beyond team having caught our eyes over the last couple of events & the beautiful Naomi back in the fold too. Plus, keep your eyes peeled the Xlsoir boys who will tell you all about winning free festival passes, while Area’s main room stage will be in full use, as will a number of additions next door in Barcode. Then if all that isn’t enough, the queen of the lighting scene is back, so Smalls will be waving her magical wand on the whole expanse of this “Supersize” party, the pyrotechnics & effects better than ever for sure. Add to that, the organisational might that includes Tom Fuller & his merry men, Philippe & of course, hostess Chrissy Darling and this Beyond will have it all, so simply cannot be missed!
Now to the all important detail and this Beyond “Supersize” event takes place this coming spring bank holiday Sunday at Area & Barcode in Vauxhall, doors (remember the Area Embankment entrance only) opening at 6 a.m. & this megaclub running through until an extended 2 p.m.. Advance tickets we suspect are a must and can be grabbed online at http://clubtickets.com or by popping into Prowler, Clone Zone, 50, or Rupert Street in Soho and Barcode in Vauxhall, priced at £15. However, if you fancy making your weekend, like Beyond, “Supersize”, why not go for the big ticket option, £40 getting you access to WE “Candy”, As One & (naturally) Beyond, the early bird £30 options having gone, but the regular ones still available at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-05/28/the-big-ticket. Plus, special discount entry will be available for Later, which takes place at Fire, straight after Beyond, so keep your eyes peeled for those.
So, as the official blurb quite rightly say’s, it seems that this coming weekend, “…all roads lead to Beyond…” and with SuperMartXe, WE “Candy” & all the other parties around town bowing out before this “Supersize” event kicks off, expect the expanded space to be packed & pumping. Naturally we will be there on “terrabite” review duty, but will also be “nibble sized review tweeting”, which you can catch at http://twitter.com/discomatt, both from our usual spot & around this super sized location, so if you see us, come say hi, but make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)owever, if you fancy making aH