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There was no George Michael, the prospect of a lengthy journey jaunt, an X Factor finalist lacking a dynamic draw, along with a tardy turnout that looked like laying this Logan Presents Anniversary to waste. But all that was before we made it to Proud2, we then enjoying one of the best P.A. performances ever, along with plenty more besides that left us walking away with a smile wider than a Cheshire cat’s. But did this Anniversary cake of a celebration actually rise to the occasion in our eyes or sink like a soggy soufflé in our minds?
We can count ourselves really fortunate to have come into contact with a whole host of key players within the capitals clubbing circuit over the years, promoters whom we have held close court with including Wayne Shires, Alex Erfan, Jodie Harsh, Oliver Mohns, Steven Sharp & Suzie Kruegar, all these prolific people commanding our huge respect for all sorts of varying reasons, while there are plenty more we could list that have made this the spectacular scene that it is. Then we turn to a bevy of the best brands these people have produced & promoted, Crash, Lovechild, Room Service, Matinee, Orange & Hard On!, all exceptional examples among stable full of others they have masterminded and have become, at worst, iconic, while at best, legendary. However, when we pinpoint certain promoters like the ones above (and there are plenty more where they came from) in our excellence category, there is another name that we also include in this illustrious company of clubbing commanders, a chap that has influenced the scene as much, if not more that all of the above, an individual that has, in the last three years or so, rarely been out of the spotlight or headlines and is a man that undoubtedly throws one hundred & ten percent into everything he does when presenting both parties & promotions to the masses and to the exceptional extent he does.
Logan Schmitz has already gone down in the capitals clubbing scene history books for, in a way, re-writing a chunk of the words of that book, perhaps also creating his own chapter of achievements, primarily for bringing Spanish brand SuperMartXe to the forefront of the mind’s of Londoners, with a string of successfully spectacular showings, a long list of exceptional events that include “Alice In Wonderland”, “The Wizard Of Oz”, “Under The Sea” & “Hot Wheels” (to mention just a few), a two year reign of resplendence, without question, elevating Logan & his team to the top of the capitals clubbing pile, only one brand stealing his thunder and one which he was heavily involved with at the time anyway. Then you extend your eyes onto the likes of “Hype”, “UP” & “Matinee”, all falling under the promotions umbrella that is Logan Presents, and the wave crest Mr Schmitz found his scene surfboard on was metaphorically has high as those heaped on Hawaii. But even he would admit that the wave came into shore quite sharply, not least due to the loss of his historical home, shortly followed by the debacle of Debut, SuperMartXe’s & Logan’s latest clubbing host, Pulse, not inspiring anywhere close to The Coronet, meaning that, as his 3rd Anniversary loomed, much boat pushing was needed to attract an attentive & adoring audience.
So the game plan was clear and with the fanfare that followed the first trickle of teasers back in early November, it was clear that Mr Schmitz was indeed looking to come back with a bang, the billing of one of the world’s biggest pop stars the centre-piece of his spangled showing, the promise of plenty elements to this exceptional event that would make it the best the scene had ever seen. Indeed, with the picture of this prolific party painted as history making & ground breaking, we were also told to expect an event we would never forget, the inclusion of one George Michael very much in ingredient that would pull the whole celebration cake mixture together, thus making one of the tastiest treats we had ever experienced in clubland. But, with fate dealing Logan a cruel hand, the situation that saw the events headliner land in hospital, the peddles on this event bicycle began to whizz round furiously, the frenzy over this whole unfortunate set of circumstances Mr Schmitz was facing, spiralling out of control, while it was that word, control, which saw a sense of calm return when further announcements revealed a dynamic D.J. line-up, planned pulsating production, a Spanish superstar songstress together with an emerging talent contest finalist, all encased in one of the best venue’s London has to offer. So, having previewed, reported & eventually recommended in extensive detail on this dance diary delectation, effectively talking the talk, it was time to for us to walk the walk, hot footing it down to Greenwich and Proud2 for this Logan Presents 3rd Anniversary accolade.
With our clubbing companion Miss Cougar accompanying us and what was a mere fifteen minute journey from the centre of town to our destination, The O2 Arena, negotiating the dome itself then finding the entrance to Proud2 proved a little less straight forward than our tube trip, but when we had completed our semi circular cycle, we were presented with a pretty efficient entry, save for a coatcheck queue that seemed to take longer than the score length justified. But with that formality over with, we were into Proud2 proper and immediately looking to find our bearings, a developing crowd beginning to spread out into the main room space, while we took ourselves up the first of many stairwells leading to the first floor & walkway that enveloped the sizeable space below. Pausing at the bar to collect refreshments for our companion, it wasn’t long before a ferry full of familiar faces began to present themselves to us, Tom Marchant grabbing much of our immediate attention, the long list extending to many more, including the two Ross’s, Paterson & Resicgno, Jorge Branco, & Ariel Mayer while the likes of DJ Alessandro Londra & Nathan 6 also stopped us in our tracks, we slightly aggrieved that we had missed out on Nathan’s opener of a set as he has always been a talent that has impressed us on a number of levels, he surely having done a sterling job in getting this anniversary event going.
With much of the greetings over with, it was time to focus on the party in hand, we deciding to take our position by the catwalk style stage that jutted out from the existing performance area, the D.J. booth to its right being occupied by the first of two international guests, Aaron the man in charge now, while AB Garcia would assume the decks much later into the event. But, while we were soaking up the superb scene, our playful partner in crime was acting out his cougar characteristics capriciously, first coming at us with his clawed fingers, very much hinting towards the first of two P.A. performers and then started burrowing under the curtain wrapped stage to see what was there, we calling him back to our spot in an embarrassed instant. And, as it materialised, we called him back just in time, as within seconds, a rope & ring dropped from the ceiling and a trapeze artist commenced to wow the attentive audience with his wonderful acrobatics, this the first of two simply spectacular showings that added just one of many of those star spangled elements that we had been expecting. And as soon as he was done, the stage proper erupted into life, pyrotechnic rockets & flaming effects framing the dozen or so dancers that filled the stage & catwalk, impressive LED displays lining the back of the performing area, lasers & other lighting exploding what had been a pretty sedate affair into an action packed anniversary adventure of the three years of Logan Presents, visuals chronicling the history of happenings for all to see.
However, it was clear to us that it was the performing artists that the crowd had really come to see, the stage shows as spectacular as they were, a simple side show to the stars that were due to perform, Kitty Brucknall the first to make an impression, rising up from beneath the stage extension, gripping her microphone tightly and then belting out a series of renditions that, if we are brutally honest, we couldn’t recognise, her struts up & down the catwalk commanding enough attention, the smoke plumes & pyro’s also adding plenty of pomp & circumstance, although for us, her performance lacked sufficient substance and dare we say it, the X factor. But in stark contrast, Rebeka Brown was simply spectacular, stunning, awesome, brilliant & magnificent, plus all the other adjectives in the dictionary available to describe her two stage showings. Treating us to a catalogue of her hits, her latest “Big Bad Bitch” included which was all the more appropriate as she had two female dancers on stage with her, both crouching to each side as she intimated abusive treatment, other songs she sang including “Sun Rising Up” and a fabulous favourite of ours “Offshore”, which brought more than a few emotionally joyful tears to our eyes, while she absolutely nailed both “We Found Love” & “Save The World Tonight”, the powerful elegance of her voice the virtual opposite to Kitty’s shrills, Rebeka’s stage presence delightfully domineering & masterfully executed, while her predecessor’s was whimpish in her wake, the chalk & cheese comparison to the two difficult to avoid, while we would go as far as saying that Ms Brown’s performance was the best we have seen in a club ever & anywhere, even topping Peyton’s New Year showing at WE, the goose bumps running all over our body evidence to just how thrilling & roof lifting it was.
Rebeka aside, the other spectacular star of this anniversary accolade was Tony English, this delightful D.J. nestling his set between the two P.A. performances and really setting the place alight with his scintillating sound selections, the brilliant balance between euro come Spanish style beats with more upfront house, a couple of classics from yesteryear thrown in for good measure, including “Downpipe” & “Situation”. And unlike Aron who, for us looked quite miserable behind the decks (Miss Cougar thought he was going to cry), Tony was clearly enjoying every minute of his moments in the Logan presents spotlight, throwing all his energy into his performance and clearly understanding that, as the musical focal point, he was very much on stage in everybody’s eyes. As for the roll call of other D.J.’s, well AB Garcia put in a solid set which started with a recent favourite of ours, Avicii’s “Levels”, while the planned room two didn’t get off to a start, although this did mean that the equally planned boogie with one of its mainstay’s, Nick Tcherniak, was shunted forward in our agenda a little. And, while calls from afar were trying to tug us away from Proud2 & back to Vauxhall, we saw out virtually the whole of the rest of event, before retiring into very nippy early morning, to make the more drawn out journey home and reflect on a night that had plenty more highs than we were expecting hours before.
So yes, before you ask, this celebration cake of an event did rise to the occasion, added to which, having fended off a fury of folks after the event, seeking our opinion on this Logan presents 3rd Anniversary outing, the next thing we would say is that no amount of words can do justice to the resounding role that Rebeka played in making this a more than worthwhile venture out east, she matching her brilliant billing every single step of the way and in doing so elevating this from what could easily have been an also ran to an absorbing & engaging event. On top of that, the stage setting, the production, the effects, the lighting & the venue itself also lived up to our expectations and in some respects, the LED displays especially, exceeded them, while the acrobatic displays by that amazing athlete, trapeze artist, whatever you want to call him, was another huge highlight, the beauty of his balances, the suppleness of his spins & his handling of the ropes & rings truly tremendous, all adding to a delectably dynamic dimension & drama to this dancing delight of a Logan Presents devotion. Yes we could mention the fact that the club wasn’t packed, although the numbers certainly weren’t anything close to tardy and yes, we could go on & on about the fact that this should have, could have & would have been a history making & ground breaking event had George Michael been there, but the plain fact of the matter is that he wasn’t, so with professional dexterity, rather than dwelling on it, Logan put this sorry situation to one side, making the show & spectacle go on in the best possible way and for that alone we have to salute him. But moreover, we have to commend him for being bold enough to offer the scene something daringly different, Mr Schmitz proving to us that he still knows how to throw a prolific party & a spectacular show, so we look forward to him being back in that spotlight he should be standing in, and before very long at that. (DISCO MATT)
We have previewed, we have reported and now it is time to recommend, and in doing so, cut the wheat from the chaff, thereby not just reflecting our continued support for this audacious anniversary, but delving into the detail of what you can expect from this delightfully dynamic dance deliverance on 17th December.
Without exception, there is absolutely no doubt that the one promoter that has made the most massive impact on the capitals clubbing scene over the last three years is one Logan Schmitz, a man whose determination to bring the best parties & production to an audience that, like the man himself, love pushing the boundaries & going that extra mile to impress on all levels, thus creating an event experience that is truly exceptional & enjoyable to the extreme. And through Spanish super brand SuperMartXe, the Logan Presents team have achieved exactly that, a whole string of super sized & successful showings making their magnificent mark, our personal list of favourites extending to “Under The Sea”, “Hot Wheels” & “The Wizard Of Oz”., However, these are just three in a whole catalogue of colossal clubbing compositions that have seen the Logan Presents umbrella of parties play out to packed places of party goers for much of its three year history, whether it be at The Coronet, The Brixton Academy or in previous associations with the likes of As One, while enough has already been said of recent fortunes and something we are determined to pick up in a forthcoming post on London’s clubbing scene.
But Logan’s credentials within the clubbing scene, not just here in the capital but over in Ibiza, on the Spanish mainland & in other areas, such as Miami, extend back much further than the recent Logan Presents family of brands, that family naturally including the popular private party, UP, Logan’s own extension of SuperMartXe, Hype and, of course, his associations with another Spanish super club, Matinee. Indeed, it was Matinee that first drew our attention to the audacious yet engaging American, as it was Logan who was very much behind the spectacular stage shows that Matinee became famous for in the capital, not least when it was stationed at Fabric, “Knockout” an outstanding example of just what lengths Logan is prepared to go to in order to dazzle his dancing devotees and something which he has continued to do throughout his illustrious & headline making clubbing career. And having gained exclusive access to the mind & thoughts of Mr Schmitz just this week, he has been proud to tell us that “…, I give 100% of my energy into all shows that I produce…” he adding that “…I that I spend an enormous amount money and time on production…” these no hollow claims as you only have to see the stunning stage shows he produces to be sure of that fact.
So, as a result, Logan’s reputation in Spain, Ibiza, Miami &, of course, here in London has been built on that ethos, his production pedigree clearly undoubted, hence why it came as no surprise that he would once again push the boundaries with the marking of the Logan Presents 3rd Anniversary. And, just before we delve into that detail as we promised, it is worth noting just exactly what has been going in within the tight team that is Logan presents since the event announcement, Mr Schmitz himself telling us that “…I have worked night and day trying to make this event just as spectacular as it should be. I have not spared any expense to show London a new and incredible venue with some really great performances all night long…” he adding that “…I am very excited about this weekend as I am proud to be a part of this scene…” and we are both proud to be supporting Logan as well as proud that he remains a part of this dynamically diverse clubbing circuit we also find ourselves within, as without the choice, plus without Logan’s input, all we face is a monotone schedule of clubs that simply become, as we have said before, same old, same old. Now, stepping back off our soap box, proud is actually a pretty relevant word, as it is Proud2 that will be hosting this Logan Presents 3rd Anniversary event this Saturday (17th Dec), one that we are told is very much a state of the art venue based within the O2 complex in Greenwich, accolades such as this from Time Out magazine “…from the push seating & booths littered around, even the beds circling the new outside bar, to the multisensory atmosphere inside, few venues have been this bold, on this scale…” to London 24’s, which said “…Proud2 is a highly professional event staging venue, the fabulous facilities, air conditioning and bars were all top notch with a huge contained smoking area & merchandising section really distinguishing the club from its competitors…” the team adding that “…Logan Presents will transform this enormous custom built venue into the biggest display of outrageous entertainment that no club in the country has ever been able to provide…” adding that “…the event will feature one massive dance arena framed dramatically by two mezzanine balconies with clear stage views from every angle and a second dance space for those looking for something more intimate…” a all pretty much sealing the deal for us, simply leaving us to say of the venue, it has to be seen to be believed, so like us, Saturday is your rare chance to do just that!!
With the venue credentials pretty much sorted, we now turn to the music and Logan has not spared any expense in bringing a truly terrific team to celebrate this 3rd Anniversary in style, SuperMartXe resident AB Garcia headlining a seven strong team of D.J.’s that includes one of the lynch pins in Logan’s team of London residents, Tony English, this prestigious talent not only having represented the brand here in the capital for the last score or more of parties, but is responsible for putting together the Logan presents monthly podcast. And this latest (Dec) one an absolute corker, not least as it featured our very own Milano man, Danny Verde, but moreover, gives you all the latest information on Saturday’s Anniversary event, so is a definite on the list listen in advance of tripping down to Proud2, which you can do right now via direct link http://loganpresentspodcast.podomatic.com/entry/2011-12-04T23_53_40-08_00). Tony aside, Logan is thrilled to welcome back Nick Tcherniak to the decks, Nick of course also connected with the mother of all clubs, Trade, which played out to a packed out Pulse back at the end of October for its own Anniversary (it’s 21st), Nick very much in the thick of the action then, as he will no doubt be on Saturday too, his pumping tech tones & barnstorming beats sure to go down a treat, a trip to his podcast page at http://nicktcherniak.podomatic.com/ also well worth making, as you will find a catalogue of compilations that will give you a flavour of the musical excellence to expect from Nick come Saturday night. Then add into the mix, the likes of Nathan 6, D.J. Aron, Steven Geller and another terrific talent we are really looking forward to seeing & hearing again, our super Swede, Per Q.X., like Nick, a hugely experienced & accomplished D.J. that has a whole host of brands under his belt, not least the wonderfully whacky Gutterslut, while is studio productions are equally accomplished, the huge hit “Blow Your Trumpet” one among many that Per’s name appear in the upper echelons of music download charts across the globe, a whole raft of his recent releases out via http://soundcloud.com/perqx & like the other two sites, well worth a visit.
So, onto the shows & particularly the performers and while naturally now we know that, due to ill health, George Michael will not be appearing, as this is now very much historical news, we see no point of dwelling on it, rather to instead accentuate the positive as this post aims to do, Logan looking to prolific P.A. Rebeka Brown as one of his ace cards in the production pack, which, to use card gaming terms, should see her playing to a full house. And choosing Rebeka for the line-up reunites her with Logan, she having performed for both SuperMartXe & Matinee here in the capital on a handful of occasions, her return surely to be warmly received, not least as she will be armed with her new smash hit “Big Bad Bitch” (catch a preview at http://youtube.com/watch?v=RhkZczVYuR8), while she has plenty of other tracks in her repertoire including, among a host of others, “Sun Rising Up”, “Don’t Let This Moment End” and our particular favourite “Offshore”, a track that has gripped us with emotion on the capital’s dancefloors for a fair chunk of this year (will she sing it?!?!). Plus, having the stage presence she does, along with now getting a sizable crack at the centre stage whip, we reckon her performance will be something definitely to write home about, or in our case write resoundingly rapturously about. Then there is Kitty Brucknall from X-Factor and while, like with George, we have devoted plenty of attention to her, all that is in effect, water in the proverbial bridge, as having spoken to Logan on the subject, he quite rightly says that “…I was never looking for someone to replace George, that is impossible…” he adding that “…it was Kitty who offered to come on board to help out…” and to be perfectly honest, given everything we have put to print, she one of the highlights we are looking forward to on Saturday.
Now to the all important detail of this exceptional event, which takes place this Saturday &17th Dec) at Proud2 (full address, The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 – website link http://proud2.com/), doors opening at 11 p.m. and the event running through to a planned 6 a.m. finish. Advance tickets, having sold like hot cakes, are still available online via direct link http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-12/17/logan-presents-the-3rd-anniversary-starring-george-michael priced at £25, while for those looking to splash out, VIP options are available too, tickets also on sale at various Soho outlets including Clone Zone, 50 & Solarstation. As for getting across to Greenwich, there are plenty of options, North Greenwich tube station directly linked to The O2 Arena, while the riverboat service (we have taken this option on a couple of occasions recently) is one of the best ways to arrive. Plus, it is worth noting that Proud2 themselves boast their very own unique shuttle service to & from North Greenwich station, dropping guests less than 100 yards from the clubs front doors, while they also provide guests with a £2 bus to three of London’s all night train & bus stations, Victoria, Liverpool Street & Waterloo, running from 1.30 a.m. each hour until 5 a.m. Travel arrangements aside, Proud2 looks like being on hell of a host venue and like many, we can’t wait to see exactly what a stunning spectacle it is, not least that Logan will be very much pushing the boat out with production unparalleled in any event seen on the capitals clubbing circuit, this among all the other reasons we have mentioned, to make a date with this 3rd Anniversary event on Saturday.
So, while George may not be there, we couldn’t think of a better way to wish him well, than by showing your support for this prolific party, but moreover, taking in a staging that is sure to be stunningly spectacular & far more an exciting prospect than the same old, same old arches options. We will, of course, be there to review it all, so if you see us please come & say hi, leaving us to simply say, make sure you “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)