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With love and resurrection very much in the air this Valentine’s weekend, we follow on from our preview “Speeding Out Of The Sidings” with a further detailed look at new clubbing collaborative combo, This Is Prohibition, which makes its first sidings showtime splash on the scene this Saturday with its “Love Resurrection” event.
After what can only be described as a lack lustre January on the capitals clubbing circuit, it seems February has really sprung into life and while the weather may not be reminiscent of spring, the new clubbing seeds & shoots are certainly injecting life into a scene that has been crying out for a change to the same old same old. Indeed with new club Baked, now BakeBox, leading the way, Swallow & Butch quickly following and even Deelooded shaking up the scene with a move out east, there has been plenty for party goers to get their teeth into, while it seems that this new blood has awakened experienced hands too, although the very idea of propelling & promoting a new proposition that has the names “Manic & “Panic” in them seems, to us at least, quite preposterous. However, we can be gratified with the much more palatable prospect of a new clubbing combo that brings together a bevy of brilliant brands under one roof, echoing the excellence of previous projects such as Famous Five, Universe and even As One, the new kid on the collaborative clubbing block very much a resurrection of familiars of old making for a compelling new combination that breathes equally new life into a concept that never fails to captivate clubbers.
This Is Prohibition is the brainchild of one Alex Erfan, the man behind brands such as Salvation & Lovechild and who was intrinsically involved in bringing the now massive WE Party to London, Alex’s achievements over the years speak for themselves, a host of other international parties playing out here in the capital due in no part to his involvement, Hustlaball probably the most notable of all. However, in terms of clubbing combo’s Alex can be credited with launching & driving what was a soaring success story that was As One while he was the driving force behind the massive London Global Dance Festival that, in a string of showings over one weekend back in 2010, captivated the capital, boasting international brands & D.J.’s galore, the mere mention of clubs Muccassassina, Propaganda, This Is Ibiza, Delice, Scream, Infinita, & Nightkomm, along with D.J.’s Danny Verde, Phil Romano, Steven Redant, Ana Paula, Ben Manson, Ian Gomez, & Chris Bekker speaking volumes of their own but testament to the contact & networking skills that Mr Erfan has built his reputation on over the years. Indeed, with his connections many international outings, including Delice Dream & The European Gay Ski Week, as well as having toured both Salvation & Lovechild across Europe & beyond, bring brands and being at the centre of collaborations seems to be in his blood, hence is desire to breathe new life into a concept which, with the faltering of As One, seemed to be hitting the buffers.
So let’s recap on The Is Prohibition, both as a concept and as a collaboration, the name itself coming from the period of time in the US during the 1920’s/30’s when there was a national ban on the production, transportation and sale of alcohol, although come Saturday it will be a prohibition of a different kind, the only prohibition being on extortionate drinks prices, as Alex neatly puts it, “…for those seeking alcohol, it will be free flowing on the night, but at what we like to call fair “prohibition” style prices…”. Indeed, while prohibition is the name, it’s very much not the game in terms of restriction on the male or female mix, Mr Erfan keen to stress that “…all the gay tribes are welcome from bear to muscle boys with their best girlfriends to homo thugs and fans of New York house, all with the right love of clubbing attitude…” also saying “…it’s going to be social, sexy, beery and we will dance till dawn…”. And when you take a look at the brands & clubs Alex has brought together, you will see that this will be one pulsating party that has pretty much something for everyone, the fulsome foursome that is Lovechild, Bear Necessity, Queer Nation & Butch sure to each add their own sparkle on the combinative spotlight that will shine bright on this “Love Resurrection” event this Saturday. As for each individual element, well Lovechild makes a welcome return to London on the back of a season of Saturday’s that scored a number of successes over its three year history, while its European excursions have been equally impressive, the combination of seductiveness & showtime simply superb, while Patrick Lilley’s Queer Nation pretty much speaks for itself, reigning an alternative supreme for well over ten years, serving up a heady music mixture of house, rnb, pop & hip hop to a fervent fan base of followers & more. Then, with Bear Necessity, the international brand that once again makes its mark on London, together with new clubbing boy Butch, we have the macho male element to balance against the other two, this combo sure to pull in a marvellous mixture of men & women all looking to party at Prohibition with no inhibitions or indeed prohibitions.
To the music now and This Is Prohibition brings together some simply superb talent from across the capitals clubbing circuit, as well as international players landing on London especially for this creative combo, a terrific ten that while be flying their respective flags for the four brands, Alex thrilled to announce the inclusion of Alan K in the line-up, a man whose repertoire has included Beyond, Gravity, A:M and Later, while the mighty monthly Monday meet Trinity is a big part of his playing package too, recent developments down Vauxhall way having seen Alan spearhead a new direction for venue Covert (more to come on that in a spate feature), while who can forget that stunning set for Lovechild a couple of years ago, when he pretty much stole the show. So with Alan spinning for Lovechild, he will join regular residents Alessandro Londra and the two Tony’s, Messrs Bruno & English and special guest Oliver M, making for a Lovechild room of majestic music you won’t want to miss, while Bear Necessity forms the other big space, Micky Galliano & Sharon O Love flying the flag here. As for Queer Nation, well it wouldn’t be the same without Jeffrey Hinton who heads up a team that includes Mista Pierre & special guest Ben Jamin, while a little birdie tells me that promoter Patrick Lilley might even jump on the decks too, hosts Mark-Ashley Dupe & Clington Forbes sure to keep the party pace pumping all night. Then the final combo piece is Butch, who will be hosting the manly Butch Bar for the beer drinking men, promoter Manu Cartagenero sure to have a selection of spinning stars up his sleeve, while the club plays host to the “official” This Is Prohibition pre-party tomorrow night (Thurs 14th Feb), more info on this out at https://facebook.com/events/124661317711579/.
However, the centre piece of this sidings showtime spectacle will be the P.A. performance from Abigail Bailey, a performer that hit the big time back in 2005 with the huge house hit “I Just Can’t Get Enough”, while Chris Lake’s “Changes”, Soul Central’s “Time After Time” and another huge house hit “Something On Your Mind” all have Abigail’s strong vocal influence. And while she is also a respected D.J., having headlined many club events both in the U.K. and internationally, it is her production work that still plays a major part in her life, with no less than thirty single/EP releases to date, “Touch Me” & “Breath Away” from 2009 two of our favourites, while her recent studio work with Nick Tcherniak produced the download chart topping “Sundance”, this on top of releases on labels such as MOS, Defected, Toolroom and Pacha Records, there is no doubting both Abigail’s production pedigree and pulling power. So, having worked in on a new track with Pacha’s own Tony English, This Is Prohibition is thrilled to premiere & showcase the result, the new single, “Love Resurrection”, getting on exclusive live performance airing on Saturday and one we cannot wait to both hear & see, while we are sure she will also treat us to a couple of classics from her hoard of hits. Ms Bailey aside, This Is Prohibition will be rolling out plenty of performance eye candy in the form of a sexy stud troupe from the Alphamale stable, porn star Marco Sessions one of the many macho males on stage both in the Lovechild & Bear Necessity rooms, while we are also promised with a deluge of drop dead gorgeous dancers, special effects & lighting to ignite this warehouse style clubbing combo which takes place at the newly formed venue, The Sidings Warehouse (formerly The Arches), one which has a real clubbing heritage, having been the home to XXL, as well as hosting the legendary 18th & 20th birthday bashes for the mother of clubbing, Trade.
So to the detail and This Is Prohibition “Love Resurrection” event, which brings together brands Lovechild, Bear Necessity, Queer Nation & Butch, takes place this Saturday (16th February) at the Sidings Warehouse in Southwark (51-53 Southwark St., London SE1), doors opening at 11.30 p.m. and this Valentine’s event running through to a planned 6 a.m. finish, advance tickets on sale via Soho outlets Prowler, Clone Zone & Fifty Dean as well as online at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2013-02/16/this-is-prohibition, the early bird tickets now sold out, while the standard £10 options remain extremely good value for money and fit the ethos of This Is Prohibition perfectly and, what’s more, the team will be keeping the door entry price down too, this on top of the extremely reasonable bar prices, coatcheck and other costs that make this exceptional event a true budget busting bash, the team quite rightly boasting that This Is Prohibition is “… going to be social, sexy, beery and we will dance till dawn…” adding “…with Bear Necessity coming out of hibernation and Queer Nation first event in 12 months it really is a club resurrection for love on this night of love…” as well as reaffirming that “…all the gay tribes are welcome from bear to muscle boys with their best girlfriends to homo hip happener’s fans of New York house, all with the right love of clubbing attitude…”. And with a reminder of the official pre-party hosted by Butch at East Bloc starts the This Is Prohibition ball rolling tomorrow night (Thurs 14th Feb), as well as a special guest, pre-party ahead on the event itself on Saturday from 10.30 p.m., more information available via the This Is Prohibition page at https://facebook.com/ThisIsProhibition.
So, as we fight off a nasty viral bug that has derailed our devotions, this marks our own speeding from the sidings and with best foot forward we will be at the centre of this superb sidings showtime spectacle, so if you see us out on Saturday, then come say hi, but regardless of us, we reckon that This Is Prohibition is a must meet meaning you should definitely “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Having revised the format of our “Pick Of The Day” choices, we continue to look forward with our selection’s, today (Mon 23rd July) hitting on SuperMartXe, which makes a welcome return to the capital’s clubbing circuit this Saturday (28th July) with their “Olympiade” event at Brixton Electric, all the detail banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while we propel the official PR beneath
In advance of our own take on the welcome return of SuperMartXe to the capitals clubbing circuit, our Weekend Focus special also entitled “Spanish Super Brand Back” due out in the next day or so, we thought we would propel the PR from the clubs new promoters, (more info on them in our focus) now, as part of our “Pick of The Day” post today (Mon 23rd July) With the detail including D.J. line-up’s venue info, & pre-party plans, to make it easier to follow, we have split it into bite size chunks as follows
Over the last year the absence of what has become the world’s biggest party brand has been noted by so many loyal fans. Therefore we are very pleased to announce the return of this legendary club to London. Yes SuperMartXe is BACK!!!
…and it’s host venue…
In little more than a year, The Electric Brixton has established an enviable reputation as one of London’s leading dance clubs. With a massive stage and state of the art sound and lights, The Electric is the ideal location and the perfect home for a spectacular party such as SuperMartXe.
…then summarising the “Olympiade” event…
Just a day after the opening ceremony of the Olympics Games, SMX celebrates its return to London with a huge party: SuperMartXe OLYMPIADE 2012
Spectacular stage shows, incredible costumes and production with a whole army of the best dancers and performers from across Europe, so for SuperMartXe “Olympiade”, we are planning one of the most spectacular shows ever seen in London. Raul Gonzales will be directing the shows on the night with an exclusive cast of dancers and performers selected from across Europe.
…and of the D.J.’s…
SuperMartXe London is pleased to present for “Olympiade, SMX resident headliner Hugo Sanchez, who will be joined by London based D.J.’s Tony English, Sharon O Love & Ferno.
Hugo Sanchez, a long standing SMX resident at Ushuaia and Privilege in Ibiza is also one of Madrid Pride’s favourite D.J.’s rocking 10,000+ venues. His many remixes include club smashes “I’ll Be Missing You” “I Drove All Night” & “Lady Luck”, as well as countless original tracks. Get ready for the Hugo Sanchez explosion in 2012!!!!
Tony English has rapidly become one of the most sought-after D.J.’s on the London club scene. He has been one of SuperMartXe London’s residents from the very start alongside Pushca, Lovechild, Lo-Profile & Hoxton Pony Plus, his weekly Gaydar Radio show CLUB NATION has made him a household name overnight.
Sharon O Love has had an amazing international year with residencies and gigs throughout Europe, America and Asia. London is going to see much of this talented DJ.
D.J./Producer Ferno, is a long time Booster resident and has a diary chokker full of international dates, Ibiza to Japan, USA to France, so is jetting into London to play the opening set at SuperMartXe “Olympiade” before flying back out to Europe. With the recent success of his new track ‘Sexy Popcorn’ at the Winter Music Festival, Ferno certain to turn a few heads in this year.
…want to be treated like royality???….
Electric has one of the best VIP Table reservation services in London’s Club land so why not step into the glittering world of Celebrity VIP Clubbing for the night by up-grading to a VIP package at just £25. VIP Tickets are on sale now these giving you access to the VIP Room throughout the night, as well as swift Q-jump entry, complimentary coat check, a very special SMX goodie bag and a glass of Champagne upon arrival.
To reserve a VIP table please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, while your VIP room host for the night will be Julian Bennett (TV personality and presenter of Queer Eye), he joined by D.J.’s Lee Harris and Stewart Who? spinning the sounds .
…to the pre & after parties….
1st pre-party hosted by Friday 27th July Rupert Street on Friday 27th July, with D.J. Saki on the decks, then on Saturday 28th July it’s the turn of at Barcode Vauxhall to host, with with D.J. Riano, blasting out the beats, both parties starting at 8pm.
Then the after-party, “Shine” will take place post at the Brixton Clubhouse from 6 a.m. onwards, the first 500 “Olympiade” paying guests receiving a free entry wristband, while more info on this event will follow shortly.
…and the event summary & ticket details…
So, it’s glamorous, exciting, fresh, innovative, stunning, sexy & simply unmissable, yes SuperMartXe is back with a bang so make sure you are there. And of course book the Monday off work as it is going to be one HUGE weekend!!
Advance tickets at £15 available online at http://supermartxe.clubtickets.com/gb/2012-07/28/supermartxe-olympiade-2012, where you can also grab those VIP options, while tickets are being released to Soho outlets this week, although you will also be able to pay on the door, but expect to pay more.
We have seen the return of Gigolo, the launch of Blitz and now Soho prepares for a third protagonist to the social soiree set, as enigmatic individual, Johnny Sparkle brings his dream of promoting a club on the capitals circuit to fruition, Disco Matt biting into the detail on Lush-Moa which storms the scene this Sunday.
February on the capital’s clubbing circuit is usually a month for taking stock and preparing for spring, although like the shift in the global climate, it seems that a handful of individuals are rather using it to bring to budding fruition hopes & plans for long dreamed about creations. So, we have witnessed the weekly return of Gigolo at new home The Shadow Lounge, we have seen the launch of Blitz, a new bar come club at the old stomping ground of Kudos, and now we see a venue on Greek Street which is also getting in on this amazing act, the Soho scene seemingly sparkling like spring, rather than withering like winter. And in Green Carnation, we find this new protagonist within the Soho clubbing circuit, the venue a stylish spot that has been around as long as we can remember, its previous incarnation as Sanctuary pretty much responsible for the vibrant social soiree scene that we see today, Room Service just a block away heading up a long list of adventures that make this niche end of the clubbing market so appealing. But with Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, & Thursday’s pretty much a done deal, new to the London promotions game, Johnny Sparkle, has chosen Sunday as his day of reckoning as be brings us his clubbing concept, Lush-Moi.
So what’s it all about Alfie? Well, the ideology behind the club night is an injection of French chic & fancy to London, Mr Sparkle looking to bring across some special Parisian players to join the band of Brits he has lined up as his D.J. residency team (more on them in a mo). However, more than that, Lush-Moi aims itself at the stylish & sophisticated Soho set, the oasis that is Green Carnation the perfect place to pull in a cosmopolitan yet classy crowd, Johnny explaining of his concept, “…imagine a sophisticated party known for its glamour, sumptuous surroundings and the most eligible crowd and you have Lush-Moi…”, he adding of our expectations, “…As soon as you walk through the doors, the sound and the atmosphere seduce you into the fabulous world of self-indulgence…” and if you have ventured into Green Carnation of late, that is pretty much what the venue offers and a feel that Lush-Moi will be extenuating through an exemplary experience. And Johnny brings a fair amount of experience to the fore in this new venture, he having organised & ran clubs & events both here in London across in France & as far away as Brazil, he being noted as saying in a recent interview, “…I am really excited to bring to the scene a French taste to energise the London 2012 clubbing scene and with the world’s eyes focussing on the capital with the upcoming Olympics, I consider this as the right time to bring the best of London’s clubbing scene to the forefront…”.
Now, with the concept capped, what’s on offer on the music front?, Well, Mr Sparkle has enlisted a team of residents that harp from his “Booster” times, the team including Sharon O Love, a terrific talent that had a huge 2011, tours of Mexico & gigs across Europe showering her schedule, he funky, upfront & tech toned house music sure to fit the Lush-Moi ethos, a selection of her sounds well worth checking out at http://soundcloud.com/dj-sharon-o-love, her music always having an uplifting feel with drenches of vocals, her latest creation for Amsterdam’s “Funhouse” probably as close to the style of sound to expect from Sharon at the launch tonight. Then there is Jc Christopher, a guy in the thick if the music industry, working for agency Milk n Sugar, while in terms of D.J.’ing he has, of course played “Booster”, he has a regular slot with Friday nighter “Onyx” and makes the occasional appearance for Soho’s Rupert St, as well as being accredited to clubbing brands that include As One, Lovechild, Later, & Salvation, while a selection of his podcast pressings, which he titles “House Mix Tapes” out at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/house-mix-tapes/id343071724. With other residents including La Gosse, Dan K (of Barcode & “Booster” fame) & Joz F, while there seems to be a pretty thick “Booster” vein flowing through this team, Lush-Moi & its music is very much a major departure from both Vauxhall & this former Sunday night session, perhaps the seventh day in the week, the only real association.
So that’s the music, what about the detail?, Well, Lush-Moi launches tonight (Sun 5th Feb) at The Green Carnation (4-5 Greek St, Soho), doors opening at 7 p.m. and the club running through to a workable closing time of 1 a.m., the team tempting you in with a happy hour which runs for two, from 7 till 9, while entry is £8 (£6 with flyer, concession or ad), that pretty much summing up all you need to know, while a refresher on the detail is just a click away at http://everysparkle.co.uk/. Therefore, with us wishing Johnny & his team every success for this new Soho soiree splendour, we leave it to Mr Sparkle to sum up the event, when he says of Lush-Moi, “…think provocative, play full and witty, enjoy the experience of a delightful theatrical role play, see and feel everything that is Lush full and fabulous, when you open yourself to fantasy, your Lush-Moi comes to life…” he concluding “…let’s get Sunday’s parties started…” meaning snow or no snow Soho looks set to sparkle when Lush-Moi moseys on down into town, meaning you should definitely “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Without doubt, the last twelve months or so has seen one of London’s most forward thinking & progressive clubs brands do just that, a whole succession of successful parties having played out across Europe and into the Middle East, destinations like Amsterdam, Lille, Barcelona & Istanbul receiving Lovechild rapturously, promoter Alex Erfan’s latest success story coming out of Tel Aviv just a couple of months ago, the Israeli’s lapping up the captivating concept, the delectable dancers, the marvellous music and the sparkling stage shows that Lovechild has become famous for. So, having established this bond, it was only a matter of time before Mr Erfan re-affirmed connections with the joyous Jewish, this time celebrating Eilat Pride and joining forces with the Israeli capital’s biggest club brand FFF. But not only will Lovechild be celebrating out in Eilat this coming Friday night (13th May), but a double dose of Pride style partying will see London host its own devotion to one of the first Pride events in the world, Eilat only preceded by Gran Canaria & Hawaii.
So, with Pride fever about to sweep London town, what can we expect from this latest Lovechild love-in here in the capital? Well the joining of forces with the FFF group is a further example of Alex Erfan’s extensive connections across the worldwide clubbing community, FFF without doubt Israel’s biggest gay clubbing brand and one that has a solid international reputation. Based in Tel Aviv, their fortnightly parties have incredible synergy with Lovechild, as FFF events are prized for their delectable dancers, magnificent music & spectacular stage shows, the club night welcoming a host of international D.J. stars to play at their parties, names like Juanjo Martin, Carlos Gallardo, Danny Verde, & Ana Paula, while other big clubbing brands have made their presence felt at FFF, Space, SuperMartXe & WE featuring recently. Indeed such was SuperMartXe’s presence at FFF, a video is out to the wider world, taken at last year’s Pride event, giving you a snap shot of FFF in full flow at http://youtube.com/watch?v=cqN6ER2OIvM, while Mirrorballs TV made their own recording of Lovechild’s visit in April, well worth a look at http://clicker.com/web/mirrorballstv/lovechild-fff-group-tel-aviv-1662302/#, both brands working really well with FFF, which incidentally stands for “Friendly Freedom Friday” (what a fabulous title, don’t you think?!).
So, that’s FFF, but what can you expect when it meets Lovechild at Fire on Saturday? Well plenty of that spectacular stage show action for a start, the new band of Lovechild dancers having gone down an absolute storm at the last outing & sure to provide bucket loads of eye candy, not to mention the sexy & seductive feel for which both Lovechild & FFF are renowned. Plus with the imported influence of FFF’s producer/promoter, Shirazi, expect plenty of the unexpected throughout the stage appearances, not to mention a plenty of dazzling dancing & creative costumes to impress. Plus, Lovechild’s usual feature, the contact room, will be in action and Mirrorballs TV will be there to film it all, so if you’re planning to take your tops off & dance (we all do don’t we?!?) then a trip down the gym to pump up those pecs would be a good idea. The, host venue Fire will be pulling out all the stops on the lighting & effects front, particular attention being paid to the main room installations which let Lookbetternaked down a little last weekend, although having spoken with Alex, he assures us that Fire are ready & sorted on that score.
Now to the music and FFF will be bringing resident D.J. Tal Cohen with them, this prestigious talent a well know figure back in Tel Aviv, his eclectic mix of sounds definitely aimed at the notoriously fussy Israeli clubbing crowd, who often seem too consumed with everything Offer Nissam. That said, Tad does have a unique sound that sets him apart from his counterpart, the mix of disco, rhythm & blues, blended neatly into up to date electro house sure to please the London audiences ears and deliver something a little different. In fact, to get a feel of what to expect, check out his latest compilation mix at , while you can see Tal in action via this video, recorded direct from one of his performances at FFF, the link being http://youtube.com/watch?v=SbNFpAf0r_4.
Joining Tal will be a host of Lovechild’s resident D.J.’s headlined by Tony English who, we have to say, in on fantastic form at the moment, having treated us tremendously at “Society” last Friday night. Tony has also played over in Tel Aviv, representing Lovechild there, so the fit couldn’t be better and whist we are still patiently waiting for a new compilation from him (Tony is a very busy boy!) it’s always worth checking out his podcast site at http://djtonyenglish.com, although when it comes to his main room performances at Lovechild, lots of vocals, euro & Spanish beats along with the odd anthem thrown in for good measure of the order of the English day. In terms of other stars making a show, Sharon O Love is back for another main room appearance, while it does seem like a return trip for many, Lee Harris, Gabriele Cutrano & Savin, all brought in to spice this Lovechild party up. So given that line-up, you can definitely expects hoards of heavenly house hits to really elevate the atmosphere, while for the tougher edge of the Contact room, who better than the Sicilian duo of Alessandro Londra & Gabriele Cutrano, while the master of ambient to progressive beats, Tony Bruno, will be taking charge of the “love” lounge, and if his performance at Lookbetternaked is anything to go by, this part of the club will be packed. Check our postscript at the foot of this focus for links to all the D.J.’s podcast pages.
So, to the all important detail and Lovechild Meets FFF takes place this Saturday (14th May) at Fire in Vauxhall, doors opening at 11 p.m. and the club running through until a planned 6 a.m. Advanced tickets at just £10 are on sale via the usual outlets in Soho, that is Prowler, Clone Zone & 50, while online options are available at http://clubtickets.com/gb/2011-05/14/lovechild-presents-fff-group and/or via http://alexerfan.com., where you can also obtain more info (do you need it?!?!) on this event, as well as the host of other parties Mr Erfan presents, including the upcoming As One (Sunday 29th May) and Hustlaball (Saturday 11th June). If you prefer just to turn up, then entry is available on the door but expect to pay a little more and remember that Fire’s drink prices remain pretty reasonable for a club, so this party certainly isn’t going to leave a huge hole in your pocket. And don’t forget you party heads, that beyond kicks off straight after over at Area, the team on hand to release entry tickets & discount passes to the lucky ones sharp enough to get their attention.,
Now all that’s left to say is that this Lovechild meet with Israel’s FFF will surely prove a match made in heaven and be THE place to be seen on the scene this Saturday, so as we love to say…”Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)
Fancy polishing up on your music before heading down to Lovechild Meets FFF and get a feel of what to expect from the team of terrific talents? Well, look no further, the links to ALL the D.J.’s sites right here & a click away
Tal Cohen :-
Tony English :- http://djtonyeglish.com
Savin :- http://isavin.podomatic.com
Sharon O Love :- http://sharon-o-love.com
Lee Harris :- http://djleeharris.com
Alessandro Londra :- http://djalessandrolondra.podomatic.com
Gabriele Cutrano :- http://soundcloud.com/gabrielecutrano
Tony Bruno :- http://soundcloud.com/tonybruno
Plus, keep your eyes peeled for a handful of free CD giveaway’s, this latest Lovechild compilation, created by Tony Bruno, due out at http://lovechildclub.podomatic.com.
Without doubt, the clubbing scene in the capital has taken quite a beating over the last few months, even some of the biggest brands not being impervious to the ravages of the tough trading climate that businesses see themselves within, so attracting the numbers through their doors that used to be a given, is becoming the single most demanding challenge. However, one brand has quietly & consistently performed where others have either failed, its regular monthly outings never breaking the bank, but filling a much needed gap in the Saturday market that, for reasons beyond us, has become one of the most difficult nights of any weekend. And it was this Saturday slot that seemed to be the making of the brand, its promoter, Alex Erfan, quickly switching from the original Sunday tea-dance format early into its history, also very much bucking the trend that, when you move a club from one venue to another, it generally it signals the end or at least the fall-out of favour, this brand, rather than failing, actually going from strength to strength.
Lovechild has very much become one of the sole Saturday survivors in a market that has seen the demise of some massive brands over the last twelve months, Juicy having had the rug pulled from beneath its feet, Matinee, which had suffered in numbers during 2009 following a fateful move of venues, losing its focus & direction further, while even the might of SuperMartXe has encountered problems, although more due to bad organisation rather than a drop in popularity. So, through all this, Lovechild has forged its own path, continuing to keep its offer as fresh as possible, with imaginatively themed events, coupled with the influx of international D.J. talent to attract, thus giving it the longevity it has developed, the brand also successfully touring around the world, from as far as Australia, to as close as Amsterdam, indeed with this weekend looking one of their busiest, parties in the Dutch capital, as well as in Rome & back here in the capital, we can safely say that the Lovechild story is one of success for sure.
So, with a last minute impromptu visit to Italy quashed, wild horses were not going to keep us away from Fire, even though we were feeling distinctly under the weather, our determination to make it to this latest Lovechild party, spurred on by the arrival of French fancy and friend Leomeo, who was due to headline the sparkling D.J. line up across the three rooms. Mind you, we were also keen to see the new look main space of host venue Fire, as well as supported Nhamo Ball & the “official” launch of his new Mirrorballs website, this Lovechild event having further meaning for us, as it signalled the brands continual support for The National AIDS Trust, a cause & concern close to our hearts. Therefore, it was a given we would be at the “Mirrorballs” party, making plans to meet up with pals Stephen & Benoit beforehand, a liaison at local hostillery Barcode, seeing us arrive at Fire’s doors not long after midnight.
Being greeted by Lovechild’s organisational guru, Andrew Jones, we left our pals to their own devices, while Andrew gave us a guided tour of the new main entrance as well as the upstairs VIP room and the new bar space below, we being immediately taken aback by just how much more modern that changes had made the place feel, adding a smart & sophisticated edge to what had always struck us as a bit council house in complexion, the sleek new brick work, the superbly stated lighting the exuberant VIP space, the brilliant new bar & the modernistic feel helped along by banks of flat screens, on this night projecting Lovechild visuals for all to see. And turning to face the D.J. booth down the other end, we immediately acknowledged that this main room at Fire has definitely come of age, a little tweaking still necessary (more speakers by the bar please!), but the whole new look space a vast improvement on the old & unrecognisable from the original space back in 2001.
But we digress and with friends in two & having been surprised by main man Alex Erfan who caught us gazing down the dancefloor, we moved close to the stage to find our spot, Fire’s main room as yet not yielding a favoured position, although just left of the stage & D.J. booth behind seemed the best option. And from our vantage point, we were close enough to the action, yet able to spot the flood of familiar faces passing us by, like us deciding where to lay their hat at this Mirrorball event, our gaze being caught by incumbent D.J’s Nick Wolanski & Sharon O Love, as well as hostess with the mostest, Chrissy Darling, who was certainly cutting a stride & attracting the camera clicking crowd with her cavorting. However, eyes were now on the stage as the first of a series sex fuelled stage shows began, four fulsome fellows strutting their stuff & flexing their massive muscles to the rapturous reception of the now cramped main room space, a flood of people pouring in from the “love” lounge space where Gabriele Cutrano was masterminding the music.
With the party now in full swing and guest Sharon O Love in situ, the music took on a truly uplifting pace to match the elevated atmosphere, momentarily driven in another direction by new all-Male group Elixir Burlesque, who certainly made a statement with their extrovert yet elegant dancing displays, craftily choreographed by industry star Marcos White, the variety show feel to their performance in stark contrast to the all our pornographic displays of Thiago Drewery’s dancers come strippers, yet this very variety giving Lovechild’s latest outing a new and interesting dimension. With a short break for refreshments over, we were back in the main room and standing right next to our French fancy, Leomeo having arrived to take up his duties behind the decks, the amazing act of Miss O Love a tough one to follow, although if there was anyone to take the music on a tribal, tech & funky filled jubilant journey, it was our man Mr Carandang, his string of selections hitting immediate approval with us and the main room revellers that were lapping up every tasty morsel of Leomeo’s magnificent music.
Venturing for a moment of two into the now opened Mirrorarch room, it was clear Nick Wolanski was stirring up a storm with his superb sounds, tough tech & full on euro-style house that was certainly drawing a crowd, although we felt the pull of our Frenchman in the main room, arriving back in our spot in time for one of the sexiest model strippers we had seen anywhere, slowly peeling off his army clothing & taunting the crowd with his alluring moves, all making for one of the most erotic shows we had seen at any Lovechild party we had witnessed to date. But matching this muscular man fest, was Leomeo with his music, working the crowd like the pure professional he is, mixing in plenty of dance anthems with his trademark tribal & tech beats that had the room pumping to his precision perfect performance. And such was the enthralling extent of this fantastic Frenchman’s magnificent music, that, despite feeling very much under the weather with crippling stomach cramps, we still managed to dance in our usual dervishness for the remainder of his scintillating set, banishing all thoughts of our tumble dry like tummy, rather spinning on our spot in recognition of his brilliant beats.
With Leomeo’s love-in at Lovechild over, we joined our French fancy for a breather outside to make plans for a further liaison during his stay in the capital, before waving farewell to him & companion Franc, we returning to the main room action & Lee Harris now in charge, very much gearing up the pace for Beyond afterwards, plenty of euphoric euro-beats intermixed with heavenly house hits that had the place well & truly pumping, even the might of Pagano struggling to hold a crowd in the Mirrorarch, although our Italian stallion was certainly waving his magical wand as we sped in to say hello, a far from empty room lapping up his progressive & tech tunes with gusto. But, such was our stomach rumblings that we had to grace our leave of this latest Lovechild party, saying our farewells to those that we could find, both Simon Patrick & Andrew Jones seeing us safely out of the club & on our journey home to muster some strength to face a foray to Beyond.
Having been regular visitors to Lovechild parties since they were launched in London, we have seen our fair share of successes and despite the Saturday slot being a difficult one of late, Alex Erfan & his team have to be commended for keeping the brand as fresh as possible and offering up alternative entertainment & themes at every turn. Whilst the numbers weren’t quite a buoyant as the best turnouts, there were certainly plenty of people to go around two of the three rooms, although there is a train of thought that errs towards two rather than three as the best format. That said, the stage shows were certainly superb, the strippers going down extremely well, as did the burlesque performance that added suitable variety to the night. But as is usual for us, the music shone the most and Leomeo’s performance did particularly, he crafting his choices to cater for the crowd and hitting our sweet spot with his selections from start to finish, he finding favour, as we did, with the new look main room at Fire, which is a marked improvement on the old. And, with news that our French Fancy will be back for more in March, we will definitely be there for that, although with Antwerp on our doorstep & then more Lovechild lusciousness at As One on NYD, our affair with Alex Erfan’s outing looks set to continue unabated & we love it. (DISCO MATT)
If you happened to miss out on this latest Lovechild with Leomeo, fear not as our Parisian pal has laid down a special compilation to mark his guest slot set, which is a collection crammed full of tech, tribal & funky inspired dance tunes that had us hooked from the off & will you too we are sure. So to grab your copy of this magnificent mix which includes tracks fromDanny Teneglia, David Penn, Shazz & much more, go to http://soundclound.com/djleomeo.
If there is ever a brand that never ceases to amaze us with its relentless pace it is Lovechild, the creation of one Alex Erfan, which, since its launch just under two years ago, has gone on to prove one of the most successful Saturday events the capital has seen in recent times, yes not necessarily breaking records, but quietly & confidently fulfilling people’s expectations with prolific P.A.’s, superb shows, delicious dancers & magnificent music. Plus, the brand has been flaunting itself right across Europe throughout the summer & autumn, destinations including Antwerp, Amsterdam, & Istanbul, as well as going further a-filed, the team touring down under alongside Sydney’s version of Love Muscle. But back home and the summer season was just as brisk, meaning a short respite was in order, although its once again, full steam ahead as this loveable brand swings into action this weekend, not just here in the capital, but in Rome & Amsterdam too.
So, this coming Saturday (11th Dec), the place to be is Fire in Vauxhall as Alex Erfan and his team once again get us all loved up with their latest instalment, this time being a bit of a double wammy, as not only will it have a charity theme to it (more on that towards the end of this post), but it will also mark the “official” launch of Mirrorballs.tv and their brand new website (http://mirrorballs.tv), Nhamo & his team literally counting down the hours as we go to press here (what is it? 1 day, 9 hours, 28 minutes & 12 seconds to be prcise). Now, naturally more about Mirrorballs will be revealed at the party on Saturday, the team also filming throughout the night & promoting “…Operation W.R.A.P. (We Roll And Play) a safe sex campaign. Having firmly established themselves in the early months of this year, Mirrorballs is business & website designed around the scene, capturing video footage &, Like us< reporting on major gay events across the capital. Now, they say competition is healthy and we are eagerly awaiting their new look site, along with plans for the immediate future & medium term, so will be reporting back to you in due course.
Mirroballs & charity aside (more on that in a mo) Alex Erfan & his team have lined up not only some enthralling entertainment, but a dream D.J. team to satisfy all your musical desires on the night. In terms of the entertainment, on top of Thiago Drewery’s drop dead gorgeous dancers (& my has he got some stunners in his team at the moment) there will be a specially produced show incorporating new all-Male group Elixir Burlesque brought to you by industry star choreographer Marcos White, so a show not to miss, while for all you VIP lovies, the brand new area in Fire’s main room (we haven’t seen it yet!) will be in operation & Alex will be welcoming special guests, Martin Mazza & Tamas Eszterhazy (Chairperson of www.grandsafeshow.com – Hungarian Safe Sex campaign).
But we digress from our main focus, which has to be the D.J.’s an what a line up it is, as the team are pleased as punch to welcome back our very own Italian stallion (he even wore the t-shirt at Trade’s 20th b/day), Pagano, a Lovechild roving resident, who will no doubt storm the Mirroarch with his prolific progressive beats and will be warming you up for the release of his eagerly awaited compilation, “Digital Generation”, which gets released on 20th Dec (that date sounds familiar!). Other Lovechild resident in attendance will be Lee Harris who will be polishing proceedings up the main room, while Gabriele Cutrano takes control of the “love” lounge. Plus a relative newcomer to the residency team will be there as well, the red hot Romanian D.J. Isavin kicking off the main room with plenty of uplifting yet chunky beats, we very much looking forward to his set, especially after this rising star’s recent previous performances have missed our radar (time to get there earlier DM!!), although, if like us, you haven’t yet seen him in action, then why not take a listen to his latest compilation at http://isavin.podomatic.com, “Pure Vibes” kicking off with one of our all time favourite tracks, “Disco Electrique”, very much setting the pace for this prolific podcast. Mind, you, he won’t have it his own way, as guest D.J. Sharon O Love will be mixing it up in the main room too and is sure to make a huge impression, while Nick Wolanski returns to open up & rip up the mirrorarch, although we really hope we get a smile from him this time!.
However, as if all that wasn’t enough for us, the team are flying in French fancy, Leomeo for this final fling before Christmas, Mr C riding on a veritable crest of a wave following tours of The States & Asia and racking up a whole host of guest appearance s along the way. Plus in his imitable style, he recorded compilations to mark his trips, both his “Sunday In New York” & his “Shanghai Halloween”, the latter particularly a-typical Leo style, with plenty of tribal infusions blended into funky house with enough dance & vocals to keep you on your toes. While firmly back on his home territory in his beloved Paris, Mr C just doesn’t stop, having been over in Frankfurt, Brussels & Lyon in just the last three weeks, although was back in the French capital just in time for Matinee & recorded a special mix to mark their first anniversary, which we absolutely love!, which you can catch (along with his others, at http://soundcloud.com/djleomeo. Plus, he continues to excite us when he records the occasional track, The Sound Of C a real favourite, while his latest, a remix of Shazz’s “Wherever You Are” is also doing it for us. However, the most thrilling project for us, has been his recently collaboration with Javier Medina, our Barca boy, the title speaking volumes, as “Nirvana Dream” certainly made us feel delightfully dreamy when we first heard it, the track fusing tribal & tech house styles with glorious vocal hints as well as elements of trance to produce a sensational seven or so minute single, neatly matched to visuals in video which we hope will be played out during Leo’s headlining set in Lovechild’s main room on Saturday, although the video, which as a terrific as the track is well worth check out now at http://youtube.com/watch?v=eZzXnIhSHJc), as will Leomeo & his superb set on Saturday.
Right, with the music front done & dusted, the other major activity across the night will be the support of charity, National Aids Trust (NAT), a vital organisation for those suffering from HIV & AIDS and one that Lovechild are firmly behind, promoter Alex Erfan also heavily involved in supporting them through the annual charity fund raising event, Wig Party. Given the gravity of the HIV/AIDS issue worldwide & the starkling figures here in the U.K., which we revealed in our special World AIDS Day report, “Fight The Good Fight” (direct link http://discomatt.com/web/2010/12/dm-reports-fight-the-good-fight-world-aids-day-special-1st-december/), NAT like many other organisations, desperately need your support to continue their incredible work. The best way of describing them being through their mission statement “…The NAT is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to transforming society’s response to HIV. Their goal is to change the way in which people living with HIV are treated. They believe that these people should be treated as equal citizens with respect, dignity and justice. As well as this they also provide a specialist team to provide an education and understanding of ways in which to protect one’s self and others from HIV infection. In order to help the NAT achieve its vision we need you…” Lovechild will be donating £1 for every undiscounted ticket sold, and will also be taking any extra generous donations on the night…especially from those of you on their V.I.P guest list for which entry is free, so no excuse to dig deep into your pockets for some few extra coffers to add to Lovechild’s fund in aid of NAT.
Now, to the all important detail, so let’s rattle through it, Lovechild “Mirrorballs” kicking off from 11 p.m. this Saturday (4th Dec) at Fire in Vauxhall, the club running through to a planned 7 a.m. finish. Advance tickets are available online at two sources, either http://clubtickets.com or via http://alexerfan.com , while tickets are also on sale across oho at Prowler Clone Zone & DV8 , although NOT at The Box as advertised (it isn’t there anymore peeps!), all at £10, although more will be on sale on the door, but will be more! However, the Lovechild lovelies will be out in force on both Friday & Saturday across Soho & Vauxhall, so make sure you take advantage of the special entry passes. Plus, don’t forget that the infamous contact room will be in full action at “Mirrorballs” as will superb hostess & door whore, Chrissy “Lovechild” Darling, oh and we nearly forgot to mention those 100 free entry passes to Beyond.
So, “Mirrorballs” is the name, NAT is the aim & partying is the game at Lovechild this Saturday, so naturally we will be there to report on it all, no doubt in our usual spot, yes next to the D.J. booth, so if you see us, come say hi and as we always say, “Go There! Be There! (DISCO MATT)