Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 | Event Preview | No Comments
Hola hombre! Long time no speak! It’s been a while since our last posting… But this one is going to put that right, just in time for the weekend. And quite a weekend it is to be reopening the blog post account. So lets get down to it…
Basically if your head has been in the ground for the last month or so, or you happen to be a Chilean miner, then you’d be hard pressed to have bypassed the monstrous weekend happening at fabric. › Continue reading
Friday, August 27th, 2010 | Event Preview | No Comments
You’d think having an extra day off would be a god send but in all honesty it’s a bit of a ball ache. This weekend, Landan Taan will swell to a beachball sized glut of party tourists keen to get their third dose of fun for the year (the other two times being Easter weekend and new years eve). You can expect the clubs, streets and parks to be packed with an assault of people forcibly trying to have fun this weekend. If you’re not too much of an idiot to spend £50+ on a bunch of half assed trance and yesteryear prog DJs playing to a crowd of baying halfwits non the wiser they’ve been fleeced, then I guess these could be a few so called suggestions for the weekend… › Continue reading
Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 | Event Preview | No Comments
My God this summer is absolutely flying through. We’re already half way through yet I can’t even remember the summer beginning. We’ve literally been bitch slapped with great weather, festivals in parks, outdoor parties and for those lucky enough, flights to exotic places. Still dizzy from being sucker punched, here’s the run down for this weekend…
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 | Event Preview | No Comments
Well we’re on the verge of another momentous bank holiday weekend where the usual rule book goes out the window and things are pushed that extra mile. Once again, Friday and Saturday are looking alright, but those promoters have decided to pack in all the exciting stuff on the Sunday… Here are our picks…
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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 | Event Preview | No Comments
As always we’re on hand to help you through the plethora of London nights happening this weekend. For the first weekend of Feb we have a selection of birthday celebrations, toilet raves and basement debauchery.
Act Natural @ The Hub (Buy Tickets)
Initially it was just Anthea and Alex Cellar set to headline this Friday night get together, but with 54 losing its license, Product have handed over their headliners Kruse & Nürnberg to set up a now pretty sizeable night. Expect lashings of deep percussive house easing you out of Friday and right into Saturday morning. All is not lost for Product though. They’ll be throwing a free party at the Castle pub round the corner. So if you’re in the area pop down and show some support!
Decked Out 10th Anniversary @ Coronet Theatre
The first of the weekend birthdays comes from Decked Out a London based DJ/artist agency celebrating 10 years in the business. They’ve roped in all their DJs to lay on an extravagant celebration with the likes of Dave Clarke, Justin Robertson, Erol Alkan, Justice’s Xavier, Boys Noise, DJ Mehdi, The Glimmers, Aeroplane and Busy P. Plus all DJs are playing slightly alternative sets and donating their DJ fee to local charity Kids Company. Its gonna be noisy, sweaty but definitely bouncy fun. I hope you got your tickets sorted as this sold out weeks ago! › Continue reading
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | Event Reviews | No Comments
It took them a while but here it is, a small slice of the fabric 10th birthday for you to take home, courtesy of Ivan Smagghe. His set from Sunday evening was definitely one of the highlight sets from the weekend, slotted in between the formidable Terry Francis and the supremo Steve Bug, Ivan pitched his set just right to set room 1 alight. So sit back, listen and enjoy, and if you were there re-live a few memories. Also don’t forget the Smaggster will be down at fabric again to see the new year in. Check our NYE guide here for more details, or skip the decision making and buy tickets from Ticketweb.
You can download the mix from here, just right click save as, or stream it from the player below.
Thursday, December 17th, 2009 | Event Preview | 1 Comment
So I guess I should do some NYE recommendations since it’s that time of year again. However I might be a little late on the ball these days as you practically need to start planning your NYE activities in the summer. But if you’re still stuck for something to do here goes:
Eastern Electrics (Buy Tickets)
Top of the picks again is Eastern Electrics. Last year’s party was quite phenomenal – great line up, good crowd and interesting location. This year is more of the same. Headlining the main room is the amazing Steve Bug, he’ll be bringing in the new year with his 11pm set. Shonky is in there for some moral support whilst the BLOC folk take over the second room with a seriously dubbed out line-up – Kode 9, Appleblim and Plastician. Finally Man Make Music host the third room with a couple of bumping headliners in the form of Justin Martin and Riva Starr, a pretty stellar line-up for new years. Location wise they’ve taken over some railway arches, this time in London Bridge, next door to the new Shard building on St Thomas Street three minutes walk from the station. Tickets are selling out extremely fast so get them now at a relatively reasonable £32.50. › Continue reading
Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 | Event Reviews | 4 Comments
Pictures by Nick Ensing and Nik Torrens from Resident Advisor
The last 10th birthday I attended was about nineteen odd years ago on a Saturday afternoon and it consisted of a bouncy castle, some jelly and ice cream along with a goody bag full of sweets and a slice of cake. Fabric’s 10th birthday however was to say the least a little different. I didn’t really see any jelly and ice cream on offer, although there were bananas and a BBQ for nutritional support. It was lacking a bouncy castle, although you could say the mechanical rodeo bull was a grown up version of it. And the only goody bag you were likely to see would have been the inside of a body bag due to excessive celebration. But what fabric lacked in traditional 10th birthday festivities they totally made up for with their 30 hour marathon and the most impeccable line-up you would ever lay eyes on. The hardest decision was not whether to go but when to go. The guarded set times along with the massive array of talent that were going to play meant you either stayed for the two whole days to catch everyone or picked your time wisely to catch as much as possible.
Despite all the birthday options going off across the capital I ended up plumping for the quite civilised (really? do civilised people do this?) Sunday morning arrival with a quiet Saturday night under my belt. The first taste of fabric came thundering through the floorboards of Smiths, the bar next door to fabric. Popping in to start the day with a fry up, a quick glance across the bar saw a mix of glee and confusion on the faces of the other diners as their plates vibrated across the table to the bass and beats of room 1 pounding through the floor. Quite a surreal experience, especially for those just there for their Sunday paper read and breakfast.
As surreal experiences go that was just the first for the day. On entering the club it was odd to see club casualties crashing out with massive smiles on their faces ready to be replaced by fresh faced party revellers. It was going to be interesting to see how well the sober new comers would mix with the inebriated after partiers, › Continue reading
Friday, October 2nd, 2009 | Event Preview | No Comments
get em whilst they’re hot… They’re probably not going to be sticking around long either… Don’t forget to book the foreseeable future off from life as this party is sure to create the hangover of hangovers!
Get em from TICKETWEB NOW!!
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 | Event Preview | No Comments
Only great things make their 10th anniversary. House music has been going for plus 20 years now. A Technics turntable often lives well beyond 10 years without any problems. Harry Patch celebrated eleven decades on this planet which itself has been in existence for 450 million decades. And most importantly my pair of lucky boxers celebrated turning ten the other week. there are a few holes, tears and stains, but by god they’re comfortable.
Another thing that’s turning ten in October will be Fabric. After busting through the super club crash of the early noughties. At a time where large clubs and nights were ending due to a loss of appetite for big room trance in soulless douldrums, Fabric remained unphased and continued sticking to its underground music policy to pull through the tough times in club land. Their music policy paid off and the club’s popularity rose with the upward trends of underground house and techno as well as the emergence of breakbeat and the second wind of drum n bass. Before long, from the strength of the nights along with their much revered CD series Fabric were setting the trends and becoming the template for what clubs should be doing. › Continue reading
Thursday, January 29th, 2009 | Event Preview, Music | No Comments
Surely it’s time to shake of the January blues? There is definitely a fair few options if you do.
Firstly, Cargo on Saturday plays host to Go!Zilla with Joey Negro’s legendary Sunburst Band. In support is Switzlerland’s Agnes doing a live performance and deck duties being done by Benji B and James Priestly of 1Xtra and Secretsundaze fame respectively. Expect fun, soulful house music.
Since Cargo closes so early you can extend the night and head over to Mulletover. The warehouse floor isn’t even cold from New Years Eve yet, but they’re straight back in there with their winter warmer. Anja Schneider the Berlinette of Mobilee fame and Nottingham legend with Matt “Leftroom” Tolfrey are brought in to blow away the January cob webs alongside Geddes. Over in the second room disco reviver Todd Terje heads things up with the Future Boogie folks. House, Tech-House, Techno and everything in between and if that doesn’t keep you entertained there is the cosmic rays of disco in room two. This has sold out, so get there early.
Finally, since we’re getting back into things proper… we might as well power through till the early hours. Fabric seems to think so. Original Detroit techno minimaliser Robert Hood is in town with Arne Weinberg and Convextion, not to mention the rock like Craig Richards. That still Room 2 goes all Français with Jennifer Cardini along with Ivan Smagghe and Tim Paris making their return.
What a Saturday of things to do! Get involved!
To warm you up a little, the kind folks at Fabric sent over a Tim Paris mix… )
Listen below or download from here.
Jaxson ‘Miami Flys’
Chateau Flight ‘La Roquette’
Instant Boys ‘Nya Farger’
Johnny White ‘Musique Noire’ (Jamie Jones edit)
Lexy ‘Get Down’
Marc Houle ‘Selection’
Thursday, November 13th, 2008 | Event Preview, Events, News | 1 Comment
You may or may not have heard that London’s beloved T-Bar is set to close in mid December. A while back they sent out e-mails asking for punters to find a new location for them. Lazy if you ask me! But lets hope they succeed as T-Bar has been a staple night spot for those looking for quality underground music all at no cost. In its prime the likes of Damien Lazarus, Michael Mayer, Ivan Smagghe and Andrew Weatherhall were gracing their DJ booth frequently on every night though the week but the weekend and the Sunday carry on party used to be nothing short of ridiculous. So in true “I should have gone home hours ago” style, Tea Bar have got a series of parties set through the week to go out with a bang, no doubt with the aim of hospitalising a few in the process.
Some great DJs will be coming through their doors, from the likes of Chloe, Pier Bucci, Anja Schneider, Cassy and Heidi, but our top picks has to be Damien Lazarus’ return with chum Michael Mayer and Mulletover Geddes for their infamous Stink night. Whilst on the right side of the weekend, Thursday, sees Andrew Weatherhall and Ivan Smagghe resurrect their Wrong Meeting night. And finally T Bar closes with the very last Dig Your Own Rave, where the Sunday afternoon and evening is whittled away with Jamie Jones, Matthew Styles, Dave Congreve, Clive Henry and many more.
It’s sure to be a painful couple of weeks saying goodbye at work. Sickies at the ready….
Event: High Horse
Lineup: Foals DJ set, Skull Juice, Casper C, Matt Walsh
Time: 9pm – 3am
Event: Baise Main
Lineup: Chloe, Danton Eeprom, Tomas More
Time: 9pm – 3am
Event: Ditched Disco
Lineup: Pier Bucci & Gower Ramsey
Time: 9pm – 4am
Event: A Night With… Carsten Klemann
Time: 9pm – 4am
Event: DYOR & Fabric present ‘Go with the Blow’
Lineup: DJ’s to be announced on the day
Time: midday – midnight
Lineup: Damian Lazarus & Michael Mayer
Time: 9pm – 3am
Event: Gay Bingo
Lineup: Jonny Woo, Ma Butcher & Jon Sizzle
Time: 9pm – 2am
Event: Mobilee Loves T Bar
Lineup: Anja Schneider & Ralf Kollmann
Time: 9pm – 3am
Event: Wrong Meeting
Lineup: Andrew Weatherall & Ivan Smagghe
Time: 9pm – 3am
Event: Ditched Disco
Lineup: Cassy & Gower Ramsey
Time: 9pm – 4am
Event: Phonica Special
Lineup: Heidi, Hector, Simon Rigg, The Vangelis & Anthea
Time: 9pm – 4am
Event: Dig Your Own Rave closing party
Lineup: Jamie Jones, Matthew Styles, Rob Mello, Hector, Dave Congreve, Clive Henry,
Dyed Soundorom, Ben Bryant, FB Julian, Pierre LX
Time: Midday – Midnight
Thursday, June 12th, 2008 | Single Review | No Comments
Simon Baker returns after his seminal Plastik release on Playhouse from last year. For this release the DDD resident unleashes his brand of techno come house on Tolfrey’s label Leftroom, which has been going from strength to strength.
The original track is big and ballsy techno. An energy filled intro clicks and blips its way through to a simple 4 tone synth cycle, which changes in length, upping the intensity of the track until in crescendos into a brash breakdown of distorted reverberating synths. The track simmers back down to its intro component parts to gently pass you on to the next track. Hypnotic and ear catching this track is sure to cause explosions on the dancefloor.
Two remixes are in this package. The first is from Frankie who cuts and loops the original into a more frantic busier techno track. Shorter loops create a busier sound as all the elements from the original play a part. Frankie takes the original breakdown too, but again cuts and chops it up this time off key creating a wall of noise which will most likely ruin you on the dancefloor. High paced, loud and brutal. Use with caution!
The final remix comes from label owner Matt Tolfrey teamed up with Leftroom artist Marc Ashken as they go verses against the Jesus looking Parisian Ivan Smagghe. Between them they’ve restrained the intensity and switched to an evil bassline as bleeps ping out over the top and echoed vocal sighs slide in to create a moment of madness until it is briefly struck down with a silent break. This brief silence of clarity is short but needed as the track drops back in and continues its spiral down the bleepy hole. Trippy and eerie, this track is made for those dark underground rooms and makes for the best track in the package with the original coming in a close second.
Simon Baker – X, Y & Z is out on Leftroom Limited,
on vinyl now and on digital from 7th July
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