Jammy’s Jaunts: 12.10 – 13.10 – Coma’s 1st Birthday Party and Dystopia

Jaunt (jônt, jänt) n. A short trip or excursion, usually for pleasure; an outing

Plain and Simple’s roving reporter/man about town and clubbing addict Jammy brings you his eye view of the events he was partying at in the last week… This time he spent his jaunts at Coma’s 1st Birthday and Dystopia

Hello and welcome to Jammy’s Jaunts! Your weekly clubbing review of London. This week I jaunted at the first birthday party of Coma with Rolando and James Ruskin headlining and the Dystopia night with Surgeon and Perc headlining. Starting on Friday, I headed down to The Nest in Dalston for where the Coma night was. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch, the faithful Coma fans made their way down to the venue. Set times were 21.00 – 22.00 Doubleffe, 22.00 – 23.00 Voidloss, 23.00 – 00.00 65D Mavericks 00.00 – 01.00 Oliver Ho, 01.00 – 03.00 James Ruskin, 03.00 – closing Rolando. I got there around midnight, and Oliver was pounding it out in the soundsystem. In my opinion it’s a pretty cool venue, nice and dark, one long room with the DJ booth at one end with a bar on the side. Bit of a shame it’s 2 miles up the road from Shoreditch High Street.

Anyway, as time passed more and more people began to come and the feel of the party was very cool and the Techno really flowed. The crowd were really up for it too and sooner than later the place was packed! Especially on a Friday night to make Techno work is remarkably difficult, perhaps in Europe it’s easier but in London it is difficult, unless you have a pretty decent space and lineup. So back to the Techno and James Ruskin stepped up. Head of the well renowned Blueprint Records, he started straight away and continued to smash it on a pretty decent soundsystem. It was a shame it ended at 4am as the set times I felt zipped by! Time flies when you’re enjoying Techno! But 2 hours of Ruskin was cool and he played some really good tracks and lots of new ones too which I didn’t recognise which is always good. By the time Rolando came on the place was pumping! Everyone was having a good time and for the last hour Rolando smashed it. I absolutely loved it when he dropped ‘Rrose – Waterfall’. My favourite Rrose track!  Coma had a great first birthday party and they did really well in The Nest. All sets were played well and it was a great party to start the weekend!

The next Jaunt was the very special Dystopia night at Hackney Yard on Saturday. The first one for me and the lineup was a real treat! Alongside the Dystopia residents, headlining was the British pair of Perc and Surgeon! Set times were: Mr F 21.30 – 23.30, Vito Arpino 23.30 – 01.30, Peverelist 01.00 – 02.00, Surgeon 02.00 – 04.00, Perc 04.00 – 05.30, Mime 05.30 – End. Getting there in the dark, rainy Saturday evening, the mood was set for another night of great Techno. I knew the area already and it was a decent space. Half Baked have had their day parties there and the venue is right by the canal, pretty cool on a sunny afternoon. As you entered the venue the place was 2 big open spaces, divided by a camouflage tarpaulin, with Dystopia videos and a really good audio visual setup. This went on the entire night and in the other space as well behind the DJ. Vito played a really cool atmospheric techno set and the visuals behind him worked really well and were synced in time to what he was playing which was really interesting to see, plus a new act to add to my list. Next up was Peverelist. Another DJ that I haven’t seen play before and again very interesting and original. It’s always good to see new talent play and appreciate what they bring to the night.


By the time Peverelist had finished, the time was ready for what everyone was waiting for: the introduction of Surgeon! One of my inspirations and up there with one of the best DJs that I have seen play. Last time I saw him play was this year when he played for Blueprint Records over at Cable. One of the sets of the year so far, it was that good! This time around he had 2 hours to really push his forward thinking talent through and it showed really well.

Constantly pushing his original brand of Techno through and the packed masses of Dystopia absolutely loved it! Exactly what was needed! Those 2 hours flew by and it was a real treat to see Surgeon play again, incredible music and the soundsystem was really pushed to the limit! Next up was Perc Trax head: Perc. Another very good Techno DJ and again doing great things in the world of Techno. Some of the best Techno I have heard for a while and it was very difficult to pick between those two. It was very enjoyable too and the energy in the room was still high and the room was packed from start to finish. Last but not least was Mime playing after Surgeon, he closed the party after Perc, a difficult job after Perc smashed things to pieces, but a good job was done nonetheless! A really cool party and was impressed to how the night went on! A great weekend of Techno! Hope you enjoyed yours! Same time, next weekend? 🙂