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 The Be-At TV presents Eastern Electrics pre NYE party, Weekend Circuit and VOID
Hello and welcome to Jammy’s Jaunts! Your weekly clubbing review of London. Last weekend consisted of the special Eastern Electrics showcase for Be-At TV, Weekend Circuit at The Rhythm Factory and the very special VOID night at Corsica Studios. So the first jaunt began on Thursday down at Hidden for the Eastern Electrics pre NYE showcase. Quite random for me, but a friend put me on the guestlist and thought why not? The night was in preparation for Eastern Electrics big NYE party at The Coronet in London. Playing for them was: Holmes, October, Behling and Simpson, Geddes and Huxley. The music was very housey and quite different to what I usually listen to, but generally it was pretty cool. I had come straight from work and wasn’t really in party mode, so I took things pretty chilled. I arrived around 7ish and it took place in one of the arches of the club and by the time I got there, the main room was packed! A much different crowd to the parties that I usually go to, but each to their own with the different genres of music that people like.
By the time Geddes had come on, the crowd were really loved it and everybody seemed to be having a great time and a real friendly atmosphere was evident. There was a slight issue with card payments at the bar as the card machine kept losing signal in the club and payments for drinks had to be made outside, where there was reception which was slightly problematic! However this didn’t spoil things and Huxley finally came on and kept up that good vibe that was created by Geddes and the fellow DJs before him. Considering that this was a school night I caught a bit of Huxley and had to make a hasty retreat! He continued playing at extra hour for the Eastern Electric faithful! A nice lil Thursday jaunt! These midweek outings are becoming quite regular now! Got to love it though!
The next jaunt was packed full of techno! Weekend after weekend, in London, we have been so lucky having great nights every weekend to go to. We are literally being spoiled with the range of amazing talent playing at our clubs and at various empty spaces and warehouses. Saturday consisted first of the quick visit to The Rhythm Factory for the closing Weekend Circuit party. Headlining was none other than the incredible Surgeon, alongside Chris Stanford, XI and Weekend Circuit founder Michael Wells. Last time I caught Surgeon was at the Dystopia night a few weeks back and that was pretty much what you see is what you get with him. An incredible talent and one of my inspirations. Unfortunately I didn’t stay long enough to see him play and caught most of XI’s set, a good mate and finally getting him to see him play was cool. I quickly caught some of Chris Stanford’s set and by then The Rhythm Factory was beginning to fill up pretty well!
The final stop was the VOID night over at Corsica Studios. VOID is run by Ran Dolph and is a collective group of local DJ’s putting on the best Techno nights’ that London has to offer. Ever since the early days of Public Life, their party had grown from strength to strength with notable exception with their last party a few months back at Cafe 1001, where none other than Berghain machine Ben Klock played for them as well as CLR golden boy Tommy Four Seven. Influence by the sounds of Detroit as well as Berlin, their headline acts that played for them was the incredible DVS1 alongside Forward Strategy Group and MPIA3 and the VOID residents. By the time I got there, the place was comfortably busy and the vibe was really cool. I recognised the majority of the people there and there is always a friendly atmosphere at these parties. There were slight sound issues at the beginning in the main room, which did put a dampener on things which meant the real power of the Funktion 1 soundsystem couldn’t really have been pushed to the limits. But this didn’t stop the flow of the party and quick contingency plans were put into place! Kontrol Room were destroying the main room and it was really good to see them playing again and it set the mood for the night’s proceedings. Maker and Mayer were in the second room and at the beginning I was popping in and out of both rooms. Both rooms were pretty decent and it was really hard to go between the both of them! But as long as you’re having a good time, that’s all that should matter.
It was nearly 3am and in the main room MPIA3 was starting. Such an incredible DJ and have had the honour of seeing him play a few times now and every time, he really has taken it to the next level! Just pure, complete Acid overflow and if you haven’t seen him play yet, I definitely recommend you see him play soon! His live set was only an hour and he did his best to get the most out of the soundystem in the main room. I stayed for a bit of his set and by then, in the second room, Billy Allen and Jay Clarke were playing back to back. For the duration of their set time, the second room was busy. The soundsystem was much better in this room and they played really well, one of the highlight sets of the night and massive praise has to go to them as young budding DJs and producers, which goes to show if you work really hard at something, in time it will pay off. By the end of the set, the room was packed and they perfectly warmed up the arrival of DVS1. Meanwhile in the other room, after MPIA3 had finished, Ashley Borg had the closing duties of the main room and being against DVS1 was always going to be an issue, but support was there and given to him right till the end. Supporting local talent is what it should be at nights like these. As DVS1 started, there was an air of excitement and anticipation and his energy was really exceptional! From start to finish! He really smashed it and it was an honour to see him play again! Another DJ to definitely try and catch! Wow what a weekend jaunt! Same time, next weekend?