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 event he was partying at in the last week… This time he spent his jaunt at Groovecast Live and LWE presents SidexSide.
Hello and welcome to Jammy’s Jaunts! Your weekly clubbing review of London! Last weekend’s jaunt included the first Groovecast live party and the LWE Sidexside party. Starting off proceedings on Friday was the very new and special party called Groovecast live at the pub/small club called The Horse and Groom. Run by Tom Burnell and originally started as a radio show, this party brought together a great bunch of individuals, all with their own unique style and groove and intent on making sure everyone was having a good time. Set times were: 19:00 – 21:00 – Groovecast Residents (G&T), 21:00 – 23:00 – Dan Smallbone (Headspace) b2b Paul Childs, 23:00 – 00:00 – John Williams (Dialogue), 00:00 – 02:00 – Adam Jaworski b2b Matt Powell (Elsewhere), 02:00 – 03:00 – Thierry (Trol), 03:00 – 04:00 – Tom. (Picture by Ca Photography)
Arriving at around 22:30, I made my way through the pub and upstairs to where the party was going on. The downstairs room had a different party with different music being played, which I wasn’t a fan of. So anyway as I entered, I was welcomed by many friends I knew and the sounds of Dan Smallbone and Paul Childs. Tonight was all about support and catching up with good friends which was my main aim of the party and to enjoy the sounds of each DJ that was playing. It was a nice groove from the beginning to the end and the top room filled quickly. As the evening progressed, at times it was very busy and packed and quite hard to move, this was an issue but it seemed to ease as the night went on and if you found a place and stayed there, it was generally ok. Dan and Paul kept that groove going and set things up well for John Williams to step up. Making his Groovecast debut it was nice to see an eclectic range from John. It’s always interesting to hear fresh new music, that I don’t usually listen to and it seem to fit the whole Groovecast ethos, whether it be House or Techno.
As time passed, he began well and really got into it and began to feel more confident in his abilities. By then the room was packed and everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves. There was room to move and the music was very interesting. Only an hour was played and time went very quickly! Next up were the talented duo from Reading, Adam Jaworski and Matt Powell. I have known these guys for a good few years now, from back in the day of partying with them down in Reading and now it’s good to see them up here in London. Again, a really eclectic set with a mixture of genres and feel good vibes with the tracks that they were dropping. They worked really well together as they played back to back and both of their track selections were spot on for the party and mood. A highlight for me and I think even 1 or 2 techno tracks were even dropped! (Picture by Ca Photography)
Lastly came Thierry and then Tom came on. Thierry picked up from where Adam and Matt left things and continued with his own blend of Groovecast sounds. He loved it and this small party was a real success that night. It had a good backing from good friends who came out to show good support which is always deserved for a debut night, even family were invited! As the night was coming to a close, Tom wrapped things up at the end and was good to actually catch him play after so long, as well as the other DJ’s I heard for the first time. It’s always tricky playing the last set as people begin to leave, and he did a good job with many people staying to enjoy his own take on things. It was nice and deep and dubby in places which was the right sound for that time and not something I would normally listen to, but worked well in this instance. A very decent debut for Groovecast live and one to look out for in the future!
Next up was the Saturday jaunt to Factory 7 in Shoreditch for the LWE presents SidexSide night featuring good friend Michael Wells (Weekend Circuit) warming up for Guti( live) and tINI. Always up for supporting local talent and it was great to see Michael doing the business working up the crowd. I got there around midnight and the place was already heaving. I managed to get some pretty good video and they are up on my Facebook page and Youtube too. Due to the timings, he played on for longer than anticipated which was good, followed by Guti and lastly tINI. The soundsystem at Factory 7 was pretty decent and track selection for the warm up set was spot on. The crowd were in a frenzy by then and from front to back the place was rammed. The music was rolling bassline tech house and really groovy which was perfect for Guti to come on. I was quite lucky as I got a picture with Guti which was cool and even had a lil chat with him before his set! It was probably Well’s best set in my opinion warming up for the LWE night and definitely a DJ to look out for in London.
Next came Desolat’s favourite son, Guti. He played live and from the beginning he went for it, straight in and the crowd reacted really well to his thundering, stomping beats. In parts there was some really good techno that he played. He worked the crowd with solid tech house beats which was really rolling as well. I have never seen him play before I don’t think, and his live set was really good. The place was still full by the time he came on and it was a pretty good venue for the night (Factory 7) with a nice long bar down one side of the room with the toilets at the back (which as the night progressed were really filthy!) and the cloak room situated near the back too. Guti carried on smashing and by the time tINI came on, she got a massive cheer as she began playing. Again, I think another DJ who I haven’t seen play before and a great female talent. Groovy and her tracks were very vocally which gave a real feel good vibe about them. Loads of really jacking house and tech house was smashing its way through Factory 7 and it was really good to hear this, but it was nearly time to head to the afterparty! It was a wicked jaunt to this party and as always, loads of fun was had! Same time, next weekend?