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i went to fabric by myself once years ago and had a great time, but i was young and high on life, and drugs.

jabba hands, Friday, 21 October 2011 22:52 (six years ago) Permalink

god I wish I still danced in London. All the nights I used to go to have now turned into touring deals and I never keep up with the cool stuff enough to know what I want to go to until it's already been. Sigh.

owenf, Friday, 21 October 2011 23:32 (six years ago) Permalink

I have been to plastic people by myself and had a great time, and stayed at fabric by myself after my friend's friend realised he wasn't going to cop off with me and whined at her to leave, and had a moderate feeling of nagging emptiness

the men who glare at stoats (sic), Friday, 21 October 2011 23:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Ivr been in london for a month and have gone out dancing three times no, plus a keith fullerton whitman show (in fact, I'm writing this on my way home from seeing kassem mosse). All of these have been slone, albeit never ambitious later than four type expeditions. Im very used to going out alone, though.

london dancing FAPfter party anyone?

Hills Like White Broncos (EDB), Saturday, 22 October 2011 02:12 (six years ago) Permalink

Ugh, phone typos.
anyways, these were at plastic people and camp near old st. which have been comvenient bc. They're right by the bus stop that goes right to my place. I've been meaning to branch out (ie fabric, corsica studios) but I think I might still be a bit apprehensive about new places. Plus good events are so expensive.

Hills Like White Broncos (EDB), Saturday, 22 October 2011 02:25 (six years ago) Permalink

Missed surgeon, cut hands, regis last night :,( so bummed out! How was the Keith Fullerton Whitman show?

Crackle Box, Saturday, 22 October 2011 09:32 (six years ago) Permalink

EDB check out houseparty.org.uk for some of the more interesting London dance parties :-)

Crackle Box, Saturday, 22 October 2011 09:34 (six years ago) Permalink

Wow, reading this thread is such a nostalgia trip, so many great nights.

Raving is an occasional treat rather than a regular thing these days but will be going to the Unabombers/Lowlife party at Corsica Studios next weekend. I basically only ever go to Corsica these days, but that's alright as it's basically the best venue in London.

Matt DC, Saturday, 22 October 2011 09:37 (six years ago) Permalink

I'd like you to say KFW was terrible, I was planning on going and then only realised that today was the day at 11pm.

(although thanks EDB, yours is the kind of vague reassurance I feel I need before venturing out myself! Also helped by the fact that after well over a month of trying I finally have a smartphone and need never fear getting lost again [unless I lose the phone itself].)

sunn :o))) (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 22 October 2011 09:39 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm sort of semi-tempted to go to Fabric in the middle of the afternoon today, just because we can.

Matt DC, Saturday, 22 October 2011 09:41 (six years ago) Permalink

The KFW show was quite good, though the sets were all too short. Keith played for like 30-40 minutes. The other sets were like 20 minutes (what the hell is up with that?). I might be a bit biased, though, since I found a 10 pound bill on the floor that night.

Good to know about Corsica. Considering that Colony/Plex Suregeon, Traversable Wormhole, etc. thing, which would make me grateful if I am able to walk out of that party alive.

Heard from an unreliable source that Fabric is disappointing, but I want to see for myself. Thinking the upcoming Tectonnic night (scuba, addison groove, pinch) might be a good induction.

That and the *free* bicep night is basically what I've been working around.

Hills Like White Broncos (EDB), Saturday, 22 October 2011 09:51 (six years ago) Permalink

Ha, I just got a smartphone too. It definitely is reassuring.

My plan was to go to Fabric at noon on sunday and spend the day there, but I don't want to over do it this weekend.

Hills Like White Broncos (EDB), Saturday, 22 October 2011 09:52 (six years ago) Permalink

oh Matt you're coming to Low Life as well? I am so looking forward to dancing, my life has been the poorer without it. It'd be good to get to a beauty and the beat party soon, too.

haven't been to Fabric in ages - got really turned off by it a few years ago. I... don't much like the vibe, I guess? also, it's kind of gropey.

octavio paz de la huerta (c sharp major), Saturday, 22 October 2011 10:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Actually, I should probably go to fabric tomorrow afternoon. Why miss such a golden opportunity (i.e. a stellar line without having to sacrifice sleep).

Hills Like White Broncos (EDB), Saturday, 22 October 2011 10:08 (six years ago) Permalink

* stellar line up. I just hope there isn't a stellar line to get in.

Hills Like White Broncos (EDB), Saturday, 22 October 2011 10:19 (six years ago) Permalink

if you haven't been to fabric you probably should. just to experience it. i've had some great nights there but these days i only go about once a year (and have already been this year so i doubt i'll be back).

always used to say i'd turn up at fabric at breakfast time/middle of the day but that never seems such a good idea when you wake up fresh and sober and it's a nice day outside. why on earth would i want to go inside fabric on a day like today?

i plan to rave a bit more this autumn, the past few months have been ridic busy and i haven't had the time for anything. low life will be a good start.

lex pretend, Saturday, 22 October 2011 10:49 (six years ago) Permalink

If I end up in London today or tomorrow I'm def going to fabric. Think it's like timing traffic around rush hours for queues with that place.

owenf, Saturday, 22 October 2011 10:49 (six years ago) Permalink

Been talking about going to Beauty and the Beat for years now and still haven't been. Anyone been to Gold Dust?

owenf, Saturday, 22 October 2011 10:53 (six years ago) Permalink

At the 'bric now: is a hoot. Currently im just sitting outsideod to take advantage of the good weather, rest my ears, and, uhhhh, read about sovereign power and control over death. Anyways, am glad I came here ( though probably won't make a too regular habit of it).

Hills Like White Broncos (EDB), Sunday, 23 October 2011 13:45 (six years ago) Permalink

C#M - yep, definitely going to Lowlife. That lineup basically = Croatian boat party so will be amazing.

Matt DC, Sunday, 23 October 2011 15:00 (six years ago) Permalink

oh god you fuckers are gonna spend all your time going "BOAT!" aren't you, i might have to go and find some new friends

octavio paz de la huerta (c sharp major), Sunday, 23 October 2011 18:59 (six years ago) Permalink

good thing it is low life where everyone is lovely

octavio paz de la huerta (c sharp major), Sunday, 23 October 2011 18:59 (six years ago) Permalink

I would like to do more London dancing. All my mates in hitchin are basically non-clubbers and it's almost impossible to get em down to London.

dog latin, Sunday, 23 October 2011 21:22 (six years ago) Permalink

Is there anywhere to dance in Hitchin? I drive past/ride the train past regularly and the place scares me a little. Is it like the town in footloose?

owenf, Sunday, 23 October 2011 21:46 (six years ago) Permalink

didn't make fabric birthday this year unfortunately as was out of town (heard moodymann played nirvana this evening lol) - next time at fabric will prob be rhadoo & rareash in dec

not sure about this weekend, possibly fred p at secretsundaze

post, Sunday, 23 October 2011 22:23 (six years ago) Permalink

I actually broke my dance duck last night with a little lol hipster house surrounding Nite Jewel at the Shacklewell Arms. It was a bit grim and deadening but such is the nature of that specific situation I guess - if I can do it there I can do it anywhere.

Might go along to Lowlife, if the conference I'm at that day doesn't take too much out of me. Don't really know what to expect and as good as the blurb is ( http://www.corsicastudios.com/index.php/october-2011/493-low-life-october-29th ) it isn't telling me an awful lot, but the collective enthusiasm here sells it enough.

sunn :o))) (Merdeyeux), Monday, 24 October 2011 00:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Hooo... That was a fun 14 hours at Fabric. And yes, Moodymann did play Nirvana! (seconds after I walked into the room and passed someone wearing a Nirvana shirt. It was a moment of weird cognitive dissonance: the mixture of seeing a reference to something and hearing it - as if your mind were creating some strange sensory cross-referentiality - and the even more strange fact of seeing moodymann, of all people, playing it. For a moment everything felt as if it was either no longer, or way too, real).

Hills Like White Broncos (EDB), Monday, 24 October 2011 13:25 (six years ago) Permalink

low life will sell out,get tickets. it's run by the people behind djhistory.com, has a bit more of a grown up vibe, it's ace, you should def get to one.

can't recommend beauty and the beat enough, it's a shame it's not bring your own booze/smoking indoors/just do what you want anymore. they have the best club soundsystem i've ever heard. warm and wonderful sounding. the same system david mancuso uses for his loft parties (which are also a fun evening out!) eclectic in a good way, always make a new friend when i go :)

this weekend, i'm looking forward to ital "secret east london location" on friday then probs cosey club at the baby bathhouse on saturday.

Crackle Box, Monday, 24 October 2011 14:01 (six years ago) Permalink

low life has already sold out iirc

octavio paz de la huerta (c sharp major), Monday, 24 October 2011 14:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Is there anywhere to dance in Hitchin? I drive past/ride the train past regularly and the place scares me a little. Is it like the town in footloose?

― owenf, Sunday, 23 October 2011 22:46 (Yesterday) Bookmark

Hitchin is quite nice - a bit like Stoke Newington or somewhere like that - not scary. There are a couple of townie clubs you can dance to, ranging from meat-market hell to acceptable r'n'b/dance. I put on my own nights at a local venue, but it's mostly gig-based with a few DJs when really I'd love to be able to do a medium-sized specialist DJ night etc... Would've been able to do something like that 10 years ago, but smoking ban/noise complaints/council restrictions have quashed a lot of the better venues and pubs.

dog latin, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:01 (six years ago) Permalink

I actually broke my dance duck last night with a little lol hipster house surrounding Nite Jewel at the Shacklewell Arms. It was a bit grim and deadening but such is the nature of that specific situation I guess - if I can do it there I can do it anywhere.

That venue kind of fucks me off. When I saw Ford & Lopatin, I was thinking "This place is smaller than the club I promote in, and I'm sure I'd be able to get a bigger/more responsive crowd than this", but of course because I'm not promoting in a big town agencies and bands just aren't interested in visiting. I'm sure this wasn't the case a few years back when Hitchin venues rivalled places like the Cambridge Corn Exchange for touring bands. In the eighties, Spandau Ballet, Thin Lizzy, the Specials, Squeeze and many others played right next door to where I used to live. Also the Fall recorded one of their best known albums at the same venue.

dog latin, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:06 (six years ago) Permalink

I'd be well up for an ILX "FAD", but of course I'd need a bit of notice. Have to give myself a good run up if it involves staying out in London all night and getting the early train home.

dog latin, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:08 (six years ago) Permalink

The Shacklewell Arms gives you a very, ahem, particular catchment area in terms of clientele.

Matt DC, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:11 (six years ago) Permalink

the shacklewell arms is full of cunts at all times

lex pretend, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:15 (six years ago) Permalink

it's nearing old blue last levels of AVOID

lex pretend, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:15 (six years ago) Permalink

dog latin i would be into that!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 24 October 2011 15:17 (six years ago) Permalink

a FAD?

dog latin, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:21 (six years ago) Permalink

In the eighties, Spandau Ballet, Thin Lizzy, the Specials, Squeeze and many others played right next door to where I used to live. Also the Fall recorded one of their best known albums at the same venue.

A lot of act, even British ones, just don't put in that level of legwork any more. Although the acts you named would have been going for a very broad, more-or-less mainstream audience. You're never going to get that with an act like Ford & Lopatin especially if the manager (rightly or wrongly) assumes that 80% of the intended market will be living within a two-mile radius of Dalston.

Matt DC, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:23 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I understand the psychology of putting them in London. I'm sure if the price was right I could put anyone I liked on within reason, but of course in London you can get away with charging £10 for a short set by an obscure act because at least a handful of people in London will have heard of them. In Hitchin I have to rely on mine and my organisation's reputation as promoters to put on decent nights. Pleased to say that after several years it's working and people will take risks and turn up.

dog latin, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:31 (six years ago) Permalink

I had no idea this thread was still going!

Since we moved back (nearly 8 weeks ago) I've been mostly going to Fabric and Plastic People, plus Corsica Studios once. I'm heavily biased towards places that I can walk home from, though, and despite some of the problems with Fabric (e.g. overcrowding) it's a 5 minute walk from us, so it's probably going to be the main place I go. It's also one of the few places that sometimes has a schedule that doesn't mess up my sleep (I get up at 6am in the week which makes late nights tough; so yesterday I went to Fabric at 7:30am and stayed until 1pm, which was perfect for me).

The other problem I have these days (apart from falling asleep before 10pm) is that having basically destroyed my knee last year it's very hard for me to dance (or even stand) for more than 4 hours, often a lot less, which also makes a lot of club nights less attractive - I need to save my knee for DJs I really want to hear rather than wait around for a few hours for them to start.

I'm also way out of touch with pretty much everything - what's so good about Low Life?

toby, Monday, 24 October 2011 19:15 (six years ago) Permalink

anything going on in london dancing-wise from nov 2 to 10? i'll be in town, we should go out

geeta, Monday, 24 October 2011 19:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh, and I've been out a few times on my own already (in fact every time I've been to Fabric) and it hasn't been an issue - but then again it didn't even occur to me that it would be, so perhaps I'm a bit weird that way (I've gone to plenty of gigs on my own, which I know some people don't like doing).

toby, Monday, 24 October 2011 19:19 (six years ago) Permalink

xpost: there's loads! Just scroll through RA listings. Though 20 hours of event-going in 5 days has left me drained, though I may go to the free Feel My Bicep night on the 2nd.

Hills Like White Broncos (EDB), Monday, 24 October 2011 20:29 (six years ago) Permalink

are you guys saying that there are djs are Fabric, like, 24 hours a day?

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Monday, 24 October 2011 20:36 (six years ago) Permalink

are = at

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Monday, 24 October 2011 20:36 (six years ago) Permalink

no not usually - it was their birthday weekend so it was 30 hours straight. But they not infrequently have nights that run 11pm-10am or later.

toby, Monday, 24 October 2011 20:37 (six years ago) Permalink

its usually villalobos where it runs late, the last one, in aug ran on till 2.30pm. it normally finishes around 8am. they tried running it later with Zip but don't think he had the profile to carry something like that

post, Monday, 24 October 2011 21:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Zip playing on the 19th at camp tho!

post, Monday, 24 October 2011 21:03 (six years ago) Permalink

This is a good thread. I met my wife while was on dancing my own in the Key (gone, sadly). I don't dance on my own much these days, only if I'm out with one or two friends who decide to leave before I'm ready. I've had a few rubbish nights in London since I moved back two years ago. Shacklewell Arms being one and another being Love Fever earlier in the year. Going to Mulletover this Saturday hhmmm..

mmmm, Monday, 24 October 2011 22:05 (six years ago) Permalink

i was at that love fever i think. god it was shit. really nice people on the door and a nice crowd and a decent venue, but i was astonished at how poor the system and worse, the music was. it sounded great and the way they sold it it looked really good, but it completely wasn't.

When a German communicates, you listen (LocalGarda), Monday, 24 October 2011 22:17 (six years ago) Permalink


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