Saturday, 7 April 2007

London Paper 16

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On The Scene Chantelle Fiddy

As mid-week partying becomes the new weekend, It might take some serious pre-planning to shake a leg at half of the capitals newfangled dates and still get to work on time in the morning. But as Spring dawns, there’s no better time to de-clutter your closet and clean out your diary.

Of major excitement in the world of fashion, drag and cutting edge cool, is the launch of Domestic Goddess, a somewhat-whimsical homage to Nigella Lawson, at Punk, 14 Soho Street. Molaroid and door whore Sami (an aspiring photographer who’s apparently the gay worlds answer to Hulk Hogan) are doing for Wednesday nights what their cult east end party night Anti Social - as featured in i-D and The Sunday Times Style - has done for Saturdays. On the 28th DJs from Tank Magazine appear alongside Jim Stanton (Horse Meat Disco) and the M&S Soundsystem (Antisocial). A variation of Anti-Socials usual Saturday night itinerary will be the art show from The-O, Kate Moross and Scottee but remarkably, it’s still free entry for all.

If you prefer something a little less du jour next Wednesday, also deserving of a window in your iCal or PDA, or if you’re keeping it old skool, a note on that dusty stack of post it notes, is the Roller Disco world record attempt. But it’s not all for the love of Starlight Express, the event coincides with the Blistex launch of their roller-ball product Lipsplash. Regardless, two hundred clubbers on wheels at The Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall are hoping to make history by travelling a kilometre – the equivalent of Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus – in a human roller-skating chain. If you think you’re good enough to get involved, it’s not too late either. Log onto for more.

Should the prospect of sleeping at your desk the following day not appeal to you, La Bomba the explosive Latin party fiesta, takes over the Ministry of Sound on Friday night. Following the success of events such as La Linea Festival, Carnival De Cuba and the monster Carnival Del Pueblo which attracted 150,000 Londoners to Burgess Park in Camberwell, the popularity of Latin fusion has continued to flourish. With the weather warming up, La Bomba, the brainchild of DJ Zorro which sees the coming together of five different promoters, will be squeezing in reggaeton, Latin house, Salsa, Meringue, Latin hip-hop, dancehall and bashment. Special guest in the main room this week is Smash Squad’s DJ Buddha, the Dominican-American mixtape legend and reggaeton pioneer, who’s remixed for the likes of Lady Saw, Pitbull, Daddy Yankee and T.O.K. Joining him in bringing the sounds of South America are Jose Luis, El Moreno (Bar Rhumba), Sami Sanchez (Blackmarket Records) and Loco. Elsewhere Lubi J, compilation selector for salsa label, Fania Records, will be spinning Salsa in the bar while Slip N Slide present Klubb Latino in the baby box where Soulshaker and Christian Larssen will be playing the latest in funky Latin club sounds and dirty electro house. If you’ve got a Saturday job, you might as well quit it now.

A version of this article appeared in The London Paper

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