Saturday, 7 April 2007

London Paper 18

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On The Scene: Chantelle Fiddy

Despite the prediction that around 2.4 million Londoners will desert the capital for the Easter break, don’t expect clubs to be quiet. With extra recovery time and a number of one-off events, there’s a number of excuses should you be late for church on Sunday.

One event combining the glory of saturated fat with music and alcohol while putting you in the heart of Brazil is The Choc Shot Ball at CafĂ© Guanabara (off Drury Lane WC2). Not only will they waiver the entrance fee on Friday, but they’ll give you a free egg filled with a shot of Sagatiba Velha, aged rum. Having tried a sample, all in the name of research, I guarantee should it be a cold evening this will warm up even the hair on your toes. Sticking with the tradition of Black Rio parties, the Verde Vai samba school will be in action along with DJ Roc Hunter, Natally Drag and friends.

If you fancy a slice of what Camden has to offer, you might as well go and pitch a tent outside At Proud who are hosting what they describe as ‘a never-ending tea party.’ Talk about random. Good Friday’s Mucha Marcha party runs from 3pm-3am, with Niyi, Elmore Judd and Operahouse, all live, while the residents play an eclectic mix of dancehall, electro, soul and indie. Saturday rise and shine for the 2pm kick off of Favourite Things, the cult jazz night which will return you to reality in order to rave it up in the evening with local electro rockers The Shakes. Perhaps the highlight of the blurb is the promise of holiday fever on Sunday with ‘an Ibiza warm-up complete with white sand and bikinis.’ The Happy Accident Sound System will bring the beats while you decide between the all day BBQ, mixed-sex volley ball and an ‘extremely hot version of Twister’, Give the diabolical state of our transport system, you might as well rip up your train tickets now.

Those of you, atheist or otherwise, that are less about gimmicks and don't want a free egg or sand in your drink, all the cool kids will be at BOSH who are throwing two parties this weekend. Hosted by the DJ/producers Tapedeck, who’ve made a serious impact on the party scene over the last six months, the big all-dayer at Barfly on Sunday stars the almighty Boy Better Know CEO, JME (one of Peaches Geldofs’ favourite MCs), The Video Nasties, The More Assured, The Natives, Lost Penguin, Coconut Twins, ElPlate, Styleslut and many more.

House lovers, on the otherhand, need to venture to the bi-monthly Positiva event at The Cross, where on Sunday, from 10pm to 6am, label artists Atrium (Steve Mac and Paul Harris) and Wayne O’Connell (Soul Avengerz) play alongside the cream of the underground house scene like Speakerjunk (Trevor Loveys and Herve) and new residents The Young Punx and Medcab.

A version of this article appeared in The London Paper

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