Tuesday, 17 July 2007

London Paper 32

ON THE SCENE Chantelle Fiddy

Who said you can’t get an education from clubbing? This week we’re getting our edutainment on.

The first lesson takes place at Need2Soul & K Swiss Presents Body&SOUL on Saturday night. Basically, a rather historical moment in UK dance music is on the cards as Body&SOUL, the ground-breaking New York music event, has never hit our shores before. Founded in 1996 by legendary house pioneers Danny Krivit, François K and Joe Claussell, Body&SOUL parties became the ultimate destination for dance music lovers who want to let loose in unity. The trio have gone on to throw outdoor events in America and do live tours in Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Japan and now their hitting London where they’ll play a marathon 10 hour set, back to back. As a result revellers from all over the country are expected to travel to the Canvas Warehouse at King’s Cross Freight Depot which is being transformed to create a New York vibe – with surprises on the way. And smokers delight, the roof-top terrace will be back in effect too. It’s not too late to get an advance ticket, £20 from www.ticketweb.co.uk or try your luck on the night. If you haven’t had a big night out In a while, then this promises to be a fix and a half running from 9pm-6am.

Historians might also be interested in celebrating Bastille Day at Vive Le France,
7-9 Crucifix Lane, London Bridge. Pulling in an all-French line-up to mark 218 years of a democratic France, David K headlines with La Noiraude & Stiff (Dialect Records), Muriel Monero, Isa GT, Cherise Got Loki (Girlcore) and Eel, Modsleep, Greg & Attan (Reverb) doing the rest. With this event running till 7am, they’ll be plenty of time to celebrate. Top tip – there’s also a pre-party at the Horse & Groom pub where you’ll be able to collect tickets for £7 instead of £9.

If you’re more interested in geography, Latin won’t get more exciting than La Bomba at Ministry of Sound on Friday night. DJ Mesta (Bum Squad), the world renowned hip hop, R&B and dancehall specialist, will be dropping reggaeton bombs alongside London’s elite Latin force Jose Luis, El Moreno, Sami Sanchez and Loco. The last event in March was a sell-out, so get their early.

Linguistics ahoy at 93 Feet East in Brick Lane tonight, where London MCs Ghetto, Bashy, Scorcher and Wretch 32 will be showcasing grime performed with a live band. A rare treat, it’s over by 11pm and the the only notes you’re going to need to take are of the currency variety.

A version of this article appeared in The London Paper.

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