Posts Tagged ‘Kenny Campbell’

Drop The Needle 1st Birthday

With Drop The Needle’s First Birthday approaching this Friday, we asked DTN residents Sanjay and Milan to pick their highlights from the last year…

Milan: I remember having so much fun at our last party that I forgot about my record bag at the end of the night and had trace my steps back the next day, including a visit to the Ali Baba kebab shop – fortunately my bag was still behind the decks at Superstore!

Sanjay: One of my highlights was when we had Rory Phillips play a special 7” only post-punk set for our record store day party!

Milan: It’s always a nice sign when you start to recognise the regulars who come to many of the parties – nice to know the quality of music is consistent and people enjoy coming back. It’s always nice when Kenny Campbell comes down to party with us!

Drop The Needle

Sanjay: It was also amazing sharing the bill with our heroes Optimo Espacio this year. I also remember that night having to lend them my own turntables as the pitch on theirs had broken. Having my own turntables christened by JD Twitch and JG Wilkes was a bit special for me.

Sanjay & Milan: Our roadblock DTN launch party last year was pretty insane! I have still never seen a queue there bigger than it was that night! We have invited Simon Rigg who headlined our launch party back to play our 1st birthday! Don’t miss it this Friday!


Black Science Orchestra – Where Were You? (Tedd’s Lights Out Groove) 

Bernard Badie – Time Reveals 

Michael Boothman – What You Won’t Do For Love 

Funky Green Dogs – Fired Up (Angel Moraes DDDDeep Vocal Mix) 

Jamie 326 – Comin On Strong 

The Crusaders – Street Life (US Disco mix 79) 

Justin Vandervolgen – Nice Costume 

Indeep – When Boys Talk 

Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This 

Omar S – Set It Out 

Join Sanjay and Milan this Friday 1st November at Drop The Needle from 9pm – 3am at Dalston Superstore.

DSS at the V&A

This Friday pop down to the V & A Museum in South Kensington for a little taste of Dalston Superstore at their Dalston Takeover!  You can sample one of our delicious cocktails, the aptly named Hackney Iced Tea, and watch a video shot by the wonderful Kenny Campbell at our bi-monthly B(e)ast night from the lovely Borja Peña.

B(e)AST @DALSTON SUPERSTORE from kctv on Vimeo.

Also showcasing for this special Friday Late event will be our neighbours The Arcola Theatre, Dalston Roof Park, Cafe OTO, Stunt Dolly, the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden and loads more!

For the full list and info of Dalston based companies and venues appearing at the V&A’s Friday Lates Dalston Takeover visit the website:

Join the Facebook event for the V&A’s Friday Lates Dalston Takeover this Friday 28th June from 6pm – 10pm at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington.

The Cock

The Cock is one of those clubs that changed everything. Bravely coming to the rescue of the queer underground and helping to spawn something they called electroclash; The Cock (along with other discos like Nag Nag Nag, 21st Century Bodyrockers and Trash) shook up our perceptions of what we should be dancing to in the small hours with a heady mix of ‘80s synth noise, punk-funk out of New York City and new alien-sounding electronic music coming from Europe. Bringing a much needed rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic back to clubland, The Cock paved the way for much of what we now take for granted on East End dancefloors. For one night only she’s stepping out of cryogenic suspension down the road at XOYO so we spoke to founder Jim Stanton (now Horse Meat Disco megastar) about all things Cock!

The Cock by Kenny Campbell

What prompted you to start The Cock?

Wayne Shires*!!! I met him at Crash when I was working for Sleazenation and Jockey Slut magazines and he asked me to jump on board with Crash as it was expanding. We released compilation CDs and got lots of top guests at the club, Tenaglia, Yoko Ono, Derrick May etc etc! TOP CLUB! Our friend (now sadly departed) Simon Hobart** asked if we could fill the Friday night at the (also now gone) Ghetto club at Falconberg Court***. The rest was history – we robbed the name and all the references from our favourite New York dive bars and clubs. It was an upfront boys-y kind of raucous Friday night out. Musically we were both synth-loving kids, and I was working at Sleazenation at the time… those sorts of things were all the rage in 2002! 

* Cock co-promoter, former founder of Crash, now owner of East Bloc

** The creator of seminal queer indie club Popstarz

*** Also home to the legendary Nag Nag Nag

How did you choose your original residents?

Easy. We picked Princess Julia and Tasty Tim because it was what they had been looking for – a way out of all the bland tech house going on at the time. They were playing for Wayne at Crash as well as other gay clubs around London at the time but The Cock offered them a chance to really indulge their real passions born from the days of the eighties at clubs like Taboo and Kinky Gerlinky. 

The Cock by Kenny Campbell

What were your favourite live performances?

Too many to mention YR MUM YR DAD, Scissor Sisters, Hot Chip… So many!

The Cock by Kenny Campbell

Which London parties do you think are following in the footsteps of The Cock?

It was definitely a DIY aesthetic we had going on and it was very carefree. I think it really gave birth to TrailerTrash.

What are your craziest memories from The Cock?

I can’t remember anything at all! Bjork hiding in the coats in the cloakroom? I do remember it was very celeb-y but not in a wanky way – nobody gave a damn, it was just somewhere people went to throw down after a long week. Very special. 


Seeleenluft – Manilla (Ewan Pearson mix) 

Freeform Five – Perspex Sex (Ewan’s H-N-RG Mix) 

Le Tigre – Deceptacon (DFA Mix) 

 LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge 

Felix Da Housecat – Madame Hollywood (Tiga RMX) 

The Cock’s 10 Year Anniversary Party takes place this Saturday 21st July at XOYO with Mark Moore, Princess Julia, DJ Rokk and Jim Stanton.

Photo credit: Kenny Campbell. For more of Kenny’s work visit

TrannyTrash In Pictures

Last Sunday, being a Bank Holiday blow-out,  saw the wig-spinnin’ spectacular that was TrannyTrash! With the legendary Chloé from Kill The DJ headlining and our favourite ladies Hannah Holland, Michelle Moist and Alexandra Parade from Trailertrash, Nicola Fisher  of Gutterslut, Josheline Caffe, Dame Squeaky and John Sizzle all getting down and dirty in the lazer pit; you know it went off! Luckily our good friend Kenny Campbell was on hand to snap some fabulous pictures which we just had to share with you…

TrannyTrash 8-4-12

TrannyTrash 8-4-12

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TrannyTrash 8-4-12

TrannyTrash 8-4-12

TrannyTrash 8-4-12

TrannyTrash 8-4-12

TrannyTrash 8-4-12

To see all of Kenny’s amazing TrannyTrash pictures and more visit the Event Pictures portion of his website:

Photo Credit: Kenny Campbell