Posts Tagged ‘Vauxhall’

Paul Heron

Tonight we welcome Paul Heron across the river to play at Dalston Superstore! Well known to any circuit queen in Vauxhall, Paul joins us for Little Gay Brother Presents: Desert Island Dicks. Ahead of the party, we posed Paul a few questions to find out what’s in store for Superstore…!

You’re known for your Vauxhall residencies- but tell us, what DON’T people know about you?

I’m also working on developing a small East London based menswear label at the moment, and DJ wise I’m doing a lot of international events for some big international brands around Europe, Australia and South America.

One thing we already knew was that you’re Scottish… without getting too political- what outcome were you hoping for in terms of your motherland’s independance?

I’m glad it’s a resounding no vote! I was scared I was gonna become a refugee and need to seek gay asylum!

If Paul Heron was a cocktail, what alcohol would make it up and what mixers would we have to add?

Probably a shot of each and every available alchoholic substance known to man, mixed with a dash of passionfruit and lime… monkeys ruin!

What was the record (or DJ set) that made you want to be a DJ?

Sitting on the rocks in Ibiza listening to Danny Tenaglia’s Turn Me On when I was 17 was a real intense musical moment for me, then listening to Eric Morillo later that week playing X-press 2 – Music X-Press bootleg mix later that week were two defining moments for me!

If you had a time machine and could go back to any dancefloor anywhere/anywhen, where would you want to visit?

Studio 54 obviously, and to hear Larry Levan, Paradise Garage and Shelter. And perhaps one more dance on the Space terrace when it was outside!

Talk us through your Desert Island Dick costume for Saturday?

I’ve gone for a cock hungry voodoo priest/meets festival chic/meets carcrash in a facepainting stall vibe! 

What are your fave queer parties around the world for work and play?

Panorama Bar in Berghain is my ultimate, also I love playing at Cavo Paradiso in Mykonos looking out over the cliff as the sun rises over the ocean, also my residency for La Demence as Thierry puts on a fucking mental party… DEBAUCHERY!

What’s the last album you listened to from beginning to end?

The XX- Young Turks  and XX amazing albums!

You’re also a producer… what’s next out from you?

Hopefully an official remix of Danny Tenaglia’s Turn Me On. I wanted to go back in the studio to work on a track or remix I was really passionate about and thought the defining record that got me into dance music was an obvious choice, I’m just busy trying to arrange it!
Join Paul Heron TONIGHT (Saturday 20th September) for Little Gay Brother Presents: Desert Island Dicks at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.

Meet Wayne Shires

By Dan Beaumont

Wayne Shires has been at the forefront of London’s underground queer culture for several decades. From the best acid house warehouse parties in ’89 through to legendary dance floors like Substation, Bar Industria, Crash, Area, The Cock and his current baby East Bloc. He’s also been busy preparing for this weekend’s massive Summer Rites festival. Superstore’s Dan Beaumont caught up with him for a cuppa.


Can you please explain the compulsion to throw parties and open venues?

I think it must be some form of masochism. It can be really tortuous but at the same time it can be very euphoric and satisfying and rewarding when you get to that point where you see people enjoying themselves, and you’re the one who’s created it. It’s not a vanity project. I just really enjoy people having a good time. I’ve always liked putting on a party.

You started putting on parties during the acid house era?

The very first party I put on was a Sunday night at what used to be called The Apollo, which was a rent boy bar in Soho, which turned into The Brain run by Sean McLusky [legendary London music promoter- Dan] and later become Trash Palace on Wardour street. I’ve been going to clubs since I was about sixteen – I  met Princess Julia around then. I used to go to Heaven, Subway. Lasers on Green Lanes, Bolts.

I started going out in clubbing London and then I moved to America and had a had a stint there hitting the clubs. When I got back, there were warehouse parties and people were taking ecstasy, but there wasn’t really the music.

We used to go to Ibiza every summer. One year we went to Amnesia, I remember turning round and thinking “who are these people in shorts and smiley T-shirts, and what’s this music they’re dancing to? And they’re all off their heads!”

Wayne in Ibiza

That’s when I met Terry Farley and Danny & Jenni Rampling. Jenni said, “We love you guys, you have to come to our club Shoom when you get back to London.”      

I remember the first time I went to Shoom I wore jeans and a shirt. 

Next week in dungarees and smiley T-shirt?

Dungarees, smiley T-shirst and little round glasses. I dived straight into it – this was ’88.

And the Boys Own parties, East Grinsted – the famous one – the one down on the lake. That party was like the Sex Pistols gig at the 100 club. Everyone says they were there but they weren’t! I was there. I can tell you who was there. We were going to all that and I was then going back into ‘gay world’ and thinking “gays would love this.”

We used to go to a club called Queens on a Sunday afternoon run by Phil Perry and we were like the little gang of gays, about five of us – the token gays – but they adored us. Suddenly I was hanging out with football terrace boys, Chelsea fans, and they were all pilled up and loved up and very accepting. I just thought it would be really good to put on a party where that lot met my lot and we just kind of merged it.

The first party (getting back to your original question!) was a Sunday night at the Apollo. We wanted somewhere on a Sunday and the Apollo really unusually had a 5 o’clock license on a Sunday. This was ‘89. So we did a party there called ‘Eclipse’ that both Phil Perry and Danny Rampling played at plus a budding DJ who used to badger me all the time called Ashley Beedle. I gave him his first gig! 

And then you went on to do warehouse parties?

There was an arts space called The Diorama which is at the back of Regents Park Crescent and it’s a really beautiful hexagonal art space. There would be art happenings there and exhibitions. We hired it. It had ridiculous restrictions like you weren’t allowed to sell alcohol so you had to include it in the ticket price. It only went on til 2AM. When we did the first one there was this old guy who used to be the caretaker and actually lived upstairs in this room with an Alsatian dog.  We were getting the stock in on the first one and he said “oh Red Stripe – my favourite drink” and we went “do you want a case” So we gave him a case.

Later on it got to 2AM and he was by the bar loving it and he said “Just go on.”

So we carried on til six in the morning. We got away with doing those monthly for about two years.

Were they gay parties?

They were mixed. We had Kinky Gerlinky drag queens with Terry Farley, and we merged the whole thing. That’s when we started integrating people like Princess Julia and all those DJs in with the West London house DJs. You’d have drag queens dancing next to Chelsea boys.

Wayne Shires with Leigh Bowery

Was your first foray into venue owning Substation?

I had one before that called Bar Industria which was off Regent Street. Fat Tony did a night called ‘Abba’ on a Tuesday. Linda Evangalista DJing, stuff like that. I went up to her and said “Can I get you a drink?”

She said “Yeah bottle of tequila.”

Are we in the ‘90s now?

Yeah ‘91.

So this is supermodels and glam house?

Basically. George Michael used to come. It was fun. That only lasted a year and then we did Substation. Everything I’ve ever done has been inspired by a two year period when I lived in America. Every reference I have ever used is from that. So Bar Industria was Boy Bar, so it was very light, trophies on the wall, table football, checkerboard vinyl flooring, kind of a boys club. Very municipal, like a working men’s club. So there was that and then we went on to do Substation, which was Stallions before, and then became Ghetto after. We were there for five years. That was kind of Anvil/Mineshaft New York. Oil drums, chain link fencing, gay porn vodeo shoot style.

I remember pop videos being shot there?

Yeah quite a few. 

I was hanging out in New York a lot at the time,  hanging out with Rob di Stefano from Tribal Records  and met Danny Tenaglia through him. I did a party for them down at what become the original XXL venue. Danny used to play Substation when he was in town. It was quite a special time, really.  

Then we did Substation South in Brixton, which was a sort of South London version of the Soho one and you’d get away with a lot more there! That was Queer Nation’s home for many years. And it suited it and was perfect.

And then you invented Vauxhall?

I don’t know if I want to be credited for that right now! Substation moved to a bigger space on Dean Street – high ceilings, 600 capacity, we had it for about two years. When we were in the original venue you could open Monday Tuesday, Wednesday with like a hundred people in and it would look great. But the Dean Street venue needed like four hundred people in it and we couldn’t do that Monday to Thursday. We survived there for about two years. We had a lot of shit from the police. They would turn up and there would be a sea of boys with their shirts off and they would say “Your license says people need to be properly attired, tell them to put their shirts back on.”

I would stand at the door arguing with the police saying “You go and tell ’em to put their shirts back on!”

I got taken to court! Basically one Friday night we got a visit from the club squad. About five of them turned up in trench coats– it was all very bizarre. And they came in and said, “Can we just walk around?”

So we walked through the back way and literally as we turned into the dance floor this guy dropped to his knees and started sucking this other guy off!

I just whacked him round the back of the head and said “Security! Throw them out! And if they have memberships, take it off them!”

We all carried on walking and when we reached reception the police turned around and said “Mr Shires you are not obliged to say anything…”

I was done for running a disorderly house and ended up at the magistrate’s court. My business partner at the time had grief from the police for years. He wasn’t having any of it so he got the best barristers and we got it thrown out.

Substation South was running and Lambeth police had a lot more to deal with and were quite happy that there was a safe place the gays were going and had a different attitude. So I loved Lambeth and I suddenly started working really proactively with Lambeth police and the council.

When a railway arch came up in Vauxhall I opened Crash. Which was my version of Tunnel. So that’s the next New York reference.

And that was the first club in Vauxhall?

Yeah you had the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and the Market Tavern, which was a pub in the Nine Elms tower which was great. That was really cool, but it wasn’t a club per se. It was a pub for the traders of Covent Garden Market so it had one of those weird licenses. At one point they used to have an after hours there but you had to buy a bunch of flowers to go in!

Hang on. You were worried about being able to fill Substation in Dean Street so why did you take a massive railway arch in Vauxhall?

Substation South was doing incredibly well and that only held 350/400, it was rammed. Also I knew South London would be a lot more accommodating and Vauxhall was literally on the border – the closest you could get to the West End and the West End was the place to be. Heaven was there, all the gay bars were there. There was nothing East really. I wanted that big superclub! I wanted it to be really underground, I wanted the music to be cutting edge. We were very much into Tribal and Twisted. I was living with Tom Stephan and he was the main DJ from Substsion so it was a platform for his sound. It was all Murk, Tenaglia, it was that whole sound.

Give me one legendary night at Crash. What sticks out in your memory?

Yoko Ono performing.


Yeah. I mean getting a phonecall in the office going “Yoko wants to perform in your club but you can’t announce it.”


It was quite special.

How do you feel about Vauxhall now?

It’s a shame. At one point when I had Crash and we had been open a few years, The Eagle (Horse Meat Disco’s home) had been taken over by Mark Oakley and Paul Wilde. And there was the RVT. So there was a bit of a gay village thing going on. We had meetings with the council to go up to Manchester to see the model of Canal Street. Lambeth were very interested in developing Vauxhall gay village with road signs, we were going to change the name of roads to names with gay references and there was this blossoming idea that we were going to turn it into the gay village. Then other people came into the area with a different game plan. Money driven. The atmosphere changed and it all broke up. At one point it was very ‘us and them’ with a club that opened up. They weren’t particularly nice; they were very spiteful, used dirty tactics and it fell apart. It lost its solidarity. Then I opened Area because I’m a sucker for punishment and I wanted a bigger club.   

So you opened a giant club next door to your other giant club?

When that arch came up next door to my giant arch I thought it’s better for me to open up that giant arch than anyone else. I developed the model – everyone loved Crash and then all the arches were up for grabs. 

So I opened the big club next to the big club, which was a struggle, but programme-wise it kind of worked for a couple of years, but always battling with the people I won’t mention. I made one or two bad business decisions and got involved with the enemy, and the enemy screwed me over. I thought, “I’m out of here.”

It’s a different place now

It is. 

What made you get back on the saddle and start East Bloc?

I’d been a bit battered. I had enjoyed my career and what I had done. A lot of my mates had come East so I moved East. Julia and people were already living here and I bumped into Sean McLusky and he said “There’s a little club on City Road you should check out…”

I went and did a party there and it was just as I was selling Crash. The landlords said, “Do you want to buy it?”

I said, “No, I don’t want to buy a club.”

They said, “Why don’t you take a lease?”

I said, “Alright, I’ll have a go.”

Because I’m a masochist like we said at the beginning

Compared to the stress levels I’ve had in the past East Bloc is a walk in the park. It’s a lovely space to run, the crowd that come are lovely, the promoters are lovely, it’s a pleasure. 

Why do you think clubs like East Bloc are important?

LGBT venues are important because there are so few and it’s really important for people to be themselves. That’s why Dalston Superstore is important. That’s why the Joiners is important. That’s why the George and Dragon is Important. That’s why The Eagle is important. There are thousands of venues in London but what venues can a boy walk in with a beard, covered in glitter, wearing a jockstrap dance on the bar in heels? It’s important we are a safe playground. What I remember growing up is that I loved going out and feeling part of a family. And I think it’s really important to help the legacy of what has come before, to go forward. People in East Bloc, the kids, they will become venue owners when me and you are way long on the tooth to be doing it. I think it’s important to show what is possible. It’s achievable isn’t it?  A lot of people go “Oh my god how do you do this?”

I always thought that owning a venue was something other people did. Then something clicked and I realised it’s achievable. What do you think of the gay scene in London now?

It’s very fractured. You have the Vauxhall ‘good’ people, the bears. Soho is Soho. If a tourist came to London and said “Show me gay London!” and they wanted an overview of the scene I would struggle to find that big club that there used to be – like Heaven used to be. Or Crash was. 

What for you is the ultimate London queer club?

(long pause)

Horse Meat Disco. Has to be. Totally.

Your relationship with Jim Stanton goes back to when you were running The Cock together?

Jim was my assistant! Eve we used to call her – Eve Harrington!

How did The Cock come about?

I was doing Crash, Jim was working in the office and I knew Simon Hobart from Popstarz who had just opened The Ghetto in my old space (The first Substation). Simon had a lesbian night on a Friday that wasn’t working and it kind of reminded me of the East Village. It was a bit alternative. Me and Jim went in there and we were sort of saying “There should be gogo boys in pants like The Cock in New York,”

We were trying to come up with the name and I think it was Jim who said, “Just call it The Cock.”

And I was like “OK.”

We had never worked together creatively on a project before and it just clicked.

Where did the musical identity come from?

That was more Jim. He’s got an incredible music taste. As have I! We’ve both got a very eclectic taste. Jim was very forward in that electro sound. I booked Tasty and Julia, Jim booked the Scissor Sisters. I remember fighting with the Ghetto about the name ‘The Cock.’ There were a lot of gay girls behind the bar and there was a protest before we started. Me and Jim were called in by Simon who told us we had to change the name. They thought we wanted to do a Men Only sex club. 

Was Summer Rites, in its original incarnation, a reaction against Pride?

We got involved with Pride in ’92 when it was Europride. Pride was really exciting then and each year the attendance went up and the sponsorship got bigger and the events got bigger and the budget got bigger. It was free to get in and political and it was great. Very quickly over a five-year period it grew and it became a national thing – you’d have coaches coming from here, there and everywhere. One year we had to turn half of Clapham Common into a coach park. Londoners being Londoners had that kind of slightly snobbish thing going on. So Summer Rites was meant to be a Pride for London. And it was always meant to be representing all the different elements of the London club scene. We were taking all the politics away and we were just having a party for Londoners. A more niche, condensed party without the coaches and all that.

What made you resurrect it three years ago?

Because I’m mental and because I’m a masochist like I said at the beginning! The last one in the ‘90s we were hit by really bad weather. It had been baking all week and it was boiling hot and literally the morning of the day there was a torrential downpour. It has been so dry and it was on a hill so there were rivers coming down. I think we did eight or nine years in the end.

About four years ago I moved to Redchurch Street, Sean McLusky had his offices there and he said “I’m doing this festival called 1234 and you’ve got to come!”

I went with Julia and we had a great time. He spotted me and said “You should do the Sunday! You should bring back Summer Rites!”

I said, “No. I’m alright thank you.”

But because I live on that street and because he saw me going past his office he would come out and badger me.

You got doorstepped into starting a festival!

I got doorstepped by Sean McLusky into starting Summer Rites. It came back. Three years in Shoreditch Park which have been fun, but parks are too stressful because it can just piss down with rain and you’re screwed. Literally it’s the flip of a coin. You put all that effort and then and you’re sat there looking at the weather report. It’s life-changing if it rains.

If I want to buy you a drink this Saturday where can I find you?

You’ll probably find me in the cabaret room. But the whole venue is amazing. I got introduced to the Tobacco Dock at Winter Pride this year. And it’s undercover but feels outside so it’s amazing. It’s half indoors half outdoors. There’s a lot of daylight, there’s a lot of natural light and some big outdoor spaces. It’s beautiful.  And it doesn’t matter of it’s pissing down with rain! 

Join Wayne at Summer Rites at the Tobacco Dock this Saturday from noon, followed by Bender here at Dalston Superstore as one of the afterparties with special guest Den Haan from 9pm- 4am.


Saturday sees Bootylicious DJ Sugarbear join us in the top bar at Dalston Superstore for Bust Yo Nut! As resident for both Bootylicious at Club Colosseum and Carpet Burn at The Eagle, Sugarbear is sure to be a familiar face to those in the know. He joins Mistamaker this weekend for the best in old-skool r’n’b and hip hop. Ahead of the party we caught up with him to find out more about his bulging record bag!

You play a lot of different genres- but which do you feel most at home with?

When I started out DJing I was playing r’n’b and hip hop, so I guess that will always be my first love!

Whatever the night, whatever the genre, what is your guaranteed dancefloor killer?

Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out.

DIANA ROSS I m Coming Out by hiphopmomo

What was the first record you ever bought- honesty here please!

It actually was a good one. Le Freak by Chic. I did go on to buy many less cool records after though!

Who’s been the best guest or PA at Carpet Burn?

Well they had Denise from 5 Star a few weeks back and she was fabulous, but I would have to say Pete Burns!

It’s a pretty unashamed type of night- what is your fave track to belt out in a good behind-the-decks-singalong?

Jade – Don’t Walk Away.

Why do you think it’s important to have Vauxhall, Soho and Dalston as distinct queer nightlife areas in London?

Variety is the spice of life!

You playing old-skool hip hop and r’n’b here in the top bar at Superstore for Bust Yo Nut… what are your favourite tracks from both genres from the ’80s?

Well the ’90s is more my era, especially for r’n’b, but here are a few of my favourite ’80s tracks.

De la Soul – Me Myself And I

Run DMC – Peter Piper

Luther Vandross – Never Too Much

Michael Jackson – PYT

What will make you get up on the bar and DANCE?

A couple of pints, three tequila shots and Prince’s Controversy would get me on the bar dancing.

Join Sugarbear this Saturday 8th June at Dalston Superstore for Bust Yo Nut from 9pm – 3am.

Photo credit: Taurus Attraction Photography

Bryony Masters

It’s almost time to get Trampy again with those glam trans and hot boys at Kris Di Angelis’ bi-monthly night Tramp. For this party he’s invited sexy DJ Bryony Masters to join him in the basement for more garage than you can handle, whilst upstairs in the Transformations Bar, Jonathan Bestley and Stacey Dee Collins will make sure you have your dancing shoes on. Dave Tester and Johnny Woo are on hosting duties ensuring you have maximum fun.

We caught up with Miss Masters ahead of tomorrow night’s high-heeled hi-jinks to speak about her garage heroes, London Vs Brighton and more!

How did you start DJing?

I’ve always loved music, but was awful at it when I was in school, so I never really considered it as an option for a career… I moved to Brighton and went to a Pride one year and was totally inspired by a DJ in the Wild Fruit Tent – she was called Dulcie Danger. It became one of my dreams to play there one day, and it pushed me to learn to DJ. My girlfriend at the time managed a club so I just started practising on the decks there during the day, and it just went from there. As luck would have it, the dream is coming true as me and my girlfriend Verity are playing alongside Dulcie in that very tent at this year’s Brighton Pride. Major!

You recently moved to London from Brighton- what were your favourite nights and clubs to play at there?

I will always love the gay scene down there – cheesy as hell but you can’t get enough of it. My favourite club without a doubt is Coalition; the programming and management there is fantastic and their summer line ups are major. You get to party in there till the wee hours, and walk out onto the beach when the sun comes up.

Who are your garage heroes?

I was brought up on UKG in the late ’90s so my garage heritage lies with acts such as Wookie, MJ Cole, Artful Dodger…  However there are a lot of really decent house DJs who are merging the genres and doing it very well. The likes of Shadow Child and Prince Club are getting rinsed by us at the moment.

Tell us about your side project Maze & Masters with your girlfriend Verity Mayes…

Well we met through DJing. I count myself pretty lucky that I have found someone who loves what I do, as much as I do – if that makes sense. We share very similar tastes in music but maintain quite separate styles, so it made perfect sense to team up and start playing and producing together.  We totally challenge eachother when we play, it’s really refreshing.

You both recently supported the legendary MK! How did that go?

He is a massive inspiration to us as a producer, so it was such an honour, but it was totally nerve-racking! The hardest part of supporting a DJ you love is not dropping one of their productions. But we managed it! The crowd were amazing as was he. It was a great night.

You’re often found playing in Vauxhall… what does the scene there have over Dalston and vice versa?

The scenes are so divided but I feel that more and more that people are moving to the middle of the fence. For a long time Vauxhall was seen as circuit queen central, however with new promoters and new musical programming, that is starting to shift. They offer great after-parties that you can drop in on at anytime over the weekend. East London can be pretty intimidating for people who don’t necessary fall in line with the style… but they are completely on point with their music and offer something different week in, week out.  The fact of the matter is that both employ fantastic DJs and you have equally as good nights at either – or both!

You just remixed Foxes! How did that come about and can we hear it?

It’s all a little hush hush at the moment, we are pretty tied in by the label at current but it will be out later this year when the EP is released. It came about as a result of our fantastic manager Mark – the track is really beautiful so we were really excited to work on it.

What is your favourite track to end a night on?

I have this thing where I always try and make people go “what the ….” to my end track. Something everyone knows or they haven’t heard in forever so that everyone goes home smiling. My current favourite is Jetlags mix of Whitney’s Every Woman – it creates such a great vibe in any room – people go nuts for it.

Join Bryony tomorrow, Saturday 11th May at Dalston Superstore for Tramp from 9pm – 3am.

Jim Warboy: Next Stop Vauxton

Founder of hot clubnight SOS Jim Warboy sent us this roughly transcribed conversation he overheard on the number 55 bus. We’ll let him explain who he was listening to…

Jim: A TOWIE looking Vauxho queen talking at the speed of light – on an iPhone5, of course….

Y’alrite baaybes, just a quickie. Wanted to let you know that I’ve moved. I’m finally an East London Gay! Got myself an amaze place. Huge warehouse. Well I say huge, it’s been split up into loads of little bijou rooms, but you’ll never believe it, – only 800 quid a month. First place I saw and just grabbed it.

I’m sharing with some wicked people – couple of fashion students called Kasumi and Daisybell, a web designer, a photographer and a nutcase artist who makes things from rubbish he finds on the streets. It’s mental. Don’t get a minute’s peace.

I just love, love, LURVE this area. You know when I started coming here last year I was like, WOW, this is so amaze I just HAVE to live here. Let’s face it, the West End is just Sohover and I just had enough of Vauxhole after I saw that G-head collapse on the dancefloor – I mean, not another one!

When you come to visit I swear you’re gonna wanna live here. Everyone’s so cool. Girls hang out with guys. Guys hanging with girls. Yeah, for real! I even saw a girl snogging the beard off some trainwreck bloody tranny the other night. Hilare! So twenty twelve, sister.

Just bought myself a maje new top after I left the gym today. It’s a vest but not like a normal vest right. It’s like really old looking and really cool. Vintage baybee. Fierce. And only 45 quid. Yeah 45! Bargain!

Think I’m gonna wear it to a party my flatmates were talking about. It’s in a disused sewer or something. I know, sounds disgusting but all the best parties round here are in really fucking spesh places. The flyer’s just a black and white pic of this topless guy from an old porn film with a bulge that would make you gag. OMG, love to meet him on Grindr. Dutty, dutty, dutty! There’s even a couple of my fave DJs from Vauxhole playing. It’s all about the underground house, gurlfriend.

Actually, I went to a party the other day and this guy started drinking someone else’s bottle of water and ended up off his head. What a lightweight. GHB virgin babes – what are they like? Teach the bitch for swiping other people drinks. Uh huh, innit.

Did I tell you I’ve stopped waxing my chest? Yeah just shave it short now, au naturel oh el. It looks delish with my tan. Got the idea from one of the fag rags cos the guys looked so hot in the pics with it. Growing a little tache too. Honestly, even me mum wouldn’t recognise me now!

Listen, listen, you’ll never guess what. Remember your birthday when we were really pissed and that guy stole your bag on Charing Cross? I saw him down my road the other day AND I then saw him begging on Kingsland Road that night. Couldn’t believe it. It’s like he’s following me. Spoookeey

Oh baaybes, I feel like I haven’t let you get a word in edgeways. Some things never change. Anyway, gotta dash. It’s my stop. Vauxton.


Join Jim for our Superstore Xmas Party this Friday 14 December from 9pm to late with Hannah Holland, The Lovely Jonjo, Jeffrey Hinton, Charlie Porter and Jacqui Potato.

Illustration credit: Piepke

Horse Meat Disco

For those that don’t go out on school nights and for those who don’t all that often frequent south-of-the-river… We bring you Horse Meat Disco. On a Saturday. In Dalston. With all four residents. Over both floors.  That’s right, you’ve got Jim Stanton, James Hillard, Luke Howard and of course Severino Making the trek north from their home at The Eagle in Vauxhall to have a one-night-stand with Dalston Superstore.

We caught up with Jim for a quick chat about all things Horse Meat ahead of tomorrow’s party…

In London, where nightlife options seem endless, what do you attribute your enduring success to?

We set up HMD as an attempt to side-step the obvious that was happening in clubland nine or ten years ago; a seeming pre-occupation of sex and drugs before music. And the party crowd, it was all a bit dark and soulless with a few notable exceptions. I guess we’ve just always tried to keep these things at the fore ie. GREAT MUSIC and the PEOPLE and I think once you have this in place the sex and whatever else follows! 

The Eagle is a special place… What makes it so?

It is in the East Vauxhall side of things, an area known for frivolity and nightlife frippery, where the likes of Pepys could be found indulging their party requirements – the Lambeth Walk is across the road! It’s some kind of leyline here, really crazy.

We’re graced by all four of you this weekend… who is the biggest diva? 

Me (Jim Stanton), hands up before we get into a handbag fight. HOWEVER we ALL have our moments trust me.

Who have been your most interesting guests so far this year?

There have been some absolute CRACKERS, most notably David Morales who played through a dizzying set comprising of all his musical stylings, Kenny Dope was legend and I guess Weatherall for me was a personal jaw-dropping highlight.

What three records do you associate most with HMD on a Sunday?

Sylvester – Mighty Real

Diana Ross – The Boss

Sheryl Lee Ralph – In The Evening 

And finally, who is on the Horse Meat wishlist for 2013?

Frankie Knuckles! 

All four Horse Meat Disco residents join us over both floors this Saturday 24th November at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.