Red Square has shaken up its Saturday nights by replacing Most Wanted Entertainment's Nation party with up-and-coming deep funky house crew Solma. The night isn't being promoted very hard yet, but a decent crowd came out last week, especially considering the all-local lineup of DJs.
Amtrack and Rob Nice joined Solma residents DJ Redd and Ben Murko, and both mixed up the more soulful and deep side of house with more aggressive club thumpers to keep the dance floor moving. Kudos to Red Square for taking a chance on newer promoters and giving a chance to some fresh faces on a Saturday night.
Stopped by Film Lounge for their Basic Instinct Saturday-night weekly, and walked in on a live vocal performance by Mandy J singing over beats provided by Sydney Blu.
The night has a bit of a progressive tribal house vibe to it and goes fairly late, until about 6 am, so much of the late-night crowd is made up of people who work in the club industry coming by after work. You see a lot of Barbie-doll type women and aspiring body-builder men, but the feel of the night is more underground than the places where these types usually hang.
Fun, but be warned that the cover charge increases the later you go, and there is a dress code.
no doubting thomas
Blue and Restructured obviously went into their Saturday-night gig with Swedish techno star Thomas Krome thinking a big name would be enough to pack the relatively intimate Jai Bar, and chose to promote it lightly.
The place definitely wasn't rammed to the point of discomfort. Krome played well and appeared to be enjoying himself, but the empty floor space and too-bright lighting drained the energy from the dark, pounding techno vibe he was trying to create.
Someone forgot to tell the Comfort Zone the rave scene is dead.
There's no denying that the weekly Sunday after-party is more than a bit sketchy, but what do you expect of a club that doesn't even open until just before sunrise?
The crowd has changed. What was once a very young scene has aged, and the crowd at the Zone reflects the fact that there are so few all-ages parties any more.
It's a completely different world from the normal club scene; surreal doesn't even begin to describe it. It may not be for everyone, but until you've been blinded by the midday sun after spending the morning at the Zone you really have no idea what hardcore partying is really about.