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ImageTraveling to Quebec City seems to be the thing to do for Montrealers looking to save a few bucks on top-notch concerts.  The same show was broadcast in Montreal as a highlight for the MEG Montreal festival on the Friday night for $25, and then Saturday in Quebec City for a measly $12, not to mention the half price drinks for sale!  The club itself, L’imperial left a little to be desired with its carpeted floors and DJ decks set up about a mile away from the dance floor.  It was a little bit like viewing the dangerous animals in the zoo, where the voyeurs are caged away from the demonstrations.   The sound system left a little bit to be desired, too much thump and not enough of the higher frequency smack, and why the VJ thought it was acceptable VJing to simply stream together various clips of the flyer is beyond me.
However, if you were able to overlook these cited problems (by maybe closing your eyes and standing in the corner) you may have been impressed by the show because the music was nothing short of fabulous, with both Ada and Metope performing an absolutely awesome array of live minimalistic beats and Superpitcher laying done a tremendous techno set.

ImageLeading lights from London’s alternative gay scene are launching a weekly fetish and drag orientated night at Turnmills from October 30, which aims to provide a space for flamboyant outsiders via a door policy that excludes ‘dodgy unfriendly straights’.

Jackie is being hosted by Synthetic Pleasures’ starlet Miss Cunty, who told Skrufff that they decided to launch the club after becoming totally alienated from virtually the rest of London’s gay scene.

“After five years of complaining and having no where to go we decided that Jackie will embrace the people like us who make clubs special by being special and putting thought into what we look like when we go out,” she said.

“We feel that the gay scene has become a corporate capitalist monopoly, where all the clubs and people are ghettoized in Vauxhall (South London) and many of the gay venues are no longer safe. There has been a lot of homophobic attacks in gay clubs these days by straight clubbers; for me that is unacceptable and that’s where Jackie comes in,” Cunty continued.

ImageFriday October 28th 2005 @ SAT (Societe des Arts Technologiques)
1195 St. Laurent, Montreal, Canada

Opening in 1998 with the simple concept of promoting quality events in innovative and original settings, NEON has grown into one of the biggest and most well attended club nights in Montreal Canada.  Doing away with the traditional night club look and feel (i.e. lasers and smoke machines), and integrating interior and graphic design, along with mood lighting and performance art, the continuously adapting and transforming NEON team has realized the formula for success.  Outlasting the majority of their major competitors NEON is constantly changing to maintain their position at the forefront of the latest musical trends and to integrate the new sounds being developed into each of their shows.
NEON organizes approximately ten events per year and holds the majority of their organized productions at the SAT (Societe des Arts Technologiques).  The past years have seen countless big name artists with the likes of Miss Kittin & The Hacker, Chromeo, Richie Hawtin, Tiga, Jesper Dahlback, DJ Hell, Vive La Fete, etc., gracing the stage here in Montreal.  On October 28th, 2005 NEON will host an “I Love Neon” Halloween party: “Let’s Get Physical” with DJ T (Get Physical Music) from Berlin, Plastique De Reve (Gigolo & Turbo Records) from Switzerland, and local Montreal nu-wave electro synth-pop Cut Throat Republic doing a LIVE performance.  This one is not to be missed!!
Slowly gaining in popularity NEON is becoming a global movement and gaining momentum every day with requests to go on tour with the NEON “look and feel” to cities such as New York, Miami, and Toronto and in countries such as Spain, Italy and Germany.  Who knows, maybe the next stop on the global map will land a NEON event in Hong Kong!

Article by Melissa Burton

ImagePete Tong is a leading British ambassador of club culture. An original groundbreaker, he has met the Queen and been immortalised in the movies. Working tirelessly, the BBC Radio 1 DJ presents new dance music to millions of listeners each week as the infectious energy of his output circulates around the world. A longstanding and vital figure in the industry, always with a keen eye on cutting edge movements, Pete made his Ibiza DJ debut almost 20 years ago. Other influential imports – namely the revered radio shows: the Essential Mix and Essential Selection – arrived on the inimitable island later (1995/96). Celebrating 10 years of Radio 1 in Ibiza, the perennially popular Radio 1 Weekend was another almighty success and included Pete’s live broadcasts from Cafe Mambo and Space.

Following the awesome sell out success of Creamfields, it appears our feet are just about ready for some full on dancing action again, and where better for it than at Cream's legendary birthday bash on Saturday 8th October @ Nation.   The fundamental ethos of Cream which remains at the core of its success is the music, so it comes as no surprise that they are pulling out all the stops for this magnificent birthday celebration!

We are excited to welcome back the indomitable force that is Erick Morillo who having rocked Nation to its foundation at last years birthday can't wait to come back and do it all again!  The Main Room will come alive with the sounds of Morillo's trademark chunky, funky house music and for all those who witnessed his flawless, electric set at Creamfields this year, you know what we're talking about!   He will be joined by Cream Ibiza Resident Gareth Wyn who will be performing an exclusive house set and has made a big impression over the Summer in Ibiza supporting the likes of Paul Van Dyk and Tiesto.   Also returning for the big event is the lovely Phat Phil Cooper, if anyone can get your booty shaking its this guy, and a Cream birthday just wouldn't be the same without Lee Ellis & Anthony Probyn.

At the helm in the Courtyard are Radio 1's Judge Jules and Fergie, always guaranteed to maintain the electric atmosphere that this room is famous for!   They will be ably assisted by Paul Kershaw, Riley & Durrant who had the outdoor stage at Creamfields rocking till the sun went down!

Over in the Annexe Cream goes up against the Hacienda as godfathers of house Graeme Park & Mike Pickering go head to head for a deck battle where your feet do the voting!   They will be joined by James Barton & Andy Mc, Cream regulars K-Klass and of course the indestructable Andy Carroll!  Who will be the undisputed champion of the decks?   You're the decide! 

This will be a birthday bash to add the icing on the cake to what has been a magnificent year for Cream. The sun shone at Creamfields UK for what has been described as "the best event to date" and Creamfields Russia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico all look set to follow in its footsteps and lets not forget Cream's 10th anniversary year in Ibiza which has been a roaring success! 

Cream Birthday In Association With Radio City
Saturday 8th October 2005
Main Room
Erick Morillo
Phat Phil Cooper
Gareth Wyn (House Set)
Lee Ellis & Anthony Probyn

Judge Jules
Riley & Durrant
Paul Kershaw
Gareth Wyn

Annexe: Hacienda vs Cream
Park & Pickering (Graeme Park & Mike Pickering)
James Barton & Andy Mac
K-Klass (Paul & Russ)
Andy Carroll

To be broadcast live on Radio City.  As always the birthday is expected to sell out.  To avoid disappointment please purchase advance tickets which are on sale now! 

Event Details:
Nation, Wolstenholme Square, (Off Slater Street), Liverpool, 10pm-6am, Price: £20+BF (NUS) / £25+BF / Info: / Tel: 0151 707 1309 / Email:
Cream Tickets:  0870 2427 326 / Radio City Box Office: 0151 256 5555 / Ticketmaster (24hr): 0870 902 0001.
Cream Tickets Online: / / / 

(information provided by Cream)

ImageNestling on a side street just yards from Ipanema Beach, Dama de Ferro is a small but perfectly formed nightspot that’s home to Rio’s equally intimate though thriving electro-disco scene (as well as a whole host of similarly alternative/ artistic club nights, throughout the month).

Named after the intricately melded cast iron sculptures that permeate the split level space, the club’s most unusual design feature is its unisex alfresco style toilet cubicles placed directly alongside the dance floor, complete with low cut doors providing voyeurs and exhibitionists ample scope alike. Rumour has it that one London electro queen had toilet sex with her local lover in full (approving) view of the dance floor earlier this year, though tonight, usage appears limited to regular bodily functions.

Instead, a packed crowd of flamboyantly dressed gays and strikingly beautiful girls from Ipanema are gathered together for the second event of Fashion Nugget, a new party presented by Rio scenesters Madame Nini and Lady Ray. Despite their drag queen names, both are 22 year old shes as opposed to she-males and both are  clearly adept at bringing a lively and highly colourful crowd out tonight. Which is no mean achievement, given Rio’s reputation as a place where everything happens on the beach.

ImageSpeak to a Sao Paulo person and they’ll tell you Rio dwellers spend all day there doing not much else, a point Rio people will gladly accept. Any why not, given that spots like Ipanema, in the heart of downtown Rio, is a fantastically wide, gloriously chilled out, white sandy beach, populated by body perfect locals and less well constructed tourists. Rio’s most famous beach, Copacabana, however, is less recommended, its fading glory marred by street prostitution (as soon as dusk kicks in) and a distinct edge of serious poverty. Homeless people sleep on many of the city’s downtown streets, one step down from the millions who occupy the equally harsh environments of Rio’s favellas, which tower over the centre, in break-taking proximity. Made famous by the gangster film City of God, the favellas dominate the entire skyline, but downtown’s vibe appears centred on fun rather than friction, with Rio justifiably standing out as the spiritual capital of one of the world’s most hedonistic nations.

ImageHow this translates inside Dama de Ferro is principally through people’s friendliness, with seemingly everyone in the club happy to chat as well as dance and throw themselves around enthusiastically. Countless snogging couples of all sexual persuasions also permeate the club, reflecting the up for it vibe that everybody exudes, though no-one hassles and all are polite; a perfect recipe for a serious night out. Musically less demanding than the extremely up to date Sao Pauleans, they clearly love their electro-disco nonetheless, with rocking, banging anthems from Soulwax, Jacques Lu Cont and Tiefschwarz going down a storm as well as quirkier smashes from the likes of Justice and In Flagranti.

Kicking off properly around 1am, the club’s winding down by six am, as many of the club’s regulars head off for after hours drinks at the transvestite bars on Copacabana. Like Ibiza at its best, Rio possesses a certain alchemy that means adventures and magic moments are waiting to be discovered, just a few steps beneath the surface, and Dama de Ferro is an excellent portal to find yourself a tangent (whatever that may be). Totally recommended!

Review by: Jonty Skrufff (

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E4 continues a nationwide tour of E SPEAK when it rocks up to join the party at Creamfields.

E SPEAK is a giant purple E4 shaped video capsule that’s toured the nation’s festivals and beaches this summer.  If you’ve got something to say that’s original or quirky enough to be broadcast on E4 then they want you!  It could be a joke, an impression, a story, an opinion, whatever.  It’s the delivery and novelty that matters to E SPEAK, and the wittier the better! The best ones are selected and broadcast on E4 between their bootylicious programmes, and the Top 10 can be viewed at their website.

Check out to see how it’s done.   E4’s ESPEAK will be waiting for you to come and blabber your mouth.

E4 will be chucking spunky tunes into your tellybox with brand spanking new E4 Music, daily from 6AM to 2PM.

E4 is available on cable, satellite and now Freeview:

Creamfields 2005, Saturday 27th August Bank Holiday weekend, Old Liverpool Airfield, Merseyside, Tickets: £51.50 +BF, Cream Ticketline: 0870 242 7326 / / Info: 0151 707 1309.  

(information provided by cream)

Expect the unexpected when Uri, the character from the Smirnoff Ice® ads sends his homies down to the Creamfields Festival on Saturday 27th August.  The team are bringing Uri’s Snow Garden to the Creamfields festival.  Get ready to don some hats and gloves as Uri invites you to take part in a snowball fight!  Not exactly what you’d expect at a festival on an August Bank Holiday weekend (that’s has been tipped for a heatwave!)

Throughout the day you can limber up and hone your throwing skills in the practice alley where the makers of Smirnoff Ice may even give you a prize if your ball hits the mark.  Check out Uri’s car sled, brought to the UK on temporary loan from Uri!  All the essential tools will be provided for the snow challenge; Snowgoggles, hats and of course the all important ingredient – lots of snow! 

Creamfields 2005, Saturday 27th August Bank Holiday weekend, Old Liverpool Airfield, Merseyside, Tickets: £51.50 +BF, Cream Ticketline: 0870 242 7326 / / Info: 0151 707 1309.

(information provided by Cream)


2005 VMAs To Include Appearances By Jessica Simpson, Lil Kim, Ricky Martin, Ashlee Simpson, Bow Wow, Eva Longoria, Nelly, Hilary Duff, Joel Madden, Ciara, Alicia Keys and More

MTV: Music Television today announced that multi-platinum selling superstars and musical icons Coldplay and 50 Cent have joined the line up of performers for the “2005 MTV Video Music Awards.”  Hosted by Diddy, the 2005 VMAs will take place at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. 50 Cent and Coldplay join a list of previously announced performers including Shakira, Ludacris, Mariah Carey, the Killers, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, and Green Day. 

“The addition of 50 and Coldplay to the line up of performers solidifies the 2005 VMAs as the ultimate combination of hip-hop, rock, and pop on the planet,” said Christina Norman, President, MTV.  “This year’s VMAs will have more music and more performances then ever before.” 

It was also announced today that the 2005 VMAs will include appearances by some of the biggest names from the worlds of music, movies and television including Jessica Simpson, Lil Kim, Ricky Martin, Ashlee Simpson, Bow Wow, Eva Longoria, Nelly, Hilary Duff, Joel Madden from Good Charlotte, Ciara, and Alicia Keys, who join previously announced appearances by Usher, Jessica Alba, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Lindsay Lohan, Joss Stone, Jeremy Piven, and Snoop Dogg.  More appearances and performers will be announced in the coming days and weeks leading up to the August 28th event.

50 Cent’s video for “Candy Shop” is nominated for a VMA in the Best Male Video category.  50 Cent is also up for a Best Rap Video VMA along with The Game for “Hate It or Love It.”  His latest release, The Massacre, has gone on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide, firmly establishing him as one of the reigning kings of hip hop.  Earlier this year, 50 Cent accomplished something that no artist had done since the Beatles in 1964, landing four singles simultaneously in the Billboard Hot 100.  He has just wrapped production on his motion picture debut, “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’,” directed by Jim Sheridan (“In America” and “My Left Foot”). 

Coldplay’s video for “Speed of Sound” is nominated for VMAs in the Video of the Year, Best Editing in a Video, Best Cinematography in a Video, and Best Special Effects in a Video categories.  Coldplay is currently on its biggest world tour to date – the “Twisted Logic” tour – in support of X&Y, the follow-up to the band’s Grammy-winning, triple Platinum 2002 release, A Rush of Blood to the Head.  X&Y, produced by Coldplay, Danton Supple and Ken Nelson, is the third album from the band, which has won four Grammy awards and sold over 25 million albums worldwide since its 1998 inception.

The 2005 VMAs will be presented for the first time on multiple MTV platforms this year giving viewers new ways to experience the show.  Exclusively through MTV Overdrive, the network’s hybrid broadband channel, MTV viewers will have unprecedented access to the VMAs, beyond the TV screen. 

Salli Frattini and Dave Sirulnick are the Executive Producers for the “2005 MTV Video Music Awards.”  Michael Dempsey is Producer and Summer Strauch is Co-Producer.  Beth McCarthy-Miller is Director.  Kathy Flynn is Event Producer.

The “2005 MTV Video Music Awards” will be available to a potential viewing audience of over 1 billion people via MTV’s 43 channels reaching 429.1 million households around the world as well as through syndication, and its convergent and original online programming will reach the entire online nation, via MTV’s 38 Web sites around the world.

The official sponsors of the “2005 MTV Video Music Awards” are Gap, Jeep, Pantene, Pepsi, Revlon, Saturn, Taco Bell, and Virgin Mobile.

The 2005 MTV Video Music Awards will air on MTV Southeast Asia at 2000hrs on the 10th of September and on MTV China 24-hrs Channel at 2300hrs on the 1st of October.

About MTV Asia

MTV is the world’s largest television network and the leading multimedia brand for youth. It is also Asia’s Most Watched Music Channel in Asia Pacific (PAX 2004), viewed by more young adults than any other music channel. In 2004, MTV was named  'World’s Most Valuable Media Brand’ for the fifth consecutive year, ranking in the top 50 of The World's Most Valuable Brands overall (research  by Interbrand in cooperation with BusinessWeek). MTV Networks Asia Pacific operates ten 24-hour programming services - MTV Australia, MTV China, MTV India, MTV Indonesia, MTV Japan, MTV Korea, MTV Mandarin, MTV Philippines, MTV Southeast Asia and MTV Thailand. Including programming blocks in various parts of Asia, MTV has a combined distribution of more than 180 million homes. MTV Networks International reaches more than 400 million households in 166 territories.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

(information provided by MTV)

After just visiting the UK I found that there is such a big difference in event promotion. Basically in the UK promoters seem to get the information out as much as possible directly to their target market where in Hong Kong some promoters do not even tell anyone except for their friends! Funny as it may seem this is often the case and as most of you know HKClubbing spends every waking moment digging for any shread of event information from promoters that is out there.

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