Fire is one of the Super Clubs of Gay London which hosts numerous clubbing brand parties both weekly, monthly and circuit style - this is one of the new entries with its second outing on the London Gay Scene:
Casa-Latina – Super Carwash – 16 July 2011 (@Fire, London)
Can you believe it - The House of Latin shakes its b.itchin booty in London once more, and Latino-B.itch is off on holiday in Brazil. So who is the luckier? Him with the sunshine (ha – no, it’s now winter in the south of Brasil hehe) or moi having to go to a club full of hot Latinos – only time will tell...
At breath taking speed a few of us managed to arrange our online clubtickets before the usual and expected Friday midnight cut off. Only to find one lucky B.itchet (a friend of a B.itch) still managed to spectacularly pull it off on the Saturday morning. Special offers on joint Beyond ticket were the order of the day, AS IF? But with “disco napping” currently in vogue, I tried it. Um do you actually try to sleep or just keep your eyes closed under the eye mask. Torture and I think a mission totally failure – but rested for sure, yes.
The Amazonian like rain storms finally cleared, leaving our car nicely washed, and leaving me one less task and free for an ultra efficient public transport system to help me arrive 15 minutes ahead of schedule. So standing outside Vauxhall station there was a variety of fetish clad types heading off to Recon, but no change of mind, the B.itchettes were on their way, and the eye candy around here made me feel like a pimp.
Arriving with big Ben at the stroke of midnight there was no queue and were efficiently processed by the friendly security team, and then got our Beyond wrist band (we think) the poor petal on the cash desk seemed new. Through the three sets of doors – reminding me of the sound proofing airlocks of Greek holiday islands – and into the effortless £2 coat/bag check and into a half empty Fire main room.
Yes, duh, the Latino thing is not to arrive too early isn’t it! But this gave us plenty of catch-up-over drinks time and we took our vantage point on the walkway overlooking the main floor. Slowly, but thank fully surely, by 1.00 am ‘the mob’ had descended and the floor was picking up nicely with Leandro Kloppe, D’Johnny, DJ Douguim and DJ Junior on the main decks that night. And there really was a real live car being washed on the stage with a plethora of hot wet go go dancers giving it and themselves one mighty wet wipe over to the upfront vocal beats that also had a latin twist. But some very funky and up for it music that had the sexed up crowd gagging for more.
Taking a well earned break we ventured into the Latin Lounge to face even more hot beats and live percussion accompanying Ariel and then Brent Nichols serving up some progress rhythms and latin house grooves – to a crowd that seemed to be extra VIP latino sexy – and we were getting an eye full from that sexy Brazilian with the abs! But shy he is, so it was a Manchester lad with a body to die for that went around our group to find out who was single that evening - before unleashing his body on me for a free trial. Cha cha cha, escaping to buy a drink I was standing in the presence of one of the top DJ’s and oh la la the bar man didn’t even recognise him. But um, how come the DJ has to come to the bar anyway – is he a man of the people or was it me he wanted to be besides...mmm yes now we have seen him at WE parties too. NOTW is still closed innit?
We exited the towards the Mirror Arch – and isn’t that a bit of a F1 car wash chicane. Was the stage especially extended for that car? Perhaps as this is a bit of a traffic jam cos everyone who is anyone, wants to dance around the stage and yet it was bang in the middle of the cross route from Latin lounge to Mirror Arch bar – hmmm – it’s an interesting logistical challenge as I kept having to trip over hot hot Latino boys and pretend that I was grabbing them for safety reasons. But made it safely, amorously across and into the Mirror Arch bar – the only part open – and it meant less busy toilets which had also succumbed to the Brazilian invasion had even been applied to the well cared for and totally Casa-Banheiro-Latina – which made the theme night feel like you really were lost in Brazil – fantastico!
But back into the hot spot of the night and into the main room where we finished our evening with the CO2 cannons, lasers and hot Latino influenced beats, surrounded by an even hotter crowd that meant a trip to Beyond was going to be mandatory.
All in all, a very successful night, a good mix of people – it wasn’t all Latinos but a good selection as expected but a mixed hot Fire crowd. But the musical mix was probably the most surprising – as it was very uplifting, mixed, vocal and generally fun with nice smatterings of Latin twists and turns thrown in with that distinctive drums beats, aka like David H on percussion and even a bit of classic sampling. Whether the decision not to open the Mirror Arch fully was planned or not – it was the right one – as it kept the spaces comfortably full. Our final thought is more of a DIY suggestion - we just think that perhaps the main room bar and stage could swap places – why not give it a try – if you can host a car wash, what else is possible. Anyhow, one thing to remember is that the masterminds behind this event were themselves, I think, Brazilians – seems it’s in their blood how to throw a great party.
Until the next time at Casa Latina. Besos e beijos – MUAH xx