All the lowdown from P-Rock's Christmas party plus the return of Electic Like Whoopi!
Retro pop punk night Whatever happened to P-Rock? returned to The Macbeth in trendy Hoxton for its last party of 2009 with bands, DJs and sing-a-longs! Some lucky revellers also received pop punk treats from the bad Santa that included gift wrapped proper DIY punk stylee mixed CDs featuring all our favourite bands from the third wave of punk and ska. Mulled cider, roasted chestnuts and games were a plenty too as the likes of Gunk O Rama and myself – under the guise of One Piece; as well as the resident P-Rock DJs spun everything from pop punk, ska, hardcore, emo, ska core, skate punk and even a bit of nu metal!
This was P-Rock's fourth installment, and it was just as successful as the last three, which pays homage to former satellite music channel P-Rock. Gunk O Rama kicked things off with their usual set from the legendary Epitaph Records compilations. They played everything from Rancid and NOFX to The Beatsteaks and H20; while we tried to decide which album out of the ten we liked the most! I'm personally torn between four and six while I think the boys think three is the best compilation of all!
I took to the decks for my first set of the night with a harder edge dropping in the likes of Bouncing Souls, NOFX, Pennywise, Rancid, Bad Religion, Propagandhi, Big D and the Kids Table, Anti-Flag and Snuff. Misticon, which is a quirky new fashion label, kindly kitted me out with some rather nice threads too while I got my swerve on! You can check out their fabulous new range which is designed and owned by former World Cup Snowboarder Charlotte Dutton at www.misticon.com .
Picking up from where I left off Jon played a sublime set of Drive Thru records classics, paving the way for the band of the night Neck. The band who hail from Ireland kept the night in high spirits with their brand of folk inspired punk that reminded me of a cross between Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys and The Pogues. Everyone was on the dance floor for their festive feeling jigs and anthemic folk tales! While Callum Read lead the crowd with his usual pop punk sing-a-alongs.
For my second night I played more of a party set as everyone on the rammed dance floor looked like they were itching to skank after their drunken sing song! Playing every 2 and a half classic that I could think of, I danced just as much as the crowd to the likes of Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, Distillers, The Vandals, Mad Caddies, The Offspring, Lagwagon, Capdown, Save Ferris and Green Day. It could've been my best and favourite hour of 2009, aptly finishing off with Say Goodnight by Voodoo Glow Skulls! I just can't wait for the next one, which is happening in February.
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If that weren't enough, the brains behind P-Rock, Adrian Storry returns to the Macbeth this Saturday for his new party Eclectic Like Whoopi. This is the second installment of the night which debuted in November last year. The premise of the night is pretty much an anything goes music policy as long as you can dance to it.
Of the night Adrian says: 'Much like the eccentric Miss Goldberg in Sister Act my music taste has always been eclectic. Obviously I have my preferences but I've always wanted to go to a night where I could expect to hear any number of genres, and sing to my hearts content. Since no one else seemed to be promoting a night without a strict music policy. I decided to put it on myself. So if you're anything like me and your pallet stretches further than a singular musical genre, I hope this sounds intriguing. Expect to hear music from the likes of, well, anyone...from Bowie to Bright eyes, Jacko to Prince, Hall and Oates to Motley Crue, Pulp to Rage Against The Machine, Ladyhawke to Kate Bush, N*Sync to Saves The Day, Marvin Gaye to Black Lips...I think you get the picture.'
As the night was such a resounding success the first time round, like the perennial Goldberg herself, Eclectic Like Whoopi is back in the habit! And it promises to be more epic than The Colour Purple, more eccentric than the mad voodoo lesbian she played in Ghost and more wacky than Rat Race!
You won't find any rigid, repressive, music policy restrictions here; and I will be on the decks again with the usual Whoopi Djs. I am going to have to show my worth too as last time around Hall & Oates knocked heads with Destiny's Child, Bobby Brown with the Black Lips, The Drums with Stevie Wonder, David Bowie with Blink 182 and The Clash with N*Sync. Epic! I can't wait.
I expect to be dropping the likes of Kiss, Cameo, Duran Duran, Van Halen, Flaming Lips, Kylie, Madonna, Talking Heads, Queen, MC Hammer, Groove Armada, Aerosmith, Soulwax, Daft Punk, The Hives, Beck, Roxy Music and whatever else tickles my fancy!
The amazing, the awful, the hilarious, the classic, the nostalgic - literally anything - could be played.
Eclectic Like Whoopi, The Macbeth – Hoxton
Saturday 16th January 9pm - 2am
Free before 11, £4 after or write your name on the event wall on Facebook for the £2 concessions list.