Here's what Paul Langston said about it in a preview:
"Sunday 8th in London is going to be bouncy! Ricochet
is a fresh and exciting clubbing event at London´s
hottest new venue Egg, in Kings Cross, featuring the talents
, Rachel Auburn
and Don Grant
Ricochet brings a friendly, vibrant party atmosphere to
a Sunday afternoon. Our music policy focuses on tough but
uplifting tunes, combining contemporary and classic.
In short - "bouncy, chunky tunes for happy clubbers!"
200 York Way
London Sunday 8th June
2pm - late
£6 B4 4pm, £8 after
The event will feature 2 lasers, a fantastic state-of-the-art
sound system and an outdoor terrace.
Queue jump tickets available from www.ticketweb.co.uk"
- informative website for clubbers)
Just back from the launch night and everything above was
true. The event was held in the downstairs dancefloor at
, (more on Egg elsewhere on the
site when I've got some sleep!), and attracted about two
hundred guys, (and a smattering of gals). On those numbers
the event could hardly have been a financial success, but
the promoters were probably anticipating making a loss on
the first one. However, in every other way this was a huge
I got there about 3:30 but it wasn't 'til 4pm when the first
anthemic tune was played that the danncefloor suddenly filled.
From then on it was onwards and upwards. Though the music
was unoriginal, by design - BK and others had been told
to play an old set... yes The Dawn, yes Music is Moving,
yes Revolution, yes etc. etc. etc. but the crowd LOVED it,
and that's what made this a memorable launch party. The
atmosphere just got better and better and better. The room
was exactly the right size for the number of people, creating
an intimate, friendly and proper club-like atmosphere and
everyone I spoke to said that, yes, they'd be back for the
next one on 13th. July. More people will mean more rooms
opened up. That's a nice aspect of Egg; the venue is flexible
and can expand to accommodate larger numbers. Had there
been one large room to fill this would not have worked,
the numbers just would have made a larger room seem empty.
As it was everything gelled perfectly.
The success of the event can be judged by the fact that
the place was only starting to empty when I left at around
9:30pm. Well done Ricochet. Onwards and upwards!
|Despite a good start numbers
have yet to pick up above the 200-250 mark, and as
a result, the event is still using only one room at
Egg. In mid-August the line-up included Dave
Cross, Don Grant, Rachel Auburn
and BK. I got there as Don Grant
was firngup the dancefloor, and his sounds were just
superb, deep and masculine hard tunes which just grew
in intensity. Rachel Auburn's set was acclaimed as
a tour de force, many people there saying that it
was the best they'd ever heard her play!
I was a tad disappointed by BK, as his set seemed
very similar to the one he played at the previous
two events, but the dancefloor was packed throughout
it, and almost everyone stayed to the end, which was
extended by an extra half hour. In his defense, he
is playing exactly what he is asked to play, so perhaps
it's the promoters who should be wary of boredom setting
in at some stage. Up to now it looks like I'm in a
minority of one on this.
However, there are competitive problems on the horizon
for Ricochet as Riot
has announced that it will be running more frequently
starting in September and it will be held on the same
day as the September Ricochet.
| That event on September
14th. will feature Rachel Auburn
and Tara Reynolds, along with Don
Grant and Dave Cross, from
3pm. Prices for this event are still £6
B4 5pm but now only on the new paying guestlist. People
need to email r email@example.com
for it. Otherwise it's £8 on the door all afternoon
/ evening, which is still amazing value considering
the DJ lineups they have.
With many people back from their hols., numbers should
increase and the club will start to breakeven. The
potential problem is that Riot usually attracts a
fair number of gay guys who might otherwise go to
Ricochet and in the end the decision as to which Sunday
afternoon club to go to may come down to location,
and as such may be a test of Egg's potential popularity
with the gay market more than anything else.
Overall this remains a quality event,
and personally has helped reshape my clubbing habits,
as I now often prefer to go down to London for a bit
of Sunday afternoon clubbing when Ricochet is on,
than go out on a Saturday night.