Just back home after the trip to London..Time for a good rest..
The night was what New Year should be...To spend time with freinds..Listen to the music you love and meet new folk with the same passion...Plus have a safe,warm and comfy venue..
Va Va Voom - New Years Eve All Nighter Lookback
Got to the venue for about 9.30..Free parking right outside the door and nice folk on the door to answer any questions...Walked into the venue,reall nice ground floor with large enough bar,seating and dancefloor area..Walked upstairs to the northern room,smaller room,very smart with a dancefloor and djs down the bottom end...As the night really got going the upstairs room was very very busy with limited space to dance,many of the punters took the upstairs option..Nowt wrong with that really and they all spread out during the night...The crowd was 95% soulies from the uk and many from Europe too..A few strays too but that makes a party..
I knew the dj line up was strong before i bought my ticket...Quality djs/tunes on both floors from the start with no drop in standard to the end...Can't really pick between the djs,there was plenty tunes up my street from all...Loved the intimate feel upstairs,you could sit next to the djs,always good for checking tunes and having a chat with them,they don't give you the i am a dj so fu£k off look ,we all need each other to make a night..
Always good to see old freinds like Gareth,Nick,Hanna,Gina,Andy,Olof,Paul,Ady and met many new folk too..Nice to see people like French Fred,making the trip along with others from Japan,Italy,Sweden,Spain..Also Miles/Stuart T and few more members off here..
I like the music policy at Va Va Voom with the leaning to the rare side but not afraid to drop some classics in there too....It was about quality and not cost ,as Steve said cheapies played next to some very rare tunes indeed,a real mix of styles,Nothing on the flyer or dj line up to tell the punter any different.
Top marks to Ady and Yan,it was a big gamble with other soul events in London but they seem to have a loyal hardcore who all help to spread the word and help promote the night,all nights need that kind of help..They wanted a rare soul night for people who live and breath it..Not fussed about making any cash as long as the club fee/djs and other costs where tucked away..when we count up the hours that go into putting on an event like this,you can see that it aint about the cash,they could have sold many more tickets to last minute punters phoning and looking for a late drinking option..They wanted to keep the space for a soul crowd..
Never easy to please all but i think most who came here knew what to expect,it was never gonna be a classic oldies soul night,that would have needed a bigger place and bigger dance floor..It was a night for quality rare tested tunes alongside tunes that had many coming to ask at the decks..
Beer was not marked up for New Year,pretty good for London prices, a decent cloak room,chill out area and good toilets..
The room upstairs was a little packed at times and fighting for space on the dancefloor but it did not take away from a really good way to see in the new year..I would jump at the chance of another helping of Va Va Voom...
I speak as i see it..I am a punter and not some person with a vested interest in the night who would say nothing against a venue,we see too many reviews like that already .......I aint a mug,i paid my cash, 9 hours round trip and trusted Va Va Voom to deliver,they did that for me and my freinds..If there is a Va Va Voom next year then i would be looking to do the same again...
We also took an American guy to Va Va Voom,his first ever day in England and never been to a northern night before,he was still there at the end and walked back to the tube with other punters,he loved the music,the people and the venue,so glad as it can be hell to have folk with you who aint having a good time and you are having a ball..Nice one Marvin,i think you have made some new friends already and will be back for some more next week..
All the best to you all for 2007..Keep it real and don't suffer fools for a second