Dropout feat Tom Real - Saturday November 3rd 2012
Slap bang in the middle of Olympic fever, our August party featured Rik Parkinson’s sublime skills to light up the Star of Bethnal Green. While the summer heat may have ebbed away by the start of November, we should be hitting the ground running welcoming back one of Dropout’s favourite sons to bring his bag of bangers to East London. Tom Real last graced our presence back in 2009 at the Horse And Groom and we’ve been looking for an excuse to get him down ever since. With a fresh start, it’s a perfect chance to usher in one of the capital’s resident party starters.
While Tom seems to have spent half his recent summers spinning at festivals as far flung as Kazantip and Secret Garden Party, there’s more to him than just regulation house. Taking in everything from techno to drum and bass, Tom Real has a head for the crowd that means he’s always thinking what might be right if he’s stood in the middle of the crowd rather than locked into the booth with a pile of drinks tokens. Expect house music of the highest order and weightiest low end alongside resident Guy Hornsby, taking the Dropout mantle on his own for the first time.
As ever, the serious effort goes into Dropout’s commitment to shit-hot music, free from big club pretention. It’s all about getting down in a venue that cares more about the dancing than the denim. So come and celebrate with us at The Star Of Bethnal Green on the 4th August to turn on, tune in and Dropout.
Tom Real (Shifty Disko)
Tom Real’s career spans all the way back to late 90s London, but while his music’s kept up with the freshest, his love for a party remains unchanged. Glastonbury, Glade, Boom, Universo Paralello, Burning Man, Secret Garden Party and Kazantip are just a few of the international festivals that have felt the power of his DJ sets. With a focus on techno, Tom Real’s sound is inspired by playing mind-bending music to casts of thousands at extreme parties in far-flung corners of the globe. If it’s hot and sunny, preferably has a beach or a jungle, there is a solar eclipse happening or if the party lays in the ruins of a post-apocalyptic playground then he’s there, sonically taking the dance floor apart and taking the assembled throng on a journey of mind, body and soul.
Until recently Tom was heavily focused on a project with a long-suffering friend called Disco Of Doom which saw support from DJs from Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Annie Nightingale and Kissy Sell Out, to the likes of Mixhell, Brodinski, DJ Zinc, Timo Maas and Fake Blood. Remixing the stars, life was good, the party didn’t stop, there were dwarves everywhere, it was naked ladies riding pure-white horses bareback across nightclub floors, and hanging out with A-list celebs and getting invites to all the hottest parties in town. Then one day he awoke…and thought: “this isn’t the life I want to lead. Take me back to the mythical dance floor, wide-open space… mountains in the distance, thousands of passionate party-people worshipping at the temple of rave. Take me back to the place I love.” Be warned.
Guy Hornsby (Dropout/Sideways Recordings)
Guy’s twenty-year love affair with house music has taken him on a winding path from a house music epiphany at university in Sheffield to London, through sub-genres, numerous fashion crimes and many of the country’s best-loved dancefloors. In the fourteenth year of his DJ career, while not scribbling about everything electronic, the Londoner’s firmly settled on a blend of deep, groovy and techy house, always aimed at moving feet, not stroking chins, and has put needle to vinyl at almost every one of the capital’s major dancefloors.
After ten years of promoting everywhere from SeOne to Ministry, he’s settled on the less suffocating surroundings of Shoreditch as Dropout’s laid-back honcho, bringing forward-thinking music to Saturday’s demanding hordes. In 2009 he took in the sunny climes of Croatia’s Petracane at the Airbound festival alongside London dates. With a number of productions under his belt on Landed, Drag’n’Drop and L:Music, and last year an EP and remix out on Sideways Recordings, it’s a production career that’s slowly gaining momentum and garnering him attention in the city he calls home. It is, as they say, a marathon, not a sprint. Expect beards, boogie and chest bumps.
Early bird tickets can be bagged for only 4 quid, so get in early via the RA ticket link.
Dropout feat. Tom Real
Saturday 3rd November 2012
The Star Of Bethnal Green,
359 Bethnal Green Road,
London E2 6LG
£4 early bird/£5 after and on the door