The mother of all parties - Together turns 2!

Words by: Guy Hornsby
Posted: 10/1/08 12:30

London's club scene has changed an awful lot in Turnmills' time. It's one of London's clubbing survivors. And while its Friday nighter The Gallery passed a decade some years ago, its Saturday night has seen many and varied take up the challenge, and, finally, it seems, of the slew of monthlies on show, one has poked its head above the crowd: Together. First appearing (in name only) at New Year's Eve in days gone by, Jan 26th will see it celebrate its bona fide 2nd birthday, with a daftly talented and ridiculously wide-ranging line-up.  

While much of London has descended into a sea of seriousness and heads-down minimalism, Together's been part of a clutch of nights that have still championed the (shock!) fun side of clubbing, with no detriment to their musical quality. Memorable shindigs from a terrifying Hallowe'en throwdown to the classic 'Find Me A Superhero' party have been highlights on a year that have seen it go from supporting cast to lead in Farringdon's veteran club. And this month will be aiming to outdo all that's come before it.  

Cementing its reputation for both eclecticism and bold sonic choice, the main room is a mish-mash of genres. Headliners are the evergreen Fichscherspooner. Having long ridden out the bloated remnants of electroclash, Warren Fischer and Jon Kane will bring their brand of intelligent electronic music exclusively to the capital. In support, and riding on the crest of an ever-growing wave of genius, Hot Chip are present in the shape of Joe, spinning in anticipation of their new long-player 'Made In The Dark'. Evil Nine, breakmasters supreme, will add another musical twist, and the ever-present Justin Robertson will be supported by resident and rising talent Anil Chawla.  

Room 2 and Room 3 will further confound convention, with Rex the Dog's chunky electronica and Trevor Loveys' deckcraft ably supported by Duke Dumont and Ben Gomori filling the intimate T2. And the bands are let loose in T3, courtesy of XFM's John Kennedy's Midnight Ramble. The Metros,  The Maccabees and 2008's multi-tipped Foals will be ditching their guitars alongside Together's Uncle Buck to give us an insight into what floats their boat on the decks.  

But as a self-titled 'mini-festival', there's even a cinema lounge where some of Together's favourite flicks (The Goonies, Airplane, Happy Gilmore) will be shown for those in need of respite, and the first 500 partygoers will receive a goody bag complete with CDs, paraphernalia from the various headliners. Finally, upstairs, there's even free haircuts (though in London you'd doubt many would want their finely-honed barnets touched) and jelly and ice cream. In many ways, it's a party that could only happen in England. And, the capital is all the better for it. Happy Birthday, let's club Together!


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