Lola’s Search for a Party Hat!

With the HaHat Clubt Club invading Lola’s this Saturday for Hat-loween I started my search for something a bit special and different. Just like the image across 🙂 After spending most of last weekend trooping around Camden and Bricklane I turned to good old reliable google images. Thousands of images taking me from no hat to too many to pick from.

Furry hats, funny hats, strange hats…..not a clue!

I came across these 3 and I still can’t make my mind up………………….What ye think?

hat club

I will need to make a decision before tomorrow so I get it posted on time…can’t possibily turn up to Hat Club @ Lola’s this Saturday without a hat, what would people think? 🙂

Lola x

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Lola’s Mooved!!!!!!

Hey all

Decided to take a break from the harsh elements of England (Islington to be precise) and seek out inspiration, sun, sand and beats, so I simply jumped on train to Gatwick and got the first available flight to Ibiza, having 3 days, three mega closing parties was the tonic, the best trips are the ones not organised I think.

IbizaI was really lucky and got a flight to “Ibiza-eivissaa (Ibiza airport to you & me) that landed at 2am, it’s surprising who you meet when going there as I entreated the Jet Apartment at Playa Den Bossa. I heard a loud drunken Oi Lola… Things start late here and it can be harsh but with some Marco Carola pulsating out the various apartments that parted was in full swing.

With a crew of beautiful people in toe.. we strolled for a taxi. “Hola ‘Amnesia’ por favor”. You’ve got love Ibiza taxis with the 24 hour house music playing getting you in the mood for the festivities ahead rather than that … of radio 2 or talk radio…

After being basically thrown in a side door of Amnesia I was instantly greeted with the famous sights and sounds of the worlds best club. In all my clubbing days I have never seen a dance floor that packed. What can only be described as the Amnesia herd were anxiously trying to anticipate Mr Carola’s next drop of the beat. It’s moments like this that confirm that at some stage of our lives we were all born to experience this!

I have to admit that Marco Carola was special but the masses especially me were all here to see Richie Hawtin. When Hawtin made his way onto the decks the expression on my friends face was priceless (check out my facebook page) and can only be described as ‘witnessing the second coming’ … He played some sick stuff including finishing the night with a real fave of mine ‘Tears for Fears – Shout’.. After 24hrs previously being stuck in my north London flat wondering if I should or should not go.. I knew from that point I had made right decision.

Space Closing

The real beauty of the Ibiza closing parties season is always that as you’ve finished one another is there to greet you with open arms, so from Amnesia my crew (now at a wedding size) wiggled & danced our way onto Space via a short but highly enjoyable stop at Bora Bora…. which allowed me to say hi to my dear friend “Mark Doyle” – Fierce Angel .. whom I’m glad will be shining a little love on my venue in a few weeks time

Space in the day time is what the club is all about, Sunset terrace, el salon and the car park with it’s army mesh net covering thousands of clubbers going all out to the deep Space groove. I purposely positioned myself in the middle of the car park and engrossed myself into listening to DJ’s such as Nic Fanciulli and Steve Lawler .. this was almost as good as life gets. After spending most of the day outside it was time to sample the other arenas.

The sunset terrace was going off big time as it always does including a man dancing with a giant key (very random but this is Ibiza). I have had some of my best clubbing moments in that room Tom Novy, Jonathan Ulysses and the Space legend whom recently played at my club in London Alfredo to name just a few over the years. .

After dancing like there’s no tomorrow for nearly 20 hours it was time to crash and recharge for DC10 in a few hours.

“Gracias Space and see you next year”!

We all met up and at this time the groove that we finished with just a few hours ago continued with the anticipation of what lay ahead…. It was time for the DC10 Circo loco Closing

Feeling rough but still well up for the musical journey ahead.

Fancy dress “check”,

hat “check”,

daft glasses “check”,


The unforgettable sights and sounds of DC10. “It has been too long my friend far to long!”.

What a wonderful piece of the world DC10 is a place that has sun, music, outfits, balloons, tea cups and twister!

We arrived just in time to gets drinks and find a quietish spot which we gave up on quickly to dance to Jamie Jones who is probably one of my favourite DJ’s of the year so far and he didn’t disappoint, so much so keep your eyes peeled & ears pricked back as I’m deffo gonna book him for my venue this or next year… Anyway back to the festivities I was standing there with a great group of good friends dancing away to some top tunes I turned to my a friend and said “I’m in heaven’ which was greeted with a grin. She didn’t say a word, which as you know can be difficult at that time of the trip….but she knew exactly what I was talking about, her face said it all. Thousands and myself partied hard till Ricardo Villalobos finished it off in style.

As we all travelled back to our hotels my body was close to shutting down it has never been so punished but it was worth every second of the last two days, this experience was like no other that I have had there, it made me want to emulate the feel & energy in my venue, we all know that when you come back home no matter how many reunions you go to its hard to re-create the sun., sea and excitement.. but adding a group of people all in the same place and producing the same vibe / energy may not be the same but at my club I intend to try my damndest to give the same type of party atmosphere ..

Amnesia, Space Bora Bora and DC10 thank you and see you again in 2011.

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Saturday 25th September with Allister Whitehead

Allister Whitehead

A DJ who needs no introduction. He began Djing at a mere 17 and was shortly offered residency at Nottingham’s “Koolkat”, playing alongside the likes of the ubiquitous Graeme Park. Another residency at Sasha’s career making club “Venus” and Whitehead’s reputation began to bloom. His big break beckoned when Mike Pickering, then of M People, asked Allister to cover his DJ’ing slot at the infamous Hacienda club. Immediately the club offered a residency, as did Cream where the Whitehead following was born. Being the first guest dj ever booked at Golden, he then went on to achieve nationwide recognition playing at the Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher and just about every other club in between. On the strength of this Whitehead set up his own club “Zero-G” in his hometown of Nottingham. Here he continued to draw crowds of 1500 plus, as well as numerous bookings to play elsewhere. His successes were made timeless with the sale of his compilation albums for Fantazia and Ministry of Sound going Gold and Silver.

Leif Knowles (Moon Harbour)

Half-Swedish/half British artist Leif is based in the UK. In the past few years, Leif has forged a reputation for his trademark sound – a blend that encompasses elements of deep / tech-house, vocal house, bleepy minimalism, delicate chord soundscapes and enough chicago-style shuffle to to keep the dancefloor moving..
Leif’s music has taken him all over the world including Tokyo, London, Budapest, Munich, Franfurt, Amsterdam, Gothenburg and more. He’s known for his dancefloor-freindly DJ sets, which can span a wide variety of sounds from deep dubby microhouse through to jackin chicago house / tech house and garage.

Leif Podcast

Rob Summerhayes – (Warm Resident )

Rob Summerhayes – Warm DJ Mix – Summer 2010 by warmhq

Having moved up through the ranks to become the manager of London’s infamous Eukatech Record store, Rob has always had his roots set firmly in deep electronic music. Dipping in and out of all styles encompassing quality deep house, techno and electronica – his sound is always varied and never obvious. Now parted from Eukatech rob has built a reputation as a serious underground DJ and has moved into new directions becoming a resident for WARM – the london based agency and club night that works exclusivly in the UK with Germany’s Sonar Kollektiv. His DJ sets can be as eclectic as anyone touching on Soul and Disco – to Deep House and Detroit Techno.

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Opening Night with Timo Garcia

For Lola’s Boutique opening night, Friday 24th September we have a very special guest ‘Timo Garcia’. Not only that but vocalist Amber Jolene will perform along side Timo. Support on the night comes from Paul Bradley.

Paul Bradley

Paul is one third of London’s emerging Underground House talents known as ‘S.T.Ruggs’. The House and Techno Trio are embarking on making a name for themselves upon the Underground elite and have been Djing and rocking parties since they were 15 years old. It’s only in the last year that S.T.Ruggs have started spreading their sound around the London Tech scene and have already built a solid following from likeminded House lovers with an energetic and tenacious mixing style that doesn’t give you any other option but to keep you feet moving.
Playing at venues like Pacha, Egg, Ministry of Sound, The Den,The Lightbox, Mass, Area… It has been a busy year for Paul and looks to get bigger and better.

S.T.Ruggs – August Mix by Paul Bradley

Timo Garcia

Timo Garcia @ Ministry of Sound

Leeds is a familiar second home for Timo: he cut his teeth there in top music boxes like The Warehouse, The Music Factory and The Faversham at the enviably young age of 21 where his talents for reading and rocking a crowd were recognised from early on.
With records snapped up by hipster labels like Toolroom, Cr2, OM Records and Ninja Tune, it’s clear that Timo’s a man on fire. Big-ups from mega stars like Steve Lawler, Claude von Stroke, Tom Middleton, Louis Vega and Layo and Bushwacka also hammer home the point that Timo is someone you’d be a fool to ignore.

Radio 1’s dance Dons have also shown their support, labelling one of his tracks as that week’s ‘Essential New Tune’. You get the picture: Timo is one of the boys: welcomed with open arms by our culture’s elite and now a regular at haunts like London’s mighty Ministry of Sound.

It’s no surprise he’s such a regular spinner around the streets of our fair capital, Timo literally lives and breathes the place with both home and studio on Brick Lane, E1. Nestled snugly in the bosom of uber-cool dance district Shoreditch, this locality allows him to selectively absorb all the best bits of Brit culture and intuitively filter out the many passing fads in favour of the cooler zephers which bring with them musical merit and longevity in equal measure.

We all know the music now here is a bit about the man himself. Enjoy!

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