I’d had my eye on this one since the guys at Just A Little released the event details over a month ago. Bringing the much famed New York Disco vibe to Leeds presented a welcomed change to the usual week in week out club nights, and having seen Horse Meat Disco at their weekly Sunday residency at The Eagle in London the weekend before I decided I’d have to check it out. Due to the unfortunate last minute venue change of the Jack’s After Party the week before, this was to be my first venture to Full Circle and having heard good things, my expectations were pretty high.
As we arrived, around 11:30pm, the club was slowly starting to fill up and after a small stint on the multicoloured light up dance floor taking in a much enjoyed segment of Hamish Cole’s warm up set we headed for a wander to check out the rest of the venue. Full Circle isn’t your conventional club; a cosy, intimate dance floor is split by a spiral staircase revealing the upstairs chill out area. Laden with sofas, fully stocked bookshelves and palm trees, it was one of the best hang out rooms I’ve seen in a clubbing space.
As it approached 1am the club started to heat up and the dance floor was packed. The vibe was perfect, a friendly and care free crowd and not even a hint of the ‘wrong sort’ about. Horse Meat Disco smashed the hell out of the headline slot with two hours of feel good rolling nu-disco, including Todd Terje’s smash release on Olsen/Smalltown Supersound, Inspector Norse and Greg Wilson’s remix of Cocaine’s Escort Blues. But it was the huge hands in the air moments brought about by sprinkling their set with classics such as Lipps Inc - Funky Town, Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Abba - Gimmi Gimmi Gimmi and Quincy Jones Razzamatazz (featuring Patti Austen) that sent the dance floor into overdrive.
As the night progressed into the early hours Death On The Balcony took over the helm and the atmosphere kicked up another notch, girls were dancing on tables upstairs and the bars were getting rinsed. 5am came around in a flash and as we headed out into the bitter Leeds cold, the party was still well and truly going off and didn’t appear to be ending any time soon.
When reflecting on the night, something I read in Fact Magazine’s ‘How to... run a clubnight’ piece sprung to mind; “there’s only two ways to build a successful club night - to be different from everyone else, or to be the best in your chosen area”. Starting with it’s launch party this year (Just A Little Carnival) and carrying on with this event, Just A Little has done just this, managing to attract a great bunch of people with interesting, non-conventional party themes and venues.
Review by Alex Ogilvie
Images courtesy of Just A Little