As soon I heard about the Jack’s After Party it sounded like something I wanted to be involved with. For me, too many club nights have strayed from the simple, fundamental base of like-minded people coming together to enjoy good music without any hassle or pretension; and Jack’s were not about to do this. I’d been looking forward to experiencing my first night at the boutique, off-kilter, Full Circle but in the end due to “problems with the council” the event got moved to the infamous Stinky’s Peephouse. At first, I was pretty disappointed as I was looking forward to checking out Full Circle for the first time but after a while I realised I hadn’t been in Stinky’s since the weekly debauchery that used to take place in the club’s heyday when it hosted Back to Basics, and soon enough I couldn’t wait to get back to what has been one of my favourite venues ever since my first visit years ago.
When we arrived at the club, there was a healthy cue of punters waiting outside in the nippy november chill - all donning impressive fancy dress, epitomising the ‘not acceptable in public’ theme. As soon as we got in, we headed straight for the main room where Cola Wine (London) resident, Will Weaver was flooding the dance floor with an eclectic mix of dub, funk, soul and all other sorts of party breaks. The crowd were already in great voice, with woops and jeers echoing around the main room as we got deeper into the night.
For me though, it was house head Harry Wolfman (Purp & Soul) who stole the show taking the crowd through some of the finest deep selections I have heard of late, with the Purp & Soul man’s own productions getting some wicked reactions. Everybody had brought their A game and there were so many ‘hands in the air’ moments I lost count, the atmosphere was a real breath of fresh air.
As the clock struck 5am, our feet had done just about enough stomping for one night and we decided to call it a night. The crowd had thinned out, understandably, but there was still a loyal following crowded round the DJ booth - testament to the quality of the party, and also gave me flashbacks to the intimate homegrown nights Back to Basics used to throw in the venue.
A great crowd and seriously great party vibe were what made this party the success it was. The only downside... we’ll have to wait another year for the next Jack’s Festival After Party.
Review by Alex Ogilvie
Images courtesy of Vaine Photography