The music at the Double Club was programmed with an 'all inclusive' policy. Considered and progressive, the programme introduced Islington to the sounds of the Congo, while also embracing the current sounds of London.

In the short time the club was open, it attracted an amazing array of dj's, including, amongst others: Jefferson Hack, The Cocknbullkid, Gareth Pugh (who held his annual Christmas party at the club), Steve Mackey, Kitsune, Busy P and Todd Hart. The club boasted a superb LIVE element too, with Congolese stars such as Gordon Masiala, Safro Manzangi, Robert Maseko, Kasai Masai, Alfredo Belcanto and Stevos Mbaza.

Music Performances at The Double Club

Saturday 11th July
KINSHASA CHOC Presents GORDON MASIALA + Resident DJ KEVIN (Africa Cnter) & Guest DJ Guy Morley

Guy Morley (Yam Yam) became known for playing tropical funk alongside Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay. He was also resident with Mr. Scruff at the leading One Tree Island club night. His love of African music is evident with influences such as the Bhundu Boys, Abdoulaye Diabate, Victor Uwaifo, Simaro and Conjunto Musangola...

Often compared to Papa Wemba and noted for his extraordinary voice and incredible dedication to expensive clothes and the Sapeur traditions, Gordon Masiala is performing songs from his recent album Systeme Ngangu-Ngangu featuring rumba and soukous.

Friday 10th July
RIchard Mortimer Presents Dirty Sound System

Dirty Sound System is Clovis Goux and Guillaume Sorge, two discerning French selectors currently living in Paris. Involved in numerous musical activities since the late nineties, Clovis and Guillaume are well known for their extensive and exotic knowledge of music. Dirty is now a full on label that draws attention from influential blogs, journalists and djs worldwide, and the boys are constantly touring the world since their first compilation “Dirty Diamonds” in 2003. Their dj sets cover a wide spectrum from weird disco, jackin’ techno, acid house to the best modern music around.

Thursday 9th July
HALF SIDER Presents Norman Jay And Benji B

For our last ‘episode’ before The Double Club sadly closes its doors, we’ve invited “Carnival hero”, Norman Jay, and the "Deejay's DJ", Benji B, to come and electrify us on the dancefloor.

Norman Jay is arguably one of the most influential club culture figures of the last decade. His contribution to the UK music scene is second to none. The Face magazine quite rightly proclaimed him 'A clubland institution'. He is certainly one of the finest deejays in the world today so we thought we’d end up our adventures at Double Club with his unique mix of funky, electro, disco house.

Highly influential underground DJ, Benji B presents his "Deviation" radio show on the BBC's 1xtra every Thursday night. His DJ sets are musical journeys unique in club-land. He blends tunes from all genres of underground music whether it be broken beat, hip-hop, house, garage, jazz, soul or Detroit techno.

Music for your mind, your body and your soul !!!

Saturday 4th July
KINSHASA CHOC Presents SAFRO MANZANGI + Resident DJ KEVIN (Africa Center) & Guest MO DJ

Mo Dj is set to revolutionise Westen dance floors with his own sound: 'Djembeni' (literally: small djembe), a very specific way of mixing African music with loops and beatbox. He's finished an album featuring remixes of artists like Amadou & Mariam, K’naan, Neneh Cherry or Franz Ferdinand . He was also part of the last African Express show lead by Damon Albarn.

Singer, and arranger from DR Congo, resident in London. Known as the High Priest, he plays rhythm guitar grounded in his traditional roots of Budja folklore music. He helped to create the new wave of Rumba Lingala in 80's Kinshasa performing with the likes of Andre Menge; in ’79, Safro accepted Papa Wemba's offer to join Viva La Musica in 1979, where he featured in a ground-breaking Kinshasa outfit during its most prolific and creative period. He moved to the UK in ’91 and plays tonight with his band All in One.

Friday 3rd July
Double Club Presents Matt Brown & Jimmy K-Tel - Sancho Panza ... Legendary London party crew

It began in a basement in north London on New Years Eve 1992.
Along the way they've danced in warehouses, film studios, photography studios, old cinemas, old embassies, old gymnasiums, on boats up and down the Thames, in Rio de Janeiro, on the streets of Notting Hill and on a light up dance floor. Essentially Sancho Panza is motivated by simple philosophies: beauty is in the detail, anything is possible, and there's nothing wrong with a bit of sing-a-long...

Saturday 27th June
KINSHASA CHOC Presents MIMITAH + Resident Dj Kevin (Africa Center) & Guest DJ MOODZ

Mimitah, born in the D.R Congo & grew up in the UK, is influenced by the sounds of Congolese music with a mixture of all the different music styles she grew to love while growing up in the UK – such as Mbilia Bel, Mpongo Love; Abeti, Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

Introduced to another Double Club favourite, the east London-based Africa Jambo, at 17, she begain to perform cover songs and soon gained a following. Later, she was introduced to Kanda Bongo Man’s agent and joined his tour for Womad Australia and has since gone on to perform at the Big Chill, night clubs the Jazz café.

Friday 26th June
Richard Mortimer presents... Princess Julia with Paul Dragoni...

Thursday 25th June
HALF SIDER Presents FEMI FEM & ALEX TURNBULL (A.K.A. ALEX BABY)

FEMI FEM
Ex-Young Disciple, Femi Fem has collaborated with artists such as Mary
J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce & Randy Crawford. Spinning a unique
and impressive blend of funk, rare-groove, acid jazz, and new grooves,
DJing duties in the UK are too numerous to mention, but include Cream (
Liverpool), Ministry (London) & Old Skool (Sheffield), The Beetroot
(Nottingham). Currently Femi is working as a producer and remixer with
Talkin’ Loud, Basement Jaxx/Restless Natives, Sean Escoffrey, Kele Le
Roc, Blue James & Louise Francis. Femi will play a special set for
Double Club for the start of Fashion Week; expect Congo to meet West!

ALEX BABY
A founding member of the International Stussy Tribe, Alex’s mixtapes and
CD’s have attained cult status in the party capitals of the world. Best
known for his long residency at the legendary ‘Rotation’, London’s
longest running and most loved hip hop /r’nb nightspot, previous
residencies include spells at Club Cheetah and Nell’s (NYC), Woody’s and
Flavor at Bar Circa (London) and numerous underground parties.
He is a co-founder,director and producer for one of the UK’s best known
independent hip hop labels, Ronin Records ,who introduced British
artists such as Skitz , Deckwrecks, Roots Manuva, Rodney P, MCD and
F.O.R.C.E. His remixes includes work for Seal, Ice T, Sade, Stevie
Wonder, Massive Attack, Da Brat, Neneh Cherry and Kylie Minogue.

Saturday 20th June
KINSHASA CHOC Presents ROBERT MASEKO + Resident Dj Kevin (Africa Center) & Guest DJ SOFRITO COMBO (HUGO MENDEZ AND FRANKIE FRANCIS)

Robert Masseko is an congolese singer playing soukous with his band; he played alongside Papa Wemba, Kofi Olomide and Hugh Masekela. Over the years he has also performed and recorded with Youssou N'dour, Frank Leppa and George Benson…

Friday 19th June
Richard Mortimer presents... DURRR

Thursday 18th June
HALF SIDER Presents MANIFESTO with MOSI CONDE & KAIRA KORA AFRICA

Djs Todd Hart and Alberto mix african and tropical music and invite MOSI CONDE & KAIRA KORA AFRICA from Guinea.
MOSI CONDE is a young griot from Guinea's (Conakry) leading family. At only 28 he already has 13 years professional touring throughout Africa and Europe to his name and has been playing since the age of 4. His uncle is Sekouba "Diamond Fingers" Diabate from Bembaya Jazz and his family are the backbone and inspiration for many household names like Salif Keita and Moray Kante. A master musician on Kora, Guitar, Balafon, Bolon and Djembes , Mosi Mosi Conde launches his own band KAIRA KORA AFRICA with KORA and amazing percussion and previews his debut album at this event. Master drummers and percussionists join Mosi on traditional Guinean instruments - including Krin, Doun Doun, Djembes. The band includes Richard Olatunde Baker and Thebi Lipere.
www.festivalmanifesto.com

Saturday 13th June
KINSHASA CHOC Presents KASAI MASAI + Resident Dj Kevin (Africa Center) & Guest DJ Africathy

After a sold-out night at the Double Club in February, we are delighted to welcome back Kasai Masai for another unforgettable night
The band successfully marry a respect for vintage grooves with an overwhelming urge to move the dance floor. This is the sound of the old and the new, of the countryside and the city, from deep in the heart of Africa..."Based in London, Kasaï Masaï, led by Voodoo King Nickens Nkoso, brings the traditional sound of the Congo - d'jembe, guitar, bass and percussion - plus a saxophone and an extraordinary MC to present the very current sounds of Kinshasa. Nickens has appeared at Womad, Glastonbury and Weltnacht festivals as well on Later with…, John Peel Sessions and has also worked with many on the great Congolese artists such as Papa Wembe, Koffi Olomide, Mose Fan Fan and Kanda Bongoman.

Friday 12th June
Richard Mortimer presents... Riotous Rockers and Alvin C

Thursday 11th June
HALF SIDER Presents SPEKTRUM & CASPA CODINA

Spektrum play their first live date in London for over a year. The London-based genre-busting four piece whose comtemporaries include The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem grew up listening to Grace Jones and the Slits, were influenced by ESG and are waiting for Japan to reform. They have released 2 groundbreaking albums to date...
In support is Caspa Codina promoting his new single “Falling” from his fantastic self-titled debut. Caspa Codina is really an alter-ego of Gabriel Olegavich, the super busy production & writing talent behind Lady Sovereign, UK electro/punk band Spektrum, Grime act Medasyn, and up-coming Manchester MC Envy. Several sought-after 12” releases over the last few years have earned him fans amongst the most notable Djs like Andrew Weatherall, John Kennedy (Xfm), Teifschwarz, Rob da Bank, Richard X, Ivan Smagghe or Matthew Herbert…

Saturday 6th June
KINSHASA CHOC Presents NZAYA NZAYADIO AND ARIAS STARS + Resident Dj KEVIN (Africa Center) & DEAR BOY

Singer Nzaya has been a prominent figure of the congolese music since the early seventhies with his contribution to bands like Bakuba Mayopi with the Late Madilu system,lipua lipua, Afrisa International of Seigneur Tabu Ley and most significantly Choc Star. We at the Double club are happy to welcoe such a great figure of the congolese music.

Friday 5th June
Richard Mortimer presents... Tina's! With Robbie Spencer, Issac Lock and Matt Irwin

Thursday 4th June
HALF SIDER Presents MANIFESTO with ZONG ZING ALLSTAR

The Manifesto party which has been going strong now for about four years in Mayfair has found a new home at The Double Club. Todd Hart and Alberto deliver the perfect mix of congolese, african and tropical music on the deks and invite ZONG ZING ALLSTAR from Congo; expect a good Soukous gig ! www.festivalmanifesto.com

Saturday 30th May
KINSHASA CHOC Presents NDJIBU OF NAZARETH + Resident DJ KEVIN (Africa Center) & Guest DJ GUY MORLEY

Guy Morley (Yam Yam) became known for playing tropical funk alongside Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay. He was also resident with Mr. Scruff at the leading One Tree Island club night. His love of African music is evident with influences such as the Bhundu Boys, Abdoulaye Diabate, Victor Uwaifo, Simaro and Conjunto Musangola...

Ndjbu de Nazareth and his band Innovation De London is a professional singer from DC Congo based in England. Calling himself the leader of the 5th generation, we welcome back Ndjibu at the Double club To perform songs from his forthcoming 3rd album and listen to his sound which is a melange of soukous,sebene and congolese Rumba.

Friday 29th May
Richard Mortimer presents... Queens of Noize

Thursday 28th May
HALF SIDER Presents ANGLOMANIA MAGAZINE PARTY with Bluey Robinson, Sister Siren, DJ Prince Charles and DJ Kayper

Saturday 23rd May
KINSHASA CHOC Presents SAFRO MANZANGI + Resident DJ KEVIN (Africa Center) & Guest MO DJ

Mo Dj is set to revolutionise Westen dance floors with his own sound: 'Djembeni' (literally: small djembe), a very specific way of mixing African music with loops and beatbox. He's finished an album featuring remixes of artists like Amadou & Mariam, K’naan, Neneh Cherry or Franz Ferdinand . He was also part of the last African Express show lead by Damon Albarn.

Singer, and arranger from DR Congo, resident in London. Known as the High Priest, he plays rhythm guitar grounded in his traditional roots of Budja folklore music. He helped to create the new wave of Rumba Lingala in 80's Kinshasa performing with the likes of Andre Menge; in ’79, Safro accepted Papa Wemba's offer to join Viva La Musica in 1979, where he featured in a ground-breaking Kinshasa outfit during its most prolific and creative period. He moved to the UK in ’91 and plays tonight with his band All in One.

Friday 22nd May
Richard Mortimer presents... Matt Walsh (Bugged Out)

Thursday 21st May
HALF SIDER Presents DAN LYWOOD & BEN BRIDGEWATER (PLAYLISTER) + Nathan Gregory Wilkins (History Clock) and Vanessa Freeman

Dan and Ben are international DJs, music consultants and producers. They have worked with some of the biggest names in art, fashion, music and film. In Sound Architecture, they established a successful music consultancy advising fashion, advertising & arts clients on music and branding…expect a party set that will keep you on the dancefloor.

Saturday 16th May
KINSHASA CHOC Present STEVOS MBANZA LE GRAND KRUDUDJU + Resident DJ KEVIN (Africa Center) & Guest DJ DEAR BOY

Dear Boy’ (Alex Gromadzki) is a London based DJ. Born in Zambia, his music style strings together numerous genres from indie electronica to disco, soul jazz and & house. Tonight he goes back to his African roots with a special afro-funk set.

Expect impeccably dressed sapeurs and ambianceurs to pose and boogie on the dancefloor while Congolese singer Stevos Mbanza plays live....

Friday 15th May
Richard Mortimer presents... The Lovely Jonjo (DURRR)

Thursday 14th May
HALF SIDER Presents JOHN BEACH And DJ ANTZ

John got his first break Djing with Ibiza’s Jon Sa Trinxa back in 1989. From underground warehouse parties to the world film premier party for Trainspotting in Cannes, to the Aga Khan’s wedding in Paris, John has been disc jockeying an eclectic mix of specialist dance music & classics at one off events, private parties & nightclubs all over the world.
John says the secret to being a great DJ is playing a great record and when it finishes put on another great record – with all this experience you’d think he’d be quite good by now!

Anthony began his D.J career when Danny Rampling asked him to fill in for David Morales at the Milk Bar in 1989… Today he plays at many festivals including Glastonbury, The Glade, Kimberley and Fawsley Fair, or for celebrities private parties such as Jade Jagger, Jay Kay, Danny Rampling’s 40th Birthday, Michael Caine’s daughter’s wedding, Ronnie Wood’s annual Woodfest, Tatler magazine Christmas party… Lately he has been doing a twice monthly residency at the Cobden Club in London and for the last 3 years puts on West London’s favourite Christmas Party with Matthew Bushwacka and John Beach.

Saturday 9th May
KINSHASA CHOC Presents GORDON MASIALA + Resident DJ KEVIN (Africa Cnter) & Guest DJ MOODZ

Dj Moodz aka Nicolas has an eclectic and freestyle approach - mixing of genres and styles, whether it's soul, dance, world or rock - that gets most of us on the dancefloor.

Often compared to Papa Wemba and noted for his extraordinary voice and incredible dedication to expensive clothes and the Sapeur traditions, Gordon Masiala is performing songs from his recent album Systeme Ngangu-Ngangu featuring rumba and soukous.

Friday 8th May
Richard Mortimer presents... Bisoux Bisoux and Nadia Ksabia

Thursday 7th May
HALF SIDER Presents MANIFESTO with JALLY KEBA SUSSO

The Manifesto party which has been going strong now for four years in Mayfair has found a new home at The Double Club. Todd Hart and Alberto deliver the perfect mix of Congolese, African and tropical music on the deks and invite Jally Keba Susso from Gambia to perform.

Over recent years Susso has been experimenting with blends of traditional griot music and hip hop, and he won the best Kora Player accolade at a major youth conference in Gambia in 2001. Since relocating to the UK, Susso has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre, Momo's, Cargo, Africa Centre, ICA, WOMAD, Nelson Mandela's birthday in Hyde Park (2008), and many more. His mission is to expand the boundaries of the great tradition whilst keeping it's heart and soul intact.... www.festivalmanifesto.com

Saturday 2nd May
KINSHASA CHOC Presents KOKO KANYINDA AND SOUKOUS KOUMBELE + Resident DJ KEVIN (Africa Center) & Guest Dj ERIC SOUL

With a strong following on the dance floor, Eric Soul brings his Afrogroov sound to the Double Club playing a range of traditional, contemporary and street dance music.

Koko Kanyinda and his band, Soukous Kumbele, is an outstanding drummer and vocalist from Congo. He plays djembe and congas and is the last surviving conga player from the first generation of Congolese music, having learnt his skill from the great master drummer Kadima, An international performer since forming the band in '94.

Friday 1st May
Richard Mortimer presents... Ponystep Residents

Thursday 30th April
HALF SIDER With Alex Baby + Mo Dj

A founding member of the International Stussy Tribe, Alex’s mixtapes and CD’s have attained cult status in the party capitals of the world. Best known for his long residency at the legendary ‘Rotation’, London’s longest running and most loved hip hop /r’nb nightspot, previous residencies include spells at Club Cheetah and Nell’s (NYC), Woody’s and Flavor at Bar Circa (London) and numerous underground parties.
He is a co-founder,director and producer for one of the UK’s best known independent hip hop labels, Ronin Records ,who introduced British artists such as Skitz , Deckwrecks, Roots Manuva, Rodney P, MCD and F.O.R.C.E. His remixes includes work for Seal, Ice T, Sade, Stevie Wonder, Massive Attack, Da Brat, Neneh Cherry and Kylie Minogue.

Saturday 25th April
Kinshasa Choc presents…FRANCK AKYL & Mo DJ

Franck Akyl, lead singer of Nostra Musica, writer, producer and TV presenter of his own show called Saga Africa, founder of the radio station 'Voice of Africa' to give a voice to the UK African community as a platform to promote their culture and ideas.
Franck Akyl’s first album, Negrissimo, was released in France in 2003 & was a huge success across Europe, Africa, America and Asia and went number one on the Sono Next Music chart of best sellers – an impressive achievement for a debut album.

Friday 24th April
Richard Mortimer presents.... LOVE Magazine

The LOVE team take to the decks at the Double Club this week! Who knows what to expect, other than lots of fashion and FUN!!!

Thursday 23rd April
HALF SIDER SOFRITO Presents FAMILY ATLANTICA

Sofrito DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis run the legendary Tropical Warehouse Parties in London's East End, dropping Heavy Tropical Dubplates and Raw Dancefloor Sounds in a unique meeting of the best rhythms from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. Fresh from remixing top New York outfit the Akoye Afrobeat Ensemble, expect to hear some of the hottest Afro, Mambo, Cumbia, Calypso, Compas and Soukouss you've ever heard!
Tonight they are joined by Family Atlantica, raw rhythms of Venezuelan folklore with West African influences and Latin styles.

Saturday 18th April
Kinshasa Choc presents KASAI MASAI (Live) & Guy Morley (Yam Yam & Big Chill)

After a sold-out night at the Double Club in February, we are delighted to welcome back Kasai Masai for another unforgettable night
The band successfully marry a respect for vintage grooves with an overwhelming urge to move the dance floor. This is the sound of the old and the new, of the countryside and the city, from deep in the heart of Africa..."Based in London, Kasaï Masaï, led by Voodoo King Nickens Nkoso, brings the traditional sound of the Congo - d'jembe, guitar, bass and percussion - plus a saxophone and an extraordinary MC to present the very current sounds of Kinshasa. Nickens has appeared at Womad, Glastonbury and Weltnacht festivals as well on Later with…, John Peel Sessions and has also worked with many on the great Congolese artists such as Papa Wembe, Koffi Olomide, Mose Fan Fan and Kanda Bongoman.

Guy Morley became known for playing tropical funk alongside Gilles
Peterson and Norman Jay. He was also resident with Mr. Scruff at the
leading One Tree Island club night.

Friday 17th April
Richard Mortimer presents…Tasty Tim and Lady Lloyd

Thursday 16th April
HALF SIDER With Mike Strutter Group & Martin Green + Mo Dj

Mo Dj is set to revolutionise Westen dance floors with his own sound: 'Djembeni' (literally: small djembe), a very specific way of mixing African music with loops and beatbox. He's finished an album featuring remixes of artists like Amadou & Mariam, K’naan, Neneh Cherry or Franz Ferdinand . He was also part of the last African Express show lead by Damon Albarn.

Mike Strutter Group
Witnessing The Mike Strutter Group is as close as you can get to being down the front of CBGB’s, NYC, circa 1975. Mike Strutter is an electrifying performer; the group features Paul Kaye (ex-Dennis Pennis), Paul Jones (ex-Elastica) and Louis Jones (the Warm Jets).

"The Birthday Party meets the Dead Boys, this is punk cabaret at its hilarious and exhilarating best”"
"Strutter is some of the funniest shit I've ever seen man" Dizzie Rascal

Martin Green
A DJ for over 15 years, Martin Green’s first taste of success came whilst promoting legendary 90s club Smashing. Now he’s everywhere, playing for the fashion, art and music industries.

Saturday 11th April
Kinshasa Choc presents…Heritier Bakombo (Live) & Mo DJ

New singer Heritier has been around the UK Congolese scene for a while singing with the likes of Ndjibu the Nazareth and as backing singer for several monuments of the Congolese rumba . His long awaited album “toujours espoir” (hope always) is out now.

Friday 10th April
Richard Mortimer presents...Luke Howard (Horse Meat Disco)

Thursday 9th April
HALF SIDER Presents Jeffrey Tonnesen & Justin Miller (DFA Records) + Mo Dj

Mo Dj is set to revolutionise Westen dance floors with his own sound: 'Djembeni' (literally: small djembe), a very specific way of mixing African music with loops and beatbox. He's finished an album featuring remixes of artists like Amadou & Mariam, K’naan, Neneh Cherry or Franz Ferdinand . He was also part of the last African Express show lead by Damon Albarn.

Justin Miller & Jeffrey Tonnesen
Together, they are the real downtown New York experience. For the past few years Justin Miller has been dropping heavy dance beats, sweet grooves, and a bit of sweat. Working under the DFA banner, DFA Records formed in 2001 & have released artists such as LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Hot Chip and Hercules & Love Affair.

For the last two years, Jeffrey Tonnesen has been the main resident DJ at New York City's notorious theatre/nightclub, The Box. As well as at The Box, his diverse sets at Socialista, Beatrice, and Gold Bar have been the soundtrack of downtown Manhattan night life. His residencies have lead to highly-publicized events for Prada, Donna Karan, and Rag & Bone, among others, and made him one of the most sought-after DJs in New York.

Saturday 4th April
Kinshasa Choc presents…Mimitah (Live) and DJ Moodz

Mimitah, born in the D.R Congo & grew up in the UK, is influenced by the sounds of Congolese music with a mixture of all the different music styles she grew to love while growing up in the UK – such as Mbilia Bel, Mpongo Love; Abeti, Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

Introduced to another Double Club favourite, the east London-based Africa Jambo, at 17, she begain to perform cover songs and soon gained a following. Later, she was introduced to Kanda Bongo Man’s agent and joined his tour for Womad Australia and has since gone on to perform at the Big Chill, night clubs the Jazz café.

Friday 3rd April
Richard Mortimer presents…Girlcore

Thursday 2nd April
HALF SIDER Presents MANIFESTO With MBAWULA (Live)

The Manifesto party, going strong for a year in Mayfair, has found a new home at The Double Club. Alex Holmes and Alberto deliver the perfect mix of Congolese, African and tropical music on the decks. Tonight, they have invited Mbawula to perform an incendiary alliance of African and Western Jazz – featuring music from the heart of Urban South Africa with serious grooves drawing deep from songs in Xhosa, Zulu and Sesotho to produce a truly funky, jazzy, highly rhythmic show that speaks to the head, heart and feet.

Saturday 28th March
KINSHASA CHOC Presents SOUND AFRICA Guest Guy Morley (Yam Yam & Big Chill) Plus DJ Jeff Bola

Sound Africa is a contemporary Congolese band, hailing from East London.

Guy Morley became known for playing tropical funk alongside Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay. He was also resident with Mr. Scruff at the leading One Tree Island club night.

Friday 27th March
Richard Mortimer presents...The Lovely Jonjo

A dj since the the turn of the millenium, Jonjo was one of those kids who just couldn't stay away from clubbing even when he was just a fresh faced 14 year old. He started DJ-ing in 2001 and sprung onto the scene with his weekly residency at Trash. Now curating Trash's descendant, Durrr, the Lovely Jono is a force to be reckoned with in clubland. Expect almost anything to emerge from his record box.

Thursday 26th March
HALF SIDER presents ROKK (Boombox / Word) Vs. MIKKI MOST (Trailer Trash) Vs. Per QX (Gutterslut) and YO MAJESTY (DJ set)

A stellar line up into a world of infinite musical possibilities.
African and western electric disco treats...

Saturday 21st March
KINSHASA CHOC presents RENATO MONDELE Guest Mo DJ Plus DJ Serge De Diamond

Renato Mondele
Guitar is the thread that leads into the track from the new, yet-to-be released album by Renato Mondele, a Congolese singer and guitarist based in London

Mo Dj is on the way to break through and he's set to revolutionise Western dance floors with his own sound: 'Djembeni' (literally: small djembe), a very specific way of mixing african music with loops and beatbox. He's finished an album featuring remixes of artists like Amadou & Mariam, K’naan, Neneh Cherry or Franz Ferdinand . He was also part of the last African Express show lead by Damon Albarn

Friday 20th March
Richard Mortimer presents...Pam Hogg

One of the original Blitz Kids, cult designer/musician/artist Pam Hogg made her name in '80s clubland and still rocks London having shown at LFW this season - Iain R Webb said "the whole of young London is doing what Pam did 25 years ago". Come see how it's done...at the Double Club.

Thursday 19th March
HALF SIDER With Trevor Jackson Vs. Dan Lywood & Ben Bridgewater (Playlister.fm) Vs. Ross Allen + Dear Boy

Starting the night with Congolese music, Dear Boy will be followed by Trevor Jackson who’ll be incorporating an African vibe to his set for the Half Sider night. Dan Lywood & Ben Bridgewater will take the decks with Ross Allen (also A&R consultant for Island Records and Ninja Tunes) for more western beats

Saturday 14th March
KINSHASA CHOC Presents Grupo Lokito (Live!) Guest DJs Sofrito Combo (DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis) Plus DJ Magic

Fusing Congolese and Latin music in an exuberant explosion of sound, Grupo Lokito features wonderful musicians from around the world...

Sofrito DJ's have played alongside Manu Dibango, Orchestra Baobab, Seun Kuti, Saravah Soul, Antibalas, the Poets of Rhythm, Quantic, Breakestra, the Souljazz Orchestra, Nostalgia 77… expect a special Congolese set to shake your booty!

Friday 13th March
Richard Mortimer presents... Lady Sovereign (Live!)

Thursday 12th March
HALF SIDER presents Chris Sullivan and Johnny La Plage

Former Blue Rondo a La Turk front man Chris Sullivan after a period running clubs such as Hell and Le Kilt in 1982 launched the Wag club, home to the pioneers of rare groove, hip hop, dance jazz and house. A regular DJ at the Wag throughout its 18 years he has, since the eighties, played at almost every hip club in the capital while popping up behind the decks at numerous art film and fashion show parties. Putting together a set where almost anything goes and, depending on who’s listening, Sullivan might cover Latin and Brazilian , percussive jazz, funk, sixties R n’B and soul mixed in with a bit of glam rock, film theme music and dub. “I wouldn’t call myself a DJ” he explains. “ I’m a bloke who plays records that you might have forgotten about or never heard before at events far and wide.”

Johnny La Plage (John Beach)
‘Specialist Needs Music’
John got his first brake Djing with Ibiza’s Jon Sa Trinxa back in 1989. From underground warehouse parties to the world film premier party for Trainspoting in Cannes, to the Aga Khan’s wedding in Paris, John has been disc jockeying an eclectic mix of specialist dance music & classics at one off events, private parties & nightclubs all over the world.
John says the secret to being a great DJ is playing a great record and when it finishes put on another great record – with all this experience you’d think he’d be quite good by now!

Saturday 7th March
KINSHASA CHOC Presents ROBERT MASEKO (Live !)

Guest DJ Dudu Sarr & Magrelo
And resident Dj Kevin (Africa Center)

Like Kanda Bongo Man, Pepe Kalle and Papa Wemba with whom he has played, Robert Maseko is a master vocalist. He has also performed and recorded with Youssou N'dour, Frank Leppa and George Benson. With his band, The Congo Beat, he has gone back to the rumba roots that so entranced Africa and added touches of reggae, flamenco, tango, meringue and zouk. Elegant vocals, sizzling guitar and rumba-propelled bass lines explore the deep roots of Afrobeat and the connections between African, Cuban and Caribbean music.

DJs Dudu Sarr & Magrelo mix it up on the decks tonight at the Double Club, with all the correct ingredients for a Congolese vs London Soundclash. From traditional roots music and analogue rhythms to the latest dancefloor grooves and digital sounds, these guys will be serving some serious hot recipes for the dancefloor.

Friday 6th March
Richard Mortimer presents…Optimo

Thursday 5th March
HALF SIDER Presents MANIFESTO With Taxi Pata Pata (Live !)

The Manifesto party which has been going strong now for about a year in Mayfair has found a new home at The Double Club. Todd Hart and Alberto deliver the perfect mix of congolese and pan african music on the deks and invite Taxi Pata Pata to perform afro-beat / nu-jazz live on stage before closing the night in more western territories…

Saturday 28th February
Congolese Night with Charles Boyenga


Singer songwriter Charles Boyenga was recently voted Best Congolese artist in the UK. His first album 'Cleopatra' was released in Jan 2000 and featured JB Mpiana of Wenga Musica. Charles subsequently released his 2nd album 'Insha Allah' in Dec 2002 and he is currently working on his 3rd Album which promises to be a high octane experimental fusion of UK/US urban styles with African flavours.

A highly accomplished performer, Charles's skills have enabled him to work with some of the leading lights of African music such as; Papa Wemba, Koffi Olomide and Werrason, he has also performed as a guest artiste for Owilo Longomba.

Friday 27th February
Nathan Gregory Wilkins

Thursday 26th February
Afrobubble Ft. Rita Ray & Max Reinhardt [The Shrine]


The night that feels like a wild wikkid and wasted vampire weekend spent with house guests like Franco, Chameleone, Fela, Amadou et Mariam and Thandiswe.

From the Mambo Inn (London '89-'97), Ray and Reinhardt went on to found a series of club-nights both in the UK and abroad, leading to the creation of The Shrine and The Shrine Synchro System, inspired by the Afrika Shrine, the Lagos night club of Fela Kuti.

Max is a guest presenter on Late Junction for BBC’s Radio 3, curates and performs at as musician and DJ at the Radio Gagarin sessions at Notting Hill Arts Club & is the musical director/composer for Oily Cart.

Wednesday 25th February
Amadou & Mariam: Aftershow Party with Mo DJ

Amadou & Mariam celebrate the launch of "Welcome to Mali", and their sell out date at Koko, with an Aftershow Party at The Double Club.

Fellow Malian and emerging star Mo DJ will host the nigth, on the decks from 10pm.
Free entry.

Saturday 21st February
Safro Manzangi & His Band


Singer, and arranger from DR Congo, resident in London. Known as the High Priest, he plays rhythm guitar grounded in his traditional roots of Budja folklore music. He helped to create the new wave of Rumba Lingala in 80's Kinshasa performing with the likes of Andre Menge; in ’79, Safro accepted Papa Wemba's offer to join Viva La Musica in 1979, where he featured in a ground-breaking Kinshasa outfit during its most prolific and creative period. He moved to the UK in ’91 and plays tonight with his band All in One.

Friday 20th February
Richard Mortimer presents...Opening Ceremony Dance Party

Richard Mortimer presents...Opening Ceremony dance party this Friday featuring DJs Benjamin Cho, Lele Saveri and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) from NYC.

Thursday 19th February
Femi Williams Aka Femi Fem, Chris Sullivan & Albert De Paname


FEMI FEM
Ex-Young Disciple, Femi Fem has collaborated with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce & Randy Crawford. Spinning a unique and impressive blend of funk, rare-groove, acid jazz, and new grooves, DJing duties in the UK are too numerous to mention, but include Cream ( Liverpool), Ministry (London) & Old Skool (Sheffield), The Beetroot (Nottingham).

Currently Femi is working as a producer and remixer with Talkin’ Loud, Basement Jaxx/Restless Natives, Sean Escoffrey, Kele Le Roc, Blue James & Louise Francis. Femi will play a special set for Double Club for the start of Fashion Week; expect Congo to meet West!

CHRIS SULLIVAN
"I wouldn't call myself a DJ" he explains. "I'm a bloke who plays records that you might have forgotten about or never heard before."
From running Hell and Le Kilt, in '82 Chris (former Blue Rondo a La Turk front man) launched The Wag Club – pioneering home to rare groove, hip hop, dance jazz and house. Since then, he’s been seen at nearly every club in the capital, putting together a set where almost anything goes...depending on who’s listening, Sullivan might cover Latin and Brazilian , percussive jazz, funk, sixties R n'B and soul mixed in with a bit of glam rock, film theme music and dub.

ALBERT DE PANAME
From his beginnings at Tabou in 1965, to mythical Balajo and London’s Café de Paris, Albert cleverly mixes a wide range of styles into one. Regularly playing in Paris at the Balajo, the Royal Lieu and the ultra chic Maxim's, as well as throwing star-studded parties at the Cannes Film Festival & Marrakech, he took up residency at Café de Paris in London, playing a mix of old and new songs, from rock'n roll to soul, world music, french music.

Wednesday 18th February
From 8pm / Acoustic Set with Koko Kanyinda


Koko is an acclaimed drummer who is a member of The Master Drummers of Africa and has performed and taught throughout Europe, USA and Australia through WOMAD. A key member on the African music scene thanks to his work with his band Soukous Koumbele, tonight he plays an acoustic set in the Courtyard for the Double Club.

Saturday 14th February
V-DAY at the Double Club! Congolese Night with Koko Kanyinda


Koko Kanyinda and his band, Soukous Kumbele, is an outstanding drummer and vocalist from Congo. He plays djembe and congas and is the last surviving conga player from the first generation of Congolese music, having learnt his skill from the great master drummer Kadima, An international performer since forming the band in '94.

‘Dear Boy’ (Alex Gromadzki) is a London based DJ. Born in Zambia, his music style strings together numerous genres from indie electronica to disco, soul jazz and & house. Tonight he goes back to his African roots with a special afro-funk set.

V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions and activities, spearheaded by Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler.
Stop Raping our Greatest Resource: Power to Women in the DRC is a V-Day global campaign to call attention to the wide-scale atrocities committed against women and girls in Eastern DRC and demand an end to the impunity with which these crimes are committed.

The campaign is behind the City of Joy - "which is the first centre for a hundred women who have suffered these atrocities, but where it becomes a leadership academy so we turn pain to power. And then we're building an international movement this V-Day where at all the thousands of events around the world people will be focused on the DRC... If we can change the situation in the Congo, we can do it everywhere." (Eve Ensler).

To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $50 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it.

WWW.VDAY.ORG

Friday 13th February
Disco 3000

Thursday 12th February
Eric Soul + Ben Osborn & Guy Morley (Yam Yam)


Eric Soul : One of our resident DJs with a strong following on the dancefloor, Eric Soul brings his Afrogroov sound to the Double Club playing a range of traditional, contemporary and street dance music.

Ben Osborne - founder of Noise of Art and Slipped Disco. Described as "ace!" by Time Out, Slipped Disco's has introduced the UK to the cream of the new French electro music, with acts such as SebastiAn (Ed Banger) and Kavinsky (Record Makers) playing their first ever gig together, as well as Alex Gopher, Zombie Zombie and more established acts such as Lemon Jelly & Sancho Panza.

Guy Morley (Yam Yam) became known for playing tropical funk alongside Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay. He was also resident with Mr. Scruff at the leading One Tree Island club night. His love of African music is evident with influences such as the Bhundu Boys, Abdoulaye Diabate, Victor Uwaifo, Simaro and Conjunto Musangola...

Wednesday 11th February
From 8pm / Acoustic night with Otis Tabasenge


Otis Tabasenge is the lead guitarist of the well known band Kasai Masai which describe their music as 'music from African villages with an urban edge'.

You will recognize influences of Afro-pop folk, Afro-Jazz, Afro-Funk, Afro-Beat, Soukous, Trasoukouru, Rumba, Traditional, Juju, Makossa, Coupé Decalé, High life.....

Saturday 7th February
Kasai Masai + DJ Moodz

"...Kasaï Masaï successfully marry a respect for vintage grooves with an overwhelming urge to move the dance floor. This is the sound of the old and the new, of the countryside and the city, from deep in the heart of Africa..."Based in London, Kasaï Masaï, led by Voodoo King Nickens Nkoso, brings the traditional sound of the Congo - d'jembe, guitar, bass and percussion - plus a saxophone and an extraordinary MC to present the very current sounds of Kinshasa. Nickens has appeared at Womad, Glastonbury and Weltnacht festivals as well on Later with…, John Peel Sessions and has also worked with many on the great Congolese artists such as Papa Wembe, Koffi Olomide, Mose Fan Fan and Kanda Bongoman.Dj Moodz aka Nicolas has an eclectic and freestyle approach - mixing of genres and styles, whether it's soul, dance, world or rock - that gets most of us on the dancefloor.

Friday 6th February
Pablo Flack & Hazel Robinson (House of Jazz) present Um Bongo!

Pablo Flack and Hazel Robinson as House of Jazz.

Saturday 31st January
Congolese Night: STEVOS MBANZA

Congolese singer with a sapeur and ambianceurs following

Friday 30th January
Western Night: TREVOR JACKSON

Thursday 29th January
RADIOCLIT

Radioclit - Johan Karlberg and Etienne Tron (aka DJ Tron) - are a British DJ/production duo who refer to their style as ghettopop – a style comprising Dirty South rap, Baltimore club, British grime, funk carioca, and straight dance-pop alongside various African dance-pop styles.

Saturday 24th January
Congolese Night: ALFREDO BELCANTO

Ex Member of Wenge Musica causing a storm with is new solo album Multiformes

Friday 23rd January
Western Night: TASTY TIM W/ PRINCESS JULIA

Not one, but TWO icons of 80's London. Tasty Tim and Princess Julia are clubland royalty. From squatting with the likes of Boy George and Souxie Soux, to becoming headline residents at clubs across the city - these two have endured for one reason. They are bloody good!

Thursday 22nd January
CRISPIN SOMERVILLE & CRAIG RICHARDS + ERIC SOUL

From 11pm, Crispin Somerville and Fabric's favourite son, Craig Richards, hit the decks for a party set preceded by Eric Soul of Afrogroov from 9.30pm. We promise you a birthday to remember!

Wednesday 21st January
The Lof Presents Afrofunk At The Double Club: DJs: Paul “Trouble’ Anderson + T-Rex + Johnny Rogue + Live vocals from Marcus Begg

A special Afro Party Mash up with legendary London DJ Paul "Trouble" Anderson playing a one-off set of his favourite African and African inspired music ranging through afrobeat, funk, hi-life, gospel, kwela, marabi, zouk, rumba, gumbe, benga, juju, hip hop and township jazz.Paul "Trouble" Anderson - legendary international DJ, continually voted the best mixer on London's KISS 100 FM, he ran the Loft nightclub for 10 years which was regularly praised by Time Out magazine as London’s best mid-week club, record producer and re-mixer for Motown, Virgin and Azuli records.Johnny Rogue - journalist covering black music for The Independent, Time Out and KISS 100 FM + founder of black music magazine Touch, record producer for A&M and Azuli records and DJ. T-Rex - resident black music DJ at Heaven nightclub for over 10 years. Marcus Begg - London’s foremost afro-jazz singer/song-writer.

Saturday 17th January
Congolese Night: GORDON MASIALA

Often compared to Papa Wemba and noted for his extraordinary voice and incredible dedication to expensive clothes and the Sapeur traditions. Performing songs from his recent album Systeme Ngangu-Ngangu featuring rumba and soukous.

Friday 16th January
Western Night: BUSY P

Pedro Winter (dj-ing as his alter ego, Busy P) is the mastermind behind the uber-cool French record label, Ed Banger.

Saturday 10th January
Congolese Night: SOUND AFRICA

Contempory congolese band, hailing from East London

Friday 9th January
Western Night: MACHO CITY

Charlie Porter (Fashion Features Editor of i-D and Fantastic Man) and Dan Beaumont (Disco Bloodbath) team up to bring their weekly East End disco love-in to the Double Club

Monday 5th January
Eric Soul + Playlister DJs Dan Lywood and Ben Bridgewater

Eric Soul : One of our resident DJs with a strong following on the dancefloor, Eric Soul brings his Afrogroov sound to the Double Club playing a range of traditional, contemporary and street dance music.Dan Lywood is an international DJ, music consultant and producer. He has worked with some of the biggest names in art, fashion, music and film. In Sound Architecture, he established a successful music consultancy advising fashion, advertising & arts clients on music and branding…expect a party set that will keep you on the dancefloor.