Fri, Nov 12, 2004 - Page 15 News List

It's rough at Shag

By Jules Quartly  /  STAFF REPORTER

He's rough. DJ Dizzy, above, was in and out of Shag last week.

PHOTO: JULES QUARTLY, TAIPEI TIMES

If you wanna get jiggy, then you've never had it so good in Taipei. Around town, it's ladies' night at most of the big clubs on Wednesdays and Shag at Club 70s on Thursdays, which means more pick-up opportunities than ever during the week.

Chances will be further boosted for metrosexuals next week when AXD unleashes itself with a special breaks event, a monthly all-nighter with free admission for ladies next Friday, from 11pm to 7pm. AXD promoter and DJ Jimmy Chen said, "You know we love the ladies and we always encourage them to come to our club." Those in charge of the plastic and twiddling the knobs for BreakBeast in a Chic Direction (Nov. 19) will be DJs Tiger, Stone, Teddy, Eric Huang, Gravity, Joe, Floyed, Chewie and Victor.

It was Victor who got a large slice of the media attention for leading the second annual Taiwan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade (台灣同志大遊行) from CKS Memorial Hall last Saturday. Musically, perhaps, there was nothing to shout about from, possibly, the nation's most talented DJ, but it was the biggest and most energy-filled party of the week. Around 3,000 revellers, many dressed in their sexy best, or very little, did a shuffle behind Victor's sound system on wheels as it passed through Taipei to Ximending.

The opening night of Shag at Club 70's (12th floor at the Living Mall) last Thursday was a reasonably well-attended affair with a cool vibe, thanks to DJ Dizzy's sweetly paced set of classy and slightly twisted tunes that refreshed the palate. This was not a bad achievement considering he arrived at CKS Airport from San Diego just after 11pm, was whisked to the club and played at 12pm until 2:30am. He then flew out the same morning to Japan. Lifestyles of the jet-set DJ.

Shag's reputation was to be further boosted by the charisma and hard-hitting tunes of Chozie last night. Check out the security on the door, a chihuahua called Jimmy (altogether now, awwww!).

Tomorrow, more madness at Room 18 with the Get Wild Party, a Sex and the City party theme that will be continued in the weeks to come. Anyone wearing leopard-pattern print clothes or boots will get a free cosmopolitan cocktail. Promoters are encouraging your "wildest fantasies" and suggesting you "chat about dickheads" all night long.

Last weekend's performance from Miami's MC Jin at Room 18 was massively overcrowded, but the general opinion was that he tore up the joint. Liquid Lifestyle, the upmarket promoter behind the event, will be celebrating its second birthday party this month with DJ Jazzy Jeff at Luxy, Nov. 27.

There's plenty to look forward to in the coming months at Luxy, with Chozie popping up again tomorrow. Then, the club will be reaching deep into its pockets for two top-five gigs. The world's number-three rated DJ Armin Van Buuren will be jetting in next Friday. This will be followed by the world's second most popular DJ, the ever-popular Paul Van Dyk, who's slated to be coming back Dec. 3. The New Year's Eve mega-DJ will be Carl Cox. You heard it here first.

At Ministry of Sound tomorrow it's Adam Freeland (and the dress code is yellow), next week its Satoshi Tomiie and Cash Money. The big names coming up next month will be Fergie and Felix the Housecat, with Steve Lawler descending for the New Year's Eve bash.

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