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Face Presents…Apollonia All Nighter Review



Face Presents…Apollonia (Dyed Soundorom/Dan Ghencia & Shonky) All NighterVenue: Rainbow, Birmingham 

Birmingham’s Face loves to mix it up each year, and so it is that in 2013 they start a new series of parties. All Nighter does what it says on the tin – allows a select headliner toplay all night long and to really delve into their collections and tell a more fulsome story. How positively continental.  And who better to kick off the new concept that hotter than hot French trio Apollonia – aka Dan Ghencia, Shonky and Dyed Soundorom? 

Before that, though, the mood was set by the night’s ever on point residents. Out in the courtyard – which was rammed from early – local lad Paddy Lopaski curated a warm set of sexy deep house that got people thoroughly in the mood. The crowd at Face is a knowing one, they appreciate their music and dress in a cultured mix of clothes, some super high end, some more casual, but all of them happy to party shoulder to shoulder. 

And so to the headline act: The famed Frenchmen have been doing this as a threesome for a while now, with a strict one tune only rule before handing over to the next member of the Tour de Force.  And that’s how it went down tonight, for six hours from 12 – 6am, at which point the club was as full as it had been at the start with everyone having stayed right until the end.

You had to, basically – their set of deep house grooves was super compelling, leaning on tracks old and new, to which the crowd reacted in style with hands in the air throughout much of the set. The first of many such parties, this new concept keeps Face at the forefront of the UK clubbing scene, as will upcoming parties with Radio 1’s Heidi and further down the line in April, with the first lady of deep house in Maya Jane Coles.


Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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