Diesel xXx Party in London

A blog composed of Blackberry messages sent from matter nightclub where Diesel celebrated its 30th birthday with Patrick Wolf, Marc Ronson and These New Puritans.

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11:20pm
‘Brutalist architecture’, ‘concrete playground’ or not, matter is a bloody slog to get to, no two ways about it. It’s also housed in the bewildering edifice that is the O2 centre in Greenwich. We get there and are confronted with a bunfight for drinks. At least am cheered up when I see Roisin Murphy in a crazy Turkish hat and YSL-goes-to-the-desert outfit. She reminds me of the genie from the Disney cartoon.

11:36pm
Unfortunately miss Teenagers/New Young Pony Club soundclash. Backstage though, Lou from NYPC is worrying what her mom will think for her singing the words ‘c**t’ on Teenagers’ ‘Homecoming’.

11:53am
Fortunate to catch the last part of Patrick Wolf soundchecking by playing his entire second album, the other bands listening with rapt attention. Very inspiring to see different bands jamming together, sharing ideas – a creative hotpot!

00:06am
Pete Doherty is no-show – to no-one’s surprise.

00:26am
Florence and the Machine are a terrifying force of nature live who blows much touted Big Pink offstage. Backstage, she’s as sweet as can be. It’s always the quiet ones you have to watch out for.

00.30am
Someone sneaks us beers from backstage and mood instantly alleviated. Ooh there’s Paris Hilton in the V VIP enclosure! And Jade Jagger.

00:35am
I’m pretending the view from the Sky Bridge is really amazing (which it is) but really I’m trying to get a glimpse of Paris’ fake hair extensions.

01:01am
Good to see Patrick, resplendent in a Margiela sharp shouldered outfit and blond mop singing harsh sounding new song, ‘Battle’ with These New Puritans.

01:14am
Journalistic integrity is compromised when I squeal for joy as Patrick introduces Mark Ronson as “my new boyfriend” and joins together they go onstage for ‘Tristan’ and ‘Accident and Emergency’. Will Ronson’s Anglophilia know no limits?

01:28am
What a blast from the past seeing Supergrass onstage with Ed Harcourt – long live the Nineties!

01:38am
Am entered into a crunking match with two lesbians. Its like I’m in a Tupac video.

03:11am
A band member who shall remain nameless, tells me he got a ‘semi’ when he met Roisin. Or maybe he just needed to pee…

03:20am
Sound abruptly cuts out and I leave before seeing Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. Nick some beers for the road and we’re off to the afterparty. Happy birthday Diesel!

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