Bungalow 8 has already established itself as one of London’s most exclusive nightspots. But Thursday night party Marriage, the brainchild of the Horrors’ Faris Badwan and My Beautiful City’s Robin Scott-Lawson, is culling a new crowd. (Not what Queens of Noize pull in the punters every Thursday at Smash and Grab, which is great, but always feels like a pub night in a posh bar.) The Klaxons and Peaches Geldof DJ Italo Disco, Frankie Knuckles, DAF, Charlie, and Dizzee Rascal; the likes of Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Amy Winehouse, and Kelly Osbourne can be found on the dance floor; oh, and there’s a chocolate fountain…Our guess is having got to where it’s at, the guys at Bungalow were in search of that ever-elusive kudos to match its elitist reputation. Have they succeeded?
FARIS: London has been a total dead wasteland recently. We'd just gone to one too many terrible club nights together and realized that between us we could launch a credible night built around great music and great people.The night has a great atmosphere and it is this that makes it stand out. Is their a celebrity element to the evening?
FARIS: We choose DJs who have eclectic and highly personal record collections. We don't expect them to play back-to-back hits and their status is sort of irrelevant. I don't see the point in bringing in a big name to play songs everyone already knows anyway!
ROBIN: I think it’s just the world we work in—there’s loads of music, fashion, art people around us and we invite them all down. What's nice is that you can have a conversation with people there without having to shout in their ears with spit flying all over the place.How did you come up with the name Marriage?
FARIS: There are so many different types of music being played each night, yet it all works. Equally, there are people from all sides of London and from all backgrounds at every event. It's hilarious how many people expect there to be some sort of actual wedding occurring. I can't deny I regard that as a plus point.
ROBIN: I've always wanted to marry Faris the name was my way of getting everyone to think that we were, in fact, getting married.
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