We’re headed back to London, and this time, we’ve got something new up our sleeves.
We’re taking all the good times we had at Mister Sunday last year, moving them up to a beautiful medieval church in the middle of Hackney and switching around the days of the week for the first ever Mister Saturday party anywhere ever (note the lack of “Night” – we shall explain).
Misters Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin will be at the controls, and the Black Atlantic guys will be bringing in a six-point Funktion-One system to keep the audiophiles immersed in the details and the dancers popping right to the end.
The party goes from 5pm to 11pm (hence that omission of “Night” above – told you we’d explain); tasty food and quality drinks that won’t break your bank abound; and when the sun sets through those massive stained glass windows, it’s easily going to be the best time you’ll have in a church in 2016.
We’ve got plenty of space on the floor for the whole family (actual or spiritual), so let the homies know. Tickets are here.
If you’re in London, we hope to see you there; if you’re not but you know someone who is, let ’em know!
We’ve got our first dance of 2016 on January 17th. It’ll be the first of a handful of monthly indoor Mister Sundays at the scrappy (yet charming) Shea Stadium.
If you’ve never joined us at Shea, there are a few things to know. First, Shea Stadium is a DIY space in Brooklyn, not the former home field of Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson, Doc Gooden and Keith Hernandez. (Go Mets.) It holds only about .5% the amount of people as the OG Shea Staidum, so it’s a good idea to get a ticket.
Second, it’s all ages, so come one, come all.
Third, and most importantly, some of our favorite Misters of all time have happened there. Something about the sun shining onto that little dancefloor brings out some extra magic.
Looking forward to seeing you there on the 17th. Until then, be well!
After a year off, we’re bringing back the Mister’s New Year’s Eve celebration.
We’ll be ringing in 2016 with an easy going affair – lots of dancefloor space, no crazy lines – basically an antidote to a typical NYE out.
The bar will be stocked with bubbly, and, as usual, we’ll set up our soundsystem, abandon our cell phones and cameras for the evening, and let Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter loose on the turntables. We’ll start at 8pm and go until 2am (the perfect timing for a New Year’s Eve party if you ask us), and the location will be secret (but very convenient and very nice). We’ll send the location for the party to all ticket holders in advance.
**A note on pricing. We’re aware that $50 is steep compared to our normal entry fee. Asking you to spend more money is not something we do lightly; we always want our parties to feel relatively affordable. On New Year’s, though, prices go up for us, and for the particular venue we’re using this year, the costs are particularly high. We didn’t want to take another NYE off for lack of a good venue, and we wanted to make sure that if we did do a NYE party that it was a comfortable space. Anyway, all that is to say we’re not trying to milk you for money just because it’s a holiday.**
In between all the things Justin mentioned, I managed to read a lot of books (and, of course, buy a lot of records) in 2015. It was the year that the realities of racial injustice in America and the threat to our species from climate change became all the more stark. My list starts with those two topics and takes a less serious turn towards the work of some of the greatest artists of our times, a recent vacation and then and onto some of the best dancefloor jams of the year, the latter of which I’ve compiled into a playlist here. I hope you enjoy.
Ta-Nehisi Coates This man is a national treasure. No one else seems to articulate so succintly, accurately and honestly the truth about race relations in the USA today. His book, Between the World and Me, and his essays on mass incarceration and the case for reparations are essential reading. Nicholas Kristof wrote early in the year in the New York Times that White People just don’t get it, and he’s right. We don’t. We owe it to ourselves and our communities to make an effort to ‘get it’. Ta-Nehisi Coates can help us better than anyone else. Plus he loves the GZA. . . . Read on
Harvey Sutherland “Bermuda” I think I have played this at every party since it came out. Musical, dynamic, groovy, unpredictable. An instant classic of the Mister and I’m sure of many, many other parties. Don’t stop, Harvey! . . . Read on