Imagine a club night with some of the world’s greatest DJs on the bill, playing in a club large enough to fit millions of party goers, and all of your mates could be there. But not only that you could bring your own alcohol
and drugs, and there’s no entrance fee. Sound too good to be true? Well it’s not, this club night is Channel 4′s ultimate house party, and the venue is YOUR HOUSE.
In an unprecedented live television event, Channel 4 is to hand over creative control to world-class DJs, including Grandmaster Flash, Erick Morillo, Horse Meat Disco, Soul II Soul and Annie Mac.
In the past DJs have taken over warehouses, fields, car-parks and derelict office blocks. This summer, for the first time ever, DJs take control of a national broadcaster to bring the whole country together with a six-hour House Party.
With no advert breaks, no commentary and no interruptions, this all night takeover will see a line-up of top international DJs play live to the nation with six hour-long sets in a clubbing experience like no other – this is not a programme about clubbing; this is the club. Channel 4 will turn the television into the ultimate DJ booth with the party blasting through the TV, phone and laptop screens, without the mediation of a presenter or studio audience, to transform living rooms, bedrooms and bars across the nation into dance floors.
Commissioned by Arts Commissioner Tabitha Jackson, and part of the London 2012 Festival, this six-hour live event is a visually exciting, experimental and interactive night of music, highlighting the importance of innovation in Arts on Channel 4. House Party aims to push the boundaries of conventional programming and offer audiences a totally new party experience.
Jackson said: ‘There are four things about this all-nighter that excite me. Firstly, almost every element is uncharted territory: from the visual artists having to transform our screens by responding live to the DJs; to the scale of the real time on-screen and online interactivity; to the DJs having to reach directly into our living rooms rather than playing to a venue. If we can pull it off, we will have created a pretty unique experience. All you have to worry about is making sure you have enough friends and big speakers.’
“This is not a programme about clubbing; this is the club.”
‘Perhaps the most radically innovative element of the night is that, in direct contrast to the new on-demand TV landscape, House Party is a genuine one off. It will not be repeated and it will not be available on 4oD. Like all the best club nights and parties if you want to be there you do have to actually turn up by tuning in. Don’t miss the House Party…’
The DJs – many of whom are stadium fillers and festival favourites in their own right – leave their meticulously prepared ‘main-stage’ sets at home to go back to their DJ roots. The face of UK rap and Radio 1Xtra presenter Charlie Sloth is Master of Ceremonies, and the line-up includes: a founding father of New York rap, the legendary Grandmaster Flash, internationally renowned club and radio DJ and new talent champion Annie Mac; one of the original superstar DJs, platinum-selling artist Erick Morillo; acclaimed DJ collective Horse Meat Disco; and the incredible Jazzie B, Aitch B, Jazzy Q and MC Chickaboo from the Grammy-Award winning legendary London sound system Soul II Soul and Canadian-born, A-Trak who won the world’s most prestigious DJ award (the DMC World Championship) at the age of 15 and was recruited by Kanye West to be his personal tour DJ.
In addition to the top DJ talent on offer, a selection of the nation’s most exciting cutting edge VJs, computer animators and graphic artists will provide constant video and graphics, playing visual sets every bit as live and unrehearsed as the DJs’ musical selections.
The VJs include Weirdcore – who has previously made live tour visuals for Aphex Twin, MIA, Ford & Lopatin and The Horrors, Ninjatune’s Hexstatic who will be performing separately on the night, BlinkinLAB (who has worked with Pet Shop Boys, Chase and Status, Janet Jackson), Asyzk and Jack Featherstone.
Alongside the DJs and VJs, the booth will also include a brand new third element of the clubbing experience: Social Media Controllers, who will provide a live and super-reactive link between the audience and the booth. Just like at any other nightclub or house party, people on the dance floor in their homes around the UK will be able to shout out their requests, chat to each other, salute a genius selection (or boo a dud) through the many social media sites hooked up to the booth online and via the House Party website.
NOT TO BE MISSED!!!