All Our Friends
Sat 18 Apr : 5:00 pm - Sun 19 Apr : 12:30 am
One event on Sat 23 May 2020 at 5:00 pm
One event on Sat 11 Jul 2020 at 5:00 pm
One event on Sat 26 Sep 2020 at 5:00 pm
One event on Sat 24 Oct 2020 at 5:00 pm
One event on Sat 21 Nov 2020 at 5:00 pm
All Our Friends is an invite-only, Saturday evening dance party run by Cyril Cornet, Jem Gilbert, Cedric Lassonde (all Beauty and the Beat) and Tim Lawrence (Love Saves the Day). The party came about after Tim, inspired by a visit to Joy in NYC in the spring of 2017, decided to start something similar in London. On his return he soon found himself collaborating on the idea with Cedric, Cyril and Jeremy, all of them already good friends from Lucky Cloud Sound System. A particularly memorable night at Beauty and the Beat in July helped them on their way. The first All Our Friends party took place on 15 January 2018.
The All Our Friends name draws on the Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L line from “Go Bang”, “I wanna see all my friends at once, go bang”. It captures a house-party-plus-audiophile-sound-system ethos we share with others that dates back to David Mancuso’s Loft, where Arthur would head to listen to his music during the day and to party at night. The All Our Friends sound system features Klipschorn speakers—the ever-present component in David’s Loft set-up—and Mark Levinson/Sugden amps. Soulful cosmic funk sounds are selected by Cedric, Cyril and Tim plus regular guests. Pauline and Silvia oversee the decor. Desi, Rob, Matt and friends work the lights. Maz and Wendy prepare a delicious vegan buffet. Diana runs the door. Many more friends, old and new, help set up and take down—thank you!
It might seem unusual to head out to a party as early as 5:00pm on a Saturday, but starting early, enjoying the vegan buffet, socialising with friends, hearing the sound system as it comes alive and then relaxing into the dance-music journey is our new counterculture! For a sense of what it might mean in practice for All Our Friends to be a party that follows the deep psychedelic tradition of the Loft and other NYC parties, even if it doesn’t seek to be identical to any of them
We hope you’ll join us on the All Our Friends dance floor..
Because All Our Friends is run like a house party rather than a regular club, we maintain an invite list for people who want to come to our parties. We decided to start a party with an invite system because we began to see hardcore regulars sometimes struggle to get into other parties we’re involved with. Ours is closely modelled on the system David Mancuso developed at the Loft.
The invite list isn’t about exclusivity! It’s about finding a way for people to form an open-ended yet relatively stable dance community. Anyone can join the invite list–just write to us! Once you’re on the invite list you’re on the invite list for all future All Our Friends parties. Each person on the list can bring a guest.
Because we don’t want to encourage long queues, we will open and close the list to new invitees in-between parties according to demand, depending on whether the parties reach capacity or not. The list is currently open 🙂 If the list is temporarily closed those wanting to become an invitee can join a waiting list.
Photo (c) Silvia Gin