Horse Meat Disco certainly aren’t strangers to the Glasgow scene, they regularly play to a packed Sub Club as guests of Optimo, but is Flat 0/1 the wrong venue for them? The answer is a resounding no.
The boys (currently in their eighth year as residents in The Eagle, London) certainly may be used to a more grandeur setting, however, nothing is compromised as they play a packed Flat 0/1.
Midnight Cowboy host the night and play as the “support” act an they are a talented bunch and sure know how to get the crowd in a party atmosphere.
The scene is suitably set with an impromptu candlelight vigil for the late Donna Summer.
Filthy Luka and Jim Stanton then demonstrated in three hours why their brand of disco is in such high demand.
In an enthusiastic entrance and, courtesy of a beautifully slowed down ‘I Feel Love’ edit they whip the crowd into a frenzied atmosphere in what feels like your granny’s living room.
In a flurry of disco classics it is nye impossible to pick out any set highlights BUT the concupiscent reaction of the crowd to Donna Summer’s ‘Our Love’ has to merit a mention.
In a more intimate setting it may have been easy for the crowd to wane as time passes on, there is never any danger of that occurring here as disco classic keeps the energy of the crowd to an effervescent level.
Plaza’s ‘(Got My) Dancing Shoes’ (featured on HMD Volume 1) is a mid-set highlight as is Chic’s ‘Chic Cheer’.
The venue choice of Flat 0/1 is a perfect setting for Horse Meat Disco as the kitsch style of music blends superbly with the kitsch setting and atmosphere.
The chant of “one more tune” is met with affection at the end and they do not disappoint, playing an extra fifteen minutes instead of “one more tune” is a fantastic touch as is the music selection.
In keeping with the Donna Summer theme running through the set, it is only fitting that the last two tracks belonged to her.
‘State of Independence’ is a sombre note in memory of the “Queen of Disco”.
Never wanting to part on a sour note, ‘Last Dance’ is played to ensure everyone that left does so with a smile on their face and a spring in their step.
Words: Andrew Melrose