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. It went through the roof.
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, Jem and Tim plus guests. Pauline and Silvia oversee the decor. Desi works the lights. Maz cooks up the vegan buffet. Diana runs the door. More friends 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 it works at Joy in NYC, and the idea of starting early, eating some tasty food and then relaxing into the dance-music journey is truly wonderful! 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, take a look at this helpful statement from our sister party, Beauty and the Beat.
“The joy I found from dancing to the AOF music, the kindness of the crowd, the smiles, the absence of judgment, even the 17h to half-past-midnight format, to me this is The Happiest Party,” one dancer wrote in. “More than a party, this is spiritual to me. A perfect combo of soulfulness, sometimes familiar and often heart-opening tracks, beautiful set up, that amazing sound system—the feeling carries on long after the lights are back on.”
We hope you’ll join us on the All Our Friends dance floor.
To join the invite list, email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information, including future party dates and mixes, can be found on our website, www.allourfriends.org/
All Our Love,
xxx Ced, Cyril, Jem, Tim xxx