Review: Elrow 'Carnival Do Brasil' @ Studio 338
Studio 338 is a multi-roomed behemoth with a vast, covered, outdoor terrace. It’s a club that makes an effort to offer unusual events, exclusive headliners and also brings plenty of European parties to its South London heart, and one such recent event was Elrow, one of Spain’s most celebrated parties.
Infamous for its wild production and worldly flavours in Barcelona and Ibiza, five years ago they spawned Rowshow, where they take their carnival on the road. Studio 338 was the London stop of their UK tour and as soon as we arrived we were stimulated by the amazing colours, people and carnival atmosphere.
The whole club is littered with organic plants, camo netting and drapes hanging down from the terrace roof. People pass about inflatable animals, explosions of paper ticker tape rain down on us through the party and people party in crazy wigs, bright outfits and all manner of animal masks. The confetti cannons really are something to be witnessed, and when they exploded the whole club is whited out, and the fancy dress seems to get passed around so that by the end of the night everyone has had something on.
There are also guys in drag, on stilts, shaking maraccas throughout the night and as for the music, it was an on-point and housed-up selection of sounds from secret guest Jackmaster, who went b2b with Jasper James with a fine selection full of party vibes.
Following them, things got slightly harder and darker to match the later hour and De La Swing and Toni Varga did a fine job of keeping people busy on their feet. The other secret guest, Eats Everything, stepped in with plenty of wonky beats, fat bass and kinetic grooves.
Once again Studio 338 out did themselves with their amazing dedication to the details and Elrow proved why it is one of the brightest, best and most beautiful parties anywhere in the world.
Image credit: Zoe Savitz