LA STORIES ON R4

Charlatans mainman Tim Burgess takes the decks and there's a surprise guest appearance from Gay Dad...

CULT frontman IAN ASTBURY, BLONDIE guitarist FRANK INFANTE, HOLE guitarist ERIC ERLANDSSON and MC5 legend WAYNE KRAMER were among the audience at the inaugural Radio4 club night in LOS ANGELES last night (March 31).

Charlatans singer Tim Burgess, who now lives in LA took the decks for a DJ set after the club – at the Knitting Factory – was opened by a DJ set from former drummer of LA underground popsters 3 O’Clock, Danny Benair.

The evening also featured a surprise, unannounced live performance by Gay Dad, who were followed by local boys Beachwood Sparks, who performed their set of acid-country rock to a sold-out audience. The club wound up with founder and Poptones label boss Alan McGee, who has been taking his show on the road around North America, Canada and Europe playing a set until 2am.

Also among the celebrity-studded crowd were Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star, members of LA groups The Tyde and The Bellrays, legendary KROQ radio personality Rodney Bingenheimer, and mega-producer George

Drakoulias, Paul Cunningham from Tailgunnerand Velvet Crushdrummer Ric Menck.

The club night will be a monthly event in Los Angeles. The venue for last night’s bash, on Hollywood Boulevard, was a far cry from the club’s Notting Hill Arts Club home in London, situated steps away from the glamorous Roosevelt Hotel – original home to the Oscars, with its legendary David Hockney painted swimming pool, and sometime home to Errol Flynn and Marilyn Monroe.