Its eclectic nights, circus atmosphere and party concepts have cemented its reputation as the studio 54 of the Noughties. For the first time ever Manumission will be hitting London and literally tearing the house down in the last ever party to be held at The Legendary Astoria. Thursday the 15th of January 2009 will be remembered as one of the wildest parties the world has ever seen. An historic moment for hedonism as Manumission leaves Ibiza and returns to England for the first time in 15 years before heading off on their Spectacular World Tour. A Carnival of Cabaret, seduction of the senses, freedom of self-expression and sheer fabulousness in this strictly Costume Ball led by the ring masters, Mike & Claire.
It was to have been the party to kick off the year... Mike and Claire, legendary hosts of Manumission, had called to arms some of Rocks most iconic bands to bid farewell to the much loved Astoria, on finding out that the venue's management had no plans to mark the occasion.
But sadly it was not to be... it was a race against time from the start. Transport for London, who are demolishing the venue to make way for the Crossrail, served 28 days notice to vacate on19th December 2008 which was the day the world's entertainment industry took two full weeks out effectively for Christmas and New Year.
Undeterred, Manumission and their management team gave it their all to put together a fitting farewell night for 15th January. The 'wish list' line up was a who's who of Rock but although many were keen to pay tribute to the Astoria, few were able to make the date due to the short notice. During this key promotional period TFL re-served the writ demanding keys to the venue be returned on 16th January, and then two days later extended it again by which time the organizers had lost almost all of the major names they had invited to perform. There was a final massive push from Manumission’s management to secure a big name artist who could make the night and would have kept the event in line with original plans to make it a star studded charity celebration. With the whole enterprise already struggling against the clock and the authorities, the dream, so nearly a reality, began to slip away. Despite round the clock efforts from all parties, it was proving impossible to honour the Astoria with the glittering line up they planned.
This was always to have been an 'all or nothing' event, the Wildest Party Ever, with a Roll Call of the most exciting names in Rock mingling with Manumission’s finest and the ringmasters, Mike and Claire refused to lower their standards. Faced with being unable to put this night on as promised because of constraints put upon them by spiralling events the decision was reluctantly taken by Manumission management and team to pull out.