Five years of innovative aesthetics, and a unique sense of escapism, have produced many great parties, but this last roll of the dice offers the perfect send-off. With the Academy's foyer converted into a shrine to kitsch, the ballroom's centre-stage DJs will be covered by a giant tiara. Add starcloth, mirrorballs, feather boas and lush curtains and you've got an evening fit for Cinderella.
Ironically, for a night which pulled the punters in without "big-name" spinners, Russell & Pete (from Progress in Derby) and Sundissentials's Mark Jarman headline in the main arena. The excellent Matt Cantor (Freestylers) headlines in the Cha Cha Bar, while a third room is intended to be a salubrious cocktail and gambling lounge. Every guest will receive pounds 50 in fake cash to fritter away (sorry, you can't spend it on booze), and whoever wins the most loot gets a trip for two to The Waldorf Tea Dance.
Tonight, 211 Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW2 (0171-924 9999) 10pm- 6am, pounds 20
THE BEST OF THE REST
SONIC MOOK EXPERIMENT @ 333
The Blue Note's closure forced clubbers to search elsewhere, but 333 still offers plenty of excitement within EC1. Sonic Mook Experiment cooks up an intoxicating fusion of crashing beats and driving basslines. Big beats, break beats, drum'n'bass - it's seven hours of ear-splitting new dance music.
Live on stage there's 2nd Generation, while Krafty Kuts (FSUK), Mex (Skint) and Meat Katie (Kingsize) headline, with back-up from Mimi Freestyle and The Nihilist in the main room.
Saturdays, 333 Old Street, London EC1 (0171-739 5949) 10pm-5am, pounds 6 before 11pm/pounds 10 after
SHINE @ the fridge
The Fridge's infamous gay night, Love Muscle, was a clubbing institution but even the best parties have to end. The Shrine promises "musical insurrection" - but this new night has gone "mainstream". Frankie Foncett headlines tonight with support from Graham Gold, Farley & Heller, Roy The Roach, Dave Pearce and Dimitri. House music is on the menu, but who knows what the interior will look like? Somehow, I think those scantily- lad dancers who became a Saturday night fixture will be absent.
Saturdays, Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, London SW2 (0171-326 5100) 10pm-6am, pounds 10 before 11pm/pounds 12 afterReuse content