Club of the Week: The 1998 Playstation Breakdance Championship@ Brixton Academy

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This kicks off tomorrow at the Academy for what will be the biggest event of its kind to date. Anyone who attended last year's gig at the Empire will remember what a success the event was - this year's championships again feature the legendary Crazy Legs from the Rock Steady Crew plus scores of other DJs and artists.

Breaking never really went away, but the artform has moved on since its beginnings across the Atlantic. In 1998 break-dancing is an awesome sight; athletic and powerful with stunning choreography. You also just as likely to see performances from the Chemical Brothers and Grand Master Flash.

Last year's winning crew, Second 2 None, are back to defend their title but in addition to soloists from across the UK, crews from Japan, New York and Germany will also be in attendance giving the gig a truly international flavour.

As you'd expect, there's a strong feeling of community as b-boyz and girlz hook up from far and wide. It's a celebration of hip-hop culture.

Tomorrow, Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Rd, London SW9 (0181-733 7666) pounds 12.50 adv/pounds 15 on door, 5pm-11am

CLUB 21ST CENTURY @ the vibe bar

The transglobal generation hook up every Thursday in Brick Lane of all places. The interior is stylish and relaxed and offers patrons the chance to hook into the Internet and surf the web.

The music reflects the global perspective with DJ Talvin Singh kicking off in the Indian subcontinent before Tunde Jegede introduces African beats with a live performance. Interactive beats and drum'n'bass also make an appearance. An expedition through E1 can expose you to a world of entertainment.

Thursdays, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 (0171-375 3711) pounds 5/pounds 3 NUS & UB40, 7pm-11pm

THE HOUSE @ deluxe

There are always a few girls here who look like they may not be old enough to buy a packet of fags, let alone get into a club, but that's probably because I'm getting old.

The fashion police here aren't too ruthless and while the club isn't famous for big name spinners their attention to detail is high - club aesthetics are fused with fire eaters and percussionists. While this formula can appear a little tired at some venues Deluxe is intimate enough to carry it all off.

Tonight, 22 Saint James Street, Nottingham (0115 9412803) pounds 7-pounds 9; 10pm- 6am

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