Clubs; AFTER DARK

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Radio 1's Dave Pearce launches his new monthly gig, Horny at Bakers, in Birmingham this Friday. In addition to plenty of housey anthems, the excellent Mouse T and Baby Bumps will be performing live PAs amid a supporting cast of red-devil dancers, stilt- walkers and angels! In moving Paul "Trouble" Anderson's show from its Saturday- night slot, Kiss FM has made it a little bit harder to find a decent tune on Saturday-night radio. But be sure to catch his regular Wednesday night gigs at The Loft at HQ's. The Loft is one of countless clubs celebrating birthdays this month, but it's eight years old - enough said! All the greats have performed here over the years. Jocelyn Brown gets my vote for greatest performance in the history of the clubbing world. OK, I'll admit I'm a fan. Watch out for her soon-to-be-released Greatest Hits album on the 27 Sept. Garage legend Byron Stingily makes a Loft appearance on 19 Sept. Heading north, a recent Saturday-night trip to The Canal Club in Wolverhampton reaffirmed my faith in Midlands clubbing. Stylish kids, innovative aesthetic and bangin' tunes prove that you can have a great Midlands weekender outside of the Birmingham orbital. Nottingham's Clinic at The Bomb offers some of the freshest jazz fusion around and definitely deserves checking. You'll hear a little bit of rare and funk classics all sewn up with excellent mixing and an easy crowd. The exciting Cucamara Allstars feature every Wednesday, so get on down.

Alister Morgan

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