Alister Morgan on Clubs

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The recent revival of the English summer has given clubland a much-needed boost. Warm nights have brought punters out of woolly jumpers, hibernation and scrambling for nocturnal entertainment. The feel-good vibes aren't confined to big cities.

Saturday night at Club UK in Ipswich offers an exciting variant on the nationwide franchise (there is also a Club UK in Wandsworth, London). The Hollywood's venue was converted from an old brewery and the management has managed to retain a distinct air of revelry. The similarity between the club and the old brewery ends there... you won't find any straw on the floor at this nightspot.

Hollywood's has one of the most visually striking interiors you'll ever visit. It boasts three rooms and attracts a crowd who know their music and how to party.

While the club scene in East Anglia cannot compare in terms of volume with London, Manchester or Glasgow, this is one club that doesn't suffer from an inferiority complex. Scott, 20, from London, explains why he's travelled so far: "Admission is cheaper up here and they play excellent Garage. I used to think it was rare to find such good quality music outside London but I've come here a couple of times now."

A couple of thousand clubbers flock here every weekend from as far afield as London as well as the more local catch-alls of Clacton and Colchester. Five pounds for members and six for non-members will gain you entry to this throbbing party for a fraction of the price of many higher-profile venues, but don't arrive too late as it's all over by 3am.

This weekend sees a live PA from the Happy Clappers and guests include Paul Clarke and Matthew B. Garage freaks are in for a real treat this weekend as New York's Camacho will be distressing the decks with his unique selection of beats.

Club UK, Hollywood's, Princes St, Ipswich, Suffolk (01473 230666) 9pm- 3am. pounds 5 members/pounds 6 non-members

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