Leeds' clubbing recession hasn't dampened the public's enthusiasm for this garage gig. Punters travel up from as far as London to hear DJs who've flown in from as far as New York to play. It attracts a cross section of revellers who are very DJ-responsive and have uncompromising taste in style and music. While London is recognised as the first point of call for visiting DJs, Hard Times can claim to have attracted many of the world's finest spinners (Todd Terry, Dave Morales, C J Mackintosh and Lord G are a few who've gone North before heading South.)
Saturdays, Boar Lane Leeds (01924 488220) 10pm-6am pounds 10 members/pounds 12 others.
Fresh & Funky
@ hanover grand
London's phattest R&B gig always has punters queuing down Regent Street. The night offers the usual menu of dark tunes: R&B, hip-hop and grimy beatz feature upstairs while rare grooves and jazz funk vibes rule in the basement. No dress code and excellent value for money but make sure you arrive early as the crowds of latecomers and blaggers that descend on the door around the witching hour make queuing a lottery.
Wednesdays, 6 Hanover St, W1 London (0171 499 7977) 10pm till late pounds 5.
@ the music factory
As the city council issue more late licenses, Sheffield is fast becoming a 24-hour haven for insomniacs. Everyone knows about the two heavyweights, Gatecrashers and Leadmills, but a little exploration is often rewarded. Many Sheffield bars provide interesting alternatives to mainstream clubs like Nysushi which offers house and bass-driven loops alongside PlayStations, noodle bar and Japanese photo slicker machine.
Saturdays, London Road, Sheffield S1 (0114 267 1869) 10pm-3am pounds 6/pounds 8.
This gig replaced Roger Michael's Eyeball Arizona at Sub and has had nothing but good reports from the clubbing fraternity to date. Jackpot are the record label who brought you Sasha, Digweed and Cox so you could say that they know a thing or two about dance music. The tunes played here can't be pigeon-holed: drum 'n' bass, garage, disco and underground house all take a turn on the Technics in the space of five hours. Carl Cox, LTJ Bukem, Karl 'Tuff Enuff' Brown and Basement Jaxx have already displayed their wares. In rotation with residents Jools Bettle, Phil Perry and Danny Howells the dancefloor looks set to be heaving.
Saturdays, 12 Acklam Rd, London W10 (0171-610 2100) 10pm-3am pounds 10.Reuse content