UNINVITED

@ hanover grand

SWALLOW

@ wkd cafe

CAMOUFLAGE @ the complex

LAND OF CONFUSION II

@ the end

Mark Herman, the man charged with maintaining the style and chic of London's hottest nightspots (MoS, The Saint Bar and Hanover Grand, to name a few) launches his own gig this weekend. Naturally, it's for individuals with "style, panache and a craving for musical excellence".

Following the opening night maxim: "make sure your first gig is bangin'", Friday's line-up is very impressive. The outrageously talented Jocelyn Brown performs a live PA with Bryan Chamberlain, while Bobby and Steve (Garage City/ Zoo Experience) blast garage beatz through the system.

Uplifting vibes dominate upstairs, with R'n'B, rare and funky tunes in the basement. These are sumptuous surroundings for a gig eager to make its mark in the clubbing style stakes.

Fridays, 6 Hanover St, W1 (0171-226 4783) 10.30pm-4am pounds 10

This venue has recently been refurbished and fitted out with a new "boomin' system". Swallow is a "full-on student night". No dress code, just a tour of various musical styles. Drum'n'Bass, garage and hip-hop all get a spin on the Technics tonight with resident Echo, Baseman and Sharpz.

Promises of cheap beer, free sweets and ice poles sound a winner. Swallow looks set to attract additional free loaders to mix with an energetic student crowd.

Wednesday (and every third Wednesday of the month), 18 Kentish Town Rd, N1 (0171-267 1869) 9pm-2am pounds 3.50/pounds 3 NUS/half-price before 10.30pm

There's something for everyone here. This multi-floored venue provides the perfect platform for a plethora of musical styles. Drum'n'Bass, garage, hard house, R'n'B and hip hop. Live PAs downstairs always produce some cheeky surprises; live percussion and world beat have both featured in the past.

The crowd here spends its time sampling all the fruits on offer, so the stairwells get very busy. Arrive early to avoid the queues.

Saturdays, Parkfield Street, London N1 (0171-288 1986) 10pm-5am pounds 10.

Carl Cox, Robert Miles, Pete Tong, Mr C, Darren Emerson, Fabio and Grooverider - I haven't got the space to list the rest of them but the names above should be enough to spark the imagination.

All proceeds from this gig go to leukaemia charities, giving you an added incentive to go out on a Tuesday night. If you've been to this venue before, you know it looks the business - if not, you're in for a pleasant surprise.

The DJ booth in the main room stands in the heart of the dancefloor. Legendary DJs like Carl Cox (and the rest of the Who's Who of DJing) know how to move the crowd. Buy your tickets in advance - this one's a winner.

Tuesday, 16a West Central Street, London WC1 (0171-

419 9199) 10pm-4am pounds 8/pounds 5 concessions.

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