Clubs: Christmas at the club face
Saturday 20 December 1997
This venue is large and has more twists and turns than a month of EastEnders. Once you find your way onto the excellent main dance floor, it's hard to escape the heaving masses. The crowd here is young and has far too much energy for their own good.There are some excellent garage vibes in the top room but the main dancefloor is where the real action lives. Peach residents, Graham Gold, Darren Pearce and Craig Dimech play anything of a deep and funky house ilk that moves the crowd.
26 Dec, 1a Camden High St, NW1 (0171-328 8960) 10pm-6am pounds 7 before 11pm/pounds 10 after/pounds 6 mems
Frisky @ Ministry of Sound
Friday nights have been providing more surprises than Ministry's tiring in-house gigs on Saturday . The house is served up a little harder with a sparse garnish of vocals but patrons used to garagey vibes at MoS should give it a try. Like it or loathe it, the sound system is bangin' and it always gets a good work out at Frisky. As ever, MoS procure a smart and cosmopolitan crowd who aren't afraid to work hard on the dance floor. The DJs are innovative and always responsive to crowd mood. The beatz, championed by resident DJ Heaven and guests, are funky and bass-driven... try this Friday's boxing-day special. You might like it.
26 Dec, 103 Gaunt St, SE1 (0171-378 6528) Elephant & Castle tube Funky Bunker @ Fridge Bar
10.30pm-6.30am. Members go free on Boxing Day
Brixton's Fridge Bar just gets better. Friday's Funky Bunker's queue is longer than the one for the Fridge club next door. The upstairs bar is decked out in bright autumnal colours while downstairs is so packed that you're not sure what colours the walls are. Boxing-night flavas include R'n'B cuts with some delicious rare-groove rhythms. Arrive early to join the fun with this cosmopolitan party crowd as it gets very packed out very early.
Camouflage @ Complex
26 Dec, Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill , SW2 (0171-326 5100) 9pm-4am free admission.
There's something for everyone at this gig. The 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 throw up some cheeky surprises; live percussion and world beat have both featured in the past. The crowd here spend their time sampling all the fruits on offer so the stairwells get very busy. Malibu Stacey @ Hanover Grand
Arrive early to avoid the queues.
Tonight, Parkfield Street N1 (0171-288 1986) 10pm-5am pounds 10
They still turn up in scores for this one, so be prepared to queue for a while. The dress code is simple and ruthless. You have to impress in the clothes department or you'll find yourself at home in time to catch the end of Match of the Day.
The tunes here aren't too challenging but the DJs keep the bpm high with banging anthems and house.
Tonight, 6 Hanover St, W1 (0171-499 7977) 10.30pm-5am pounds 15
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