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Clubs: Club Yoyo @ Villa Stefano

Dedicated to R'n'B, YoYo attracts a cosmopolitan group of well- heeled revellers who aren't afraid to hit the dance floor and work up a sweat. This gig has been running for many moons but, checking it out for the first time, you can't help feeling that you've discovered something new. The beats range from lightweight Puff Daddyesque rap to the best R'n'B, but if you don't know the doormen, arrive early - Holborn isn't the most exciting place to queue.

Clubs: Saturday Night @ Zap club

London has lapped up every installment of beats that the Skint collective have provided. Lead by the truly innovative Mr N Cook they've given clubland a much needed shot in the arm - now you can see how the movement started in their home environment, proof once and for all that Brighton has plenty of excitement once the old folk have gone to bed. The Zap club may have crossed your path in its Pussy Cat guise, but this gig doesn't require a glittering outfit; and its young crowd love it.

Investment: Luminar rises on night life

IF A RECESSION is imminent, investors should be calling time on Luminar. Despite persistent worries of a downturn the bar and nightclub owner continues to expand its chain of Chicago Rock Cafes and open up new nightclubs. The spending spree will see Luminar splash out up to pounds 12m in the second half, with another pounds 20m scheduled for next year.

After 200 years, MCC finally votes to admit women

TIME FINALLY caught up with one of the last bastions of male chauvinism last night when the Marylebone Cricket Club agreed after 200 years to allow women into its membership.

MCC delays new vote on women members

THE MCC yesterday chose not to speed towards the seemingly inevitable introduction of women members in a move that could be seen as typical of the way English cricket is run both on and off the field.

Clubbing together

This Wednesday, around 400 people will flock to The Beautiful Octopus Club. All of their events are packed out with revellers who come from across the capital to hook into this growing underground scene.

Takeover talks boost Northern Leisure

SHARES in Northern Leisure, the fast growing nightclub owner, leapt 65p to 582.5p yesterday after the group admitted it was in takeover talks. However the identity of the potential bidder remains unknown.

Forget the MCC: the women's clubs that really are exclusive

IT WAS a decision that surprised no one - least of all the women. For the second time in its 211-year history, the Marylebone Cricket Club has voted to exclude them.

Letter: Anti-culture club

There is one factor above all others which determines that atonal new classical music (no harmony, no melody, no key nor rhythm) reaches the public ear rather than new work by tonal classical composers: the almost total broadcast monopoly of new classical music possessed by Radio 3.

At the Club Face: Rotation @ Subterania

Rotation is attracting a loyal following down to Ladbroke Grove every Friday night, so you can be sure of a good night.

Northern Leisure soars

Northern Leisure soars

Nightlife: Warehouse ravers beat the ban

A loophole in the law is allowing London ravers to carry on the tradition of underground warehouse parties despite the hated Criminal Justice Act.

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Standing in a night club, feeling like a prat? Fabienne the fairy can put an end to that. Ben Osbourne on magical new ways to pull

Sophia Chauchard-Stuart on clubs

By day, 30-year-old Jackie Clune (right) is a lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at London University. By night, she's transformed into a tortured soul, wrapped in man-made fibres, poised on clunky, 1970s heels, singing torch songs about love, loss, pain and more pain as The Voice of Karen Carpenter.

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