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2Klub newsletter,
October 2003 (1)
 
  • Club Info & Reviews
  • Obliterate
  • Twist
  • Sundissential
  • God's Kitchen, Code-Air
  • Forthcoming Events
CLUB INFO & REVIEWS
Obliterate - Club launch - this Saturday, Birmingham.

The nice guys behind Innukshuk are putting on a new hard dance event at Radius in Birmingham, (On Horsefair - near Kudos) starting this Saturday. The line-up has the lovely Sarah G. and my oh my, look who's back in town, not one, but TWO old 2Klub residents, the fantabulous young egoist Alex Towse, and that grand old misanthrope and internet radio DJ, (M)Adam Moore, who seems to have been around longer than Jimmy Saville, but achieved so much less! Great to see you guys back playing in Brumland. Radius is an under-appreciated venue, with a nice sound system, and neat beer garden. This night should be supported, 'cos though it's currently finishing relatively early, at 2am, (it's followed by the Miss Moneypenny's after party), if they can build up a decent crowd it could very well run later in future weeks. I may be a terrible judge of character but I can spot talent, and Towse has it in spades, (but don't tell him, as he already knows).

For three squid why not come down before you head on to somewhere else, plus the drinks are very reasonably priced at Radius; you never know you might just end up liking it and staying!

Twist

I hadn't been down to visit Twist for some weeks; not since the club seemed to take off sometime in August, so I popped down last Sunday. The mainroom line-up included, the amazing, incredible and utterly wonderful Peter Ward, (OK so those of you in the Midlands may be going "Who?" but then he doesn't play up here/there, which is a shame 'cos he's good with a capital "G"), followed by surprise guests Paul Glazby, (who given that he was playing before at Air that night must have flown from Birmingham to London), Tara Reynolds, and resident Danny Gilligan, (both of whom are rising stars on the London circuit). The club was busy, busy busy, with lots of clubbers coming over from other venues for the capital's No. 1 hard dance after party. Plus it was truly mixed, there was a nice smattering of gay guys, (or is that "a smattering of nice gay guys"? - either way both were true). It suddenly struck me as I was leaving where I'd heard the music policy before: Insomniacz. Nice to see the club has taken off and is building a good rep with a diverse true clubbing crowd, but I do wish they'd introduce a bit more variety into the music.

Sundissential (or "Suds-essential" a clubbing soap opera for the 21st. century)

Sundissential is running a DJ competition right now, (which in itself is a tad weird for the start of the clubbing season) but that's not the news, as those who've visited their site recently or read the last 2Klub newsletter will realise. The news is that Paul Madan, one of the founding partners of the club has launched a very public attack on the remaining managers of the club, following his dismissal from the company, and banning from the club earlier in the summer.

Madan claims he was cheated by his club partner Danny Krk, but many of his claims don't add up, espcially after some of the Sundissential clubbers themselves started checking out his story. Those interested can follow the relevant thread on the Sundissential website, but I do not intend to go into the rights or wrongs of the rival stories here. However I will make a few observations about some of the peculiarities of this sad situation:

Observation 1: The reaction from clubbers has been strangely muted. For whatever reason, perhaps because Sundissential was such a profound influence on my own clubbing tastes and ideas, perhaps because their share of voice was so huge over the years (for instance at the Leeds Love Parade, the Sudissential flyering was by far and away the most prevalent), perhaps also because I had always seen Sundissential's clubbers as the most brand loyal, I was shocked to realise that the public reaction on the clubbing message boards was largely sad indifference. Granted on the SS site itself there have been some staunch Madan supporters urging him to start his own night and cheering him on, but there have also been a large proportion of clubbers being very level headed, and calling for whoever's running Sundissential to get their act together and get the club back on its feet. Perhaps I had not realised just how far the rot had crept into this club, but there's an awful lot of dissatisfied people out there, that Sundissential needs to win back. Beyond the SS boards the situation's even worse, as the general reaction there is derision, runing down the club, the music and the clubbers with a general reaction which can be summed up as "So what; no big loss".

Observation 2: To some extent this situation is of Sundissential's own making. Having elevated one of the club's promoters and it's main host to celebrity status, the club should have anticipated the need for an explanation, when Madan was sacked. Yet nothing was said publicly. No doubt there was stress enough about the decision itself and the situation which then prevailed, but people were left to try and figure out for themsleves what had happened, and the remaining club' managers left themselves open to being worng-footed by Madan when eventually he came out with his public accusations. Now they are trying belatedly to explain themselves, but instead of having the intiative, and doing so when they should, they now look as though they are providing too little information too late and simply as excuses in reaction to Madan's accusations. A PR disaster!

Observation 3: The SS managers are placing themselves in something of a wierd situation with regard to Madan's very public statement which seems to be quite libellious especially towards Danny Kirk the claimed now sole owner of Sundissential as this statement though written by Madan, is published by Sundissential Ltd. the owners of the Sundissential website. So Madan's statement, which many regard as libelling Kirk, is actually being published by Kirk's company. Kirk could, presumably at the stroke of a key, erradicate it from his website, but he chooses not to, i.e. he has chosen to perpetrate the libel against himself! Of course no doubt were it to be removed, some people would accuse him of censorship, of cowardice or some other such nonsense, so he's in a no-win situation. A reply has been posted, and there's promises of more to come, and "the Truth will be told" etc.

Observation 4: Madan, in his ranting public denouncement of his ex-partner, and many others, seems to revel in the fact that the club he co-founded has not been doing well, citing attendances in Birmingham of 400 or less, and praising the success of other clubs and their promoters, yet he as much as anyone must take responsibility for the decline of Sundissential. I have chronicled the development of this club over the years on the 2Klub website, and it seems that my disillusionment with it was shared by many others. This decline has been in progress and indeed has been pointed out many times to both Madan and others over months and years. For him to now point this out as though it was a new phenomenon, is an irony to say the least.

Whatever goes on front of house, behind the scenes club pomoting is often a hate-filled, vicious, and vindictive business, filled with warped egotists, and no doubt many of them are already planning how they can best exploit Sundissential's weakness. The net result, whether SS survives or not, as I suggested last month, is likely to be a very interesting coming season filled with Midlands club promoters scratching and clawing over each other's bodies for your hard-earned cash. The Sundissential management would be well advised to ignore Madan (difficult though that may seem to be when one is personally involved), and focus on the hard task of re-building their club by winning back the hordes of loyal clubbers they used to have. If they don't they won't have a club to fight over, and who was right and who was wrong really won't matter to anyone.

God's Kitchen, Code-Air

The art of good management is delegation they tell me, so, ever in need of willing partners to help expand the galactic empire that is 2Klub, (see above reference to "warped egotists"), I delegated the review of the launch of Air to my dear sweet friend Cheryl, who went along last week, and is, I undertsand, still in the process of writing up her review; delayed somewhat I believe by her shock over all the SS shenanigans. Next time - I hope. (COME ON CHERYL. GET YER BLOODY FINGER OUT - I'LL DOUBLE YER WAGES, OK?)

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

ENERGIZE. LAUNCH PARTY @ MR.SMITHS IN WARRINGTON ON THURSDAY October 2nd.
We're launching a new night called 'Energize' next Thursday at the legendary Mr.Smiths in Warrington. If you've never been to Mr.Smiths before (or not been for a while) it's gotta be one of the best venues in the UK. Starting life in the 80's when it was home to Pete Waterman's TV series The Hitman & Her (remember Clive?) it grew into a clubbing phenomenon providing a debut platform for artists like Rick Astley and DJ's including Carl Cox. As part of a recent £2,000,000 refit (yes, 2million!) Mr.Smiths now has a new Chill-out and VIP Gallery and has increased it's legal capacity to almost 2,000 people. For a 360 degree panoramic view inside the club click on this link www.mrsmiths.net/look/looka.asp and be transported onto the dancefloor...Energize DJ's are Jason Ford (one half of 'The Naughty Boys' and a regular guest at Sin:ergy - Jason heads up Sin:ergy's new 'Joyous Suite' 2nd room when we're back at the Phoenix on 14Nov) and Big Brett (one of Sin:ergy's main Resident DJs for 2 years, before we moved to North). They'll be playing the best in vocal and bouncy Hard House and some Wigan Pier style bangin' Trance anthems. Aside from Jason and Brett on the hydraulic raised DJ platform over the dancefloor we've also feature dancers swingin their pants on podiums - so you ain't gonna be allowed to get bored for 1 minute!With loadsa giveaways on the night including free Energize CD's for the first 50 people through the door, UV glowropes, frozen fruit and lollies. Entry is only £3 on the door, and Energize is every Thursday from 10pm-2.30am. See U there... :o) JeremyX(This event is run by my old business partner, Jeremy, the guy who's now behind Sin:ergy in Manchester. My apologies for the late notice, but I only received the notification late and these newsletter go out on Thursdays (usually). This should be running weekly for those interested in North West events. Jonathan)
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SUCTION

Friday 3rd October is Residents night and it features Zippy (Afterssential / Dropzone / Passion Records), Nice Guy Danny (Dropzone / Fidget), Michael James (Suction / Passion Records), DJ Dion (Suction) and Carl D (Suction)! Admission for this event is FREE! Doors open at the usual time of 9pm and dresscode is as always: Cyber Friendly - No Rockports!

Friday 17th October is Micky's Birthday Bash and gracing the decks will be Strange Dave (Sundissential / Short Circuit Records) Dangle (Sundissential) Zippy (Afterssential / Passion Records) Michael James (Suction / Passion Records) and Matt Dyson! Admission for this event is just £4's!

Suction is held at its usual address, Exclusive, Cannon Street, Birmingham City Centre (Near New Street Station), for more info please visit www.suction-promotions.com or email micky@suction-promotions.com
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Obliterate @ Radius, Bristol Street opposite the Dome Birmingham Saturday 4th October 2003 8pm - 2am

Sarah G (Slinky Tours), Alex Towse (StOmP!), Adam Moore (Aromadome Recordings/Hardhouse UK Radio)

£3.00 b4 10pm £5.00 after
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Sundissential WHO WANTS TO BE A DJ

Over the past 2 years the Sundissential member suits has seen many a talent come and go, its now time for that talent to be recognised!!! 12 DJ’s have been selected to do battle on the wheels of steal, in the main room at the Sanctuary, Birmingham for the ultimate prize in hard dance, the chance to play in the main room at Sundissential and possibly become a resident of the future!!! There life lines, ask the audience, ask the web, and text in!!! During the event the audience will get a chance to vote, then after the event there will be a text and web vote. The results of the 3 votes will determine the winner to be announced 2 weeks after the event.Those taking part in the competition are as follows:Lee Hadley, Steele, Mark H., Project K., B2B Tony Rowland & Wright Gary Hardy Andy Nelson Sundissential = Nice Guy Danny Gurn.net = Tim K 4clubbers.net = Andy Whitby Offitsface.com = JP & Jukesy Clubtheworld.com = Carl Nicholson.

We will be holding special album launch weekender to celebrate the release of SUNDISSENTIAL 3 the storming new album on Saturday October 4th @ The Sanctuary, Birmingham: Part 1, Feat: The Tidy Boys, Nick Rafferty, Anne Savage & Rachael Auburn/ Part 2: Sunday October 5th @ Club Evolution, Leeds, With DJs Tidy Boys, Anne Savage, Ilogik, Nick Rafferty, Mark Gray, Jez & Charlie, Mark Austin, Caroline Banx & Strange Dave!
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Twist. Every Sunday morning from 5:30am at Fire, Vauxhall, London.

The new resident DJ line up for Twist is, in the main room, Danny Gilligan, Peter Ward, *TING*, Karim, and in THE FIREPIT, the funky tekno sounds of Mrs Wood and Rod Towns. We will also have big name guest DJ's but these WILL NOT be advertised in advance. This might be BK, Farley, Glazby, Savage, Lashes etc. etc.

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AfterHours at Egg, London. From 4am.

This new weekly after-hours, every Sunday morning, promises to transform the face of club land. Each month Egg is hosted by a different spectacular party, each offering its own distinct sound and flavour. Upstairs in the Loft you will find the notorious Fat Tony and his guests spinning soulful house, club classics and funky disco every week. Downstairs on the main floor Pete Wardman and residents spin a tuffer sound guaranteed to set the dance floor blazing and providing the perfect contrast to the 4 distinct sounds that feature at each party; US House, Tribal, Latin House & Techno. Parties to watch out for are: 4th October – SPACE – THE AFTER PARTY (4.30am-1pm)A one off party with Space residents hosting the terrace floor 11th Oct – FACTOR 25 – The Reunion (5am-1pm)The ACTION team conjures up a legendary spirit… the famously nomadic and magical F25 rises from its beauty sleep! Featuring their original funky DJs and ground-breaking visuals. 18th Oct – KINKY LATINO (5am-1pm)‘Londons only gay latin afterhours'International DJ’s spin Spanish, Italian and Latin House DJs include: Ariel, Raymundo Rodriguez, Max Latino, Gonzalo, and Miguel Pellitero 25th Oct CLOSED - (‘TRADE 13th Birthday @ Turnmills) AFTERHOURS AT EGG. EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY MORNING. 4.30AM TIL 1PM. £15 / £12 with Flyer. EGG 200 YORK WAY KINGS CROSS. www.egglondon.net

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TOAST MANCHESTER:Toast Manchester @ The Attic, Oxford Road, Manchester. Fortnightly Saturday's. 1-8pm. £2 B4 4pm £3 after. Stamp on entry allows you to come and go as you please!
11th October. Tidy Weekender Bender...who's coming home?
Andy Whitby (Toast, Addiction, Damnation, www.clubtheworld.com) Dave Lee (Toast, Static) DJ Comp Heat 3: El Greko Paul Reeves Phil Benson Rascal Nige. Room 2: Dave Stewart (Goodgreef) Andy Hames (North Gathering)26th October DJ Competition Final Winners of previous heats.
Room 2: Hilfingers (Toast) featuring MC Mr Ree (DV8) Bhavik (Toast) Mark Crosby (Toast)

8th November 2003: Morgan (Toast, Addiction, Shaft, Instinct) Nik Denton (Toolbox Recordings) Col The Medik (Shaft, Afterssential, Toast) Mark H (Shaft, Toast, Inukshuk, Dropzone) Lord K (Sin:ergy) Flash (Sin:ergy). Room 2: Paul Flintoff (Dirty Disco Beats) KRS (Sin:ergy) Zander (Goodgreef) 29th November 2003: Toast Vs Incision Vs Addiction Shan (Goodgreef) ASA (Addiction, Vibealite) Morgan (Toast, Shaft, Addiction, Instinct) Gilly (Instinct, Damnation) Andy Whitby (Toast, Addiction, www.clubtheworld.com) Deano (Incision). 'Jam' Room 2: Dave Stewart (Goodgreef) Hilfingers (Toast) featuring MC Mr Ree (DV8, Toast)More Info: 07814645904/07745541021 nocheeseonthistoast@hotmail.com www.skiddle.com/toast for message board and listings.TOAST PRESTON: Lineups for Toast Preston, Monthly Fridays @ Club Elements, Aqueduct Street, Preston. £6/£5 NUS. 9pm-3am.Coming home to Preston and transforming Club Elements into a den of toasted
silliness, shenanigans and dirty dirty hard dance music.October 10th 2003: Residents 'I'm not at the Tidy Weekender' commiserations Party!! Morgan (Toast, Instinct, Addiction) Mark H (Shaft, Toast, Dropzone, Fluffy) Col the Medik (Shaft, Afterssential, Toast) Dave Lee (Toast, Static)November 14th 2003: Toolbox Records Tour. CD, Clothing, Vinyl and Ltd Edition Record bags to be given away on the night
Little Miss Natalie (Fist, Insomniacz, Exodus) Ben Stevens (Toast, Vicious Circle) (TBC) Nik Denton (Toolbox, Power Tools, 12" Thumpers) Morgan (Toast, Addiction, Instinct) +Winner of Toast DJ competition 2003December 12th 2003: 'Who believes in Santa?' Themed Christmas party. DJ GRH (Base, Goodgreef, Cypher) JP & Jukesy (Afterssential) Morgan (Toast, Addiction, Instinct) Pete Carvell (Toast)
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Ricochet. Egg, London. Sunday, October 5th. 3pm 'til late, with Dave Cross, Rachel Auburn, Danny Gilligan and Don Grant. £6/£8.
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Upfront Magazine and Cyberdog present CYBERDANCE. Friday 10 October

Just when you thought things were coolin¹ off, we¹re back and turning up the heat! As you can see the unstoppable juggernaut that is Paul Glazby returns. He had such a wicked time in June and we loved his set so much, we agreed on the spot he¹d return. Alongside Paul we¹ve also got Upfront¹s music editor and globetrottin¹ superjock Sol Ray and a welcome return visit from the phenomenon that is known as *Ting*.

All that plus incredible visuals from the 2012fx VJ that just have to be seen to be believed and if you saw him do his thing in April you know we¹re not exaggerating plus resident Psyche and Big Pete under his harder Elzekiel guise! Thanx again to all our party crew (that means you!), we¹ve been havin¹ a ball and we¹re ready for some more!

Room 1 Paul Glazby (Vicious Circle/Tidy Trax) Sol Ray (E-Traxx/Solar) *Ting* (Cyberdog/Elation) Psyche (Sin:ergy/Dirty) Ezekiel aka Big Pete(Pulse/Revival) Plus 2012fx Vj (Dance Valley)Room 2 Alkaline (Acidic Sound System) catjane 56 (Ripsnorter/TMet) Kai 1 (Upfront/Section 63) Jason Tuttiett (Funky White Horses/Scream) Sneaky (Digi:tec/Goteki)

Other attractions include Cyberdog Dancers and Performers on stage, Flouro Heaven UV Decor, Spectacular Cyber lightshow, Massive 10k killa soundsystem, Drinks Promotions, UV body Painting, Cyberdog Explosion stall and UV Markets, giveaways and a goodie bag for all.Blast off: 10pm Re- Entry 4am Currency: £7 advance + BF - £8/£10 door Location: The Thekla, The Grove, Bristol, BS1 (Bristol¹s only twin decked party ship) Dress Code: It¹s the Dogs, so dress for fun !!... Security: Door Safe but very friendly (and we mean that!)There¹s gonna be a limited number of advanced tickets available from - Cyberdog - 84 Park St, Bristol - 0117 9300999 Replay ­ 27 Broad St, Bath - 01225 404060 Spin Central ­ 43 Meadow St, W-S-M - 01934 625999 Or from Upfront direct 0117 977 2345 upfront@netgates.co.uk
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Trade Events.
THE ANNIVERSARY A Night of Pure Malice Saturday 26th October 2003 ‘Fasten your seatbelts kids it’s gonna be a bumpy night’ (they actually mean the early morning of Sunday 26th. October, Jonathan)

Trade returns to its birthplace at Turnmills for yet another spectacular birthday party. This year’s event, ‘The Anniversary’ is a homage to the classic Bette Davis film and also marks the one year anniversary since Trade ceased trading as a weekly club and Laurence Malice launched Egg which has taken clubbing to the next level. This year Trade has thrown some of the most talked about parties in club land and continues to push the boundaries and evolve with the times. This legendary club has gone from strength to strength, still in the wake of the hugely successful Tony De Vit Tribute, this event is sure to sell out fast! Trade is the ultimate clubbing experience, the original all night bender. Started thirteen years ago by club mogul Laurence Malice, the club has evolved into something far bigger.

Trade is a global brand, still exported throughout the world. The club itself has enticed literally hundreds of thousands of people into its throbbing vortex of sound, light, performance, visuals and of course people. Pop stars mix with builders, city professionals with models, and doctors with actors. It is a place, which quite simply unites everyone!

Trade is famous for many things, but probably the most renowned element is of course the music policy - pumping, underground, cutting edge dance music, supplied by its Fierce Rulin' Residents. This term is a brand in itself and is known throughout the world. International DJs such as Tall Paul, Fergie and the late Tony de Vit all came from the Trade stable, a place where DJs cut their teeth! Trade is proud to list the following DJ maestros as its Anniversary residents spinning over Turnmills 3 dancefloors: Malcolm Duffy, Gonzalo, Pete Wardman, BK, Andy Farley, EJ Doubell, Tom McMillan, Tyrone, Guy Williams, Peter Ward and Fat Tony. Trade’s anniversary promises to be a night to remember. Online q jump tickets available from www.tradeuk.net Also available from Trax, Clone Zone, Prowler Soho, Prowler Kings X, The Edge, The Box & Escape. £15 Members £20 Guests. 4am til Super late. Turnmills 63b Clerkenwell Rd London EC1 For further details or images contact Christian or Elisha at info@tradeuk.net or on 0207 6098364.

22ND Nov – GOLD (4th Sat of month) @ Egg, London
‘Keeping you hard all night long’A taste of the harder edged sounds that propelled Trade into club legend.DJs include:, EJ Doubell, BK, Andy Farley, Malcolm Duffy & Pete Wardman,
29th Nov – KINKY TRADE @ Egg, London returns with its last party of the year. ‘Very Sexy, Very Kinky’Take a trip into the world of Kinky glamour DJs include Gonzalo, Justin Ballard & Wayne G spinning Baleric beats and funky tribal at this now legendary event.

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Recreation opens its doors on Friday 31st October at Sub101 (Below Cruz, 101 Princess Street, Manchester) for the start of our monthly underground house party. (11pm until 4am*) Recreation looks set to reward quite a few clubbers wish lists with its own unique identity and a sound track that is Educational, Entertaining and Enlightening. The first one is on us, on the house, so make sure you visit our web site to join up for free membership (www.clubrecreation.co.uk) as you will need one of these to get in free. You can also see our flyers for info on how to become a member. Our DJ line up over the coming months includes Gonzalo (Salvation), Steve Thomas (DTPM), Stuart Robinson (Federation), Toby Raven (Fibre, Federation) and local hot property Nik Denton, so you can already see that membership is going to come in good use…

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