IN&OUTTONIGHT 26 Friday, 26 June 2009 London Lite CLUB TALK By Scott Manson WEEKEND FOR ARABIAN NIGHTS Belly Bliss Slip into souk mode at the Belly Bliss night at Shish Bar. Join a beginners belly dancing class or expert wigglers can arrive later for performances, Moroccan food and Arabic and R&B tunes. Sun, 6.15pm, Shish, 313-319 Old Street, EC1. Tickets 10 in advance from miaserra.com. Tube: Old Street FOR DANCERS Dance Nation DuSt off your dancing shoes for the Barbicans dance festival. Highlights include free workshops in tango, Cuban, timba and heaps of foot-tapping shows. Fri-Sun, The Barbican, Silk Street, EC2 (barbican.org.uk), times and prices vary, see website for details. Tube: Barbican FOR KINKY MELODIES Ray Davies OKAY, so youre not at Glasto but an evening with the Kinks main man could be just as joyful. Davies will take you through Waterloo Sunset, lola and his solo tunes. Sat, Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, NW3 (picnicconcerts.com), 5.30pm, 27.50-36. Tube: Hampstead MARTHA DE LACEY LAIDBACKANDLOWKEY Dedicated follower of fashion: Ray Davies will play at Kenwood House Power ballad tothe people U ltimate Power? looks like theyve had a power cut! that was the dodgy but inevitable joke made by my friend Nick when we arrived at the some- what under-populated Camden monarch pub just before 9pm. But in between mouthing along to When He Plays Piano in the Dark, DJ and co- founder Steve Stevo Proud offered reassurance. its because its a nice evening and its not dark yet, he explained. Give it half an hour -- the place will be packed. We really couldnt grumble anyway -- it was only a fiver to get in. We then discov- ered about 50 of the early arrivals had headed straight into the beer garden at the back to catch Friday evenings final few rays. But these twentysomething lads and lasses were also preparing to rock. they were tuning up their air guitars, backcombing their fright wigs and lubri- cating their vocal chords with very rea- sonably priced drinks (Fosters, 3, cans of Stella, 2.50) in preparation for an evening of overblown emotion, big chords and even bigger choruses. Because Ultimate Power is a club night like no other. its dedicated to the much- maligned musical sub-genre known as the Power Ballad -- the kind of stirring com- bination of booming instrumentals and soaring, melodramatic vocals that first took up semi-permanent residence in the top five during the eighties. think it must Have Been love, or take my Breath away -- romantic soft-rock epics designed to be greeted by swaying hands, mass singalongs and lighters waved in the air. the monthly Ultimate Power night was born almost by accident when Stevo and a couple of colleagues were invited to play a few tunes from the DJ booth at the end of a painfully hip electro night. We played Journey, Def leppard and Van Halen and everyone went nuts! he said. then the promoter said, Do you want to put on your own night playing this stuff ? they now sell out the 300 or so advance tickets in quick time and have queues round the block for the walk-ups. By 9.30pm the dancefloor was full and we got our first real taste of just what Ultimate Power is all about -- singing, very loudly, to every word. Perfect pitch is not required. imagine the ultimate communal karaoke and youre almost there. this is just the best, most shameless by johnny sharp DROp THE COOL ACT AND BELT OUT T here are some awful iPhone apps around, many of which Ive seen geeks demonstrating in London clubs. Theres the harmonica app, which encourages users to stick their phone in their mouth to play a tune, which the makers claim will help you impress that pretty girl. The iBeer is also a popular choice. It imitates the draining of a glass of beer, but without that pesky flavour, inebriation and wild, casual sex that comes with the real thing. If youre the sort of person who stands around showing people your iPhone apps in clubs then perhaps the nightlife scene isnt for you. But with the arrival of Glastonbury, Apple has launched a timely new app. This is one of the few I would use. Although Im skipping the mud and trench foot this year, I wish Id had the Tentfinder app for previous festivals. Now, no matter how refreshed you may be, you wont have to index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html