EDITED BY JANE MULKERRINS fun you can have, said a blond-wigged gent by the name of Alistair, as Elton Johns Sacrifice built up to its second chorus. O THERS down the front were more inventive still -- singing into wooden spoons and giant foam microphones, and wield- ing inflatable guitars. But fancy dress was clearly optional -- most people had just come in their regular Friday night clobber to have an unpretentious, joyous night out. Conventional DJ wisdom states that you cant keep a floor filled playing ballad after ballad. But Stevo and friends have succeeded by skilfully turning the emo- tional volume up and down. After Eltons relatively sedate turn, for instance, came the anthem that is Whitesnakes Here I Go Again, with a chorus custom-made for air-punching. As I struggled my way through the swaying, hollering throng, I saw that Nick had become ensnared amid a large group of predatory females. Theyre all regulars here, he told me, and theyre slightly scary. I got chatting to Mildred, a 27- year-old who first discovered Ultimate Power early last year. Power ballads are the elixir of life, she explained. Much like Jgermeister. This place has both on tap so, as Belinda Carlisle put it, heaven is a place on Earth. Anyway, why are you here? Whats your favourite power ballad? she asked. I have a soft spot for Celine Dions My Heart Will Go On. Sorry, she sneered, youve come to the wrong place, thats just a ballad. I was soon yelling myself hoarse and, strangely, found it highly therapeutic. When we finally spilled out on to the pavement at 2am, I felt engulfed in a strange glow of euphoria. Lost in music. Drunk on power ballads. It really was an amazing feeling. More than a feeling, in fact. London Lite Friday, 26 June 2009 27 GUILTY PLEASURES STARS OF THE SILVER SCREEN FORGET fetid wellies and glam it up tomorrow at Camdens very own mini-festival. Dress as your favourite Hollywood name -- anything goes, from Marilyn Monroe, left, to Marty McFly -- while you party along with the Guilty Pleasures DJs, and get close to the Erection Section. Tomorrow, KoKo, 1a Camden High Street, NW1 (0870 432 5527, koko.uk. com) 9.30pm-3am, 16.50 rely on trying to spot your pathetically small flag amid a sea of tents. The idea is that once youve pitched your tent, you fire up the app and it logs your longitude and latitude so you can make your way back there. Sadly the technologys not sophisticated enough to plot every guy rope on the way, so youll still spend a fair bit of time falling into other peoples tents as you head back for the night. For those who want a taste of a festival, but still want to go home to bed, heres my weekend plan. Tonight, Kingsland Roads On The Rocks club should have a festival vibe. You could dance here in your wellies with no one batting an eyelid. Get down to deep and tech house from DJ Felipe Kasteglianio and Dax J. Tomorrow, grab a bit of outdoor clubbing action at The Others in Stoke Newington. Laser Magnetic are running things, theres a barbecue and then DJs Joel Martin and Sean P drop cosmic disco and house until 3am. Finally, head to Brick Lanes 93 Feet East this Sunday for Fuse. The club has a real sense of community and on-point deep house from the likes of Alex Arnout and Enzo Siragusa. Its guest list only, so email fuse@hybridlife.tv before 11am Sunday. Say no thanks to mud and warm cider and make the capital your festival playground this weekend. Oh, and be sure to point and laugh at anyone showing off useless iPhone apps in clubs. clubland@thelondonlite.co.uk LIVINGFORTHEWEEKENDERCLASSIC ANTHEMS AT THIS KITSCH CLUB NIGHT A new direction ISLINGTONS Salmon & Compass has been reopened as a gastropub called The Compass (58 Penton Street, N1). Owned by Charles Silver and John Rensen, the boys take pride in their drinks selection, offering real ales, premium bottled beers and real scrumpy on draft. Nameless bar THE Bar With No Name (69 Colebrooke Row, N1) is a new venue from cocktail aficionado Tony Conigliaro. This intimate, 30-capacity venue features a film noir-inspired interior. Conigliaro has created tipples BarFly Whatsnew intown such as the Liquorice Whisky Sour which all cost 7. Hes particularly proud of his Chanel Champagne, which recreates classic Chanel scent within a glass of bubbly. Dalston success DALSTON Superstore (117 Kingsland High Street, E8) is a new two-floored bar and art space in E8. Expect appearances from DJs such as Erol Alkan, Per QX and Princess Julia. The venue has already attracted those looking for something different from the usual Shoreditch stomping grounds. DAVID HUDSON Wereall goingto... TheiPhonepartyappthats notjustfortechnologygeeks GUILTY PLEASURES STARS OF THE SILVER SCREEN it up tomorrow at Camdens very own mini-festival. Dress as your favourite Hollywood name -- anything goes, from Marilyn Monroe, left, to Marty McFly -- while you party along with the Guilty Pleasures DJs, and get close to the Erection Section. Camden High Street, NW1 (0870 432 5527, koko.uk. andpointtosurebeandOh,weekend. allWere to...going Tonight THE ALHAMBRA, a four-storey warehouse with double-height floors, massive iron columns and a serious sound system plays host to an electronica night from Excuse The Mess. Expect minimal and techno from Berlins Pan Pot, deep house dude Ralf Kollmann and The Fix, whose single The Fire Inside got the Pete Tong seal of approval earlier this year. Meanwhile, room two sees funk and classic disco courtesy of the Moustache Mamas and Loose DJs. Messy, in the best sense of the word. Excuse The Mess @ Alhambra, 33-35 Commercial Road, E1, (07958 204188), 10pm-6am, 10. Tube: Whitechapel Saturday THE closure of The End meant its flagship drum&bass night Renegade Hardware had to find a new home, so what better place for the gritty sound of deebee than windswept Vauxhall? To be fair the club in question, Area, is pretty plush inside with chandeliers, fairy lights and a cosy, friendly feel. Outside theres a big smoking area, too, where you can watch spies from the MI6 building opposite as they head off to work. No doubt theyd much rather be in Area, listening to DJs Ink, Loxy, Marcus Intalex, Dom & Roland and Black Sun Empire smashing up the junglist action. Renegade Hardware @ Area, 67 Albert Embankment, SE1, (07500 667874), 9pm-6am, 15. Tube: Vauxhall Sunday THE cavernous confines of Ghost play host to a night so ridiculously hedonistic its making me shiver just writing about it. After its inaugural party at Matter on Saturday, DJ Tim Sheridans Veryvery wrongindeed night refuses to go to bed quietly, instead teaming up with after-party specialists Jaded for a carry-on of epic proportions. Join DJs Mr C, Raymundo Rodriguez, Lewis Ryder and more for a dawn chorus riot of energetic under- ground house and techno that goes until midday in this Victorian papermill. Jaded @ Ghost, 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1 (020 7278 2301), 4.30am-midday, 8. Tube: Farringdon SCOTT MANSON PRIMROSE HILL Camden Town Chalk Farm Regents Park Chalk Farm Rd FerdinandSt KentishTownRd Parkway WHEREITSAT... The next Ultimate Power is on 3 July. The Monarch, 40-42 Chalk Farm Road, NW1, 8pm-2am, 5. 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