EDITED BY JANE MULKERRINS London Lite Friday, 3 July 2009 19 Albert & PeArls First birthdAy PArty l Many boozy returns to albert & Pearl, the hip Islington bar which celebrates its first birthday today. youre all invited to a rip-roaring gem of a party tonight with special guest DJ Huey Morgan, left, from Fun Lovin Criminals, along with a gaggle of other great record- spinners, jazz upstairs, iced tea cocktails, silliness and surprises. Albert & Pearl, 181 Upper Street, N1. Tonight, 7pm-3am, free DJ at the peak of his fame who represented some sort of Blade Runner-esque future for electronic music. But on my second read it dawned on me that what Id written came across like a bunch of pretentious twaddle based on speaking to the guy for a relatively short time -- 10 minutes of which was spent discussing the best clubs to go to in LA. Because he was a celebrity (and hed lent me a Chelsea season ticket) Id let myself fall into that most hackneyed of nightlife writing -- the over-intellectualisation of dance music. Id missed the point. Nightlife is simply about going out and having a good time. And celebrity DJs are known for programming great records, rather than for their role as cultural leaders. Tonight, for example, sees Huey of the Fun Lovin Criminals DJ at Islingtons Albert & Pearl bar. Now, I have zero interest in his take on, say, the role of DJ as producer, but I know he can put together an awesome set of music. Also tonight is The Gallery at Ministry of Sound, where Oakenfold drops in for his only London DJ gig this year. Finally, head to Circus at Matter at The O2 tomorrow for another celeb DJ special as Siouxsie Sioux hits the decks. Jodie Harsh and crew run the night, so expect some dressed up-types. Clubbing is not an academic exercise and famous DJs are not high priests of cultural significance. Dont overthink it -- just dance. clubland@thelondonlite.co.ukl LIVINGFORTHEWEEKENDER Holborn. Gathering a gang to attend the first Shake It! Saturday shindig earlier this year proved simple. In the queue outside, my trusty End friends twitched excitedly beside me under the same arches where wed previously visited SeOne and Mulletover raves. The tunnel was lit neon blue, just like West Central Street always was, and on entering the vault we handed coats to familiar-looking cloakroom staff and purchased drink tickets -- a wonderful gimmick meaning you buy your drinks in advance so can just exchange a ticket at the bar for a glass of wine without being held up by people ordering huge rounds and paying by card. The room -- a high-ceilinged cave with exposed brickwork, smoke machines and neon light beams -- quickly filled up with a happy bunch of twentysomething beauties, most of whom had made up the regular End crowd and all of whom were there to hear the tunes and dance. The 15 ticket ensured that the only people who turned up were the ones who actually wanted to hear the DJs playing, rather than the ones who just fancied a quick drink. We kicked our heels to Garniers mix of industrial-strength techno, vocal house and a smattering of drum&bass before gliding into the chill-out space which links to Room Two. It was a cosy spot, stuffed with squishy sofas, low- slung tables and the best-kept portable loos Ive ever seen. Being a warehouse, The Arches have no running water, so all loos and sinks must be portable -- just think of it as another thing that adds to the laid-back, festival Shake It! mentality. Through a thick, soundproof, velvet curtain was the second bar and Room Two, slightly more intimate than Room One, where Layo & Bushwacka! were in charge. The pairs trademark house party took seconds to put grins on our faces -- of course, those grins mightve been helped by 3 vo d k a a n d t o n i c s a n d bottles of beer. Their beats skittered between underground house and sunnier melodies, the sort of tunes you find on the terrace at Ibizas Space club. Scampering between the warehouses four open-plan spaces (and huge alfresco smoking area, thank you boys) felt a bit like Mulletovers much-loved parties, or the raves held in Shoreditchs Plough Yard and Hearn St Car Park. There was no clinical club feel to the venue, which meant that Shake It! sat nicely at the opposite end of the spectrum to places like Matter where, if you spill a drink, cleaners are there within seconds to wipe and tut. As the 7am closing time slid into view, we danced out on to the sunny streets of Southwark. It was tempting to stick around and scoot on over to the Anchor & Hope nearby for Bloody Marys and a gastronomic Sunday lunch. But after all those hours of jumping, bouncing, skipping and slid- ing, our little feet needed bedrest, so we hopped into waiting cabs and headed for home. Because of striking similarities in terms of staff, crowd, cutting-edge music and easy-going ambience, Shake It! felt like a grubby secret room into The End that you never managed to find over 13 years. We may never get our old friend back, but the Shake It! gang are going to make sure we still have one hell of a place to party. SOUTHwARK ARcHES wITH THE OLD END cREw Just like old times: Shake It! parties pull in the crowd from The End In a Bombay mix The Bombay Sapphire Dusk Bar, a new pop-up alfresco bar south of Somerset House by the Thames, is designed by Tom Dixon with illuminated blue walls matching the Bombay Sapphire palette. Try gin-based cocktails from 5.95; 11.30am- midnight until 18 October. West River Terrace, Somerset house, Strand, WC2 Late drinking... BranD-new for Mayfair is the Late Lounge (1 hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1), in the InterContinental London Park Lane. This snug, chic venue is decked out with floor-to-ceiling drapes and velvet seating. Order bubbly from the l l BarFly Whatsnew intown champagne bar, or sample the vast cocktail list. DJ TK spins the music. Open daily 10.30pm-3am. Get on board PrOuD Camden hosts a special event on wednesday, 8 July. rock The Boat night is organised with Mencap to be open to all with or without a learning disability. Tim westwood DJs and co-hosts, plus guests Mathew Horne (of Gavin and Stacey) and Matt willis (ex-Busted). Doors 7.30pm, entry 5, all proceeds to Mencap. Proud Camden, The horse hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 DAVID HUDSON l Wereall goingto... Loseyourselfinthemoment, notcelebrityspinnerspecifics Tonight DISSIDeNT Records, purveyor of some of the coolest dance floor tunes around at the moment, steps up to the plate at this secret east London all- nighter. Label boss Andy Blake is the headline DJ, bringing together a storming set of wobbly basslines, new beat and acid house. Theres also a live jacking house set from Dissidents Brassica and electro, disco and classic Chicago house courtesy of Body Hammer residents Joe Hart, Paul Purgas and Omar Francis. Its strictly invitation- only and you can get on the guest list by emailing office.body hammer@ googlemail. com. Do it now, because this will be a busy affair. Body Hammer @ secret London location, e2 (office. bodyhammer@googlemail. com), 9pm-5am, 5. Tube: Bethnal Green Saturday CAnT afford the 900 annual membership for Shoreditch House? While Londons only members club to boast a cracking view of east London is closed to all but the most well-heeled and connected, you can enjoy a similarly impressive vista from the rooftop garden of the Queen Of Hoxton. Tonights neon noise Project party boasts the twin delights of a barbecue and a game or two of giant Jenga, before moving downstairs for a night of genre-smashing beats and b-lines from the likes of DFAs The Juan Maclean, Rory Phillips (Durr) and Hercules and Love Affairs Kim Ann Foxman. Neon Noise Project @ Queen Of hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, eC2 (020 7422 0958), 9pm-4am, 10. Tube: Old Street Sunday THe party that began its life in a disused Victorian public toilet celebrates its fifth birthday at the recently relaunched T Bar. As always, our favourite Sunday rave spot is free entry all night -- all the more impressive when you consider theyve secured the DJ talents of New Yorks disco re-edit maestros Wolf + Lamb. Theyre joined by Clive Henry (Circo Loco) and FB Julian. Kubicle @ T Bar, 32-38 Dukes Place, eC3 (020 7729 2973), 4pm-2am, free. Tube: Liverpool St ScOTT MANSON Borough London Bridge BOROUGH HIGH ST SOUTHWARKBRIDGERD SOUTHWARK ST ST THOMAS ST WHERE ITS aT... 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