20 Friday, 17 July 2009 London Lite CLUB TALK By Scott Manson S OMETIMES I hate my friends. Right now, I wish my best mates comprised a bookish nerd, a zealous Christian and a severe agoraphobic. Instead, I hang out with people who consider getting home before dawn to be an early night and for whom a weekend spent wasted is never a wasted weekend. This week, a couple of them have gone to Ibiza and, knowing that Im here, theyve subjected me to a barrage of taunting texts and emails. Last night, this flashed up on my phone: Drinking champagne at the Azuli secret beach party, you really should be here... Its a cruel message to send someone who usually visits the White Isle at least three times a year. Im not going until September and, yes, I miss it. Im not alone in this. You, too, may be skipping summer in the Balearics, but still crave the buzz of the worlds party capital. With that in mind, heres a cherry-picked list of WEEKEND For Culture Bunnies Shoreditch Festival Charitable regeneration agency, the Shoreditch trust, kicks off its cultural festival today. highlights include tonights free royal Philharmonic Orchestra prom and tomorrows carnivalesque performances from latin Dub Sound System. Until Wed, Shoreditch Park, New North Road N1 (shoreditchfestival. org.uk), tonight 6.30-9.30, Sat & Sun 1pm-7pm, free. Tube: Old St For Festival FroliCs Latitude Flee the city, unplug and de-stress at one of englands cushiest festivals. Pet Shop boys, Grace Jones and Nick Cave headline three days of fun and, it has to be said, rain. Sorry. Fri-Sun, Henham Park, Southwold, Sunrise Coast, Suffolk (latitudefestival. co.uk), 150. Train: Halesworth For smart art Gilbert & George the artistic duos new exhibition, Jack Freak Pictures, features a collection of works with the dominant theme of the Union Jack. Continues across both of Jay Joplings White Cube galleries. Until 22 Aug, White Cube, 48 Hoxton Sq N1 and 25-26 Masons Yard SW1 (whitecube.com), Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, free. Tube: Old St mArThA de LACey LAIdBACKANdLOWKey Festival: Nick Cave plays Latitude IN&OUTTONIGhT se1s NeW pUrpOse-BUILT sUper by JOE RObERTS TOOLEY ST TOWERBRIDGE London Bridge ST THOM AS ST BERMONDSEYST WhErE itS at... CAbLE Bermondsey Street Tunnel, SE1, 020 7584 2470. Future Flash, tomorrow, 11pm-8am, 12 adv/15 on the door, cable-london.com O nce upon a time, the area a r o u n d L o ndo n B r i d g e launched a musical revolution. That time was 1988 when Danny Rampling opened the legendary Shoom club in a Southwark gym and brought acid house to London. But while this sound went on to transform clubland, London Bridge fizzled out to become just a place where wide-eyed ravers caught the first train home. The recent opening of new club cable, tucked away in a tunnel on Bermondsey Street, could well restore the area to its former glory. Purpose-built and with grand ambitions, its line-ups host the best DJs playing house, techno, disco, electro, dubstep and drum&bass, providing some- thing special for lovers of all modern club music. And, despite a low-key launch, the hype is building. Intrigued to see if this really was the capitals new superclub, we handed over our 15 entrance fee and passed through the arch entrance to find a slightly predictable industrial aesthetic -- bare brick walls with exposed shiny metal tubes running along the ceiling and a neon-lit bar. We stocked up on Becks and vodka and coke for 4 each. The sheer scale of the place (it holds 1,000 people) and the music were anything but pedestrian, though. Just after midnight the brilliantly named electro elvis dropped a remix of Sweet Harmony and newly arrived Plugin clubbers headed straight for the dance floor. We chatted to promoter, Lula, who clearly thinks the place is destined for big things. The space is amazing, she enthused. The club and sound are as good as Fabric and the people here are really into their music. next we headed to the massive outdoor smoking area, filling up as people stepped out to cool down from inside, and discov- ered a friendly mix of trendy art kids, weekend ravers in jeans and T-shirts and more dressed-up clubbers. A girl in an HMS Heron hat caught our eye and we were soon talking to Sophie and her friend Vanessa, both 18, who finished their A-levels the night before. Its brilliant here, said Sophie. There are loads of rooms and its cavernous with loads of dark corners. And CaBle in work support On the edge at work? Stressed, anxious, about to fall? Let In Work Support catch you... www.inworksupport.org.uk or call 0207 471 0586 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.html