London Lite Friday, 4 September 2009 21 FACT MAgAzine presenTs UK BAss AT CArgo lAS THE nights draw in, best get yourself down to a nice club and dance about to keep warm. Tonight, FACT Magazine is chucking its second UK bass-themed party, taking in dubstep, garage, house and UK funky. Expect Groove Chronicles: Noodles vs El-B, right, Floating Points, Fatima, Shortstuff and more. Tonight, Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2, 7pm-3am, free before 9.30pm, 5 after happen at the very big clubs. Smaller clubs have a friendlier vibe. Tonight, for example, sees the awesome Steffi from Berlins super- exclusive Panorama Bar play for the T Bars High Horse posse, supported on her electro and techno mission by Matt Walsh, Skull Juice and Casper C. Its a cool little space with tight security and, best of all, free entry all night. Also tonight, at downright titchy Plastic People, the monthly Voices party drops in to pump up the venues legendarily loud sound system. Expect dub, afro, deep house and disco from DJs Alex, Cedric Woo and John Ramar through until 4am and a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere. Tomorrow, check out the quality disco boozer that is Shoreditchs laid-back Legion. Its the perfect size for an intimate evening of percussive party jams, robotic house, krautrock and more, courtesy of DJ Nadia Ksaiba (Simian Mobile Discos warm-up tour DJ), joined by top remixers Heartbreak (Little Boots, La Roux) wholl drop Italian pop and electro into the mix. Sunday sees a diminutive pop star-cum- dance DJ play an equally small club. Special guest Moby hits the decks at Supernovas spectacular session at Sosho, dropping techno, house and eclectic electronica on the Funktion 1 sound system. Its a rare chance to see the talented fella close up. It seems having played a secret slot here last year he loved it so much hes back; if the vegan peace-lover gives it the thumbs up, thats got to be a good recommendation. Choose your nights well, and then your safe raving is a cinch. LIVINGFORTHEWEEKENDERreturns to put the high back in highbury Hands up: good times at The Garage Jazz at Midnight NEw in Islington is the Round Midnight Jazz & Blues Bar (13 Liverpool Road, N1), which offers live music six nights a week. The interior has the down-at-heel ambience beloved of any self-respecting jazz bar, with red walls, dark brickwork and brown leather booths. Entry is free on weekdays and 5 on Friday and Saturday nights. Monkey puzzle HEAd for the Old Truman Brewery this week to check out a pop-up bar. The Monkey Shoulder Tree House (Elys Yard, 15 Hanbury Street, E1) is a 40-person tree house with l l BarFly Whatsnew intown private pods where you can enjoy whisky cocktails, board games and giant versions of dominoes and quoits. From 10-13 September, midday until 9pm. Winning wines THE latest addition to Covent Garden is the Forge Bar (14 Garrick Street, WC2), which boasts an atmosphere akin to a private club, with plenty of quiet nooks and crannies. Although cocktails are served, its also a destination for wine connoisseurs, with a cellar boasting over 500 bins -- 40 of which are available by the glass. DaViD huDson l Wereall goingto... Stopthisviolenceandfight foryourrighttopartyinpeace Tonight THE QUEEN OF HOXTON is a constant source of creative club nights. From its recent rooftop garden fte to quality DJs and now this -- a night devoted to cover versions of well-known tunes. Run by Sean Rowley of Guilty Pleasures, this ace space will rock to everything from electro to power pop and punk. Think the Gypsy Kings cover of Hotel California or Shineheads reggae take on Billie Jean. DJ Richard Norris (The Grid) will also drop some of his favourite sitar takes on classics, such as Lord Sitars version of I Am The Walrus. Splendid stuff. Cover To Cover @ Queen Of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, E2 (020 7422 0958), 9pm-2am, 7. Tube: Old Street Saturday PACHA ups its game tomorrow as Pure Pacha, the flagship night at its Ibiza outpost, rolls into town. That means the venues big dance floor will be full to bursting as clubbers flock to SW1 for the chance to hear the twisted electro and underground house of Dutch producer/DJ Martijn Ten Velden. Hes joined by rising Swedish star Zoo Brazil, whose releases have seen him lauded as one of dance musics most innovative producers. He also wrote The One for Kylie, but Im willing to bet that wont get played tonight. This is a big night for Pacha so if youve not yet checked out the club, this is the night to see it at full throttle. Pure Pacha @ Pacha, Terminus Place, SW1 (0845 371 4489), 10pm-5am, 20. Tube: Victoria Sunday AFTER a slow start, Brixtons Dex Club is coming good. The odd combo of south London members bar with hotel rooms plus a lack of regular weekly club nights meant it took a while to make its mark, but this summers parties on its huge sun terrace sealed its reputation as a top venue. This Get Diverted bash has been a regular fixture for 2009 and this, their swansong for the year, features Mark Storie, Raymundo Rodriguez, and Lex in a huge closing party thats free before 4pm. Theres even a rooftop hot tub. Get diverted @ dex Club, 77a Charterhouse Street, EC1 (020 7326 4455), 1pm-late, free before 4pm, 8 after. Tube: Brixton scott Manson Diverted: Mark Storie at Dex Highbury & Islington ST PAULS ROAD HIGHBURYGROVE HIGHBURYPLACE HIGHBURY STATION ROAD HOLLOW AY ROAD CORSICAST UPPERSTREET BURYROAD CANON WHERE ITS aT... THE GARAGE 20-22 Highbury Corner, N5 ( Next Dirty Boots is on Fri 18 Sept, 10.30pm-4am Dixon Brothers to tracks by the likes of Jack Penate and Scroobius Pip, which get the audience dancing immediately. Janine, a friendly Highbury local I chat to, tells me: The refurbishment looks cool and the sound is great, too. But the best bit is the crowd isnt too young! I repair to the Minibar for a Becks (3.40). Sadly as its a club night we cant sample the jukebox, but w e l l b e back again to give it a go. The one here is free and contains a whopping four million tracks, which means you wont ever have to listen to dadrock like All Right Now by Free again. I chat to Garage manager Stuart Strong, who tells me about the other club nights they have on. Theres International Hi-Fi -- the weekly Saturday night indie disco; NME is hosting a new night called Radar; and theres Oh Inverted World, a night of live music and DJs. There are live gigs here of course, but club nights with DJs and the odd band on late doors (the night we visit, Leeds indie- dance dudes T he Sunshine Underground hit the stage at 11.30pm and the place doesnt close until 4am) are what this place is really about. We let our hair down in the more intimate upstairs room with some G&Ts (3.70 each) and a dance to New Order, Kate Bush and other crowd- pleasing hits spun by D J s H o t B a m - WhiskeyFizzle. The entire place is now air-condi- tioned -- so itll never turn into a sweatbox. Theres a good light show, and the sound system has clearly not been bought on the cheap -- its crisp and clear. As we pop outside to grab some air we can see how much the club has changed Highbury for the better -- there are people spilling out on to the pavement all around, laughing, smoking and just generally having fun. And there were very few places around the area you could do that at 2am all the years The Garages doors were shut. So lets hope the revival proves more successful than Oasiss recent return -- theyve already disbanded after only a few months back on the road, thanks to the rowing Gallagher brothers. The Garage deserves some longevity this time around. 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