IN&OUTTONIGHT 30 Friday, 11 September 2009 London Lite By Scott Manson CLUB TALK A lthough I do like a seedy club some- times, there have been moments recently I wished I was somewhere classier. Say, a place where punters dont weave about like theyve been out partying for a week, forgetting what they wanted when they get to the bar and then spilling my drink on their way back to the dance floor. So Im skipping warehouse raves for a few weeks to be sure wherever I visit has decent loos, a sound system not run off a generator and clubbers who wont try and hit me up for change in the cloakroom queue. Big corporate clubs such as Ministry of Sound often get a bad press of hardcore dance music fans. Snobbery aside, superclubs have all your average raver needs for a great night. they book big name DJs who, thanks to binding contracts, are guaranteed to actually turn up. the sound systems are crystal clear and -- crucially -- the bar never runs out of WEEKEND LAIDBACKANDLOWKEY Get your fill at the Chill: Greg Wilson on decks W E usually think of club- bing as just a bit of fun. But what if your dancing, door money and the cash you splashed on drinks actually did some good? at Corsica studios in Elephant & Castle your beer money helps support the arts and regenerates a down-at-heel part of town. Musician adrian Jones and painter amanda Moss have been putting on nights and showcasing arts events for more than a decade and set up Corsica studios, a vast space in railway arches beneath Elephant & Castle Overground, in 2002. But this year the place has really come of age. Theyve hosted smash hit Italodisco night Cocadisco, and ever-popular Trouble Vision (celebrating its first birthday next month). and on Friday, 25 september, they start a new london residency by respected Norwegian spinner Prins Thomas. We went to check out the 10th anniver- sary party of Warm (an agency for elec- tronica artists), headlined by German deep house master Henrik schwarz. Hidden down an alley, it feels like an adventure just getting there. The club is formed of two brick arches and has that Victorian grotto feel. as soon as we arrive at the warehouse- style space and pay our 10 to get in, were bathed in salsa rhythms from Distriandina, the Colombian caf/club next door which shares a large back garden with Corsica studios. I chat to amanda Moss. Crackling with enthusiasm, she tells me how she and Jones only programme nights they really love to create one-off parties. The money made funds shows of sculptures, paintings and dance. We put everything into making this work. People appreciate that, which helps attracts the right promoters and audiences, making Corsica the special place it is today, she tells me over a drink in the garden. c OrsICas reputation has spread by word of mouth -- you wouldnt really stumble on it by accident -- which means you dont get random drunken geezers spilling beer, but rather a nice community feel. We explore the double arches -- a small club room and a large one make up the major part of the building, with a side bar to chill out in. It starts off quite relaxed on the sunday night were there, but its soon buzzing and packed. DJs Marcus Worgull and Gerd Jackson -- from Innervisions, the trendy German label, that have brought DJ schwarz over by chris beanland SOUTH LONDON pLEASURE pALACE FOR FESTIVAL THROWBACKS Big Chill Mini-Festival want to recreate a heady festie atmos? Head east for three days of sun-soaked beats at Big Chills two venues: house and disco from Greg wilson, a Skillz, Smoove and Leggobeast. Free entry most nights. Today-Sunday, Big Chill House, N1/Big Chill Bar, Brick Lane, E1 (bigchill.net). Tube: Kings Cross/Aldgate East FOR FAMILY FUN Boomerang Pet Personality Awards DOnna aIR hosts a bash to honour kids and their pets. Entertainment comes by way of ferret racing, dog agility shows and fairground rides. Other animal- loving celebs are expected to attend. Sunday, 12-5pm, free, Regents Park (boomerang-live.biostaging.com). Tube: Regents Park FOR ELEGANT REVELLERS SS Atlantica aLL aboard the SS atlantica for a swinging thirties ocean liner party with casino, floor shows and Charleston dancing, with champers and glamour. Tomorrow, Commodity Quay, St Katharines Way, E1 (ssatlantica.com), 8pm-2am, 15. Tube: Tower Hill MARTHA DE LACEY Artful clubthat givesa bitback 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