good bands Id never really heard of and I hadnt realised Tommy Sparks was playing, too, she said. Its such good value for money. Unwilling to waste any more time away from the action, we headed back inside to buy another beer before the highly anticipated set from Weeks. We regressed 40 years as he played classic Chuck Berry song Roll Over Beethoven and a scattering of Motown hits before signing off with Sinead OConnors Nothing Compares 2 U. Swinging dramatically in genre, Tommy Sparks stepped up next with a typical, well-executed mix of hip hop and some crafty electro. It highlighted the diversity of the talent pulled in for the night, and we all tipped our hats to the promoters for providing such a mix. The next instalment, in a fortnight, will feature Passion Pit, We Have Band and Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, among many others. The music carried on until 4am, at which point we donned our jackets and braved the chill. Stepping out into the night, it was much easier to keep a stiff upper lip after such a satisfying night out. The festival season just got a little bit longer. London Lite Friday, 16 October 2009 23 for a huge corporation run by morons. Okay, I may be painting the ex-student scene a little bleakly, but two things are sure: you have very little money, and you need to get out and blow off some steam. So, impecunious types, here are the best free club nights this weekend. Kick off tonight at east Londons T Bar. The atmospheric danceteria hosts Hotflush Recordingss Scuba, whose recent podcast ( is a perfect example of the labels futuristic dance music. Check. Scuba is supported by Casper C And The Skull Juice posse, playing everything from dubstep to ghetto tech to minimal. On Saturday head down to Brixton for the long-running Audiosushi sessions at The Dogstar, with DJ Disastronaut and guest selectors. This late-night bash is free until 10pm and has the relaxed vibe of a In the Parlour NEW for Canary Wharf is The Parlour (40 Canada Square, E14), which opened this week. A boutique bar, kitchen and cocktail lounge, this 650- capacity Drake & Morgan venue has several distinct features, including wicker pod seats suspended from the ceiling. Solid as a Roka ALSO livening up the area is Roka Canary Wharf (Churchill Place Mall, E14). A sister venue to Roka Charlotte Street, the cocktail bar will specialise in Japanese shochu. You can even request a personalised Shochu Kume, which once created, can be ordered whenever you visit. BarFly Whatsnew intown Its a darkhorse ATMOSPHERIC new boozer the Hobby Horse (281 Kingsland Road, E2) mixes dark, Victorian gothic influences with vintage nursery accessories, including a rocking horse. Live DJ most nights, plus occasional cabaret. New bar sparkles HARVEY NICHOLS (109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1) will unveil a Fifth Floor Champagne Bar next Thursday. Inspired by art nouveau salons in Paris 100 years ago, it features chaise longue seating, chandeliers and Swarovski crystal. DAVID HUDSON Tonight CORSICA STUDIOS has become the venue of choice for the sort of fantastic underground club nights that you invariably hear about after the event. Take this, then, as your heads-up for a party that will surely be filed under did you go to...? One year after its birth, Trouble Vision return to their original venue with their biggest party to date, featuring a smrgsbord of styles that includes dubstep, hip hop, garage, drum&bass, house and techno. DJs include Plastician, Hot City, Hannah Holland and the Work It crew. The sort of night that renews your faith in club culture. Trouble Vision @ Corsica Studios, 5 Elephant Road, SE17 (020 7703 4760) 10pm-6am, 10. Tube: Elephant & Castle Saturday SOME people run seven marathons in seven days, while others compete in ironman triathlons. But, to my mind, there is no greater feat of endurance than attending Fabrics 10th birthday party. Kicking off at 11pm Saturday and running until 5am Monday, its a true test of clubbing stamina and one which throws up questions such as will they serve breakfast? Is there a quiet room where you can have a bit of a sit-down? All will be revealed this weekend as DJs Andrew Weatherall, Low Lifes Bill Brewster, Ivan Smagghe, Ricardo Villalobos, Kenny Larkin and more pop over to Farringdon to help blow out the candles. Fabric 10th Birthday @ Fabric, Charterhouse Street, EC1 (0870 060 0100), 11pm Saturday-5am Monday, 25; 15 (Sun 10am- Mon 5am); 8 (Sun 10pm-Mon 5am). Rail: Farringdon Sunday BESTIVAL head honcho Rob Da Bank takes his Sunday Best party to Kensal Greens Paradise bar. Hes joined by Sombrero Sound System, Daisy Heartbreaker and The Correspondents. Its free entry, plus the pub does west Londons finest Sunday roast. Sunday Best @ Paradise, 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 (0872 148 5590), 4pm-11.30pm, free. Tube: Kensal Green SCOTT MANSON Birthday bash: Ricardo Villalobos will be on the decks at Fabric WHERE ITS AT... Scandalism: 30 October, 8pm, Proud Galleries, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1, 10, PRIMROSE HILL Camden Town Chalk Farm Regents Park C halk Farm Rd Proud, The Horse Hospital Parkway YOU CAN DANCE TO 20 BANDS UNDER ONE ROOF HAIRBRUSH HEROES IF YOU like singing in the shower but know you are useless, youre going to love this. Wail along to classics from the likes of Blur, Tina Turner, Prince, Queen, The Rolling Stones and Abba while you dance -- its like karaoke without the pressure (or mic hogging). MCs Brian Mince and Eric Widdle might even crown you Hairbush Hero Of The Night. Tonight, Jazz Caf, 5 Parkway, NW1, 10.30pm-3.30am, 6 or 5 before 11.30pm, advance 4 via blinding house party. Musically, it mashes up everything from indie to electro and jump-up jungle to dirty techno. Finally, those of you back living with the folks should ignore their tutting to slip out on a Sunday and make a beeline for Discovery, at the lovely Horse And Groom on Curtain Road in EC2. Its free right from the party start at 4pm until 2am. History Clocks Nathan Wilkins headlines alongside Capracara (DFA) and residents Neil Thornton and Dave Rose, who join the dots between funk, early house, electro and the darker end of pop. So forget about financial woes and get among it -- a night spent clubbing for free is a genuine tonic for the soul. Wereall goingto... HAIRBRUSH HEROES the shower but know you are useless, youre going to love this. Wail along to classics from the likes while you dance -- its like karaoke without freeItsEC2.inRoadCurtainonGroom Forgetyourdebts...getout thehouseanddanceforfree kickingclub my the ns ght and ted ap, as ing ady een nt ore ive he ock ont and was ect ith we his up ing hly als. He was one of many up-and-coming artists playing on the night. Stricken City followed with their summery electro pop, and we hit the main room to witness precocious Welsh lass Marina unleash her potent vocals on her Diamonds (thats us). Back to Room 3 for a change in pace with Were Not Cools pounding electro set, then outside for a ciggie and a chat with some fellow partygoers. Hoxton resident Ciara was equally impressed with the set-up. We came to see Orlando (Weeks) DJ but Ive just seen two On song: Marina And The Diamonds Endless summer: get that festival feeling at Scandalism LIVINGFORTHEWEEKENDER EDITED BY JANE MULKERRINS 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