London Lite Friday, 23 October 2009 27 FACT VS NIGHT SLUGS AT EGG THE boys from music mag Fact are chucking a futuristic house and bass bash tonight at Egg. Headlining with a rare UK appearance is 2562, left, along with Joy Orbison, dubstep star Untold, two of Rinse FMs best spinners -- Scratcha DVA and Braiden -- and bags of others. Tonight, Egg, 200 York Way, N7, 9.30pm-5am. Entry is free to the first 100 through the doors, then 8 before midnight and 12 after awareness and a passion for music -- such as newly launched Book Club in Shoreditch, on the old site of Home Bar. It mixes creative events with late-night carousing in a heady brew which is growing through word of mouth. The place has an arty community feel by day, but at night it becomes suitably hedonistic. This evening, check out Low Lifes all-star team of Bill Brewster, Matthew Burgess and Jolyon, dropping everything from vintage disco to tribal New York house. Tomorrow, Shoreditch club The Doors relaunches. This 300-capacity venue has won near-legendary status simply by rarely being open but, when it is, the parties are off the hook. Check out the crunchy tech- house of Sandeman and Mr Dickie, plus fast- rising underground star Cozzy D, and hit the dance floor knowing youre way ahead of the trend: the place rocks. Finally, wrap up the weekend with a club thats a labour of love, splendid dance music boozer the Horse And Groom. Launched two years ago, its promoters have stuck to their guns and only book nights that are fun party jams, not serious, chin- scratching electronica. So on Sunday we have Parisian edit king Pilooski (he did the Frankie Valli Beggin remix), plus Neil Thornton and many more high-profile spinners. Great clubs are born of elusive alchemy, not in airless meeting rooms, and London is studded with golden disco nuggets. Seek them out this weekend. clubland@thelondonlite.co.uk LIVINGFORTHEWEEKENDERBOURBON AND THE MUSIC OF THE DEEP SOUTH Union on a roll THERE is no stopping The Grand Union group. Following five additions to its portfolio already this year, the company has just unveiled its newest venue: Grand Union Camberwell Grove (26 Camberwell Grove, SE5). The new venue will offer the tried and tested Grand Union formula of cask ales and low- priced cocktails in stylish, vintage surroundings. Classyginpalace FANCY supping at a good, old- fashioned gin palace? Head to The Elgin (96 Ladbroke Grove, W11), a Grade II-listed building dating back to 1856. It was recently relaunched under new BarFly Whatsnew intown ownership and has been sympathetically refurbished. The venue offers 22 different gins and plenty of gin cocktails. Pop into a pop-up QUINTESSENTIALLY SOHO is a pop-up venue with a difference. A charitable, members-only lounge, it can be found in the House Of St Barnabas (1 Greek Street, Soho, W1). But be quick as its due to close at the end of December. It will host a variety of events and members can access the bar between 11am and late on Mondays to Fridays. See quintessentiallysoho.com DAVID HUDSON Wereall goingto... Popgothosefocusgroups... greatclubsareborn,notmade FACT VS NIGHT SLUGS AT EGG THE Fact are chucking a futuristic house and bass bash tonight at Egg. Headlining with a rare UK appearance is 2562, left, along with Joy Orbison, dubstep star Untold, two of Rinse FMs best spinners -- Scratcha DVA and Braiden -- and bags of others. Tonight, Egg, 200 York Way, N7, 9.30pm-5am. Entry is free to the first 100 through the doors, then 8 before of love, splendid dance music boozer the Horse And Groom. Launched two years ago, in airless meeting rooms, and London Friday MANYS the time I stumbled out of Plan Bs door at dawn into the harsh reality of Brixton High Street. But then it got a bit rough around the edges. Now, Plan B is relaunching (does that make it Plan C?), with tighter door control, a refreshed music policy, a new Funktion One sound system and a full refurb. Tonights opening party sees electro-poppers Hot Chip with one of their pigeonhole-free DJ sets, plus Dalstons Disco Bloodbath. For those who like things a little tougher, tomorrows bass-heavy line-up includes Goldie and Plastician. Relaunch Party @ Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 (0870 116 5421), 9pm- 6am, 10. Tube: Brixton Saturday HOW underground is this party? Put it this way, you have to descend to the basement of an old supermarket to find it. Its the same intimate space that Loco Dice held his sold-out-in- five-seconds 300 party and one that is perfectly suited to the clubs deep house and techno sounds. Switzerlands Agnes headlines, alongside Mono_Cult favourite Quarion, Matt Long, Paul Kaminski and many more. Mumu and Mono Cult @ Hackney Supermarket, 230 Dalston Lane, E8 (youmemumu.com), 10pm-6am, 12. Rail: Hackney Downs Sunday BRIXTON turns party-zone central today as five top venues -- Dogstar, Plan B, The Windmill, Jamm and Hootananny -- do their bit to raise money for Oxfam. The events are part of Oxjam 2009, a national festival made up of independent music events raising money and awareness for the charity. The roll call for Jamms party is outrageously good with Radio 1s new Friday night dance authority Annie Mac headlining, plus Herve, Toddla T, Shy FX, Tayo, Blakey and a host of other bassbin-destroying DJs for an epic Sunday afternoon session. Oxjam Brixton @ Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, SW9 (020 7274 5537), 4pm-late, 12.50 (ticket gives you access to all Brixton Oxjam parties). Tube: Brixton SCOTT MANSON Headliner: Radio 1s Annie Mac will be playing for charity at Sundays Oxjam thebignews Atmospheric: The Blues Kitchen strikes a chord in Camden all about gospel. Charlotte Street has an extensive soul food menu includ- ing burgers (8), and moreish sweet potato fries (3.50), and the house spe- ciality is a refresh- i n g m i n t j u l e p served in a pewter cup (5.50). The upstairs bar has more than 80 bour- bons on offer and on Tuesdays there are swing and jive classes, while an exhibition of the work of photo- grapher John Hopkins, capturing John Lee Hooker and the Rolling Stones, adds to the ambience. 74 Charlotte Street, W1 (020 7580 0113, charlotte streetblues.com) ROUND MIDNIGHT NAMED after Thelonious Monks jazz standard, Round Midnight Jazz & Blues Bar opened in March and brings a no- frills music experience to well-heeled Islington. It takes the back-to-basics blues bar blueprint of a dim live music den and programmes R&B, funk, jazz and rockabilly bands. The 100-capacity venue has an admi- rable policy of paying up-and-coming and unsigned bands to play, so theres a good chance of catching a band on their way to greatness. 13 Liverpool Road, N1 (020 7837 8758, roundmidnightbar.com) AINTNOTHINBUTTHEBLUES OPEN since 1993, ANBTB c a n c l a i m to be Londons spiritual blues home. Looking like a Chicago juke joint with sheet music as wallpaper, a handwritten blackboard listing each months gigs (seven nights a week) and a house drum kit, ANBTB has a charm all of its own. Mondays Blues Jam band draws both media types and blues enthusiasts, while Jeremiah Marques & His Blues Aces (31 October) are perennial favourites and regularly raise the roof. 20 Kingly Street, W1 (020 7287 0514, aintnothinbut.co.uk) SLIMJIMSLIQUORSTORE SLIM JIMS focuses on no-nonsense hard liquor and good times. Red bar stools following the curved black bar, brickwork, candles and neon evoke a low-lit American dive bar. An extensive jukebox is the musical diversion. If you can nab a booth youre set for the night and considering theres no cover charge and its open until 3am from Thursday through to Saturday, Slim Jims is ideal for that elusive last drink. 112 Upper Street, N1 (020 7354 4364, slimjimsliquorstore.com) 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.html44.html45.html46.html47.html