IN&OUTTONIGHT 22 Friday, 6 November 2009 London Lite CLUB TALK By Scott Manson W hen it comes to deadlines, Im with the late, great Douglas Adams. The hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy author famously remarked: I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they fly past. For any writer, the day is mapped out in a series of deadlines, not all of which youll hit. Sometimes its due to a technical fault. This entails you calling your broadband provider and being connected with a cheerful and sympathetic recorded message informing you that you will be kept on hold until the sun is a cold, dark cinder the size of a walnut. This weeks failure to meet my commitments, though, is entirely self-inflicted. The last two weekends have seen me ripping through Londons nightlife in a frenzy which has taken in (deep breath): Shoreditchs The Book Club, the equally good Doors club, T Bar, WEEKEND LAIDBACKANDLOWKEY Brixton gets a taste of Hoxton B RIXTONS Plan B epitomised the late-Nineties/early- Noughties DJ bar phenomenon. It was neither club nor bar, but a bit of both with a touch of bling -- offering enjoyable drinking and great dancing. For years, it was enormously successful -- a real south London destination club, but then the prevailing clubbing wind changed. Glitz and grandiose has given way to intimate, no-frills dance spaces -- and clubs need to evolve with the mood. Fortunately, the revamped Plan B has done just that, reopening at the end of last month with a new, pared-down look, a 24-hour licence and a highly impressive line-up of nights. So we headed down on opening weekend to check it out. My posse of excited Brixtonians, sceptical south Londoners and adventurous east Londoners arrived at 10.30pm and made a beeline for the bar, ordering beers (3.60), rum and Cokes (3.80), white wine (4.20) and a Moscow mule cocktail (6.80). Joe Hot Chips cheeky set (including Beyoncs Single Ladies, General Levys Incredible, and Mariah Careys Heartbreaker) suited the raucous Friday night launch-party atmosphere perfectly. By 11.30pm the dance floor -- a sea of bobbing quiffs and checked shirts -- was heaving and showed no sign of slowing when we left three hours later. Despite standing next to a Funktion One speaker, holding a conversation proved easy and the lights added colourful flourishes to the muted dcor (think Daft Punk-style rows of flashing dots). On nights with tougher music theyre toned down to create that all important dark, heads-down mood. Both Plan B virgins and veterans were impressed. Its good but weird because this isnt a usual Brixton crowd, its like Shoreditch has come to Brixton -- all the cool kids have come out. Its a great space and I love Hot Chip, exclaimed Leila, 24, from Tooting. Oyin, 26, from Dagenham, was impressed by the new layout: I really like what theyve done when you come in -- it looks more open, the seating area is different, its a fun environment and people are having a laugh. The removal of pillars gives the dance floor an airy warehouse vibe, its less cluttered and the DJ booth now occupies one of the two long walls, while a tiered dancing stage -- evoking the popular Rizla Arena found at festivals -- sits opposite. Crucially DJs are no longer elevated and by rahul verma HEAD sOUTH Of THE rIvEr TO pLAN B FOR THEATRE JUNKIES What Fatima Did.../Daring Pairings A double bill at Hampstead Theatre. Catch Atiha Sen Guptas play about a feisty young girl who decides to wear a hijab, followed by an unscripted performance by new writers and artists. Tonight & tomorrow, Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3 (020 7722 9301), 7.30pm & 9.30pm, prices vary. Tube: Swiss Cottage FOR FIREcRAcKERS Firework Nights CelebrATe bonfire Night late this year. Tomorrow Victoria Park has a funfair from 2pm and fireworks from 7.30pm, while Ally Pallys display (4.30pm-11pm) boasts a beer festival, a kids disco and a cockney singalong. FOR LITTLE RAVERS Bigga Bonfire Bash! No boNfireS, just flaming urban beats in the roundhouse tomorrow as bigga fish host a party for 14- to 18-year-olds. Tomorrow, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 (020 7424 9991, roundhouse.org. uk), 6pm-11pm, 20, 15 adv, 10 first 500. Tube: Chalk Farm MArTHA DE LACEY On stage: Atiha Sen Guptas What Fatima Did... 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