POP ART at cambridge Junction, October 22nd 2004
Pop Art is the brand spanking new "indie-alternative-retro-pop"
club night from the folks who brought us Panic. Panic, as some of you
may know, is the Q Club-based Bedazzled-preceding indie-night legend
considered by many whose formative years revolved around the smoky pub
back rooms of Cambridge to
have been the peak of Cambs indie clubbing. And now it's back, under
a new name and in a bigger venue. Does it live up to the nostalgic glow
Well, yes. As Britney wailed mid-evening, pretty much summing up the
quality of the tunes; "Will you please play a shite one? I need
to sit down!" Among the motley crew of revellers that I was part
of, the consensus was that at least 90% of songs played were hits in
terms of both taste and danceability.
Which really isn't a bad average for a five and a half hour clubnight.
We were treated to a glorious mix of Smiths/Pulp/Blur/Joy Division/Kenickie/Franz
Ferdinand/Elastica/Libertines/KLF/Pixies/Blondie/many other things which
are, alas, obscured by a haze of alcohol. As ever, the rule of thumb
was that the earlier you arrive the more likely you are to hear obscure
tracks, but the whole night was admirably balanced in terms of old vs.
new and popular vs. obscure. And on top of all this, the place felt
Everyone seemed to be there to have fun rather than to pose, and there
was a minimum need to scream "Fuck Off!" at twats who think
the best way to get
laid is to bollocks up someone's evening by dancing one inch from their
face for five hours. Which made the vibe of the night a hit in my book.
And as if
the excellent music and atmosphere weren't enough, Liechtenstein and
Warhol visuals and Smiths lyrics projected onto the wall provided an
diversion for those whose dancing muscles were flagging. Which attention
to detail is an indicator of a clubnight put on by those who want to
something special, to put on An Event rather than just play host to
another passable place to dance. I believe they have succeeded in this
Next Pop Art is December 17th