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Club reviews; M8 One @ Cube, Glasgow.

THE hottest ticket in town, this one. Cube, the ultra-cool hangout which is now the place to go on a Saturday, celebrated its first year with a glittering Thursday night party. Invitation only, the gig was one of the most eagerly-anticipated event in months, with all the various Cube residents and guests dropping in to play a few tunes. The clamour at the door was incredible - it seemed everyone and their mother wanted a slice of the action, so it was hardly surprising that it was packed with the glitzy, stylish, high-end of the market types who frequent Cube. Resident Matt Le Funk appeared to be generally in control with his usual blend of sexy house grooves, but the occasion meant a series of familiar faces popped up in the DJ booth throughout the night.

Geoff Montford and Kris Keegan, in particular, seemed to be enjoying themselves! If you still haven't been to Cube, you need to check it out. It's a wicked little venue, underneath Queen Street, and split into boxy little rooms - sounds weird, but it works brilliantly.

There's a supercool VIP area, the Cube Class lounge, which you really have to blag your way into - all padded walls and foxy ladies, it's well worth a visit, and an ideal place to take a break from the dancefloor.

So, the birthday went with the expected bang, the throng of glammed-up clubbers lapping up the slick, smooth sounds and enjoying the pumped-up atmosphere. All in all, a fitting way to celebrate a year which has seen Cube rise alarmingly fast to the top of the scene. Just go there, OK? Cube Class is every Saturday.

Impulse @ Club Java, Edinburgh

ONE of the rapidly growing number of Nu-Generation promoters championed by M8, Impulse began life in Galashiels before switching to the capital last month. This, their second event at the funky Club Java, saw Duty Free star-in-the-making Darren Christian jet up from London for a guest slot. Already carving out an impressive reputation on the back of top gigs supporting his mentor Tall Paul, Darren is set to go on to great things.Unfortunately, it seemed that perhaps Edinburgh wasn't quite ready for him as the club was a lot quieter than expected. The next night at Glasgow's Privilege saw a packed house, so Christian wasn't too upset. Anyway, resident and promoter Stu Hirst played a blinder at Java, followed by Darren, whose set was superb despite the small audience. Still, better luck next time - with Eddie Halliwell lined up for next month, it seems things could pick up considerably for Impulse sooner than they might expect. Impulse is monthly at Java.

Gatecrasher Summer Sound System @ Turweston Aerodrome, Brackley

YES, yes, it was in England, and this is a Scots clubbing column. But Scots flocked to the year's first big southern club festival, so it warrants a review. It was tipped to be the biggest dance festival of the summer, with a line-up of international superstar DJs, which is why countless busloads of Scots made their way to the vast site. Many of the DJs did turn up and play very well though Carl Cox, regarded by many as the world's biggest DJ, wasn't there. Nor was the tent he promoted as part of his world tour. So what happened? According to Carl, his tent was abandoned due to poor ticket sales, and he didn't want to play elsewhere without the line-up he'd assembled for his arena. As the cancellation apparently took place on the day of the event, he, too, is somewhat annoyed.

It was a lot less busy than expected and some folk were gutted Cox wasn't there, but lots of people had a bloody good time.Let's hope things go smoother for Godskitchen's Global Gathering in a month's time!
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 30, 2002
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