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Mail Music: Clubber's guide Star Morillo turns Arches Inside Out; Mickey McMonagle's pick of the hottest club nights across Scotland.

Byline: Mickey McMonagle

Inside Out and Erick Morillo are not the most likely pairing. In fact,the reaction of most of the club's regulars when the date was announced was disbelief.

But, you know, it kind of makes sense. Sure, it was a brave move by the Glasgow club, branching out in such a radical way from their existing Arches music policy.

Thing is, though, Inside Out was always about different sounds in different rooms. In the club's early days, you'd have Tall Paul and Seb Fontaine in one arch playing their big pumping house anthems, with someone like Norman Jay doing his thing next door. Or Lisa Loud would play proggy in one arch while Simon Foy banged it right out in the other.

But I guess recently there hasn't been so much variation, with the harder end of things prevailing in both arches.

So serving up Erick Morillo, one of the world's leading house DJs, was in some ways just a return to Inside Out's roots. Alan Belshaw provided the usual tough techno business in one arch, catering for those who wanted their usual Saturday sound.

But Morillo - who plays much techier himself these days - was the star attraction. And I'm glad to say the Inside Out crowd welcomed him with open arms and minds - and he seemed to enjoy himself as much as anyone on the packed dancefloor.

Based on this fantastic reaction from the crowd, I hope the club continue to explore different directions.

On a more straightforward note, Mansion House's return was one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the Glasgow holiday weekend.

This high-end experience is well and truly established as one of the highlights of the country's clubbing calendar.

This latest instalment was the most successful yet, with a huge crowd packing out the upmarket Corinthian.

Musically it was top-quality house all the way. Robin S's PA went down well - especially Show Me Love - but to be honest I preferred the wicked sets from the many local DJs.

So if you're feeling jaded with clubbing in general and want something a bit special, get yourself along to the next Mansion House on Halloween.


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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 3, 2004
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