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TO THE GROUND; GO 2: SPRING is in the air.

THERE'S no mistake. I smell that smell. It's that spring time of year again. Bank Holiday, birds are singing and a young man's ponderings turn to thoughts of love. Or debauchery. And there's plenty of that on offer.

So, the Bank Holiday weekend starts tonight at the increasingly buzzing 13th Floor, based at the Hand and Heart, with Stoke-based Shallow who deal in "stoned grooves with shredding vocals and punk attitude" according to Kerrang. Support is provided by Coventry female fronted four-piece Hypersucker. Expect Royal Trux meeting Black Sabbath, getting drunk and having a balti.

Further support is provided by a band formed from the remains of Fuelled and former Sentella members, fronted by the mighty songwriting talent of Alan from Fuelled. It's their first gig together and as we went to press they still hadn't come up with a name for themselves.

Saturday on the 13th Floor brings us Paint, a cosmopolitan four-piece from Coventry, London and Amsterdam, featuring Robin Hill from Squad, who has also worked with The Selector's Pauline Black in The Supernaturals. Support is provided by Bullit. Astrohound have cancelled as they are apparently stuck in Israel. Cool.

Saturday night also sees the launch of The Groovy Garden at The Colosseum, offering an eclectic mix of sounds and reminding us that it is possible to dance to something other than happy house, euphoric jungle and spirit- lifting garage.

The Groovy Garden will give you the likes of The Stone Roses, Massive Attack, Rolling Stones, Abba, Blur, Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim and The Clash. If you can't get down to any of that, hey, you can't get down and your soul aint worth saving.

Still at the Colosseum, and on Bank Holiday Monday itself, Surreal - the Art of Noise will return to champion the cause of cool clubs, with essential beats spun by DJ Mickey Finn and the usual impressively flamboyant array of freaks and angels.

And Bank Holiday Monday also sees the return of a Coventry legend - Apocalypse Cross, the notorious Golden Cross Bank Holiday all-dayer.

Billed as Coventry's answer to Altamont, the event is an infamous celebration of the twin effects of music and alcohol, at the paltry price of pounds 1, all proceeds going to McMillan Cancer Relief.

Swamp Donkey will headline, with sets from Nisha Madly, Boiling Peter Bread, Hypersucker, Thorium and Valley, with DJs Adam, the Freakbeat Crew, Sketch and DJ Herbs filling in the gaps. Come on, you're not at work. Enjoy yourself.

Thursday at the Cross sees Sentella reforming for the first time in almost a year, with support from Tamworth's Blag.

If you haven't spent the entire month's wages over the Bank Holiday then a) you weren't doing it right and b) you may want to make plans for next weekend.

Friday, April 9 sees Glasshouse Productions Ltd. offer another techno, hardcore and house night at The West Indian Club, Spon Street, with the Maccabee Sound System, featuring Father Jack.

On Saturday, at the same venue, DMC will present a multiculture night with rock band Ten to Ten, Reggae band Kifaru, Birmingham rapper Danger and lively dance group X-treme.

Tickets for both events are available from Glasshouse, Upper York Street, Earlsdon, Coventry Technical College Students Union Office, The West Indian Club, The Fowl and Firkin pub and The Albany pub.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Crutchlow, Dayle
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 2, 1999
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