Thursday, January 25, 2007

Scene Unseen

Philip Sherburne's current Month in Techno column makes me long for clubbing proper-style again. "One crucial difference between English and German attitudes toward rave. The Brits are showing up, freshly scrubbed, for another go at yesterday's party - one the Germans, by and large, never left."

When we were there during the summer, we got out of Berlin's Club Maria at around 9 in the morning (after a Wednesday night out!) - only to be greeted by some friendly locals asking us if we wanted to hit another club which had just kicked off for the day. We would actually have gone if we didn't have to go back to the hostel and pack for the journey on to Amsterdam.

When we go see James Holden in Belfast tomorrow night, we'll be turfed out around 2am. With the exception of the few places that took advantage of the extended licensing laws (mostly big clubs like Fabric and the like), the UK is worse than Ireland for longevity on nights out, and Northern Ireland is much worse than the UK generally: people are already trounced by 9 in the evening, and nights peak around midnight. But with the general public here and in Britain being used to getting trashed to go out, and going out to get trashed, I don't think our societies could handle 24-hour partying anyway.

7 comments:

piaras said...

here, here

Messy Angelo said...

Its a question of perspective and what you're allowed to do. You gotta drink and whatnot earlier to get the enjoyment out of a night in Ireland, so you start earlier and finish earlier. That said, a 24 hour club would be awesome. And the death of me.

robvanhalen said...

england and ireland have fucked themselves going out wise! and its going to take a while to get them back to normal! there are some clubs over here that stay open past three or four in the morning! but to be honest by that time ive been so fuck faced that ive had lock jaw and picked holes in my hands. im just so used to the pace at witch id drink or do what ever that any later than four and i would probably sleep with a man! sadly the rave didnt really dissappear in england! after the nineties it just sort of stagnated because no one played any interesting music, loads of people sttill went, but these people, as you say were just holding on to their youth and the memories of pure mdma pills! i wouldnt blink an eye if all these people were rounded up and locked away with out reason tomorrow! love a good rave i do but i two or three years ago the common brittish rave would make you crave to be stuck up the front an aperticularly violent Cro Mags gig in the early ninties new york! here i think ireland has an advantage cos we dont really have the horrible history of raving that england has! my friends here still wince when i mention techno while everybody back home is all up for it! and raving despite its fashionability is still concidered the domain of the crusty and the thirty year old over here!

thomas said...

that Sherburne article is superb conor

Messy Angelo said...

still no article about holden? cmon tuggleboat, i was expecting you to field that one ...

Tugboat said...

Oh shag yeah I forgot... Although I don't really know what tunes he played (or Rob Hall for that matter, but I do know a few Phil Kieran played before Holden) - maybe I'll throw something together.

Messy Angelo said...

Yeah ... you did have your party hat on, instead of your old feodora with the journalist card in the side, syaing "What's the big scoop, gota tello my editor before dealine day, see?"