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Village Round-Up

Wayne Clews gets fired up by a new night on the Village fringe

Published on June 27th 2008.

Village Round-Up

It seems like an eternity since there was a new club night in the Village. In fact, most of the clubs are now so old that it’s getting positively embarrassing to admit that you were in attendance at the very first Poptastic or that you were once given a guided tour of Essential when it was still a building site only to realize that that took place a decade ago. Both establishments still pull in the punters, of course, but nothing has come along to give the scene a shake-up in ages.

"More likely, however, is that Thriller Killer has simply struck a chord with a crowd tired of the same old music in the same old venues. The club’s strapline is ‘for homos who don’t like hard house’"

This may in part be due to the licensing law changes and the smoking ban, both of which seem to have made nightclubbing about as popular as seal clubbing these days. At least if you’re simply popping out for a drink on Canal Street of an evening, there’s no need to join a queue to shuffle out for a fag, have your hand branded with some inky stamp, smoke a cigarette by a rancid smelling skip, before joining yet another queue to get back inside. It’s hardly surprising if the scene has settled into comfy but uninspiring stagnation.

However, after a few outings over the last couple of months, a new club night has entered the fray: Thriller Killer. Now happily ensconced on the second Friday of the month at Charlie’s, Thriller Killer looks set to go from strength to strength with each outing drawing a devoted following and sell-out crowds. Partly, this may be due to the venue. For the uninitiated, Charlie’s is a diminutive club on Harter Street, barely two minutes walk from Canal Street, which is best described as intimate – for the oldest of old school it's above the old Conti.

More likely, however, is that Thriller Killer has simply struck a chord with a crowd tired of the same old music in the same old venues. The club’s strapline is ‘for homos who don’t like hard house’ and offers a mix of indie, electro, Britpop and new wave. Expect to hear the likes of Arcade Fire, The Tings Tings, Arctic Monkeys and a few oldies like New Order thrown in for good measure. There's even the occasional live band. Yes, a live band in a gay club that doesn’t have Hazell Dean in its line up – how revolutionary is that? The club draws a crowd of skinny, stylish young things happily devoid of unnecessary attitude. Now that certainly is revolutionary for a gay club. Just get down there early.

Thriller Killer
Charlie’s, Harter Street , Friday 11 July, 10pm-4am, £3.

The Ladyboys of Bangkok.
Sabai Pavilion, Sackville Street, until July 26.
Another Thai extravaganza for the summer from the Ladyboys. This year’s show promises to be as spectacular as ever and has a devils and angels theme and feathers galore.

Big Gay Friday
Cruz 101, Fridays, 11pm-6am, £3-£5
The grande dame of gay clubbing relaunches its Friday night shindig. Hosted by Miss Cara, the night promises pop, camp and chart music upstairs, funky, electro house in the basement.

The V Factor
Vanilla, Sundays, 8pm-late, free
Vanilla are on the look out for a new pop DJ to join their ranks and those who fancy being the next Sarah Kennedy get to try out their set on a Sunday evening. To secure a place, visit www.vanillagirls.co.uk for full details.

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