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Village round-up 14/03/2008

Wayne Clews practices a different kind of religion on Canal Street

Published on March 14th 2008.


Village round-up 14/03/2008

Not being of a particularly religious bent (going anywhere near a church gives me an obscure frisson that I am about to be turned into a pile of dust), Easter has never meant that much to me.

All I can recall are dreary long weekends when the telly is filled with nothing but biblical epics and dusty old clergymen wittering on about the supposed significance of the whole festival. Still, if you work in a bank, at least you get a couple of days off. Sadly, this year I shall be gloomily stacking shelves for a well known retailer and enduring a weekend utterly devoid of fun. But for those of you with time on your hands, the Village offers plenty to keep you busy over the Easter holiday.

Throw a couple of bank holidays into any weekend and the Village is always bound to come up trumps with a spot of unbridled hedonism. There will be precious little Christian contemplation on Canal Street over Easter, but that’s nothing new. The big news is that Federation is back in Manchester for their first big event of the year. Some may recall that Federation quit their weekly residency in the city amidst allegations of a dirty tricks campaign being run against them to scupper their success. However, they have picked themselves off, dusted down their disco pants and are promising three huge parties over the coming months.

On Easter Sunday, they will be holding a typically flamboyant soiree at the Ritz with new shows from their nubile young entertainers and music from DJs Greg Myers, Jason Guy and Nik Denton.

Over at Essential, they will be hosting an Easter Rites special on Saturday with special guest D’Johnny from Fire and Orange and MC Crystal. Could this mean Essential is going a little bit urban on us all? Fear not, however, old favourites Aphrodite, Josh Cole, Alan Stevens and Nicksy will be on hand to keep the regulars happy. Easter Sunday at Essential is a Fitlads.net special where, apparently, there will be lots of fit lads, which is what you usually hope for really. Sometimes misguidedly.

Meanwhile, the lesbian community can look forward to the return of Climax at Alter Ego on Easter Sunday. This promises to be one of the biggest women’s club nights outside London and usually draws a crowd from across the country. Still, there’s probably not much of a lesbian scene in Scunthorpe. Taking place in Poptastic’s usual home, Climax promises two rooms of indie and dance with the warm-up starting early at Vanilla.

So think of me when you’re sweating and gurning at dawn. I shall be nibbling on a cheap chocolate egg and dusting down my uniform for another shift at the coalface. Happy Easter…

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