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Glam, Cardiff
From Fri  Oct
Opening with a swank invite-only party on Friday 3rd October 2008 and flinging its arms open to all the
day after, Glam promises to provide a sexy and top notch clubbing experience for the residents of Cardiff
and surrounding areas. Situated in Greyfriars Road, the new club will replace Q Bar, which has been in its
present location next to Oceana for only a few years. Having been afforded a state of the art refurbish-
ment throughout September, Glam will be ready for the new student influx at the start of this month.
With the management team headed by Henry Blunt, Cardiff can expect great and professional things.
Blunt, for those of you who don’t know, is the mind behind the Time Flies venture which, since the
early 90s, has promoted house music to the Cardiff masses. National and international DJs have
been foisted upon us – nigh on any house superstar of the era you could name – and TF have also
co-promoted with the likes of Cream, Ministry Of Sound and Miss Moneypenny’s. Which rather comes
in handy when you need to namedrop for a club opening.
Glam will have its very own resident DJs who will get Saturday nights bumping with dance and house
played weekly. Guest disc jockeys should be out in abundance, with the first month boasting Alistair
Whitehead (in the area on Sat 4, courtesy of Miss Moneypenny’s), bassline sceneleader Shaun ‘Banger’
Scott, electrohouse pleasers the Hoxton Whores and the inimitable duo of Alex P and Brandon Block.
Friday nights will see an abundance of musical styles ranging from drum’n’bass to indie, and rock big
dogs – The Hoosiers, Oasis, and in November, Primal Scream – will utilise Glam for their gigs’ official
afterparties, and DJ there too in some cases. Good news for students, additionally, as events just for
you will be happening throughout the week.
A quote from Glam’s management team goes a little something like: “Glam will provide a sexy and
comfortable clubbing environment at long last in Cardiff and fill the massive void by the closure of
Emporium.” Admission: varies (see Clubs listings for details). Info: 029 2022 9311 BETHAN REES
The Great Hall, Cardiff University Monkey Bar, Swansea Holodeck @ Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff Aperture @ Glo, Cardiff
Students Union Fri 1 Oct Fri 1 Oct Fri 1 Oct
Sat 11 Oct Ten years, aye. What do you think the aver- Holy mackerel, talk about ‘they only come Drum’n’bass has tended to be a surefire
A coalition between Radio One’s leading age lifespan of clubs and/or music venues out at night’ – with Holodeck being granted, winner in Cardiff over the years, as dance
Oirish lady and local crowd-pullers Stu’s Party in the UK is? How d’you reckon it breaks for one night only, what I’m pretty sure is genres go, but that doesn’t make Aperture,
and Cool House, this is a suitably gargantuan down region-to-region? This preview doesn’t the first 6am licence Clwb has employed for the most tireless promoters of d’n’b round
welcome to Cardiff for freshers who ap- have the answers, merely the suggestion a very long time, local milkmen may only these parts in recent years, any less dedi-
preciate a quality lineup. Annie Mac and her that it’d be a sight less than a decade, and be seeing some attendees of this Halloween cated to the form. They’ve made something
Presents… nights have long been a showcase South Wales would not fare well in terms of mashup in the dewy morning. Can you of an art out of crisscrossing between the
for the acts she pushes on her show, but are longevity. Monkey has kept on keepin’ on, not handle it? Subhead, tonight’s main attrac- old time warriors of 90s jungle and the
also a chance to appreciate her diverse tastes only independently but also alternatively and tion down in Cardiff for the first time ain’t more contemporary trailblazers, plus of
as showcased on the still sought-after compi- undergroundly. Roll dem buzzwords! Really, for the fencesitters, that’s for sure. course the most promising local residents.
lation release The A To Z Of Annie Mac. though: you’ve got to have a head on you to Pumping out 12”s since 1996, mainly on their Doc Scott, as you really ought to know if
With her tonight are Fake Blood, the bounc- keep a venue going this long, so party hearty own eponymous imprint but also on such you visit Aperture nights, falls firmly into
ing London producer who goes heavy on at this one, Monkey. scene-respected labels as Dave Tarrida’s Sa- the first of those categories – that said, he’s
the bleeps and stabs and recently shame- It’s only a fiver for a ticket, but most of the tivae, Justin Berkovi’s Prediacements and the still pumping out the jams at a respectable
lessly and successfully remixed Josh Herve capacity will be invite-only, so you’ll have to mighty Tresor, Subhead were a London-based rate, much like he did from the early to
Harvey and Sinden’s Beeper and UNKLE’s be swift (or be invited). The three big names duo until Phil Wells (a former member of psy- late 90s.
Restless, both of which should be good for a go like so: The Orb, the brainchild of founder chobilly antiheroes King Kurt! Told you they His evolution into junglist by no means
bit of peaktime lunacy. member Dr Alex Paterson – overseer of some were badasses) passed away after a short ill- unusual – hip-hop and electro preceded
Rico Tubbs is another name to watch here: heady chemical exploration in his 20 years ness last year. Jason Leach, Subhead’s other late 80s techno, bleep-rave and breakbeat
following his set at the Basement in the guiding this band through peculiar pastures. half, has weathered this tragedy to carry on hardcore at the forefront of his obsessions
summer the Finnish breaksman’s new Specifically promising an “ambient set”, their sterling work in the field of banging-yet- – his debut 12” in 1991 and subsequent
release Knuckle Sandwich is currently in distinct presumably from their mongy but challenging techno mayhem. And sterling it bonding with Goldie, Grooverider, Jumping
this writer’s car stereo and is a seriously beat-filled standard mode, either way a wonky sincerely is: hoovers and gloopy acid squish Jack Frost and the like placed him at the
bouncy affair. Also keeping the vibe at journey should result here. Hybrid, Swansea’s out the wazoo, pretty-ugly edits and jarring epicentre of the swelling darkside. He set
ceiling level are performance art outfits most successful dance ambassadors, turn tempo shifts, in a wonky bracket with the likes up one of the most highly regarded labels
Mutoid Waste Company and Lost & Found, in a DJ set, which should be a floorpleasing of Neil Landstrumm (and fellow Londoner in jungle, 31, which continues to this day,
who describe themselves as “bespoke mash of breaks, house and trance. And Toob Jerome Hill, a Holodeck semi-regular who and is still in demand in several continents
interactive nonsense facilitators with an – sideproject of Red Snapper’s Rich Thair also features on tonight’s bill) but fiercer than for his thoughtful, moodshifting yet con-
emphasis on getting people involved”. plus his pal Jake Williams, recipients of a them by half. Some of LFO’s more distortion- sistently floor-friendly sets (reflecting both
Stu’s Party have been putting on such five-star review in last month’s Buzz y’know! heavy output this century wouldn’t be a wild his mid-90s ruffneckisms and later detour
shindigs for nigh on 11 years, and to – showcase a set of their offbeat electrofunk comparison either. into quasi-ambience). It’s likely to be a tight
celebrate there is an exclusive afterparty styles. You’ll never leave the dancefloor. As well as Leach and Hill, there’ll be a squeeze in Glo tonight, so why not shify
the following day. Those who chose Monday Tickets: £5. Info: 01792 480822 (NG) smattering of all the Holodeck residents and yerself down there early and check out
morning modules are warned. Tickets: some drum’n’bass rinsing on the middle some locals while you’re at it? Admission:
£14/£13 Cool House members/NUS. Info: floor, like you like it. Admission: £8. Info: £5. Info: 029 2023 7177 (BH)
029 2078 1458 (RH) 029 2023 2199 (NG)
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