The Big Joint, Glasgow, Sat 24 Apr
Described by the Daily Record as ‘Scotland’s raunchiest club’, Club Noir is making a name for itself (after just one night) as the only place for the style-conscious exhibitionist to hang out. Following in the burlesque tradition — but with a little element of fetishism thrown in for good measure - the club promises striptease, dancers, circus acts, performance art and a dwarf on the door, all to an eclectic soundtrack which features everything from lounge to Elvis and punk to electro.
And of course, there are the people, with a dress code that specifies you look ‘impossibly gorgeous’ (no jeans or trainers, mind). The crowd is every bit as exciting as what happens on stage. For the girls, think Marlene Dietrich to Gwen Stefani. For the boys, think Bowie, Franz Ferdinand, Eddie lzzard, Humphrey Bogart . . .
‘We’ve thought about the difference between burlesque and cabaret a lot,’ explains Tina Warren, meaning herself and fellow Club Noir proprietor Ian Single. ‘And the succinct answer is that burlesque is just bawdy cabaret. It’s a bit rude, a bit sexy. It’s in your face and it stretches your perceptions a bit.’
We’re all for perception- changing as long as it involves good music and nudity, believe us. But what does Tina have to say in response to all the critics
who might dismiss the night as just a low-rent sex show? ‘We’re keen to get across the idea that it’s striptease, it’s not just a strip show,’ she says. ‘I mean, people were all crowding around the stage, but the first three rows were all women, they absolutely loved it. It reminds women that they might not be a size ten, they might not be blonde and they might have cellulite, but they’re still sexy. It’s almost more important to appeal to women than men, but then not all men are into the Truffle Club. Some of them just want to admire a beautiful woman for what and who she is without having to feel guilty about it.’
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Sat 24 April, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh
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The latest club news
The Jaxx head for T
FIRST UP IT’S TIME TO WAVE goodbye to our favourite DJ- baiting comic strip Glasgow Fabulous (p92). We’ve laughed, we’ve cried but now they move onto a new project (Ubiquitous Girl) up the front of the mag from next issue. We'll miss you guys. Also check Insider (p9) for their final send off straight from the horse’s mouth. COLOURSFEST HAVE ANNOUNCED their line-up. On :3 June at Brael‘read Arena. Glasgow. we have the likes of Nu NHG. Way Out West. Paul Van Dyke. Anne- Savage. Guy Ornadel. Stacey Pullen. Kevrn Saunderson. lom Mrddleton :Erver Envoy. Mark Doyle. l'l‘f. ()l X and many more. Check www.colomscouk for full (retails. QUICK T IN THE PARK UPDATE as the final names are all in place for the Slam Tent with Basement Jaxx (live), Carl Craig (live) and Jeff Mills rounding out the bill. Faithless have also been confirmed for the main stage. TOKYOBLU ARE LAUNCHING Sink 0r SWrm. a Summer-long DJ comp for up and coming talent at the Frsh Tank on 22 April. All genres are welcome With the wrnner getting a slot at an forthcoming l‘okyoblu club night and the Red Bull end or festival party as well as VIP trekets to T in the Park; With the runner up getting sOLrnd equipment courtesy of James Morrow Hr- lit. Send sample CDs to the bar (ttia Queen St. Edinburgh. EH2 lJt ) for a Chance to oualrfy for one of the heats.
SCOTLAND’S PREMIER D&B Event Manga are offering two tasty goodie bags to promote their forthcoming DJ SS show, 16 Apr, the Honeycomb. Send your name and address marked MANGA to promotions@ list.co.uk to win two tickets for any forthcoming Manga event, the latest Formation Records vinyl, 3 Manga Video DVD and a superb Terratag.com T-shirt.
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