Mobile Clubbing Weekend

It’s been a busy weekend. I’ve been out for each of the last four nights and each of those nights has involved loud music and staying out late.

Mobile Clubbing - Tate Modern

This picture is from Friday’s Mobile Clubbing event which was held at Tate Modern.

Mobile Clubbing is a bizarre experience which involves turning up at a pre-arranged time and place (pre-arranged via the internet, of course!) and dancing to your personal stereo, along with a horde of strangers. The Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern was a perfect venue for this. Even the artwork currently on display conveniently allows plenty of room for people to dance around in the open space.

And speaking of the “artwork” … I guess it is pretty much obligatory for me to offer my comment. Being fair, the hall was very busy when I got there, so I couldn’t really take in the awesome wonder of a hole in the ground all at once. Being realistic, though, it is a hole in the ground. Neat idea with the name, though - Shibboleth. Only this time I think the Shibboleth is meant to flush out pretentious art critics and not the Ephraimites.

And that was just the start of the weekend clubbing experience …

Actually, Thursday was the start, but that was a pretty bog standard evening at London’s default nightclub, Tiger Tiger, to celebrate a friend’s 30th birthday. Tiger Tiger, the safe, reliable, predictable McDonalds of the London club scene. Or if you’ve turned up in an all male group on a popular night you’d probably be turned away and end up in On Anon - London’s Club of Last Resort.

It was a relief to go somewhere more unusual for Saturday’s outing - Shunt Lounge and Theatre Company. Shunt is buried underneath the arches of London Bridge station, similar to the next door SE1 venue. As well as the usual club stuff - lights, music, alcohol, we were also treated to a short theatre performance. This involved the audience wearing wireless headphones to listen to the (minimal) dialogue and atmospheric sound effects. I think the headphones were meant mainly to drown out the connecting room’s club noise but they also made the performance feel a lot more involving than simply sitting and listening. Clever use of surround sound made it feel like we were a part of the action. Nice sound quality, too.

I ended the weekend with more unusual clubbing. This time the B-Boy Championships at Brixton Academy. The event featured the world’s best lockers, poppers and breakers battling it out on stage to see who was best. Korea won the team event - two large teams taking turns in the centre of the stage to show off their dance moves, fight style. Despite the “battle” metaphor it was a thoroughly sporting contest and very good natured. I found I was really getting into the music, too.

And finally, if you were wondering what I decided to dance to at Mobile Clubbing:

Mobile Clubbing - The Tune

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