As we lazed round Darren’s house at Saturday lunchtime, we pondered what we would do with our evening. Our Friday night was spent DJing and unpacking so another night could not be wasted. Perusing the Guardian guide we came across two options. The first, Finger Pop, was being held at Bar Aquarium on Old Street. I’d often wanted to go to their Carwash night and see what the club (which I think has a swimming pool in it!) was like.
Finger Pop is held on the 1st Saturday of the month and promises bubblegum, garage-rock, psych, freakbeat, soul and more. Sounds good, but we decided to go with something else. FP should definately get a visit in the future though.
The something else was the incredibly hyped Feeling Gloomy. Held at the small Islington Bar Academy, the night sounded interesting. It’s manifesto was to play songs which have sad lyrics, but sound happy and you can dance to. So off we toddled…
What a disappointment!
The night that had been hyped so much – hell even Radio 1’s One Click had done a feature on it, was nothing more than a pretty mediocre indie disco. The venue was maybe 1/2 full when we arrived at midnight and it thinned out quite quickly. Most people were standing about talking, with a minority dancing down the front while your completely average music played. The only highlights musically were Editors – Munich (which was just a relief from the drabness of the rest) and excitingly for Darren Billy Idol’s Dancing With Myself which he’s been nagging me to play at Missys for ages. He emitted a very large whoop upon hearing the intro.
Drinks were expensive, but that’s to be expecting from a Carling venue, and the cloakroom was shockingly £2, resulting in a bit of a coat dump in a corner of the club. The crowd was a bit bizarre. I’ve been used to teenage/20something crowds really at the nights I frequent, and this seemed like mid 30somethings. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it was just unusual and perhaps too Islington couply.
So there we go. Feeling Gloomy is most certainly NOT recommended and I have no idea why it’s being hyped so much. True to form we ended up at Ghetto, dancing to pop with Duncan and his crew before having an enjoyable first nightbus to new house home with lots of people we vaguely know.
Edit: Okay okay, perhaps I was a little intensly BOOO-some at this. So here’s a mini edit with a link to one of the DJs setlists which it seems was from this night. I know we arrived on Sex Dwarf, but perhaps mainly heard the other DJ, or was in the toilet when good songs were on or something. I know that I would have been majorly excited if I’d heard Angel Eyes. I still don’t think it’s worth £8, had a very good atmosphere or is deserving of the hype as it’s essentially just a standard indie disco, but I wouldn’t object to giving it another go.