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Top Five Nights Out in Newcastle
I left my heart on Tyneside

So the North East has called you and the allure of Newcastle’s bright lights awaits. But there are so many options, and how could you possibly decide which part of the Diamond Strip to visit? We’re here to sort the wheat from the chaff, and put down a definitive marker on which parts of the Toon you should be frequenting with your presence.


World Headquarters

World HQ has one of the richest histories of any club on the planet. Its owners went from humble beginnings with a pub and a jukebox to owning one of the most forward-thinking and liberal clubs in the world.

The variance in the differing nights held here is staggering, from funk and soul parties to full on reggae roasts and dub soundclashes, and the sound system itself is a joy to behold.

The interior of the venue is covered in murals and paintings, but that won’t be what you remember it for – World HQ is clubbing for people who are in the business primarily for the music. No frills, no spills, just some of the best tunes and everyone having a good time.

Powerhouse

Powerhouse is Newcastle’s premier gay club, and it’s exceptionally lavish. With light up dance floors and a stunning roof garden, it’s an experience not to be missed for anyone, regardless of their sexual preference.

The different rooms play out all sorts of dance anthems through the night, from disco classics to modern day chart classics, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a more fun-loving, accepting crowd anywhere in the town.

Top tip: Get yourself onto one of the podiums in the main room for maximum exposure of your dance moves to the rest of the club.

Digital

When ‘Digi’, as it is affectionately known, opened up in 2005, it was dubbed ‘the Fabric of the North.’ If you’re a clubber, you’ll know that this is a big statement, but in the years that have followed, the place has won a host of awards to justify that title, including being named the 11th Best Club in the World by a poll of 1000 DJs for DJ Mag.

But although its roots are in dance music, there are nights here aimed at everyone. From the famous 80p entry on a Monday night, where there are 4 rooms spanning everything from Techno to Chart; to Rebel Thursdays, which aims to be the best rock and roll night in the North East – there really is a room (or a night) here for everyone.

Check out what’s going on at the website, find yourself either a night or an event that takes your fancy and head on down – there’s no chance you’ll regret it and you’ll definitely be back.

Cosmic Ballroom

For the more specialist amongst you in your genre-affiliation, Cosmic has surged to the front of Newcastle’s burgeoning House and Techno scene, setting itself up as the everyday market leader.

Whilst it may not have quite the list of high-end names that Digital can boast on its roster, its intimate setting and knack of finding the best in emerging talent within the dance music world has set it up as a location to find a constant stream of exceptional nights out.

If four to the floor, laser light shows and surround sound dance music are your scene, then Cosmic will undoubtedly be somewhere you will be laying down your patronage on a regular basis – and you’ll be all the better for it.

Floritas

One of the absolute stalwarts of the Newcastle scene, Floritas has been hosting parties since before we were born, using the tried and tested Geordie recipe of outrageously cheap drinks, chart topping hits galore and full on hedonism.

There’s nothing untoward here and you won’t find pure, unpretentious fun in any better place in the world. The old adage rings true in Floritas – that Geordies do it best. Watch and learn from the masters of fun-loving, and get involved on the dancefloor. Here, it’s as simple as that. 

By Jack J Collins, Editor, AllAboutCareers.com

Image courtesy of Wikipedia, 'Night Light on the Tyne'

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