Fri, Oct 03, 2003 - Page 15 News List

The Vinyl World

By Jules Quartly  /  STAFF REPORTER

"come to mama." A model wearing tartan at the British Council bash at Saloon last week.


Everyone turned up at LUXY's opening night party last week -- the usual first-night crowd, regular clubbers and some new faces. It was just a shame the drinks ran out.

Over 3,700 people attended the bash and the idea of putting on a local act, Bliss Production's Citrus Party, instead of a headliner, proved to be a good one.

Though it was not much different from the average 2nd Floor night out (the owners are the same) LUXY is a nicer place to be overall. The arrangement of rooms seemed to work pretty well, with people emigrating to the house section toward the end of the night, as the hip-hop area wound down relatively early around 4am. Which is about the time the bar ran dry.

We were reminded of the saying about being able to organize a piss up in a brewery as the first stage in competent management. A club, you would have thought, would be equipped to (eagerly) supply expensive beers to willing punters.

We removed a quote in this column last week from one of the investors in LUXY who said people would not be kept waiting longer than three minutes at the bar for a drink. Stories of people waiting for an hour for a drink were so numerous they could not have all been exaggeration. Some gave up and went round the corner to Sofa for a drink.

To be fair, it was a free bar before 11pm and the same investor, asked earlier this week about the fiasco, replied "heads will roll" and confirmed there had been a 10-hour meeting to find out what went wrong and how not to do it again.

So, maybe a lesson has been learned and let's see how LUXY manages the bigger acts that have been promised and a seven-day per week opening policy.

LUXY's first night out was a success. Not everyone loved her but she is the biggest and loudest lady on the block and Taipei will benefit from having an international-class nightspot.

The other place to be last week was the British Council party hosted by Saloon, which was a well-attended affair with some good looking boys and girls flouting the latest Scottish fashions. The next night it was Scottish DJ Paul Cawley and VJs Damien Smith and Clyde Lawson, mixing it up at the Party Room. The evening's highlight was a buxom, strawberry blond-haired, six foot plus linebacker-type "dressed" in a kilt. [We are told by a reliable source the nipples were pistachio shells]. But the sparks were lacking as Taipei seemed to have a hangover from the parties the night before.

The UK can't be all that bad, however, if its taxpayers are willing to shell out a modest sum of cash to promote DJs and VJs, sending them over here for a couple of club dates. "I liked the way the British Council promotes art and culture together in a carnivalesque way," said Sylvie Lin, curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei.

Tonight's best bet for a good time is big-name DJ Nick Warren at 2nd Floor, at 15 Heping W Rd, Sec 1 (台北市和平西路一段15號). The dance music pioneer from England will be showcasing his eclectic trance mix for Taipei's masses.

The hottest action this weekend though will be an imaginatively planned party in Penghu for the International Sailing Festival being organized by Gammon Creative. In addition to peripheral activities, such as sailing and kayaking, skating and skateboarding exhibitions, the evening's entertainment will be hosted by MTV and local DJs, including K Fancy and his crew, from 10pm until 12pm, tonight and tomorrow.

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