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That post below about the changing of the guard at Ri-Ra, an interesting to-do at the Guardian’s blog (which reminded us of some clubs in Waterford we’d completely forgotten about) and a rumour that the fabulous Powderbubble may be returning …

Mon, Apr 30, 2007, 09:42

   

That post below about the changing of the guard at Ri-Ra, an interesting to-do at the Guardian’s blog (which reminded us of some clubs in Waterford we’d completely forgotten about) and a rumour that the fabulous Powderbubble may be returning for one night only to Dublin this summer has set us thinking: just what were the seminal Irish clubs and club nights?

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a host of current contenders who are doing the business week in and week out, but the older ravers amongst the On the Record readership always enjoy these lists. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it smacks of nostalgia but there’s nothing like the start of an election to bring out the nostalgics (broken promises, previous election photocalls, that kind of thing).

The On the Record roll of honour would include:

Sugar Sweet at the Art College in Belfast (before Holmer discovered Hollywood)

Sweat at Sir Henrys in Cork (there is a law in Irish cultural journalism that you must always mention this one, but it was also a seminal experience for anyone who was there)

Strictly Rhythm in Limerick (I think the venue was McKnights, but boy, it was good)

Temple of Sound in Dublin (sticky carpets and banging tunes)

Sides in Dublin (the best hellhole in town)

The club nights Paul Murphy used to do in the back-room at Henrys in Cork (some of the most startling club sets I’ve ever heard)

Jazz Juice in Galway (Aran had the power)

A host of club nights which used to happen upstairs in the Rock Garden in Dublin (from Horny Organ Tribe to UFO)

Of course, there are a ton more. Which is where you come in….