“ O2 Academy 2 Islington,N1 Centre,16 Parkfield Street,Islington,N1 0PS. Tel:20 7288 4400 „
I attended club de fromage on its opening night with a group of friends from my old work place and I have to say.. there is no turning back. Basically, club de fromage, as the title suggests, is a club playing the cheesiest music in the capital. Venue: It is on every Saturday night in Islington's O2 Academy in the N1 Centre (formally Marque Club). It is a five minute walk from Angel Underground Station and a short stumble away from Angel's Upper Street where a variety of night buses will take you home, such as the N38, N19, N43, 341 and N30. Once you get to the N1 Centre you cant miss the venue, it is next to 'Next'. The Venue itself is rather spacious, not unlike a school dance floor with a raised platform at the front and a bar at either side of the room. Both the bars tend to get quite busy so I would recommend getting a few drinks at a time. Drinks: As you would expect in Angel, they are not dirt cheap, but not as bad as the west end. Generally you're looking at paying £2.70 - £3 for a can of beer and £3.50 for a single spirit and mixer. There are no frills in the club and it has very much a festival or 'students union' feeling with the drinks being served either in cans or plastic cups. The Music: As the name suggests... Cheese! Generally a mix of 80s, 90s and 00's cheese... expect favorites such as Blondie, a good range of Michael Jackson, Status Quo, Kylie and even the old soundtrack such as the Grease Mega Mix or The Grange Hill Theme - you may cringe, but I have often found it difficult to time a toilet or bar break as the music is so good. The Punters: Expect a lot of Hen Parties, and a generally mixed crowd.. I am in my late twenties and I never feel old going out here. People come here because they want to have a drink, a dance and a good time. I have been here lots and lots and I have never witnessed any trouble. There are often theme nights however, with reduced price entry for those who come in fancy dress so check the website for details. The Price: £6.50 in advance £8 before midnight £10 after midnight Not that bad for a club that goes on to 4 in the morning in a trendy part of London My only gripe with this place is that it costs £2 to put your coat into the coat check, and there is often a bit of a queue to get in... Other than that, I LOVE this place
I discovered this little gem of a club three years ago, on their opening night. I have been a regular ever since and they are celebrating their 3rd birthday this month having gone from strength to strength. Club de Fromage does exactly what it says on the tin - it is a club night packed full of cheesy tunes and cheesy DJs. People go there to dance, have fun, drink and cop off and the availability for doing all of this is in abundance. The event is held every Saturday night at the Islington Academy (N1 Centre). There is always a massive queue outside so should really buy your tickets early. The night starts at 10pm but doesn't really get busy until after the pubs shut, and goes on until about 3.30am. There are two bars in the venue (one on each side of the room) and, even though the drinks are overpriced (about £4 a drink), there is always a queue at the bar. Club de Fromage is run by 'Fat Tony' and 'Slow Alfie' (the DJs dressed up) and musically you should expect anything from Britney to Whitney to Duran Duran. As long as it can be classed as 'cheese' they will play it. They do take requests if you send them an email via their website. Fromage often runs themed nights (Grease, geeks or cowboys, to give you an idea) and anyone going in appropriate fancy dress for the theme gets to jump the queue. You can view details about what nights they are running on the Club de Fromage website. You can also subscribe to their group on Facebook and you will be emailed details in advance. Each week they hold a meat pie raffle, and they give away the raffle tickets for free (although you have to be able to push to the front of the stage) and the winner wins a sausage roll or similar. They also frequently have air-guitarists on stage for a few songs, but that part is a bit rubbish if you ask me because every stops dancing in order to stare at the stage and the whole atmosphere just gets ruined. There is no dress code at Fromage, but you will often see people dressed up. The place is always packed and you do struggle for space to dance when it hits its peak, and be warned that the floor can get very slippery in there (I have seen many a woman go a over t). The clientele is a mixed bag. You get all age groups in there and all types of people - from tarts to indie kids. There isn't that much of a meat-market feel to it, but there are plenty of people on the pull if that's what you're after. But I would say that mostly you see large groups of friends in there who have just gone for a giggle and a dance. There is quite a laid-back feel to it and I have never seen any trouble in there to speak of. The tickets cost £6.50 (plus booking fee) in advance (you can buy online or over the phone) or they are £8 on the night if you get there before midnight, and £10 afer midnight. NUS holders get in for £6 all night long. £2 to put your coat or bag in which I think is a disgrace, but they've got you over a barrel by the time you're in there. All in all it's a fun night, but you should expect it to be busy and you should expect to spend a fair bit of cash. Not bad though for a guaranteed night of cheese.