“ 17 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, Antrim, BT2 8HD. tel: 02890 325942. „
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Ok, I have been frequenting the Limelight for over two years now from when I just turned 18 years of age. Up until a month ago the Limelight has always been a little dingy club with a lot of character as it always looked like a real hole. But as of February 2nd the Limelight opened its doors again after one month of renovations and now it is on par (condition wise) with other top clubs in belfast. If you're into alternative / indie music the Limelight is the place for you. It has three main nights during the week, Tuesday nights which is student night and is called "SHAG" and is only £2 admission, which is well worth it as the percentage of female students is quite high indeed :-). The DJ on Tuesdays is Phil Kieran, who Im afraid does not have a lot of Alternative / indie songs in his collection so he usually turns to playing the same set practically every week which gets a bit repetitive! Friday nights is "DISCO A GO GO" and features disco music from the 70s and 80s and 90s. The DJ on this night can alter but it usually makes a good fun night all round. Saturday nights is known as "HELTER SKELTER", and is my own personal favourite night, especially after a day at work and a week at university, I can get really drunk, listen to good music and be surrounded by beautiful women! The DJ's on this night are alternated everyweek between three people, namely Phil, Jimmy and Pat, who each have their own style, plus all three are always open to requests and always willing to play any cd's that you bring along yourself (maybe not phil depending on what mood he's in)! The club also holds a lot of gigs, a lot of top bands and solo artists have played there including Reef, Oasis, Blur, Paul Weller and also the upcoming Badly Drawn Boy gig. They also let a lot of unsigned bands play, some of which are really good, for example - Go Commando, Blind Eyed View, Honey For Christ. If you 9;re in Belfast for a short period, it is a must see, I'd recommend it to anyone!
The Limelight is a club in Ormeau Avenue in Belfast. It has recently undergone a renevation which has transformed it from a dive into a good looking place. The music policy is varied, but mainly concentrates on what is dubbed "alternative" with a large dose of cheese thrown in for good measure. It opens on Tuesday night for Student night-SHAG. Admission is £2 and drinks promotions run all night. A quality night out, but with bottles of Tennants only a pound, you can get dangerously drunk. Resident DJ Phil Kieran (who thinks he knows what us students like), who also plays at the Mandela disco on Monday and Thursday night, gives me his version of what he calls alternative, but what in the end amounts to the same songs week in and week out, but perhaps the is the problem when the majority of your playlist consists of classics. Friday night is disco a go go. The main idea of it is that the manager of the Limelight, Dave Neely bombards you with cheese for 4 hours. He also throws in plenty of drinks promos, in an attempt to make HIS night popular. The music could be generalised as anything which is not rock, and which is well known, meaning there is plenty of "oh I remember that song, I haven't heard it ages" factor, but whether that would happen every week is debatable. Saturday night is £4 in (£5 after 11) and is titled Helter Skelter, for some unknown reason. Music is similar to that of Tuesday, with dj's Phil, Pat, Jimmy and Simon operating in rotation, each bringing their own flavour in an attempt to keep the music varied. Typical songs you can expect to hear range from Limp Biskit to the Beatles, A-Ha to The Smiths and from Weezer to the Jam. There are also many live bands playing in the Limelight on a regular basis, with loads of superstars such as Paul Weller and Blur having gigged there. The Limelight has an unjustified reputation of being the hang out of weirdos (when that woul d be The Venue). It took a lot of persuading for me to get a lot of my friends to come down for the first time, and once I did, most of them found that they loved it and are now regulars. Therefore if you are scared of the Limelight, I would advise you to give it a try, does £4 mean that much to you?