“ Camden High Street, NW1. On Fridays. Info: 0956 850 524 „
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I have been going to Peach for a while now. I have to say that the atmosphere can not be beaten. Other club nights like Fabric live, or trance nights at Ministry dont compare to that of Peach. Camden Palace is an alright sized venue. About 1500-2000 people can squize in. It has an abundance of toilets and bars and isnt ever packed to excess so moving around is not a problem, no B.O smell as your off to the bar then! It has a number of balconies that go up and up with comfortable chairs to relax when your feet just cant take it anymore. A typical night would consist of breakbeat sessions until 1-2, gradually braking in to hard trance and uplifting trance. Residents are Kiss 100's Graham Gold and John Lambert. Strobe light and laser show of course. Lots of scantily clad women and freaky people goofing out on their lil'fings. Best way to spend friday after a long hard week of graffting. One of my most memorable nights was when Ferry Corsten took to the decks. We were treated to an extended set which was fantastic. Other big name DJ's which i have seen are Dave Pearce and Mauro Piccotto... must i say more! Peach also holds buy one get one free nights where you buy a drink and get one free! duh! They sell glowsticks on the door and at the bars and the Palace has lots of UV lights so your UV hair gel will glow! This is a little club night and is not commercialised like Gatecrasher or Cream. Peach is a definite pilgrimage for all clubbers! You should go and see for yourself and make your own judgements, but what do i know, i am only 16.
Peach at Camden Palace is an amazing event. It was the first club I ever went to in London, and is still my favourite. The first thing that struck me was the size of the queue, we got there before it opened and there were already over five hundred there. Despite a long wait to go in, this gave us ample time to try and bargain necessary glow sticks and unneccesary whistles. The price is good, only 12 quid and 9 quid before 11. Of course, if you become a member (a measly 10 quid) you get to jump the queue and only pay 7 quid. On going in the first thing that hits you is that this is no ordinary club. Camden Palace is a converted theatre and you come out onto the first balcony. As soon as I got in, there was a sea of glowsticks on the dancefloor beneath me. First impressions were that the club was fairly small and a bit run down in places, despite its alleged refit at huge cost. It was only later I discovered the multitude of balconies and just how big the place was. The music was lovely and hard as well as occasional trance. Apparantly the system was not operating at peak performance, but I was happy, it was loud bu not harsh. In the morning my ears were not ringing and I thought that maybe I might keep my hearing til my thirties. Mmmmm Lasers. Camden is famed for its laser and it is justified. 8W full colour and it's a beauty when it's working properly (not often). It looks so good coming out just above the dj booth at the back of the stage shooting out all over the place. This HAS to be seen. Mmmmmm drinks. There are many bars at Camden. They are all designed to rob you of any money you ever had. My advice, stay away, buy a bottle of water and red bull on its own if you need a caffeine does. Bottled water is 2.20. Any other drink costs £3.50, this means one red bull, or one pint, or one (single shot of) vodka, all cost £3.50 each. On this logic, ask for a double vodka and red bull and you'll be aske d for a staggering £10.50, if you feel you need alcohol, bring some to drink in the queue. If you're a poor student like me and can barely afford the travel and entry, bring an empty bottle of water and fill it from the sinks. Atmosphere is what distinguishes Camden from any other place I've been to. The motto is "by the people for the people" or something like that, and it shows. The crowd are great fun and a huge variety of different types/ages of people. Expect it to be druggy, if this offends you it's probably worth avoiding, but personally I'd rather be with a crowd of happy e'd off their head people, than a load of aggressive drunks looking for a fight. Dress code advice, trainers for comfort as you'll be dancing til dawn, and anything that glows or is shiny in UV is wickid. Remember you will be searched on entry so don't take anything in that could be mistaken for drugs, alcohol or a dangerous weapon. The bouncers are perhaps some of the most aggressive I've seen, unless of course, you happen to be female and wearing a short skirt. However stay well away from trouble, cause them no hassle, and you'll get no grief. Expect a good time, you won't be dissapointed. Dance for as long as possible, and you will come out feeling you've given it everything you've got and you had a wickid night. The biggest friday night in London and well worth a try. Don't forget those glow-sticks though.
We started going to peach a couple of years ago . I've got to be honest , that it's changed a bit since then but the atmosphere has stayed pretty much the same and the guys have stuck to a winning Friday night formula formula . Now 3 years on we're still going ! Peach is an absolutley blinding night and make no mistake . It's a guaranteed stonker and you can pretty much be safe in the bet that any of your mates you drag along will love it . Camden Palace is a good venue , a gutted out theatre that would make you think that it's been designed to eventually become a 1,500 capacity club . Peach is pretty jammed on most nights now and if you're going to get in you're going to have to be willing to que ( if you're a minion like most of us ) . It's £9 to get in before 11 and £12 thereafter . Getting in before 11 usually involves getting there before 10 to start queing but the venue really gets good about 1am . Also worth a mention is Andy - the geezer outside every week who sells glo-sticks and other mad stuff ( glo-sticks are £2 each ) . This is known to mates as 'the glow stick tax' as it's an essential part of your night out ! Inside after you've dropped off your coat you can expect a nearly religious experience walking into the club . A long tunnel akin to the tunnel to the footy pitch awaits but instead of arriving in the stadium surrounded by cheers you'll find yourself surrounded by laser lights and pumping house music . Resident Graham Gold and chums never fail to deliver an excellent set ranging between progressive cuts to bleepy trance . The sound system is good .. but not amazing , lights inside are blinding with plenty of strobes and lasers cutting shapes in the smoke and a screen with trippy wireframe displays they drag out occasionally . For the garage men & ladies there's a small garage room upstairs although we've been turned away due to VIP parties without notice - so check before you get in . I'm not really into garage but from passing thru' you're likely to hear rough sounding underground bassy garage rather than your usual pub background pop . The crowd down there are for the most of it exceptionally friendly and totally mad , there's a complete cross section of clubbers from all age groups . You've got to respect the complete lack of any dress code required to get in .. unlike other london clubs of the minute . In fact don't be put off if you see people dressed up in lab coats , boiler suits , themed outfits or just their underwear . There's only a couple of things I'd note - camden has got more and more popular so get there early . Also if you're a strong anti drugs campaigner then the number of people inside going 'pills mate?' is likely to wind you up pretty quickly . The bouncers could probably use a couple of days looking after old folks as they are nutters . Still stick on their good side and you'll be fine . People I've gone with have noted that the search on the door is also quite thorough ... don't go along trollied or you'll probably laugh in the face of a doorman . Drinks inside are expensive - £3.50 for bottles . £2.20 for a bottle of water and £3 for a can of red bull . There's no free water available but most people buy bottles and fill them up from washbasins in the toilets. If you visit regularly it's worth getting a membership card for £10 . It lets you skip the queue and also admit one guest , you also get to pay £9 all night and also get random mailshots and freebies . In all though , can't reccomend it highly enough . Absolutley blinding . Go for it . If there's still any doubt in your mind check out www.peachyravers.com which is the unofficial website for the ravers . I'll meet you all by the bottom left speaker right ? I'll be the one w ith the massive grin on my face having a brilliant time !
The world shook when I first went to Peach. I was immediately greeted by a sweating mass of young boys and girls, all ecstaticly happy and jumping around to some of the finest cheesy house anthems out at the time. With eyes bulging with excitement (and some amphetamines) I strode in to what would become my favourite haunt for many months to come. However, lets note that this was 5 years ago when it was held at the smaller, but more intimate and easier to fill Leisure Lounge. I was also five years younger and much more easily impressed. Nowadays, I have been back to Peach to find myself seriously feeling like a bit of an old fogie. Whilst I have aged, the crowd that I so loved seems to have remained teeny. I'm sure it is still just as much fun as I remember it, just not at my age!