Many have happy memories of how Lakota used to be back in
the day, and to a certain extent, it's being out of the centre
of town seems to limit the number of beer boys who stumble
on Friday night, Lakota did not seem the ideal set-up for
an event of Slinky's nature.
you're in the main bar or the V.I.P area, you feel very separated
from the main dance floor, whereas at Creation you could see
the dance floor from everywhere.
it took us a while to figure out exactly where the DJ box
was - it's about 20 feet up in the air so you can't really
see what's going on from below.
crowd getting down to Tim Lyall
lighting and visuals were pretty impressive, and there were
various inflated objects suspended from the ceiling, but the
overall effect was not as spectacular as that achieved in
the larger-scale Creation.
midnight, the club was about as full as it would get.
were moments when there was a unified crowd on the dance floor,
but for the majority of the evening, it was far from full.
Jules played a diverse set, combining old classics like 'Night
Train' and Brain Bug's 'Nightmare' with more current hard
trance and hard house, such as Jens's 'Loops and Things'.
Lyall hardened things even further with tunes like DJ Scot
Project's 'U' and Joy Kitikonti's 'Joyenergizer', but Mark
E.G. at the end of the night was the most impressive.
served up a tougher, more techno-based set which included
'One Night in Hackney'.
few that had gone the full course were still going mental
for him until 5am.
E.G. was the most impressive
what was the punters' reaction to the new Slinky?
general consensus seemed to be that the Slinky team had made
a good effort, but that the old Creation atmosphere had not
quite been achieved.
23, told me he thinks the sound system at Creation is better,
and prefers the layout there, whilst Laura, 24, was disappointed
that there hadn't been a better turnout.
Al, aged 26, it was his first night out in Bristol and he
was very impressed, but those who had been regulars at Creation,
and desperately wanted to see Slinky return to how it was
in its heyday, were left feeling a little sceptical.
is certainly not a good sign if Slinky cannot fill the club
on its launch night, but on the other hand, there are a lot
of old Slinky regulars who may have stayed away because they
were not particularly keen to see Judge Jules.
line-up for 11 June (Lisa Lashes and Lee Haslam), 18 June
(Lab 4 live and Anne Savage), and 25 June (Tidy Boys and Andy
Farley) may well attract a slightly different crowd.
it closed, Slinky had a monopoly over certain DJs like BK
and the Tidy Boys, but since the launch of 'Scream x12' with
its staggering line-ups, there doesn't seem to be much that
Slinky can now offer which is not already being supplied by
the packed-out Scream.
it's early days yet, and a lot of people do want to see Slinky
repeat its previous success.
with a little more advertising, they will be able to get a
few more clubbers on the dance floor and the Slinky institution
will reign once more.
Upper York Street
Tel: 0117 942 6208
NUS: £8 all night Others: £8 B4 11pm / £10 after
guaranteed entry tickets £8 each available from: Slinky Box
office 0870 830 1414 /Bristol Ticket Shop 0117 9299008 Replay
Records 0117 041135
Info: Slinky 0870 830 1515