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All Week All Live All On Radio 1 October 25th - November 1st 2002
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Last Updated 11 October. All guides written by Kate Youde

Nottingham has a strong reputation for it's dance music clubs - both for the serious dance clubber and for those after something cheesier. That doesn't meant that alternative music doesn't get a look in though. Being a big student town there's no problems in finding the local indie disco...

This is not a scene from Rock City - but you might hear some Marilyn Manson if you go clubbing thereRock City
8 Talbot Street
Probably Nottingham's best known club - great for those into alternative music. Décor and hygiene take a back seat to the music, but that's how it should be, right? In addition to the main club area, 'Rock City' encompasses 'The Rig', a more intimate, but extremely popular, venue that hosts a variety of nights throughout the week. There's a danger you won't get in if you look too smart so dress appropriately.

Monday: 80s in the Rig and the Basement; £2 before 11pm, £3 after. Tuesday: Indie in the Rig, Nu Metal in the Basement; £1 with NUS before 11pm, £2 before midnight, £3 after. Thursday: Alternative, pop and chart; £2.50 with NUS, £3.50 without, £4 everyone after 12. Friday: 80s in the main room, 70s Disco in the Rig, 60s in the Basement; £5 on door, £4 in advance. Saturday: Rock and lots of it; £5 all night but cheaper with concessions.

The Strokes - hear their songs at the Cookie Club - probablyThe Cookie Club
22 St James's Street
'The Cookie Club' is now firmly established in its new location and continues to be ever popular for fans of Indie and alternative music. Offering a more comfortable clubbing experience than 'Rock City', the venue has an urban chic interior, with sofas for grateful flagging clubbers. The popularity of 'The Cookie Club' may be its one disadvantage as there is often a sardine-like feel and limited space on the compact dance floor.

Monday: Retro; £1 before 11pm, after £2 NUS, £2.50 without. Tuesday: Gothic, 80s, alternative; £2 before 11, £2.50 after. Wednesday: Student night - Indie and alternative upstairs, pop downstairs; £1 before 11pm, £2 after with NUS, £2.50 without. Thursday: Groovy 60s disco; £1 before 11pm, £2 after with NUS, £2.50 without. Friday: 80s upstairs mixed with 60s and 70s, 90s downstairs; £2 with flyer before 11pm, after £4 NUS/member, £5 without. Saturday: Indie, alternative and retro downstairs, funk, disco and soul upstairs; £4 NUS/member, £5 without.

Chart and dance at the PalaisThe Palais
Lower Parliament Street
If you like cheese, then you'll certainly find plenty at 'The Palais', although any club that plays Jason Donavan's 'I closed my eyes..' and 'The Lion King' medley has surely taken things one step too far. The club's little sister 'The Zone' (underneath 'The Palais') attracts students in their droves on Friday nights, but for no apparent reason. Both venues are hot, sweaty, smelly and cramped but don't let that put you off, as it doesn't seem to deter anyone else. The club's redeeming feature is the price: it's much cheaper than most city centre clubs.

Wednesday: Classic tunes from the 70s, 80s and 90s for over 21s; £1.50 with ticket. Friday: Chart and cheese; free before 11pm, £2 after. Saturday: Chart, dance and R'n'B; £3.

The Elite Building, Queen Street
Serious clubbers will appreciate Nottingham's most impressive venue and its one million pound sound system. Although 'Media' does offer a variety of genres, including a regular drum 'n' bass night 'Detonate', there is a distinct leaning towards house. The popular Saturday 'Renaissance' night has been recently replaced by 'Sin' but it is sure to continue to attract the big name DJs, such as previous guests Trevor Nelson and Judge Jules. Expensive, and with a strict dress code, 'Media' certainly makes for a big night out.

Monday: 'Vodka nation' - student night Thursday: Trance Friday: R'n'B, Hip Hop Saturday: 'Sin' - Hard House

The WorksThe Works
The Corner House, Burton Street
The city's newest addition to the clubbing scene, 'The Works' provides entertainment for those with a more mainstream, commercial taste in music. It has three separate rooms, each offering a different genre, which is an advantage for clubbers who get easily bored. The club also plays host to guest DJs and minor celebrities on cheesy promotional tours, so it is guaranteed to be a little bit different every week.

Monday & Tuesday: Student nights Thursday: Live PA, promotions and guest DJs; £3 members, £4 without. Friday: Dance; £5 members, £4 without. Saturday: Current commercial; £7 members, £8 without.

BBC Nottingham's 360 degree Tour of The Works

Also Recommended
BBC Nottingham's guide to Clubs
BBC Nottingham's student guide
BBC Nottingham's guide to chillout spots

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