Chaos has its swan song

The Ice Bar in Highland Road, Southsea. 
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Southsea bar will close its doors

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Birthday celebrations are in order this week but they will be tainted with a sombre tone as Chaos celebrates its 20th birthday. The event is titled ‘20 Years and Out’ as this will be the last ever Chaos.

It’s a sad moment but not a time to feel down in the dumps as I, as well as many others, have some super memories of Portsmouth’s classic alternative club night.

Starting in 1991 at South Parade Pier, Chaos became an instant hit with lovers of alternative music giving them a clubbing home.

It moved to the Wedgewood Rooms in 2008 and was soon crowned the longest running independent club night, not just in Portsmouth, but on the South Coast.

Chaos has been regularly recognised by The News Guide Awards, winning Best Club Night and having two of its crew winning the Best DJ award on separate occasions.

The ethos was always simple, DJs play the music they like to the people they like on a Saturday night 52 weeks a year.

Chaos will be remembered as one of the best nights our city has seen. It will be defined by the fact that it always kept true to itself and the thousands of clubbers that attended.

The last ever Chaos takes place tomorrow night at the Wedgewood Rooms. Two rooms will feature all star DJs, old and new, playing a greatest hits of Chaos classics. Entry is £7 and doors open at 10pm.

All you under-18 teeny boppers are in for a treat in Southampton tonight as one of my favourite promoters, Love Social, are putting on one of their fantastic clubbing experience for young teenagers.

Head down to Oceana at 7pm to enjoy their resident DJs pumping up the dance floor as they play the biggest tunes in house, r ‘n’ b, pop and your favourite classics. Also, vocal house up and comers, Sunday Girl will be there to give you and exclusive live performance of their new single Love U More.

Tickets cost £7 on the door. They include unlimited free soft drinks, free cloakroom and the knowledge that you can have a safe time whilst dancing the night away.

Club 8 are putting on a special edition of Funk’d & Blush’d tomorrow. UK garage, grime and funky house legend Maxwell D will be performing live.

Maxwell D had a runk house smash hit track called Blackberry Hype. He is also a member of the reformed Pay As U Go Cartel, consisting of the original members minus those who went to Roll Deep.

Resident DJs Mike Money and J Fresh will be playing the best in commercial, indie, dance, rock and pop for the rest of the night.

Entry is free before 10.30pm if you put your name on the Club 8 Facebook wall, £3 before midnight and £5 after.