Delight offers Sonisphere ticket giveaway

THIS WEEK IN 1988: Nightclubs refuse acid house parties

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Although most people are thinking about the long weekend – and chocolate – for me, Easter is the start of the countdown to the summer festival season.

Whether it is the London park-style raves or the three-day-long alternative mosh-fests, the clubs tend to lap up the opportunity for a festival themed night. Pure are doing just that this week, but first some retro club madness.

It’s a Sin at the Wedgewood Rooms will be playing a mix of pre-2000 party anthems and classic tunes, from 1950s rock ‘n’ roll to ’90s indie, Britpop and dance via all that was good, or shockingly bad, from ’80s pop tonight.

Resident DJs Mikey Sparks, of Wolf Cub Club and Carnage, and DJ Lemon, of Chaos and Delight, have been playing clubs and pubs around Portsmouth for a combined total of more than 25 years, and the gruesome twosome have no shame at all when it comes to dredging the depths of their music collections to get the ladies dancing round their handbags and the whole room singing. From AC/DC to ZZ-TOP, they’ve got it.

Room Two hosts Pete Scathe’s Thunderdome. It’s one of the only pure rock and metal club nights in Portsmouth but, be warned, the ’80s Spandex might well make an appearance.

Entry to both is completely free.

Little Johnny Russell’s has two special events to enjoy both Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Educated does… Indie’s Easter party is tonight. They want to start your Easter weekend with the Indie Boys, Ash and Max, getting the indie vibes flowing with old classics and new music. The night runs from 8.30pm until 1am and entry is free.

Easter Sunday will be taken care of by Gentle Bren. He and his friends will be playing all the best in hip hop, funk and some classic party bangers. If you want a simple boogie, this is the night for you.

Entry costs £3 on the door.

The Knebworth-based Sonisphere festival organisers have chosen Pure’s Delight as one of the best alternative clubs in the UK and arranged an official link-up for the next three months.

Once a month, until the festival, Delight will be giving away two pairs of weekend camping tickets worth more than £400 as well as a selection of merchandise and other festival goodies.

Monday night Delight is Portsmouth’s longest running Monday club night, steering clear of the mainstream since 1999 with the Southsea Mafia DJs playing an uncompromising selection of rock, punk, drum ‘n’ bass, indie dub-step hip hop and metal.

Entry on the door costs £3.

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