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Clubs - Phill turns the tables with a completely different show

By Patric Baird

Never mind the buzz ... here are the facts: Phill Jupitus. Spinning tunes. Belfast. Tonight. Don’t say we don’t give it to you straight

Shine at Queen's Student Union launches straight into its 14th year tomorrow night with the first in a series of December shows featuring some of the world's most exciting makers of electronic music.

Saturday's outing sees the welcome return of Charles Siegling, aka Technasia, the French techno/electro producer and DJ whose studio collaborations with Amil Khan are permanent fixtures on the playlists of most of the big-name DJs.

The pair, also collectively known as Technasia, are best known for their live performances and albums but tomorrow sees a solo DJ set by Charles who will be playing alongside local legend Fergie in the Main Room.

Also included in the line-up is Daniel Bell, the Detroit minimal techno pioneer who makes his long overdue Belfast debut, having played in just about every other city in the world since launching his DJ career back in the early Nineties.

Support comes from resident Alan Simms, Simon McDermott and Senor G. Advance tickets cost £14 and it's the same price for students or Shine members, otherwise it's £16 at the door on the night.

There are actually quite a few internationally-acclaimed electronic acts flying into Northern Ireland this weekend, as Love Fridays at The Beach Club celebrate their first birthday tonight with guest DJs from Egypt and Holland making an appearance.

Dutch production wizard Richard Durand will be playing a set choc-a-bloc with his own, exclusive material including the kind of anthemic remixes which have made him one of the most in-demand track tweakers in the business.

Joining him at the Odyssey Pavilion for the club's party celebrations are Egyptian trance duo Aly and Fila, whose remixes and singles, including How Long, Lost Language and Dynasty, have scored them superstar status on the worldwide trance scene.

Support comes courtesy of DJ Mog and doors open at 9pm. Tickets cost £10 although special VIP tickets, priced at £15, will give the holder access to the venue's swanky and exclusive VIP room.

Monthly residency The Jet Project at Stiff Kitten is back tomorrow night again with another global titan of the turntables topping the bill in the form of resident at Ibiza's We Love Sundays, Paul Woolford.

The Leeds lad has helped to make the all-day summer parties at Space, one of the Balearic Island's biggest clubs, world-famous and is now concentrating on spreading a little sunshine across some of the more climatically-challenged countries, such as our own.

The Jet Project's residents Timmy Stewart and John McIver will be on hand to warm up the decks for Wooley and, given his rigorous touring schedule and soaring popularity, his appearance in such an intimate venue may well be his last for quite some time.

Perhaps not in the same league as some of the illustrious DJs visiting our shores this weekend, but possibly better known than all of them put together, is comedian Phill Jupitus who'll be spinning a few tunes tonight at Lavery's.

The longest-serving member of the Never Mind The Buzzcocks team is in town for a show at the Grand Opera House and has promised to pop into the Back Bar afterwards to treat the punters to a few of his favourite tracks.

Phill is a big fan of punk, ska, reggae and rockabilly, as well as the kind of new wave and classic rock anthems which are much beloved of anyone roughly of the same vintage as the forty-something funnyman.

Admission is free and Phill is expected to weigh in sometime after midnight, taking over from resident Gregz who starts his own marathon set at 6pm tonight, and every Friday night, at the Bradbury Place bar.

patric.baird@ntlworld.com

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