Belfast Telegraph

Never mind love, some fine tunes are in the air as well

By Patric Baird

All you lovers out there — Valentine’s Day celebrations don’t come much more varied than this. Funny Valentines, slushy Valentines — even my bloody Valentines — are on the cards, reports Patric Baird

ST Valentine's night — normally the traditional reserve of couples exchanging cards, gifts and lingering, gooey-eyed glances over a lukewarm pizza — is, for singletons and less conventional couples, one of the highlights of the year's clubbing calendar.

If you prefer techno to a table for two, Stiff Kitten has a three-decks-and-effects set by veteran DJ/producer and label owner Christian Smith on the menu tomorrow night, with a side order of Twitch, the local electronica trio.

TRAKS! in Portrush has teamed up with local confectionery outlet The Sweet Shop and, along with reduced admission for anyone wearing a dress (which presumably applies to both boys and girls!) is giving away ‘sexy chocolate' treats.

Roses for the ladies and bubbly for the babes is also included and the venue is also toying with a ‘traffic light' idea, involving the distribution of colour-coded red or green glowsticks, depending on one's relationship status!

Also tomorrow, the aptly-named Sharon O'Love will be taking to the decks at the second instalment of Vibe's female-fronted party nights at the club's Valentine's Ball.

The Ministry of Sound resident is teaming up with local mix minx Venusrollergirl for a loved-up session of smooth house grooves to ease clubbers into the mood. Doors at Mynt open at 10pm, admission £10.

There’s a distinctly Italian-flavoured St Valentine's night at Cookstown's Clubland, as man-of-the-moment DJ Giuseppe Ottaviani takes over the decks for a Goodgreef vs Planetlove special.

The Roman remix renegade is best known for his stunning live shows which involve so much electronic gadgetry, NIE may have to fire up another generator or two to cope with tomorrow night's surge in the Mid-Ulster area.

Paul Van Dyk has proclaimed Ottaviani as the ‘next big thing' and he's also earned the reputation as being amongst the world's best trance producers, being the ‘go to guy' for a whole variety of artists requiring a distinctive remix.

He's joined by Planetlove's own DJ Mog and Goodgreef's Greg Downey, who has also had a memorable year, having spent 2008 playing gigs across the world, from Sweden to Argentina and Poland to South Africa.

BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Darren C will be flying in from London to paint the party red at Belfast's Potthouse for another Valentine’s night bash, in association with online women's lifestyle mag,

Expect a female-friendly mix of classic disco, soul and R ’n' B anthems across both floors of the city centre venue.

The party runs between 9pm to 2am with admission costing £10, plus a complimentary Red Valentine’s cocktail for everyone clad in red.

DJ Stevie J will be hosting a special fancy dress night at another of Donegal Celtic's special reunion parties on Saturday night, giving all the venue's punters from bygone days a chance to re-live their 1970s and 1980s youths all over again.

Prizes will be awarded to the best hippy, punk, mod and Bay City Roller lookalike — it's a strictly over 25s, tickets-only event and there's more information, including some nostalgic photographs at www.bebo. com/ILovedTheDC.

Expect something of a more bloody Valentine as hearts, flowers and smoochy ballads are very much off the list at Lavery's on Saturday, replaced by a night of punk, goth, emo and hardcore, as new weekly club Radiation makes an appearance at Duel.

Normally on a Thursday, Radiation makes its weekend debut among a line-up that includes live performances from some local bands and Deckadance, featuring DJ Gregz McCann. Doors open at 8pm and admission is £5.

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