MAX MOOSE Melbourne Review:

Stand and Deliver

Thursdays

@

Club UK

169 Exhibition St, Melbourne

Club UK is now Club 169. I don't know if they still run a Thursday.
Max Moose, MaxMoose, Fri Jun 3 03:19:16 2005
GET READY MELB THE OLD CLUB UK IS ABOUT TO LANCH ITSELF ONCE AGAIN!!!!!! EXPECT
NOTHING LIKE THE OLD PLACE! NEW CREW DJS AND CROWD! WHAT THIS SPACE!
Luke, Fri Mar 11 22:25:47 2005
August 19, 1999
Note: This is a review of Sunshine Underground, which has been superseded by Stand and Deliver, a mix of techno and UK classics. Click here for more current info.

Sunshine Underground is a free night which operates in the basement at Club UK and opens officially at 10pm on Thursday, although we often start earlier. The basement at Club UK is small and cosy and has minimal lighting and good sound. There are seats for about ten people in the basement, and seating on higher levels for those determined to sit down. The music is pumped throughout the whole venue via sound cables but is loudest in the basement. Dancing is encouraged but there is no pressure - some nights are mellow and some are energetic.

Musically, Sunshine Underground aims for a rather specific audience - people who love UK music. We cater for those people who like the indie and beats genres. Bands you can expect to hear include Blur, Pulp, Suede, Saint Etienne, Stereolab, Fatboy Slim, My Life Story, Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, New Order, Elastica, Boo Radleys, Cardigans, Space, Lightning Seeds, Sleeper, Mansun, Bis, Belle And Sebastian, Bluetones, Chemical Brothers, Electronic, Pop Will Eat Itself, Charlatans, Northside, Kula Shaker, Propellerheads, Echobelly, Stone Roses, Smiths, James, Ride etc.

There are different DJs and giveaways each week. On 19th August, DJs were Paul Davy, Mark Dorset (of Easy Life and Safari Suite) and Cameron Adams (Herald Sun, ex-Beat). DJs change weekly to bring you Melbourne’s biggest variety in English indie music.

The clientele is also determined somewhat as a result of the music. The average Sunshine Underground client is young (18-25), intelligent, dressed in modern or 60's English style clothing and has a love of the music. They aren’t there to pick up, they’re there for the music. This, and the size of the night creates a friendly atmosphere. The club has only been open a few weeks.

The venue itself also has quite a lot to offer in terms of an English-style bar complete with English beers on tap and interesting cocktails. The bar staff are friendly and are keen to tell you anything you would like to know about the club. Finally, there’s a TV screen with video link to the DJ booth and a Dr. Who pinball machine upstairs.

Paul Davy