6:00pm Thursday 18th August 2011
By Rachel O'Connor
RACHAEL O’CONNOR finds out there’s more to the Ashmolean Museum than you would think.
While good tunes are often hailed as the win/lose feature of a new club night, there are other factors that may well sway your verdict and a truly awesome setting is surely one of them.
Few would disagree that in the city of dreaming spires, you'd struggle to get more awesome than the world-famous Ashmolean Museum.
Clubbing aficionados from London’s Notting Hill Arts Club have joined forces with the historic establishment to create a truly special evening of music, drinks and dance.
Late Nights showcases only the freshest music from the latest rising stars.
The evening kicks off in style with the opportunity for drinks on the Ashmolean's plush roof terrace while listening to DJs and a live performance from London’s jazz songstress Annie B. There’s a relaxed vibe and the elevated location provides a great alternative to the usual pre-clubbing drinks crawl.
Then, from 9pm, the historic doors of the Ashmolean’s 500 capacity vault swing open and the crowd of fashion-following, discerning music enthusiasts trickle down the stairs.
The venue is, unsurprisingly, jaw-dropping – artwork adorns the walls, huge marble pillars rise from the floor and bright swirling projections transform this once cob-webbed space into a vision of the future.
Hailed as one of the most inventive young bands in Oxford, Spring Offensive are first-up and deliver an energetic set to an enthused crowd, before London duo Visions of Trees take to the stage and pump out some hauntingly good electronic beats.
The night is completed by sets from Black Cab Sessions’ Mim and Juice Box DJs – who ensure everyone dances 'til their feet bleed.
The chance to sample Notting Hill Arts Club's famous atmosphere in one of Oxford's most glorious settings really is a rare treat and I strongly suggest you keep your ears open for details of the next exciting installment (which, funnily enough, I’ve just been told is Friday November 11th – grab your diaries now!)
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