Lush for me is an experience i think me and my friends enjoyed more than most. After 'Paradise lost' in belfast collapsed, and we turned of age... lush was the place to go. 60 miles from home, Lush was worth every mile of travel. If you go in the summer, leave early on saturday morning! Visit the east strand beach, or nearby portstewart drive-on beach, have a swim, go shopping, have a kfc. Then... the fun begins, book a b&b or hotel within walking distance of kellys, easy done, there are loads. Turn up anytime after 9pm, when the doors open and wham! u r landed right in one of the best clubs in the world in my view. Ive been to tenerife, ive been to ibiza, theres none other that plays the latest and hottest progressive beats! u can visit clubs that play cheese, pop music and radio sh1t... but not here... 6 months ahead of the club charts, col hamilton will beat the tunes of the future into ur head at full volume. guest dj's are world famous, ive seen and obtained autographs from tiesto, paul van dyk, fergie, dave seaman, carl cox, and lads more.... except mauro picotto, he refused to sign my piece of paper, for which i have lost my faith in him lol. But regardless... 9pm to 2.30am is an excellent time, music stops at 2pm tho. if you walked to lush from your b&b, u will be walking back... and believe it or not, id recommend it. Some of the nicest and coolest people walk back from lush, u will meet girls mostly, students who live nearby and hungry pedestrians flooding the chippys that stay open for the occasion. the metropole hotel was a favourite of ours because it was perfect for a young crowd to come back to and have an after-party, meeting new ppl and sleeping in unusual places, waking up beside unusual but friendly strangers. Lush, portrush has loads of bars, and an inside chippy... and a plastic bin outside to put ur empty bottles in, and plastic cups to pour ur last drink into on ur way out. No other club offers this kind of attitude. Finish ur drink b4 u come in, rather than 'if uve had a drink, u cant come in'. overall a fantastic place to party, but keep your wits about you, not everyone in northern ireland shares my liking and enthusiasm for the place.
Lush in its own right is an institution and is Northern Irelands if not Irelands premiere nighclub. Since its begining in 1996, Alan Simpson and Col Hamilton have turned it from a ordinary club into superclub status. And this is not just me hyping it up, most DJ's who play here reguard it as one of the Uk's best club nights, with recent praise being recieved by Seb Fontaine! Saturdays are Lush! and the word "Lush" sums up this night but words aren't enough until you have experienced it! With only a capacity of 2000 you may be forgiven for thinking this is small, but what it lacks in size it whoely makes up for in atmosphere. The music is strickly house come techno come trance all mixed into one. Inside the club the decor is up to the minute with a groundbreaking soundsystem and looks that many a nightclub would kill for. The club attracts people from all over Ireland and some even further. The women are beautiful and as for the guys well there alright to! For those not into a constant ear pounding there is a chill room and the Synk of to the side which is a funky area which plays allsorts-regulars include DJ Yoda! Talking of regulars Lush! has had them all: Seaman, Morillo, Fat Boy Slim, Jules, Tong, Fontaine, but they just don't conform to the so called "superstar" Dj's as the likes of King Unique, Fuldner, and many other's provide nights that have been legendary and are remembered by all the Lush! faithful. But of coarse none of tis legendary status wouldn't of been achieved without DJ and promotoer Col Hamilton. This man is a god as he raises the crowd up from a steady pace to a full on hedonistic journey which only he can do through his working of deep and prog. house. If haven't ever been then make it a must do if you are ever in the area. Access is easy, there's even a chip inside it if you get hungry, not that you'll be able to drag urself from the dance f loor. Long may it live!
"Who's got the funk! Who's got the funk!" yell the crowd incessantly week-in, week-out as they lap up the tunes at Lush on a Saturday. Resident dj at this weekly club is Col hamilton (played at Colours in Ibiza last year, several succesful visits to Sublime in Edinburgh and other nights around the UK), who lays down his own style of funky and deep house mixed with a bit of trance. You'll definitely hear the odd anthem thrown in, but you'll get one or two surprises as well. I do recall a spectacular mix of Alanis Morisette and one of Reef. This club is well worth a visit if you're in the area. The crowd are up for it and the music is wicked. it's well known for it's big guest names. Oakie and Seb Fontaine will have to pay rent if they appear more often than they already do, and Judge Jules is never out of the place. Dave Seaman had a wicked night and I do believe a certain Mr. Cox has played once or twice too. Dress well, no trainers - the only real bummer about the place, apart from getting a taxi home which can be nigh on impossible at times. So dress up warm in winter. The only other disappointing thing about Lush is that it almost always closes at 1.00-1.30am (but starts early!!)