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      20.03.2001 18:38
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      Greb’s, Moshers, Rockers, Goths, Yetties, Weirdo’s, whatever you want to call them, but you know what I mean and ‘Yes’, this place is full of them. I’ve gone twice in my lifetime and actually been refused for looking to smart. Can you believe that? I thought they were joking at first when they said but the humour soon went away. The first time I set foot in the place I wished I didn’t. I’m not a great fan of rock music; I like a lot of oldies and a lot of the new bands like Limp Bizkit and Pappa Roach… but it wasnt the music that bothered me. I’m usually a very open minded person and don’t care what people look like. But this place gets you mad. It was full of people who dressed like “The Crow”, they smelt bad and looked like they hadn’t taken a bath in weeks. The dance floor was full of sweaty dirty men with beards pushing each other. It was gross. Its divided into 2 floors, downstairs is small and upstairs is just smelly. The amount of weirdo’s in the place gives you the creeps, there are no nice looking respectable women in the place, the men wear nail vanish, nobody has anything decent to say to you. They do food there as well and they have thought up some crazy mixtures, I would rather be sick than eat their food… some greasy Mosher with long hair was cooking and he was gross. The one good point about this place is you can get off your head for about £5… it’s about 40p a short, 70p a pint and 50p for a mixer. It’s all cheap plonk but the price is right. Don’t go!

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        17.03.2001 03:17

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        My first experiance of spiders was not the most pleasant.i turned up in a fitted knee length skirt and a gold halter neck top looking oh so girly n full of glam.oops......wrong place to be on an outfit like that!to my surprise.it wasnt a typical hull nightclub.there are none of your typical lad gangs in short sleeved shirts n leather base loafers, no girly skirts n pretty accessories.oh no!more like a room full of grebs wearin their oldest scruffiest clothes n not givin a damn about anythin or anyone....bu HELL its fun....and they all look wicked! quite scary but wicked!if your in hull its a place not to be missed! the drinks are immensely cheap {50p shots} wow..bargain.i was practically pissed on about three quid..now thats wat i call a good nite|!i the musics not exactly to my tASTE BUT YOUVE GOT TO GO JUST TO EXPERIANCE THE ELECTRICAL ATMOSPHERE!

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        14.03.2001 18:45

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        To be honest, Spiders is virtually the only place to go in Hull, if you want good music and cheap drinks. The music, rock, metal, goth and occasionally indie, is usually amazing - Saturday's being less heavy than the Friday night at Spiders. Saturdays - the upstairs is opne, but it's really not worth a visit. The drinks are amazingly cheap - why? Because they virtually never advertise, and also their members of staff take turns at being the DJ - which is why there is a fairly wide range of music here. There is no dress code here, which makes the atmosphere a lot more relaxed, but there are still bouncers on hand to assist, if help is needed. If you are not a student, then you must either be a guest (added 50p to the admission) or join and become a member - the money from which is given to the RSPCA. Apart from Spiders, there is the Room - but heavy music is only really played on Wednesday nights - the drinks are still fairly cheap compared to most bars and pubs, but Spiders would still win hands down, if it was up to me. Go and take a trip to Spiders - cheap drinks, good music - what more could you ask for?

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        04.08.2000 18:16
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        I'm not one for clubbing. In fact if someone wanted to take me clubbing I would hope it means they plane to start hitting me on the head Captain Caveman style. It would be a more pleasant experience. Thankfully Spiders is not the kind of club that clubbers would attend, in terms of music and style it is as far from Ibiza as it is in inches. In fact it is the way, that as a child, I used to imagine night clubs to be like, before actually discovering what the dance era offers - it is dark, with plenty of seating (though still not enough) separated by iron partitions, and contains exotically dressed people. If you want to find groups of 'lads' or young lasses, scantly clad in TopShop clothing, on a large dance floor then this is not the place for you. Most of the people you will find here sit in dark corners wearing black clothes and make up, the girls too. Blue lipstick also fits in well here though. Sadly sometimes you see very few people who actually put in any effort but this does depend on the night. Many, the Jeans and T-shirt crowds, seem to come in the same clothes they've been wearing all day. This though is an intentional act on the part of the clubs management who seem to have a similar dislike to modern club culture as I do. In fact if you do dress as though you were going to one of those other sorts of club then you may be turned away, The club is spread over two floors. Upstairs is incredibly small but has its own bar and music, there is also a kitchen where you can buy a few food items although I think the whole idea of eating in busy a nightclub, as opposed to a separate food area, to be rather scary. Not that I want to start rumours about their hygiene because I am certain they are very clean, from observation I can say that Kingston-upon-Hull's health inspectors are rather good at their job and I have yet to see them close down Spiders. Downstairs is much larger and features several bars and areas for
        dancing. Everywhere else is comprised of seating although you are still lucky to be able to find somewhere to sit as it does get very busy. Saturday nights offer real Soul and RnB upstairs, as in the 1960s and 70s rather than the modern style of the same name, and indie/alternative downstairs, Fridays have a more wider version of the same downstairs while upstairs you may hear anything, the theme being named "positively fourth street". Their music selection isn't perfect but it is better than there nearest equivalent, bland indie nights that you get in other clubs. There will be some Oasis but interspersed with The Cure, Blondie, Joy Division etc. The club themselves state that they are neither an indie nor rock club but instead an alternative to what is played everywhere else. i.e. a 'not a dance club'. I apologize for keep labouring that point but it does pretty much define what Spiders is about, and to whom it is best suited. I have found Fridays to be a little more interesting than Saturdays but there really isn't that much difference between them. Some see it being the other way around criticizing Fridays for being dominated by students. I would disagree simply as the venue is very popular with students and both nights can be as bad as each other. The club is located on New Cleveland street, just outside of the city centre. it is very near to the warehouse and spent a week at the top of the national headlines during 2000 after collapsing. Although it's one of two clubs on the eastern side of the River Hull it is still within easy walking distance from the city centre. It's location is an advantage in that it stops the drunken youths who roam up George Street from spoiling a good evening. This is a street where a large number of the cities other clubs are based and as a had a reputation for violence. You must be a member to get in although students do count as members. Once you are in a g
        uest can join for only £1 which lasts for five years and gets donated to the RSPCA. Entry is £2.50 for a member and £3 for a guest on Fridays, these prices are 50p higher on Saturdays. From experience I would warn against trying to sign in six guests to one member, though somehow we did manage to get in under a haze of confusion. Drinks though are cheap. Very, very cheap. Shots are 45p and still measured using the imperial system which is slightly larger than the usual metric equivalent. Pints are £1 and bottles £1.20. No special offers or gimmicks, these are the permanent prices and have been for at least the last two years. They also have their own range of interesting cocktails including a pangalactic gargleblaster which seems to live up to the reputation for that name being as it is far too much for me to be able to take. Most of the problems on George Street, and in other parts of the city, has been blamed on the low prices of alcohol offered by competing clubs, the city officially has the lowest drinks prices in the country, so it is interesting to note how uncommon violence is at Spiders. Not only is Spiders the cheapest and best night out, it is also the safest. Having started in 1979, and remained privately owned, the club must be doing something right, it even hosted an episode of The Tube during the 1980s. There probably are better clubs in bigger cities but as Kingston-upon-Hull is so isolated you cannot go elsewhere. Spiders is the alternative side of the city. It is not simply the best of a bad lot though, it is an excellent place in its own right and would easily fit into the life of somewhere like London or Leeds. The only way I could imagine it being better would be if they stopped playing modern indie music and stuck with the alternative/goth/rock sound. But then that is only because of my own personal tastes. As things stands it is dark, the drinks are cheap and the music is not that bad so what is there really to co
        mplain about?

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