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      03.03.2007 11:27

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      My friend's boyfriend was beaten up by Time & Envy (Northampton) bouncers last Sat night and nearly died. He has had major surgery and is still in intensive care. The police are involved.

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      11.10.2005 15:22
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      waste of time and money, close them down!!!!1

      Bouncers are racist, they pull u to the side and beat you, theres one that think he above the law but just give him a burger he be calm for 2 minutes then he threaten you again. PRICES are too expensive. manager is a c**t. place is dirty needs a clean, employs forgeign people to do their dirty work. they sell second hand drinks in vip area. THINKING OF GOING, MIGHT AS WELL VISIT THE TIP. GET BETTER SERVICE!!!

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        12.03.2004 01:31
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        • "Sort out the cloakroom - if your going to charge that much at least run it right!"

        I have lived in Northampton my whole life and have been a loyal customer of Time and Envy for the last two years. The music was always fun, the drinks prices were ok and everyone went there - especially on Bank Holiday weekends which were always a sell out! However, in the last 6 months the club itself has got increasingly expensive whilst not offering any improvement in the services it provides. The drinks are more expensive (anything alcoholic is at least £3.20-and most are more, with the exception of the odd shot), it costs £7 to go in on a Friday and Saturday (used to be only Saturday) and is now £1.50 to put your coat in, which is compulsory - why not just add the charge on the entrance fee! Basically - don't go in there with just a tenner - you won't be able to buy even a Diet Coke (£2). Now to some people these prices may not seem bad - but we are in Northampton not London. The place is getting run down, the atmosphere has lost it's vibe and my recent visit home from university to my once favourite club was awful. I nearly died when I saw how much it was to get in. Ok, the night wasn't a complete disaster, saw a few people though it wasn't as busy as normal, the music in Envy was good as with a bit of cheese in Time breaking it up a bit. The club itself is also getting run down, theattitude of the club appears to be 'we are the best and know it - so we can get away with whatever!' Anyway by the end of the night there was a huge rush for the coat queue - as normal I know, unfortunately I was unable to find my coat ticket (I know very dense blonde). So, they shoved me aside and told me to ring the next day - it would still be there they assured me. Wrong! Not only did they say I couldn't get it till next week as there was no manager present, I had to bring photo ID - what with the picture of me wearing the coat?! I still have not got my coat as the lady explained to my Mum, who kindly went in for me as I'd had t o go back to university, it wasn't there, they 'must have given it to someone else!' - direct quote! Sorry Time, it's just not good enough anymore, get your act together because your losing all the custom you once had! Bring back the fun nights out and the cool Sunday nights and you might have a decent club once again if you haven't already alienated your customers. I for one, or any of my friends, will not be returning in the near future. Stick to Bridge street people, a much cheaper and a better night out!

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          29.10.2003 23:03
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          If you're a student at UCN or not, Time and Envy, Northampton is a really fun club. Mondays are good cos they are cheap (for students) and non-students! good mixture of cheesy/ chart music, while Envy has RnB etc. Other nights are more expensive but its still worth it. loads of taxi ranks near by and food places for the 2am meal! I think the other review is about another Time and Envy cos it sounds nothing like the northampton one, there is no new shoping centre near by, u dont go down steps to the dance floor etc. so mine is much more valid! go there cos its lots of fun!

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            22.11.2002 01:57
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            I was talking to my friend Ray, about an hour before I went to my friend's house to get ready for our big night out. We got onto the topic of how excited I was about my evening out, and he said that he had been to Time and Envy before (last year) when So Solid Crew and Oxide and Neutrino were supposed to be there, and they never actually showed up. In fact, as a joke, he said to me 'I hope they turn up', and I was like 'she will do, she better blimming do.' The night was Tuesday 22nd of October 2002. Ms Dynamite was supposed to be present at Time and Envy. Tickets cost £.7.00 in advance, and probably more if bought on the door (although I am not sure if that was possible due to the large amount of tickets that had already been bought beforehand). This was a special night for the Club Scene, especially seeing as the club was only open on this night for teenagers aged between 14 and 18, no older or younger. The queue was enormous; it went out of the doors, all of the way around the corner and almost back to the new shopping centre that has just been built. We joint the queue at 6.30pm, and the doors opened at 7.00pm. We finally got to the front of the queue ? gave in our tickets which we had bought beforehand and looked forward to the fantastic evening that was planned. When we got in there it was great, the atmosphere was 'booming', everyone was hyper and you could tell that people were getting energized because they knew that Ms Dynamite was going to be on that exact stage opposite them in less than a few hours time. To be honest, I am not a massive fan of Ms Dynamite ? my friend is obsessed with her though, that is why she got the tickets. I would say that in my opinion, only 10% of the people would have been there, if Ms Dynamite wasn?t going to be there, because apart from Ms Dynamite (the main part of the evening), there wasn?t many other highlights. That song 'Nu Flow' which was in the charts recently (October 2002) by 'Big Brovaz' was due to be performed at about 9.00pm, and for the rest of the evening, before and after that, was just a normal DJ and MC set-up. Anyway, so we went in, it was a lovely entrance. The stairs were all lit up and the people on the doors were very friendly. They tore off the strip on the side of the ticket, asked us if we wanted to put our bags or coats in the lockers (which cost £1.00 each) but are extremely secure and probably better than carrying around any valuables or a huge bulky coat (and trust me, that night was freezing cold, so I was glad that I had brought it). We told them that we would go and have a look inside first and see what was happening, before coming back out and then putting our stuff away for safe keeping until the end of the evening. When we went through the doors, the music was blaring out. I remember saying to my friend 'This looks alright actually', and her not being able to hear me until I shouted it out really loudly! She agreed with me, as we walked down the stairs towards the main stage. Time and Envy is set up as a top floor, where you can see the main stage by looking down from this 'balcony style setting'. Downstairs is a huge dance floor that soon gets filled up, and the main stage directly in the centre. At the back of the club, upstairs, there is a small bar area, and behind the main stage (through a set of doors) there is the toilets. I recommend that you grab yourself a drink at the start of the evening, because by about 10.00pm, they had sold out of all fizzy drinks in cans and were only selling bottles of water for £1.00 each. Obviously it was an alcohol free zone due to the age range that were allowed inside, but usually Time and Envy sell most normal club drinks at usual bar rates. Sitting on the second level is ideal, because you can view the rest of the club and see everything that is going on. Sit there, enjoy your expensive drink and absorb what you se e and let the excellent sound system pound your eardrums from all directions. The club is dominated by the DJ booth, which holds computers galore generating endless images to be displayed on the two huge screens above. Add to this a light and laser show that in terms of quantity and quality puts the 'Underground' to absolute shame. And of course, check out the heaving dance floor with a stage plumb right in the middle for the superb in-house dancers to go mad on. During the evening the DJ (Lee Rawlings) kept saying 'Big it up for Ms Dynamite' and then at 8.30pm he said 'Ms Dynamites in the building, everyone, lets hear a loud scream for the lady herself who's in the dressing rooms'. After that, 'Big Brovaz' came on and produced the one song that they have ever released. They got a few claps and cheers from the nearly 2000 people (at a guess, the high ceiling was well above the dance floor and made the club look huge) who were present?but everyone was still desperate to see Ms Dynamite. You could see that people were going up to the box that the DJ was performing from, and asking his technicians and helpers what time it was planned for her to be on. They said that she would be performing 'towards the end of the evening'. The night was supposed to end at only 11.00pm and then me and my friend had planned to go onto another club in the area such as Secrets or Faces at Gants Hill (near to where I live). So, we waited patiently as the clock spun round. By the time it got to 10.00pm, I had lost count of the number of times that Ms Dynamite had been mentioned by the DJ, as the crowd looked on with smiles and cheers, as well as waves of hands in the air. It finally got to 10.30pm, there was a rumour going around that usually Time and Envy keep you in suspense right till the last minute, and then she makes a huge appearance, so that was what we were basically waited for. At approximately 10.45, they ma de up an MC-ing competition to keep the boys happy. Three boys went up on stage and done their best at MC-ing. In their little rap, they had to use the words 'Time and Envy', two of done this and both won a horn (trumpet thing). Afterwards, to keep the girls happy, they done a dancing competition. I had been dancing all night pretty close to the stage, and so my friend quickly pushed me forward onto the stage and the DJ held my hand as I stood in the centre, with two girls either side of me. He told us the rules ?basically no nudity! ?and that we were going to be dancing to 'Sisquo's Thong Song'. We danced for a couple of minutes and then the DJ asked the crowd if they liked Number One and they cheered, then he asked if they liked Number Two (me) and they cheered as well, and the same for Number Three. Although it was a competition, it was a bit of friendly fun, and all three of the participants (including me) got one of those horn trumpet things that make a lot of noise. It got to 11.10pm, by this time, one of my friend's friend's was going mad because she was waiting outside to pick us up to take us onto another club where she was also going. She hadn't come along to the Ms Dynamite thing, but wanted to spend the rest of the night with us. We managed to get signal on my mobile phone in the corner of the club, so we text her to say ?Ms Dynamites going to be on soon- sorry about the delay', and she text back saying ?Hurry up, its not a problem, but my car is getting battered?. We didn?t really know what this meant until we got outside of the club and found out that many problems such as massive fights had broken out, and because she was parked close to the club exit, her car was a target for crime. We wanted to hurry up, and by now the crowd was very eager to see Ms Dynamite. We were all screaming ?Ms Dy-na-mi-tee-ee? and hoping that she would be out at that exact minute. Then, the DJ came on stage and we though t he was going to introduce her or tell people to move away from the stage so that she had more room to perform, because by now, everyone was so close to the stage. The DJ did actually tell everyone to move away from the stage ? in fact, all of the way away from the stage and out of the doors that said EXIT! We were really angry as he told us that 'Due to unforeseen circumstances such as the way that Ms Dynamite was stuck in traffic in France because of terrible weather conditions, she would not be appearing on stage'. Now answer me this: How on earth could Ms Dynamite be in the building if she was in France?' All through the night, Ms Dynamite was 'in the building' according to the DJ, yet after he had kept us there for a long time after we were expecting her, she actually wasn't there at all! Almost everyone was furious. You could see the anger in everyone's faces as big 6 foot something tall bald headed bouncers started to move everyone up the stairs and back out of the club before any trouble started out, so that any fights that were going to happen, happened outside of the club where it wasn?t anything to do with them. People had already started to throw bottles and other objects at the stage, to show their frustration, and as they did this, the DJ said 'any damage caused will have to be paid for from those people concerned'; do you think this stopped people? They started arguing a lot with the people on the doors, asking the same questions as I had about how she was in the building and in France at the same time! I told one of the women on the door that they should be expecting a letter from me soon? On Saturdays Resident DJ Lee Rawlings (the same one who was there on the night of the Ms Dynamite disaster) is present. Andy Atkinson, Ego and Keen are also regular DJ's on the scene-mixing Garage and R 'n' B tunes, all through the night. On Saturdays, the club opens at 9.00pm and finishes at 2.30p m. It costs £6.00 to get in before 10.00pm, £7.00 before 11.00pm and £8 anytime afterwards. The club is also open on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday?s, the club is split into two sections ? Time, and Envy. Time is for the over 20?s and is the section upstairs, where as downstairs is the VIP bar and the section called 'Envy' that is only available to over 25's. The dress code is smart casual, but no blue denim and certainly no trainers! So basically, lads get ironing your collared shirts and polishing those shoes, or just don't bother. Needless to say, if you are super drunk or aggressive in nature don't be surprised if you also get turned away! The doormen do an excellent job of sifting out those who are 'undesirable' too drunk, too lippy, too likely to start a 'fight club' and rather remarkably, although unintentionally I'm sure, too ugly. Be warned also, that even though I didn't witness anything that night, I have been told that the area has a reputation for being 'Ruckus Central' so please be careful. I have got friends who have been there on Saturday's and they reassure me that it was better than the evening that I happened to go on. One of them thought that DJ Lee Rawlings was playing a compilation CD (and he said he was having a bad night!). The mixing was seamless, merging uplifting trance with funky house with dance anthems with upfront garage and even some drum and bass. The music policy is purely anthem based and they said that the dance floor gets going in no time, as everybody is very much up-for-it! The DJ bounces around his box like a loon while the dancers on stage certainly know how to entertain and pump up the crowd. Time and Envy regularly have special guest appearances such as 'Ms Dynamite'. In fact, throughout the evening that were promoting that Blue were going to be there on the following Sunday and that the tickets were £25.00 each ? wow! I?m not sure if Blue actually turned up, I don't know anyone who went, but I'm sure that the turn out was equally as huge as the one that there had been for Ms Dynamite, and if they had been treated in the same way as us, then I can guarantee that there were a lot of disappointed people. Romeo Dunn is set to be appearing there soon, and Liberty X appeared there in May of this year. To sum up 'Time' I would describe it as a hybrid - a strange mix between the carefree, friendly clubbing more accustomed to certain clubs in London and the "I must drink beer and get smashed to have a good time" philosophy of the discos in Essex. Just think of a load of people out for nothing more than to let their hair down and to enjoy their night out while the odd person who's had a few too many is in the toilet being sick through their nostrils. If you do decide to stop off in this area, first of all you will find plenty of respectable bars and pubs to have your pre-club drink in. 'Jumpin Jaks' is directly opposite 'Time and Envy' and offers 'Queue Buster Passes' for the club later. Not having to queue is always handy, just too bad the queue for 'Jumpin Jaks' itself stretched down the street. If you don't fancy that, there are plenty of other pubs in the nearby area to choose from. Either way, even if you make a decision to go to the club before the pubs shut, expect to queue - this place is very admired indeed. Time and Envy's latest advertising campaign goes a little bit like this: "Sorry London... You Were Warned!!!" To make an apology like this is to claim that if you are heading into the great capital for a clubbing night out, then it is worth stopping off at this club as a substitute. This is quite a declaration to make, and was enticing enough for me to go and check it out on that Tuesday night, instead of going to one of my normal London clubs such as Sounds Bar. Obviously I was wr ong on that occasion, and know that I have learnt from my mistakes. A bit of history: Time and Envy was originally opened in 1936 as the Havana Cinema. During the 1960s established bands played concerts including the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Lulu and The Monkeys. In 1975 a major refurbishment made the Cinema the largest in the country. Now in 2002, Time & Envy (super club) launched in September 1999 has without doubt brought a new era of Clubbing to London. The Club has been host to a number of Top London DJs including the DReam Team, Norris, Da Boss, Windross, Matt White Ramsey and Fenn Karl Brown McCreed. Soon to be holding residency over the next summer will be DJ Alex P and Brandon Block. So Remember Time & Envy is the only place to be seen Clubbing!

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