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Member Name: Mad Simon
Date: 16/02/01, updated on 16/06/01 (114 review reads)
Advantages: Open to 2am
The Limelight is a club in Ormeau Avenue in Belfast. It has recently undergone a renevation which has transformed it from a dive into a good looking place.
The music policy is varied, but mainly concentrates on what is dubbed "alternative" with a large dose of cheese thrown in for good measure.
It opens on Tuesday night for Student night-SHAG. Admission is £2 and drinks promotions run all night. A quality night out, but with bottles of Tennants only a pound, you can get dangerously drunk. Resident DJ Phil Kieran (who thinks he knows what us students like), who also plays at the Mandela disco on Monday and Thursday night, gives me his version of what he calls alternative, but what in the end amounts to the same songs week in and week out, but perhaps the is the problem when the majority of your playlist consists of classics.
Friday night is disco a go go. The main idea of it is that the manager of the Limelight, Dave Neely bombards you with cheese for 4 hours. He also throws in plenty of drinks promos, in an attempt to make HIS night popular. The music could be generalised as anything which is not rock, and which is well known, meaning there is plenty of "oh I remember that song, I haven't heard it ages" factor, but whether that would happen every week is debatable.
Saturday night is £4 in (£5 after 11) and is titled Helter Skelter, for some unknown reason. Music is similar to that of Tuesday, with dj's Phil, Pat, Jimmy and Simon operating in rotation, each bringing their own flavour in an attempt to keep the music varied. Typical songs you can expect to hear range from Limp Biskit to the Beatles, A-Ha to The Smiths and from Weezer to the Jam.
There are also many live bands playing in the Limelight on a regular basis, with loads of superstars such as Paul Weller and Blur having gigged there.
The Limelight has an unjustified reputation of being the hang out of weirdos (when that woul
d be The Venue). It took a lot of persuading for me to get a lot of my friends to come down for the first time, and once I did, most of them found that they loved it and are now regulars. Therefore if you are scared of the Limelight, I would advise you to give it a try, does £4 mean that much to you?