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Collide-A-Scope

Macadam Building, Kings College Surrey Street WC2R 2NS
Tube: Temple (Charing Cross when Temple is closed)
Saturdays 10:30PM- 3 AM
UKP7, UKP5 w/ flyer, UKP4 before 11PM
DJs: Herb (Supermarket), Little Chris (Bedrock), and Mac (Popscene)


School's Out
Beautiful views, friendly people, cheap beer and good music make Collide-A-Scope a Saturday night diamond in the rough.

IT'S EASY TO BE sceptical of a club night held at a college building: usually cast as solidly minor league, they are occupied by those who either don't have enough money or aren't cool enough for something "better". For the Collide-A-Scope, however, that initial perception can be thrown away as early as the queue outside. People are a bit friendlier, and they stick around -- former Kings College students are still regulars and eager to strike up conversation.

Inside, the transformation from a student union bar into a club isn't actually a stretch, but rather forgotten in lieu of the incredible vistas. Not too many clubs can boast of a second level with a majestic view of the Thames. With two levels, it's easy to find space on the dance floor, and there are plenty of more quiet hideaways for those who would prefer some rest.

Generally, the rest of the club is just right. Herb, Little Chris, and Mac hide behind the deks and let their old-school heavy mix of rock n' roll do the talking for them. Oasis and Supergrass are thrown out for fans of more recent tunes, but generally it is more exciting (and the crowd gets more riled up) to hear songs spanning the last few decades from the likes of the Kinks, the Beatles, and the Cure. Fittingly, as the bar is named after former South African freedom fighter (and Kings College student) Desmond Tutu, the Clash are an old standby. While leaving behind the un-hip aspects of a student centre, Collide-A-Scope is able to co-opt some positive ones: the beer is cheap (a UKP2.10 Strongbow is average), and cheap hot food such as vegetarian pizza and chips are offered all night long.

The crowd is laidback and not overwhelming - a testament to the success of the night that attracts not only current students, but also graduates who keep coming back. There are plenty of jovial patrons such as Larry, an Irish Kings College alumnus who keeps coming back for the drinks and the views, and who took the time to chat with a couple of Americans and make them feel welcome. If you were never a student at Kings College, you won't feel left out here, as the friendly club-goers, cheap food and drinks, and good music will make a good, more laidback night out.

(Steve Marshall)

 

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