Clubs picks of the week

Underground Rebel Bingo Club | Culture Clash | Basement Boogaloo | Daddy Or Chips | Geek Out!

Underground Rebel Bingo Club, Bristol

Shhh! Don't tell anyone … bingo is back. Welcome to the surreally cultish Underground Rebel Bingo Club: dangerously addictive and shortly to head out on a super-secretive six-date tour. Its first "eyes down" was at a church hall in south London in January 2009 after a late-night discovery of a bingo set revealed the furtive joy of this pastime, strangely hitherto overlooked by clubland. Now, the Facebook-friendly phenomenon of Rebel Bingo has spread to Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester and even Brooklyn where they recently sold out a 1,000-capacity club. Led by the charismatic demagogue Freddie Fortune, it mixes "potty mouth" calls, outrageous prizes and body painting before descending headlong into a full-tilt rave. They know it's wrong but they're powerless to stop it and deprive their followers of the fix they crave. Try it now before those up top close it down.

A secret location, Tue, rebelbingo.com

John Mitchell

Culture Clash, London

Soundclashes don't get much bigger or better than the one served up as Red Bull Music Academy's latest Culture Clash. With DJ, musician, film-maker and all-round legendary fella Don Letts hosting the evening, that you're in safe hands shouldn't be doubted for a second. Essentially an indoor version of Notting Hill Carnival, fans of dancehall and full-bodied funk should check out the Soul Jazz Records Sound System, who'll be bringing the 100% Dynamite sound to the Roundhouse. Unparalleled reggae will be provided by Mikey Dread and Ras Kayleb of the Channel One Soundsystem while Skream & Benga bring Joker & MC Nomad & Artwork to set up the stall for dubstep. Drum'n'bass will be represented by those who do it best with Goldie's Metalheadz taking over, featuring Andy C, Shy FX, Storm, MC GQ & MC Justyce. May the best crew win.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1, Thu

Leonie Cooper

Basement Boogaloo, Nottingham

It seems the excitement of unfamiliar, fox-ridden streets, staggering rent for what amounts to little more than student digs, and the never-ending quest to discover edible fast food has finally worn off. After six months away from Nottingham, during which time they've been hosting at The Star Of Bethnal Green in east London, the Basement Boogaloo gang are returning to their roots. Some six years in, these guys now seem to be pretty good at spotting the right kind of venue for their 200 to 300 capacity parties. They're picky: the ability to get a decent pint of bitter is a deal-breaker with them. While this doesn't necessarily correlate to their departure from London, it does make their move from ravey boozer to boozy club understandable. The music policy's an easily accessible mix of mid-tempo disco and house, and this week the regulars are supplemented by guests Toby Tobias and Pete Herbert.

The Maze, Mansfield Road, Sat

Marc Rowlands

Daddy Or Chips, Dublin

Casually adopting as their club's name the question to which no father of a small child wants to hear the truthful answer, Daddy Or Chips launched recently with an all-inclusive, multi-sensory offering for the eyes and ears and, for a lucky few, the remaining three senses as well. The weekly outing features DJs, performance artists, art, fashion and live music taking place across three rooms, each with its own decorative style and dedicated musical theme, taking in techno, house, hip-hop and R&B. Expect weekly live act performances, arts displays and fashion shows, with an emphasis on new and undiscovered talent. Overseeing the whole shebang is Big Chief Random Chaos, possibly not the most suitable candidate for a position requiring organisational skills, but the in-house hosts will be on hand to mop up any spillages.

The Good Bits, Store Street, Sat

Patric Baird

Geek Out! London

There aren't many clubs that secure you a quid off the door fee if you're wearing glasses, but Proud's new nerd-fest Geek Out! will willingly let you in cheap if you rock up sporting your nattiest frames. The first rule of Geek Out! which is, to be fair, pretty much the only rule of Geek Out! is that all the bands playing live have to slip a Weezer cover into their set. The DJs will also make sure that a Weezer song is played at least every half an hour. Geek Out!, you see, worships at the feet of all things US college rock, so expect to hear dork-pop and dweeb-rock of the highest calibre. This week the Siegfried Sassoon, the Shutes and Rik Flynn will be playing live.

Proud Camden, Chalk Farm Road, NW1, Wed

Leonie Cooper

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