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MegaWoof!

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Description: MegaWoof! is a club for all types of men who are passionate about clubbing, dancing, music, cruising and boozing. In this internet age there are still things you can't get online!

MegaWoof! bringing you some of the sexiest men in the capital and the uplifting and unique MegaWoof! sounds. The club attracts a full range of men from leather to bears to bikers to jocks to sk8r boys. Come and see why the word on the street is that MegaWoof! has the best music policy in town and the friendliest sexiest crowd dancing to it.

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Address: Club Colosseum, 1 Nine Elms Lane, Vauxhall, SW8 5NQ - Find it on the map
Nearest station & local bus routes: Vauxhall - Use Journey Planner to plan your route to MegaWoof!
Opening times: First Saturday from 10:00pm until 6:00am.
Entry prices: Guests: �10.00 before midnight, �12.00 thereafter, members: �10.00 all night.
Website: www.megawoof.com
Photo galleries: Gallery 1 - Gallery 2 - Gallery 3 - Gallery 4 - Gallery 5 - Gallery 6
Crowd: Men only.


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Sam Giles

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Registered: July 2005
Location: London, UK
Posts: 667
Review Date: 12 February 09 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Lots of room to dance, Pagano, chill out space, no toilet queues, friendly crowd
Cons: Music lost it's way a little in the middle me thinks

Not having been to Megawoof since Easter 2007 I thought it was high time to get back there and check things out. I'm making it my personal mission this year to get round to some spots which either I've not been to in a while or never been to - just to see what I'm missing. Having been to the Colosseum in it's Matinee guise a number of times I was looking forward to see what the Megawoof team do to change it round. And change it round they did....

That Megawoof put me off for a while, I won't lie. The Crash air con took a battering and I took a bruising from being trodden on, with the promoters and Crash team handing out Manhunt towels to dry us all off due to the heat. Memorable, fun but not an experience I wanted to go through again in a hurry (although the Manhunt towel was quite nice!). Fast forward to tonight and Megawoof has been at Nine Elms Lane for some time now and causes quite a stir musically amongst those in the know. Famed for its quality electronic music and hot guys I can't believe it had been nearly two years since I'd danced there. More fool me, as I was about to find out.

Arriving in high spirits after a few drinks in town, Rami greeted us with a friendly hello and after a quick pat down and trip to the cloakroom we were upstairs and on the floor in no time. The room had been transformed and created a completely different dance experience to that of other nights that frequent here. In one word it was 'darker'...in a good way. White drapes hung elegantly round the room which made the space feel more intense and directed everyone into the middle of room. Fantastic idea although they can catch you a little off guard and knock you sideways if your too busy admiring the hot crowd (note to self - look where you are going).

The nice hanging chains which I remember so fondly from Crash remained which I was pleased about and some dance stages had been re-located further in to the main dance floor to again, create an intense feeling. Megawoof! is certainly an experience rather than just another disco. Another point which was impressive is that if you like to DJ watch, the kit is set up at a great height to see what's going on. Every time I go to the Colosseum the DJ tends to move, this location is my particular favourite I think, as the DJ seems much closer to the crowd than in any other position. That�s on the stage which backs onto the small VIP room.

Although tonight was not bursting at the seams, the numbers were good enough to generate a considerable atmosphere and the main floor only felt a little empty towards the end of the night. It seemed like the crowd had been split tonight between XXL, SupermarXe and Megawoof. The club has a particularly loyal core clientele and most seemed dressed in 'gear' of some description - although it's by no means a must. I stayed dressed in obligatory t-shirt for the whole of the night and did not feel out of place - it's a real mixed bag of people, but they all fall under the banners of 'men' and 'friendly'.

The music seemed to divide the dance floor a little though, and I was told that tonight seemed a little lighter in terms of musical edginess than usual. There were plenty of tracks which got me dancing and the vibe seemed quite upbeat with a decent amount of vocals and more well known tracks thrown in to the mix. The hour before Pagano seemed the most strained but he finished off the night with particular gusto and gave the crowd what they wanted, another burst of unstoppable energy. Daz Saund early on, Jo Public in the back room (excellent room to chill) and Diddy also impressed (love to see a mac next to the decks!)

Megawoof provided a great nights entertainment at one of my favourite venues, with music that I wish I could hear more of. The crowd were friendly, easy to talk to and wanted to be approached, unlike at some events. Although a horny vibe remains across the dance floors it does not detract from the fun of the evening and helps to bring about some cheeky grins and winks. (and the rest!). Everything I remember that I loved about Megawoof the few times I went to it at Crash are here plus more room, less heat and a better sound system. Megawoof! certainly brings the funk (not to mention the hunks!).
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Mono

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Registered: October 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 263
Review Date: 5 January 09 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: The new visuals. Men in leather. Good party vibe.
Cons:

I'm fortunate/unfortunate enough to have my birthday on New Year's Day so in order to be sure of having friends around I usually have to get my birthday party requests in before people commit to this club or that club. As most of my mates are MegaWoof regulars anyway this year it was an easy choice. When they announced that it was also to be a Leather MegaWoof I was sure that it was the right choice.

I'm a fan of fireworks but I'm not a fan of being cold so I opted not to stand in sub-zero temperatures to see the New Year in down by the Thames and opted instead to get to MegaWoof early and enjoy the display from the chill-out areas windows which look directly down the Thames to the London Eye. I was one of about only a hundred or so people in the venue at the time and I seemed to be the only one not worried by this; I'd guessed that of the estimated 750,000 people watching the fireworks a good proportion of them would be the bears in leather, and those that weren't freezing their beary behinds off by the Thames were at house parties and heading off to the clubs after midnight (which seems to be becoming increasingly popular) or in the pub seeing the New Year in with friends that might include some women. By 12:45 my theory was bearing out (excuse the pun) as men arrived in droves and by 01:15 the place was abuzz with sexy fellas.

The DJ line-up was their usual roster and the music was up to standard, with Pagano again being the high point for me. The visuals, modified projections from Binary, were excellent and the dual vertical screen arrangement (rather than a more typical single cinema-style arrangement) was far more interesting. The lighting too appeared to be on overdrive all night making it one of the most visually arresting MegaWoofs.

MegaWoof has really evolved since its move to Colosseum and is the club that I've visited most during the course of 2008. It'll remain firmly on my 2009 clubbing calendar too, although you won't hear much from me review-wise, as I don't think I can really add much now that I haven't already written. This is a good, fun night filled with sexy friendly men run by people who really want to give a great night out and not just 'more of the same'.

(Your reviews/comments are always welcome, though. Editor)
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Mono

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Registered: October 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 263
Review Date: 3 November 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Busier and busier. Great music. Oss in the second room.
Cons:

I wanted to give tonight a ten. It was a great-all-round party thoroughly deserving of full marks but, if MegaWoof! keeps getting better with each month at the current rate I'd soon find myself in the situation of needing a rating system akin to Spinal Tap's volume control (It goes up to 11 giving you an extra '1' if you need it).

As it happened, the volume tonight was perfect. The sound, too, was better and more balanced and I could hear people talking to me without them having to shout even though the sound of the music was totally enveloping.

The numbers seemed to be significantly up again this month and the imaginative use of draping to make the cavernous main floor less intimidating has been removed. They need all the space now. Keep this up and they'll need to wrest control of the other half of the venue in a few parties' time. In addition to the regulars there were also a fair number of faces that I recognised from clubbing back in the day but that I haven't seen clubbing in months (years even). I even chatted to a few MegaWoof! virgins who, unanimously, had become converts.

The new main-floor DJ line-up works well but, as I'd heard rumours of a change in Room 2 too, I decided to spend more time in there. Oss, who I've not heard before delivered a fantastic set, preceeded by a great turn from SugaBear. It's a shame that this room, although fun in dark and sexy way, doesn't really have a lightshow of note. I'm sure that one of the reasons that it has trouble filling is that, music apart, it's very much the poor cousin to the main floor adjacent.

I popped back in time to hear Diddy's set but was disappointed that he cut it short (he was needed elsewhere for some problem: the perils of being a promoter and DJ), although handing to Pagano early is hardly an inconvenience. Pagano made the most of his short-notice set extension and treated us to some fantastic latin tracks to crank us up into the final few hours. I'd say it was possibly the best Pagano MegaWoof! set to date; the floor remaining busy until closing being testament to his skills.

If there were any downsides, the heat at times was a bit oppressive and getting to the toilets was a bit of a chore from across the dancefloor. Pushing your way through hundreds of sexy men is such a distraction when your bladder's close to busting. Although once at the toilets queuing was minimal and civilised (but they do need locks on the cubicles that work).
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Mono

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Registered: October 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 263
Review Date: 7 October 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great new layout on the main floor � music � crowd
Cons: Music � Locks On Cubicle Doors

Some things invoke polar reactions: Marmite, spiders, MegaWoof!'s music policy. I suppose you can't please all of the people all of the time but, judging by the turnout this week, more than enough people are pleased with how MegaWoof! is developing. I know that I am and, a couple of gripes from the last party notwithstanding, MegaWoof! seems to be getting busier and better. I'm not the only one who thinks so; a couple of people thought that this was 'the best MegaWoof! yet'. It may well have been.

The music at MegaWoof! always seems to be a topic of conversion. I personally didn't think it gelled too well last time but thought that it was excellent almost throughout this, although I know people who wouldn't agree; tastes differ and I'm happy to agree to disagree. If we all liked the same thing we'd only have one club; how boring would that be week in, week out? I like the more progressive, tech house (et al) sound on offer here.

As the music is tweaked each month so, it seems, is the venue. The main floor focus (the DJ) had been amplified and moved 90� to the left (dancer view) which made the whole space feel more inclusive. As the laser is then to your left as you face the DJ (rather than behind) is also means the (fab) laser is in better view. The second, smaller room also had some black drapes which made the space 'interesting' in a dark and cruisey way.

The lights in general were much better managed this time and the bleach-out that irritated me so much last month didn't happen once - although the sophistication of the lighting did seem to lessen towards the end of the night.

Quiet at first, as seems to be de jour (or is that de nuit?) everywhere these days, by 01:00 the place was heaving with gorgeous blokes of all shapes and sizes and varying degrees of hirsuteness. And, following her previous success at Leather MegaWoof! Ementrude, the borrowed waistcoat, made a return appearance but was only barely visible in a sea of leather. I don't think I've ever seen a MegaWoof! as busy.

In fact, the only real downer on the evening was leaving in the rain! Still, could've been snow, which would've led to a polar reaction of another kind. (Sorry, couldn't resist)
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militaryman

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Registered: April 2006
Location: London, UK
Posts: 24
Review Date: 7 October 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Friendly staff/plenty of toilets/good music/horny men
Cons: sound system can be heavy on the bass and unclear

Having in the past had a good moan about the music at this club I have to say that the improvement I heard on Saturday has put the club into a different league. I wasn't the only one to comment on how much this has improved and the fact that the floor stayed full and was still busy at closing time demonstrates how much this was appreciated. The new layout was also much better.
Because of the improved music I sensed that the horny crowd were in a much better mood and relied more on the atmosphere and less on other stimulants to get high.
If I have any complaints it would be that the sound system can be a little dull and heavy on the bass, lacking clarity in the midtones and sounding a little "muddy"in some areas. But this is really nit picking considering how much the music has improved.
A special mention has to made too for the staff here, who from management to security and door staff are friendly and helpful.
Megawoof is now up there amongst the best - personally I think it is now the best.
Long may this last!
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Waggers

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Registered: May 2007
Location: London, UK
Posts: 51
Review Date: 5 October 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: The venue- really settlin to it
Cons:

Megawoof on a Leather night. Cramming myself into my leathers I gently creaked off to Vauxhall to see what the night was going to be like.
I arrived about 11.15 or so to a largely quiet club. I almost panicked as it was so empty but it does seem to be a feature that clubs are filling later. By midnight a steady crowd had filled the place and people were starting to use the main dance floor.
The set up for Megawoof seems to change with every visit, the DJ booth had moved walls, there were less white drapes about the place and more dark grey ones, it somehow gave the dance floor a much better sense of place, more contained .
I also hadn't been in the Coliseum without banners all along the windows in the first bar, its nice to stand and chat and look out at the river or watch last night's rain beat against the glass. The dark room area was also ( thankfully) darker and more hidden and seemed to be proving more popular than on other times ( it was all in the name of research, honestly)
The crowd was its usual mix of bears and hunks or all levels of fitness, hairyness and beariness , its a very broad mix of men who go and generally can be said to be a friendly crowd. A majority of them had made the effort to get into Leather for the night.
At this point a special mention should be made to Stuart 'Mr Glowstick' who was determined to lighten our darkness and was distributing glowsticks to all and sundry - its seems there is nothing more than a bunch of partying queens like than a shiny ring in the night.
All of this seemed good to me, I was beginning to enjoy myself and others I talked do echoed the same .
The music continues to divide people. Personally I liked it with good sets from DeepWolf, Diddy and Pagano who kept the pace moving and I stayed in the main room most of the night. Occasionally it got a bit repetitive but not for long as the pace would be upped. However other people did not feel the same and comments of 'Dull', 'Could be lighter' or 'monotonous' were some of the other viewpoints.
I still feel the music has improved from the earlier part of the year when the lightness of touch that keeps a crowd moving appeared to be missing but I think that to win over the hearts of all the partygoers there still needs some work. Avoiding the commercial anthems of other clubs is always going to alienate some people but the fact that the main room was packed much of the night proves that the club is retaining it popularity
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Mono

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Registered: October 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 263
Review Date: 8 September 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Crowd
Cons: Music a bit lost until quite late. A bit too bright at times.

Megawoof! is now firmly settled in its new home at Club Colosseum, so how are things going with the hunks who funk? I hadn't been for a couple of parties (trying my damnedest not to do the same things all the time) and I was gagging to get back. That's what I love about monthly parties� a real sense of occasion. I wasn't sure how busy it'd be with the parties in Berlin and Sitges attracting the internationally-inclined bear crowd, but the crowd turned out in droves and they were as sexy and friendly as usual; definitely one of the best clubbing crowds in London.

Musically tonight I thought it was a bit lost, nothing actually wrong with the tunes, just that they didn't seem to gel coherently early on (although David Eph did get things off to a good start). It may have been that I was struggling with the music because, for some reason, the lighting guy kept putting on too many lights. I like the darkness of the dance-floor to be shaped by the lights, not drenched for long periods so that not only can I see the floor (WTF!) I can see all the corners of the room. Now, Colosseum works well when it's dressed appropriately - and it usually is for MegaWoof! - but when the lighting is up for extended periods the magic is washed away and you're in what could easily be the office with the desks removed and a very messy floor.

Back to the music: After I've been in a club a couple of hours I want the music to take hold and carry me through until my legs can't take any more or until it's time to go to wherever seems most attractive at that point (bed, usually) but I really couldn't release myself to the rhythm because it didn't seem to be going anywhere that I fancied. Unusually I went to the chill-out and did some research on my iPhone (what exactly does "progressive house" mean), useful, but not really what I want to be doing in a club.

Deep Wolf came on during the course (covering for an absent Diddy) and I found myself gravitating back to the dance-floor. Things had begun to move up a few notches and before long I was bouncing around having a good time. You can tell I'm having a good time because I put my hat on only if I'm really enjoying myself. Needless to say that it stayed firmly on during Deep Wolf's set, right through Pagano's set in the main room and Dave Junior's in Room 3 (I spent the time jumping between the two because I don't stray from the main room often enough and Dave Junior deserves to be heard too).

Come 06:00 I was ready for bed, having had a good time; but not the best time that I've had a MegaWoof! It was good to hear a different DJ on the main floor, perhaps MegaWoof! could trying using a guest each month, or at least occasionally, in differing slots. A bit of variety wouldn't go amiss, would it?
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militaryman

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Registered: April 2006
Location: London, UK
Posts: 24
Review Date: 5 August 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Horny, friendly crowd, friendly security, plenty of toilets
Cons: Awful music

As a member and regular visitor to MegaWoof! I am finally running out of patience with the music policy. I have always loved the club, its ambitions and the way it is run. However the music has always been the weakest aspect and since the move to Colosseum it seems to have got worse.

I'm very happy with the Colosseum itself as clearly the club had outgrown Crash and I welcome the improved facilities now offered. But in spite of this my visit last Saturday (2nd August) was completely let down by the music.

The crowd is always up for a good night and gathers on the dance floor with great expectations. It just didn't happen as we got one dull, heavy, industrial track after another. As the evening wore on you could see the boredom on dancers faces and the hope that the next track would deliver. Yes, there were a few musical diversions and a few decent tracks but too few and too sparse. As on previous nights there was no musical direction.

I am getting tired of talking to friends about MegaWoof! and hearing, "Yes it was a good night but the music was awful!" It seems to have become mantra when talking about this club and I know that my own feelings are very widespread.

I and my friends gave up at 4am and left feeling let down as I would have been quite happy to stay until the end. Until I hear of some distinct changes in music policy I will join a growing band of people who will look elsewhere. The last Bearea at Area got the music spot on and if they get their venue together then Megawoof will have a serious rival.

I feel almost disloyal by saying this about a club I have loved so much but it must be in the future interests of the club that I do so. I am not alone!
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Waggers

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Registered: May 2007
Location: London, UK
Posts: 51
Review Date: 3 August 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: The music , the music , the music.
Cons: I had too good a time for there to be any.

MegaWoof! on a Brighton Pride night. I wasn't sure what to expect. Would it be quiet with loads of regulars away by the sea and making a weekend of it in Brighton or would it be heaving as people returned from the coast for yet more fun.

In the end it was neither, it wasn't as busy as it can be but the place was nicely filled and the crowd was in such a good mood the atmosphere was electric. The music was stunningly good, I don't think I heard a bad track and stayed on the dance floor most of the evening as it was so danceable, more so than some of the times I had been earlier on in the year. All of the DJs played blinding sets that kept people moving.

I did notice a shortage of regulars but more than enough new faces said there were enjoying it. I took a friend who hadn't been to MegaWoof! in its new home and he enjoyed how much the club had expanded. I do think it has settled into its new home very nicely now after a couple of months finding its feet. It felt really comfortable to be there.

Crowds at the bars and toilets were never too busy, free vodka and cranberry shots at the bar also helped things along. We had several just to check they really were free (they were indeed ). The crowd was its usual friendly self, lots of happy smiley people who were having a very good time indeed.

On balance I think it was one of the best nights out I have had in Vauxhallville for a while. I look forward to the next one.
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neilio
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Registered: November 2006
Location: Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK
Posts: 268
Review Date: 10 July 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: great music all night, the usual friendly and sexy crowd
Cons: sometimes people take far too long in the toilets

Arriving at the fashionably late time of 2am, the party was already in full swing, busy to the rafters and everyone was clearly enjoying themselves. Last month I took with me a group who hadn�t yet experienced MegaWoof! in its glory at Club Colosseum. This time, it was the turn of a total MegaWoof! virgin.

My earlier visit to Gay Shame crossed my paths with someone on their way to their usual weekend at Fire. I persuaded them to join me at MegaWoof! and after much �umming and �arring, he gave way for his first dance with the hunks who funk.

We graced the main floor mid-way through Daz�s set, which was very funky and very up. My companion was a little taken a back at first and it took him some time to adjust to this unfamiliar setting he�d not experienced before. He had the obligatory tour, to which I noticed many regulars were not here (they�d gone to Madrid!), but plenty of old faces and lots of new ones who were in town for Pride.

Finding our spot on the dancefloor, the music just got better and better all night. Daz must be congratulated for carrying the crowd through with what is one of his best, followed by a deeper set by Diddy playing some amazing progressive tunes, building and building to another amazing Pagano showpiece. This is what MegaWoof! should always be like, and I�m glad my friend got to experience his first time this time.

It was busy all night, with the expected pushes and shoves, but something my friend said to me summed up what makes MegaWoof! so great:

�I�m totally overwhelmed by how everyone in here is having such a good time, with no attitude whatsoever. People are talking to each other, smiling at each other, and there is no pretension at all. Everybody is just so friendly.�
- another converted hunk who funks!

I�ve said it before and I�ll say it again: go to MegaWoof!
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neilio
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Registered: November 2006
Location: Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK
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Review Date: 15 June 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: added extra special effects (new laser) and the usual friendly and sexy crowd
Cons: musical journey got a little lost

Another month, another MegaWoof! at Club Colosseum last weekend for the Hunks who funk. After an exhilarating relaunch and subsequent Birthday and Bank Holiday parties, I decided it was time to take a little posse of MW@CC virgins with me.

The old Beyond days were still on their lips as they tried to fathom what a different gay night would be like in there. There still seem to be a few left who are not convinced that MegaWoof! can pull it off. Trust me, IT WORKS (read the previous few reviews)! General feedback at the end of the night was positive from my little gaggle and they will be returning.

There were several new additions to note on this, my third, visit since the relaunch. First, the rather hideous Colosseum curtains in the main bar have gone, thank goodness. In place of this is a large graffiti-style MegaWoof! poster stretching the length of the windows. The toilets are also distinctly darker now. Laser lovers will also appreciate a new bright laser on the main dancefloor. Whilst the original green laser is cleverly dispersed from one point of origin through painstakingly arranged mirrors to cover the entire room, a new (is it white?) bright laser joins this one now.

Music was top notch again, with some rather disappointing reversions back to the old "pots and pans" days, which was a shame. As ever, David Eph warmed up nicely, whilst Daz and Diddy progressed through (guys, has the journey lost its way a little?) to another shiner from Pagano at the end. All in all, the music was pretty good all night. It was also nice to see the smaller dancefloor a little more full this time. It's easy to forget the little dancefloor in Club Colosseum, but worth a visit for what feels like a little private party (where everybody is still welcome) within a bigger party. This is probably the most sociable room in the whole venue thanks to a slightly lighter and funkier soundtrack here.

The venue was busy throughout, and as ever, everybody was friendly. I'm not sure I am aware of many or any other club nights where you can randomly turn to the person next to you and they're happy to talk and chat to you quite contently.

One interesting thing somebody did suggest during random conversation with sexy man no. 72 was that it would be great to see Club Colosseum open in its full 360degrees three-rooms-open glory once again. Any club these days is going to struggle to do that, hence the reconfigured two room formula for MegaWoof! But this little chat progressed to the idea of MegaWoof! teaming up with another big club, Union*-style, and fill Club Colosseum to the brim once more. Perhaps for an afterhours event? Certainly got this Munchkin's mind racing.

Roll on Pride Night MegaWoof! Keep up the good work, guys.

* MegaWoof! and Crash presents Union a couple of years ago.
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Mono

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Registered: October 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 263
Review Date: 25 May 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Music. Ooooooooo Laser. Mmmmmmm Men.
Cons: The curious incident of the lock in the cubicle.

MegaWoof! + Leather. Hmmm. I'd only been to the Leather variant of MegaWoof! once before and it'd been rammed to discomfort. That was the old MegaWoof! when you quickly learned that it was probably best avoided at Bank Holidays because the 600 or so capacity Crash could barely cope. I'd left early back then because I couldn't deal with the heat and the crush. Leather isn't really my thing so the drawbacks outnumbered the benefits. Oh, how things change.

This week presented the opportunity of trying Leather MegaWoof! in its newer, much bigger space. I'd absolutely loved it two weeks ago so it was very, very tempting. This, of course, gave my shoulder angels much to discuss: "Be sensible, you were out last night, you're out tomorrow, stay in. Rest" said one repeatedly. "Go. It's a Bank Holiday. Why waste a Saturday. It was fab last time!" pleaded the other. I couldn't tell which was the good angel and which the bad. They both sounded like good ideas.

I suppose the pro-go angel had been subtly at work all week as I'd managed to borrow a leather waistcoat from another Munchkin (thanks Nick! You're a gem*) "just in case" which I could "always wear to Naked Zoo instead". As if. By midnight the waistcoat was on and I was on my way�

Getting in to Colosseum is a cinch and the staff are friendly and efficient. The cloakroom staff seem a little bored, but then I doubt I could muster much enthusiasm doing their job; you're in the club but just out of the action.

First problem of the evening: I'd not got a second party's opinion of the waistcoat before wearing it. I felt very uneasy (unusually for me in a club) and considered returning the waistcoat to the cloakroom. I hoped that I didn't look like mutton dressed as cow. I bumped into St�phane who, thankfully, said the right thing - and unprompted too - so I made my way across the dance-floor to my mates' group.

The waistcoat seemed to make a few friends during the course of the evening, although I found its company a little tiresome. I get hot when I dance and having the nether regions of a cow around my upper body isn't great for heat management. I understand now why Nick had suggested that a harness might suit the bill for me: the benefits of tanned bovine accessories, with better air circulation. Or maybe he was just trying to get me hooked, he did also offer leather trousers and shirt.

Arriving as late as I did I missed the greater part of David Eph's set, but the bit I caught was superb. The music was great to fantastic all night with quality turns from Daz, Diddy and Pagano. Diddy's set featured a gem of a track and I really needed to know its name, but the dance-floor was too busy (and the waistcoat too popular) for me to get to the DJ booth before we were well into the next tune� oh well, I just have to go next time to see if I can hear it again.

Top tunes and topnotch production. The laser was on over-drive tonight (woohoo! I LOVE lasers) and the ambient lighting was dark enough to be sexy but bright enough to be fun. There was even one bit where the lights created a neo-religious experience. If God is a DJ then St Peter's the lighting guy. If there was one downer it was the over zealous use of the smoke machine early on. I like the smoke, but a pea-souper is a bit difficult to handle on a dance-floor.

Busy as it was (buzzy but not rammed) getting a drink or going to the toilet wasn't an effort at all. In fact the only other problem of the evening was the lock on one of the cubicle doors. Disintegrating in the 'locked' position it made for ten minutes of amateur locksmithery (instead of an undignified call for help), although I now realise I've probably missed the only opportunity of my life to have a half-naked, leather-strapped man batter down a door and rescue me. Damn. What is it with clubs and toilet-door locks anyway? There's a fortune to be made by someone who invents the clubber-proof cubicle lock.

The crowd at MegaWoof!, as has often been mentioned before, are one of the best around: friendly, out to enjoy themselves and gorgeous. Tonight, with the leather-cladding, it seemed even more so. I could have stayed until close, but it wasn't to be. I danced until I could literally dance no more� a cough in my ear reminded me that I had another big night ahead of me so I said my goodbyes and headed home. Happy. Exhausted.

Now, seven hours later, I'm awake and writing this and simultaneously web-shopping for harness ideas. After all, there's only 14 shopping days left until next Megawoof!

*Nick, You're a star. Can I borrow your harness. Are you sure you want the waistcoat back?
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craigie_b

One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: November 2003
Location: London, UK
Posts: 43
Review Date: 14 May 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: hunks what funk
Cons: not enough of them found the funky little room!

The birds are singing, and the tulips near Buckingham Palace are swaying in bright hot sunshine. Summer has arrived. And so it must be time for my annual visit to join the 'Hunks Wot Funk' at MegaPoof.

I snuck in to Club Colosseum just as it opened, so that I could have a good nosey at how the MegaWoof crew had done up the venue.

Crikey. I had never seen Colosseum look as good: Sparkly walls; strategically-placed white drapes; fab new expressive lights and explosive lasers all being put through their paces; hugely over-sized chain sections hung as decorations, looking as though they connected to the pipes in the low ceiling. (They didn't, and they were made of Polystyrene I think). I saw the guys putting the final touches of MegaWoofery up, and the place looked grand. It was still all 'picnic' and no 'bears', but even with just me stood on an empty dancefloor, I couldn't help but think: 'wow'.

DJ David Eph kicked off playing great funky house ('Cry For You', woo-hoo!) and a small boogying crowd quickly built up of muscle bears, not-so-muscley-bears, and other assorted fellow travellers. It was pretty dark throughout the venue, so thankfully they had mastered the need for a light-touch approach to the smoke machine - otherwise there could have been all sorts of trouble...

The rumours of the crowd are true: this is one of the friendliest groups around - a good peppering of old familiar faces as well as all the recent converts. The olden MegaWoof clubnights always felt like the chubbier, wearier version of Crash's more muscular, sexy nights - but as Crash declined the two crowds at last became one under the MegaWoof banner, and the night soon became the soaraway success that I guess bankrolled everything else within the Crash group.

The rumours of the music aren't true: I feared that the music would get pretty hard and tough, but David Eph intelligently mixed current fab house with some camp classics - and there's nothing better in my mind than playing something slightly camp to a crowd of bearded, beary beefy men. They seemed to enjoy it too - so when the music did go darker, I kept nipping to the small room at the back for lighter funky sounds. Unfortunately few of the Hunks Who Funk joined me, but it was still a fun way to wind down.

Left with a choice of music that was a bit hard for me from Pagano on the dancefloor (maybe I'm getting old?) or venturing to the outside smoking area in the harsh light of morning, I ventured home, MegaChuffed.
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Registered: October 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 263
Review Date: 11 May 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Men. Music. Venue.
Cons: nothing of any note

Amazing. Excellent. Fantastic.

If I had any doubt that Megawoof's transfer to Colosseum from Crash would damage what was a unique and special vibe, tonight proved me wrong. Yes, Megawoof is now a different beast but one which has evolved and placed it firmly higher up the food chain.

I was quite excited about the change of venue but ill health and work (and I'm sure one is affecting the other) prevented me from going to either of those first two well-reviewed parties. I was doubly concerned about the move to a much bigger venue and the need to have to cope with hype; I'd not heard a bad thing about new Megawoof! and this meant that I could be in for a colossal disappointment. Not so.

Arriving promptly at eleven we were quickly through security and up in the (darker) front bar. There were already a fair few people around although the low lighting levels meant that I couldn't really see who they were. Sorry Stephen, Ian et al. The darkness is continued elsewhere and nowhere, save the dance-floor in occasional bursts, ever gets that bright. This all adds to sexy, charged atmosphere but also poses a problem (albeit minor) if you drop your hat (top tip: don't drop your hat).

Colosseum is a huge venue and a lot of thought has obviously gone into the layout on a Megawoof! night. Screens surround the dancefloor and sails cleverly fill in between, making the space look much more intimate (and less daunting) at the beginning but not really hampering the fun when it gets busy. And boy does it get busy. I'd heard lots about the laser � and it is stunning � but I was always a bit disappointed that there was only one. Again, I shouldn't have fretted. When in operation the laser's beams fill the entire dance space thanks to some intelligent (and presumably fiddly and time-consuming) placing of mirrors. One burst of light and it's EVERYWHERE. Amazing.

Screens and lasers and lights are all very good but if the music's off then it's an effort to appreciate anything else. David Eph got things off to a great start with the more vocal funky stuff, although this wasn't just a collection of 'hits' this was intelligent DJing and not just playing to a type. Daz followed up playing to a heaving main floor and giving the hunks plenty to funk along to. Diddy's set was brilliant, including my favourite track of the moment 'Tribute to San Francesco d'Assisi. Followed by my favourite DJ, Pagano, this really was musical heaven for me. I couldn't tear myself away from the main room dance-floor. Excellent.

Moving away from Crash (R.I.P.) has given Megawoof! the opportunity to flex its muscles (and there are a fair few of those here) and it has emerged a bigger, better night for it. The promoters' passion for their club is evident in the attention to detail and the effort put in to make this a sexy, masculine and fun night. Looking back, it is now apparent that Crash's imminent demise was really holding things back: the venue was usually the only flaw in the last few parties. Colosseum isn't by any stretch of the imagination the best venue in London but Daz and Diddy must've taken a long, hard look at what was wrong and worked to address it. Remember the nightmare toilets situation at Beyond? I didn't wait more than 45 seconds for a cubicle, and they were always stocked and clean. This was a very busy venue. Or half-a-venue. Room 2 is now a second club and the separating of the two spaces makes the whole work better.

Last year Daz and Diddy put on a one-off party at Hidden called Binary. I loved it. Musically is distanced itself from the funky house obsession and the production was innovative and engaging. It was a success on every level except that no-one went. When I asked Diddy about it at the time he didn't seem overly concerned; they had put in a lot of effort, it looked and sounded great and those who went loved it. If Binary was a test of elements for the evolved Megawoof! then hats off to you both for getting it so right and having the sense to test it!

All in all, this is a top-notch party. Good venue, great visuals, sexy and friendly crowd, brilliant music. Fantastic.

One thing to the uninitiated, though: Don't be put off trying this because you don't think you're hunk enough. At Megawoof! hunk is also a state of mind. Go. You'll love it. It's easily one of the best nights out in London at the moment.
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neilio
One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: November 2006
Location: Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK
Posts: 268
Review Date: 3 March 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: venue change, venue configuration, music, crowd
Cons: less of the fancy white drapes next time?

A successful new beginning at a new venue for the ever growing, ever popular MegaWoof! as it leaps from strength to strength.

As any readers of my MegaWoof! reviews will know, I am a fan of the club, the music and the crowd that it attracts, and I�ve been very vocal on my thoughts as to which venue the hunks who funk should dance in. Crash worked well, but ended up being rather small as MegaWoof!�s numbers seemed to increase month by month. A one-off party in the larger Area last August sparked rumours that Daz and Diddy would relocate their night there as it was a great success, something that I was in huge support for. They soldiered on at the dilapidated Crash until once more moving back to Area last month.

Fans of last August�s MegaWoof! at Area were disappointed at the state of the place last month, as the Unfinished Venue had seemed to take a big step back in time into being a building site once more. This was no doubt a result of the management change of the recent months as the Orange empire has expanded into Crash (now renamed Depot) and Area, injecting some cash into tarting them up. I had always been a massive fan of Area, giving the Crash people the benefit of the doubt that a venue with such potential would be finished some day soon and wow us all. My previous review of MegaWoof! at Area was rather biased as a result, as I�d hoped that such a party there again would be massive, and I chose to ignore the negativity and focus on the crowd, the music, and the growth of the event, rather than the underlying issues of club politics which go a long way to influence how successful an event is, and how a venue should never be in such a poor state for any event. With hindsight, last month�s MegaWoof! was plagued with problems which many will speculate was a result of a new manager who felt that an independent event was no longer welcome in their venue, and Area soon started to dwindle out of anybody�s hope that MegaWoof! would relocate there. MegaWoof!�s future seemed uncertain, until it was announced that the much-loved Club Colosseum would become its new home.

MegaWoof!�s move to Club Colosseum spells a new era for the brand, relaunching at a bigger venue, with more potential, whilst remaining the biggest, most successful, and probably ONLY independent gay/men only club left in London, and it doesn�t seem to be wavering at all.

Entry into Colosseum was swift at 11.30pm, with quick security and cloakroom. Railway arches always had that problem of coatchecks that never seemed to work properly; God bless a properly managed coat system away from the dancefloor and bar area this time! Escalating the stairs and into the bar was somewhat disorientating at first as many were fathoming what was new about Club Colosseum. It became clear that the Long Room had been closed off completely, with only Main Room and small VIP Room open at the rear where the toilets are. This is a very wise decision as Club Colosseum is a huge venue to fill.

The Main Room was decked out in the familiar MegaWoof! paraphernalia of chains hanging from the ceilings and big screens with quick flashes of porn projected onto them. The decoration was clever in hiding much of the Main Room�s space, allowing the arena to feel a bit closer and intimate, directing people into the middle of the room, rather than spreading into all four corners. The raised bit of balcony at the back of the room was completely separated by a large black sheet with a few lights dotted over it, which turned out to be where the dark cruisy area appeared to be. It did feel a bit too sparkly about the place though, with a fair few white drapes that seemed a bit out of place.

Music-wise, the party was spot-on. As always, David Eph warmed the floor up brilliantly was his set, paving the way for amazing sets from both Daz then Diddy. Diddy�s progressive sound built and built for Pagano�s entry onto the decks, a hugely welcomed addition to MegaWoof!�s line-up as his unique sound always seemed perfect for a MegaWoof! party; none of the DJs faltered tonight. The light show was also impressive, as is expected from Club Colosseum. There were moments when the ambient lighting did seem a bit too bright at times, so perhaps keeping it a tad darker would work best in future?

The crowd was still its usual sexy and masculine self, with lots of familiar faces and plenty of new ones too. It was very busy, easily exceeding Crash�s capacity it seemed. It�s also obvious that word is spreading of MegaWoof!�s growing appeal as there were many who had never been to neither MegaWoof! nor Club Colosseum before. In fact, this night saw a rather more eclectic mix of clubbers.

The general consensus seemed to be that of elation of a change of venue which seems permanent this time, and a welcome back to Club Colosseum for another regular gay club, but some MegaWoof!, Crash and Beyond purists were not easily convinced by the move, commenting that the masculinity and underground feel of Crash�s railway arches had been somewhat diluted by a venue that is more closely associated to bright afterhours parties from yesteryear. Still, nobody could deny that Club Colosseum is a breath of fresh air which secures MegaWoof!�s future. Of course, any change of venue takes some time to get used to, and in this case it is a necessary and wise move that will no doubt reap rewards within time. The night still attracts the friendliest, sexiest crowd in town.

Music was fantastic. The configuration of the venue succeeded. Perhaps a little less of the bright lights and white drapes next time. This was a superb night that deserves a good, solid 9 out of 10, which can only get better and better as MegaWoof! settles into its new home.
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