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Description: The legendary afterhours is back at Area with DJs The Sharp Boys, Terry Bryan, Paul Christian, Paul Martin and guests

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Address: Area, 67 - 68 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, SE1 7TP - Find it on the map
Nearest station & local bus routes: Brixton - Use Journey Planner to plan your route to Beyond.
Opening times: Special party dates.
Entry prices: �10.00 with a flyer.
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Mono

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Registered: October 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 230
Review Date: 3 November 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �12.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Alan K � Jamie Head
Cons: Bar Prices

Beyond's experiencing a bit of a renaissance in its new home and I'll admit to having been a few times now. On the fun level it's been a bit hit and miss at some visits but tonight was definitely a hit, helped no doubt by the great time I'd had a two parties on the way there. The fact that I didn't leave until almost 13:00 being testament to the fact that I was enjoying myself immensely.

The venue was packed and getting in required some patience but by far the biggest frustration was the shambolic coat-check. The staff were doing their best but organisation didn't seem to be a strong point. The basics of clubbing, when they aren't done efficiently, can really put a dampener on things.

Thankfully my crowd were in good spirits and soon we pushed our way onto the main floor and got down to the serious business of having fun.

The mix of clubbers at Beyond is remarkable. Whilst I personally prefer a more male-dominated (and slightly older) crowd the Beyonders are a friendly bunch and they play nice.

Musically it didn't really hit home for me until 09:00 when Jamie Head took over in the black box, although Alan K's arrival on the decks in the main room meant it became difficult to choose. Sadly for Jamie I found the allure of the bright lights of the main room (and Simon in a harness thingie) too tempting.

After almost five hours of non-stop dancing I could go on no longer and left for home. The coat-check was running as efficiently then as it should have been on the way in and leaving was easy, although I wished I could muster the energy for just a little bit more.

There's always next time, though.
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Mono

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Registered: October 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 230
Review Date: 3 September 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Diverse crowd, music
Cons: Bar prices (ouch!)

So hell froze over and I found myself (despite my best intentions) not ready to go home after Barcode, err, after Duckie. You know how it is: you keep bumping into people you haven't seen in an age and you're having too much fun just to leave it there� so I went to Beyond. And, at last, it's in a venue, at a time, where it works.

I was a huge fan of Beyond when it was at Colosseum but was sorely disappointed by the attempts to revive the brand at the Fridge as a Sunday afternoon-tea dance. Now it seems that sense has prevailed and it's where it should have been all along: Area.

I wasn't a fan of the 'Juicified' Area, although I only saw it in its almost completed stage but the failure of Juicy to work there would suggest that I wasn't the only one. I liked the openness of the Area dancefloor and that had been taken away by the boxing in of the stairs. Now that the DJ booth is reversed the whole space is open again and all the better for it. The lighting takes the too much is never enough approach and if you ever got bored with looking at the crowd (unlikely) you could stare into the myriad beams of coloured light. I love a good light show and I loved it here.

A large dancefloor, like the main room at Area, could cause problems but sensibly the main room was kept closed until sufficient people had arrived with the front bar and smaller dance floor serving to get people suitably warmed up (or chilled out on the terrace).

The music was suitably upbeat - the kind of funky house that's synonymous with Orange-run events and works very well as an after-hours soundtrack - and got the crowd on the smaller dancefloor into the mood and, later, on the main floor was the perfect Sunday morning sound.

The crowd arrived in clusters and I did think, at the beginning, that not enough people would arrive. Wrong! At the point the second dancfloor suddenly dropped in busy-ness I assumed the worst, but it turned out that the main room had opened - and it was busy. Busy and sexy and friendly.

About 08:00 my money ran out so I went to use the in-house ATM to get more cash. It wasn't working, which was very irritating as you're not permitted to leave the venue to get money, they do, however take cards at the bar and this led to the biggest shock of the evening: �18 for four sambucas. Sorry guys, at those prices, in future I'll stick to water and Coca-Cola.

Beyond at Colosseum was one of my favourite parties. Beyond at Area is a different animal but similar enough to share the name and good enough fun to warrant a visit. It's early days yet (it's only been running a few weeks) but I suspect that this will grow into a monster of a party.
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neilio
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Registered: November 2006
Location: Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, UK
Posts: 267
Review Date: 10 July 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: sociable and mixed crowd, good music, great venue
Cons: toilets... there just aren't enough for a venue that size

What ever happened to a good afterhours party? Who cares; afterhours are back!

Pride had been a tiring day, and an afterhours party certainly wasn�t on the agenda. However, following a fantastic Shame and a superb MegaWoof!, there was still fun to be had, so I trundled on down to Area. The atmosphere on approach to Area for Beyond was electric and it became clear that it was packed inside, if the queue and swathes of people outside were anything to go by. The queue, security, and cloakroom was very swift, and it was on to the dancefloor.

Clubbers of a very mixed variety had congregated here from the likes of Juicy, MegaWoof!, XXL, Heaven, and earlier Salvation; friends meeting and catching up on news of their escapades over the weekend. This is what afterhours are about, staying out later with friends who just want to have a good time. For some time, afterhours in London seemed to have been in dangerous decline, but Beyond at Area has put afterhours clubbing firmly back into the weekly clubbing calendar, as have Trade with Alphatek over on the other side of town.

Area has always had that potential to be a great venue, but has struggled to hold very many successes. Afterhours parties always work well there though, so it�s great to see the space being used for such an event now. Its huge dancefloor and clean air about it contribute to its suitability. Everybody loves an uplifting afterhours, now Area has given it to us the way it had originally intended.

The music, coupled with the hundreds of lasers, on the main floor was funky and uplifting the whole time, just what you need on a Sunday morning, and the sound system is flawless. The highlight was most certainly outside though, where Timmy was spinning the decks al fresco style. Clubbing outdoors early Sunday morning with Her Majesty�s Secret Service staring you in the face, who would�ve thought!? The whole event was very sociable, friendly, and a suitable end to a fun weekend of being proud.

Vauxhall traditionalists are still bickering that Beyond isn�t really Beyond as we knew it. Maybe not, but perhaps it is time to move on. Area is a stunning venue and does itself proud with this one.
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Sam Giles

One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: July 2005
Location: London, UK
Posts: 652
Review Date: 10 July 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very, very, busy
Cons: None - proper afterhours

With only two well advertised after-hours events in London this Pride, and one only being metres away from the official Pride after-party, it was inevitable that that Beyond would do some serious business last weekend. There were plenty of people out partying and it felt like the whole world and his gay dog had descended on Vauxhall for a night of sheer abandonment.

Queuing to get in was a little confusing and a bit more communication to the those waiting would have been appreciated for those at the back, as it looked like there were was plenty of pushing in occurring. It was in fact the 'queue jump queue'!! Still, those waiting had the added advantage of previewing the fun to come as the new Embankment Bar had opened it's sliding French doors, allowing the normal overspill from the club to wander out like dazed sheep into the paddock. In fact for this weekend the decks had moved outside with Tim McLoon from Bearea fame providing a totally uplifting soundtrack to those outside. The space in front of Area and Depot had turned into a dance floor - whoo hoo (minus darkness, which was a bit scary at 8am in the morning). Tim really managed to entertain the crowd with it getting very busy at several points throughout the morning - this was a firm spot for the Megawoof! crowd.

After a quick search and pat down, putting the bag away was a breeze, and we hit the main floor straight away. The DJ's seemed to have been given longer slots than usual which was entertaining for me as they could really get into it and find out what the crowd wanted to hear. For me the Sharp Boys played an excellent set, their best for a while. Initially I was a bit concerned as when I'd had seen them over previous months, their dance floors were less than busy (although their music was normally top notch). Tonight they were playing a good mix of tough tunes and familiar Beyond classics which the crowd were loving. The square stage in the middle of the main floor did a fantastic job of making the space feel more intimate, especially between the DJ booth and this new all singing all dancing platform - a real hit with me. Gonzalo continued where the Sharp Boys left off, mixing elements from his Raw sound with his more commercial notes. The main floor did it for me tonight - the first time in a while, and the intensity of the lighting system shone through. Area when it rocks, REALLY rocks.

Next door in the Black Box things were still heated when I heard Terry Bryan play his mix of vocal house with a trademark electro edge. All around the club people were making use of the space by chilling out, chatting and generally having a good time. All the bars were open too, the upstairs one on the main floor having a great sofa to lounge in now. Beyond finished the Pride weekend for me in true messy style. My planned trip out Sunday night laying by the wayside, I decided it best to get my head back together for Monday morning work.

The crowd tonight was a good mix of Woofers, Juicy kids, post RVT'ers, those that had strayed from their Soho base, questionables and of course, the loyal Beyond crowd, which of course ONLY do Beyond (!!). I'd like to say there were plenty of tourists, but it seemed the majority had already headed off to bed....is it a London thang or does nobody admit to being a tourist these days?

If you want to get the most out of your Saturday night and push yourself to the limit, then a trip to Beyond is what's called for - you'll still be there come mid morning Sunday! And if you want a Pride special well, perhaps you might not have to wait that whole year - have a night out in Brighton, then take the party train back to Vauxhall - its only a few weeks away!!
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Sam Giles

One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: July 2005
Location: London, UK
Posts: 652
Review Date: 26 June 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: The anticipation of dancing, plenty of room, music improvement.
Cons: Main floor music...

As Juicy Beach party was drawing to a close something quite magical was opening across the road at Area. Yes, 5am is Beyond time! Another messy Sunday morning in store for one and all - who needs sleep when you can party on the A3036 Albert Embankment!

We arrived quite early for us, before 6am to see a sizeable queue and a good deal of people already inside the club. We were to learn though as we entered that neither dance floor was open as yet and everyone was ushered into the newly re-furbished Embankment Bar for a 'waiting period'. This is something that Orange does so well, using space. I could just imagine the nightmare of just 'opening' the club and everyone moaning about empty it is - creating anticipation like that really is special!

As the person in front of us had their shoes searched (?), and had a small soy sauce fish squeezer taken away from them (one less sure-fire casualty later, the fish I mean!), we were whisked to the well manned cloakroom, this time still in the Area club, not Depot, to drop in our small selection of garments for the evening.

It's at this point that a number of friends started asking when either of the dance floors would open - note to Orange Group, perhaps a notice with the opening times would be an idea - if they were there, me and many others missed this, make them bigger? In the bar area some decks and speakers did the business of moving the crowd, handled well by the Oli.

Around 6am Room 2 opened with the Oli continuing on. Commercial house led the way, which was indeed the very best way to go, plenty of vocals, strings, floaty moments and big basslines. Indeed just a happy vibe throughout the building. Paul Martin took over a bit later, and as the toilets became more manic, the pace on the dance floor did not let up - note to oneself manic toilets= manic dance floor! In fact it was Room 2 that did the business all morning, very full, uplifting atmosphere with that crowd mix that can only be found at a Vauxhall after-hours. Totally rammed.

The main floor opened around 7am with the Sharp Boys, starting off busy, as the excitement of getting speared by one of the industrial lasers seemed to overthrow all sense. Business soon subsided in here and became 'constant', but not overly empty, as the lure of the Black box and Paul Martin threw Matrix lighting system to the wind! Megan's hat was also a little wonky at this point.

A great morning which carried on through to midday with the now legendry (after six weeks) dancing on the picnic tables. Random scaffolding becoming the new plush pole's for dancing - and you don't even have to pay to watch... not that any of us would mind! Each Beyond seems different and well tailored to the amount of punters they expect, giving a contrasting experience each time I visit.

A fantastic after-hours party - it seems the legend certainly lives on!
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Sam Giles

One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: July 2005
Location: London, UK
Posts: 652
Review Date: 11 June 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: I like Area as an aferhours.
Cons: I hate the way people fall over.

Check out my last review of Beyond back in 2005... It's not that I've not been (are there really a few of you that I don't know / not walked, twatted, into?) It's just it's changed music, changed venues, timeframes, planets, shapes, prescriptions etc... so much in the last few years that I don't know where it's gone.

Hey - read the reviews in between 2005 and June 2008! For me, all those times, I've been, not been reviewing / not reviewed, it's always been a good quality after-hours - it still is sausage!

Now Fire closes at 8am most weeks, those that want an after party have to head round to Area, it's not a bad thing! Given a new lease of life by the Orange set, including new sound and Matrix lighting system on the main floor, new room two, connections to Depot and plush new bar areas (Embankment Bar), it makes for quite a good little after hours venue.

Arriving around 6am only the bar and small room two were open, but fear not, after half an hour or so we were allowed to graze on the main dancefloor.... All areas of the club seemed busy throughout my stay, but had enough space to dance (not like previous outings from other various promoters at this venue).

The outside Embankment bar terrace takes on a atmosphere of it's own as the night goes on, with crazy vixens (not virgins for sure!) pole-dancing up and down the picnic table benches, plus there's plenty of toilets to pick gossip up in (not that I'm one to....blah blah blah). Bar staff are friendly, happy and polite, but bar prices are high at �4 for a bottle of beer (where else can you get one though at 9am?)

Music? Caught Steve Pitron who was pretty damn good (what else would you expect from him?) and got the crowd 'swaying', but went unfortunately downhill swiftly after 9am . Every track felt like a remix of something great that had been - think Robin S, Moby, Eurhythmics - and not great remixes at that - it's this which made us leave in fact. Please address ASAP!!

Beyond as a name and Area as a club will do us proud as an after-hours. Does it give value for money - I think so, as it provides a change of atmosphere and a brighter, less intense feeling than Fire. Orange group have invested a lot of money in the venue - it shows, whether you are getting microwaved by lasers on the main floor or enjoying a drink in the circular bar it's a stimulating environment for sure.

Sort the music and I'll stay longer... but other than that I had a great, trashy time... and Megan was still handing out lollipops at 10am - must be good!
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craigie_b

One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: November 2003
Location: London, UK
Posts: 40
Review Date: 4 May 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: A night at Area that worked well! Woo-hoo!
Cons: A few more loos would be nice.

Munchkin craigie_b took a trip down Afterhours Memory Lane to try out Bank Holiday Beyond at Area:

Ah, Beyond.

*Sigh*

Beyond is the watch-word of a golden-but-brief era of clubbing to those of us of a certain age (forty-somethings to thirty-somethings). The generation before us were Trade babies, but we weren't quite the same - we wanted more tunefulness, more vocal, more fun. Beyond was naughty, not serious. Trashy, but not arrogant.

When Beyond started, it looked doomed to fail - put on in a refectory under an office block and on the graveyard shift, it was a stupid place, at a stupid time. And yet it gradually built up its punters and came to dominate the scene and change clubbing forever - other clubs failed to shine and their patrons flocked after mediocre nights to the Colosseum to have 'the best night ever'. And Thus Came The Birth Of Modern After-Hours Clubbing.

Yes Beyond got tired, and yes clubbers later moved on to other places and at different times. But its legacy stays with us in our favourite clubs of today. And so to see that it was coming back filled me with a slight excitement (could it be as good as those days of yore?) and trepidation (would it now fail in Area - a venue previously known for being too big for most nights ever held there - just as it seemed to have done when it was held for a one-off at the Fridge (see Mono's review below?)

There was only one way to find out. The legendary 4.45am nightbus to the Colosseum was replaced by a more genteel 7am tube to Area. Beyond used to have a coffee machine - a REAL one - behind the bar, a perfect pick-me-up before heading for the dancefloor, although scalding hot liquid may be a health and safety issue these days and so this was not offered at Area.

We arrived at the DJ box just as Steve Pitron took over from the Sharp Boys so we congratulated ourselves on our perfect timing. Some Beyond veterans dotted the crowd, but this was more of an Action or FiRE crowd - albeit in a brilliantly revamped Area. Same with the music - the odd Beyond classic mixed in to the best recent funky house. The verdict of most clubbers I saw out - including the odd Munchkin - was positive, although the only complaint I heard once was that 'it just wasn't Beyond'. But then, it was never going to be a carbon copy of it. Deal with it, people!

The place was probably 75% full, and on a Bank Holiday Saturday I was surprised it wasn't bursting at the seams - but then I think it will take Area some time to change its reputation since it originally opened of hosting quiet nights, which led to a downward spiral of attendance. People that had turned up to 2 or 3 half-empty nights decided never to return, so it will take time for that to be corrected.

Gonzalo came on, the music went darker, the crowd thinned and it was time to head off.

The venue could certainly do with some more toilets, but some simple changes have been made that have spruced up the venue like no one's business since my last visit - a huge mirror at one end of the dancefloor made the laser effects even more impressive. Bring back the coffee and I'll be even happier.

A great one-off night that I hope becomes some form of a regular fixture, otherwise its resurrection will be golden-but-even-briefer than the original.
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Mono

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Registered: October 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 230
Review Date: 29 January 08 Would you recommend this club? No | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Music. Lightshow.
Cons: Wrong time of day. Wrong Venue. Not really 'Beyond'.

For all the expensive production and impressive DJ sets this event didn't really work. Yes, it looked and sounded amazing but, ultimately, there weren't enough people here to enjoy it and, you know what? I'm not surprised. Timing's everything; put on this same event fifteen hours earlier and it would've been heaving.

First of all, let's clear one thing up. Call it what they like, but this was not Beyond. It may have shared promoters, a name and a DJ line-up with the once-great but now defunct event at Colosseum but that's as far as the resemblance goes. Real Beyond was less showy and much more atmospheric; the kind of atmosphere you ONLY get at an after-hours. I was willing to take a chance on a change of venue, maybe, but Beyond at 18:00 on a Sunday? Whilst fun in a novelty-value kind of way, it won't see me again.

As an event in itself, with the DJs, music, production and go-gos (at Beyond?!) that they had, it did have all the makings of a great party. A great Saturday night party or after-hours � or even a Sunday day-time party but, as one of the promoters already has a Saturday all-nighter and a Sunday-until-five event presumably they were less interested in putting on this event when it might be of interest to more people than they were with using the Fridge for something now that Matin�e has defected to Fabric.

I'd walked past the venue about 17:45 because I live close-by and, as there was no queue, decided to go home and wait an hour or so. Even at this time there was no indication on the outside of the venue which event was on there that night - something I'd noticed earlier in the day. In fact the only word on the canopy was conTrast, which I think was the event from the night before. This didn't inspire me. Club frontages are like club web-sites; if they're not kept up-to-date you wonder if the promoter's attention to detail is up to it.

At 19:00 I returned and was duly searched by the polite and friendly security. There's a lot of security here at The Fridge, something which would perhaps have been less notable had there been more customers; at 19:10 I counted 50 people. This wasn't looking good, but then Matin�e was the hot ticket tonight - I was just surprised that more people hadn't come here to 'warm-up' pre-Matin�e. I suppose the journey from The Fridge to Fabric would be too cooling. I wonder if the 'conTrast' was referring to The Fridge and Fabric? The Fridge is looking terribly tatty. Oh the irony.

Inside I checked out the DJ line-up to make sure that the Beyond-boys were actually playing and hadn't been taken ill by some mysterious illness caused by disappointing ticket sales. No, they all seemed to be listed although Brent Nichols seemed to be absent from the DJ booth. Who was that DJ? Oh. It's not the DJ booth any more. Surely it's not a CD then... no, no, there he was. On the stage. In the dark. You could barely see him... or was that so he could barely see us. Or the lack of us? It must be soul destroying to put your heart and soul into a set in a 2000+ venue with only 80 people in it and only four dancing. He was doing a great turn though.

Mercifully by about 20:00 100 or so people had arrived and Brent had managed to get most of them dancing which meant that Paul Heron had slightly less empty floor to look at. Paul did an astounding set, although his crowd probably peaked at around 250/300. That was the busiest it got all night, but not really busy in Fridge terms (or even Colosseum terms). Had there been 500 more people or we been in a venue half the size (Area?) it would've been brilliant but, as it was, you just kept feeling that this wasn't what it should have been. It was the wrong time of day. The wrong venue.

At 21:00 my party decided to go to Matin�e. They had originally planned to go at midnight but they'd had enough. They didn't seem to be the only ones. Thankfully, at about the same time some people came in from the RVT SLAGS/Chill-Out in Vauxhall, which kept the numbers up a bit. The people from the RVT also seemed to bring with them a bit of the after-hours vibe. Maybe it was just co-incidence but for the next couple of hours the atmosphere improved immeasurably, however we were already in terminal decline.

At some point, dancing below the (fabulous) enormous, 25ft diameter, inflatable earth and accompanying moon and sun, muscle-laden silver-clad muscley go-go boys and blue-haired Megan-and-friend appeared on stage to dance. If anything really didn't embody Beyond it was this. Surely this is what they do at Salvation? Only on stilts. In co-ordination. Perhaps they aren't allowed to use the Salvation brand any more and Beyond was dusted-off out of the brand-bin in a last-ditch attempt to get something to work at The Fridge. Square peg, round hole.

Then we got the PA. I didn't catch her name because the microphone had been set to 'painfully loud distortion' although I later learned it was Alex Cartana. It's odd how a PA in a busy, buzzy venue can really add to the atmosphere and how, in a party that's just keeping it's head above water it can bring things to a grinding halt. She sang 'Move A Little Closer' but we didn't like to in case it made the venue feel any more empty. Thankfully that's all she sang and we returned to dancing. (Don't get me wrong, I like her song and her voice, but this was another victim of poor timing).

Half-way through Steve Pitron's brilliantly classic Beyond set people started to peel away; presumably the call of Matin�e. By 22:45 we were down to about 150 and by 23:00 there were less than 50 on the dance-floor and they had started giving away free admission to Fire - presumably they were going to move the party there. I didn't find out, I went home to bed. I didn't get to hear Severino.

Beyond: The Return? Sadly, not really. Great tunes, great lights, great (and expensive-looking) production, great (albeit small) crowd. Forgettable PA and dancers. Lousy timing. Grim toilets. Tatty venue.

Next time they try to revive a great brand I hope they try and remember what made it great.
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Registered: June 2006
Location: London, UK
Posts: 6
Review Date: 20 June 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Legendary after-hours club.
Cons: The death is neigh.

Fantastic after-hours club, with quite a party feel. The inside has been gradually upgraded and now competes with the likes of Fire. Unfortunatly when the Crash Orange team split up Beyond gradually went downhill. Not the fault of Orange as what is the alternative to Beyond but for some reason us gays have decided that it is a better idea to sleep on a Saturday night! God knows what gave them that idea. Anyway the rumors are that it is closing so make sure you go next week as it may be it's last.
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Dom79

One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: November 2004
Location: Norwich, UK
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Review Date: 12 June 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros:
Cons:

In the past Beyond was a club that had been very hit and miss for myself, and it couldn't replace that after-hours void left by Trade's departure. But, I am the type of person that continues to try nights and get the best out of them. I wanted my after-hours to be both friendly and naughty, and as this was my continued birthday celebration, I wanted it to be MAD! Arriving at the Colosseum in fine style at 5:00am, we made our way up to the River bar area and started the party (once again).

Club Colosseum is a venue that has definitely made vast improvements over the past couple of years. I used to find the venue cold, uncomfortable and lacking character. I now think that they have made the best of what they have. More comfortable seating, an amazing sound system and main floor decorations and screens have really helped. Air conditioning in the River bar would be nice though. It did get quite hot and smoky in there.

The Beyond crowd tonight were certainly mixed and the door policy doesn't seem as �gay majority' as Orange have for some of their other nights. Having said that, the crowd were up for it, ready to party and friendly. I chatted to quite a few people in the bar area near the toilets.

I was rather disappointed that the only room open was the large main room. It was advertised that the smaller VIP room would be open and Gonzalo would be playing, but this was not the case. I do like a variation in sounds and did wonder why we were only given one choice.

Music wise, the DJs spinning were The Oli, Paul Martin and The Sharp Boys. All the boys tended to play the darker, more electro style of house music. Once again, was slightly upset that the morning didn't start funkier and work through to heavier sounds. I do think that this after-hours has lost some of its original sparkle, but I put a lot of this down to the music policy. It was the funky soundtrack that propelled this morning into super league in the first instance. The music in the main room is a lot heavier now and I did not hear as many cheers from the crowd as I have on previous visits.

Overall, my friends and I all had an enjoyable morning. I would visit Beyond again in the future, but would hope for two rooms to be open, or a funkier start to the morning.
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waltsey1984

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Registered: March 2006
Location: London, UK
Posts: 30
Review Date: 8 May 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �12.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: The crowd, soundsystem, early morning antics.
Cons: Where has the crowd gone? Occasionally repetitive music.

It's been a small gay lifetime since I went to Beyond, mainly because I'm so scared at what I get up to when I let myself stay out past 5am. Why? Because there's a state you enter when you're that sleep-deprived and that's true even if you're not relying on a little help from your friends in the toilet cubicles. At 7.30 AM, the answer to the question "what shall we do next?" always seems to be "Anything. Absolutely anything. Everything" and I used to wonder why I hated my job so much last year.

More to the point, Beyond is a place where anything really can happen, which lends a necessary uncertainty to a venue that relies heavily on well-loved and well-played tunes. As I've written, it's been a long time since I last went, but anyone in a K hole could be forgiven for thinking they'd warped back in time a year - the music hasn't materially changed, but that's probably because that familiarity is what drives the crowd wild. For the occasional dabbler like me, it's like catching up with an old, slightly mashed up friend. Hopefully for the more regular Beyonders, it doesn't end up too samey.

I've never seen the place so empty. Well, that's not entirely true - it was packed, but only because they'd closed off so much of a club I only vaguely remember, there was a lot less room to float about in. Where have all the people gone? Is this a seasonal thing, or have we gays lost the inclination to dance past the point of sheer reason? I hope to catch a few more summer mornings drifting lazily and unsteadily out of Colosseum and would recommend it to anyone willing to go the extra mile to wring out a little more fun from a Saturday night. Hopefully the next time will be a little more like the heady heaven-hell fusion I relished for days after the energy had returned to lift my head from my keyboard.

Cover charge: pricey, though you can easily get out in fun what you pay in cash.
Drinks: on the high side of reasonable.
Toilets: busy, but quick.
Coat check: massive and efficient.
Queues: can be awful, but not this time.
People: the whole spectrum, from absolutely-angelic to super-sleaze with everything else in between. Friendly.
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anorthernmonkey

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Registered: November 2005
Location: London, UK
Posts: 129
Review Date: 3 May 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fucking amazing!
Cons: Bit empty, but not massively so.

I went to Beyond on Sunday morning, having not been for about six months (I'm getting old now). Fuck me I had a fantastic time. The Colliseum really is a spectacular venue for anything and I think, along with the very friendly crowd and fab music are why people seem so loyal to Beyond. Everyone is friendly and attitude free. As u4ric mentioned it was a bit deader than usual, but this meant less bar and loo queues!

I do hope the long room was only shut as a measure to make it look fuller, it's one of my favourite rooms ever to dance in.

All in all a good night. In fact a fantastic night. Another one which manages to avoid the in-bitching of the scene and play good dance music for everyone.
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u4ric

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Registered: January 2005
Location: London, UK
Posts: 267
Review Date: 1 May 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Always fun!
Cons: No funky long room.

I hadn't planned to go this time, I just turned up as Richard from Rude Boyz had given me a free ticket plus I wanted to go to Later and thought I might as well get my free stamp.

There were a few minor changes to the main room with a few more video screens, the DJ booth looked set back a bit and the large stage area is smaller and has the railings removed. For this night the long room was closed and the small VIP room was playing host to the Detox crew who put on a good show for me.

I think everyone must have been saving their energy for the Orange bank holiday special as it was the most empty I had ever seen it. That didn't stop the people who turned up from having fun - it also meant I didn't need to queue for ages for the loo.

It would be a shame if they loose the funky sounds of the long room, I do hope it will return, other than that always a good night.
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Babycakes
One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: January 2006
Location: London, UK
Posts: 7
Review Date: 18 April 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great music, nice vibe.
Cons: Why were only two rooms open?

It's beyond belief that at the age of 30 I can still go out to London's newest gay resort of Vauxhall at 10pm on Saturday and stay out till 7pm on Sunday night.

I was last out to Beyond in January and have fond memories of this club. I met my South African entourage and off we headed to Club Coliseum for our 5am to 11am dance session at Beyond. As expected for Easter weekend it was busy, but not overly rammed so there was space to dance and move about.

I love the music here and the DJs and sexy go-go boys kept me entertained for most of the night. There's a nice happy vibe at Beyond and everyone has a smile on their face. My only disappointment of the night was that the Funky House room wasn't open, just the main room and the smaller room at the back. This meant that the seats at the bar area were always full as the Funky House room couldn't take the slack.

Apart from that, no criticism and I had a fun memorable night.
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Babycakes
One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: January 2006
Location: London, UK
Posts: 7
Review Date: 31 January 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Once in a while I fancy a nice big party night out in the early hours, so it was down to Vauxhall to club Coliseum for Beyond. I've been there previously and it doesn't disappoint if you fancy a bit of after-hours clubbing. The night starts off at 4:30am and it's always quite surprising to see so many disco bunnies waiting to get in. Being a local celebrity I swanned in via the guest list queue to be met by the fabulous Scouse tranny door whore.

Once inside the coat check queue was nice and fast so no waiting around. There are so many cute guys around in this club, I always feel motivated to join the gym when I see them with their disco tits out, but hey maybe next time.

Beyond has two main dance areas and a smaller room at the rear, the main room is normally my favourite hangout, with pumping house tunes and big lasers, but I must admit I wasn't impressed with the music, because there was nothing recognisable and it seemed to be going nowhere, and at the start of the night I admitted to my mates that I was annoyed at waking up at 3:00am to go here. However a trip to the next room lightened my mood, the music there was a bit funkier and warmer too - I was saved. We ended up partying to the very end and left at 10:45am.

All in all a good night, Beyond is still one of my favourite after-hours, despite the music in room one being a bit flat this week I still had a top night out, and Beyond is good value for an after-hours party.
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