So, Antilight. It actually took me until this morning to realise why it was called Antilight. Yes, I've been that dim recently. Set up as a monthly alternative to Slimelight (as well as to give the London crowd a decent goth/industrial club at a good venue) and launching on the same weekend as The Whitby Gothic Weekend and a 'surprise' promotion from Slimelight offering £8,500 worth of free membership (hmm.... someone sounds worried....:p) I was a bit worried what attendence would be like. KOKO is a big venue afterall and it does look *very* empty if only a couple of hundred people or so turn up.
Well, I needn't have worried. I don't know what the attendence was last night but the place was certainly pretty damn busy and actually looked crowded on the lower levels. The venue is a superb site for a goth/industrial (or any) club. You have the main dancefloor on the ground/basement level and then multi-tiered balcony/bar levels leading upto a lounge bar. Beyond that you actually have further dance floors and bars but these were closed last night (and to be honet I've rarely seen them open on other nights either). KOKO underwent a major refit last year hwne new owners took it on, changing the venues name from Camden Palace - a club I'd been going to since I was about 16/17!
Antilight did what the flyer said it would do. It played goth and industrial music - the obscure mixed in with the better known - as well as a couple of other tracks (I heard The Long Blondes on my way out which I'd not term goth or industrial but is still a bloody good tune!). It also featured two bands. Avoidance of Doubt, whom I'm not seen before and who were pretty good, and Killing Miranda whom I've seen several times the last of which was a goodly number of years ago. KM were alright but did suffer a few teething problems with sound levels at points.
My main complaint, really a suggestion, would be to bring the bands on earlier. The first band (AoD) came on at 11.45, with KM on at about 12.30. The club opened at 10pm and I think they should have aimed at getting the first band on at about 11pm (if not earlier). My reasoning for this is that hopefully you'd get a number of people into the club earlier on but primarily it allows more time for the club to do what it should really be concentrating on doing - playing music. Having the last band finish their set after 1AM is all well and good but many people will start thinking about leaving at around 2AM so that only leaves them an hours dancing. Plus starting the 'club proper' earlier would get the dancing atmosphere going earlier and get the place into the swing of things earlier. The bands were alright but were a distraction. Maybe consider just having one band in the future? That would work.
To sum up, Antilight was a good club and I'll certainly be aiming at going back on the 20th May for their next event. They are aiming for it to be monthly and KOKO is such a fantastic venue I really do hope it works out for all involved. If the first night is anything to go by then I think it has every chance of doing so.
Thumbs up :)