The Now That’s What I Call Music! chart compilation albums aren’t just a rite of passage; they’re a fully fledged UK music institution that now runs to a whopping 104 editions. So in a way, it’s about time that someone launched a spin-off club night blasting out massive hits from the ’80s, when the Now! series launched, to the present day, when new editions still top the compilations chart as a matter of course.
That someone is actually two people, Dave Fawbert and Brian Mahoney, co-founders of the long-running and enduringly popular Ultimate Power club night. They hail the power of Now! as ‘a greatest hits of everyone’s greatest hits’, saying quite reasonably: ‘What could be better than a club night that celebrates these songs? We want everyone to have the same wondrous feeling when they step into a Now! club night as when they listened to their very first Now! album.’
The Now! club nights will take place on the first Saturday of every month at King’s Cross venue the Scala, a multi-room space perfect for hosting a large-scale, all-bangers-no-clangers club night. And if you’re really keen, they’ll also be taking place on the last Friday of every month at Manchester’s O2 Ritz. Just one more thing: what was your first Now! album?
Q: When do you want it? A: Now! In fact, the first Now That’s What I Call Music club night in London takes place on February 1 at the Scala. Find out more here. And check out Time Out’s guide to London’s best nightclubs here.