With the pointless, pre-Christmas cash-cow phase of the Champions League out of the way, now we get down to the red meat. This is where things start getting interesting. And tonight’s game is very interesting indeed. Real Madrid versus Manchester United is a lipsmacking tie under any circumstances – but the likely presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Real ranks makes it potentially unmissable.
Real are struggling in domestic football, languishing in a frankly humiliating third place in La Liga – behind Athletico Madrid, no less. Still, this isn’t a vintage United side either – they’re running away with the Premier League, but that’s more to do with the inadequacies of their rivals than their own strengths. A fascinating prospect – this is the kind of occasion the Champions League was invented for. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
Brixton club Phonox looks to be kind of a big deal for south London nightlife, and in fact London clubbing as a whole. After the team behind acclaimed nightspots including XOYO, The Nest, the Old Queen's Head and the Blues Kitchen franchises purchased the site of former Brixton club Plan B when it shut down, they wasted little time in transforming it into Phonox. The club has a similar feel to both XOYO and the Nest: a sleek, dark dance cavern with plenty of space for dancing, and the programming leans very much towards the leftfield side of dance music – don't expect cheesy '80s nights here, it's quality, underground house, techno, disco and bass all the way. HAAI is the permanent resident DJ, and will curate Saturday nights at Phonox. He'll also be bringing in guest DJs, all of whom will be unannounced, but don't worry, you're in safe hands with James's on-point tastes. Elsewhere, Friday nights will feature acclaimed selectors playing all-night-long or back-to-back sets, from top names like Gilles Peterson, Julio Bashmore, DJ Sneak, The Bug and Horse Meat Disco leading the way. It's free entry before 9pm every Friday, and before 10pm every Saturday. RECOMMENDED: Read an interview with Phonox co-owner Andy Peyton