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144 Charing Cross Road - the New Home-

Author: Skruff
Friday, May 18, 2001
Home's former Thursday night promoters Hi Rise announced this week that they'll be moving to '144' (on Charing Cross Road) on May 24th, some two months after they left Home, just before it was shut down by police. "Despite rumours to the contrary, Home will not be re-opening, although the club has regained its licence," Hi Rise said in a statement. " With parent company Big Beat in receivership the club remains up for sale."

144 is opposite Alex P's Velvet Underground and has long been a location for one off parties and occasional clubs (it operated under the name Open for a number of years). Hooj Tunes launched a weekly Friday nighter at the club three weeks ago and they'll be joined shortly by Steve Bicknell's Lost (who'll be throwing monthly Saturday events there) and Exposed, a new breakbeat night kicking off in June. Unlike Home the club holds just 900 people and is considerably less glitzy. Another potential successor to Home, Pacha London, which was to have opened at the old RAW club off Tottenham Court Road, (just 200 metres from 144) was also refused a licence last week, leaving 144 in a surprisingly strong position for central London clubbing.

Hooj Tunes meanwhile, release Trancesetters' new single Synergy shortly, an impressively funky tech house workout from the prolific Dutch producers. The track also features on Seb Fontaine's latest Global Underground compilation Prototype 4, which is out now in the UK/ May 21st for the rest of the world. Hooj Tunes' latest progressive house/trance compilation Nu Progressive Era featuring cuts from Adam Beyer, Chris Raven, Sander Kleinenburg and more, is out now and available from their newly revamped website. (Hooj Tunes night each Friday, 10-6am)