As Butlins, of all places, prepares to stage a festival of alternative club nights, we round up some of the best parties, from Hip Hop Karaoke to Rebel Bingo
The grand dame of alternative nights, Sean Rowley’s “youth club for adults” has been putting the pleasure into guilty pop across the UK for more than 15 years. Originally positioned as the cheesy 70s disco that it’s cool to like, its soundtrack runs the gamut of Now That’s What I Call … compilations, spanning Journey, Dolly, Kylie and probably even Backstreet Boys. But it’s not only musical merriment that revs up the crowds at its flagship London night at Koko: Rowley swoops in on new cabaret talent, too. His recent discoveries include The Fabulus Of Unicorns, a troop of apparently polyamorous performers in horned headdresses, who are also one of the acts appearing at Guilty Pleasures’ newest venture, The Mighty Hoop-La, a festivalesque weekender that’s bringing some dazzle and dancing to Bognor Regis at the end of February.
• Tickets £10. Guilty Pleasures is monthly at Koko, London; and at Old Granada Studios, Manchester, 1 April. guiltypleasures.co.uk