Venue... Digital, Newcastle
If Sankey’s, Canal Mills, Rainbow Warehouse and Stealth are your kind of nights out, then Digital in Newcastle is definitely your type of place. After opening its doors in 2005, Digital has been hailed as the fabric of the North. It’s played host to a history of dance music including Sasha, Jamie Jones, Erol Alkan, Carl Cox and many, many more. It also holds live events including Public Enemy and the Horrors, so even if you’re not into house and techno, there’s still plenty on offer for you; take advantage of those always cheap northern drinks prices.
Digital is known for having one of the best soundsystems around. This is mainly down to the Funktion One Dance Stack (there's only a handful in the whole world and they've got four of them. We aren’t experts here at Licklist, but the name alone sounds pretty awesome. Alongside this, Digital has won various awards including UK Best Club Soundsystem (BEDA Awards) and UKs Number 1 Large Club (DJ Mag Awards).
Digital has everything you’d expect from a dance music venue. It has a capacity of 1,4000, smoke machines, lasers and all of the other extras that’ll be sure to make your night memorable. If you’re up North and love to skank, then you need to make sure you pay this venue a visit.
On June 6th, Lee Foss was invited down to Digital for their event Troupe. One of the most talked about names in electronic music, the night went down in history as one of the craziest parties ever on Tyneside. This venue doesn’t mess about when it comes to putting on nights. They go in, and they go in hard.
However Digital isn’t all about just one kind of music. Although it is House that put them on the map, they still like to mix it up so that they offer something for everyone.
On Mondays they have ‘Digital Mondays’, the longest running Monday night in Newcastle. There are four rooms of music, entry is a miniscule 80p (for those that can’t stretch that far they even operate a guest list before 12) and some drinks are just £1 before midnight. With those prices it’s pretty hard to say no, whatever your music tastes may be! The music is an eclectic mix of indie, funk, hip-hop, rock and chart hits so there’s guaranteed to be something that’ll get you moving on the dance floor. Sometimes these nights have different themes, for example on the 9th June they paid homage to our boys in Brazil, putting on a World Cup celebratory night that they christened ‘World in Motion’.
On Thursdays they have ‘Rebel Thursdays’ which is aimed at Newcastle’s more alternative crowd. They play the very best that Rock ‘n’ Roll has to offer. Entry is just £3 and with vodka costing just £1 there is no doubt that you’re in for a treat.
On Fridays they host ‘Jukebox’, the longest running weekly night in Newcastle. Expect to hear the very best of Rock, Soul and Full Throttle.
If you love Saturdays, and we’re sure you do, then Digital’s event ‘Love Saturdays’ might just be the place for you. Doing what Digital does best, they have four rooms, playing the finest global dance music. With the likes of DJ Felix Letter on the decks, you’re guaranteed an awesome night of great tunes. And if you’re dancing too hard and need to take a break, you can always enjoy their luxury Shisha smoking terrace. These guys really don’t miss a trick!
So if you’re in Newcastle, we’d strongly recommend heading to Digital. Just make sure you check out their Facebook guest-lists first to get discounted entry, so you can pocket that 80p and use it to get yourself an extra rum and coke.
By Paige Bromley