call me big papa
I can't really comment because I haven't been since it reopened, but based on what I'm hearing I just think the atmosphere might have been adversely effected by having all these over-the-top searches and so on (and again, I'm not blaming/attacking the club owners or promoters who use PP cos obviously they HAVE to do it, they wouldn't CHOOSE to do it). I always found Plastic People had a very relaxed atmosphere in some respects, was like a pub/party atmosphere - and obviously for some people it was ALL about the soundsystem, dancing or listening sober to new music etc. It was that to me too to some extent. But also I liked going down there, getting a bit pissed, chatting to a lot of regulars inside and outside... It didn't feel very monitored, but at the same time every time I went there it didn't feel like it had to be insofar as there weren't any fights, there was a relatively low amount of arseholes (compared to Fabric, for example).But assuming you were a non smoker, with no handbag or shit in your pockets- is it similar to how it was in the past, or do the queues to get in and bouncers with torches make it more trouble than its worth?
Then again, I do remember the first time I went I didn't spend as much time chatting as I did dancing and just taking in the sound of it. And talking to people outside etc. takes you out of that intense atmosphere a bit too much sometimes. This has been a problem since the smoking ban generally - the constant going outside for a fag breaks up and dilutes the effect of the music sometimes.
blah blah I'm ranting