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As the winter clubbing season switches from amber to green it chocs away for heavy coated ravers. This month's Rave Radar explores some of the best indoor parties across the country and a few great spots to watch free fireworks. That’s right if Catherine wheels, tin foil baked potatoes and flaming effigies are your bag then you should definitely scroll down.  

Tectonic @ Fabric, London
Pinch’s heavyweight Tectonic Recordings is set to take over the room one as a precursor to his contribution to the FABRIC LIVE mix series due for release in January 2012. Pinch has invited musical compadres Scuba, Addison Groove, Pursuit Grooves, dub legend Adrian Sherwood and hotly tipped Atlanta producer Distal, will make his European debut at the super club. Room two is a Critical Sound take over and dBridge’s Exit imprint will be in room three.
ROOM ONE: Pinch, Scuba, Addison Groove (LIVE), Adrian Sherwood In Dub, Distal, Pursuit Grooves (LIVE), Author (LIVE)
ROOM TWO: Total Science B2B S.P.Y, Ed Rush B2B Break, Phace, Kasra, Lenzman, Ulterior Motive, D*Minds, Foreign Concept
MCs: Stamina, SP:MC, Bassline
ROOM THREE: dBridge, Consequence (LIVE), Loxy, Synkro, Dub Phizix
MCs: LX One
Date: Friday 4th November
Time: 10pm till 5am
Address: 77a Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 3HN
Price: Advanced tickets start at £10.00 for Fabric First members

DOOM X GHOSTFACE KILLAH @ Roundhouse, London
This is a biggy, MF DOOM plays a one-off show with Pretty Toney a.k.a Ghostface Killah to celebrate ten years of Lex Records. Long term collaborators, this show builds on the success of the Victory Laps 12 inch released in July this year on Stones Throw, listen below and get your tickets quick sticks. 

Date: Saturday 5th November
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Address: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH
Price: £25.50 - £29.50

Bloc @ In:Motion, Bristol
Bloc weekender, Bristol’s Subloaded and Boarder Community present one hell of a night at premier Bristol venue Motion. The event features three rooms of the best electronic music with names like: 2562, Martyn, Illumsphere, Luke Vibert and more.
Bloc: Luke Vibert, Jo Hart, Placid, Rubin & Al Tourettes
Subloaded: Joker, Martyn, 2562, Illum Sphere with MC Crazy D
Border Community: James Holden, Nathan Fake, Luke Abbot & Fairmount
Date: Friday 25th Novemeber
Time: 10pm till 5am
Address: 74-78 Avon Street, Bristol, BS2 0PX
Price: £16.50

Lucky Me 6, The Finale @ Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

Scottish future sounds institution Lucky Me play one of thier last parties of the year at the small venue located on Cowgate in Edinburgh. The Blessings, Lucky Me founders Dom Sum, Fine Art and from time to time Mike Slott and Hudson Mohawke, will be playing alongside headliner Hudson with support fromEclair Fifi.   
Line-up: Hudson Mohawke, The Blessings, Eclair Fifi
Date: Saturday 26th November
Time: 11pm – 3am
Address: 73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JW
Price: Only 50 tickets left on the door for £10.00
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It was only last week when I was standing at a bus stop on Seven Sisters Road in north London when an adorable bunch of kids set off a box of spangly death rockets. As I fled for my life I began thinking about some of my most treasured firework moments: dad diving like Bruce Willis in Die Hard after lighting a short fused jumping jack, writing my name with a sparkler and then burning my hand (no glove) and watching my brother trying to light his farts - does that count as a firework? I thought it right to show these gunpowder beasties a little bit of love so here are few choice spots around the UK to ignite the romance!

A lot of my buddies travel thousands of miles to middle of the Nevada desert for a week of hedonism that climaxes in the burning of a giant wooden effigy – apparently that’s when things get really crazy! Let’s be honest, why go state site when you’ve got some great, just as freaky, fireworks parties at home. Enter Lewes bonfire night on 5th November. A night famed for it’s pagan vibes and fireworks rivalry – independent groups attempt to up-stage each other with multiple displays that use the South Downs as their backdrop. Crews of people dress up in strange costumes strolling through the historic town as part of the fire procession. Each group goad eachother by throwing hundreds of bangers and fire balls down the tiny winding streets. Burning effigies is also a big part of this event and if someone has really ticked off the townsfolk of Lewes they will reincarnate the tyrant in papier-mâché and set him/her ablaze. This event is massive and attracts thousands from the south east. Find out more about Lewes fireworks. Below is a clip taken from one of the processions.

If you’re in Leeds you might want to check out Roundhay Park’s spectacular bonfire and firework display on Friday 4th November. For the Bristol fire chasers be sure to check out Bristol’s Trinity Community Arts display. The event promises hot cider, a reggae orchestra and friendly vibes. Failing that you can always host your own firework rave up, remember wear gloves when handling sparklers and keep your pets inside.  

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