So you think you can sing? The onslaught of reality TV shows has shown there's a pop star in all of us. Head down to some of these top singalong jointsFeatured December 08
WORDS BY CLAIRE BENNIE
www.antikaraoke.com Monday nights in Barcelona mean one thing-Anti-Karaoke. With ex-pat US comedian Rachel Arieff as host, the evening feels like an unlikely cross between a West End musical, a rock concert and a circus act. Sing on the stage of the authentic rock 'n' roll Sidecar Club and choose from over 500 songs. With no high-tech TV screen displaying lyrics, wannabee rock gods sing from a music stand with song sheets and dress up in [fb02] amboyant wigs, hats, masks and feather boas to look the part. The energy is electric, there's enthusiasm galore and the sound system is incredible. The "fans" will make you feel like a star, too. (From 5th January, the venue for Anti-Karaoke will change to the Apolo Club.)
The [fb01] rst of its kind in Istanbul, Klub Karaoke is a phenomenal success. It boasts three private booths that can host 15-100 people. The themed designs range from the burlesque Fetish with its dark, sexy colour scheme and risqué photos, petite Tokyo with modern furniture and lighting, and Zoo, draped in exotic foliage. Central, the main bar area where you don't have to pre-book, is chic and stylish. There are 25,000 songs to choose from, including hits by Britney Spears, Dolly Parton and Nirvana, as well as a strong selection of Turkish favourites.
Karaoke Box's venues in Soho and Smith[fb01] eld cater to a niche market. On arrival your host will guide you and your troupe of X-Factor hopefuls to a private booth complete with big-screen TV, 5,000 of your favourite songs and the all-important tambourine-every pop star needs a percussionist. The Japanese Samba cocktail should give your con[fb01] dence a crescendo. Charm your way into the VIP room-complete with disco ball and Nintendo Wiis-and you may even bump into some glamorous types; London's latest 'it' princess Agyness Deyn is a fan.