Upcoming Events.

Monday December 10 2018

Dirty Dancing Experience

'Nobody puts Baby in the corner' and nobody should miss out on this spectacular dance class themed around the much loved film and now hit musical, Dirty Dancing! 

This Christmas why not get yourself down to The Keys and learn to wiggle like Patrick Swayze and bounce like Baby! You'll learn salsa, the cha-cha-cha and other 60's themed dance moves. Your group will swoon and swing throughout! Your professional dance instructor will have you dirty dancing in no time with a fully fledged group dance routine at the end 

Think you've got what it takes? 

  • Ticket Only - £25.00
  • Ticket and Three Course Meal - £40.00

Email our Events Team to book your place - events@thekeys.co.uk 

Thursday August 16 2018

APEL Thursdays: A-Level Results

This week we are throwing a pound party to celebrate the A-Level results! 

  • £1 guest list: everything on the club bar is £1 until midnight (come and collect your £1 wristbands from The Keys late bar at 9pm)
  • MAIN ROOM: all the usual APEL madness with Wizz Tee and special guest Philip Stirzaker bringing with the best house, trance and commercial bangers!
  • ROOM 2: Only the best from the boys at Illusion!!! They are bringing their un-matched atmosphere and tunes to your favourite Thursday night! 
  • PLUS: The cheapest drinks menu around as everything on the bar is £1 until midnight!! Then onto the class value APEL drinks menu! 

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Thursday August 9 2018

APEL Thursdays: PRIDE

Our town, our pride, here at APEL, starting pride early!!  

  • HUGE APEL pre-party at The Keys Late Bar from 9pm
  • Street performers
  • Top notch drag acts
  • Pride decor
  • APEL cocktails
  • £1 drinks
  • Cheap guest list entry
  • BIG give aways
  • Pride fancy dress highly encouraged!!  
  • Ross Harll + Wizz Tee bringing you the best tunes 
  • 11pm-LATE 
  • Strictly 18+ 
  • Valid I.D required 

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Thursday August 2 2018

APEL Thursdays: Slumber Party of Sin

APEL presents Slumber Party of Sin 

  • Slumber party decor 
  • Beds / dance floors in the VIP area 
  • Free shot for everyone in 'sleepy time' fancy dress / PJ's (onsies encouraged)
  • Cheap guest list if names are posted on our Facebook event
  • Ross Harll + Wizz Tee bringing you the best tunes 
  • 11pm-LATE 
  • Strictly 18+ 
  • Valid I.D required 

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Thursday July 26 2018

APEL Thursdays: Fat Frat Party

APEL presents Fat Frat Party this Thursday, July 26th! 

We all love a good kebab at the end of a class night out at APEL but we hate using our booze budget to buy it which is why APEL is going to sort you out this week! 

  • FREE food for everyone
  • Pizza
  • Donuts
  • Enough sweets to make Willy Wonka shout disco! 
  • Red cups
  • Beer pong
  • Keg stands
  • Frat party decor
  • + much more! All the fun of the frat party!
  • Open from 11pm - LATE
  • Strictly 18+ only 

Write your name on our Facebook event wall for cheap guest list club entry before midnight!  

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Thursday July 19 2018

APEL Thursdays: Porn Party

APEL Thursdays: Porn party - this is going to be a 'big one' 

  • Free shots to anyone in porn party costume (team APEL will be dressing up for your pleasure) 
  • Tons of inflatables 
  • Free 'toys'
  • Inflatable dolls
  • Whips 
  • Handcuffs
  • Spanking paddles
  • Playboy magazines 
  • Novelty willies! 
  • Free bunny ears 
  • Big screen projector showing the best vintage erotica all night 
  • All your APEL faves including 99p drinks all night! 
  • Cheap entry and cheap guest list (add your names on our Facebook Event)
  • Open from 11pm - LATE
  • Strictly 18+ only 

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Thursday July 12 2018

APEL Thursdays: Big Shot Give Away

APEL Thursdays is giving the first 50 people through the door a free shot! 

  • 99p drinks
  • Wizz Tee bringing you the best of house, RnB and commercial hits
  • Free drinks will be given to the APEL-ers with the best moves! 

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Wednesday July 11 2018

APEL: England vs Croatia After Party!

England vs Croatia after party! As IT'S COMING HOME we will be opening the doors of APEL on Wednesday night as well as Thursday! 

  • 99p drinks
  • Cheap entry
  • Open at 10.30pm till late
  • The best house tunes from This & That boys that bring us Illusion! 

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Saturday July 7 2018

Illusion: Presents SM ONE (Sola, Under No Illusion)

Illusion presents: 

  • SM ONE: Sola, Under No Illusion, Whartone Records, Killer Vibe Records, Cutting Edge Material) 
  • Illusion Residents: This & That (Underground Sessions), Jake Wharton, Triple B 

11.00pm - 4am

Institute Darlington (Room 2)

Tickets available on Skiddle

Last entry: 2am 

A night run by and for dedicated ravers; Illusion is a reaction against commercial interpretations of the underground music scene. Disclosing the most talented up and coming DJs in the industry, Illusion is based around a community of like minded people with a passion for underground music. With strong residents and even stronger guests to come, the well thought out party is making waves. 

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  • SM ONE: Formally known as Sonny James, is a 22 year old Tech House and Techno DJ / Producer who is originally from Leicester but now applies his trade in Manchester. Since the start, SM has always aimed to keep his music true to the Tech House genre that his resides in, while also making it unique enough to standout from the crowd, and with support from Solardo, Detlef, Mark Jenkyns, Jey Kurmis & Vibe Killers to name a few, it appears he is doing this to some degree of success! In March his production 'Say What Again' was made Data Transmissions single of the week and over the past 12 months he has released on Sola Records, Whartone Records, Killer Vibe Records and Cutting Edge Material, with more in the pipeline before the years end! Over the 24 months, SM ONE has also regularly playing at venues all across the country and a selection of dates in Europe too, alongside many of the industry's biggest names including Skream, Route 94, Secondcity, Max Chapman, Leftwing & Kody, Darius Syrossian, Doorly, Botan and more. With this project still being in its early years, you can be sure to see more coming from this artist in the future! 
  • THIS & THAT: First appearing B2B on Groove London's radio station 'The WorkHOUSE' in November 2016, getting on the decks together has always felt natural for these two. Starting off DJing from the party-to-party, in March 2017 Borna and Lewis swiftly established a duo and created their name: This & That. They began playing their home town of Darlington and have since featured on a number of lineups throughout the North East. Always being keen to throw a party, they quickly secured their first event 'Underground Sessions' held in a cellar underneath one of Darlington's busiest restaurants. They quickly outgrew this and moved to the nightclub scene with the launch of 'Illusion'. Having featured lineups alongside: Riva Starr, Camelphat, Sidney Charles, Latmun, Mihalis Safras, Bontan, Rich Wakley, Leftwing & Kody, Jacky, Truth Be Told, Lee Walker and Andy Lee for events such as: Reverb, Ruckus, Solar Knights, Sound Navigation and Concept. Their passion for underground house and techno is demonstrated through the enthusiasm they bring to the crowd. 
  • JAKE WHARTON: Music has always been a huge part in Jake's life as he got into the house and techno scene from a very young age. A passion for this style of music led for him to go on and produce some of his own tracks and warm up for DJs such as Marshal Jefferson. The aspiring DJ and producer started off playing Mr Hutton's Bar at the start of the year and has now gone onto working with the team at The Keys to create 'Illusion'. 
  • TRIPLE B: Triple B are an up and coming duo, made up of two local lads known well throughout the town. Starting off playing around on a controller in their bedroom and they are now putting their self taught knowledge to use on the terrace at Avalon and now once again at 'Illusion'. Mainly playing sets at hour parties and getting behind the decks every and any chance they get. They have a real love for music and you can guarentee if they're not behind the decks they'll be at the front of the dance floor showing their support. This pair are more than capable of getting the crowd going and putting on a show to please anyone with the same passion for house and techno and are sure to impress once again as they previously did on Boxing Day! 

Thursday July 5 2018

APEL Thursdays: F**k the 4th of July

APEL F**k the 4th of July Pound Party!! 

  • Adding to our £1 vodka mixers we will be doing £1 tequila, £1 sambuca, £1 vodka energy, £1 APEL cocktails, £1 sourz shots and £1 guest list entry! 
  • Write your names on our Facebook page event for £1 entry to APEL before midnight! 
  • Over 18's ONLY
  • Open from 11pm - LATE
  • Don't forget APEL Pre-Party starts with 2 for 1 cocktails downstairs in The Keys from 6pm! 

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Tuesday July 3 2018

APEL: Tuesday

APEL will be open Tuesday night (july 3rd) for an England after party! 

  • All the usual epic APEL deals! 
  • 99p drinks all night
  • All your favourite World Cup bangers
  • Music provided by DJ's This & That 
  • 10.30pm - LATE 

Saturday June 30 2018

Desire: DES Mitchell (BCM) Welcome to the Dance - Ultimate 90's & 00's

Returning to the Institute Nightclub and our Late Bar, with their 2nd installment of their new monthly adventure ... 

// Desire presents Des Mitchell (BCM, Mallorca) 'Welcome to the Dance' the biggest dance & trance anthems spanning 3 decades! 

// Glitterball (Room 2): the finest funky house and disco presented by The WorkHouse 

// House of Dance (The Keys Late Bar) from 9pm: DJ Steve White returns with the ultimate mix of 90's & 00's. Free entry & 2 for 1 cocktails 

// Guest List: First 50 + Guest at £3 each! Get your names posted on our Facebook page. 

// Limited Early Birds @ £5 each (Skiddle only)

// VIP + Birthdays + Hens - Booths & packages available via Skiddle 

Nightclub opens at 10pm until 3am 

Dress - casual smart // trainers = yes, shorts = no 

Follow us on Facebook: @APEL17

Follow us on Instagram: @apel_institute

Saturday June 23rd 2018

Rock Night: Twisted

After a successful opening last month, Twisted Rock Night is back!! 

  • Saturday 23rd June 2018
  • 10pm - 2.30am 

TICKETS: 

  • £2 before midnight
  • £4 after midnight 
  • Tickets also available for purchase on the door 

SEE YOU THERE!!! 

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Thursday June 21 2018

APEL Thursdays: End of Exams Party!

It's that time of year again! Exams are all finished and the party can start! APEL's end of exams party is going to be massive! It's our biggest ever shot giveaway! The first 100 people through the door will receive a free shot! 

PLUS - 

  • 99p drinks
  • Costumes
  • Inflatables
  • Wizz Tee back to back with Ross Harl
  • Masks
  • APEL cocktails
  • Cheap guest list (If you post your name on our Facebook event wall)
  • 100's of glow sticks 

All at your favourite Thursday night party! 

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Thursday June 14 2018

APEL Thursdays: 2018 World Cup

APEL WORLD CUP! 

  • 99p drinks
  • World Cup games!
  • Giveaways 
  • Free shots
  • World Cup songs
  • World Cup decor
  • Wizz T back to back with Ross Harl 
  • Shot bar

Write your name on our Facebook page wall for cheap guest list entry! 

All night at your favourite Thursday night party!! 

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Thursday June 7 2018

APEL Thursdays: Fierce Females

This Thursday (June 7th), Apel presents you with Fierce Females! 

  • 1 hour anthems from music's fiercest females
  • Free giveaways 
  • Free shots to Apels fiercest females
  • DJ Wizz btb with Ross Harl
  • Special decor
  • 99p drinks
  • Costumes
  • Face masks
  • Feather boas
  • All at the cheapest and best Thursday night around!

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Saturday June 2 2018

Ibiza Uncovered

The Keys Institute presents you with Ibiza Uncovered which is a HUGE Ibiza style party that is going to be held at The Keys Institute on June 2nd from 10pm - June 3rd 4am. 

Tickets are available for purchase at Restaurant / Bar and we advise you to purchase them! However tickets are available on the door: £8 from 10pm - midnight and £10 after midnight! 

Please note that last entry will be 3.15am 

Saturday June 2 2018

Illusion: Presents Rattech (Haze Records)

*Win a holiday to Ibiza* (including flight + hotel)

Plus entry to:

>Sankeys

>Amnesia

>Ocean Beach Pool Party

>Pukka Up

Every ticket purchased gives you a chance of winning a holiday to Ibiza this year thanks to Ibiza Uncovered! 

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ILLUSION:

  • 11pm - 4am
  • Last entry is 2am
  • Tickets available on Skiddle 
  • Institute Darlington (Room 2)
  • Rattech (Haze Records)
  • This & That (Underground Sessions)
  • Digit n Kemp (D&R)
  • Ross Harll
  • Jack Burt (Reverb)

A night ran by and for dedicated ravers; Illusion is a reaction against commercial interpretations of the underground music scene and with strong residents and even stronger guests to come, the well thought out party is making waves. 

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RATTECH:

Crawling from the sewers of Sunderland, Rattech is one to watch in 2018. This rodent has grown his tail as a resident DJ for the Haze Records collective, producing a number of heavyweight tracks supported by a vast range of producers across the electric music scene: from Mark Jenkins, Max Chapman and Riva Starr to Detlef, De la Swing and Robert Owens. Rattech's first releast 'Drop the Bomb' landing on Under No Illusions Recordings ADE sampler 2017 saw support from Marco Carola - dropping the track during his biggest set of the summer at Music On Closing party. Latmun's 'Secret Weapons Beatport Chart' also included the rodents release alongside Jamie Jones and Matthias Tanzmann, setting the bar for productions to come in 2018. 

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THIS & THAT:

From their first B2B on The WorkHOUSE radio show in November 2016, getting on the decks has always been easy for these two. They started off simply DJing from party-to-party but in March 2017 Borna and Lewis swiftly established a duo and created their name: This & That. They began playing in their local home town, Darlington but have managed to smash various places in the North East such as Leeds and Stockton. They have featured in the same line up for many big name headliners such as: Rick Wakley, Lee Walker, Sidney Charles, Andy Lee, Riva Starr, Jacky Leftwing & Kody, Truth Be Told, Latmun, Matt McLarie, Bontan, Camelphat and Ali O'Sullivan for events such as Ruckus, Solar Knights and Concept. They currently host their own night at Illusion Darlington. On top of that, they hold two residencies at Concept and Underground Sessions. Their passion for underground house and techno is demonstrated through the enthusiasm they bring to the crowd. Watch this space! 

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DIGIT N' KEMP:

The term 'up-and-coming' could not be used more appropiately than to describe Darlington DJ duo and producer DigitnKemp. With a few years of DJing under their belt, they have quickly learnt hot to make people move and their confidence in the booth transpires to the crowd as well as promoters, who have invited them to play at respected parties and venues across the North East. 

Their local popularity along with their ever-improving original productions tip them to becoming something bigger, their debut EP turned a few heads. With a lot more in the pipeline, their USBs are some of the most converted in the area and feature plenty of secret weapons and unreleased gems that have graced sound systems as DJs such as Solardo, Mark Jenkins, Pirate Copy, Pete Zorba, Dennis Cruz and many more. As well as more intimate set-ups where they have provided the soundtrack to many special moments only found at after parties. 

With their unique vibe behind decks, these boys have been noticed wide making their recent debut at Kaluki. It's fair to say these two are definitely not afraid of letting out the stops, Digit N Kemp are happy to turn up the heat and will be surely a show to witness in time to come. 

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ROSS HARLL:

Ross, at only 18 years of age has been DJing for 5 years but really began to gain experience playing at private parties for selected crowds. Recently starting his career in The Keys for various event. From being introduced at the young age of 12 from family members into the world of electronic music production, his love for DJing soon followed. Currently, he's immersed in the underground tech house / techno scene being inspired by the likes of superstar DJs Carl Cox and Erick Morillo. Be expecting some productions from Ross in the near future with various tracks in the works already! 

Friday June 1 2018

Ladies Night: Hollywood

So it's time for Ladies Night #5 

Hollywood theme! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARILYN MANROE x x 

 

It's going to be another night just for you to let your hair down, have a catch up with the girls and dance the night away to some of the best party tunes around. 

Drinks tokens will be given upon arrival at reception. Upon entry, you will be greeted by our topless butlers who will also be handing out canapes throughout the night. 

Hosting is: Miss Tess Tickle along with The Dragettes; Miss Emma Royd and Miss Cara O'Hara who will be putting on a cabaret show filled with feathers, fun and humour. Turning up the heat a little, we have two male strippers and they will be revealing more flesh than you ladies can handle . . . 

During the night, raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win some donated raffled prizes. All proceeds will be going to Breast Cancer Care. 

Tickets are - 

Standard - £10 when purchasing from the restaurant / bar and £15 on the door.

VIP Packages are also available. For more information please email dcollings@thekeys.co.uk or call 01325 394222 

Thursday May 31 2018

APEL Thursdays: APELmeister

APELMEISTER this week ..... @APEL 11pm 

  • First 30 people in the club will receive a jagerbomb absolutely FREE 

Sunday May 27 2018

Rock Night: Twisted

The Keys Institute presents to you our very first Rock Night, held on Sunday, May 27th! What better way to spend your Bank Holiday?

Tickets are available on the door for purchase: £3 before midnight and £5 after midnight! 

The first 50 people we have through the door will receive a FREE JD and coke 

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Saturday May 26 2018

DESIRE

DESIRE presents: DAVE PEARCE

Join #teamDESIRE as they take over The Keys Institute / Late Bar for the launch of their brand new MONTHLY residency. 

Proudly presenting: 

// DAVE PEARCE (Radio 1 Dance Anthems Legend)

residents / special guest DJs / live acts / giveaways 

// TWO ROOMS of the Ultimate 90's and 00's Floor Fillers

Oldskool / Classics / Dance and Trance Anthems! 

// GLITTERBALL with WorkHouse DJs

Disco House / Funky / Vocal 

#DESIRE / A Celebration not an education! 

//PRE PARTY in our Late Bar from 8.30pm

Great music / Drinks deals / Cocktail Menu 

Thursday May 24 2018

APEL Thursdays: APEL Beach Party

With holiday season here we are bringing all the fun of the beach to your Thursday night favourite: APEL

  • 99p drinks
  • Cocktail buckets
  • Inflatables
  • Beach games
  • Free shots! 

Remember to write your name on our Facebook event page for guest list prices! 

  • £2.50 guest list 
  • £4 on the door 

Friday May 18 2018

Murder Mystery Night: Murder without a hitch!

This wedding is going to be murder! Tickets are only £30 including a 2 course meal and a prosecco reception. 

Contact our Events Team to purchase your tickets today - 01325 394222 or email events@thekeys.co.uk 

Thursday May 17 2018

APEL Thursdays: Prince Harry's Stag Do

Prince Harry is getting hitched! Join us in giving him a stormer of a send off on Thursday 17th May!! 

  • 100's of Royal masks to give away
  • Free shots
  • 99p drinks
  • DJ Wizz Tee + Ross Harl 
  • Cheap guest list entry
  • Drinks giveaways
  • Glowsticks 
  • Stag costumes 

Message our APEL Facebook page for more information on our guest list!

  • £2.50 guest list 
  • £4 on the door

 

Sunday May 6 2018

RETRO: The Big Bank Holiday Carry On

We've moved forward our date this month to coincide with Darlington's big DNCE day festival and it's a proper carry on. 

We welcome Leeds favourite DJ Paul Rough to the party, we love his cool take on house classics, we also love that he was a Casa Loco favourite back in the day. 

He joins the usual suspects Paul and Mark as the Retro gang provide the perfect Bank Holiday weekend shindig. 

SATISFACTION GUARENTEED

Tickets are now on sale! Check out our Facebook page for more information! 

 

RETRO ARENA: 10pm - 4am

PAUL TAYLOR: 3 hour set

Mark Plumb

Paul Rough

Official pre party is held downstairs in our Late Bar! (9pm - 11pm)

 

VIP Private Hire: 

These will sell out fast! Requesting a table in the VIP area with a minimum spend you will receive:
- 1/2 price entry

- Private bar

- Queue jump

- Reserved table set up for your arrival

- Table service

Call 01325 394222 to book now

Sunday May 6 2018

Darlington Jazz Festival

Darlington Jazz Festival presents: Dennis Rollins Funky-Funk! 

Following 8 years working with Maceo Parker, funky'bone maestro Dennis Rollins brinks his all new groove outfit 'FUNKY-FUNK!' to Darlington Jazz Festival. An award-winning 'bone player and still at the forefront of jazz worldwide, he brings an electrifying band guarenteed to make your body move in this festival finale gig! 

Exploring raw angular funk and incorporating hard-hitting groove with sumptuous funky 'bone melodies, 'FUNKY-FUNK!' is a must see! 

Friday May 4 2018

Illusion: Collab Series Pt.2 - Illusion x MusicMatters

Illusion Collaboration Series Part 2 - 'MusicMatters' 

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TICKETS £5 OTD ONLY

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Line up:

James Burton DJ (Of Unsound Mind, Do Not Sleep)

Callum Till (MusicMatters, Boxed)

This & That (Illusion, Underground Sessions)

11pm - 4am

£5 tickets on the door 

Last entry: 2am 

 

A night run by and for dedicated ravers; Illusion is a reaction against commercial interpretations of the underground music scene and with strong residents and even stronger guests to come, the well thought out party is making waves! 

'We're back with Part 2 of our collaboration series teming up with some of the finest events local cities have to offer. TWO parties under ONE roof and this one is going to be BIG.We've been busy behind the scenes working with one of Darlington's biggest and most established events; MusicMatters. A UK based event which has seen some of the world's biggest names in House and Techno: Elliot Adamson, Richy Ahmed, Max Chapman, De La Swing, Jasper James, OC & Verde, Jamie Roy, Skream, Solardo, Tuff London, wAFF and Waifs & Strays. 

Saturday April 14 2018

RETRO

Retro at Institute Darlington

Saturday 14th  April feat Paul Taylor and friends.

We are so chuffed to be returning to one of Retro's favourites venues. We always blow the roof off here and our dedicated North East following always turn out in their droves to celebrate our unique sound. Renowned as the Pioneers of the Classic House sound and respected worldwide as the longest serving dance event in the UK - our philosophy has always been to provide a quality and cherry picked choice of music of this self defined genre. 

NOT JUST HOUSE MUSIC NOSTALGIA, but a way of life. 

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  • PAUL TAYLOR (3 hour set)
  • Ricky Isted
  • David Dunn

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Official Pre-Party - Downstairs in our Late Bar 

> 9pm - 11pm

> with Martin Grant (house and disco set)

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VIP AREA:

These will sell out fast! Requesting a table in the VIP area with a minimum spend you will receive:

> 1/2 price entry

> Private bar

> Queue jump

> Reserved table set up for your arrival

> Table service

Call 01325 394222 or send us a private message via Facebook for more information! 

Saturday March 10 2018

RETRO: Presents Alison Limerick (Live PA)

The monthly hype train continues! 

Spearheaded as always by Mr Retro himself Paul Taylor and his trusty sidekick Mark Plumb. 

Building on this special relationship we are extremely excited to present the vocally talented Alison Limerick who will be performing her classic dance hits 'Where Love Lives' and 'Make It On My Own'

As they say .... we call it RETRO

  • Paper tickets (£10 no booking fee) available from The Keys Darlington Restaurant which is open from 9am - 9pm 7 days a week. 

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  • PAUL TAYLOR (3 hour set)
  • Alison Limerick (live PA)
  • Mark Plumb

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Official Pre-Party - Downstairs in our Late Bar 

> 9pm - 11pm

> with Martin Grant (house and disco set)

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VIP AREA:

These will sell out fast! Requesting a table in the VIP area with a minimum spend you will receive:

> 1/2 price entry

> Private bar

> Queue jump

> Reserved table set up for your arrival

> Table service

Call 01325 394222 or send us a private message via Facebook for more information! 

Saturday March 3 2018

Illusion: Presents Kinnerman

Illusion presents: 

  • Kinnerman (Elrow Music, Mr Nice Guy, Origins Rcrds, Under No Illusion, Freakin 909, Twisted Fusion)

Illusion residents:

  • This & That (Underground Sessions)
  • Ross Harll
  • Jake Wharton
  • 11pm - 4am
  • Last entry is 2am
  • Tickets available on Skiddle 
  • Institute Darlington (Room 2)

A night ran by and for dedicated ravers; Illusion is a reaction against commercial interpretations of the underground music scene and with strong residents and even stronger guests to come, the well thought out party is making waves. 

Illusion combines psychedelic vibes with underground house and techno to create the ultimate euphoric atmosphere. Come and experience a night filled with trippy surprises and a distorted reality. 

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KINNERMAN: 

The tech house producer sending shattering sound waves through the music industry. Within 6 months his tracks have caused quite a stir amongst some of the biggest labels out there. Kinnerman's first releast 'Hip-House' on Elrow Music shot to the top of the charts and was quickly pursued with 'On The Drums' on their Miami 2017 compilation. 

Championed by Josh Butler, Kinnerman then released 'Tha Break' on Origins Rcrds - another hard hitting track giving us a contemporary take on percussion and sharp vocal shots. 'For the Master' shortly followed on a Sonar 2017 VA for Noexcuse Records. 

Arguably his biggest track to date - 'Backbeat' was released in June on Kaluki Musik, with widespread support from high hitters including Richy Ahmed, Detlef, Toni Varga, Sante, Mark Jenkyns and Mat Joe. With Kinnerman quickly becoming the name on everyone's lips, he then released 'One Again' [Glasgow Underground], 'Slow Motion' [Under No Illusion] and 'Watcha Call Me' [Mr Nice Guy Records] amongst various remixes for artists including Bros and Piem. 

Alongside his constant releases, Kinnerman shares a monthly mix 'Kinnerman Kutz' on his Soundcloud featuring guest mixes from the likes of David Glass and Eddy M. Stepping out of his studio in Liverpool, Kinnerman has played his hotspots such as XOYO, Lightbox London, Manni Festival, Dubai and Austria as well as hosting a room at Do Not Sleep, Sankeys Ibiza. 

With all this under his belt within less than a year, it's clear that Kinnerman is a name that will continue to step up! 

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THIS & THAT:

From their first B2B on The WorkHOUSE radio show in November 2016, getting on the decks has always been easy for these two. They started off simply DJing from party-to-party but in March 2017 Borna and Lewis swiftly established a duo and created their name: This & That. They began playing in their local home town, Darlington but have managed to smash various places in the North East such as Leeds and Stockton. They have featured in the same line up for many big name headliners such as: Rick Wakley, Lee Walker, Sidney Charles, Andy Lee, Riva Starr, Jacky Leftwing & Kody, Truth Be Told, Latmun, Matt McLarie, Bontan, Camelphat and Ali O'Sullivan for events such as Ruckus, Solar Knights and Concept. They currently host their own night at Illusion Darlington. On top of that, they hold two residencies at Concept and Underground Sessions. Their passion for underground house and techno is demonstrated through the enthusiasm they bring to the crowd. Watch this space! 

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ROSS HARLL:

Ross, at only 18 years of age has been DJing for 5 years but really began to gain experience playing at private parties for selected crowds. Recently starting his career in The Keys for various event. From being introduced at the young age of 12 from family members into the world of electronic music production, his love for DJing soon followed. Currently, he's immersed in the underground tech house / techno scene being inspired by the likes of superstar DJs Carl Cox and Erick Morillo. Be expecting some productions from Ross in the near future with various tracks in the works already! 

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JAKE WHARTON:

Music has always been a huge part of Jake's life as he got into the house and techno scene at a young age. A passion for this style of music led for him to go on and produce his own tracks and warm up for DJ's suck as Marshal Jefferson. The aspiring DJ and Producer started off playing at Mr Hutton's ~Bar at the start of the year and has now gone on to working with the team here at The Keys to create our famous 'Illusion' nights! 

Thursday February 22 2018

APEL Thursdays: Rhianna's 30th Birthday

APEL presents ..... Rhianna's 30th birthday party! 

To celebrate Riri turning 30 on Tuesday, we are going to dedicate an hour just to her music and throw her a little party. There may even be some cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake if you wanna put your name on it. 

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APEL Thursdays

Institute Nightclub

Join us each Thursday as we party at the biggest fruit in the Thursday night bowl! 

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By now you'll know what we're all about; good music, good offers, good crowd and all in all a really great nightclub. Each week we open the doors with £2 entry (before midnight) and a whole host of 99p drinks! 

Bringing your Thursdays back to life with .......

  • live acts
  • quirky PA's 
  • superstar DJ's
  • confetti cannoons
  • CO2
  • brand new club layout
  • live percussion & sax
  • edible apples
  • outdoor terrace
  • tongue in cheek super duper cocktails with crazy disco drinks - as cheap as APEL's

Open @ 11pm til LATE

Institute, Skinnergate, Darlington

Follow us on Facebook: @APEL17

Follow us on Instagram: @apel_institute

Thursday February 15 2018

APEL Thursdays: Valentines!

You know the score ... cheap entry, cheap drinks and great music. Start your weekend NOW

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APEL Thursdays

Institute Nightclub

Join us each Thursday as we party at the biggest fruit in the Thursday night bowl! 

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By now you'll know what we're all about; good music, good offers, good crowd and all in all a really great nightclub. Each week we open the doors with £2 entry (before midnight) and a whole host of 99p drinks! 

Bringing your Thursdays back to life with .......

  • live acts
  • quirky PA's 
  • superstar DJ's
  • confetti cannoons
  • CO2
  • brand new club layout
  • live percussion & sax
  • edible apples
  • outdoor terrace
  • tongue in cheek super duper cocktails with crazy disco drinks - as cheap as APEL's

Open @ 11pm til LATE

Institute, Skinnergate, Darlington

Follow us on Facebook: @APEL17

Follow us on Instagram: @apel_institute

Saturday February 10 2018

RETRO

  • Saturday 10th February
  • Institute Darlington

The Retro team are back again after our massive New Year celebrations for a guarenteed foot stompin' experience at a venue that has laid the foundation for Retro in the North East. Music is always the ansewr and the romance will always be with us! 

* RETRO - FOR THE LOVE OF HOUSE MUSIC * 

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  • PAUL TAYLOR (3 hour set)
  • Mark Plumb 
  • David Dunn

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Official Pre-Party - Downstairs in our Late Bar 

> 9pm - 11pm

> with Mark Plumb (house and disco set)

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VIP AREA:

These will sell out fast! Requesting a table in the VIP area with a minimum spend you will receive:

> 1/2 price entry

> Private bar

> Queue jump

> Reserved table set up for your arrival

> Table service

Call 01325 394222 or send us a private message via Facebook for more information! 

Thursday February 8 2018

APEL Thursdays: Battle of the 90's!

APEL presents ..... 90's RnB vs 90's Pop

  • Lauren Hill vs Britney Spears
  • R.Kelly vs Backstreet Boys
  • Coolio vs NSYNC

Who will win the battle? You decide! 

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APEL Thursdays

Institute Nightclub

Join us each Thursday as we party at the biggest fruit in the Thursday night bowl! 

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By now you'll know what we're all about; good music, good offers, good crowd and all in all a really great nightclub. Each week we open the doors with £2 entry (before midnight) and a whole host of 99p drinks! 

Bringing your Thursdays back to life with .......

  • live acts
  • quirky PA's 
  • superstar DJ's
  • confetti cannoons
  • CO2
  • brand new club layout
  • live percussion & sax
  • edible apples
  • outdoor terrace
  • tongue in cheek super duper cocktails with crazy disco drinks - as cheap as APEL's

Open @ 11pm til LATE

Institute, Skinnergate, Darlington

Follow us on Facebook: @APEL17

Follow us on Instagram: @apel_institute

Thursday February 1 2018

APEL Thursdays: Beyonce vs MK

APEL presents .... Queen B vs MK 

The Queen of RnB takes on the House legend MK, to bring you a night of the best RnB and House tracks out there! The battle will commence from 12am onwards ... Songs from both Beyonce and MK mixed in with music from other great artists. Who will win the battle? You decide! 

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APEL Thursdays

Institute Nightclub

Join us each Thursday as we party at the biggest fruit in the Thursday night bowl! 

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By now you'll know what we're all about; good music, good offers, good crowd and all in all a really great nightclub. Each week we open the doors with £2 entry (before midnight) and a whole host of 99p drinks! 

Bringing your Thursdays back to life with .......

  • live acts
  • quirky PA's 
  • superstar DJ's
  • confetti cannoons
  • CO2
  • brand new club layout
  • live percussion & sax
  • edible apples
  • outdoor terrace
  • tongue in cheek super duper cocktails with crazy disco drinks - as cheap as APEL's

Open @ 11pm til LATE

Institute, Skinnergate, Darlington

Follow us on Facebook: @APEL17

Follow us on Instagram: @apel_institute

Friday January 26 2018

Ladies Night: Little Black Dress Party

Happy New Year ladies! 

It's fine for LADIES NIGHT #4 and we're going stylish with The Little Black Dress Party! 

It's going to be another night just for you to let your hair down, have a catch up with the girls and dance the night away to some of the best party tunes around. 

Drinks tokens will be given upon arrival at reception. Upon entry, you will be greeted by our topless butlers who will also be handing out canapes throughout the night. 

Hosting is: Miss Tess Tickle along with The Dragettes; Miss Emma Royd and Miss Cara O'Hara who will be putting on a cabaret show filled with feathers, fun and humour. Turning up the heat a little, we have two male strippers and they will be revealing more flesh than you ladies can handle . . . 

During the night, raffle tickets will have numerous representatives with merchandise that you can purchase or magazines which  you can browse through. 

Tickets are - 

Standard - £10 when purchasing from the restaurant / bar and £15 on the door.

VIP Packages are also available. For more information please email dcollings@thekeys.co.uk or call 01325 394222 

Thursday January 25 2018

APEL Thursdays: Your Thursday Night Party / £2 Entry / £1 Drinks

Why wait for Friday to start the weekend? Join us from 11pm when the doors open until early hours! 

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APEL Thursdays

Institute Nightclub

Join us each Thursday as we party at the biggest fruit in the Thursday night bowl! 

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By now you'll know what we're all about; good music, good offers, good crowd and all in all a really great nightclub. Each week we open the doors with £2 entry (before midnight) and a whole host of 99p drinks! 

Bringing your Thursdays back to life with .......

  • live acts
  • quirky PA's 
  • superstar DJ's
  • confetti cannoons
  • CO2
  • brand new club layout
  • live percussion & sax
  • edible apples
  • outdoor terrace
  • tongue in cheek super duper cocktails with crazy disco drinks - as cheap as APEL's

Open @ 11pm til LATE

Institute, Skinnergate, Darlington

Follow us on Facebook: @APEL17

Follow us on Instagram: @apel_institute

Thursday January 18 2018

APEL Thursdays: What's Dry January??

Here at APEL we haven't a clue what this 'Dry January' is all about?? So come start your weekend early with us! Join us from 11pm when the doors open until early hours! 

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APEL Thursdays

Institute Nightclub

Join us each Thursday as we party at the biggest fruit in the Thursday night bowl! 

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By now you'll know what we're all about; good music, good offers, good crowd and all in all a really great nightclub. Each week we open the doors with £2 entry (before midnight) and a whole host of 99p drinks! 

Bringing your Thursdays back to life with .......

  • live acts
  • quirky PA's 
  • superstar DJ's
  • confetti cannoons
  • CO2
  • brand new club layout
  • live percussion & sax
  • edible apples
  • outdoor terrace
  • tongue in cheek super duper cocktails with crazy disco drinks - as cheap as APEL's

Open @ 11pm til LATE

Institute, Skinnergate, Darlington

Follow us on Facebook: @APEL17

Follow us on Instagram: @apel_institute

Thursday January 11 2018

APEL Thursdays: Thirsty Thursday

Start the weekend early! Join us from 11pm when the doors open until early hours! 

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APEL Thursdays

Institute Nightclub

Join us each Thursday as we party at the biggest fruit in the Thursday night bowl! 

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By now you'll know what we're all about; good music, good offers, good crowd and all in all a really great nightclub. Each week we open the doors with £2 entry (before midnight) and a whole host of 99p drinks! 

Bringing your Thursdays back to life with .......

  • live acts
  • quirky PA's 
  • superstar DJ's
  • confetti cannoons
  • CO2
  • brand new club layout
  • live percussion & sax
  • edible apples
  • outdoor terrace
  • tongue in cheek super duper cocktails with crazy disco drinks - as cheap as APEL's

Open @ 11pm til LATE

Institute, Skinnergate, Darlington

Follow us on Facebook: @APEL17

Follow us on Instagram: @apel_institute

Saturday January 6 2018

Illusion: Presents Callum Till

Illusion presents: 

  • Callum Till (Boxed, MusicMatters)

Illusion residents:

  • This & That (Underground Sessions)
  • Digit n Kemp (D&R)
  • Jake Wharton
  • 10.30pm - 3am
  • FREE ENTRY 
  • Institute Darlington (Room 2)

A night ran by and for dedicated ravers; Illusion is a reaction against commercial interpretations of the underground music scene and with strong residents and even stronger guests to come, the well thought out party is making waves. 

New to the streets of Darlington, Illusion combines psychedelic vibes with underground house and techno to create the ultimate euphoric atmosphere. Come and experience a night filled with trippy surprises and a distorted reality. 

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CALLUM TILL:

 Callum's work with Boxed has allowed them to have welcomed DJ's such as Jack Wickham, Wade, Truth Be Told, Rich Nxt, David Glass, Adam Shelton and Dan Shake to play with them in Darlington. They have been playing all over the North for some of the best club nights such as Ruckus, Module, Motion, Bass Face, Ill Behaviour, Solar Knights, Concept Kong, Under and MusicMatters - just to name a few. 

Having being a resident in Inside Out for 4 years, Callum is familiar to the regular faces in town and knows what's to be expected from the Darlo crowds. He also has the line up for Solardo Sessions in Amsterdam, Manchester and Darlington. 

With his more recent work behind MusicMatters alongside James Burton, they have managed to play alongside some great names such as Richy Ahmed, Max Chapman, Elliot Adamson, Skream and many more. With Callum's experience alone, you know the guy really knows how to party! 

 

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PAUL STOLKER & CHRIS RYAN:

Paul and Chris are the founders of the 'Terrace Sessions' and have thrown some of Darlington's best parties at Avalon's terrace for 6 years now, non-stop. They have brought big names such as Solardo, Detlef, Wade, Darius, Marshall Jefferson and many more to their home town. 

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THIS & THAT:

From their first B2B on The WorkHOUSE radio show in November 2016, getting on the decks has always been easy for these two. They started off simply DJing from party-to-party but in March 2017 Borna and Lewis swiftly established a duo and created their name: This & That. They began playing in their local home town, Darlington but have managed to smash various places in the North East such as Leeds and Stockton. They have featured in the same line up for many big name headliners such as: Rick Wakley, Lee Walker, Sidney Charles, Andy Lee, Riva Starr, Jacky Leftwing & Kody, Truth Be Told, Latmun, Matt McLarie, Bontan, Camelphat and Ali O'Sullivan for events such as Ruckus, Solar Knights and Concept. They currently host their own night at Illusion Darlington. On top of that, they hold two residencies at Concept and Underground Sessions. Their passion for underground house and techno is demonstrated through the enthusiasm they bring to the crowd. Watch this space! 

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DIGIT N' KEMP:

The term 'up-and-coming' could not be used more appropiately than to describe Darlington DJ duo and producer Digit n Kemp. With a few years of DJing under their belt, they have quickly learnt hot to make people move and their confidence in the booth transpires to the crowd as well as promoters, who have invited them to play at respected parties and venues across the North East. 

Their local popularity along with their ever-improving original productions tip them to becoming something bigger, their debut EP turned a few heads. With a lot more in the pipeline, their USBs are some of the most converted in the area and feature plenty of secret weapons and unreleased gems that have graced sound systems as DJs such as Solardo, Mark Jenkins, Pirate Copy, Pete Zorba, Dennis Cruz and many more. As well as more intimate set-ups where they have provided the soundtrack to many special moments only found at after parties. 

With their unique vibe behind decks, these boys have been noticed wide making their recent debut at Kaluki. It's fair to say these two are definitely not afraid of letting out the stops, Digit n Kemp are happy to turn up the heat and will be surely a show to witness in time to come.

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JAKE WHARTON:

Music has always been a huge part of Jake's life as he got into the house and techno scene at a young age. A passion for this style of music led for him to go on and produce his own tracks and warm up for DJ's suck as Marshal Jefferson. The aspiring DJ and Producer started off playing at Mr Hutton's ~Bar at the start of the year and has now gone on to working with the team here at The Keys to create our famous 'Illusion' nights! 

Thursday January 4 2018

APEL Thursdays: New Year New Me

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The first APEL of 2018 is here! With the night getting bigger each week, what better way to start off the near year?? Join us from 11pm when doors open until early hours!

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APEL Thursdays

Institute Nightclub

Join us each Thursday as we party at the biggest fruit in the Thursday night bowl! 

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By now you'll know what we're all about; good music, good offers, good crowd and all in all a really great nightclub. Each week we open the doors with £2 entry (before midnight) and a whole host of 99p drinks! 

Bringing your Thursdays back to life with .......

  • live acts
  • quirky PA's 
  • superstar DJ's
  • confetti cannoons
  • CO2
  • brand new club layout
  • live percussion & sax
  • edible apples
  • outdoor terrace
  • tongue in cheek super duper cocktails with crazy disco drinks - as cheap as APEL's

Open @ 11pm til LATE

Institute, Skinnergate, Darlington

Follow us on Facebook: @APEL17

Follow us on Instagram: @apel_institute