The Middlesex Suite
Uxbridge Civic Centre
High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex. UB8 1UW
I have no doubt in saying that my visit to Ceroc at Uxbridge was one of the worst dance events I have ever been to. Indeed the few locations that I can think of that were worse have now been shut down.
I went as a total outsider, on my own, and found people sitting all the way around the dance areas in little groups, mostly chatting, few dancing. I thought I might give it a few more minutes so went to the bar and bought a glass of wine.
Back at my table, I took a sip (it was pretty revolting) and then thought the only way I am going to get a dance is by asking.
I got turned down two out of three dances, the implication, as far as I could work out was that the people on that table only wanted to dance with each other, but for now were quite happy talking, thank you very much.
Eventually I got a couple of dances, and after each I returned to my lonesome seat. But the second time I came back I found my glass of wine empty, with remnants of the red wine spilled across the table.
Quite how anyone could have “accidentally” knocked it over, given that the table was right out of the way, and no one would have had to squeeze by to get to their seat. I looked around for anyone who might come forward and volunteer that they had done the deed, but no one wanted to.
I continued to ask for dances, but in the end there are only so many rejections one can take. I gave up.
- Air conditioning: No idea – I didn’t get enough dances to get hot.
- Atmosphere: 0 out of 5
- Do ladies ask men: 0 out of 5. No they don’t.
- Facilities: 3 out of 5. It is a modern centre in the heart of Uxbridge.
- Free water: The bar is, I believe, now closed, and free water is now provided.
- Friendliness: Minus 10 out of 5
- Location: 2 out of 5. Difficult to find if you don’t know the area at all.
- Music: 2 out of 5
- Parking: 2 out of 5.
- Space: 3 out of 5. OK for the numbers there on the night I attended
- Venue overall: 0 out of 5
Some of the ratings are above 0, but when an outsider is treated as fundamentally unwelcome, nothing can redeem the venue.