June’s 90’s night was so bloody good that we’ve only just recovered. We felt like teenagers again, but with much worse hangovers. Plus there’s nothing like getting ID’ed at your own club night to make you feel 17 again. Massive thank you to everyone who came & partied with us 90’s style. We could’ve DJ’ed for another 4 hours & still not have fit in all the tunes we wanted to. Aarti may have got a little carried away with the old one hit wonders (from Dario G to Barbie Girl to Cotton Eye Joe – she played them all) but how I managed to forget to play Shampoo, I’ll never know. I promise to rectify this error next month.
As it was the night after the TFI Friday comeback, we rediscovered our Shine CD collection – Mansun, Rialto, Belly, McAlmont & Butler, St Etienne, Lit, Sleater-Kinney, Le Tigre – which all went rather well with my Courtney Love attire. Although I did discover that its rather difficult to DJ in a tiara. Everyone had made such an effort with their outfits, from Bindi’s to Bjork knots and Khaki’s to Kenickie tees, you were a teenage dream! The night was rounded off with some slow dancing to Torn & Back For Good and power grabbing to Hold On & Never Ever – hearing you all sing along brought actual tears to our eyes!
There was no Pretty Ugly in July as T in the Park had yet again stolen Aarti from us. But we managed to fill our time with gigs, karaoke and yet more gigs. We carried on the 90’s theme by going to see Faith No More at the Academy – Mike Patton helpfully shouted ‘Old Song’ and ‘New Song’ before every track so we knew when to venture into the moshpit. Then it was down to London to spend two days at Hyde Park. First up we watched Blur when everyone we knew back home were watching Mogwai, turns out neither of them were shite so that 20 year feud was over nothing. Then we witnessed the greatest gig of all time by the wonderful Miss Kylie Minogue. Seriously, look at this for a set list. She even led a singalong of the Neighbours theme for christ’s sake! Taylor Swift should take note as we saw her two days later and it was a bit of a let down. The tunes were obviously amazing given that she played all but one song from 1989 but the between song banter and videos from her showbiz pals were nauseatingly narcissistic. It was all summed up rather well in this review. Stick to the pop songs please Tay, motivational speaker you are not.
Next up we DJ’ed at regulars Anton & Louise’s wedding. Such a gorgeous couple and great guests who all tore up the dancefloor during the 90s rave classics. If your idea of a Scottish wedding is more Shamen than Runrig, then come and see us at The Glasgow Wedding Collective‘s Bridal Market Late on Thursday 13 August at The Woodside Warehouse. It’s a wedding fair but at night so with added booze and dancing, so basically it’s Hollyoaks In The City.
Another fab day was had getting a sneak peek of the new Glasgow Music City Tours. Did you know that Kirsty MacColl got engaged at the Barras?! We also learnt who has played the most gigs at the legendary venue and discovered who switched on those infamous lights – neither of them are who you’d expect but you’ll need to do the tour to find out the answers! The tours start at the Merchant City Festival later this month.
We then made yet another trip down to London for the Warner Music & GQ Summer Party at Shoreditch House and got rather excited when we discovered that Mike Skinner was DJing! He was bloomin’ brilliant, playing everything from Destiny’s Child to the ridiculous Pony by Ginuwine. We need to get him up to the club to play you all some tunes – its our 10th Birthday in November and you’d make a pretty good present to ourselves Mike.
Speaking of guest DJs we are delighted to tell you that the ace Marnie will be joining us on the decks when we return to the Admiral Bar from our summer break on Saturday 8 August. Expect to hear lots of electropop goodness from the Ladytron frontwoman, dancing shoes are a must. See you all there!