Saturday, July 28, 2007
The Leeds Gallery re-union 7/7/7
The Gallery was a nightclub in Leeds that was open from 1991 -1993, famous for its open gallery around the whole club. It was a rave club with friday nights called Bliss with DJ Tim, who went on to form Utah Saints whose big hits What Can You Do For Me and Something Good were club anthems of the time. One of my first memories of the club is of Jez (the other one) dressed in an ermine robe and wearing a crown, swinging on a rope across the balcony while DJ Tim played Something Good. Fantastic stuff. Saturday nights were called Spark, run by DJ Steve Luigi.
The Gallery was the first ever "proper" club I went to, and I continued to go until they filled the gallery and re-named it. Granted it went on to be Back2Basics and Up Yer Ronson so that wasnt so bad. But it was a genuine Leeds icon, and was an important club nationally in the still fledgling overground Rave culture. Mixmag named it 2nd best club in the UK in 1992. Check out its Myspace page http://www.myspace.com/leedsgallery . Theres some great pictures of the old club on it. And yes, once upon a time, I had a whistle, a dust mask, and I used to dance on the bar! *cough cough*
I came across Luigi's page on Myspace. It linked to a Leeds Gallery appreciation site that Luigi had set up. I couldnt believe it! I've never stopped thinking about those times, but I never imagined anybody else had. It was a forum filled with guys and girls in the early 30's to early 40's all remanscing about the good old days, lol.
So it came to pass that Luigi agreed to have a re-union. He hired Mint, a club in Leeds for one night and sent out the word! As a loyal member I had VIP queue jump tickets, which I have never had before, and we had a cracking night. Only playing old skool rave tunes from 1989 - 1993. We all dug out our old rave clothes (I dug out my whistle with original teeth marks in it), and for the first time in years I put my hands up in the air,a dn went Raving again! It was fantastic! And easlily the oldest average aged nightclub I have ever been to ;)
Ah, nostaglia! They dont make 'em like they used to.