Tucked away above Castle Square’s Pavilion Tavern is a little heard of and currently unnamed venue. Despite being badly underused for the past few years, the space known as ‘above Pav Tav’ is now ready to shake off the dust and get grooving. Next Friday (17th June) it will play host to a range of Brighton-based DJs for the launch party of independent disco/house night ATTIC 001 – the first event in an exciting bi-monthly celebration of local talent. With cheap drinks, free entry before 12, and a massive mirrorball, it promises to entertain.
ATTIC is symptomatic of an independent clubbing scene that is starting to find its feet again after a wave of commercial takeovers a few years back. “We’re trying to make it as much of a ‘party’ as possible”, explains Anders, the event’s co-organiser. “There are way too many middle-of-the-road club nights in Brighton. We want to make it cheap; to try and create a vibe where people can come and listen to great music without spending the sort of money you would at some of the so-called VIP clubs.”
Brighton is also not short on great local DJs looking for places to perform. It’s up to nights like ATTIC to provide an outlet for up-and-coming Brighton artists, and the line up for the launch is composed entirely of Brighton-based DJs. “There’s a lot of really great local Brighton DJ’s that don’t get enough recognition or bookings, so we want to get as much local talent involved as possible” says Anders.
Setting up a club night is not a simple business. “Planning a night has proven to be quite stressful” says Anders. “We were actually supposed to put the night on 20th May, but the previous manager had double booked us”. There have also been problems with the venue space – it has been heavily underused for the last few years, and has needed renovation. “We’ve had problems with the speakers, lights etc. but luckily for us the new manager is putting a lot of effort into it which is really helping us. The club have just bought a new giant mirrorball… always creates a good vibe” he muses.
Can we expect the music to be strictly house? “Not specifically, no. Katie (Faro) plays a mix between house and disco – music that will get people dancing. Jaime plays all sorts, he plays deeper house, but then the next record he plays will be Prince. He’s been DJing for the past 40 years so knows how to read a crowd, we’ve been to see him DJ before and his eccentricity behind the decks creates a great vibe… It’s like he’s dancing with you”. Anders himself also DJs as part of the duo Øvre, and will be warming up the night. “We will be playing lighter house cuts before Faro and Jaime” he tells me.
With pints and mixers priced at a measly £1.50 each, ATTIC will most likely be the cheapest place to drink in the city on the 17th. “It’s not about making money, we are doing it out of enjoyment and to try put on a party we are happy with” states Anders, when I press him on ATTIC’s finances. “We are not looking to make money whatsoever” he emphasises. For ATTIC, vibes are a more accurate metric of success than profits.
Entry is also free before midnight. “Try and head down early with an open mind” advises Anders. “There is an area where we people can sit down and have a drink if they don’t fancy dancing too early on. Katie will be warming up from around 11 and she plays some great music, so don’t miss that”.
“And you can get drunk off a £5 note so no need to stay at pre drinks for hours…”
• ATTIC takes place above the Pavilion Tavern on Friday 17th of June. For more information, visit the facebook event page here.