The Fan Club · Saturdays (Monthly) @ The Verge, Kentish Town, London · 2000–2006
A monthly electropop night at The Verge, a fairly small venue that had an onstage pole. It was kind of a hidden secret.
I remember they had some great bands playing regularly, with stylish names such as Luxembourg, Ex-Rental, Riviera, and Trademark. Musicians turned up a lot to hang out, too: Nick Rhodes (to see Riviera), Pete Doherty, Jarvis Cocker, Mark Morriss, and the guys from Bloc Party, to name but a few.
In May 2001, my band played there and supported The Darkness! They put out a 70s-style buffet on a trestle table, with things like sausage rolls and cheese and pineapple cubes on cocktail sticks. They even played a song called “Buffet!”
At the end of the night, there was a hilarious scene when French promoter, Val, was giving Justin (the lead singer) their share of the door money:
Justin (exasperated): “Is that it? That won’t even cover the buffet!”
Val (unmoved): “It’s not my fault you put on a buffet.”
Another time, David Walliams (from the TV show Little Britain) DJed a New Order-The Smiths-Pet Shop Boys-themed night called Getting Away with It. I remember my brother shouting at him asking if he was in the Children’s BBC show Maid Marian and Her Merry Men. Walliams just shouted back at him “NO!” 😂
In October 2002, they had a night dedicated to The Human League. My friend Paul spun Philip Oakey & Georgio Moroder’s “Together in Electric Dreams” and Martyn Ware smiled at him. It was a cool moment. Richard X DJed later that evening and played a demo of a song of his called “Girls on Top.” Sugababes later recorded it as “Freak like Me” and had a number one hit.
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