With apologies to those of you who keep in touch via the personal Facebook page as you’ll be sick-to-death at me going on about this.
Tonight sees the launch of Mixtape at The Admiral.
It’s the brainchild of my friend Robert who, along with Carlo and Hugh, has been the driving force of the very successful Strangeways club night that has been a mainstay of the Glasgow scene for some 10 years. Strangeways is a night based almost exclusively around the music of The Smiths and Morrissey that has grown in size and popularity and now takes place in the downstairs suite of The Admiral Bar where some 200 folk pack in four times a year with all profits going to various charities and worthy causes. I DJ’d on one occasion at Strangeways and did a decent enough job to be asked back to help at ‘There Is A Night That Never Goes Out’ in which the intrepid trio went for a theme of 80s music, often with an indie or electro twist.
Mixtape takes things a wee bit further in that the music will be anything goes. As Robert said when he went public with it:-
Mixtape is a new night for the bar of The Admiral. The music is non genre so really anything goes.
The night is designed as a sound track the bar with the option for some late night dancing or clubbing for people who don’t like clubs. 🎧
The playlist covers Indie, Electro, Disco, Post Rock , New Wave , House, Soul, New Romantic, Mod, Pop, Punk, C86 and anything else that sounds good.
Initially, it will be taking place in the upstairs part of the pub where we will do our best, through our own tastes, to entertain the regular drinkers but also taking requests and so on in the old-fashioned way. The only difference from the 80s is that instead of lugging around heavy boxes of vinyl, the DJs will be bringing along a memory stick to plug into a laptop – I’ve got just short of 1,000 tracks on mine just now but even then I know I won’t have everything that is asked for on the night.
Mixtape at The Admiral is going to be a regular residency, scheduled for the final Friday of each month. It’s free of charge in the upstairs bar but, all being well, the plan in due course is to shift downstairs every so often, charge a few quid to get in and again raise monies for good causes.
I’m looking forward to it…but with a degree of nerves. I’ll report back in due course about how it all goes.
And tomorrow, after all that, I’ve got the biggest game of the season for the Rovers with the pre-match music and announcing malarkey. A win, in what is the final match of the season, and we clinch the title and gain promotion. A draw or loss and its likely we have the lottery of the play-offs. This has the potential to be a memorable few days in my life.