The pioneering after hours club night, Trade, celebrates 21 years this Saturday.
The brainchild of Laurence Malice and Tim Stabler, Trade distinguished itself from other club nights in London by opening after they closed. It would start at 4am on Sundays and go on into the afternoon. This was made possible by Turnmills’ unique 24-hour license.
Soundtracked by a hard and fast beat from the likes of Tall Paul, Fergie and Tony De Vit it lived up to its slogan of “the original all night bender”. There have been low points in its history – De Vit’s untimely death in 1998, Turnmills suspending its residency in 1999 and the ending of its weekly slot in 2002 – but for the most part Trade has lived a hedonistic life of glory for a year over two decades. To this day it continues to organise special one-off events. These have included the 2008 event to mourn the closing of Turnmills and legendary October birthday events each year.
This Saturday 21 years is celebrated at Pulse in South Bank. Former resident Smokin Jo is joined by Berliner Monika Kruse and a vast supporting cast, many of whom are closely associated with the brand. As you’d expect there’s also an after party, this time at Fire. Tickets for the night with or without the after party can be bought through www.clubtickets.com.
Few 21 year olds have as many stories to tell as Trade. It revolutionised London clubland, and continues to get people moving. Happy birthday from Scout London.
Trade 21 – A Journey To The Dark Side
Saturday 29 October 2011
1 Invicta Plaza
London SE1 9UF