Last Resort: Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1999
In the deepest darkest recesses of North London, somewhere between the seedy streets of Kings Cross and the long-ago gentrified dwellings of Camden Town, there lies a night club of quite staggering contradictions. A place where the bubble gum-pop of Katy Perry and the crushing blast beats of Slipknot, are not only bedfellows, but rutting like a Watership Down porno parody.
Three years ago, a group of friends, all connected in some way to music (either through working for labels or writing for music press/working in music TV) went to a club night that promised the kind of music that filled mosh pits in the 90s and 00s.
“When we got there it was less than ideal” laments Last Resort DJ Adam Brooks. “Uninterested looking DJs, you had to go downstairs to get a drink, the music was patchy and the CDs skipped when people danced too hard”.
Spurred on by this quite frankly disastrous sounding club night, this group of friends decided to take matters into their own hands and start a night that combined bouncy teenage angst (Nu-metal) with colossal sing-along choruses (Pop) and everything in-between (Emo).
“We decided we could do better and so found a pub basement that was easy to get to, had a decent sound system, and, of course, its own bar. We also stuck to a few ground rules. None of us would individually make any money out of it, we’d keep entry free, and we’d hold it every three months to keep it as a special event that people look forward to rather than a weekly event where it tires quickly.”
These rules have stood Last Resort in good stead. The sense of atmosphere created by only being held quarterly makes for an electrifying environment. “Since the first night it’s been rammed, to the point where we now take over the entire pub” says Adam. “As a result of Last Resort we’ve been called on to DJ the Kerrang! Awards, Reading and Download festivals, and a bunch of aftershows.”
Last Resort is set to celebrate its 3rd birthday on June 7th and for the last 3 years it has been providing sanctuary for those impervious to trends and a crowd who know how to party harder than Ferris Bueller on his most debauched of days off.
“Someone called us up after a previous Last Resort to ask if anyone had handed in their tooth! People seem to travel from all corners of the country, we once had a bride and groom come straight from their ceremony, and we’ve had a flurry of special guests but most importantly, eight friends who enjoy it as much as anyone else there, and know when to play Say Anything, when to play Weezer’s Blue Album in full, (the answer is 8pm, June 7th at Last Resort XIII) and when to point three confetti cannons and a loudhailer in the air and line up Fall Out Boy.”
Last Resort XIII, aka Last Resort’s third birthday takes place from 8pm at The Star of Kings, York Way, Kings Cross. Entry is, and always will be, free.Tagged in: club night, emo, katy perry, Last resort, pop, Slipknot
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