I started clubbing and mixing during the golden age of trance music in the ’90s. This coincided with the dawn of the ‘superclub’ for house music in the UK, which saw promoters utilising larger venues for events. This not only increased the club’s capacity, but it also made it possible to host different styles of music in different rooms, or floors. The largest venues entertained thousands of clubbers week in and week out.
I have fond memories of nights out in some amazing clubs such as Cream @ Nation in Liverpool, Home @ 1 Leicester Square in London and the legendary Strawberry Sundae @ Cloud 9 in Vauxhall.
Whilst Strawberry Sundae didn’t qualify as a superclub, it was an amazing night which owed much of its success to its location underneath railway arches on the south bank near Vauxhall station. Picture the Cavern Club in Liverpool which helped to announce The Beatles’ arrival on the world stage in the 1960s. This was way before my time (honest), but as the Cavern Club is iconic to British music history, I’m sure most people have seen footage of the bricked arch interior. Strawberry Sundae, set in the twin bricked archways of Cloud 9 was very similar. The atmosphere was incredible week in, week out. The sound system was perfect for the dynamics of the arches and the laser effects accentuated the energy of the hard house and trance that was the soundtrack to Strawberry Sundae. It ran for years and I can still remember leaving the club one Sunday morning to find out Princess Diana had died. Talk about an instant come down 😬