BIRTHDAY BASH Joy Edinburgh: Wilkie House, Sat 22 Jul.
’Can you believe I'm actually doing gardening now?’ asks Maggie Joy. ‘l’m going to make it trendy and do for gardening what Jamie Oliver’s done for cooking.’ After seven years of running one of the most successful clubs in Edinburgh, she and Alan can afford to indulge their other interests. After all, the hard house and techno club began as a hobby, much like gardening in that respect, but somewhat cooler.
Back in 1993, after promoting parties organised through the Blue Moon Cafe, Maggie and Alan decided to launch a night at the Calton Studios, a venue then dominated by the dying rave scene. ‘We were just very green, very naive when we started,’ says Maggie. ‘We walked straight in there like “Yeah, we’ll do a gay night upstairs”, and we just threw a party. We started it as a laugh, not thinking it would become our lifestyle, our careers. I mean, it pays our mortgages now and everything.’ After moving to Wilkie House five years ago, the night went from strength to strength and now attracts a crowd of over one thousand up-for-it clubbers every month.
Adopting the snappy catchphrase of ’seven years on and still going strong', the duo are still amazed at just how successful the night has turned out to be. ’It is tough running a club for so long and keeping it fresh, keeping it exciting,’ explains Maggie. ’lt’s amazing that the last Joy still had that flair from five or six years ago. Certain months I stand back and go "This is incredible. We can still achieve this, the pair of us can still achieve the uniqueness of Joy”. It brings a tear to your eye.’
The next few months then will doubtless be an emotional time for Maggie as Joy have several events
DUB LEGEND Optimo In Dub Part II
Glasgow: Barron/land, Sat 29 Jul.
More feathered than flaky: dub legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry
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Starting with the bumper celebrations on Sat 22 Jul, which will include a guest appearance from Sublime resident Kev Wright, Joy will then be taking the club to Ego for their next date on Sat 19 Aug. The following day, they shack up at Club Java with the 3 Piece Sweet girls for a special event called ’Sunday Best' and, while a long and happy future for Joy is anticipated, the duo are still aware of how precarious the business can be. Maggie at least will always have her gardening dream as back-up. (Catherine Bromley)
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TRADE REGULARS NEED not he too lrsapj_)ornted by the London-based hard house n.ght’s derwse Help s at hand it‘, the form 0" Euse, ‘.'\.vnr(rt, hke :ts forebear' rur‘s or‘ the ﬁrst Sat of tne n‘rorrth next date 5 Aug and deais ex<luswely :n hard, drayrng, funked-ap house rnusr< Tl‘e ."OerOlilS, too, taril he farnrlrar Zrad and DJ Room, are set to take Control of the male arch, \.'.:‘.I\ Ken Ferguson and l‘-.lartrr‘ Rol) r‘son addrng more Y'u'w to the eduat or? out the hack
WITH THE FESTIVAL almost upon us, changes are afoot in Edinburgh clubland as club nights jostIe for a venue with the hordes of thesps and comics who descend upon our fair city. Wilkie House nights Luvely and Joy will be moving to Ego for their August dates (5 and 19 Aug respectively), while techno night Apex (Studio 24) takes a holiday altogether, to be replaced by sister club Underground Overground for the duration. Also playing swapsies is monthly trance night Trancelucent (The Venue), which will be taking over Pure’s fortnightly slot after the night’s final blow-out on 18 Aug. TANGENI ART- SFT to rr‘ark’ Iner' s x!" ann'ye'sar‘y n :yotal style No str‘ar‘ger's to partyr'ig :r‘- r)e( a" low: or‘s, We gang are at set to ta-ce to the ‘.'.a\. es will ﬁne r love Boat Party on 12 A..(; The party "1.11 froni 8pm fYIr(2r".(}"°t at the r‘ryster'y vessel, hoses how. I):( k-ur) non-ts around Giasgov. Tn s .s :key to he an o\e"s;ri)s( eheo e‘.'e"‘., so get (l()\‘.." to Eopp, Ktrshr Retords, \"rr‘y? l‘lOrlI-(S or Cont r‘ete Skates for you' trekets, pr‘r(ed at [1/ For further rrrtr>rrnatrorr (all 0794/ 795 20/
Alan Joy—he's obviously excited about Joy's move to Ego for their August date
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