Legendary club that bounced back from a 1999 fire and now hosts some of the city’s most popular nights. The soundsystem is one of the very best in town
Accessible through an innocuous doorway off of Jamaica Street marked by little more than its iconic submarine logo, the Sub Club – or ‘the Subby’ as it’s more commonly known – is the world’s longest-running underground dance club, and one of the most important clubbing institutions in the world.
Originally established as a club night by a group of art students in 1983, it became a club proper in 1987, just in time to catch the euphoric wave of acid house. Hosting nights featuring DJs such as James ‘Harri’ Harrigan and Slam, the Subby was for several years the heart and soul of one of the most vibrant and progressive clubbing scenes anywhere in the world.
The Sub Club has had its downs as well as ups since then – particularly when it suffered extensive damage in a major fire in 1999, and had to close for three years. But it remains relevant and hugely popular today thanks to legendary nights such as Optimo – which packed the Subby on Sundays from 1997 through until 2010, and still returns bi-monthly – and Slam’s Return to Mono, as well as veteran DJs such as Harri, whose Saturday residency since 1990 – as Subculture since 1994, together with Domenic Capello – probably makes him an unofficial world-record holder. The Subby remains well in touch with new waves in electronic dance music too, through young collectives such as bass music specialists Numbers.
With a state-of-the-art soundsystem and bass-frequency-channelling Bodysonic dance floor (legacies of the rebuild following the fire), Sub Club is perhaps Britain’s only custom-designed electronic dance music venue besides London’s Fabric. With an official capacity of just 410, the Subby celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2012 with its busiest year since 1991, having across a quarter of a century welcomed an estimated two million guests and played over 25,000 hours of music.
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