Iconic gay clubnight Trade celebrates its 25th anniversary next month with an exhibition and one-off party.
Trade was launched by Laurence Malice on 29th October 1990. The Sunday afterhours, advertised as “the original all-night bender”, ran from 3am to 1pm at Islington venue Turnmills.
The clubnight is returning for a night at EGG LDN, Malice's current club, to celebrate the 25 years since its opening night. Billed as “Trade: The Final Party”, the line-up has been divided up into Trade Classics, which includes Rachel Auburn and Pete Wardman; Trade Modern, Trade Lite, and Trade Disco. Fellow '90s Sunday clubnight DTPM have also been invited to host a room of their own.
In tribute to the night, Islington Museum is running an exhibition featuring “artwork, posters, flyers, memorability and much more”. The exhibition opens on 16th October and runs until 16th January.
Trade became one of the most popular LGBT parties in the '90s. The night's selective door policy fostered a devoted weekly following and safeguarded its community. Celebrities were rarely given a free pass, with Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose notorious turned away for making homophobic comments in the press.
Trade became the first legal afterhours party in the UK after Turnmills made history by being awarded a 24-hour club license.
The line-up of History - Trade: The Final Party so far includes:
TRADE Classics: Rachel Auburn, Pete Wardman, BK
TRADE Modern: Smokin Jo, Tom Stephan, Per QX
TRADE Lite: the Sharp Boys, Guy Williams, Massimo Paramour
TRADE Disco: Mark Moore, The Men Who Fell To Earth,
Special Guest Room: DTPM - Justin Ballard
To buy tickets for this event please visit the events page: TRADE 25: THE FINAL PARTY tickets from Skiddle.
Ticket sales and event registration Skiddle Promotion Centre
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